Sensuality in Films

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1. Bitter Moon (1992)

R | 139 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.2
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After hearing stories of her, a passenger on a cruise ship develops an irresistible infatuation with an eccentric paraplegic's wife.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Peter Coyote

Votes: 28,620 | Gross: $1.86M

Best Ever.

2. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 917,043 | Gross: $130.10M

Classic!

3. Unfaithful (2002)

R | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

6.7
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63 Metascore

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan

Votes: 68,833 | Gross: $52.80M

One of the finest from Adrian Lyne

4. The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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62 Metascore

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 91,706 | Gross: $2.53M

Must Watch..

5. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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41 Metascore

A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 146,143 | Gross: $117.73M

Infamous

6. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 268,882 | Gross: $7.22M

Great film from David Lynch

7. Disclosure (1994)

R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

6.0
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58 Metascore

A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 39,721 | Gross: $83.02M

Great thriller based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same title.

8. Wild Things (1998)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Denise Richards

Votes: 96,403 | Gross: $29.75M

Funny and Sensual

9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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56 Metascore

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 206,182 | Gross: $2.22M

Sensual Fantasy

10. Fatal Attraction (1987)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

6.9
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67 Metascore

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Latzen

Votes: 61,540 | Gross: $156.65M

Another Classic from Adrian Lyne

11. Malèna (2000)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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54 Metascore

Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro, Luciano Federico, Matilde Piana

Votes: 73,091 | Gross: $3.43M

Coming of Age film

12. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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70 Metascore

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Chris Messina

Votes: 215,864 | Gross: $23.22M

Woody Allen style Romance flick with subtle sensuality

13. Friends with Benefits (2011)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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63 Metascore

A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman

Votes: 297,194 | Gross: $55.80M

You can watch this for Mila Kunis

14. 9½ Weeks (1986)

R | 117 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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50 Metascore

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.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Margaret Whitton, David Margulies

Votes: 32,296 | Gross: $6.73M

Great one for its time

15. Original Sin (2001)

R | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.0
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33 Metascore

A woman along with her lover, plan to con a rich man by marrying him and on earning his trust running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she actually begins to fall in love with him.

Director: Michael Cristofer | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Jane, Jack Thompson

Votes: 47,993 | Gross: $16.25M

If you like Angelina Jolie..

16. Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang

Votes: 32,706 | Gross: $4.60M

17. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 42,456 | Gross: $1.40M

18. Indecent Proposal (1993)

R | 117 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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35 Metascore

A billionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married couple for one night with the wife.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 52,586 | Gross: $106.61M

19. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.0
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Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Naveen Andrews, Sarita Choudhury, Indira Varma, Ramon Tikaram

Votes: 8,906 | Gross: $4.11M

20. Wild Orchid (1989)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

4.5
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A female lawyer becomes mesmerized by a self-made millionaire during an encounter in Rio setting off a series of erotic encounters.

Director: Zalman King | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset, Carré Otis, Assumpta Serna

Votes: 9,821 | Gross: $11.06M

21. Repulsion (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.8
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91 Metascore

A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 39,804

Roman Polanski!

22. Clerks (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy

7.8
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70 Metascore

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonauer

Votes: 192,521 | Gross: $3.15M

23. Saving Face (2004)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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65 Metascore

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu | Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen, Jin Wang

Votes: 8,423 | Gross: $1.19M

Life and Romance between two girls..

24. Loving Annabelle (2006)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly between ... See full summary »

Director: Katherine Brooks | Stars: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge, Michelle Horn

Votes: 10,200 | Gross: $1.10M

25. Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

R | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

4.3
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26 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, David Thewlis, Stan Collymore

Votes: 33,271 | Gross: $5.97M

26. Cracks (I) (2009)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

6.7
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54 Metascore

A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school.

Director: Jordan Scott | Stars: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde, Imogen Poots

Votes: 17,000 | Gross: $0.02M

27. El Callejón de los Milagros (1995)

Unrated | 140 min | Drama

7.6
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Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Fons | Stars: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, María Rojo, Salma Hayek, Bruno Bichir

Votes: 2,359

Must Watch!

28. Stealing Beauty (1996)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.6
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60 Metascore

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 »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 22,073 | Gross: $4.57M

From the director of The Dreamers (2003)

29. 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

5.6
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53 Metascore

After a brutal break-up, a young man vows to stay celibate during the forty days of Lent, but finds the girl of his dreams and is unable to do anything about it.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Paulo Costanzo, Adam Trese

Votes: 64,932 | Gross: $37.95M

Very fine Comedy..

30. Towelhead (2007)

R | 124 min | Drama

7.0
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57 Metascore

A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Macdissi, Chris Messina

Votes: 10,752 | Gross: $0.37M

31. The Rules of Attraction (2002)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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50 Metascore

The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate.

Director: Roger Avary | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel

Votes: 46,235 | Gross: $6.53M

32. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 68,656 | Gross: $25.89M

Must Watch!

33. One Night at McCool's (2001)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

6.1
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46 Metascore

Every man has a different recollection of the beautiful young woman who wreaked havoc on their lives during one heated night.

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Mary Jo Smith, Michael Douglas

Votes: 26,694 | Gross: $6.29M

Great Comedy and Great Performances..

34. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

7.6
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80 Metascore

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 115,494 | Gross: $63.49M

Classic!

35. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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79 Metascore

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 603,963 | Gross: $106.95M

For some sensuality

36. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
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80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 153,536 | Gross: $20.17M

37. Monster's Ball (2001)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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69 Metascore

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher

Votes: 75,422 | Gross: $31.25M

Interracial romance

38. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 48,971 | Gross: $7.84M

39. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.8
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33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 170,358 | Gross: $131.14M

40. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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87 Metascore

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 189,742 | Gross: $100.32M

If you are a Gwenyth Paltrow fan..

41. Orphan (2009)

R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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42 Metascore

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder

Votes: 161,198 | Gross: $41.60M

42. Revolutionary Road (2008)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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69 Metascore

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 164,944 | Gross: $22.91M