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Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs 

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Updated November 7, 2019 2.9k votes 946 voters 89.6k 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

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American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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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

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A Perfect Murder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas
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The Boy Next Door is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Jennifer Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Hill Harper
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Derailed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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The Good Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Closer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law

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Juliet, Naked is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O'Dowd
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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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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

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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

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Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue

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A Walk on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Secret Things is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont, Coralie Revel
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Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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Vita and Virginia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones
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The Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy, Shameik Moore
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Them That Follow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert

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