We’ve all sat down in front of a movie to watch an affair play out and wondered ‘what if?’ and our obsession with affair movies demonstrates that infidelity is a controversial but still very prevalent part of life. So whether you’re a seasoned philanderer or simply a movie fan, our list of must watch affair movies should go straight on your bucket list.
6. Match Point
This creepy offering from Woody Allen is short on gags but big on passion. The story centres on an affair that develops between Tennis coach Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Myers) and sexy American Nola (Scarlett Johansson) who just happens to be his brother in law’s fiancé. The movie starts slowly but the intensity builds into a web of lies deceit and eventually murder.
5. Eyes Wide Shut
Firmly in the ‘so bad it’s good’ category, this very bizarre film which was completed posthumously after Stanley Kubrick died and nearly killed off the careers of both Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, as well as spelling the end of their real life marriage. After Kidman’s character admits she almost had an affair, Cruise embarks on an all night sexual odyssey that is at times harrowing, but mostly just very, very strange.
4. Love Actually
This mostly pants film is almost saved by performances from the fantastic Emma Thompson and the inimitable Alan Rickman. Rickman’s portrayal of a man in turmoil as he faces his burgeoning desire for an employee whilst still being very much in love with his wife and Thompson’s real and raw reaction to his near infidelity are about the only genuinely moving and interesting elements in this phoned in offering from Richard Curtis.
3. American Beauty
This marvellous movie from British director Sam Mendes cemented Kevin Spacey’s status as the go to Indie actor and tapped a nerve when it was released in 1999. Funny, moving and dramatic, American Beauty brought the Indie movie into the mainstream with its revealing portrayal of the darker side of middle class suburbia.
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Before Michel Gondry turned into a pastiche of himself he made ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ a masterpiece of surrealist movie making that perfectly packages very real questions about love and relationship with breathtaking visuals that no other director can match. The film asks the eternal question ‘is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’ as the main characters attempt to erase all memories of their past relationship.
1. Taxi Driver
This iconic movie from Martin Scorsese set the careers of both Robert DeNiro and Jodie Foster on fire and is perhaps even more relevant today than ever, centring on the angst and confusion of De Niro’s character as he’s forced to live in a world dripping in sleaze and decadence. The stomach churning scene where he takes his date (played by Cybil Shepherd) to a porn movie is utterly incredible whilst Foster gives an amazing performance as a young prostitute reluctant to be rescued.