Greatest Films About and Around The Oldest Profession

No particular order, except for Vivre Sa vie, which I consider to be one of the absolute greatest films ever made.
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1.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
2.
Le Plaisir (1952)
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Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women... (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
3.
Accattone (1961)
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A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison. (117 mins.)
 
4.
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
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A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
5.
Sisters of the Gion (1936)
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Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him. (69 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
6.
A Hen in the Wind (1948)
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A man returns from World War II to find his desperate wife has resorted to one night of prostitution to pay for their son's hospital bills. (84 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
7.
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)
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In this film, 'Her' refers to both Paris, the character of Juliette Janson and the actress playing her... (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
8.
The Oldest Profession (1967)
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A collection of sketches on prostitution through the ages. 1) "The Prehistoric Era": A caveman discovers... (119 mins.)
“ Only Godard's segment Anticipation, which is a masterpiece. ” - KasparM
 
9.
I Don't Kiss (1991)
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A young man leaves his native town in southern France to discover Paris. Being too unexperienced and too naive... (115 mins.)
 
10.
The Life of Oharu (1952)
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society. (148 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
11.
Belle de Jour (1967)
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (100 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
12.
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
 
13.
Street of Joy (1974)
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It's the evening before the day all brothels must be shut-down, according to the new law, in 1958. At the Kofukuya's (literally... (78 mins.)
 
14.
Her Man (1930)
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Paris bargirl with tough "protector" falls for young sailor. (85 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
15.
Chloe (2009)
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A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger. (96 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
16.
Nathalie... (2003)
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Nathalie is the name a Parisian prostitute assumes for a special mission or "private investigation."... (106 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
 
17.
The Docks of New York (1928)
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A blue-collar worker on New York's depressed waterfront finds his life changed after he saves a woman attempting suicide. (76 mins.)
 
18.
Gate of Flesh (1964)
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After World War II, some Tokyo prostitutes band together with a strict code: no pimps, attack any street walker who comes into our territory... (90 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
19.
Story of a Prostitute (1965)
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In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide. (96 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
20.
Klute (1971)
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (114 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
21.
American Gigolo (1980)
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A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit. (117 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
22.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
 
23.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
24.
The Naked Kiss (1964)
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Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists... (90 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
25.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
 
26.
Pretty Baby (1978)
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A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917. (110 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
27.
Sadie Thompson (1928)
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A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist. (97 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
28.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
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A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
29.
Street of Shame (1956)
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
30.
Taxi Driver (1976)
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A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
31.
Gion bayashi (1953)
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In the post-war, the sixteen year-old teenager Eiko seeks out the geisha Miyoharu in the district of Gion... (85 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
32.
Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money... (101 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
33.
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. (109 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
34.
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
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A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends. (111 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
35.
Unforgiven (1992)
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Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
36.
The Insect Woman (1963)
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Life story of a woman born in poverty trying to succeed. Through her many schemes, she faces her ups and downs in a cyclical nature, fueled mostly by self-interest. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
37.
Angele (1934)
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A young and naive peasant girl in Provence, who has been seduced and abandoned, moves to Marseilles and becomes a street-walker after having her baby. (145 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
38.
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
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A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War One. (81 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
39.
All About My Mother (1999)
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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
 
40.
The Joyless Street (1925)
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Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered... (125 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
 
41.
The 3 Penny Opera (1931)
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In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'. (112 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
 
42.
Hustle (1975)
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At the instigation of a grieving father, a Los Angeles cop investigates the suspicious circumstances of a girl's apparent suicide. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
43.
Street Angel (1937)
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In old Shanghai, two sisters, a prostitute and a singer, tried to escape from the local scoundrels with the help of a trumpet player and a newspaper seller. (91 mins.)
Director: Muzhi Yuan