The Goddess, 1934, Chinese silent film directed by Wu Yonggang. The film tells the story of a nameless young woman played by Ruan Lingyu living in Shanghai as a prostitute, trying to support herself and her son.
La Balance, 1982, French film directed by Bob Swaim and starring Nathalie Baye as the Paris streetwalker, Nicole.
Requiem for a Dream, 2000, directed by Darren Aronofsky. A poignant and tragic film depicting forms of addiction and starring Jennifer Connelly as Marion Silver a girl who becomes a prostitute and performs in sex shows to support her drug habit.
Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, 1945, French film directed by Robert Bresson. It is a modern adaptation of a section of Denis Diderot’s Jacques le fataliste (1796), telling the story of a man who is tricked into marrying a former prostitute.
Roma, 1972, Italian film directed by Frederico Fellinni. Includes two memorable Brothel scenes.