BEST OF SENSUALLY ROMANTIC EROTIC FILMSby lankalion | created - 13 Jun 2011 | updated - 24 Jul 2013 | Public
Sex in film refers to the presentation in motion pictures of sex acts, including love scenes. Sex scenes have been depicted in film since the silent era of cinematography. Many actors and actresses have exposed parts of their bodies or dressed and behaved in ways considered sexually provocative by contemporary standards at some point in their careers. Some films of the sexual nature have been criticized by religious groups and/or banned by governments because of the amounts of sex scenes. Sex in film should be distinguished from nudity in film. Nudity and sexuality are features of pornographic films. In softcore films, sexuality is less explicit. Erotic films are suggestive of sexuality, but need not contain nudity. A film on naturism or about people where nudity is common may contain non-sexual nudity. In some genres of film sexuality is rarely depicted.
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1. Two Moon Junction (1988)
R | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A young Southern débutante temporarily abandons her posh lifestyle and upcoming, semi-arranged marriage to have a lustful and erotic fling with a rugged drifter who works at a local carnival.
Votes: 4,365 | Gross: $1.55M
Two Moon Junction is a 1988 American English language erotic thriller and romance film directed by Zalman King, starring Sherilyn Fenn and Richard Tyson. The screenplay is written by Zalman King. The original music score is composed by Jonathan Elias. The film has appearances from Louise Fletcher, Juanita Moore, and in their final film appearances, Burl Ives and Hervé Villechaize. It also marked the theatrical film debut of Milla Jovovich.
2. 9½ Weeks (1986)
R | 117 min | Drama, Romance
A woman gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.
Votes: 32,311 | Gross: $6.73M
9½ Weeks is a 1986 erotic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. It is based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth McNeill. The film was not a major success commercially in the United States, grossing only $7 million at the box office from a $17 million budget. In addition, it received mixed reviews. However, despite its only moderate success in North America, the film acquired a large fanbase on video and was a huge success internationally. The film is now well known for its erotic sadomasochistic content.
3. Another Nine & a Half Weeks (1997)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
When John travels to Paris to attend an art sale hosted by his old flame, he begins a torrid affair with a gorgeous woman (Angie Everhart) who used to be her best friend. As the erotic ... See full summary »
Love in Paris is a romance/drama film released in 1997, a sequel to 1986's 9½ Weeks. In the United States, it was released as Another 9½ Weeks. Mickey Rourke stars, reprising his original role as John Gray. Angie Everhart co-stars. This sequel was directed by Anne Goursaud and was released directly to video in the United States, receiving poor reviews.
4. The First 9 1/2 Weeks (1998)
R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller
An investment banker (Paul Mercurio) travels to Louisiana to snag the account of an eccentric millionaire (Malcolm McDowell) but gets involved with his lusty wife, Mardi Gras, and (possibly... See full summary »
The First 9½ Weeks is a 1998 drama film written and directed by Alex Wright and starring Paul Mercurio, Clara Bellar and Malcolm McDowell. It is a prequel to the films 9½ Weeks and Another 9½ Weeks.
5. The Story of O (1975)
NC-17 | 97 min | Drama
The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O... See full summary »
Story of O (French: Histoire d'O, IPA: [istwaʁ do]) is an erotic novel published in 1954 about dominance and submission by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage. Desclos did not reveal herself as the author until four years before her death, forty years after the initial publication. Desclos said she wrote the novel as a series of love letters to her lover Jean Paulhan, who had admired the work of the Marquis de Sade.
6. Wild Orchid (1989)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
A female lawyer becomes mesmerized by a self-made millionaire during an encounter in Rio setting off a series of erotic encounters.
Votes: 9,827 | Gross: $11.06M
Wild Orchid is the title of a 1989 erotic film starring Mickey Rourke, Carré Otis, Jacqueline Bisset, Bruce Greenwood, and Assumpta Serna. It was directed by Zalman King, from the screenplay by King and Patricia Louisiana Knopp.
7. Delta of Venus (1995)
R | 102 min | Drama
A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.
Votes: 1,621 | Gross: $0.06M
Delta of Venus is a 1994 drama film—though it was released in 1995—based on the book of the same name by Anaïs Nin about an American who begins an affair with another expatriate American in pre-World War II Paris. The film was directed by Zalman King, and stars Audie England, Costas Mandylor, and Marek Vašut. NC-17 and R-rated versions of the film exist.
8. Valmont (1989)
R | 137 min | Drama, Romance
Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an... See full summary »
Votes: 10,948 | Gross: $1.13M
Valmont is a 1989 drama film directed by Miloš Forman, based on the French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782) by Choderlos de Laclos. It was adapted for the screen with a screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière. The film stars Colin Firth, Annette Bening and Meg Tilly. Valmont received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Theodor Pištěk).
9. Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)
NC-17 | 98 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,677 | Gross: $1.61M
Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1993 film adaption of Jean Rhys's 1966 novel of the same name, directed by John Duigan.
10. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
In a dystopicly polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.
Votes: 6,500 | Gross: $4.96M
The Handmaid's Tale is a 1990 film adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff the film stars Natasha Richardson (Kate/Offred), Faye Dunaway (Serena Joy), Robert Duvall (The Commander, Fred), Aidan Quinn (Nick), and Elizabeth McGovern (Moira). The screenplay was written by Harold Pinter. The original music score was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto. MGM Home Entertainment released an Avant-Garde Cinema DVD of the film in 2001. The film was entered into the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.
11. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, History
Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.
Votes: 8,910 | Gross: $4.11M
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love is a 1996 American drama film directed by Mira Nair. The film takes its title from the ancient Indian text, the Kama Sutra, but this only serves as a common link between the characters. During filming in India, the name of the project was not revealed to government officials who would have denied the petition to film in India had it been called "Kama Sutra." Instead, it was called "Maya & Tara." Since government officials made many periodic visits to the set to ensure proper Indian film etiquette, the cast had to improvise fake scenes which avoided the nudity and sexuality central to the story. Upon completion, authorities screened the film and it was subsequently banned in India because of the erotic scenes that contained heterosexual as well as homosexual elements (the lesbianism was depicted in an explicit scene, whereas the male homosexuality was more implied).
12. The Grasshopper (1970)
R | 98 min | Drama, Romance
Wide-eyed nineteen year old Christine Adams decides on a whim to leave her broken family life in small town British Columbia to move to Los Angeles to be with her boyfriend Eddie Molina, ... See full summary »
The Grasshopper is a 1969 drama film directed by Jerry Paris. It stars Jacqueline Bisset and Jim Brown
13. Red Shoe Diaries (1992 TV Movie)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
After the death of his beloved wife, a man reads her diary and finds out that she was having an affair with a young construction worker.
Red Shoe Diaries is a soft core porn drama series that aired on the American cable television network Showtime from 1992 to 1997 and distributed by Playboy Entertainment overseas. Most episodes were directed by either Zalman King, Rafael Eisenman or both.
14. The Lover (1992)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.
Votes: 16,375 | Gross: $4.90M
The Lover (French: L'Amant) is a 1992 drama film produced by Claude Berri and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Based on the semi-autobiographical 1984 novel by Marguerite Duras, the film details the illicit affair between a teenage French girl and a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 Vietnam. In the screenplay written by Annaud and Gérard Brach, the girl's age is changed from 15½ to 17 and is portrayed by actress Jane March, who turned eighteen shortly after filming began. Production began in 1989, with filming commencing in 1991. The film made its theatrical debut on 22 January 1992, with an English release in the United Kingdom in June and in the United States in October of the same year. The film won the Motion Picture Sound Editors's 1993 Golden Reel award for "Best Sound Editing — Foreign Feature" and the 1993 César Award for Best Music Written for a Film. It received mostly negative reviews from American critics. However the film's performances and cinematography were generally praised.
15. Como agua para chocolate (1992)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.
Votes: 14,736 | Gross: $21.67M
Like Water for Chocolate is a 1992 film based on the popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. It earned all 11 Ariel awards of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures, including the Ariel Award for Best Picture, and became the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States at the time.
16. Body Heat (1981)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Votes: 25,552 | Gross: $24.06M
Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, and Mickey Rourke. It may be cited as an example of postmodern pastiche, as its sets are an intentional mix of visual eras. The plot of the film is heavily inspired by Double Indemnity.
17. Romeo and Juliet (1968)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Romance
When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.
Votes: 25,545 | Gross: $38.90M
Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian cinematic adaptation of the William Shakespeare play of the same name. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design; it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture. Sir Laurence Olivier spoke the film's prologue and epilogue and reportedly dubbed the voice of the Italian actor playing Lord Montague, but was never credited in the film, either for reciting the Prologue or for dubbing Lord Montague. (In fact, none of the voices dubbing other actors into English in Zeffirelli's films are ever credited. Yorgo Voragis, for instance, played Joseph in Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth, and was dubbed by another actor, but the actor doing the dubbing received no screen credit whatsoever.)
18. Henry & June (1990)
NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,931 | Gross: $11.57M
Henry & June is a 1990 American film directed by Philip Kaufman and stars Fred Ward, Maria de Medeiros, and Uma Thurman. It is loosely based on the book of the same name by the French author Anaïs Nin, and tells the story of Nin's relationship with Henry Miller and his wife, June.
19. Indecent Proposal (1993)
R | 117 min | Drama, Romance
A billionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married couple for one night with the wife.
Votes: 52,609 | Gross: $106.61M
Indecent Proposal is a 1993 drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Jack Engelhard. It was directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson.
20. Color of Night (1994)
R | 121 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A color-blind psychiatrist Bill Capa is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group, all of whom have a connection to a mysterious young woman that Capa begins having intense sexual encounters with.
Votes: 20,059 | Gross: $19.72M
Color of Night is a 1994 erotic mystery thriller film starring Bruce Willis and Jane March, made by Cinergi Pictures and released in the United States by Hollywood Pictures. It is one of two well-known works by director Richard Rush, the other being The Stunt Man 14 years before. As a measure of the difference between the two, The Stunt Man had three Academy Award nominations, whereas this film received a 1994 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture.
21. Killing Me Softly (2002)
R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A woman faces deadly consequences for abandoning her loving relationship with her boyfriend to pursue exciting sexual scenarios with a mysterious celebrity mountaineer.
Killing Me Softly is an erotic thriller 2002 film directed by Chen Kaige and starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes. Based on the novel by Nicci French (pen name of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French), it introduces several substantial changes to the story and focuses heavily on the intense sexual relationship between the two lead characters, including several nude scenes. The film was given an "R" rating by the MPAA, and was released unrated on DVD.
22. Basic Instinct (1992)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.
Votes: 146,199 | Gross: $117.73M
Basic Instinct is a 1992 erotic thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.
23. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
R | 171 min | Drama, Romance
In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.
Votes: 29,331 | Gross: $10.01M
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a 1988 American film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera, published in 1984. Director Philip Kaufman and screenplay writer Jean-Claude Carrière show Czechoslovak artistic and intellectual life during the Prague Spring of the Communist period, before the Soviet and Warsaw Pact invasion in August 1968, and detail the moral–political effects and personal consequences upon a bohemian ménage à trois: a medical doctor and his two women.
24. Fatal Attraction (1987)
R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller
A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.
Votes: 61,570 | Gross: $156.65M
Fatal Attraction is a 1987 American thriller directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Anne Archer. It is about a married man, who has a weekend affair with a woman who refuses to allow it to end and who becomes obsessed with him. The film was adapted by James Dearden and Nicholas Meyer from an earlier short film by Dearden for British television, Diversion (1980). Fatal Attraction was a hit, becoming the second highest grossing film of 1987 in the United States and hugely popular internationally. Critics were enthusiastic about the film, and it received six Academy Award nominations, including that for Best Picture, Best Actress for Close and Best Supporting Actress for Archer.
25. A Night in Heaven (1983)
R | 83 min | Drama, Romance
A married college professor begins a torrid affair with her failing student, who secretly moonlights as a late-night strip-club dancer.
Votes: 902 | Gross: $5.56M
A Night in Heaven is a 1983 romance film directed by John G. Avildsen, starring Christopher Atkins as a college student and Lesley Ann Warren as his professor. The screenplay is written by Joan Tewkesbury. Film critics widely panned the movie. The original music score is composed by Jan Hammer, and features two songs that would later be huge pop hits. "Heaven", re-released in 1985, would become Bryan Adams' first American number one song. An early version of the song "Obsession" by its co-writers, Holly Knight and Michael Des Barres, would also be re-released in 1985, and become the biggest hit for Animotion. The film also featured the song "Dirty Creature" by New Zealand/Australian group Split Enz.
26. Belle de Jour (1967)
R | 100 min | Drama
A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.
Belle de Jour is a 1967 French film starring Catherine Deneuve as a woman who decides to spend her days as a prostitute while her husband is at work. The title is the French name of the daylily (literally: "daylight beauty"), a flower that blooms only during the day, but also refers to a prostitute whose trade is conducted in daytime. The film was directed by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel, based on the 1928 novel of the same name by Joseph Kessel. American director Martin Scorsese promoted a 2002 release of the film on DVD. In 2006 the Portuguese director, Manoel de Oliveira released Belle Toujours, imagining a future encounter between two of the central characters from Belle de Jour.
27. Bitter Moon (1992)
R | 139 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
After hearing stories of her, a passenger on a cruise ship develops an irresistible infatuation with an eccentric paraplegic's wife.
Votes: 28,638 | Gross: $1.86M
Bitter Moon is a 1992 film starring Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner and Peter Coyote and directed by Roman Polanski. The film is known as Lunes de fiel (a pun on "Lune de Miel", which is 'Honeymoon') in France. The script is inspired by a book with the same name, written by the French author Pascal Bruckner. The score was composed by Vangelis.
28. Lie with Me (2005)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance
An outgoing, sexually aggressive young woman meets and begins a torrid affair with an equally aggressive young man in which their affair begins to bring a strain on their personal lives.
Lie with Me is a Canadian drama film with graphic sexual content that played at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. It is based on the novel of the same name by Tamara Berger. The film features Lauren Lee Smith and Eric Balfour. Due to the sexually explicit scenes this movie is banned from 10 countries.
29. Lolita (1962)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.
Votes: 75,819 | Gross: $9.25M
Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film by Stanley Kubrick based on the classic novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov. The film stars James Mason as Humbert Humbert, Sue Lyon as Dolores Haze (Lolita) and Shelley Winters as Charlotte Haze with Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty.
30. Laura, les ombres de l'été (1979)
R | 95 min | Drama, Romance
Sculptor Paul meets a former great love again after a long time -- but is much more impressed by her 15-year-old daughter, Laura, who looks like her mother when Paul was in love with her. ... See full summary »
Laura or (French: Laura, les ombres de l'été) is a 1979 French romantic drama film written and directed by photographer David Hamilton. It stars a then sixteen year old Dawn Dunlap as the title character.
31. Dressed to Kill (1980)
R | 105 min | Mystery, Thriller
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.
Votes: 27,301 | Gross: $31.90M
Dressed to Kill is a 1980 erotic crime thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma. It stars Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen in a Golden Globe nominated performance. The original music score is composed by Pino Donaggio. The film is marketed with the tagline "Brian De Palma, master of the macabre, invites you to a showing of the latest fashion... in murder." It centers on the murder of a housewife, and the investigation headed by the witness to the murder, a young prostitute, and the housewife’s teenaged son. The film was the target of some backlash from the gay and transgender communities, who felt that its portrayal of transgender people was misguided and transphobic. In addition, De Palma was accused of being misogynistic by feminist groups
32. Stealing Beauty (1996)
R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »
Votes: 22,087 | Gross: $4.57M
Stealing Beauty (French: Beauté volée; Italian: Io ballo da sola) is a 1996 drama film directed by Academy Award-winning Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci and written by Bertolucci and Susan Minot. It stars Liv Tyler, D.W. Moffett, Jeremy Irons, and Rachel Weisz. The film focuses on an American teenage girl who travels to a lush Italian villa to stay with family friends of her poet mother who recently committed suicide. The film was actress Liv Tyler's first lead role, which garnered her critical attention, and because of this, is often seen as a starting point for her film career.
33. Sliver (1993)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A woman moves into an exclusive New York City apartment building, which she soon discovers houses tenants with all manner of shocking secrets.
Votes: 24,789 | Gross: $36.30M
Sliver is a 1993 film based on the Ira Levin novel Sliver about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York highrise apartment building. Phillip Noyce directed the film, from a screenplay by Joe Eszterhas. Because of a major battle with the MPAA (which originally gave the film an NC-17 rating), the filmmakers were forced to make extensive reshoots before release. These reshoots actually necessitated changing the killer's identity.
34. Silk (2007)
R | 107 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron.
Votes: 10,048 | Gross: $1.10M
Silk is the film adaptation of Italian author Alessandro Baricco's novel of the same name. It was released in September 2007 through New Line Cinema and directed by the Red Violin director, François Girard. American actor Michael Pitt stars in the lead role of the French silkworm smuggler Hervé Joncour, with British actress Keira Knightley as his wife, Hélène. Japanese actors Miki Nakatani and Koji Yakusho are also featured. Exterior Japanese scenes were filmed in the city of Sakata. Knightley's scenes were filmed in Sermoneta, Italy, a small medieval village near Latina.
35. White Palace (1990)
R | 103 min | Drama, Romance
Still getting over the death of his wife, a young advertising executive meets an older waitress, a woman that might set him free.
Votes: 6,474 | Gross: $17.49M
White Palace is a 1990 film starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader. It is a romantic drama about the unlikely relationship between a young middle class widower (Spader) who falls in love with a middle-aged working class waitress (Sarandon) in St. Louis, Missouri. The film was based on a novel of the same title by Glenn Savan (who appears in the film as an extra with a small speaking part), and was directed by Luis Mandoki from a screenplay by Ted Tally and Alvin Sargent. The original music score is composed by George Fenton. The film is marketed with the tagline "The story of a younger man and a bolder woman."
36. Jamón, Jamón (1992)
Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a mother disapproves of her daughter's lover, she hires an underwear model and former bullfighter to seduce her daughter.
Votes: 10,273 | Gross: $0.94M
Jamón, jamón (Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈmon xaˈmon]; Ham, Ham) is a 1992 Spanish drama/comedy film directed by Bigas Luna and starring Javier Bardem, Jordi Mollà and Penélope Cruz in her debut film. It centers around a young woman named Silvia played by Cruz. The film is bursting with sexual energy and twisted romantic relationships. The film is an allegory for Spain itself and the director engages in word play and pun. It rhapsodizes on the juxtaposition of old and new in Spain and many other emotional contrasts such as erotic desire and food.
37. Emmanuelle (1974)
Unrated | 95 min | Drama
The wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, Emmanuelle embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery.
Votes: 8,086 | Gross: $8.72M
Emmanuelle is a 1974 French softcore erotic film, directed by Just Jaeckin, and starring Sylvia Kristel. The screenplay was written by Jean-Louis Richard, based on the novel Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woman by Emmanuelle Arsan. The music score is by Pierre Bachelet. The film was highly successful in France and around the world. In Japan the film coined a new phrase, "emanieru suru" literally, "to do Emmanuelle", meaning "to have a casual and extravagant love affair". The film's popularity lead to softcore erotic films briefly becoming "chic". The fact that it received widespread U.S. distribution by a major Hollywood studio has seen Emmanuelle referred to as the softcore equivalent of the hugely successful hardcore porn release Deep Throat. Columbia Pictures only agreed to distribute it after noting that most of the film's audience in French cinemas were women. The studio reasoned that female interest meant Emmanuelle could not be regarded as mere pornography. It spawned several sequels and influenced many similar films. Much of the movie is filmed in soft-focus, which was a trademark of Jaekin. Robert Fripp won an out-of-court settlement over the use of music in the film based on King Crimson's "Larks' Tongues in Aspic".
38. Joy of Sex (1984)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
Teenager Leslie Hindenberg, mistakenly believing she has just weeks to live, decides she will lose her virginity before she dies. Meanwhile, hormone-crazed Alan Holt pursues some sex for ... See full summary »
Votes: 545 | Gross: $4.46M
National Lampoon's Joy of Sex (also known simply as Joy of Sex) is a 1984 film directed by Martha Coolidge. It was written by Kathleen Rowell and J.J. Salter, based on the sex manual by Alex Comfort.
39. Body of Evidence (1993)
R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller
A lawyer defends a woman accused of killing her older lover by having sex with him.
Votes: 12,163 | Gross: $13.28M
Body of Evidence is a 1993 erotic thriller produced by Dino De Laurentiis and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Uli Edel and stars Madonna and Willem Dafoe, with Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Julianne Moore and Jurgen Prochnow in supporting roles. The first theatrical release was censored for the purpose of obtaining an R rating, reducing the film's running time from 101 to 99 minutes. The video première, however, restored the deleted material. Madonna's performance in the film was universally derided by film critics and it marked her fourth film acting performance to be widely panned, following Shanghai Surprise, Who's That Girl and Bloodhounds of Broadway.
40. Crimes of Passion (1984)
R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day, prostitute by night, and accused of murder, is hounded by two men: a married father of two, and a sexually repressed preacher.
Votes: 5,244 | Gross: $2.91M
Crimes of Passion is a 1984 film directed by Ken Russell starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin and Annie Potts. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental illness. A mix of sex and suspense, the movie opened to controversy over its content and to negative reviews.
41. The Pillow Book (1996)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama
A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.
Votes: 11,208 | Gross: $2.29M
The Pillow Book is a 1996 film by United Kingdom director Peter Greenaway, which stars Vivian Wu as Nagiko, a Japanese model in search of pleasure and new cultural experience from various lovers. The film is a rich and artistic melding of dark modern drama with idealized Chinese and Japanese cultural themes and settings, and centers around body painting.
42. Poison Ivy (1992)
R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller
A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.
Votes: 14,941 | Gross: $1.83M
Poison Ivy is a 1992 thriller and drama film directed by Katt Shea. Andy Ruben (who also produced the film) transformed Melissa Goddard's story into the screenplay. It stars Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom Skerritt and Cheryl Ladd. The original music score is composed by David Michael Frank. This film was shot in Los Angeles, California. Leonardo DiCaprio had a small role in the film.
43. Jade (1995)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves.
Votes: 9,950 | Gross: $9.80M
Jade is a 1995 erotic thriller film written by Joe Eszterhas, produced by Robert Evans, directed by William Friedkin and starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Crenna and Michael Biehn. The original music score was composed by James Horner. The film was marketed with the tagline "Some fantasies go too far." An unrated version featuring additional scenes and more explicit sexual footage with an extra 12 minutes was later released to VHS, though it is now out of print; the theatrical cut was utilized for the DVD and Blu-ray editions. The unrated versions for DVD, LaserDisc and Blu-Ray were cancelled due to poor sales of the unrated VHS version.
44. The Last Seduction (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A devious sexpot steals her husband's drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme.
Votes: 17,567 | Gross: $6.14M
The movie features Linda Fiorentino as the femme fatale, Peter Berg as a small town man whose one night affair turns into more than he wanted, and Bill Pullman as Fiorentino's husband who is chasing her and running from loan sharks at the same time. Fiorentino's performance generated talk of a possible Oscar nomination but she was disqualified because the film was shown on cable television (HBO) before it was released to theatres.
45. Blown Away (1993 TV Movie)
R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Teenage beauty tries to convince her new boyfriend that her father murdered her mother and that he should die too.
Blown Away is a 1993 erotic thriller film starring Corey Haim, Nicole Eggert and Corey Feldman.
46. Poison Ivy II (1996)
R | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
Lily is a sheltered art student from Michigan going to school in California. She finds an apartment and her roommates aren't quite normal. One day she finds a box of items belonging to a ... See full summary »
Poison Ivy II: Lily is a 1996 thriller film starring Alyssa Milano, and a direct-to-video sequel to the 1992 film Poison Ivy, starring Drew Barrymore. It was directed by Anne Goursaud and written by Chloe King. The original music score is composed by Joseph Williams. The film is marketed with the tagline "Passion. Seduction. Betrayal. Lily wanted to be just like Ivy."
47. Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997 Video)
R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller
A sinister seductress vows to destroy a suburban family.
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction is a 1997 erotic thriller starring Jaime Pressly, and the third film in the Poison Ivy series, which consisted of Poison Ivy (1992), Poison Ivy II: Lily (1995) and Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society (2008). It was directed by Kurt Voss and written by Karen Kelly. The original music score is composed by Reg Powell. The film is marketed with the tagline "All the rules are about to be broken."
48. Jism (2003)
136 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Kabir Lal is an alcoholic lawyer whose life is looking as if going down the drain. One morning he sees a stunningly attractive woman on a beach and is instantly enamored by her. By chance ... See full summary »
Jism (Hindi: जिस्म, Jism ?; English: Body) is a 2003 Bollywood film directed by Amit Saxena, which starred Bipasha Basu and John Abraham, the latter making his début in bollywood films. The music for the film was scored by M. M. Kreem. Jism ranked 92 in the top 100 sexiest movie scenes poll conducted by Channel 4.
49. Never Talk to Strangers (1995)
R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Sarah Taylor, a criminal psychologist, embarks on a torrid affair with a seductive stranger. However, she begins doubting whether she can trust him when a mysterious stalker begins harassing her.
Votes: 5,562 | Gross: $6.85M
Never Talk to Strangers is a 1995 erotic thriller starring Antonio Banderas and Rebecca De Mornay.
50. In the Cold of the Night (1990)
NC-17 | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Scott is a fashion photographer concerned about the sudden appearance of nightmares in his nightly dreams. In these, he seems to be involved in the murder of a beautiful young woman. When ... See full summary »
An Unfinished Affair is a 1996 erotic film directed by Rod Hardy. The film originally premiered on ABC and is now frequently aired on Lifetime.
51. Losing Control (1998)
R | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Kim is suffering from writer's block. A chance encounter with a handsome stranger opens her to a world of risky sexual experimentation. However, she becomes worried when he refuses to say anything about himself.
Losing Control is an upcoming romantic comedy film directed by Valerie Weiss about a female scientist who wants proof that her boyfriend is "the one".
52. Obsessed (2002 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Based on a factual case involving Diane Schaefer and Dr. Murray Brennan, a woman's claims of having had a relationship with a prominent doctor are completely denied by him.
53. Body Chemistry (1990)
R | 84 min | Drama, Thriller
A research project on sexual response leads two doctors into an affair where their deepest passions and darkest fantasies are revealed.
Votes: 335 | Gross: $2.42M
54. Sexual Intrigue (2000 Video)
R | 94 min | Crime, Drama
Charlie Taylor gets a surprise release from jail after a year for a crime he denies committing. His songwriter girlfriend Randi is glad he's back and calls on an ex-boyfriend, Carl Olsen, ... See full summary »
56. Secretary (2002)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.
Votes: 73,059 | Gross: $4.06M
Secretary is a 2002 independent drama film directed by Steven Shainberg. It stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey. The film is based on a short story from Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill.
57. The Hot Spot (1990)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter quickly gets into trouble with the local authorities- and the local women- after he robs a bank.
Votes: 8,784 | Gross: $1.29M
The Hot Spot is a 1990 American drama film directed by Dennis Hopper and based on the 1952 book Hell Hath No Fury by Charles Williams. It stars Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, and Jennifer Connelly, and features a score by Jack Nitzsche played by John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal and Roy Rogers.
58. Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981)
R | 104 min | Drama, Romance
A film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her ... See full summary »
Lady Chatterley's Lover is a 1981 film directed by Just Jaeckin, and starring Sylvia Kristel and Nicholas Clay.
59. Miranda (1985)
Unrated | 96 min | Comedy, Romance
In this erotic comedy, Miranda is the landlady of a small country tavern who is looking for a husband, and tries out a variety of men for size.
In this erotic comedy, Miranda is the landlady of a small country tavern who is looking for a husband, and tries out a variety of men for size.
101 min | Drama, Romance
In eleven days time, Michael is due to wed his fiancée Helen. However, when he meets Sarah he finds himself unable to resist her.
61. 11 Days, 11 Nights 2 (1990)
84 min | Drama
Sarah Asproon returns to New Orleans to act as executrix of the estate of a millionaire whom she was once the mistress of. She must decide which one of his surviving family members will ... See full summary »
62. Top Model (1988)
R | 85 min | Drama
Gloria works as a top nude model and prostitute, but she has a secret. In reality she is writer and social critic Sarah Asproon researching her new book. Peter finds out and blackmails her ... See full summary »
63. Pomeriggio caldo (1989)
93 min | Drama, Thriller
Courtney a young reporter is assigned to report on the story of a young woman who lost her husband in a bizarre voodoo ritual. He decides to take his highly sexed wife Connie on the trip to... See full summary »
64. Secret Pleasures (2002)
R | 90 min | Drama
An attractive woman detective, expert in cases of conjugal infidelity is hired by a mysterious millionaire, unaware that she will get involved in a feverish love triangle to gather all the ... See full summary »
66. Testing the Limits (1998)
R | 100 min | Drama
A married couple, Mike and Tony, decided, in view of their strained relations in recent years, on a romantic trip to the mountains. Unfortunately, their car breaks down on the road and they... See full summary »
68. Club Wild Side 2 (1998)
R | 99 min | Drama
Arriving in LA, Joe befriends an actress who moonlights as a sex worker in an exclusive club. Promises of fame and fortune cloud their judgement as manipulative people try to tear them apart.
69. Emanuelle nera (1975)
X | 91 min | Drama
In her first onscreen adventure, journalist/photographer Mae Jordan (known to her readers as "Emanuelle") travels to Africa on assignment. Questions of her own racial and sexual identity ... See full summary »
71. Lake Consequence (1993 TV Movie)
R | 90 min | Drama, Romance
Irene, a thirty-something housewife with a successful husband and a young son, has her life thrown in a spin when she becomes attracted to Billy, a member of a landscape crew outside her ... See full summary »
Lake Consequence is a 1992 film made for television. It was directed by Rafael Eisenman with casting by Sue Swan.
72. Cat People (1982)
R | 118 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.
Votes: 15,767 | Gross: $7.00M
Cat People is a 1982 American erotic horror film directed by Paul Schrader and starring Nastassja Kinski. Jerry Bruckheimer served as executive producer. Alan Ormsby wrote the screenplay, basing it loosely on the story by DeWitt Bodeen, the screenwriter for the acclaimed original 1942 Cat People. Giorgio Moroder composed the film's score, including the theme song which features lyrics and vocals by David Bowie.
73. Body Double (1984)
R | 114 min | Mystery, Thriller
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.
Votes: 22,983 | Gross: $8.80M
Body Double is a 1984 American thriller film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Gregg Henry. The original musical score was composed by Pino Donaggio. The film was marketed with the tagline: "You can't believe everything you see."
74. Blue Velvet (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Votes: 149,784 | Gross: $8.55M
Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. The movie exhibits elements of both film noir and surrealism. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken from The Clovers' 1955 song of the same name. Although initially detested by some mainstream critics, the film is now widely acclaimed, and earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director. As an example of a director casting against the norm, Blue Velvet is also noted for re-launching Hopper's career and for providing Rossellini with a dramatic outlet beyond the work as a fashion model and a cosmetics spokeswoman for which she had until then been known. After the commercial and critical failure of Lynch's Dune (1984), he made attempts at developing a more "personal story", somewhat characteristic of the surreal style he displayed in his debut Eraserhead (1977). The screenplay of Blue Velvet had been passed around multiple times in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with many major studios declining it because of its strong sexual and violent content. The independent studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, owned at the time by Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis, agreed to finance and produce the film. Since its initial theatrical release, Blue Velvet has achieved cult status, significant academic attention and, alongside Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive, is widely regarded as one of Lynch's finest works. It is also seen by many critics as representing a modern-day version of film-noir, "neo-noir", present in many thrillers from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. Blue Velvet was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Films of All Time by Entertainment Weekly in 1999 and chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest mystery films ever made. The film centers on eccentric college student Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan), who, returning from visiting his ill father in the hospital, comes across a human ear in a field in his hometown of Lumberton. He proceeds to investigate the ear with help from a high school student, Sandy Williams (Dern), who provides him with information and leads from her father, a local police detective. Jeffrey's investigation draws him deeper into his hometown's seedy underworld, and sees him forming a sexual relationship with the alluring torch singer Dorothy Vallens (Rossellini), and uncovering the psychotic criminal Frank Booth (Hopper), who engages in drug abuse, kidnapping, and sexual violence.
75. Sea of Love (1989)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.
Votes: 32,546 | Gross: $58.57M
Sea of Love is a 1989 thriller film directed by Harold Becker, written by Richard Price, and starring Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, and John Goodman. The story concerns a New York City detective trying to catch a serial killer who finds victims through the singles column in a newspaper.
76. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller
A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.
Votes: 41,378 | Gross: $101.60M
Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 psychological thriller film directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julia Roberts. The film is based on Nancy Price's 1987 novel of the same name. Roberts plays a woman who escapes from her abusive, obsessive husband from Cape Cod to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she captures the attention of a kindly college drama teacher. The movie was adapted from 1980 Malayalam movie Manjil Virinja Pookal and 1972 Telugu movie "Dhamji Pakora".
77. Blown Away (1993 TV Movie)
R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Teenage beauty tries to convince her new boyfriend that her father murdered her mother and that he should die too.
For the 1994 film of the same name starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones, see Blown Away (1994 film).
78. Single White Female (1992)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.
Votes: 26,295 | Gross: $47.92M
Single White Female is a 1992 American erotic thriller film based on John Lutz's novel SWF Seeks Same. The film stars Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh and is directed by Barbet Schroeder.
79. Boxing Helena (1993)
R | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A surgeon becomes obsessed with the seductive woman he once was in an affair with. Refusing to accept that she has moved on, he amputates her limbs and holds her captive in his mansion.
Votes: 10,221 | Gross: $1.80M
Boxing Helena is a 1993 romantic drama film and the debut feature film by Jennifer Chambers Lynch, daughter of David Lynch. The film stars Julian Sands and Sherilyn Fenn as Helena.
80. The Crush (1993)
R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller
A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl, who proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances.
Votes: 13,147 | Gross: $13.61M
The Crush is a 1993 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Alan Shapiro, which stars Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone in her feature film debut. It was filmed on location from 24 September 1992 - 20 November 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia. In editing the film for broadcast TV, the character of Darian's name was changed to Adrian after a lawsuit against Shapiro by the real-life Darian Forrester. The VHS and laserdisc versions of the film still use the original name, but DVD releases and later cable TV airings also change the name to Adrian. The plot of The Crush was based on an actual incident involving the neighbor of writer Shapiro.
81. Crash (1996)
NC-17 | 100 min | Drama
After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.
Votes: 45,291 | Gross: $2.04M
Crash is a 1996 Canadian-British psychological thriller film written and directed by David Cronenberg based on J. G. Ballard's 1973 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car accidents, a notable form of paraphilia. The film stars James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter, and Rosanna Arquette. The film generated considerable controversy on its release and opened to mixed and highly divergent reactions from critics. While some praised the film for its daring premise and originality, others criticized its combination of graphic sexuality with violence. Although it was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, it instead won the Special Jury Prize. The film's music score was composed by Howard Shore.
82. Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.
Votes: 33,279 | Gross: $5.97M
Basic Instinct 2 (also known as Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction), is a 2006 erotic thriller film and the sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct. The film was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels, and Andrew G. Vajna. The screenplay was by Leora Barish and Henry Bean. It stars Sharon Stone, who reprises her role of Catherine Tramell from the original, as well as David Morrissey, David Thewlis, and Charlotte Rampling. The film is an international co-production of Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain. The film follows novelist and suspected serial killer Catherine Tramell, who is once again in trouble with the authorities. Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her after a man in Tramell's presence dies. As with Detective Nick Curran in the first film, Glass becomes a victim of Tramell's seductive games. After being in development hell for a number of years, the film was shot in London from April to August 2005, and was released on March 31, 2006. After numerous cuts, it was released with an R rating for "strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language, and some drug content." The film was not as well received as its predecessor and fell short of commercial expectations. Compared to its predecessor, Basic Instinct 2 is lighter in nature, but still contains graphic violence and sex.
83. Unfaithful (2002)
R | 124 min | Drama, Thriller
A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.
Votes: 68,861 | Gross: $52.80M
Unfaithful is a 2002 American erotic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, and Olivier Martinez. It was adapted by Alvin Sargent and William Broyles Jr. from the French film The Unfaithful Wife (1968) (La Femme infidèle) by the noted director Claude Chabrol. It tells about a couple living in suburban New York City whose marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling with a stranger she encounters by chance in Manhattan. The production was unusual for its demanding and extended sex scenes shot through smoke. Lyne shot a total of five endings, based on his experience with the controversial content of Fatal Attraction. Unfaithful grossed $52 million in North America and a total of $119 million worldwide. Despite mixed reviews overall, Lane received much praise for her performance. She won awards for best actress from the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress.
84. In the Cut (2003)
R | 119 min | Mystery, Thriller
New York City writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective, who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.
Votes: 19,610 | Gross: $4.75M
In the Cut is a 2003 Australian-American mystery and erotic thriller film written and directed by Jane Campion and starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Campion's screenplay is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susanna Moore. The film focuses on a college English professor who becomes entangled with a detective investigating a series of gruesome murders in her Manhattan neighborhood. The film received a limited release on 22 October 2003 in the United States, and was subsequently given a wide release on Halloween that year in the United States and United Kingdom. The film received negative to mixed reviews from critics.
85. Swimming Pool (2003)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A British mystery author visits her publisher's home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics.
Votes: 37,447 | Gross: $10.11M
Swimming Pool is a 2003 French-British thriller film directed by François Ozon and starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. The plot focuses on a British crime novelist, Sarah Morton, who travels to her publisher's upmarket summer house in Southern France to seek solitude in order to work on her next book. However, the arrival of Julie, the publisher's daughter, induces complications and a subsequent crime. While the film's protagonist is British and both of the lead characters are bilingual, the majority of the story takes place in France – thus, the dialogue throughout the film is a mixture of French and English, which is appropriately subtitled. Swimming Pool premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 18 May 2003, and was released in France a few days later, with a U cinema rating, meaning it was deemed suitable for all ages. It was given a limited release in the United States that July, and was edited in order to avoid an NC-17 rating due to its sexual content and nudity. The film also ignited controversy with audiences because of its ambiguous nature and unclear conclusion which can be interpreted and argued in various ways – while in France many comparisons were made with Jacques Deray's 1969 film La Piscine ("The Swimming-pool"), starring Romy Schneider and Alain Delon.
86. Murder (2004)
130 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Living in Bangkok with her husband Sudhir and the child from his first marriage to her sister, Simran feels isolated in a foreign land and ignored by her husband. A chance meeting with an ... See full summary »
Murder is a 2004 Hindi erotic thriller film directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Mukesh Bhatt. It stars Emraan Hashmi, Mallika Sherawat and Ashmit Patel in lead roles and is set in Bangkok, Thailand. Murder released on 2 April 2004 and, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, managed to become a highly successful venture at the box office, earning the super hit status. The film was a huge breakthrough for its lead actors, particularly Hashmi and Sherawat. It received an A certificate from the Indian Censor Board for its erotic subject and scenes. Murder is essentially a remake of 2002 Hollywood film Unfaithful. Today, it has become a film series spawning over two sequels, Murder 2 in 2011 and Murder 3 in 2013.
87. Lust, Caution (2007)
NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.
Votes: 32,711 | Gross: $4.60M
Lust, Caution is an 2007 espionage thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novella of the same name published in 1979 by Chinese author Eileen Chang. The story is mostly set in Hong Kong in 1938 and in Shanghai in 1942, when it was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army and ruled by the puppet government led by Wang Jingwei. It depicts a group of Chinese university students from the Lingnan University who plot to assassinate a high-ranking special agent and recruiter of the puppet government using an attractive young woman to lure him into a trap. With this film, Lee won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival for the second time, the first being with Brokeback Mountain. The film adaptation and the story are loosely based on events that took place during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. The film's explicit sex scenes resulted in the film being rated NC-17 in the United States.
88. Chloe (2009)
R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger.
Votes: 61,469 | Gross: $3.07M
Chloe is a 2009 erotic thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan, a remake of the 2004 French film Nathalie.... It stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried in the title role. Its screenplay was written by Erin Cressida Wilson, based on the earlier French film, written by Anne Fontaine. Despite its mixed critical reception, Chloe made more money than any of Atom Egoyan's previous films.
89. Hanyo (2010)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to dark consequences.
Votes: 7,624 | Gross: $0.15M
he Housemaid (Hangul: 하녀; Hanja: 下女; RR: Hanyeo; MR: Hanyŏ) is a 2010 South Korean melodramatic thriller film directed by Im Sang-soo. The story focuses on Eun-yi, played by Jeon Do-yeon, who becomes involved in a destructive love triangle while working as a housemaid for an upper-class family. Other cast members include Lee Jung-jae, Seo Woo and Yoon Yeo-jeong. The film is a remake of Kim Ki-young's 1960 film The Housemaid. It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
90. Compliance (2012)
R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on.
Votes: 27,020 | Gross: $0.32M
Compliance is a 2012 American docudrama written and directed by Craig Zobel, and starring Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, and Pat Healy. The plot focuses on a prank caller who pretends to be a police officer and convinces the manager of a fast-food restaurant that one of her employees committed a crime. It is based on the strip search prank call scam and more specifically inspired by the Bullitt County McDonald's case. Dowd's role as Sandra has earned rave reviews, and for which she won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.
91. Hate Story (2012)
Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller
After a powerful businessman has her baby forcefully aborted, Kaavya Krishna uses her body as a sexual weapon to destroy his empire, brick by brick.
Hate Story is a 2012 Indian erotic thriller film directed by Vivek Agnihotri and produced by Vikram Bhatt It stars Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiya and Nikhil Dwivedi in lead roles and trailer was released on March 18 It was given an 'A' certificate for its erotic theme, sexual content and nudity.It did well at box office and was commercially successful.
92. Jism 2 (2012)
130 min | Drama, Thriller
Izna, a porn star, is tasked by an Indian Intelligence Agency to seduce her ex-boyfriend Kabir, a dreaded assassin, in order to steal vital information relating to his sleeper cell contacts.
Jism 2 is a 2012 erotic thriller film directed by Pooja Bhatt. It is the sequel to the 2003 film Jism and marks the debut of Indo-Canadian former pornographic actress Sunny Leone in Bollywood. Jism 2 was launched on 1 December 2011, on popular Indian television show Bigg Boss, making the launch a first time ever in the history of Indian Cinema. Mahesh Bhatt compared Jism 2 to Italian romance drama Last Tango in Paris. Jism 2 has been passed with an A-certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Jism 2 had paid previews on 2 August 2012, one day prior to its worldwide release.
93. Passion (2012)
R | 102 min | Mystery, Thriller
The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.
Votes: 18,692 | Gross: $0.09M
Passion is a 2012 German-French erotic thriller film directed by Brian De Palma, a remake of the French film Love Crime. The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.
94. Wild Things (1998)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.
Votes: 96,427 | Gross: $29.75M
Wild Things is a 1998 American erotic thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards, Theresa Russell, and Bill Murray. It was directed by John McNaughton. In some countries the film was released as Sex Crimes. An uncut version, adding seven minutes to its runtime, was released on DVD in 2004 and includes a change to Kelly and Suzie's relationship. The film gained notoriety for featuring several sex scenes – in particular, one involving a man and two women simultaneously – that were more explicit than is typically seen in mainstream, big-budget Hollywood releases. It spawned several direct-to-DVD sequels. The film has a MPAA rating of R for "strong sexuality, nudity, language, and violence". Times guidelines refer to a strong ménage à trois scene (involving Dillon, Campbell and Richards, the latter of whom is apparently wearing only a miniskirt) and some passionate girl-girl kissing (Campbell and Richards, both of whom are topless). There is also incidental male frontal nudity (Bacon)
95. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.
Votes: 251,276 | Gross: $55.69M
Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 drama film based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. The film was directed, produced and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was his last film, as the director died five days after showing Warner Bros. his final cut. The story, set in and around New York City, follows the sexually charged adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, who is shocked when his wife, Alice, reveals that she had contemplated an affair a year earlier. He embarks on a night-long adventure, during which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an unnamed secret society. Kubrick got the filming rights for Dream Story in the 1960s, considering it a perfect novel to adapt on a film about sexual relations. The project was only revived in the 1990s, when the director hired writer Frederic Raphael to help him with the adaptation. The film was wholly shot in the United Kingdom, including a recreation of Greenwich Village at Pinewood Studios, and had a long production, which holds the Guinness World Record for the longest constant movie shoot, at 400 days. Eyes Wide Shut was released on July 16, 1999, a few months after Kubrick's death, to generally positive critical reaction and intakes of $162 million at the worldwide box office. Its strong sexual content also made it controversial. To ensure a theatrical R rating in the United States, its distributor Warner Bros. digitally altered several scenes during post-production. The uncut version has since been released on DVD.
96. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
Votes: 40,981 | Gross: $36.14M
Last Tango in Paris (Italian: Ultimo tango a Parigi) is a 1972 Franco-Italian romantic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci which portrays a recent American widower who begins an anonymous sexual relationship with a young, betrothed Parisian woman. It stars Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, and Jean-Pierre Léaud. The film's raw portrayal of sexual violence and emotional turmoil led to international controversy and drew various levels of government censorship. The MPAA gave the film an X rating upon release in the United States. After revisions were made to the MPAA ratings code, it was re-classified NC-17 in 1997. MGM released a censored R-rated cut in 1981. The film has its NC-17 rating for "some explicit sexual content."
97. Blue Valentine (2010)
R | 112 min | Drama, Romance
The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
Votes: 157,946 | Gross: $9.74M
Blue Valentine is a 2010 romantic drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. The film premiered in competition at the 26th Sundance Film Festival. Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis wrote the film, and Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling played the lead roles as well as serving as co-executive producers for the film. The band Grizzly Bear scored the film. The film depicts a married couple, Dean Pereira (Gosling) and Cynthia "Cindy" Heller (Williams), shifting back and forth in time between their courtship and the dissolution of their marriage several years later.
98. Romance (1999)
R | 84 min | Drama
Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,640 | Gross: $1.28M
Romance (Romance X) is a 1999 French art house romantic drama film written and directed by Catherine Breillat. It stars Caroline Ducey, pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi, Sagamore Stévenin and François Berléand. The film features explicit copulation scenes, especially one showing Caroline Ducey's coitus with Rocco Siffredi. Romance inspired the trend of some arthouse films featuring explicit, unsimulated sex, such as All About Anna, Shortbus, The Brown Bunny, and 9 Songs.
99. Shame (2011)
NC-17 | 101 min | Drama
A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.
Votes: 161,290 | Gross: $4.00M
Shame is a 2011 British drama film co-written and directed by Steve McQueen, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. It was co-produced by Film4 and See-Saw Films. The film's explicit sexual scenes regarding sexual addiction resulted in it being rated NC-17 in the United States, where it opened on 2 December 2011 on limited release. Shame was released in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2012. The film grossed $17 million by the end of its worldwide theatrical run, including nearly $4 million in the United States.
100. Showgirls (1995)
NC-17 | 128 min | Drama
Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.
Votes: 54,011 | Gross: $20.30M
Showgirls is a 1995 French-American drama directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, and Gina Gershon. The film centers around a "street-smart" drifter who ventures to Las Vegas and climbs the seedy hierarchy from stripper to showgirl. Produced on a then-sizable budget of approximately $45 million, significant controversy and hype surrounding the film's amounts of sex and nudity preceded its theatrical release. In the United States, the film was rated NC-17 for "nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, some graphic language and sexual violence." Showgirls was the first NC-17 rated film to be given a wide release in mainstream theaters. Distributor United Artists dispatched several hundred staffers to theaters across North America playing Showgirls in order to ensure that patrons would not be sneaking into the theater from other films, and to make sure the film-goers were over the age of 17. Audience restriction due to the NC-17 rating coupled with the extremely poor reviews the film received resulted in a box office take of slightly less than $38 million. Despite a poor theatrical and critical consensus, Showgirls enjoyed success on the home video market, generating more than $100 million from video rentals allowing the film to turn a healthy profit and became one of MGM's top 20 all-time bestsellers. For its video premiere, Verhoeven prepared an R-rated cut for rental outlets that would not carry NC-17 films. This edited version runs 3 minutes shorter (128 minutes) and deletes some of the more graphic footage. Despite being consistently ranked as one of the worst films ever made, Showgirls has become regarded as a cult classic and was released on Blu-ray in June 2010. A spin-off sequel, entitled Penny's from Heaven, focused on the minor character Penny played by Rena Riffel and also written, produced, and directed by Riffel, was released direct-to-video in 2011.