Courtesan movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant courtesan movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, stylized, emotional and sexy films and TV shows about / with courtesan, prostitute, love and romance, society, couples, brothel, female nudity, death, singing and romance plots mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
courtesan movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as courtesan: Dangerous Beauty (1998), Umrao Jaan (2006), Sakuran (2006), Devdas (2002), The Flowers of War (2011), Cheri (2009), Rome (2005), The Handmaid's Tale (2017), The Last Mistress (2007), A Harlot's Progress (2006).

List of courtesan movies

Dangerous Beauty (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Veronica is brilliant, gifted and beautiful, but the handsome aristocrat she loves, Marco Venier, cannot marry her because she is penniless and of questionable family. So Veronica's mother, Paola, teaches her to become a courtesan, one of the ...
Style: sexual, witty, romantic, clever, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, prostitute, courtesan, rich and poor, fall in love, love and romance, beauty, society, social differences, couple relations, fighting the system, rebellion ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: venice, italy, europe, cyprus, turkey ...
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Umrao Jaan (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bollywood film about the famous courtesan of the title. Aishwarya Rai stars in the lead role. The film is directed by J.P. Dutta and also stars Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Himani Shivpuri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: courtesan, social differences, forbidden love, life is a bitch, society, prostitute, romance, impossible love, destiny, curses spells and rituals, bollywood, kidnapping ...
Time: 19th century
Place: india, asia
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Sakuran (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young girl is sold into the red-light district Yoshiwara and is put under the care of the oiran (lead prostitute) of the Tamakiku house. The girl is rebellious, but the more experienced people in the household begin to think that she will be one ...
Style: emotional, epic, captivating, stylized, semi serious ...
Plot: courtesan, prostitute, rise to the top, social differences, lifestyle, rebelliousness, ambition, love and romance, fall in love, society, social relations, apprentice ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, china
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Devdas (2002)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Devdas is sent away by his father so he can improve himself but upon his return his father still doesn’t welcome him back. Devdas and Paro are in love but Paro is a lower caste and is set to be married to an older widower. Devdas is devastated ...
Style: serious, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: unfulfilled love, love triangle, self destructing, unfulfillment, bollywood, family disapproval, love and romance, love affair, forbidden love, tragic love, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 1900s, 90s
Place: india, london, england, asia, europe ...
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The Flowers of War (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, world war two, atrocity, sino japanese war, rape, brothel, suffering, forced prostitution, prostitution, clergy, life is a bitch, student ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
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Cheri (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A sumptuous dramatic comedy set in late 19th Century France, during the Belle Epoque, a period of social and cultural excess in European upper classes which ended only as the First World War erupted.
Style: sexual, sexy, captivating, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, older woman younger man sex, age difference, prostitute, society, courtesan, fall in love, love affair, teaching the ways of the world, matchmaking, couples, romance ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, pre world war one, 19th century
Place: paris france, europe
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Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, sexual, stylized ...
Plot: roman empire, historical character, emperor, ancient rome, incest, intrigue, rivalry, warrior, betrayal, power struggle, slavery, political conspiracy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c., 1st century
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, alexandria egypt, egypt
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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.
Style: melancholic, psychological, rough, bleak, captivating
Plot: rape, slavery, surrogate mother, sexism, infertility, totalitarianism, protest, tyranny, violence against women, violence, kidnapping, alternate reality ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
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The Last Mistress (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, erotic, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, opposites attract, infidelity, femme fatale, manipulation, forbidden love, manipulations, dishonesty, couples, destructive relationship, tragic love, love affair ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1830s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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A Harlot's Progress (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Drama looking at artist William Hogarth and his relationship with the prostitute that inspired his most famous piece.
Style: captivating, emotional, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: prostitute, starvation, adultery, dominatrix, jail, brothel, couples, reform, husband wife relationship, painter, kept woman, brothel madam ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: england, london
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Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with ...
Style: sexy, sentimental, atmospheric, colourful, lyrical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: tragic love, cabaret, jealousy, terminal illness, showbiz, nightclub, love story, seduction, performer's life, postmodernism, writers, bohemian life ...
Time: 19th century, 90s, victorian era, 20th century, turn of the century ...
Place: paris france, europe, montmartre paris, france, india
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Harlots (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Brothel owner, Margaret Wells, struggles to raise her daughters in London during the 18th century.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, captivating, twists and turns, thought provoking
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: brothel, prostitution, brothel madam, rivalry, prostitute, class differences, businesswoman, woman, rival, rivals, mother daughter relationship, madam ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: england, london
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A New Life (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: France, Bulgaria
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A 2002 French experimental film directed by Philippe Grandrieux and starring Zachary Knighton and Anna Mouglalis. The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, tense, exciting ...
Plot: life is a bitch, obsession, social decay, destructive relationship, society, prostitute, nihilism, couples, dancer's life, voyeurism, sexual relations, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, new york, france, europe
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La traviata (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Germany, Japan, Austria
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Violetta, a courtesan much wooed by Parisian society, organizes a grand party that is attended, amongst others, by the young Alfredo Germont. He confesses his feelings to Violetta, who is already suffering from consumption. She vacillates between ...
Plot: jealousy, death, courtesan, consumerism, tuberculosis, red dress, illness, clock, italian opera, party, mask, sofa ...
Place: paris france
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Swann in Love (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Swann (Jeremy Irons), an eligible bachelor in the best circles of fin-de-siècle Paris, has also some more vulgar but rich friends, the Verdurins. Through them he meets Odette (Ornella Muti), a courtesan, with whom he falls hopelessly in love. She ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, sexy, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, obsession, jealousy, courtesan, dishonesty, unfulfillment, romance, femme fatale, gays and lesbians, rise to the top, society, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: paris france, france, europe, italy, egypt
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Cousin Bette (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her niece, Hortense Hulot. Failing to do so, she instead finds ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, light, talky, humorous ...
Plot: infidelity, family relations, revenge, couple relations, fall in love, love triangle, love affair, love and romance, love, power relations, master and servant, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, victorian era, victorian
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Camille (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hope of a career and position by marrying Armand, she acquiesces and leaves her lover. However, ...
Plot: courtesan, consumption, class differences, brothel, river, roulette, aristocrat, cottage, casino, runaway, loss of virginity, rape ...
Place: france, paris france
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Battle Queen 2020 (2001)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the frozen eternal winter of a post-asteroid impact, mankind's last remnants cling to a fragile existence. One woman must rise to the challenge, to free her people from the ever widening chasm separating the Haves from the Have-nots. She ...
Style: cult film
Plot: female warrior, post apocalypse, woman hits a man, woman with glasses, starvation, exotic dancer, hypothermia, fire eater, woman wearing glasses, reading a book, rejuvenation, asteroid ...
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Pure One (1972)
Genre: Musical, Romance, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 147 min.
Story: This movie is about the tawaif Sahibjaan (Meena Kumari), who is born to a courtesan, Nargis (also Meena Kumari). After being spurned by her lover Shahabuddin's (Ashok Kumar) family, Nargis is driven to a graveyard where she gives birth to ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, forbidden love, train, love and romance, rivalry, romance, curses spells and rituals, alcohol abuse, couple relations, wedding, couples, disintegration ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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Demimonde (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
Country: Hungary
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of three women - a famous prostitute, her housekeeper and their new maid - living in Budapest of 1910s, whose passionate, bizarre and complex relationship can only lead to one thing: murder.
Plot: prostitute, lesbianism, female protagonist, murder, courtesan, housekeeper, maid
Time: 1910s
Place: budapest, central europe, budapest hungary
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The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: India, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The film begins in 1857, when India was ruled by the British East India Company. Mangal Pandey is a sepoy, a soldier of Indian origin, in the army of the East India Company. Pandey is fighting in the Anglo-Afghan Wars and saves the life of his ...
Style: epic, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: rebellion, betrayal, militant, military life, rebelliousness, leadership, fighting the system, society, military, rivalry, intrigue, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1800s
Place: india, asia, afghanistan
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Siddhartha (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: India, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin and his search for a meaningful way of life. His journey takes him through periods of harsh asceticism, sensual pleasures, material wealth, self-revulsion and eventually to the oneness and harmony that he ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, contemplative
Plot: materialism, youth, unfulfillment, hopes, society, road not taken, self discovery, religion, courtesan, enlightenment, meditation, philosophy ...
Place: asia, india
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The King's Daughters (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Late 17th Century: Anne de Grandcamp and Lucie de Fontenelle, two little girls from Normandy, arrive at the Saint-Cyr school founded by Madame de Maintenon for educating the daughters of impoverished nobles ruined in wars and making them into free ...
Style: captivating, touching, sincere, epic, emotional ...
Plot: boarding school, women's rights, nobility, royalty, hysteria, mistress, human spirit, youth, society, idealism, teaching the ways of the world, obsessive quest ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, paris france
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Vatel (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, Belgium
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the extravagances are to impress the king. In charge of all is the ...
Style: captivating, baroque, light, melancholic, tricky ...
Plot: king of france, prince, royal court, political intrigue, tragic love, fall in love, power relations, master and servant, intrigue, nobility, betrayal, secret love ...
Time: 17th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, holland, netherlands, versailles ...
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Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his much younger wife Leocadia and their daughter Rosario. He ...
Style: surreal, contemplative, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: artist, art, aging, politics, passion, miraculous event, duchess, exile, aristocrat, tyranny, artists and showbiz, elderly ...
Time: 18th century, 1800s, 1700s, 19th century
Place: spain, france, europe
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Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled, "Farewell My Concubine," that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou ...
Style: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gender bending, love triangle, homosexual, friendship, prostitute, suicide, marriage, actor, teacher, communism, opera ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 60s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: china, beijing china, asia, taiwan, japan ...
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The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, epic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: politics, conspiracy, intrigue, romance, love and romance, state affairs, royal family, couple relations, couples, revenge, dishonesty, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: france, europe, versailles, paris france, england
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Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: China
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A prequel to "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame"
Style: suspenseful, stylized, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sea monster, martial arts, empress, betrayal, police investigation, political conspiracy, uncover truth, missing person, state affairs, law enforcement, crimes, political intrigue ...
Time: 7th century, ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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The Girl and Death (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands, Russia, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The Girl and Death tells us the impossible love story of Nicolai and the courtesan Elise. A love obstructed by materialism, wealth and death threat.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: true love, romance, tragic love, couples, unfulfillment, doctors, materialism, freedom, death threat, impossible love, past, love and romance ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: europe, germany
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Love Torn in a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Portugal, Chile
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Raul Ruiz's Love Torn in a Dream is introduced with a fake newsreel, taking place in postwar France, in which the cast of the film meet with the producer, who explains the film's complex weave of nine narratives. A diagram in which each ...
Style: semi serious, enigmatic, baroque, offbeat, humorous
Plot: parallel world, dangerous attraction, riddles and clues, supernatural, danger, community, ghost, painting, imaginary, couples, magical mirror, courtesan ...
Place: canada, france, new york
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