No matter if you’re completely faithful in a relationship or if you like spending time with other people other than your partner, you have to admit, even the most loyal of us love to indulge ourselves in movies about affairs. Who knows, maybe it’s the idea of the fantasy that you would hate in real life or just the overall excitement that comes with the nerve-wracking and illicit love scenes.
Nonetheless, whatever reason you have for searching for movies about affairs, you might be wondering – what are some of the best ones that I could watch? Luckily for all people, this article might shed some light on the answer you’re looking for. Let’s take a closer look at the list of movies ranging from thrillers to dramas:
Release Year: 2009
Main Actors/Actresses: Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore
Although Amanda’s character might turn out to a bit crazy in this attention-grabbing flick, it doesn’t really influence the fun and interesting aspects of the overall story. At the beginning of the movie, Catherine, played by Moore started suspecting that her spouse – a university professor portrayed by the well-known Liam Neeson – is cheating on her with one of the students in his class called Chloe.
However, as the story evolves, we learn that Chloe is working as a call girl, and after Catherine stalks her throughout the first part of the film, she decides to hire her to ensure that her spouse is being faithful in their marriage. But, this only results in Catherine cheating on her husband, while he remained faithful from the beginning. From there, the story takes an interesting turn as we learn that Chloe was obsessed with Catherine from the start.
Release Year: 1992
Main Actors/Actresses: Juliette Binoche, Jeremy Irons
If there is one movie that you should definitely watch because of all the hot & bothered scenes in it, it’s definitely ‘Damage’. Besides providing viewers with some really steamy scenes throughout the story, it also provides them with a very realistic view of an affair between Stephen and Anna, especially since Stephen, played by Jeremy loses everything and by the end of the flick, he ends up being completely alone.
However, this is not where the story end. In fact, the plot also follows another infidelity story of a British minister portrayed by Stephen Fleming. He also finds himself in a love triangle between his wife and mistress who is actually his son’s fiancee. Now, the entire ordeal is made public and if you want to learn what happens next, it might be best for you to watch the movie for that “OMG” effect.
Release Year: 2002
Main Actors/Actresses: Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez
According to queenofaffairs.com, ‘Unfaithful’ is one of the most iconic movies that portrays an extramarital affair. The plot follows the events that take place after Connie – played by Lane – a girl living in NYC meets a man called Paul while she was waiting for a taxi. Although everything looks innocent at the beginning, the affair soon turns into a steamy one, as the couple keeps spending more and more time together.
Naturally, the entire ordeal doesn’t go unnoticed by Connie’s husband. When he finds out about the infidelity of his wife, in a fit of rage, he actually ends up killing Paul and disposing of his body soon after. Diane’s acting as a worried wife that cheated on her spouse is one of the best performance you’ll ever see in a movie that deals with such topics, which is why you should definitely choose to watch it.
4. “American Beauty”
Release Year: 1999
Main Actors/Actresses: Mena Suvari, Kevin Spacey
If there is one movie on this list that you have probably heard of, it’s “American Beauty”. The story follows Lester – played by Spacey – and Angela as they start their very forbidden love affair. Lester is a married, suburban writer who actually hates how his life turned out to be, while Angela is the beautiful, blonde, and a quite seductive and appealing cheerleader who goes to the same high school as Lester’s daughter.
Their relationship is extremely different – not to mention forbidden by the law – however, that doesn’t really hinder Lester from falling deeply in love with Angela. Now, it would be quite annoying if we spoiled what happens next, hence, all we can say is that their relationship didn’t go quite as far as some others on this list, nonetheless, it’s still one of the best movies when it comes to depicting the entire situation.
5. “Walk The Line”
Release Year: 2005
Main Actors/Actresses: Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix
You must have heard about the legendary story of June Carter and Johnny Cash, which is why it needs to be mentioned in this article. The movie, naturally, follows Johnny Cash, played by Phoenix as he’s becoming increasingly popular and battling various addictions and his love interest June. Johnny is, of course, married when he meets her, however, this doesn’t stop them from forming an intimate relationship.
However, June simply cannot overlook Johnny’s addictions, which leads to them breaking up as Cash’s sanity and relationship with his wife slowly fall apart. His undying love for June is what kept him moving and in the end, the pair reconnected. The movie is entirely based on a true story that we all know the ending too – the real June and Johnny reconnected, got married, and they also stayed together until they both passed away during 2003.
No matter what reason you have for watching movies that depict love affairs, as you can see, there is a wide range of them that you can choose to watch. Depending on your preferences, they also come in various genres, hence, they aren’t always feel-good movies that have a happy ending.
So, now that you’re aware of some of the best films about love affairs, you might not want to waste any more of your time. Instead, return to the beginning of the list, go through it once again, and then determine which ones you would like to watch – and don’t forget the popcorn!