cisual collage with the best scenes from dark feminine movies

For the last couple of days, I have continued to stay under the influence of a dark feminine energy. Inspired by the look, feel, and concept of the dark feminine aesthetic, I've decided to come up with a list of movies that will definitely resonate with those who appreciate a blend of mystery, sensuality, and empowerment. These films transport us to worlds where complex and enigmatic women take center stage, challenging conventions and leaving a lasting impact. 

  • Malena (2000)

Set against the backdrop of World War II, "Malena" is a hauntingly beautiful Italian film that tells the story of a young boy's obsession with a stunning widow named Malena, portrayed by Monica Bellucci. The film explores themes of desire, innocence, and the impact of societal judgment. Its cinematography and portrayal of Malena's sensuality make it a must-watch for lovers of the dark feminine aesthetic.

  • Chloe (2009)

"Chloe" is a psychological thriller that delves into themes of obsession, desire, and betrayal. The film centers around Catherine, played by Julianne Moore, who hires Chloe, portrayed by Amanda Seyfried, to test her husband's fidelity. As their relationship deepens, the film explores complex emotions and the blurred lines between attraction and manipulation.

  • Black Swan (2010)

If you are looking for a dark psychological horror-thriller that will leave you stunned by the visual beauty, wonderful acting, and deep, thrilling story, then you'll love the "Black Swan". Darren Aronofsky's picture follows the journey of ballet dancer Nina Sayers, played by Natalie Portman, as she strives to reach perfection in her role as the Swan Queen. 

The film goes deep into the psychological and physical toll of obsession and ambition, resulting in a dark and visually stunning exploration of dark feminine energy and sexuality. 

Natalie Portman in the Black Swan
Natalie Portman in The Black Swan

  • The Neon Demon (2016)

Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" is a visually striking and unsettling exploration of the modeling industry in Los Angeles. The film follows Jesse, portrayed by Elle Fanning, as she enters the world of high-fashion modeling and becomes the target of envy and obsession among her peers. With its stylish visuals and surreal atmosphere, this film is a unique take on the dark feminine.

  • Crimson Peak (2015)

One of my favorite directors Guillermo del Toro, gifted to all dark aesthetic lovers a Gothic romance-horror film "Crimson Peak". It weaves every dark aspect that we appreciate: a tale of love, deceit, and ghosts. The film follows Edith Cushing, played by Mia Wasikowska, as she marries the enigmatic Sir Thomas Sharpe, portrayed by Tom Hiddleston, and moves to his dilapidated mansion. The film's lavish visuals and eerie atmosphere create a darkly romantic and haunting aesthetic.

  • The Beguiled (2017)

Yet another dark movie by Sofia Coppola. "The Beguiled" is a period drama set during the Civil War, focusing on the dynamics within a girls' boarding school when a wounded Union soldier, played by Colin Farrell, seeks refuge. As desire and manipulation come into play, the film explores the complexities of desire, power, and female relationships.

  • Midsommar (2019) 

You won't find a single movie lover who has never heard of Ari Aster's "Midsommar". It is a folk horror film that follows a group of friends who travel to a remote Swedish village to attend a midsummer festival. Florence Pugh's performance as Dani is a haunting portrayal of grief and transformation within a pagan cult.

jennifer lawrence in mother! movie
Jennifer Lawrence in Mother! 

  • The Handmaiden (2016) 

"The Handmaiden," directed by Park Chan-wook, is a visually stunning and erotically charged thriller set in Japanese-occupied Korea. The film follows the complex relationships between a young pickpocket, a wealthy heiress, and a charming con artist, blurring the lines between desire and manipulation.

  • Mother! (2017)

Another surreal and dark movie by Darren Aronofsky. A psychological horror simply called "Mother!" throws the audience into a living nightmare as Jennifer Lawrence's character (referred to as Mother) grapples with the chaos and intrusion of unexpected guests. The film is an allegorical exploration of creation, destruction, and the female experience.

  • Carrie (1976) 

"Carrie" is a classic adaptation of Stephen King's novel by director Brian De Palma. Sissy Spacek stars as the titular character, Carrie White, a high school outcast with telekinetic powers. The film deeply explores themes of bullying, repression, and revenge.

Let's wrap up...

From the haunting beauty of "Malena" to the psychological thrills of "Black Swan" and the surreal allure of "The Neon Demon," these dark feminine films challenge conventions and celebrate the enigmatic qualities of women. Whether you're drawn to timeless classics or modern masterpieces, these cinematic experiences are a must-watch for those who appreciate the dark feminine aesthetic