After watching the empowering film Hustlers about the stripper industry, you might be looking for more of the same.
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Some moviegoers were taken by surprise when Hustlers opened in theaters in 2019. Jennifer Lopez’s performance in the film, which at first seemed to be about strippers, turned out to be an award-winning heist flick. In addition to being a film about women directed by women, the film was a critical success.
Although the trailer made it clear that this was a film about strippers, there is much more to this film than meets the eye, including strong female characters and an exciting heist. For those who loved Hustlers, here are ten movies about the stripper industry that you may not have heard of but should check out anyhow.
1. MAGIC MIKE (2012)
The male stripper franchise Magic Mike has to be at the top of the list for critical acclaim. Since it was directed by Steven Soderbergh, one of Jennifer Lopez’s initial supporters as an actor, casting her in his film Out of Sight, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
An early tale based on Channing Tatum’s early days as a male stripper before becoming an established actor was the inspiration for the first film, which was released in 2012. The tale revolved on a young male dancer who is introduced to the risqué and wild world of nightlife.
2. MAGIC MIKE XXL (2015)
Although the sequel was directed by a different director, Magic Mike XXL was an improvement over the first film. Even though most of the cast had already returned, Matthew McConaughey decided not to participate.
Three years had passed since Mike had quit the life of a male stripper while still at the top of his game in the first film in the series. Afterward, Mike’s Kings of Tampa bandmates prepare to retire, but they want to put on one final concert with Mike in the ring as their leader.
3. CLOSER (2004)
“Closer,” starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law and directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.
The film is based on Patrick Marber’s stage play of the same name, which follows four strangers who meet by chance and form a close friendship, with Natalie Portman at the center of it all. While working at a strip club, she made her only attempt at being truthful. Clive Owen and Natalie Portman were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
4. THE WRESTLER (2008)
An aged wrestler who is addicted to the high he gets from the crowd in the movie “The Wrestler” struggles to give up his life as a professional wrestler. It’s interesting to see how filmmaker Darren Aronofsky juxtaposes the life and struggles of an old wrestler and an up-and-coming stripper in his film.
In his role as an old professional wrestler, Mickey Rourke was nominated for an Academy Award. Marisa Tomei, who played the aged stripper, impressed reviewers and won a new generation of admirers with her performance, earning her an Oscar nomination.
5. DANCING AT THE BLUE IGUANA (2000)
The life of a stripper is often portrayed as a fascinating one in films. There is never a negative job at a strip club, no matter how sleazy it is as inMagic Mike or how disgusting it is like inThe Wrestler. That isn’t how life works.
To better understand what it’s like to work at a strip club, Dancing at the Blue Iguana sheds light on the smaller, off-the-radar clubs. It stars Daryl Hannah as a stripper whose life turns out to be far from what she expected.
6. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)
Even in a stripper movie, it’s not uncommon to see a nightclub transformed into a refuge for vampires as the sole goal. Moviegoers will find it fascinating that From Dusk Till Dawn combines two films from two completely distinct genres into one.
Half of Quentin Tarantino’s crime epic had two homicidal criminal brothers fleeing the police and ending up in a strip club on the border. Robert Rodriguez takes over the show after Salma Hayek emerges as the event’s top stripper, and the vampires begin to wreak havoc.
7. ZOMBIE STRIPPERS (2008)
In 2008, a zombie-comedy film titledZombie Strippers was released, and the title was spot on. For a zombie fight, Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger) and Jenna Jameson (Jennifer Connelly) teamed up in a strip club.
During George W. Bush’s fourth term as president, the US had disbanded Congress and declared public nudity illegal, and the film’s premise was that the globe was at war with the US. Strippers become zombies when a government experiment goes awry, and they’re greater entertainers than ever.
8. THE FULL MONTY (1997)
Until Magic Mike came along, The Full Monty was the most popular and critically acclaimed male stripper movie ever. Instead of six unemployed British males who look nothing like a stripper should look, The Full Monty included all the activity of a beefcake.
As a side note, “full monty” means “to strip all the way down,” and that is what they think will make them more popular than ever before. A Best Picture nomination in 2000 made it into a musical and a stage play in 2013.
9. STRIPTEASE (1996)
Striptease, Demi Moore’s 1996 film about a stripper, was a huge success. Although the picture is nowhere like as accomplished asHustlers, it bears certain similarities with that film. A powerful woman, Moore’s dancer in Striptease, fights for her family and her right to strip for money throughout the film.
Moore has a daughter who was taken away from her by her convicted felon ex-husband. She decided to become a stripper in order to raise money for her daughter’s legal defense, but the courts discriminated against her because of her new career.
10. SHOWGIRLS (1995)
Showgirls is the genuine definition of a guilty pleasure, not Striptease, which some could consider a guilty pleasure. Showgirls, on the other hand, is a poor film that comes dangerously close to being terrific. Showgirls received a lot of attention at the time of its debut since it was an NC-17 film that was shown in theaters—or at least the ones that did.
Elizabeth Berkley, who startled her Saved By the Bell fans with her role as a stripper in Las Vegas, has a new movie out this week. Showgirls, starring Gina Gershon and Kyle MacLachlan, earned a slew of poor reviews from critics. In the end, it was a huge hit in the world of home video.