Cairo TimeAh, forbidden love. So tempting. So exhilarating. So morally questionable. The latest movie to explore this quintessential theme is Ruba Nadda's 'Cairo Time', about the love affair between a magazine editor (Patricia Clarkson) and her husband's business associate (Alexander Siddig). The kicker? Her unsuspecting husband (Tom McCamus) unwittingly played matchmaker when he asked his Egyptian associate to entertain the wife while he wrapped up some work in Gaza.

This titillating plotline helped the movie score the coveted "Best Canadian Feature" nod at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September. Nobody loves forbidden love stories more than I do, so I'll gleefully take this opportunity to segue into a run-down of the top forbidden love matches I'm aware of. (To say of all-time is too ambitious, really. I haven't seen every movie ever made!)

Obviously, Romeo & Juliet is the archetypal forbidden love story. It tops every list, which is why it is omitted from this list. This is a conscious decision and not an oversight. End of disclaimer. Cairo TimeAh, forbidden love. So tempting. So exhilarating. So morally questionable. The latest movie to explore this quintessential theme is Ruba Nadda's 'Cairo Time', about the love affair between a magazine editor (Patricia Clarkson) and her husband's business associate (Alexander Siddig). The kicker? Her unsuspecting husband (Tom McCamus) unwittingly played matchmaker when he asked his Egyptian associate to entertain the wife while he wrapped up some work in Gaza.

This titillating plotline helped the movie score the coveted "Best Canadian Feature" nod at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September. Nobody loves forbidden love stories more than I do, so I'll gleefully take this opportunity to segue into a run-down of the top forbidden love matches I'm aware of. (To say of all-time is too ambitious, really. I haven't seen every movie ever made!)

Obviously, Romeo & Juliet is the archetypal forbidden love story. It tops every list, which is why it is omitted from this list. This is a conscious decision and not an oversight. End of disclaimer.

  1. 1. Fergus and Dil in 'The Crying Game'. Forbidden on multiple levels! Fergus feels guilty for having feelings for Dil, who's the girlfriend of Fergus' deceased friend Jody. Fergus feels even more conflicted after becoming intimate with Dil and discovering there is much he doesn't know about her (ahem).
  2. Brokeback Mountain2. Jack and Ennis in 'Brokeback Mountain'. Don't pretend you didn't cry! Why couldn't society just accept their cowboy love?
  3. 3. Elizabeth and Robert in 'Elizabeth'. You'd think the Queen of England could love whomever she wanted to. But apparently not.
  4. 4. Lolita and Humbert in 'Lolita'. Humbert fell prey to the charms of this sexy teenager, much to the dismay of her mother. This match is seedy, creepy and exhilarating all at once.
  5. 5. Selene and Michael in 'Underworld'. Vampires and werewolves can never be together. Or can they?
  6. 6. Johnny and Baby in 'Dirty Dancing'. Oh, petty class distinctions. Shouldn't Johnny's ability to swivel his hips make up for his working-class salary? Parents just don't understand.
  7. 7. Margo and Eli in 'The Royal Tenenbaums'. She's adopted, so at least they're not blood relatives, right?
  8. Titanic8. Jack and Rose in 'Titanic'. Again with the petty snobbery. Jack saved her life, and that seems to count for nothing.
  9. 9. Borat and Pamela Anderson in 'Borat'. A celebrity and a stalker would have been the ultimate forbidden love match. Unfortunately, Pammy was more fearful of Borat's advances than swept off her feet.
  10. 10. Joey and Dr. John in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner'. Despite his doctor status, Joey's family still couldn't see past Dr. John's ethnicity.

Honourable Mentions

  1. 1. Cher and Josh in 'Clueless'. This isn't portrayed as forbidden love in the movie, but really, shouldn't it be? They're step-siblings! Come on!
  2. 2. Mark and Juliet in 'Love, Actually'. Remember them? Mark was in love with his best friend's girl (played by Keira Knightley). She thought he hated her, but he was really just trying to ignore his forbidden love the whole time.
  3. 3. David and Nicole in 'Fear'. Her dad did whatever he could to keep these two lovebirds apart. And rightfully so, since Marky Mark's character David turned out to be a Grade A psycho!

Et tu? What are your favourite forbidden love matches? Disagree with any of my picks? Leave your love matches or hate mail in the comments section below!
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