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Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs

Updated December 7, 2020 3.4k votes 1.0k voters 102.9k views38 items

List RulesVote 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

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Released2002

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

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    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

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    Glenn Close, Michael Douglas

    Released1987

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • A Walk on the Moon6
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    Anna Paquin, Diane Lane

    Released1999

    Directed byTony Goldwyn

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    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire

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    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman

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    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen

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    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    Jennifer Aniston, Clive Owen

    Released2005

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    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes

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    Closer

    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

    Released2004

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    Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel

    Released2002

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    Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2005

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont

    Released2002

    Directed byJean-Claude Brisseau

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    Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2009

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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    Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore

    Released1992

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    Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm

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    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne

    Released2001

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    Dan Stevens, Alison Brie

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    Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy

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    Jennifer Connelly, Kate Winslet

    Released2006

    Directed byTodd Field

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