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Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs

Updated July 29, 2020 3.3k votes 1.0k voters 97.4k views37 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Unfaithful

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Released2002

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Fatal Attraction

    Glenn Close, Michael Douglas

    Released1987

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    A Walk on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    A Walk on the Moon

    Anna Paquin, Diane Lane

    Released1999

    Directed byTony Goldwyn

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    Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    The Great Gatsby

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire

    Released2013

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    The Boy Next Door is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    The Boy Next Door

    Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman

    Released2015

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    A Perfect Murder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    A Perfect Murder

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1998

    Directed byAndrew Davis

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    Derailed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Derailed

    Jennifer Aniston, Clive Owen

    Released2005

    Directed byMikael Håfström

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    Closer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Closer

    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

    Released2004

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    The Reader is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    The Reader

    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byStephen Daldry

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    The Good Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    The Good Girl

    Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel

    Released2002

    Directed byMiguel Arteta

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    Secret Things is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Secret Things

    Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont

    Released2002

    Directed byJean-Claude Brisseau

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    Match Point is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Match Point

    Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2005

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Poison Ivy

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore

    Released1992

    Directed byKatt Shea

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    The Pretenders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    The Pretenders

    Jack Kilmer, Jane Levy

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Franco

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    Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Brothers

    Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2009

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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    Dirt Music is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Dirt Music

    Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund

    Released2020

    Directed byGregor Jordan

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    Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Moulin Rouge!

    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne

    Released2001

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    Lucy in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Lucy in the Sky

    Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm

    Released2019

    Directed byNoah Hawley

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    Little Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    Little Children

    Jennifer Connelly, Kate Winslet

    Released2006

    Directed byTodd Field

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    The Rental is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs
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    The Rental

    Dan Stevens, Alison Brie

    Released2020

    Directed byDave Franco

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