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THE MYSTIC WOMEN!!! 10 Great Movies Portrayed Mysteriously Missing Females

This list looks upon a problematic yet frequently profound plot device that runs throughout film history; the mysteriously missing female. All these films seem to be mystic and thrilling in its nature.


L'Avventura (1960)

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
With Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Dominique Blanchar

A woman disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip. But during the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other.

The Vanishing (1988)

Directed by George Sluizer
With Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Directed by Peter Weir
With Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Gone Girl (2014)

Directed by David Fincher
With Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Laura (1944)

Directed by Otto Preminger
With Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Directed by Ben Affleck
With Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
With Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty

While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Directed by Otto Preminger
With Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Frantic (1988)

Directed by Roman Polanski
With Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner, Djiby Soumare

In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

Breakdown (1997)

Directed by Jonathan Mostow
With Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey

A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.