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The top 10 films featuring the world’s oldest profession

10. American Gigalo(1980)
Richard Gere plays a male escort in the movie that made him a household name.

9. Hustle and Flow(2005)
Terrence Howard was nominated for an Academy Award in this tale of a pimp with dreams of a successful rap career.

8. Foxy Brown(1974)
Pam Grier starts working as an escort while seeking revenge in this blaxploitation classic.

7. Monster
Charlize Theron won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos, a real life prostitute who became a serial killer.

6. Midnight Cowboy(1969)
This best picture Oscar winner features Jon Voight as a male prostitute in his film debut. The great Dustin Hoffman also stars.

5. Risky Business(1983)
Tom Cruise rose to stardom playing a teenager who gets in deep with a high class call girl played by Rebecca De Mornay.

4. Leaving Las Vegas(1995)
Nicolas Cage took home the Oscar for best actor playing a man who moves to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. He meets and falls for an escort played by Elisabeth Shue, who was nominated for best actress in the role. 

3. Casino(1995)
Sharon Stone was nominated for an Academy Award playing Ginger, an escort and hustler who hits it big when a casino boss, played by Robert De’Niro, marries her. Despite hitting the big time, Ginger still has loyalties to her long time sleazy pimp Lester Diamond, played by James Woods.

2. True Romance(1993)
No Academy Awards here but this is an extremely entertaining film written by Quentin Tarantino. Patricia Arquette plays Alabama, an escort who falls in love with Clarence, played by Christian Slater. Clarence kills her pimp and mistakenly takes off with a suitcase full of cocaine. Clarence and Alabama want to sell it, but the police and the mob are in hot pursuit.

1. Taxi Driver(1976)
In one of the greatest films of all time, Jodie Foster plays Iris, a twelve year old prostitute under the grip of Sport, a pimp played by Harvey Keitel. Robert De’Niro is brilliant as Travis Bickle, a disturbed man who violently comes to her rescue. This is the second film on the list directed by the brilliant Martin Scorsese.

3 Comments
  1. I think you missed the most obvious one-Pretty Woman?

  2. I didn’t miss it; I think it’s an ok movie. I just think the other ones are better.

  3. I personally Think blog post, “The top 10 films featuring the world

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