10 Movies Like Fair Play To Watch After Netflix’s Hit

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Summary

  • Fair Play is an intense and nuanced sensual thriller that explores themes of passion, greed, and betrayal, offering a modern take on the erotic thriller subgenre.
  • The film balances on the edge of plausibility, with an ending intended to shock viewers, making it both entertaining and confounding.
  • If you enjoyed Fair Play, you should check out other similar movies like Uncut Gems, Cruel Intentions, and Basic Instinct that revolve around desire, manipulation, and suspense.

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After watching Netflix’s new sensual thriller Fair Play, here are ten other movies with similar themes, tones, and narrative styles. Fair Play is the impressive directorial debut of Chloe Domont starring Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton) as Emily and Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as Luke. Domont, who also has directing credits on the popular HBO series Ballers as well as Billions and Suits, also wrote the screenplay of the sexually charged Fair Play that entangles themes of passion, greed, and betrayal. The intense film is currently ranked at number 2 on Netflix’s Top 10 Movies in the U.S. chart as of writing.

Fair Play is incredibly nuanced and full of unspoken tension that is immediately compelling, dripped with grim and seductive themes while ultimately sending a larger message about entitlement and capitalistic envy. The film experimentally balances on the edge by plausibility with an ending that is intended to shock if nothing else, which admittedly could find some viewers confounded as the end credits roll. Still, the majority of Fair Play remains entertaining and enjoyable throughout, updating the erotic thriller subgenre that has been scarce and underutilized throughout decades of film history. Here are ten other similar movies to watch after Fair Play.

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10 Uncut Gems (2018)

Uncut Gems is a frantic and nonstop thriller that is driven by desire, lust, and the human need for material symbols of achievement in a capitalistic society. Adam Sandler gives one of the greatest performances of his career as Howard Ratner, a desperate jeweler who pawns and bargains his way through life to uphold an inflated and luxurious lifestyle that he can’t actually afford. His materialistic girlfriend Julia De Fiore (Julia Fox) fits perfectly into Howard’s ambitious and expensive worldview. Their sexually-charged relationship is certainly centered on more commercial and mainstream interests than pure mutual admiration.

9 Cruel Intentions (1999)

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon in Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions features ’90s icons Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Ryan Phillippe (I Know What You Did Last Summer) alongside a young Reese Witherspoon. A longtime cult classic, Cruel Intentions is wildly alluring with its sensual plot and themes that center around two elitist step-siblings who compete to gain the favor of the innocent and inexperienced Annette (Witherspoon). Both Kathryn (Geller) and Sebastian (Phillippe) are more interested in winning their secret game than gaining Annette’s affection. Cruel Intentions is full of manipulation and dark comedy that fans of Fair Play will love.

8 Basic Instinct (1992)

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct is what most people think when they imagine an example of an erotic thriller, particularly because of one iconic scene featuring Sharon Stone. For fans of the subgenre, Basic Instinct is a must-watch as it greatly informs much of the quintessential functions and characteristics of the modern sensual thriller. The film, which also stars Michael Douglas, sacrifices plausibility for an enjoyable viewing experience, centering on a mysterious murder story full of attractive and unreliable characters with sharp neo-noir visual elements.

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7 La Piscine (1969)

La Piscine 1969

La Piscine or “The Swimming Pool” is a somewhat obscure but accessible French film by Jacques Deray. Most of the plot points take place by a swimming pool at a villa in St. Tropez, hence the name of the film. La Piscine was remade as A Bigger Splash by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) in 2015 starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson, but the original film is arguably the better of the two. La Piscine is surprisingly a crime thriller despite the appearance of a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere on the surface, with a great deal of subtext and tension lurking beneath the seemingly shallow waters.

6 Wild Things (1998)

Neve Campbell and Denise Richards' head rising out of the water in Wild Things

In a similar vein as Cruel Intentions, Wild Things stars two ’90s icons in some of the most sensual and iconic performances of their careers. Neve Campbell (Scream) and Denise Richards (The World Is Not Enough) star alongside Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon in this steamy crime thriller. Wild Things features similar tones of manipulation and seduction as Fair Play while being loaded with plot twists, beautiful locations and actors, and an often forgotten cameo by Bill Murray.

5 Fatal Attraction (1987)

Glenn Close as Alex and Michael Douglas as Dan about to kiss in Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction is another quintessential erotic thriller that was recently rebooted into a television miniseries this year. The original film has been heralded as one of the most impactful movies of the 1980s, featuring outstanding performances from Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. Douglas plays a married man named Dan Gallagher whose one-night stand with Stone’s Alex Forrest comes back to haunt him, stalking him and his family in this intensely seductive yet terrifying thriller.

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4 Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise dance in Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut is Stanley Kubrick’s final film and an entrancing portrait of desire, secrecy, and unsettling power. Eyes Wide Shut stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in two of the most provocative roles of their careers that are full of tension, subtext, and suspicions. Eyes Wide Shut is very similar to Fair Play in that the beginning of the movie starts out in a sharply accessible yet intriguing way only to later completely go off the rails as the story progresses to a surprisingly jarring final act. Eyes Wide Shut is often misunderstood as part of Kubrick’s filmography, but as a companion to Fair Play, it’s practically one and the same.

3 Vertigo (1958)

Kim Novak in Vertigo

Considered widely as the original inspiration to the erotic thriller, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is one of the acclaimed director’s very best works. Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, Vertigo is first and foremost an artistic and narrative achievement in film and is responsible for introducing one of the most fundamental shot types in modern cinematography, the dolly zoom. Outside its historical significance, Vertigo is as elegant as it is psychologically compelling, creating an air of suspense that is rich with thematic effect and self-reflexivity on the nature of filmmaking itself.

2 Mulholland Drive (2001)

Laura Harring and Naomi Watts in the Silencio theater in Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive is arguably David Lynch’s best movie and one of his most visionary directorial efforts. Noami Watts and Laura Harring are captivating as the two female leads alongside Justin Theroux’s memorable performance. Mulholland Drive is best known for its mysterious atmosphere within the world of the film that largely drives the suspenseful story forward. Lynch uses the camera as part of the movie’s narration, mixed in with the alluring themes of seduction that make it one of the most ingenious erotic thrillers ever made.

1 Gone Girl (2014)

A view of Amy's (Rosamund Pike) face as she lies down in Gone Girl

Gone Girl is arguably the greatest erotic thriller ever made with expert direction from auteur David Fincher. Based on the bestselling novel and original screenplay by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl is overflowing with intrigue, suspense, and eerie seductive themes. The film is incredibly tightly wound and focused creating a masterful portrayal of a love story gone terribly wrong in every aspect from Rosamund Pike’s Oscar-nominated performance to the mesmerizing and chilling soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. If you enjoyed Fair Play and have yet to see Gone Girl, you should definitely add it to your streaming watchlist.