Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe | Source: Getty Images
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe | Source: Getty Images

5 Movies like 'Cruel Intentions' That Are Worth Checking Out: From 'The Crush' to 'Jawbreaker'

Bettina Dizon
Sep 09, 2023
08:30 P.M.

Movie watchers and enthusiasts alike who enjoy scandalous teen thrillers are likely to be entertained by these five movies like "Cruel Intentions," most of which became hits in the '90s.


It has been over two decades since "Cruel Intentions" premiered, yet the film adaptation of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" remains popular among movie watchers and fans alike.

Set in Manhattan, New York, manipulative and cunning step-siblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont attempt to inflict harm on an innocent girl to fulfill their desires.

"Cruel Intentions" is a classic film that became a hit in the '90s. The movie stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher, and Joshua Jackson, among other stars.

'The Crush'

When esteemed journalist Nick Eliot moves into the guesthouse of the Forresters, a wealthy family, his life worsens. One of the family's kids, 14-year-old Adrianne Forrester, develops an infatuation with him. However, the seemingly innocent teen's harmless crush turns into an obsession with disturbing consequences.


"The Crush" premiered in 1993 and stars Cary Elwes as Nick and Alicia Silverstone as Adrianne. The psychological thriller features Jennifer Rubin, Kurtwood Smith, and Amber Benson.

'Wild Things'

When two students accused Sam Lombardo, a high school guidance counselor and sailing instructor, of sexual assault, things changed at Blue Bay High School, Florida. Soon, a web of lies, coupled with betrayal and seduction, unravels amongst the community. As the plot thickens, no one can be trusted to tell the truth.

"Wild Things" premiered in 1998 and starred Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Theresa Russell, and many more.



When Nicole Walker begins a romantic relationship with David McCall, she believes her heart is in the right place. Little does she know that the charming and handsome young man she fell for is possessive and violent. Things take a turn for the worse when Nicole tries to escape her boyfriend.

Released in 1996, "Fear" is a heart-pounding thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as David, Reese Witherspoon as Nicole, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman, and Alyssa Milano.

'Poison Ivy'

Ivy made herself known as an innocent and sweet young girl befriending Sylvie, the introverted teen daughter of a wealthy family. While Ivy fits herself into the family quite well, it is revealed that her intentions are nothing good. Ivy uses manipulation and seduction to get what she wants.


"Poison Ivy" premiered in 1992, touching on toxic friendship and obsession. The film stars Drew Barrymore as Ivy, Sara Gilbert as Sylvie, Tom Skerritt, Cheryl Ladd, Alan Stock, and Jeanne Sakata.


A clique of popular high school students find their lives spiraling down after a birthday prank goes fatally wrong. Soon, they are caught in a web of lies to cover their crime and maintain their social status.

Although "Jawbreaker" wasn't well-received during its premiere, more moviegoers learned to like and appreciate it as time passed. It has since become among the most well-loved movies of its time.

The 1999 film, "Jawbreaker," is a dark comedy starring Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Alexandra Adi, Tatyana Ali, and many more talented actresses.

Other films similar to "Cruel Intentions" include "Thirteen" (2003) and "American Beauty" (1999). Meanwhile, other popular films of the '90s include "Clueless," "10 Things I Hate About You," and "She's All That."

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