Prostitution movies are truly one of a kind. They represent a very complex profession some are forced to resort to with really gripping characters and emotional backstories that make us watch until the end. In this article, we will show you the top ten prostitution movies of all time.
#10. Young & Beautiful (2013)
Young and Beautiful is an erotic drama that tells us the story of Isabelle, a teenage prostitute who begins her work after she decides to lose her virginity to a boy named Felix.
However, she’s unsatisfied by her first sexual experience and begins working as a prostitute at high-class hotels using the working name Leah.
When one of her favorite clients, a 63 year old man named Georges Ferriere, dies of a heart attack during a sexual encounter, her life takes an unexpected turn.
This one is definitely worth a watch if you want to explore the different facets of young sexuality represented on film.
#9. House of Tolerance (2011)
House of Tolerance, also known as House of Pleasure, is a French drama that premiered in the competition section at the 2011 Canned Film Festival.
This film is set in a luxurious Parisian brothel at the beginning of the 20th century and depicts the story of prostitutes inside the brothel, their interactions, worries, and pains.
House of Tolerance gives the impression that the prostitute is above the client, focusing the camera on the girls and almost never their clients. The movie won a Caesar Award for best costume design.
#8. Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty Woman is a classic in the Rom-Com genre, starring alist actors such as Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. It tells us the story of a down on her luck Hollywood prostitute, Vivian Ward, who was hired by Edward Lewis, who requests her to be his escort for business and social situations.
However, the relationship will soon take a dramatic turn. It’s kind of funny, as this movie was originally intended to be a cautionary tale against prostitution, but ended up being conceived as a Rom-Com.
Thanks to Julia Roberts’s excellent performance. Pretty Woman won a Golden Globe for best actress.
#7. Klute (1971)
Klute is a neo-noir crime thriller film that stars a high-priced prostitute who assists the Detective in solving a missing person’s case.
Klute isn’t like any other prostitution movie as it portrays the character’s different personal struggles in a unique way. It definitely hit the Mark as it was a commercial success worldwide, grossing $12 million at the time. That’s over 75 million in today’s dollars.
An Academy Award was won by Jane Fonda for her excellent portrayal as prostitute Bree Danielsز
#6. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Six leaving Las Vegas this movie is based on a semi autobiographical novel of the same name, published by John O’Brien and starring the one and only Nicolas Cage, a suicidal alcoholic in Los Angeles who got fired from his job and also divorced at the same time.
So, Yep, this guy’s down on his luck and moves to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. However, he finds a prostitute with whom he falls in love with.
Leaving Las Vegas made Nicolas Cage win an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for best actor.
#5. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Lilya 4-Ever is a Swedish Danish drama that tells us the tragic tale of Lilja Mikalova, the girl in the former Soviet Union who’s suddenly abandoned by her mother, who moved to the US with her boyfriend.
The movie is a gripping depiction of human trafficking and sexual slavery as Lilja is left down on her luck to survive without her mom and has to resort to prostitution to survive.
Fair warning, this film pulls no punches in the emotional Department. Lilya 4-Ever won awards for best actress and best film at major European film festivals.
#4. True Romance (1993)
In this romantic crime film written by none other than Quentin Tarantino, we follow an ex-call girl and her husband hunted by the mafia after stealing a solid amount of drugs from her former pimp. And, yes, this one is as crazy as it sounds.
With Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and James Gandolfini. You’re set with a perfect ensemble cast. Although the movie didn’t do so well at the box office, the user ratings were absolutely outstanding.
#3. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Directed byFederico Fellini, who is known for his distinctive style, Nights of Cabiria follows a prostitute called Cabiria, who was robbed and left for dead by her boyfriend. After surviving, she embarks on an adventure to find true love.
Nights of Cabiria won an Oscar in 1958 for the best foreign film, defeating Mother India by a single vote.
#2. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Jared Leto took method acting to the next level when he lost £25 and befriended real heroin junkies from the streets of Brooklyn to prepare for his role in Requiem for a Dream.
The film depicts the lives of drug addicts whose mental States are being affected after years of abuse resulting in a downward spiral toward disaster.
#1. Taxi Driver (1976)
Our number one pick is Taxi Driver. After befriending an underage pimp, a lonely taxi driver called Travis Bickle formulates a plan to assimilate a presidential candidate along with others who he believes should die.
Though Robert De Niro had major success with the part he played in Godfather Part Two, he was still widely unknown. This helped him when he became a New York taxi driver to prepare for the role.
The movie was rated an 8.3 on a scale of ten on IMDb.com and received a meta score of 94 on Metacritic.
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