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9 Cougar Romances On Film

We all know that, in real life, there's a natural attraction between younger men and older, confident, sexy women – known as cougars. Older women know what they want, and on top of that, they're experienced and skilled in the bedroom arts. What's not to like??

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When it comes to mainstream movies, we don't see younger men and older women hooking up nearly as often as the other way around, so we've taken the time to compile a short list of some favourites.

1. The Graduate (1967)

This movie can be considered the beginning of the cougar fad in films. In it, a 30 year old Dustin Hoffman plays Benjamin, a recent college graduate trying to figure out what to do with his life. Enter Mrs. Robinson, the sexy, bored older housewife played by Anne Bancroft and the sparks fly.

2. The Paperboy (2012)

In The Paperboy, a delightfully decadent Nicole Kidman plays an older trailer trash type woman who becomes obsessed with a sleazy younger convict, played by John Cusack. Now, the relationship between her and the younger, violent criminal doesn't end so well, but it sure gets steamy before things head south.

3. Unfaithful (2002)

At one time, Richard Gere played the heartthrob roles, but by the time Unfaithful came along, he played the older husband who gets cuckolded by wife Diane Lane after she runs into handsome, younger Olivier Martinez. She almost immediately falls for Paul, the character played by Martinez, and becomes obsessed while her husband hires a private detective to follow her. Let's just say things don't end so well for Paul.

4. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

How Stella Got Her Groove Back features Angela Bassett plays the title role as a 40 year old woman raising her son alone. She's a divorced single mother with a high powered career, and on a friend's suggestion, she takes a holiday to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to recharge. There she meets handsome young Taye Diggs, who pursues her and she ends up falling - first in his head, then in love with the hot 20 year old.

5. Adore (2013)

This Australian film stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two women who are lifelong friends, living in a tropical paradise. They live as neighbors in New South Wales, and both of them have sons who turn 18 at around the same time...and the sparks begin to fly. We can certainly understand - super hot cougars, the beach, long summers with nothing to do.

6. Thelma & Louise (1991)

This seminal girl power movie stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as women on the run from the law. They run into a young Brad Pitt, and the heat rises between him and Geena. It's just one episode in the caper/buddy film, and the situation doesn't end all that well, but he does give her some tips on robbery that come in handy later on in the Story. It sure is a steamy scene while it lasts and helped cement Pitt's reputation in Hollywood.

7. The Good Girl (2002)

Jennifer Aniston plays a 30-something married store clerk with existential issues in this black comedy. She works at a retail store, where one day she notices a new cashier, played by a young Jake Gyllenhaal, more than a decade younger than Aniston's Justine. The "good girl" and the younger cashier have a hot affair. Mayhem ensues, and things end badly for our young hero, but it's great while it lasts.

8. White Palace (1990)

Susan Sarandon's character is 44, James Spader's is 27, and the two of them fall into bed pronto in this movie. He's an up and coming ad executive, and she's a waitress at a diner. Sarandon helps him reawaken his lust for life after an accident took the life of his young wife, and she's the one to do it. Their social differences end up coming between them, which is a shame, but as a romantic movie, the ending is a happy one.

9. And While We Were Here (2012)

Filmed on the exotic island of Ischia, this movie stars Kate Bosworth as a woman who travels to Naples with her husband, a viola teacher. Jane is writing a book, but she meets 19 year old Caleb, who gives her a taste of the carefree life she's missing...and a whole lot more. As hubby becomes more absorbed in his work, it leaves Jane and Caleb more time to explore each other.

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