Attraction is a natural phenomenon. We’ve all fallen in and out of love, but there’s always been that one woman we could never ever forget in our lives. Perhaps it was just a teenage infatuation, but for some reason, we find ourselves obsessed with that one woman who personifies maturity, elegance and sensuality. Cougar refers to a woman seeking sexual involvement with a younger man (often even referred to as MILFs by young men). Now this is something we’ve all seen in countless movies, which brings me to the focus of the article. In one of my older articles for The Cinemaholic, I had talked about movies that delve deep into Freud’s concept of Oedipus complex. This list is an extension of that, and we’ve tried to provide a lot more variety by adding movies of different styles and genres. Here’s a list of the top cougar movies of all time.
15. Adore (2013)
Perhaps one of the weirdest of them all, ‘Adore’ has a very experimental storyline comprising two older women and their sons and incidentally, the women fall for each others’ sons. Marginally incestuous, the narrative further explores their “relationships” which are nothing but hanging by a thread and the after-effects of their short-lived affair. As open-ended as the movie was at the conclusion, this guilt-free tale of two mothers and childhood friends Roz and Lil and their never-ending adoration for their mutual sons (even after the latter are married and have kids of their own) is unforgettable, to begin with, and was both praised and panned in various circles. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are at their sultry best and their bolder demeanour isn’t worth a miss.
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14. Savage Grace (2007)
This true story based crime drama chronicles the incestuous relationship between a mother and her son. Julianne Moore, in one of her most memorable onscreen performances, plays Barbara Baekland, a troubled woman who tries to seduce her homosexual son in an attempt to “cure” him. While the film tends to go over-the-top at many places, it works mostly due to the central performances and Tom Kalin’s atmospheric directing style.