It's Complicated: 20 Movies About Forbidden Romance
It's Complicated: 20 Movies About Forbidden Romance
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Not all who fall in love are meant to be and not every love story gets to have a happy ending. If you're unlucky in love, you're not alone. Here are 20 films about complicated and forbidden romance.

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Cast: Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Lolita Davidovich and Martin Landau
Where to watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu and FandangoNow

A remake of the 1970 French film Les choses de la vie by Claude Sautet, Intersection tells the story of a man struggling to choose between reuniting with his estranged wife or moving on with his affair with a travel writer.


Cast: Chris Messina, Rashida Jones and Meital Dohan
Where to watch: Hulu

Monogamy revolves around one man's growing obsession, which sends his engagement to the brink.


Cast: Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella and Dominique Swain
Where to watch: Vudu and FandangoNow

Lolita takes forbidden love to another level with Jeremy Irons as a middle-aged man who marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter. Though not everyone's cup of tea, this film gives a fascinating look at one man's dark obsession and his tempestuous relationship.

Brokeback Mountain 

Cast: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams
Where to watch: Vudu and FandangoNow

Brokeback Mountain is about the secret relationship between two cowboys and their unexpected bond after they respectively start their own families. If this movie has taught us anything, it's that love isn't always enough.  

Romeo + Juliet

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino and Diane Venora
Where to watch: Vudu and FandangoNow

Dubbed as the greatest love story ever known, Romeo + Juliet gives the famous Shakespeare play a modern twist with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes playing the star-crossed lovers.


Cast: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen
Where to Watch: Vudu and FandangoNow

Closer gives an honest and raw look at sex, love and infidelity through four tragic characters.  


Cast: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez and Erik Per Sullivan
Where to watch: Vudu and FandangoNow

Unfaithful is proof that even the happiest marriages can end in shambles. Diane Lane and Richard Gere play a married couple whose loving relationship goes awry when Lane's character enters an adulterous fling. And like most forbidden romances, this one takes a tragic turn.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen, Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts
Where to watch: Crackle, Vudu and FandangoNow

It's not exactly about forbidden love but Celeste and Jesse Forever isn't your typical rom-com with a happy ending either. The film is about a divorcing couple who tries to maintain their friendship while they both move on with other people.

Fatal Attraction

Cast: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer
Where to watch: Vudu and FandangoNow

Fatal Attraction will make you think twice about having an affair. The movie centers on a married man's casual encounter which takes a very disturbing turn when his one-night stand starts stalking him and his family.

Cruel Intentions

Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair
Where to watch: Vudu and FandangoNow

Cruel Intentions is a seductive thriller about Kathryn and Sebastian, two vicious step-siblings who make a bet with each other. If Sebastian fails to deflower virgin Annette, Kathryn gets his Jaguar. If he succeeds, however, he gets a night of pleasure with his stepsister. 

Miss Julie

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton
Where to watch: Netflix, Vudu and FandangoNow

Lust, desire and social differences are explored through the story of a daughter of an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, who encourages her father's already engaged valet to seduce her.

Check out these other movies about forbidden love:

Manhattan (Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu and FandangoNow)
28 Hotel Rooms (Hulu, Vudu and FandangoNow)
Love Is Thicker than Water (Hulu) 
Tristan + Isolde (Vudu and FandangoNow)
Little Children  (Vudu and FandangoNow)
The English Patient (Vudu and FandangoNow)
Water for Elephants (Vudu and FandangoNow)
Chloe (Netlfix, Vudu and FandangoNow)
Match Point (Vudu and FandangoNow)

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