Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Freshfaced academy trainee Clarice Starling is drafted in to help catch a demented serial killer by giving another killer a reason to lick his lips.
Eagle-eared viewers will note that Lecter actually gives away Buffalo Bill’s identity during their first meeting, the fact that Starling misses it does little for her sleuth credentials, though she gets her man in the end.
Scott Glen Flirting Ability: 9
Lector Flirting Ability: 10
Sleuth Factor: 9
Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) Fargo (1996)
Up the duff, freezing her tits off and in no mood to be messed around, Marge is a single-minded bloodhound you certainly wouldn’t want sniffing around your dirty laundry.
With deduction skills that would give Sherlock Holmes a run for his onions, she makes the modern obsession with forensics seem like child’s computer-room play.
Annoying Accent: 9
Sleuth Factor: 10