13 of the Hottest Psychopaths on Film

Joan Crawford from Mommie Dearest (1981)

Once known as a great beauty of the silver screen, Joan Crawford later descended into alcoholism and madness according to her daughter Cristina’s memoir, which was later turned into the movie Mommie Dearest. Played by a scenery-chewing Faye Dunaway, Crawford proved herself to be the “biggest mother of them all” by abusing her poor children whenever the press put down their cameras. Although Crawford is meant to be past her prime in this film, her youthful beauty shines through. Even when she’s stumbling around the house in a bathrobe and face mask while bellowing maniacally about wire hangers.

Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver (1976)

We have to admit, Robert De Niro’s “you talking to me?” bad boy attitude really worked on us. That is, before he started rocking that mohawk. Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle made an entire generation of women cower in disgust yet inexplicably swoon. Although we can see why his brand of romance (coffee and a dirty movie in Times Square) didn’t work on Cybill Shepherd, Bickle has partner potential. Beneath his damaged psyche lies the heart of a good man who just wants to help prostitutes and assassinate political candidates.

Hedra Carlson from Single White Female (1992)

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when you take it too far you’re ‘Single White Female-ing.’ A psychopath so memorable that she inspired a phrase, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Hedra Carlson in this psychological thriller might have been crazy, but she sure was cute. Shortly after moving in with Bridget Fonda, Carlson begins imitating her new roommate and interfering with her life in frightening ways. Scariest of all, Hedra even proceeds to get the same hair cut as her roommate, a bright red super 90s mushroom cut, at which point she stops being cute and starts looking very dated.

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