Love for money: 20 films about prostitutes

The guides of big cities know how popular “sinful miles” are with tourists. The red-light districts attract the attention of all curious visitors. Cinema also did not remain aloof from the sensitive topic, offering viewers their own versions of the stories of priestesses of love. What the life of night butterflies looks like under the spotlights of different directors can be seen by watching films from our selection about girls of easy virtue.

Chiki (TV series 2020)

A provocative Russian series about a frightening reality in the domestic subgenre of horror films about territories outside the Moscow Ring Road. The problems of the province, poverty, toxic environment, cruelty, unfulfilled dreams – in a story about friends who have chosen an ancient profession. In the southern town, where everyone is known as flaky, where the priest is a former classmate, and the district police officer is the brother of a friend, Marina, Zhana, Sveta and Lyuba dream of quitting prostitution and opening a fitness club. That’s just not everyone is happy with the venture of heterosexuals from the eatery.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Irina Gorbacheva, Alena Mikhailova, Irina Nosova, Varvara Shmykova, Victoria Tolstoganova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Alice (2019)

The world of Frenchwoman Alice, a happy wife and mother, collapses overnight when her husband runs away, leaving a woman without family savings. It turns out that the husband spent all the money on expensive escorts. Alice is left alone with a child in her arms, mortgage debts and a complete misunderstanding of loved ones. But she finds a way out by getting a job in the same escort services. How the fate of the heroine will develop further, you will find out by watching a foreign motivating film about the life of an elite Parisian prostitute.

Original title:
Alice

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Emily Piponnier, Martin Swaby, Chloe Borham …

Country:
UK, Australia, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Piercing (2018)

A thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Ryu Murakami. Like all the stories of the Japanese author, this one also really excites and keeps you in suspense. The protagonist of the film is an exemplary family man Reid. The man has a specific desire – he wants to kill someone, and Reed’s wife supports her beloved. As the first victim, the debutant chooses the prostitute Jackie. But she is not at all friendly with the head, and now Reid himself will have to fight for his life.

Original title:
Piercing

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laya Costa…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Courtesans (TV series, 2017 – 2019)

A spicy British series with a high rating about prostitutes of the 18th century will take the viewer into the world of puffy skirts, deep cleavage, high wigs and beautiful costumes. Brothel owner Margaret Wells is trying her best to keep the business afloat and secure the children’s future. However, it is not so easy. The rival Lydia comes on the heels of the entrepreneur, and the daughters of Margaret are wayward and stubborn.

Original title:
Harlots

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Leslie Manville, Kate Fleetwood, Holly Dempsey, Eluise Smith …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Buy me (2017)

Katya receives a grant for a trip to France. However, she is more attracted to the sandy beaches of Abu Dhabi, where she goes with a group of girls from a modeling agency. Already on the spot, the girl realizes that they were brought not as models, but as elite prostitutes. Katya makes a scandal and returns to Moscow. There, the heroine settles with other girls in a rented apartment and enters the world of drugs , sex and wealthy men. And girlfriends teach the newcomer the art of seduction and divorce for money.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Anna Adamovich, Yulia Khlynina, Svetlana Ustinova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Sex Doll (2016)

Feature film about a French prostitute in London – a mix of thriller and art house drama . A girl with French roots and an oriental appearance works as a night butterfly under the pseudonym Virginie. She is much higher in status than ordinary girls from the panel, but she is still ashamed of her profession. One day she meets a young and daring guy. Rupert has an interesting job – he saves teenage girls who have become victims of pimps. Having fallen in love with Virginie, Rupert wants to save her too.

Original title:
Sex Doll

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Afsia Erzi, Ash Stymest, Karol Rocher …

Country:
UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Young and Beautiful (2013)

17-year-old Isabelle, after her first unsuccessful sexual experience, decides to post a profile on a site where prostitutes are looking for customers. Isabelle is not particularly interested in money, she craves real passion and pleasure. For several months, the girl meets with elderly clients in hotel rooms, until one of them dies in her bed from heart failure. An accident draws the attention of the police , and Isabelle’s family finds out what their daughter does after school.

Original title:
Jeune & jolie

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Marina Vacth, Geraldine Paya, Frederic Pierrot …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Revelations (2011)

The social drama produced in France is an ambiguous and sensual film about prostitution and self-knowledge as a woman. Most of the film is an interview of a married journalist Anna with students who make a living by selling their bodies. It soon becomes obvious that the work on the material affects the heroine herself, her sense of her “I” and attitude to the institution of marriage, sex and love.

Original title:
Elles

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Juliette Binoche, Anais Demoustier, John Kulig…

Country:
France, Poland, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Student on call (2010)

The heroine of the French film Laura was born into a low-income family. In order to somehow stay afloat and pay for her studies, she constantly takes part-time jobs. However, the money is still not enough. Need leads a 19-year-old student to an online resource where single men are looking for love for money. Laura finds a tempting offer from 57-year-old Joe – sex for a generous reward of 100 euros per hour. By agreeing to the meeting, she promises herself that this is the first and last time. But can Laura resist the lure of easy money?

Original title:
Mes chères études

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Deborah François, Alain Cauchy, Mathieu Demy…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Brothel House (2010)

The world of the heroines of the film about courtesans is not as beautiful as the world of their wealthy clients. The brothel is a brothel with secrets and intrigues hidden from prying eyes. Wealthy men come here for pleasure, someone – to get inspiration, someone – to realize perverted fantasies. And for the inhabitants of the brothel, the whole life passes here with its joys, sorrows, suffering, humiliation and compilation of collections of shattered hopes.

Original title:
L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Noemi Lvovsky, Afsia Erzi, Celine Sallett…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
18+


Bo (2010)

15-year-old Deborah is a beautiful high school student, the daughter of an unemployed mother. She was tired of begging for money for things that other peers have. Then, on the advice of her older friend, she gets a job in the escort service. At first glance, there is nothing shameful in this – just sit with an adult man and his colleagues in a restaurant. Do you want to know how such a side job will turn out? Then turn on this Belgian drama about a naive teenager who falls into the clutches of a lying pimp.

Original title:
Bo

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Laura, Peter Bastiansen, Mia Boels…

Country:
Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
18+


Snitch (2010)

A political film about a brothel and sexual slavery is worth watching for fans of stories that are frightening in their realism and based on reliable facts. Katherine serves in the police and receives the task to go to Bosnia. The country is plunged into the chaos of a civil war – during the day riots take place on the streets, and at night the sex slave trade flourishes. The task of the brave cop is to understand the current situation and find out who is behind the organization of human traffic.

Original title:
The Whistleblower

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:
Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, Benedict Cumberbatch…

Country:
Canada, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Slavery (2007)

The film is based on a real article by Peter Landsman about the terrible sex slave traffic. A teenage girl is kidnapped from the slums of Mexico City. The older brother of the unfortunate goes in search of his sister. During the investigation , he runs into police officer Ray, whose daughter was also stolen. Together, the heroes approach a group of criminals who traffic in people. In parallel, we are shown the life of a missing girl in captivity by slave traders.

Original title:
Trade

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Kevin Kline, Cesar Ramos, Alicia Bahleda …

Country:
Germany, USA, Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Vice for Export (2007)

A criminal film about call girls who find themselves in a similar situation against their will. Once in London, a young Russian woman dies in the arms of the midwife Anna. All that remains of the unfortunate is a newborn baby and a diary with personal notes. Who she was, or where she came from, was unknown. In order to find the relatives of the deceased and hand over the child to them, Anna begins an investigation that introduces her to the mysterious killer Nikolai and leads her to the very heart of the Russian mafia in Paris.

Original title:
Eastern Promises

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel …

Country:
UK, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Point (2005)

The film on an acutely social topic without embellishment demonstrates the details of the life of Moscow prostitutes. Three women from the provinces who came to Moscow for a better life live in a dilapidated change house near the station. Anya ran away from her pedophile stepfather, Nina ran away from caring for her disabled father and alcoholic mother, Kira, by coincidence of tragic circumstances, was simply left without a roof over her head. Three different fates converge in one place – the point where prostitutes work.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Daria Moroz, Victoria Isakova, Mikhail Efremov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Live Goods (mini-series, 2005)

A film about brothels and the world market of human trafficking tells about the fate of the naive victims of pimps. The plot is tied to the disappearance of three girls – 16-year-old Ukrainian Nadia, 12-year-old American Annie and single mother Helena from Prague. Behind the slave trade is the Russian mafia Sergey Karpovich. Detective Kate and immigration officer Bill come to the aid of the bandit’s victims. Together, a man and a woman investigate disappearances and plunge into the dark world of prostitution.

Original title:
Human Trafficking

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Mira Sorvino, Donald Sutherland, Robert Carlisle…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


How much are you worth? (2005)

A sensual French melodrama about an office worker, François, who unexpectedly becomes the owner of a lot of money thanks to winning the lottery. A man wants to fulfill his old dream – to rent a luxurious prostitute who trades in a famous casino . One night does not suit Francois – he offers a woman to buy her love for life. Is the fatal lady ready for such a step, and what will her patrons-bandits say about this?

Original Title :
Combien tu m’aimes?

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Monica Bellucci, Bernard Campan, Gerard Depardieu …

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Sex Traffic (mini-series 2004)

The plot of the mini-series is tied to the fate of two sisters from Moldova. The girls succumb to the persuasion of a friend who promises them good earnings in London. So Elena and Vera end up in a brothel in Sarajevo and become prostitutes. At the same time, a British journalist is trying to expose the organizers of a well-oiled system of sex trafficking. And a young officer blackmails the head of a large corporation, suspecting him of participating in international human trafficking. It turns out that many high-ranking persons, officials and representatives of the American armed forces are involved in the illegal business.

Original title:
Sex Traffic

Genre:
Drama, Crime

Actors:
Len Cariou, Maury Chaykin, Luke Kirby…

Country:
UK, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.8

Age Limits :
16+


Natalie (2003)

The list of the best films about escorts and prostitutes will continue with the psychological erotic drama, which was able to prove that not only scenes in bed can be sexy, but also simple dialogues of beautiful people. Catherine is a luxurious woman from a respected family. Natalie is an experienced prostitute hired by Catherine to catch her husband cheating . Such different women will be able to truly make friends and open up to each other.

Original title:
Nathalie …

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Beart, Gerard Depardieu …

Country:
France, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Lily forever (2002)

The cruel and provocative film was based on the story of Dangule Rasalayte, a 16-year-old girl from Lithuania who was forced into sexual slavery in Sweden against her will. Lily’s life is one big disappointment. Mom left her, her aunt kicked her out of the house, her best friend betrayed her. The only outlet is Vova’s friend, who is secretly in love with her and dreams of leaving for Europe with Lilya. And Lilya will leave, only not with Vova, but with a new acquaintance, Andrei. And then she is waiting for sexual slavery and a frightening reality in a foreign country without documents and without hope.

Original title:
Lilja 4-ever

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Oksana Akinshina, Artem Bogucharsky, Lyubov Agapova…

Country:
Sweden, Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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