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Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs  

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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
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari
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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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan
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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
Jennifer Aniston, Clive Owen, Melissa George
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The Good Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Gyllenhaal
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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin
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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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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth
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Juliet, Naked is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O'Dowd
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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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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
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Secret Things is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
DennisPot added Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont, Coralie Revel
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Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
Treasure Wilson added Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man
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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
DeborahTragasz added Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue
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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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