Seeing someone through emoji heart eyes is one thing, but when your infatuation turns into an unhealthy fixation, you have a whole other level of attraction going on.
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In our society, “omg I’m fascinated” is a common phrase because we love to exaggerate and we thrive on a sense of escapism. (Perhaps that’s just me, but whatever.) Obsession can be problematic if it means you’re thinking about something or someone nonstop, intrusively, and to a distressing degree. However, we don’t mean it that way most of the time.
Having an obsessive mentality might be dangerous. Neither are my comments directed at your cheese habit, although if you’re anything like me, it’s getting dangerously close to being a problem. In my opinion, a toxic infatuation occurs when someone is so obsessed with another person that they go to extreme lengths in order to get near. Obsessed rhymes with possessed, so maybe it’s not a coincidence.
To put it another way, films about obsession have a certain allure—that it’s tense mix of anticipation and dread, like in a good horror film. Since the early ’60s, when the novel Lolita was made into a famous cinematic picture, movies depicting neurosis and obsession have been popular. The best movies about obsessive-compulsive disorder are listed here in order of how much you’ll be obsessed with them. Enjoy.
However, he may not be a full-blown sociopath with violent sexual fantasies like Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Even if you’ve missed the various red signs Cullen raises in the fan-favorite first film (kidnapping, preventing his lover from visiting her friends, and watching her sleep every night), you’ve been fooled by Robert Pattinson’s cheekbones and possibly Taylor Lautner’s abdominals.
Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
The presence of this was a pleasant surprise! Despite the fact that it’s not a thriller about obsession, it’s still a story about obsession. Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) is obsessed with Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt)—so much so that he has memorized her schedule, her eating habits, her loves and dislikes, and has written her a lengthy letter outlining his devotion, which he also memorizes. Even though this is standard stalker behavior, it is somehow missed and construed as cute and wonderful by Amanda. Jeez.
13. The Crush (1993)
When it comes to having a crush on a houseguest as a child, you’re not alone. Unlike the 14-year-old Adrian in the movie The Crush, I’m willing to bet that your innocent crush never evolved into a full-blown obsessive fixation. A lovely little girl crush is taken to a wholeeeee other (low-key scary and high-key spooky) level by Alicia Silverstone’s breakout role (yes, before she was Cher).
The Perfect Guy (2015)
As for me, whenever the term “perfect” is used in conjunction with the word “man,” my bullsh*t antenna immediately goes up in the air. As a rational person, I realize that no one is flawless save for Ryan Reynolds or Michael B. Jordan, and I’m not cynical about that fact at all. Carter Duncan from the film The Perfect Guy is a good example. Duncan, portrayed by the sultry Michael Ealy, seems like the perfect guy at first glance (charming, attractive, attentive), but he quickly reveals his flaws, including being possessive, obsessive, and aggressive toward the woman he cares about.
11. The Boy Next Door (2015)
You may get a good idea of what to expect from The Boy Next Door by watching the movie’s excellent trailer. Ryan Guzman (of Step Up Revolution) does an excellent job at taking charge and seducing J.Lo before things go too crazy. Avoid sex with your neighbor’s young, attractive neighbors. Or, at the very least, be alert to the dangers.
Gone Girl (2014)
David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery-thriller? Yes, I’d be happy to. This film has so many unexpected twists and turns, with a fantastic ensemble that includes Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, and Oscar-nominated Rosamund Pike at the helm. As if it wasn’t entertaining enough, no one ends up “winning.”
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Did you think it would be a little closer to the top? Sorry. However, the essential word here is “cold.” Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) appears to be a stone-cold fox. (I apologize if I called you a “stone-cold fox,” but you get the idea.) It gets worse when he becomes fixated on Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), a “plain Jane” character. Make sure you don’t let his attractiveness distract you from his psychopathic red flags.
Don’t be fooled by the age of this black-and-white film; it’s freaking creepy. Lolita, based on Vladimir Nabokov’s infamous 1955 novel of the same name, tells the story of an older man who becomes so enamored with a 14-year-old girl that he will go to any lengths to keep her close to him. You won’t even notice that it’s not in color since it’s so upsetting and awful.
Sleeping With the Enemy (1991)
The audacity of filmmaker Joseph Ruben to cast Julia Roberts in a role that required her battered wife character Laura to fight, swim, and run for her life was breathtaking. Fearing her husband will eventually kill her and so she fakes her own death to escape out of his reach, Laura For a while, it seems to work…
6. The Girl on the Train (2016)
You’ll get the most out of this film if you don’t know too much about it before you watch it. Expect an all-star cast, including Emily Blunt, Laura Prepon, Justin Theroux, and more of your favorites, to take you on a non-stop ride into madness.
Single White Female (1992)
When Allison Jones (Bridget Fonda) placed an ad in the classifieds, she assumed she’d find the perfect roommate. Hedy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a slew of bad behavior were what she got instead. Dirtiest thing Hedy ever did? An attempt at breaking up a relationship by posing as Allison (Steven Weber) and sleeping with her lover Sam (Steven Weber). Watch The Roommate with Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester if you like. Although it isn’t really a remake and isn’t even close to being as fantastic, this “college years” spin on the film is nevertheless fun.
Oh, David, you’re very kind. David is a beautiful, sculpted man (played by Mark Wahlberg, at age 25). I’ll never forget the rollercoaster trip in “Wild Horses,” but did Reese Witherspoon go insane after her divorce with the too-young-for-you Nicole Walker? There was a lot of violence, including the beating of friends and cars, the construction of eerie shrines, and the carving of names into chests.
3. Fatal Attraction (1987)
A Best Picture candidate and cult classic, “The Artist” As soon as Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) and Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) break off their relationship, it causes a chain of events that culminates in one of the most unforgettable scenes in cinematic history. Anyone up for some rabbit?
Black Swan (2010)
Natalie Portman’s performance in Black Swan earned her her first Academy Award nomination, and that’s no surprise considering how often people who haven’t watched the film comment how brilliant(ly f*cked up) it is. Reminder of how obsession manifests itself both mentally and physically.
1. Obsessed (2009)
Are there any better movies on this list? Not at all. But Beyoncé is in it. Idris Elba is also in the cast. In the role of the insanely infatuated lover (and utterly inappropriate working professional) who wrecks havoc on Queen Bey’s calm, domestic existence, Ali Larter, proven cinematic temptress, is the icing on the delectably entertaining cake. Is this possible in real life? Never. Nope. Not to the Queen Bey.