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What Films Are Like Unfaithful?
In a time where films based on true love are abundant, it becomes important to also see things from a more realistic perspective. Movies on infidelity and failed marriages have always made people uncomfortable due to obvious reasons. However, they are quite insightful and act as a mirror to society and its unrealistic expectations of what love should be.
One such fine film is Unfaithful. Starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, this disturbing masterpiece is one of the finest thriller dramas out there. Diane plays a housewife and a mother who gets in a torrid affair with a young man. Eventually, Gere, who plays her husband, puts two and two together, leading to new tensions.
All in all, brilliant performances from Diane and Richard make this film super engaging. A lack of a moral compass in the characters is quite unnerving and will lead you to question yourself at some points. If you are a fan of such nuanced films which plumb the depths of love, I got you covered.
Take a look at 10 great films like Unfaithful where adultery plays a central theme.
Films Similar to Unfaithful
- Indecent Proposal
- Match Point
- The Door on The Floor
- The Postman Always Rings Twice
- A Perfect Murder
- Body Heat
- A Walk To The Moon
- Fatal Attraction
If you thought Unfaithful was raunchy and over the top, wait until you watch this gripping Anglo Irish thriller. The very premise of Asylum is dark and super disturbing. It follows a woman whose husband is a psychiatrist. He has one rather difficult and psychotic patient whom she's drawn towards. Eventually, a steamy affair ensues between the two, destroying the mental piece of all three central characters in the film.
The best part about Asylum is the tone of the film. The atmosphere is creepy and insidious, and the tension builds slowly until it reaches a crescendo. It's erotic and a little twisted at the same time, a combination that finds many takers nowadays.
To the film's credit, the performances are authentic and the characters are well fleshed out. Props to the director, David Mackenzie, for pulling it all off. The Brits definitely know how to keep things classy and intriguing.
2. Indecent Proposal
As the title suggests, the film is about an offer that will be considered indecent in society. Directed by Adrian Lyne who also helmed Unfaithful, he strikes gold once again with Indecent Proposal. Also, he has three great actors in Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson by his side who helped him tell this taut story.
The plot follows a billionaire who has an inappropriate proposal in mind - he's willing to pay a man one million dollars if he can spend a night with his wife. Clearly, the moral conundrum of this situation is obvious for everyone to see. On the one hand, so much money is enticing but is it worth it to potentially destroy one's marriage?
The film changes the tone a bit and that actually works in its favor. It's not all dark and broody but starts off on a light note. However, it gets progressively darker and creates a better contrast of emotions in the latter half. All three actors have done a brilliant job, especially Demi Moore. It's also refreshing to see Woody in a somewhat serious role as he gets to show off his terrific acting range.
Caught is an erotic thriller, that can be safely called somewhat messed up. Following the lives of a married couple, Joe and Betty, it shows what happens when a young drifter enters the mix.
Nick is a young homeless man who the couple takes a liking to. Joe makes him an apprentice in his fish business and he has all but become their prodigal son. However, he soon starts to suspect that Betty is having an affair behind his back with Nick. This creates some major dysfunction in this complicated family.
The film is really steamy in some parts and super disturbing in others. The comparison of Nick with their actual son Danny will leave you feeling sick in the stomach after you realize that he's having an affair with Betty. As unsavory as it may seem, it's a really fascinating ride into the depths of human emotions. More like a descent into madness, but you get the picture. All performances are nuanced and the casting is perfect.
Those looking for some movies like Unfaithful will not be disappointed by what Caught brings to the table.
4. Match Point
A British thriller that featured at Cannes in 2005, the film was both a critical and commercial success. Following the life of a tennis player, it chronicles his emotional journey after he begins an affair with his brother-in-law's girlfriend. As you can see from the premise, the enticing story has great potential, but its execution is even better. It's directed by Woody Allen and he brings his A game to the table.
The script is cleverly written and layered, with Allen's sardonic humor all over it. The dialogues are witty and natural, the characters are grounded, and the cinematography is brilliant. Like all films featuring themes such as cheating, there is a torrent of emotions the characters go through.
With Allen behind the camera, all these feelings are subtle and understated. He has proved that he can do a lot more than just dry comedy. In spite of his controversial personal life, you can't help but appreciate the man's professional genius.
If you're looking for some flicks like Unfaithful, Match Pointshould be right up your alley.
5. The Door On the Floor
Another film that gives great insight into a troubled American marriage is The Door On the Floor. Featuring a much older couple, the premise of this flick is pretty similar to the ones above. Jeff Bridges plays Ted, a famous writer who hires a young assistant to help him with business. However, this apprentice begins an affair with Ted's wife, Marion. Of course, this takes a serious toll on their marriage.
The best part about The Door on the Floor is its simplicity. It doesn't beat around the bush and keeps things crystal clear from the start. Sometimes, too many intricacies in a plot can take away some emotional connect. Thankfully, this Tod Williams directed feature does not face this problem.
It's crisp, relatable, and to the point, with some brilliant performances from Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger. After watching the film, you will agree with me that the casting could not have been more perfect. Overall, a great watch with strong emotional hook points. Don't miss out on it.
6. The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic drama/thriller. Featuring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in the lead, the film is quite dark and gritty from start to finish. Jack plays a drifter who decides to stay and work at a diner in California. The diner is owned by Jessica and her husband. The two are in a loveless marriage and she is desperate to get out of the situation. As Jack enters her life, an intense affair begins between the two. Not only does she cheat on her husband, but they also conspire to kill Jess' husband so they can have the diner for themselves.
Other than the gripping plot, the film has a lot going on for it. Jack Nicholson doesn't need any introduction. He horrified us all as an ax-wielding maniac in The Shining and frankly, this character isn't too far from that. Jessica Lange also does her part well as the alluring, yet a deadly woman who wants to take control of her life. There's plenty of suspense and drama other than the erotic scenes, so be prepared to be thoroughly entertained.
7. A Perfect Murder
A Perfect Murder is a must watch film, not only for fans of erotic dramas but for fans of gripping thrillers as well. No matter what your reasons are for watching this film, you will not be disappointed. Starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Viggo Mortensen, the film can act as a guide for current filmmakers.
Michael plays a millionaire whose wife is Gwyneth Paltrow. She begins a passionate affair with Viggo Mortensen, who plays a young struggling artist. Initially, a secret Michael soon learns about his wife's adultery and decides to take the illegal route to get his revenge. He goes about planning the perfect murder so that he can get away with it.
Michael deserves a standing ovation for his mesmerizing performance. He is creepy, deranged, and his descent into madness will you leave your eyes glued to the screen. Looking at his character's transformation, you will realize it's a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Gwyneth and Viggo play their parts well but are no match for Douglas, who clearly got the meatier role. Besides, it's an Alfred Hitchcock remake. Need I say more?
8. Body Heat
If you're a fan of the neo-noir style of filmmaking, Body Heat should be right up your alley. Starring Richard Crenna, Kathleen Turner, and William Hurt, the film is like a puzzle that needs to be unraveled by the viewer. Kathleen plays the wife of a rich husband who's fed up of her marriage.
She has an affair with a small-town lawyer, played by William. In order to get all her husband's money, she makes a plan with William to take him out. However, the lawyer soon realizes that things not so cut and dry as he thought. With everyone seeming to be having their own personal agenda, he struggles to get out of a legal soup as he begins to question the loyalty of his friends.
While the emotional aspects are not so prominent, there's plenty of plotting, scheming, suspense, and erotic scenes to keep you hooked. The direction is quite stylised and the cinematography is top-notch.
Everyone has done a tremendous job with their parts, Kathleen Turner in particular. What's more, even the background of the film is quite memorable. Overall, Body Heat is considered as one of the best films in the 1980s and with good reason.
9. A Walk To The Moon
Although not a thriller, A Walk To The Moon is one of the most authentic dramas out there featuring infidelity and a plethora of human emotions. Diane Lane plays a housewife who gets in a torrid affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman, played by Viggo Mortensen. The entire story takes place against the backdrop of the Woodstock Festival of 1969 when drugs were aplenty and the hippy culture was getting popular.
A lot of things work for this film. All the characters are tasteful, thanks to authentic performances from the star-studded cast. Even the drama and the conflict is not heightened beyond what's necessary. The pacing is just perfect, leaving each scene some breathing space where we can appreciate each character.
The best of the lot, however, is Diane Lane, with her nuanced portrayal of a conflicted wife, mother, and woman. If you ever wondered what the 1960s was like, this film will also give a brief history tour.
10. Fatal Attraction
Another classic from the director of Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction is an edge-of-the-seat thriller with more than enough erotic elements. The only major difference is, this time it's the man who is cheating. Starring Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, and Anne Archer, the film was so well received that it got six Oscar nominations.
When a married man has a two-day affair with a woman, he clearly doesn't know what he was signing up for. Unfortunately for our protagonist, the woman becomes obsessed with him and refuses to leave his life - a nightmarish situation to be in!
Not only is the premise truly engaging and entertaining but the performances by the entire cast is also excellent. Filmmaker Adrian Lyne isn't called the master of erotic thrillers without a good reason, and this is truly one of his best works.
Did I miss out on any other good movies like Unfaithful? Let me know in the comments section.
Malena on May 16, 2020:
Zoletta on December 21, 2019:
You left out 'Never Forever,' a 2007 South Korean-American film in English, starring Vera Formiga (Norma Bates). I just watched it last night on Amazon Prime, and more than a few scenes reminded me of Unfaithful. It was an excellent film! Definitely belongs on the list!