12 Best Movies for Indulging in Forbidden Love Affairs

Affairs are a forbidden activity best experienced vicariously. The grass is always greener, and the mind tends to wander, but that's what these movies about forbidden love affairs are for.

Don't take these movies to be playbooks for infidelity. Instead, indulge any urges you may have to cheat by living through these fictional characters with a taste for the taboo.

1. Titanic

Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

The GOAT of films about love affairs that society does not condone, Titanic pairs two of the hottest actors of their generation on a first-of-its-kind cruise liner. It all could have ended in a storybook manner, too, if it weren't for that darned iceberg.

2. Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Kathy Baker
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Mama always said, “Don't fall in love with that man with scissors for hands.” Apparently, what Mama don't know won't hurt her.

3. The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog Benedict Cumberbatch
Image Credit: Netflix.

Many viewers thought they were in for a classic cowboy story with The Power of the Dog. While they got a fair share of Western landscapes and cowboy machismo, an unlikely love story is the movie's defining feature. Save a horse, ride a cowboy?

4. Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

While Pride & Prejudice does not document an affair of infidelity, it's a film about forbidden love. Is it hot in here, or did somebody just break out a Jane Austen novel?

5. The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo
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An acclaimed Korean film with a layered plot involving deceit and various unexpected affairs, The Handmaiden will have you double-checking who you allow into your home.

6. Unfaithful

Unfaithful Diane Lane
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Diane Lane is one of those elegantly beautiful actresses who is completely believable as a New York housewife seduced by a Latin hunk. For all his movie-star charm, Richard Gere also works as the working hubby whose wife steps out. That's why Unfaithful works as a believable portrayal of a partner gone astray and the tense cat-and-mouse game that ensues when a private investigator gets involved.

7. American Beauty

American Beauty Annette Bening
Image Credit: DreamWorks Pictures.

In hindsight, Kevin Spacey's infatuation with an underaged teen in American Beauty may not have been as much acting as we thought.

8. In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-wai
Image Credit: Block 2 Pictures and Océan Films.

In the Mood for Love is an acclaimed piece of Asian cinema that examines what happens when two victims of infidelity come together. Will they use each other to get revenge on their cheating spouses, or will they rise above? Watch and see.

9. Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

One of the most stylish, bedazzled love triangles ever to hit the big screen comes in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! 

Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, cheat-ah.

10. Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color Léa Seydoux
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What happens when a female-female friendship unexpectedly evolves into something more? Blue Is the Warmest Color happens.

11. Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal
Image Credit: Focus Features.

Brokeback Mountain was an entirely new genre when it hit theaters. The risque concept of cowboys falling in love was not everyone's cup of tea, as it is the ultimate example of a forbidden love affair. One line from BBM sums up so many of the affair-centric movies on this list: “I can't quit you!”

12. Her

Her Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing.

A movie about a taboo love affair between man and artificial intelligence? What could be more topical?

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Sam Mire is a freelance writer who has manned a variety of beats over nearly a decade in the literary biz. He has spent weeks in the Alaskan wildlands, immersed himself in the world of Florida's homeless population, covered live sporting events, and served as a linchpin for media outlets in the legal, tech, and entertainment spaces. Sam has been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, AP News, Fox News, and, most notably, Wealth of Geeks. In his free time, he enjoys boxing, woodwork, petting his dog, and reveling in good company.