Intelligent Films about Sex

Hollywood avoids actually dealing with sex as if it were the Bubonic Plague. Here are films that dared to take the risk and illuminated as a result. Let me know of others I left out; we could all frankly see more films that actually try to deal with sex like any other topic, rather than just exploit it like so many execrable and retarded Hollywood comedies.
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Last Tango in Paris (1972)
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A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex. (129 mins.)
“ Decades ahead of its time not just for the sexual content, but for the intensity. People don't want to believe that they or their loved ones could be more honest and passionate toward a complete stranger as they could toward their closest loved one, but it happens all the time. The sad thing is, as the movie got older, both Brando and Schneider admitted that they both felt they'd been raped by Bertolucci because of what he put them through in the film, especially in the notorious 'butter' scene. They both gave the performances of a lifetime, but at great cost ” - nware-2
Shame (2011)
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In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life - which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction - is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ My choice for the single best film of 2011. Shame is truly it for Fassbender, Mulligan and the whole film getting snubbed by the Oscars. ” - nware-2
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
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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. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick's final directorial effort and just as intense as all his other work. He is so focused on the shocking intensity of the events that transpire, that the copious nudity quickly becomes less shocking than in other films. A real twisted odyssey of sexuality. ” - nware-2
Audition (1999)
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A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Under the surface of its relentless horror, open viewers will see the real theme is actually about the vanity of male thoughts on sexuality. Scary-ass film to be sure though, but well worth it ” - nware-2
Kinsey (2004)
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A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior. (118 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ One of Liam Neeson's best performances, encouraging people to speak out about sexual proclivities during a time when sex was a discouraged topic to even discuss. ” - nware-2
Blue Valentine (2010)
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The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
“ Beautiful and heartbreaking performances in a love story that actually has something concrete and realistic to say about love, sex, and the pain of relationships. Williams in particular was sublime. ” - nware-2
Damage (1992)
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A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery. (111 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ We all expect a great performance from Jeremy Irons, but Juliette Binoche matches him exceedingly well, years before her stardom and her Oscar. She's smoking hot, of course, but it's her character that draws us in and helps us understand how a woman could begin an affair with her fiance's father only days after first meeting him. ” - nware-2
Room in Rome (2010)
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A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls. (109 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
“ One of those impressive films taking place entirely in one room and has amazingly deep and moving dialogue that isn't diminished by these two gorgeous women in spite of them both being naked for almost two thirds of the film. I was actually shocked at how immersive it was. Plenty of sexy scenes, but this is absolutely not pornography. ” - nware-2
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
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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. (171 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Fascinating performances from Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, and Lena Olin in a film where it's never quite clear how the relationships will turn out. ” - nware-2
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
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A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. (109 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ Many call it the Japanese Last Tango in Paris and I'd agree. Both films show the geneses and aftermaths of powerful sexual encounters to such a realistic and shocking degree, that many find it difficult to watch. The lead actors are remarkably convincing here. ” - nware-2
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ Oh, what has happened to poor Nic Cage? He won an Oscar for this one in one of the most intelligent and deeply sad looks at alcoholism, depression, and how people use sex to try and drown out both of them. Elisabeth Shue is also wonderful here making her character even more captivating than her body. ” - nware-2
Closer (2004)
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The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other. (104 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Natalie Portman came of age as a brilliant actress with this film and Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen all turn in equally vicious performances. There's no actual sex on the screen, rather, we learn about their encounters in the salty dialogue and altercations after they've occurred. It's one of those movies that really makes relationships seem phony as hell these days, because who's really honest all the time? ” - nware-2
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ This one's a stretch but think carefully. The driving force behind the hate of George and Martha is disappointment in the others achievements. Their child is the most heated one and it's very clear why at the end. Don't forget about Nick and Honey's similar issues too. All four actors, (Taylor, Burton, Segal, and Dennis) should've won Oscars for their performances. They were all nominated, but only the two women won ” - nware-2
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ A remarkably absorbing period piece where endless wealth and boredom leads to deceit, gambling, and severe heartbreak. Glenn Close was the most convincing for me but all of the actors (except Reeves, perhaps) turn in very good performances in a film that calls out some of the oldest vanities about sex and how people consistently succumb to them even when they don't have to. ” - nware-2
Getting It Right (1989)
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Gavin is 31 years old and still lives with his parents. He is awfully shy but before he knows it there are three women interested in him... (102 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ Somewhat similar to the 40 Year Old Virgin in that it portrays a good guy who never learned to connect with women in his early youth. The lead actor is wonderful and Helena Bonham Carter is gorgeous and seductive as the wild Minny ” - nware-2
The Graduate (1967)
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A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Mike Nichols won his directing Oscar for this one and a worthy decision for sure (although I say Virginia Woolf is his best film). Hoffman may've given his best performance here but Bancroft is the reason to go see it. She's one of the most seductive enigmas to ever grace the screen as Mrs. Robinson ” - nware-2
The Ice Storm (1997)
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1973, suburban New Canaan, Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control. (112 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ One of the most shamefully overlooked films in recent history, this film is as well written, directed, and acted as almost any film of the 1990s because of the attention paid to all the little nuances these characters go through. Also, you'd think a story like this would criticize either the adults for using sex as an excuse to not communicate, or the kids for using sex even though they don't know what they're doing. But by the end, it's clear that they're ALL wrong. Ang Lee's best film ” - nware-2
Prozac Nation (2001)
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A young woman struggles with depression during her first year at Harvard. (95 mins.)
“ Christina Ricci's best performance comes in this film and she really hits all the right notes with this troubled girl. Michelle Williams and Jessica Lange are wonderful as well. What's so pathetic is, this film did not get a theatrical release in the US, presumably out of a crippling fear of upcoming college students seeing an educational film both about sex and drugs, and about the consequences. Frankly, college kids in the US need realistic films like this as much as any other country on Earth ” - nware-2
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
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In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ A fearless and creative look into a sexual journey that is simply too smart and too honest to be made by a Hollywood studio. The voice over in the film is unusually effective and the writing is brilliant. The lead actress in particular deserved an Oscar Nomination. ” - nware-2
Secretary (2002)
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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. (104 mins.)
“ This was a film that could've easily collapsed under the weight of its potentially exploitative premise, but it hits all the notes. It examines sadomasochism from a psychological perspective first, and a sexual one second. That's what distinguishes this from pornography and the performances by Spader and Gyllenhaal are excellent ” - nware-2
Fatal Attraction (1987)
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A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family. (119 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ A great thriller, of course. But the reason it works so well is that in the early scenes, it is so psychologically convincing. All the nuances that lead Douglas to falling into casual sex are portrayed impeccably and the maturity of the script to have him both get the police involved and actually confess to his wife was remarkably refreshing. ” - nware-2
The Dreamers (2003)
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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. (115 mins.)
“ A great representation of what happens when parents are so rich that their children are required to do nothing in life. That leads the siblings to fall into incest out of boredom, and when they bring in Matthew the tension skyrockets. Eva Green is particularly good here. ” - nware-2
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
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A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything. (100 mins.)
“ Soderbergh's first great film almost entirely built out of dialogue and is one of the most engrossing films ever made about sexual repression and deceit. James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, and Laura San Giacomo turn in amazing performances ” - nware-2
Sideways (2004)
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Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Alexander Payne is just beautiful at melding humor with tragedy and Paul Giamatti is at his best here by flawlessly communicating that thought. Many times in this film you don't know whether to laugh or cry, and most of the time, there isn't a wrong answer. Just like life, it's pretty hard to define in one context ” - nware-2
The Last Station (2009)
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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ Great performances sizzle from Mirren, Plummer, MacAvoy, and Giamatti in a film that works very well as a period piece, an examination of a fascinating historical figure, and finally the beauty of young lovers finding each other for the first time. Mirren and Plummer were most deserving of their Oscar Nominations. ” - nware-2
An Education (2009)
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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ The lascivious Carey Mulligan arrives in heroic performance of a girl who simultaneously has everything and nothing. She glows in this film and is one of the best actresses working right now. Peter Sarsgaard is good here too. Their relationship is so creative and we never truly see how it's going to play out, keeping us on edge from start to finish ” - nware-2
Come Undone (2010)
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One day at a colleague's going away party, Anna meets Domenico, a virile, slightly older chap who's married with two small kids. Passion's flames are rapidly kindled and result in steamy encounters. (126 mins.)
Director: Silvio Soldini
“ Two strangers become so obsessed with each other that they are drawn together like magnets in spite of the fact they're both in committed relationships already. The lead actress gives a heartbreakingly beautiful performance as Ana who turns out to just be a gorgeous girl who never found out what she really wanted in life. ” - nware-2
Blue Velvet (1986)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Ok, so it's not sex per se that drives the plot, but after the terrors of the story are revealed, it's why Jeffrey continues to dig deeper, even when he has a chance to back out and escape unharmed. His lust for Dorothy blinds him from everything. Rossellini is so sexy and beautiful here and her performance is very brave and convincing. She is the kinky charm that will ensure the film lives forever. ” - nware-2
10 (1979)
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A Hollywood lyricist goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman. (122 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Blake Edwards is genius at mixing comedy and pain here and Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and especially Bo Derek seem like the only people who could've played their respective roles. Quite a lot of nudity for a film this old but it has a purpose, it's not exploitative. Derek is so hot here but her best scene is when she and Moore bluntly talk about how they feel about sex. It's unusually insightful and moving ” - nware-2
Unfaithful (2002)
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A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling. (124 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Diane Lane epitomizes the term MILF along with turning in a career-best, Oscar Nominated performance as a woman in a perfectly happy marriage who still makes a decision to cheat just for the hell of it. Richard Gere is interesting here too and sincere and down to earth as he's ever been. ” - nware-2
Annie Hall (1977)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody Allen's best film in terms of humor and sincerity. Not sure if I agree with it winning Best Picture but it's great all the same ” - nware-2
Leap Year (2010)
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Laura's personal life consists of one affair after another. She meets Arturo, and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. As days go by, Laura crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Rowe
“ A real chilling piece of work because you literally have no idea how it's going to end. More than anything you want to give poor Laura Lopez a big hug at the end. It's a haunting portrayal of loneliness. ” - nware-2
En la cama (2005)
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Can strangers connect? Can casual sex become something else? In Santiago, Daniela and Bruno, both about 30... (85 mins.)
Director: Matías Bize
“ Again, a film in only one room focusing on two lovers who are more honest with each other than those most important in their lives. It's sad, ironic, and beautiful. The actress here is just gorgeous ” - nware-2
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
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The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
“ One of the most intense and hard to watch films ever made but absolutely riveting from start to finish. The sex in the film is shocking, explicit, and completely uncompromising. The climax moments represent the desire of escape more than lust itself. Helen Mirren showed what she could really do in this film and that she was so much than a great body. She's a true movie queen. ” - nware-2
1984 (1984)
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In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
“ Ok, again, it's not entirely about sex, but the center of Winston's rebellion is his affair with Julia, and have a lot of sex. Also, like The Cook, The Thief His Wife and Her Lover, lust isn't the primary passion that fuels the sex. Winston says several times in the book and film that it's always double sided, mixed with anger and rebellion. Suzanna Hamilton is enigmatic and extremely kinky as the sexy Julia. ” - nware-2
Exotica (1994)
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Francis, whose daughter was murdered a few years ago, is always watching Christina dance in the night club Exotica. One night he is dared to touch the girl and ends up being thrown out. He then sends in Thomas to try and find explanations. (103 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ Atom Egoyan arrived as a first class director here with an almost Taxi Driver-like examination of repression and pain. Mia Kershner is voluptuous and the interior of the club is hypnotic ” - nware-2
Body Heat (1981)
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In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ William Hurt and Kathleen Turner have sensational chemistry in this brilliant twist to the plot of Double Indemnity. Turner really lets it out and doesn't hold anything back and the way the story unfolds is just perfect. ” - nware-2
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
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A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ Voight and Hoffman have always been brilliant, but I can't remember the last time I saw two more convincing performances of, primarily, insecurity. These guys just can't connect the way society tells them too and it eats them alive. ” - nware-2
Intimacy (2001)
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A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk. (119 mins.)
“ Another relentless descent into furious sexual passion about two lovers who meet only once a week and have no knowledge of the other's outside life. Timothy Spall is great here. ” - nware-2
The Center of the World (2001)
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A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a millionaire... (88 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
“ Peter Sarsgaard and Molly Parker give their career best performances as people with polar opposite views on sex and yet know exactly how to call out the vanities of the other. The dialogue is extremely intense, and Molly Parker is beyond brave in some of her sex scenes. ” - nware-2
White Palace (1990)
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Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high-flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife... (103 mins.)
Director: Luis Mandoki
“ A rare look at a relationship where the woman is considerably older as opposed to the man. Sarandon and Spader are very powerful together and convincing in how they use sex to try and drown out the pain in their lives. ” - nware-2
A Dangerous Method (2011)
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A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (99 mins.)
“ A very intelligent, dialogue-heavy, psychological look into how the earliest practices of psychosis in relation to sex came to be. Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen are remarkable and even Kiera Knightley does a good job (I'm not a big fan of hers). ” - nware-2
Conversations with Other Women (2005)
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When a man and woman flirt with each other at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. As they break from the party to a hotel room, the flirtation turns into a night filled with passion and remorse. (84 mins.)
Director: Hans Canosa
“ Another brilliant examination of the power of the one night stand with two of the most underrated actors at work today; Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter. We don't even learn their first names in the film but we simply don't need to. Their joys become our joys and their pains become our pains. It treats both the erotic passion and the shameful aftermaths with equal sincerity and that makes it special. ” - nware-2
Swimming Pool (2003)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ Except for the disappointing conclusion, this is one of the most fascinating and mysterious films of the past decade. It really is impossible to predict where the story will go. On a broader level, Sarah's use of the voluptuous Julie's wild and promiscuous sex life gives context to both the emptiness of her own and the novel she attempts to write. ” - nware-2
La Dolce Vita (1960)
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A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
“ Fellini's masterpiece of all his masterpieces of the twisted and bewildering odysseys of Marcello Mastroianni of him trying to use his steamy love life to find a purpose for his existence. Anita Ekberg sizzles as the jaw-dropping Sylvia and their scene in the Trevi Fountain is one of the erotic pieces of film ever made. A true gem. ” - nware-2
Bad Timing (1980)
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The setting is Vienna. A young American woman is brought to a hospital after overdosing on pills, apparently in a suicide attempt... (123 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ A haunting portrayal of psychological dominance and resilience that ultimately boils down to the fact that these two lovers can't drown out their feelings with sex. Alex wants to completely control Milena and she refuses to be subject to his whim. It's only when she takes ill and is virtually dead that Alex becomes utterly obsessed with her. It's not necrophilia or lust, it's some sort of hybrid. ” - nware-2
Belle de Jour (1967)
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (101 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ An extremely mature examination of a cross between desperation and nymphomania, Catherine Deneuve is wisely never shown naked or having sex on screen, but rather she's given room to beautifully act and show why such a privileged woman would sink to such a shameful place. ” - nware-2
Little Children (2006)
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The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts. (136 mins.)
Director: Todd Field
“ Top notch performances from Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly and Jackie Earl Haley about how each of them have been so cut off from their sexual feelings that they can't relate to them anymore. Winslet's and Wilson's characters are awakened from that hypnotic lifestyle, and are so shaken by their desires for each other that they nearly destroy both their own lives and those of their respective families. They both already have their own children, but by the end they have become little children themselves. This is only second film Todd Field has ever directed and his talent is astonishing, I can't wait for his next film. ” - nware-2
Happiness (1998)
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The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
“ An unflinching look at the lives of the most demented and isolated sexual proclivities that men these days can experience. There are three men and three women whom the stories follow and personally, the men epitomize the film's theme because they are all severe cases of arrested sexual development. Not one of them ever learned to truly connect with a woman sexually or psychologically leading to disastrous results. A brilliant film. ” - nware-2
Lolita (1962)
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A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet. (152 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ One of Kubrick's most underrated pieces. Taking the theme of a man wanting that which he cannot have and pushing it as far as it can possibly go; with the man being a step-father, the biological mother dying, and the daughter being a 14-year-old nymphet. James Mason is remarkably convincing, all the performances are. Truly special and shamefully overlooked. ” - nware-2
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ One of Woody Allen's only decent films in the 2000s, effectively navigates the trials and tribulations of sex based on conflicts with friends and nations of origin. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are wonderful here and Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson balance them out exceedingly well. A great example of how sexiness is not necessarily synonymous with nudity. ” - nware-2
Risky Business (1983)
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A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. (99 mins.)
Director: Paul Brickman
“ Cruise is at youngest and most genuine here as a guy, who wants the same thing every guy his age wants. What makes the film great, is that it pushes the idea to the ultimate extreme leading to a massive amount of laughs and truly touching moments. Rebecca De Mornay does a sensual and wonderful job with the character of Lana. ” - nware-2
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
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A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
“ What an astonishing piece of acting from both Dench and Blanchett! Once again, there's no sex on the screen but the vanities of both characters are brought to light as a repression of severe sexual repression. Some of the most intense acting I've ever seen. ” - nware-2
Henry & June (1990)
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In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding... (136 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Uma Thurman is incredible here, I think it's her best work ever. The film does a good job of neither idolizing or demonizing Miller's perverse mind while flawlessly depicting his depraved instincts. ” - nware-2
Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis deliver career-best performances of stunning depth and complexity, but director Aronofsky is the hero here. Nina's sexuality is completely repressed even in her stage of adulthood and the Swan Queen character forces her to essentially unleash several years of dormant sexual thoughts over a period of a few weeks. Her sexual confusion leads to doubt, fear, and furious passion. The whole film is a metaphor for the tragedy of youths who never were able to develop their emotions and natural tendencies at a healthy age and for Nina, her completely isolated sex life is the greatest example. Magnificent film ” - nware-2
Talk to Her (2002)
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Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
“ Almodovar is quite amazing in the way he merges these seemingly unrelated stories by centering them around the theme of comas. Who is right and who is wrong? The furious lust that exists in both men make that answer virtually impossible to confirm. ” - nware-2
The Last Seduction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (110 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ Linda Fiorentino, oh you beautiful gem, you! If it weren't for the pitiful nation-wide publicity of this film, she would have WON the Oscar for Best Actress of 1994, mark my words. She defies all the cinematic rules of female characters by not allowing her character to be subjected to any of the stereotypical feminine traits that so often make their actions too predictable. She is sexually irresistible and mentally unpredictable. ” - nware-2
Chloe (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the family in danger. (96 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ Not Atom Egoyan's best film, no question. However, Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson have astonishing and fresh chemistry in this thoughtful tale of deceit, doubt, and insecurity in regard to one's sexuality. I really like Amanda Seyfried, and this may be her best acting so far, but she's out of her acting league here, and the weakness of the film, is that she doesn't hold up to the other characters, both leading and supporting. ” - nware-2
Mother and Child (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own. (125 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
“ Once again, not about sex per se, but all three of these women have never been able to fulfill their sexuality to an extent that matches what they all want out of life. Bening, Watts, and Washington are all as good as they've ever been. ” - nware-2
Breaking the Waves (1996)
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Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another. (159 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“ Lars von Trier is as creepy and relentless a director as you'll ever find, but also as talented and human. Here, he coaches Emily Watson to one of the most shocking and heartbreaking performances in history as a woman who's so hopelessly consumed by the desire to return to the happiest parts of her life that she permits herself to descend into the depths of the dregs of society to the outrage of her traditionally strict community. It's a Dante's Inferno of sexual torment ” - nware-2
The Piano Teacher (2001)
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A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Depravity is too light a word, and juxtaposition is too light a contrast. This woman's sexuality is so shocking, so raw, and so polarizingly differently from her traditional musician critique lifestyle that you could be forgiven for thinking you're witnessing two entirely different people altogether. Like Shame, it's perfect and relentless at presenting someone who's unrecognizably differently between their public and private lifestyles. ” - nware-2
Quills (2000)
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In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor. (124 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ An endless pit of unflinching despair, this film is a rare example of one without a single character who's automatically likable; their sexual proclivities make them all deeper and much more controversial. The acting is too good to praise, just read the cast list; they're all brilliant beyond belief. The film itself is unique and memorable for its refusal to actually choose a side as to whom is right or wrong. These 4 people are merely entirely different versions of the same ambition; of having a life of their own with absolutely no retaliation from anyone ” - nware-2
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
“ Hollywood hates sex, period. The more sex you put in your film, or the more you try and be honest about how people have sex, the more you're putting yourself at risk to be called a pornographer. The MPAA is a group of appallingly biased and constricted personalities that do absolutely no films true justice, and leave the brave and ambitious films labeled as nothing more than obscene and inappropriate. This film is a kick-in-the-head for all those who choose to pay attention to the blatant injustice that has been sodomizing the movie industry for almost one hundred years ” - nware-2
Kissed (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Over the years, a child's romantic ideals about death blossom into necrophilia, the study of embalming and the most profound relationship of her life. (78 mins.)
“ A sneaky and haunted film that is so careful in its approach to a twisted examination of a troubled girl's plight into necrophilia. If, like me, you think that sort of a topic is impossible to film and keep reasonable, I'd encourage you to give this one a chance. It doesn't go over the top and disgust viewers with it's content, and the backstory with her boyfriend ties in perfectly to her bizarre fantasies. Her needs became so crippling that she can no longer feel true intimacy and eroticism toward a living person. Molly Parker was very brave to accept the role. ” - nware-2
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are... (98 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Yet another relentless film about a love quadrangle examining the vanity of their sex lives, and brought to us once again, by the legendary Mike Nichols. Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret are spectacular. ” - nware-2
Black Snake Moan (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it. (116 mins.)
Director: Craig Brewer
“ This is possibly the most surprisingly good film with such a ridiculous title. I literally avoided it for years because it seemed like a spinoff of Snakes on a Plane (it even came out in the same year) but this is entirely different. It's really the story of how Lazarus (Jackson) uses his stubborn unorthodox methods to cure Rae (Ricci) of her sexual fevers and her addiction of sexual cravings as if they were a drug. Jackson, Ricci, and even Justin Timberlake do an excellent job of bringing humanity to these seemingly absurd characters, but trust me, they're quite real; and their sex lives are as relatable yet bizarre as most movie characters you'll ever see. ” - nware-2
The Piano (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. (121 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ Jane Campion out-did herself with this relentless film. It's as strange and convincing as just about any film I've seen in terms of acting. Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin both won Oscars, and it's an obscenity that neither Harvey Keitel nor Sam Neill even got nominated. At first it seems impossible that Hunter and Keitel will be able to connect at all, but the slow transition is done so masterfully that it is plausible at every second. By the end, these characters and their own bizarre worlds have become like family. Their passionate encounters are as real and as frightening as movies can make them. ” - nware-2
Boogie Nights (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ Only the second film by the great P.T. Anderson and it proved he was no fluke. At first glance, it seems to only be about the porno film industry, but take a closer look, and it becomes clear that their work (successful or not) has crippled them from having any actual intimacy with another person. Their sex lives are examined with such feverish analysis that none of them are capable of viewing any part of themselves as something personal, beautiful, or even worth keeping private. They've become shells of amusement for a depraved viewing audience. ” - nware-2
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ It's unbelievable that this was the first film by Sam Mendes. It's a heartbreaking tragedy and a mysterious, but hilarious black comedy all perfectly intertwined into a magnificent analysis of the monotony of human life. Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch all experience sexual awakenings for the better and for the worse, that change their lives forever. Their family is broken apart by the end, but the irony is, their vanities beforehand were so great that they were never truly together. A tremendous piece of filmmaking and sexual candor. ” - nware-2
The Libertine (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work. (114 mins.)
“ This movie has ugly talents. It ranks with films like Raging Bull in that it somehow takes the dregs of society and their depraved lives and recreates them so sickeningly well that it becomes beautiful in its own bizarre way. Depp's character is like a cross between Henry Miller and the Marquis de Sade and his chilling and greasy performance is a stunning addition to his endless acting range. The film itself is very cynical about human sexuality, but after seeing it, it's hard to argue that its point of view is wrong. Too extreme for most people, but if you can take the graphic content, you'll find raw humanity at the core. ” - nware-2
Before Sunrise (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (105 mins.)
“ A rare film in which the main characters are as smart and practical as real people. Everything these people do is understandable, forgivable and natural. We want them to be together within minutes and their adventure is more easily equated to the meeting of two minds rather than two bodies. Even so, Linklater puts so much focus on the nuances that lead to their sexual encounter and the aftermaths, that the film becomes one of the most heartbreaking recreations of a one-night-stand. Hawke and Delpy are excellent together. ” - nware-2
Before Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
“ More than anything, this is a sequel rare enough to build off the genius of its predecessor rather than just repeat its magic. This is a great example of the full weight of a one-night-stand and how those events have the power to psychologically change people forever. No sex in this film (at least none is directly implied) but the focus is always on how that one fateful night has morphed both peoples' lives; regardless of whether or not they see each other again. The ending is strange, but brilliant. ” - nware-2
The Sessions (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewin
“ A superb film with ingenious acting about a guy with polio trying to finally lose his virginity and intimately connect with a woman. John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy are sensational in their performances. The sexual content is explicit, but not visceral. It's normal, acceptable, and very humanlike. I only wish it didn't come in a year so heavy with insane competition, because it deserves several Oscars. ” - nware-2
The Children's Hour (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians. (108 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ More of a film about sexuality rather than sex as it's all psychological. Hepburn and MacLaine are at the top of their game here and William Wyler's pacing as the story unfolds is absolute genius. The rumor becomes the turning point in the story rather than the focus of it. Ultimately, it becomes a film about two people who never learned about what their feelings really meant, and how they squandered most of their lives by simply waiting and hoping. Real heartbreaker, be warned ” - nware-2
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Elia Kazan's masterpiece in my opinion. Stanley and Stella are only held together by their sex life, while Blanche is defined by her inability to express her own sexual feelings. One of only two films ever to win three Oscars for acting (Leigh, Malden, Hunter), and it's such a shame that Brando lost his. It's a perfect and ageless film with layers of complexity and deeply troubled characters. ” - nware-2
Klute (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (114 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ Jane Fonda's best performance? It's certainly a strong argument to make, and also the main reason why the film works in the end. Her portrayal of the hooker named Bree completely shook up Hollywood by combining elements of sexiness and sincerity to a level that no one believed possible. She won her first Oscar for the performance, and she has terrific chemistry with Donald Sutherland. The plot is weak by comparison to the acting, but Fonda's kinky conviction and power make it an immortal piece of cinema. ” - nware-2
Betty Blue (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Zorg is a handyman working at in France, maintaining and looking after the bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life... (120 mins.)
“ Certainly has its share of faults, but the themes and production values are beyond belief. Betty is so erratic and sexy that it's difficult to form a solid opinion of her until the final moments. Very nice to see it got some Oscar recognition, it's a wonderful job of portraying sexual frustration and passion. ” - nware-2
Broken Flowers (2005)
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As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers. (106 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ Think about it, what is this film really about? A guy who's sex-life was only focused on physicality for so long that when the letter arrives, he realizes he has to learn to deal with all that chaos emotionally, and the only way to do that is to confront all his old lovers. Bill Murray is absolutely sublime and gets wonderful support from Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, and Julie Delpy. Brilliant film. ” - nware-2
Superbad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ Ok, yes it's an absurd comedy, but these two guys are the epitome of what high school guys do when they're chasing girls. They're vulgar, shy, incredibly awkward when actually get a chance to have sex, and more dependent on friendship than they ever usually want to admit. ” - nware-2
Kids (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
“ What a twisted film, but also what an important one. Many young teens live lives precisely like this and only care about their next hurrah, as it were. Larry Clarke is relentless in the filmmaking here, and by the time the end rolls around, it's absolutely heartbreaking. You really want to strangle Telly throughout this film. ” - nware-2
Hope Springs (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. (100 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ Beautiful, original, and very tender performances from Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell really pull the film together. It's very touching in the way it honestly approaches the idea of how aging couples can reinvigorate their sex lives. Not a great film, but it totally is a good one and a smart one. ” - nware-2
Take This Waltz (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street. (116 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
“ Oh, it's indescribable how amazing Michelle Williams is! I don't think there's an actress around who's better than she is today. Her portrayal of a woman conflicted by her lust for her neighbor and her devotion and love for her husband is painfully realistic and she throws herself into the role. Seth Rogen, of all people, shows he has some very capable acting talent of his own and they both do a magnificent job of making these characters and this story of sexual tension, incredibly original. There's also a brief, but incredibly powerful performance by Sarah Silberman. ” - nware-2
Sherrybaby (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Laurie Collyer
“ Maggie Gyllenhaal showed what she can really do if she's given a real character, like in Secretary. This film is much more direct and focused on a truly broken woman who can't find sexual intimacy with any of her lovers. In fact, she can't find intimacy of any kind with anyone she encounters. ” - nware-2
Rust and Bone (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ What a great title. The way it reveals itself is brilliant. Marion Cotillard is such a remarkable actress, and should've easily gotten an Oscar Nomination for this. She's good when she speaks English, but unmatchable when she speaks French. Her character is so fascinating and the way these two grow intimate with each other is one of the most original and mesmerizing love stories in a long time. Marion Cotillard is so gorgeous here too. ” - nware-2
Water Lilies (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance. (85 mins.)
Director: Céline Sciamma
“ Wow! This is one intense film, it's amazing they were able to get such performances out of not one, but three teenage girls! A film like this would never be made in the US, with such a mature and simple approach to these girls and their sexuality. In spite of their starkly different personalities, they're all very honest, conflicted, and deeply sad. I felt the ending wasn't as good as the rest of it, but still, this is an excellent example of a film truly about sexuality more than about sex. ” - nware-2
Butterfly Kiss (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Eunice is walking along the highways of northern England from one filling station to another. She is searching for Judith... (88 mins.)
“ If you can find a darker film about twisted sexuality and inner demons, I'm not sure I want to see it. Amanda Plummer is extremely brave to take on a role like this and is absolutely frightening portraying Eunice as such a volatile, volcanic, self-loathing maniac who falls for the first person who gives her any attention. They should've cut out the stupid sequences in the police station though. Badly acted, and they take away some of the story's incredible tension. ” - nware-2
Dressed to Kill (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder. (105 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ There's a lot of stuff in this film that has aged terribly, but the sexual candor and themes of repression and sexual frustration are done incredibly convincingly by Brian De Palma. Nancy Allen is quite kinky without being a totally generic portrayal of a hooker. Classic film, with a core of realism and rawness. The opening sequence of the rape fantasy is appropriately an immortal memory of all film, foreshadowing the doom that awaits everyone involved in the plot. ” - nware-2
Lust, Caution (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (157 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Don't be fooled by the rating, the sex in the film is raw, but it's the violent and painful genesis of it that really forced the MPAA to damn the film. It's a mesmerizing tale of a sex-life sculpted by political influence, psychological repression, sadomasochism, and a brutal tyrant. It ultimately turns into a surprisingly convincing love story after all the dust has settled. ” - nware-2
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ This film is like no other. Creativity, laughter, integrity, sexuality, basic human decency, and lacking self-confidence overflow the screen in every frame of this gem of artistic filmmaking. Sex ultimately is what is comes down to for Amelie, more specifically, intimacy and love. Can she find the courage to believe that she deserves to be loved? Her desire to help others juxtaposed with her own self-doubt is so flawlessly translated. Nothing but beauty from start to finish. This is one that will be remembered for decades. ” - nware-2
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ It seems unlikely that a film made outside of the 1960s could capture this film's glory in any aspect. Leave aside all the epic qualities, the political quarrels, everything. Just look at the two lovers. It's wrong for them to be together, they know it; they embrace it. And they still can't stop. That's a recognition of true power. ” - nware-2
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ There's a sense of gloominess and regret throughout this film. Those feelings have always been present, but Mark Ruffalo's arrival serves as the catalyst for Bening and Moore to almost completely fall apart. It all stems from the idea of curiosity fueled by the question of simply not knowing what might have been. A worthy Best Picture Nominee. ” - nware-2
The Last Picture Show (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. (118 mins.)
“ Oh my, what a milestone of cinema! 1971 was truly a golden year for the movies. This film and its menagerie of characters in a dying Texas community in the 1950s all share one thing in common; trying to free themselves from the emptiness of their own lives, and sex is the best way they know how to do so. The women in the film are stunning complex characters and are wonderfully acted by Cybill Shepard, Ellen Burstyn, and Cloris Leachman (Oscar winner for her performance). It's like a time capsule that perfectly recreates how sex was dealt with in 50s. Often the car was the safest place for kids and any other location just made things much more uncomfortable because it wasn't common at the time. This is a landmark film and the Oscars were wise for a change to give this lots of kudos. It's only gotten better with time. ” - nware-2
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (134 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ It's a copout statement in my opinion to call this film a gay movie. I say, the gay relationship is only part of the story, the catalyst for revealing how these men and their families have no understanding of how to deal with their emotions. Namely are the two wives, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams, who have children with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger respectively, and never form true intimacy with them. Director Ang Lee shows tremendous empathy for them all, that the unforgiving time period which they lived in forced them to keep living a lie and to stay in a mindset of complete misery. Williams catches them together, Hathaway figures it out by the end, and we see the ultimate psychological tragedy every step of the way. Ang Lee won the Oscar for Directing in 2005 for this, I say he earned it. Also, for the record, there's actually very little male nudity in the film and several shots of explicit female nudity. Again, that's because these guys aren't simply gay, they're more like bisexual. The key here is they were never permitted to actually psychologically find out for themselves. Their time period cursed them with that. ” - nware-2
Monster's Ball (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Racial hatred is in full swing, wealth hatred is in full swing; and yet these two people, played by Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry find as much intimacy as any general or predictable couple of the time period. Halle Berry won her Oscar for this picture, proving she was infinitely more than just a pretty face. Believe it or not, her body pales in comparison to what her mind can do. ” - nware-2
Some Like It Hot (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Tough to say anything about this one that hasn't been said before. It was brilliant to not give Monroe any heavy dialogue until about 45 minutes into the movie; somewhat prolonging the entrance of the shark, as it were. Wilder is entirely and unquestionably sure how to utilize the powers of Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and of course, the great Marilyn Monroe. ” - nware-2
The War Zone (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret. (98 mins.)
Director: Tim Roth
“ Tim Roth is a twisted genius, to a maker lesser version of such tormented material would be an injustice. Ray Winstone portrait of this completely bipolar father is astonishing and first-timer, Lara Belmont is tragic and merciless as the daughter. So much is left unanswered in the film, illustrating just how damaging twisted sexuality can be on a person's mind. Truly haunted film. ” - nware-2
Whore (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man... (85 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ Nobody can dare accuse Director Ken Russell of being anything shy of a relentless filmmaker. This film is more of a cross between documentary and narrative storytelling about the average day in the life of a simple, un-glamorized, whore. The whore is played very well and amusingly by the enigmatic Theresa Russell. Filled with savage violence, raw sex, and blunt dialogue, this is a certainly unpleasant but also refreshingly candid look at what prostitutes actually deal with. Ken Russell said he was inspired to make the film as a response to the 1990 film, Pretty Woman, which he hated for essentially glamorizing the occupation of prostitution. ” - nware-2
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ Very few films get a performance this relentless from an actress. Some have criticized Hilary Swank winning the Oscar because it was such a typical "Oscar-bait" kind of role, and I can understand that. However, for me, the film itself is bigger than that argument because of the character of Lana, who's sexuality, urges and confusion receive just as much screen time as Brandon's. True intimacy has avoided Lana all her life, leaving her so depraved that when she finally finds it, she refuses to give it up, even upon realizing Brandon's demented secret. ” - nware-2
The Apartment (1960)
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A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Billy Wilder did an uncanny job of being just discrete enough about the subject matter of sex in this film to make it presentable to all audiences. It's done in such a loving and sweet way. Jack Lemmon is perfect as the one guy who's lonely as be, but friendly enough to let his colleagues exploit him, and no one except Shirley MacLaine could've been better as the girl of everyone's dreams. ” - nware-2
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives. (118 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ This one's more of a comedy, but the elements are all still here. Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer all show why they became stars in the first place with their performances, creating three deeply different women who want the same thing, or so they think. As for Nicholson, no actor in the world was more suitable for this role. His seduction of each woman is completely differently and touches the exact sweet-spots that bring out their, regrets, joys, and deepest desires. ” - nware-2