Films about forbidden love

by martax9 | created - 06 Feb 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1.incest 2.affair 3.opposite sides (political parties) 4.illegal relationship (with a minor) 5. controversial relationships (LGBT, interracial)

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1. Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, History, Romance

61 Metascore

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang

Votes: 34,646 | Gross: $4.60M

A female spy who is involved in the assassination of a political figure falls in love with her target.

2. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti

Votes: 17,527 | Gross: $4.90M

A rich Chinese man in his early thirties falls in love with a 15 year old French girl in 1929's French Indochina.

3. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 46,936 | Gross: $1.40M

A middle-aged European professor becomes obsessed with his wife's teenage daughter.

4. Damage (1992)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves

Votes: 14,838 | Gross: $7.53M

A politician starts a relationship with his son's soon to be wife.

5. Adore (2013)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

37 Metascore

A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville

Votes: 29,724 | Gross: $0.32M

two best friends fall in love with each other's son

6. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 94,435 | Gross: $7.15M

7. The Night Porter (1974)

R | 118 min | Drama

After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, Holocaust survivor Lucia (Charlotte Rampling) and Nazi officer Max (Sir Dirk Bogarde), who tortured her, resume their sadomasochistic relationship.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 10,113

8. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 299,629 | Gross: $83.04M

two 'cowboys' fall in love with each other

9. Her (2013)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

Votes: 467,759 | Gross: $25.57M

10. Carol (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

95 Metascore

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 100,792 | Gross: $12.71M

In the 1950's two women have an affair

11. Never Let Me Go (2010)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small

Votes: 130,160 | Gross: $2.43M

12. The Edge of Love (2008)

R | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, Simon Armstrong

Votes: 15,421 | Gross: $0.03M

13. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

Votes: 217,989 | Gross: $34.19M

a young boy falls in love with an older concentration camp guard

14. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 175,375 | Gross: $0.62M

a young girl falls in love with her older dance teacher, despite her father's dissaproval

15. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 957,514 | Gross: $659.33M

a rich girl falls in love with a poor guy, despite being engaged to a man from her social class.

16. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 475,374 | Gross: $81.00M

a rich girl falls in love with a poor guy, despite being engaged to a man from her social class.

17. Breezy (1973)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

A young girl tries to find her way in life, suffering from her own naivety and sincerity.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: William Holden, Kay Lenz, Roger C. Carmel, Marj Dusay

Votes: 3,866

18. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak

Votes: 65,629 | Gross: $71.52M

A married woman falls in love with a photographer she can never be with

19. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 87,884 | Gross: $43.66M

20. Elegy (I) (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life, which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood", thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 21,133 | Gross: $3.58M

21. Savage Grace (2007)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

51 Metascore

A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies...

Director: Tom Kalin | Stars: Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Dillane, Anne Reid

Votes: 10,128 | Gross: $0.43M

22. Close My Eyes (1991)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Alan Rickman, Clive Owen, Saskia Reeves, Karl Johnson

Votes: 2,741 | Gross: $0.14M

23. Luna (1979)

R | 142 min | Drama

While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin addiction.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Veronica Lazar, Renato Salvatori

Votes: 3,890

24. Harold and Maude (1971)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 65,323

25. Little Children (2006)

R | 136 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.

Director: Todd Field | Stars: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 100,511 | Gross: $5.46M

Two married people have an affair

26. The Thorn Birds (1983)

460 min | Drama, Romance

This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie,... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer, Bryan Brown

Votes: 7,344

27. Breathe In (2013)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever.

Director: Drake Doremus | Stars: Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, Mackenzie Davis, Amy Ryan

Votes: 13,246 | Gross: $0.02M

A married man has an affair with the exchange student his family is hosting

28. Legends of the Fall (1994)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War

45 Metascore

In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond

Votes: 133,360 | Gross: $66.64M

Three brothers love the same woman

29. My Best Friend's Girl (2008)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

34 Metascore

Tank faces the ultimate test of friendship when his best friend hires him to take his ex-girlfriend out on a lousy date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Jason Biggs, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 40,796 | Gross: $19.22M

a man falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend

30. Something Borrowed (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

36 Metascore

Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when terminally single Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend Darcy's fiancé.

Director: Luke Greenfield | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski

Votes: 54,342 | Gross: $39.05M

31. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 386,308 | Gross: $59.70M

32. Last Night (I) (2010)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.

Director: Massy Tadjedin | Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet

Votes: 44,745 | Gross: $0.10M

a married couple searches for love outside their marriage

33. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

74 Metascore

An artificial man, who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life. Then one day, a suburban lady meets him and introduces him to her world.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 415,117 | Gross: $56.36M

34. Ghost World (2001)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro

Votes: 106,949 | Gross: $6.22M

35. Some Kind of Beautiful (II) (2014)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

11 Metascore

A drama about a Cambridge poetry professor who begins to re-evaluate his life of Byronic excess.

Director: Tom Vaughan | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 12,028

36. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 927,581 | Gross: $19.50M

37. The Flowers of War (2011)

R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance

46 Metascore

An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang

Votes: 45,818 | Gross: $0.01M

38. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 459,997 | Gross: $0.71M

father and daughter sleep together unaware that they're family

39. Allied (2016)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Vincent Ebrahim

Votes: 125,887 | Gross: $40.07M

A Canadian officer marries a french spy

40. Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

33 Metascore

In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.

Director: Shamim Sarif | Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Antje Traue, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Votes: 1,930

41. Suite Française (2014)

107 min | Drama, Romance, War

63 Metascore

During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Eric Godon

Votes: 20,009

A love between a french villager and a german officer

42. China Girl (1987)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: James Russo, Richard Panebianco, Sari Chang, David Caruso

Votes: 1,393 | Gross: $1.26M

43. The Vicious Kind (2009)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process.

Director: Lee Toland Krieger | Stars: Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, Alex Frost, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 7,248

A man has an affair with his brother's girlfriend

44. A United Kingdom (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport

Votes: 12,252 | Gross: $3.90M

a black king marries a british citizen

45. Loving (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Dean Mumford

Votes: 28,099 | Gross: $7.70M

A white man marries a black woman in the 1960s, when interracial marriage was still illegal

46. Emperor (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, History, War

48 Metascore

As the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, General Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Matthew Fox, Colin Moy, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune

Votes: 12,299 | Gross: $3.35M

An american falls in love with a Japanese woman

47. Labor Day (2013)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg

Votes: 39,271 | Gross: $13.36M

a woman falls in love with an escaped convict

48. Brides (2004)

128 min | Drama, Romance

Set in 1922, is the story of a mail order bride, one of 700, aboard the SS KING ALEXANDER, who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband, in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Damian Lewis, Victoria Haralabidou, Andréa Ferréol, Evi Saoulidou

Votes: 3,986

A ail order bride falls in love with a photography on her trip to the US, where she will meet her husband

49. The Age of Adaline (2015)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.2