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Netflix’s steamy romantic drama Lady Chatterley’s Lover premiered on the streaming service earlier this month on December 2nd. Based on the 1928 D. H. Lawrence novel of the same name, Lady Chatterley’s Lover follows an unhappily married aristocrat named Connie Reid (Emma Corrin) who begins a torrid affair with Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell), the gamekeeper on her husband’s country estate.

Forbidden love affair films are nothing new when it comes to cinema. The trope has been depicted in countless ways. Whether it’s young love where the parents don’t want them together, a handsome stranger comes into a lonely housewife’s life, or even having to hide your love because of racial barriers. All the dynamics are intriguing to see come to life on screen and span a variety of eras in time.

Below are 7 forbidden love affair films to check out after you watch Lady Chatterley’s Lover on Netflix.

A Royal Affair (2012)

Who’s in it: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel BoeFølsgaard, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Thomas W. Gabrielsson, Cyron Melville, Harriet Walter, William Jøhnk Nielsen

Synopsis: “A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.”

Where to watch: Prime Video, Plex, Pluto TV

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Who’s in it: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak, Jim Haynie, Sarah Zahn, Christopher Kroon

Synopsis: “Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson for four days in the 1960s.”

Where to watch: Netflix

Carol (2015)

Who’s in it: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Cory Michael Smith, Nik Pajic, Kevin Crowley, Carrie Brownstein

Synopsis: “An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.”

Where to watch: Amazon Freevee, Pluto TV, Tubi

Loving (2016)

Who’s in it: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton, Chris Greene, Michael Shannon, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Marton Csokas, Bill Camp, Nick Kroll

Synopsis: “The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision.”

Where to watch: Netflix

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Who’s in it: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino, Armande Boulanger

Synopsis: “On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.”

Where to watch: Hulu

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Who’s in it: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Brian Dennehy, Paul Rudd, Dash Mihok, Diane Venora, Jesse Bradford, Jamie Kennedy, Miriam Margolyes, Brian Dennehy

Synopsis: “Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.”

Where to watch: HBO Max

Water for Elephants (2011)

Who’s in it: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook, Mark Povinelli, James Frain

Synopsis: “Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a travelling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster’s wife.”

Where to watch: Prime Video (Rent), Tubi


Amber Dover is a multimedia journalist with over a decade writing about pop culture. Cat mom with a deep love of horror, you can follow Amber at @Glambergirlblog on Instagram and Twitter.

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