Movie prostitutes often take on a romantic notion. The so-called hooker with the heart of gold is often portrayed in a friendly manner by stunning actresses. While this may or may not be a realistic of the women who endeavor to make a living in the world’s oldest profession, Hollywood often likes to take this route. Here’s a look at the six hottest cinematic prostitutes.
Sera, "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995)
Sera (Elizabeth Shue) is a prostitute working in Las Vegas. She meets writer Ben Sanderson (Nicolas Cage) and they begin a friendship in which each one promises not to interfere with each other’s lives. In Sanderson’s case, he wants to drink himself to death while Sera’s work remains her business. Despite her occupation, she has a caring for others and is not totally consumed by herself. Shue plays a character who is vulnerable yet strong, tough yet caring.
Vivian Ward, "Pretty Woman" (1990)
Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) is a prostitute who catches the eye of millionaire businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere). Lewis hires Ward while he is in Los Angeles on business and asks her to stay with him for a week while he makes the rounds of the rich and powerful. Even though she is bought and paid for by Lewis, she maintains her dignity and independence. Throughout her time on screen, Vivian looks beautiful and attractive. She dresses in clothes that range from trashy to classy.
Lana, "Risky Business" (1985)
High school senior Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) is on track to go to college, possibly even an Ivy League school. But something is missing from his life as he prepares for his college interview with a Princeton University representative. He realizes he needs a little excitement, and he teams with Lana (Rebecca DeMornay) in an effort to make money and help his friends have fun. Lana, a Chicago prostitute, enlists the help of her coworkers as they entertain Joel’s friends. Joel and Lana cement their relationship with a remarkable scene on a Chicago-bound train.
Jade, "The Hangover" (2009)
Bartha) is getting married. He goes to Las Vegas with Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Allan (Zach Galifianakis). When Allan slips a “mickey” in the drinks of his buddies, they can’t remember what happens when they wake up the next day. Stu happened to marry a prostitute named Jade (Heather Graham) and he even gives her his grandmother’s holocaust ring. He ends up dumping his bitchy girlfriend Melissa (Rachael Harris) and arranges another date with Jade.
Ophelia, "Trading Places" (1983)
The multi-millionaire Duke brothers have an argument over what makes the man – environment or heredity. When they decide to settle the argument with a bet, they decide to ruin the life of Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and help Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy). Valentine and Winthorpe both realize they are being manipulated and with the help of a sexy prostitute named Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis), they turn the tables on the Dukes and become rich beyond their wildest dreams.
Ginger McKenna, "Casino" (1995)
Ginger (Sharon Stone) is a Las Vegas hooker who is looking to get the edge no matter who she meets. She is a beautiful woman who takes up with Ace Rothstein (Robert DeNiro). While Ace loves Ginger, her greatest concerns are money and getting rich. She spends her money on drugs and ends up dead in a seedy hotel. However, when she was at her peak, Ginger was sensational in her appearance.