Polyamorous Films/Series

by harukohana | created - 06 Jul 2012 | updated - 28 Dec 2015 | Public

A list of films that at least question or challenge monogamy, if not outrightly portray polyamory, polygamy, polyandry, etc. I have not actually seen a good number of films on this list.

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1. Design for Living (1933)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 4,818

An excellent pre-code movie depicting a MFM, V triad. And with a happy ending! :D And two really attractive male leads... ;]

2. Jules and Jim (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Votes: 32,434

3. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Documentary-filmmaker Bob Sanders and his wife Carol attend a group-therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the film's opening scenes. Returning to their Los Angeles home, the newly... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 4,635 | Gross: $31.90M

4. Paint Your Wagon (1969)

PG-13 | 164 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell

Votes: 10,810 | Gross: $31.68M

5. Group Marriage (1973)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

Chris (Aimée Eccles) is not getting along with boyfriend Sandor (Solomon Sturges) and has an affair with parole officer Dennis (Jeff Pomerantz). Dennis invites the couple to dinner with his... See full summary »

Director: Stephanie Rothman | Stars: Victoria Vetri, Aimee Eccles, Solomon Sturges, Claudia Jennings

Votes: 69

6. Lovin' Molly (1974)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

Spanning nearly 40 years from 1925 to 1964, two Texas farm boys, straight-arrow Gid and laid-back Johnny, fight over the affections of the beautiful and headstrong Molly Taylor, who ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Beau Bridges, Blythe Danner, Edward Binns

Votes: 394

7. Same Time, Next Year (1978)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar, Bernie Kuby

Votes: 5,135 | Gross: $19.70M

8. A Change of Seasons (1980)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

Marriage takes a sour turn when a middle-aged husband falls for a young and sexy woman. Things get even more complicated when his wife starts a hot affair with a young lover of her own.

Directors: Richard Lang, Noel Black | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Hopkins, Bo Derek, Michael Brandon

Votes: 772

9. Willie & Phil (1980)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Remake of Jules et Jim following the experiences over a decade of two friends who fall in love with the same woman, enjoyably satirising the 70's through the search by the three ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Michael Ontkean, Margot Kidder, Ray Sharkey, Jan Miner

Votes: 366 | Gross: $4.40M

10. A Small Circle of Friends (1980)

R | 113 min | Drama

Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge the system and begin to lose their ideals.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Brad Davis, Karen Allen, Jameson Parker, Shelley Long

Votes: 370

11. Summer Lovers (1982)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Daryl Hannah, Valérie Quennessen, Barbara Rush

Votes: 3,433 | Gross: $4.97M

12. Micki + Maude (1984)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

A bigamist must keep his wives from meeting each other, which becomes tricky when they're both pregnant.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Dudley Moore, Amy Irving, Ann Reinking, Richard Mulligan

Votes: 2,433 | Gross: $26.20M

13. She's Gotta Have It (1986)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

79 Metascore

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee

Votes: 7,050 | Gross: $7.14M

14. À corps perdu (1988)

92 min | Drama, Romance, War

A war photographer returns home to Montréal to discover that his two partners have left him to be together. Alone in the city, he photographs what he sees, trying to heal both his war memories and a broken heart.

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Matthias Habich, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Michel Voïta, Jean-François Pichette

Votes: 129

15. Bal poussière (1989)

91 min | Comedy

The chief of an African village, who is called 'Demi Dieu' because after God he is the owner of all the things, already has five wives. But as this is not enough he decides to find himself ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Duparc | Stars: Bamba Bakari, Tcheley Hanny, Naky Sy Savane, Thérèse Taba

Votes: 70

16. The Mahabharata (1989–1990)

Not Rated | 318 min | Drama, War

Jealousy and hatred is what separates the Pandavas and Kauravas. The Kauravas fear the Pandavas are after the throne of their father. Yudhishthira of the Pandavas gets told by the deity, Krishna, that he will become king. A war is inevitable.

Stars: Erika Alexander, Maurice Bénichou, Amba Bihler, Lou Bihler

Votes: 963 | Gross: $0.33M

17. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 11,365 | Gross: $11.57M

18. December Bride (1991)

88 min | Drama

At the beginning of the 20th century, a young servant provokes an independent Irish farm community by her relationship with two brothers. Pregnant, she refuses to reveal the name of the ... See full summary »

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Donal McCann, Saskia Reeves, Ciarán Hinds, Patrick Malahide

Votes: 284 | Gross: $0.07M

19. Belle Epoque (1992)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer's four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them.

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Jorge Sanz, Penélope Cruz, Miriam Díaz-Aroca

Votes: 8,704 | Gross: $5.97M

20. Café au lait (1993)

94 min | Comedy, Romance

Lola is pregnant. But she does not know who the father is : Jamal, the black muslim, son of diplomats, or Felix, the pennyless jewish messenger. Jamal and Felix meet at Lola's, and the race... See full summary »

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Julie Mauduech, Hubert Koundé, Mathieu Kassovitz, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 954 | Gross: $0.32M

21. Sirens (1994)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

When a painting is termed blasphemous, a young minister and his wife visit the artist... and the three sexually playful models living with him.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill, Elle Macpherson

Votes: 9,163 | Gross: $7.77M

22. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 12,448 | Gross: $6.93M

23. Threesome (1994)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

A girl named Alex is by mistake housed with 2 guys, Stuart and Eddy, in a college dorm suite. After initial problems they become friends. Stuart has the hots for Alex, Alex for Eddy and Eddy for Stuart. Can it work?

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Lara Flynn Boyle, Josh Charles, Stephen Baldwin, Alexis Arquette

Votes: 11,822 | Gross: $14.82M

24. The Substitute Wife (1994 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Western

In Nebraska, in pioneer days, a woman who knows she is going to die asks a prostitute to replace her with her husband and four children in order to make it possible for them to keep their family farm.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Lea Thompson, Peter Weller, Karis Paige Bryant

Votes: 471

25. Carrington (1995)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century.

Director: Christopher Hampton | Stars: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington, Samuel West

Votes: 4,764 | Gross: $3.24M

26. The Doom Generation (1995)

R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: James Duval, Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech, Cress Williams

Votes: 12,782 | Gross: $0.26M

27. French Twist (1995)

R | 104 min | Comedy

After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again.

Director: Josiane Balasko | Stars: Victoria Abril, Josiane Balasko, Alain Chabat, Ticky Holgado

Votes: 4,187 | Gross: $1.40M

28. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 55,656 | Gross: $4.04M

29. A Husband, a Wife and a Lover (1996 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

When her cheating husband has a debilitating stroke, a woman invites her lover to move in with them.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Judith Light, Jay Thomas, Linda Sorensen, Robin Dunne

Votes: 181

30. Afterglow (1997)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A handyman with marital problems meets a housewife with the same.

Director: Alan Rudolph | Stars: Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jonny Lee Miller

Votes: 3,075 | Gross: $2.44M

31. The Blood Oranges (1997)

R | 93 min | Drama

Cyril and Fiona are a long-married couple who travel to an unnamed tropical coastal town to follow their sexual fantasies. There they meet another couple, Catherine, Hugh and their three ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Charles Dance, Colin Lane, Sheryl Lee, Laila Robins

Votes: 329

32. De noche vienes, Esmeralda (1997)

R | 103 min | Comedy

Esmeralda is married with 5 husbands at the same time, so she has to explain to the judge why she has done this.

Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo | Stars: María Rojo, Claudio Obregón, Martha Navarro, Antonio Crestani

Votes: 254 | Gross: $0.02M

33. The Object of My Affection (1998)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A pregnant New York City social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha, Lena Cardwell

Votes: 17,289 | Gross: $29.11M

34. Splendor (1999)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

An average, calm mid-20s girl named Veronica restarts her dead dating life all of the sudden, but with two guys: a sensitive failed writer named Abel and an airheaded drummer named Zed. At ... See full summary »

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Kathleen Robertson, Johnathon Schaech, Matt Keeslar, Kelly Macdonald

Votes: 2,867 | Gross: $0.05M

35. About Adam (2000)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

64 Metascore

A waitress falls for a handsome customer who seduces her, her two sisters, her brother, and her brother's girlfriend.

Director: Gerard Stembridge | Stars: Stuart Townsend, Kate Hudson, Tommy Tiernan, Frances O'Connor

Votes: 6,120 | Gross: $0.15M

36. Me You Them (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A true story that comically depicts the relationship between an ordinary woman and her three husbands, who live in the same house in a poor and arid small village of the Brazilian northeast.

Director: Andrucha Waddington | Stars: Regina Casé, Lima Duarte, Stênio Garcia, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 1,637 | Gross: $0.32M

37. Kukushka (2002)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, War, Comedy

69 Metascore

The beauty of this movie is that you, as the reader of the subtitles, are the only one who knows what is going on. The woman and the two men all speak different languages. It is a comedy of errors up until the end.

Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin | Stars: Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov, Mikhail Korobochkin

Votes: 6,826 | Gross: $0.24M

38. When Two Won't Do (2002)

57 min | Documentary

It takes viewers on an intimate road trip across North America - from a polyamory conference in the Catskills, a swingers' convention in Las Vegas, to long-term multipartner families in ... See full summary »

Directors: David Finch, Maureen Marovitch

Votes: 41

39. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Documentary

The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them.

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Shera Pollins, Gene Hatcher

Votes: 11,108

A series showing the success of "alternative" families, such as same-gender monogamous parents or polyamorous parents.

40. A Home at the End of the World (2004)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A boy who has experienced many losses in his life grows to manhood and enters into a love triangle with a woman and his boyhood friend.

Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 12,725 | Gross: $1.03M

41. Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (2004)

R | 95 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

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Director: Susan Kaplan | Stars: Sam Cagnina, Steven Margolin, Samantha Singh

Votes: 166 | Gross: $0.02M

42. Wild Side (2004)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A transgender woman who survives prostituting herself in Paris, returns - with her two male lovers in tow - to her family home in the countryside to look after her dying mother.

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz | Stars: Stéphanie Michelini, Yasmine Belmadi, Edouard Nikitine, Josiane Stoléru

Votes: 923 | Gross: $0.02M

43. You I Love (2004)

83 min | Comedy, Romance

54 Metascore

On their first anniversary, Vera comes home to discover her boyfriend Tim in bed with another man.

Directors: Olga Stolpovskaja, Dmitriy Troitskiy | Stars: Damir Badmaev, Lyubov Tolkalina, Evgeniy Koryakovskiy, Nina Agapova

Votes: 841 | Gross: $0.06M

44. Douches froides (2005)

102 min | Drama

The story of three teenagers: a beautiful girl, Vanessa, and two boys, Mickael and Clement, one rich, one poor. The story of Mickael - judo fanatic and doomed lover - and his parents, both ... See full summary »

Director: Antony Cordier | Stars: Johan Libéreau, Salomé Stévenin, Florence Thomassin, Jean-Philippe Écoffey

Votes: 2,058

45. Wild Sex (2005– )

Documentary

An examination of mating rituals of different animals and their similarities to human behavior.

Star: Peter Venn

Votes: 37

This is a great documentary about the diversity of sexuality and gender among different species, which challenges human notions on common beliefs re: sex and gender.

46. These Girls (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

During their summer between high school and college, three girls blackmail a slightly older hunk into having sex with them.

Director: John Hazlett | Stars: Caroline Dhavernas, Jacques Girard, Holly Lewis, Amanda Walsh

Votes: 1,458

47. Big Love (2006–2011)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A polygamist and his relationship with his three wives.

Stars: Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin

Votes: 18,856

48. Sheng xia guang nian (2006)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

Two best friends Shane and Jonathan learn more about themselves in an ever evolving sexuality.

Director: Leste Chen | Stars: Hsiao-chuan Chang, Ray Chang, Kate Yeung

Votes: 1,934