Basic Instinct

Lists: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological Thrillers

Brief Synopsis: "Basic Instinct is an erotic thriller from 1992 about a sex-crazed murderer and a police officer who’s getting a little too personal with one of the suspects in a murder. As tensions boil Sharon Stone, who plays the main suspect and an author, gives a powerful and sleek performance of a woman who knows her looks can get her off the hook and help her write and finish her book."

Overall Ranking: 400 (Rank from 1992: # 7)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 16.67%
Half-Popped 16.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
CinemaVisitor Erik95
George Rother of MovieGuy 24/795(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest92
Jim Carrier86
Bryan Lienesch83 - It's a well-done crime thriller, but it's not as smart as it thinks it is.
Dan O'Neill60(full review)
David Baruffi25

People Involved

  • Michael Douglas (Det. Nick Curran)
  • Sharon Stone (Catherine Tramell)
  • George Dzundza (Gus Moran)
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn (Dr. Beth Garner)
  • Denis Arndt (Lt. Philip Walker)
  • Leilani Sarelle (Roxy)
  • Bruce A. Young (Andrews)
  • Chelcie Ross (Capt. Talcott)
  • Dorothy Malone (Hazel Dobkins)
  • Wayne Knight (John Correli)
  • Daniel von Bargen (Lt. Marty Nilsen)
  • Stephen Tobolowsky (Dr. Lamott)
  • Benjamin Mouton (Harrigan)
  • Jack McGee (Sheriff)
  • Bill Cable (Johnny Boz)
  • Stephen Rowe (Internal Affairs Investigator)
  • Mitch Pileggi (Internal Affairs Investigator)
  • Mary Pat Gleason (Juvenile Officer)
  • Freda Foh Shen (Berkeley Registrar)
  • William Duff-Griffin (Dr. Myron)
  • James Rebhorn (Dr. McElwaine)
  • David Wells (Polygraph Examiner)
  • Bradford English (Campus Policeman)
  • Mary Ann Rodgers (Nurse)
  • Adilah Barnes (Nurse)
  • Irene Olga López (Maid)
  • Juanita Jennings (Receptionist)
  • Craig C. Lewis (Bartender / Police Bar)
  • Michael David Lally (Detective)
  • Peter Appel (Detective)
  • Michael Halton (Bartender / Country Western Bar)
  • Keith McDaniel (Featured Dancer)
  • Eric Poppick (Coroners Guy)
  • Ron Cacas (Policeman)
  • Kayla Blake (Roxys Friend)
  • Paul Verhoeven (Director)