An iconic movie archtype of the classic era. Back when B movies loved to subvert the social status quo of temporary society by demasculating men and giving women sometimes godlike power. Of course, early Hollywood was known for the strong women roles. Myrna Loy in the Thin Man series. Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar. Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. But the femme fatale was more than that. She had the power to destroy or save a man. And usually it was the Destroy. The role was used so often in movies that I'm sure we can all list hundreds of good ones from the golden era and the movies influenced by it. My favorites are: --Of course, Jane Greer in Out of the Past. So definitive. --Valentina Cortese in Thieves' Highway. The alltime sexiest, I think. --Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy.