As one of the oldest professions in world, prostitution has received quite a bit of attention from filmmakers. While the subject matter may seem unsavory, these films are actually pretty damn good. Here are the top ten prostitution movies of all time.
#10. Young & Beautiful (2013)
Young and Beautiful is an erotic drama about Isabelle, a juvenile prostitute who starts working when she decides to lose her virginity to a boy named Felix.
Her first sexual encounter, however, leaves her unfulfilled, and she begins working as a prostitute in high-end hotels under the alias Leah.
Her life takes an unexpected turn when one of her favorite clients, a 63-year-old man called Georges Ferriere, dies of a heart attack during a sexual session.
If you want to learn more about the various aspects of young sexuality depicted in film, this is a must-see.
#9. House of Tolerance (2011)
House of Tolerance, also known as House of Pleasure, is a French drama that premiered in the 2011 Canned Film Festival’s competition section.
This video tells the narrative of prostitutes within a beautiful Parisian brothel around the turn of the twentieth century, including their relationships, fears, and sorrows.
House of Tolerance gives the impression that the prostitute is superior to the client, focusing the camera almost exclusively on the girls and rarely on their clients. For best costume design, the film received a Caesar Award.
#8. Pretty Woman (1990)
The film Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, is a classic in the Rom-Com genre. It follows the story of Vivian Ward, a down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute who is recruited by Edward Lewis to be his escort for business and social occasions.
The relationship, however, is about to take a drastic turn. It’s sort of ironic, because this film was supposed to be a cautionary story about prostitution, but it ended up being a Rom-Com.
Because of Julia Roberts’ outstanding performance. Pretty Woman was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture.
#7. Klute (1971)
Klute is a neo-noir crime thriller starring a high-priced prostitute who helps a detective solve a missing person’s case.
Klute is unlike any previous prostitution film since it depicts the characters’ many inner issues in an original way. It obviously struck the mark, since it was a worldwide commercial triumph at the time, generating $12 million. In today’s money, that’s more than $75 million.
Jane Fonda earned an Academy Award for her outstanding performance as prostitute Bree Daniels.
#6. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
This film is based on John O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, and it stars Nicolas Cage as a suicidal alcoholic in Los Angeles who was dismissed from his job and divorced at the same time.
So, this man is down on his luck and decides to relocate to Las Vegas in order to drink himself to death. He does, however, meet and fall in love with a prostitute.
Nicolas Cage won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas.
#5. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Lilya 4-Ever is a Swedish-Danish drama about Lilja Mikalova, a little child from the former Soviet Union who is abruptly abandoned by her mother, who has emigrated to the United States with her lover.
The film offers a riveting picture of human trafficking and sexual slavery, as Lilja is forced to resort to prostitution in order to live without her mother.
Fair warning: this film does not hold back when it comes to the emotional stakes. At major European film festivals, Lilya 4-Ever received honors for best actress and best film.
#4. True Romance (1993)
We follow an ex-call girl and her husband as they are pursued by the mafia after stealing a large amount of cocaine from her previous pimp in this romantic crime picture scripted by none other than Quentin Tarantino. And, yes, it’s as insane as it sounds.
Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and James Gandolfini are among the cast members. You’ve got a fantastic ensemble cast on your hands. Despite the film’s lackluster box office performance, user reviews were overwhelmingly positive.
#3. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Nights of Cabiria is a film directed by Federico Fellini, who is noted for his peculiar style. It follows Cabiria, a prostitute who was robbed and left for dead by her boyfriend. She starts on an expedition to discover true love after surviving.
Nights of Cabiria won an Oscar for best foreign picture in 1958, narrowly beating Mother India by one vote.
#2. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
To prepare for his character in Requiem for a Dream, Jared Leto lost £25 and befriended actual heroin addicts from the slums of Brooklyn.
The film illustrates the lives of drug users whose mental states have been harmed as a result of years of misuse, leading to a downhill spiral into tragedy.
#1. Taxi Driver (1976)
A lonely taxi driver named Travis Bickle devises a plan to assimilate a presidential candidate and others who he believes should die after befriending an underage pimp.
Despite the fact that Robert De Niro’s role in Godfather Part Two was a huge hit, he was still relatively unknown. This helped him prepare for his new job as a cab driver in New York.
On IMDb.com, the film scored an 8.3 on a ten-point scale, and a Metacritic meta score of 94.
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