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Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs 

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Updated November 7, 2019 3k votes 969 voters 93.5k views 35 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite movies about secret romantic entanglements, especially those that involved infidelity and high stakes.

There is nothing quite as tantalizing as seeing a secret love affair dramatized on the big screen. The top love affair movies feature private trysts, broken hearts, and steamy romances. This is a list of the greatest movies about secret love affairs including everything from Brokeback Mountain to The English Patient.

What films will you find on this list of the best secret love affair movies? In The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has a fling with an older, married woman, but soon finds himself falling in love with her daughter. Mike Nichols took home an Oscar for directing this critically beloved film. American Beauty is another acclaimed movie about secret love affairs, both real and imaginary. The twisty Closer - also directed by Mike Nichols - is a film about an affair within an affair. Other good movies featured on this list include Unfaithful, The Good Girl, and Notes on a Scandal.

It's up to you to decide which of these affair movies deserves the top spot on this list. Vote your picks up to number one, and add any great films that are missing.

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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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The Boy Next Door is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett

Released: 2015

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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A Perfect Murder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas

Released: 1998

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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The Good Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2002

Directed by: Miguel Arteta

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Derailed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Jennifer Aniston, Clive Owen, Melissa George

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mikael Håfström

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Closer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2009

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd

Released: 1992

Directed by: Katt Shea

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Match Point is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Vita and Virginia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chanya Button

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A Walk on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Anna Paquin, Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tony Goldwyn

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Them That Follow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert

Released: 2019

Directed by: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage

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The Ground Beneath My Fe... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger

Released: 2019

Directed by: Marie Kreutzer

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The Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy, Shameik Moore

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Franco

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
DeborahTragasz added Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

Released: 2001

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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Lucy in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens

Released: 2019

Directed by: Noah Hawley

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Juliet, Naked is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Juliet, Naked Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O'Dowd

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jesse Peretz

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