DISCOVER--forty films with drop dead gorgeous leading ladies

These are all films with the emphasis on sex and/or sexual content, but not necessarily actual sex films (although many are). This list is in alphabetical order, as per the best known titles of the films.
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1.
Blutjunge Verführerinnen (1971)
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The budding sexual urges of young women cause themselves and others trouble. (79 mins.)
Director: Michael Thomas
“ A series of three with the prolific Ingrid Steeger, seen here adorning the cover of her own box set Gold Collection. She was in all three of this series, briefly seen in no. 1, most amusing in no. 2, and starring in no. 3. She usually worked with Erwin Dietrich, although she also appears in Wolf Hartwig's daffy Schoolgirl Reports. ” - jonabbott56
 
2.
Bound Cargo (2003 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Three girls are on the run from a group of disbanded soldiers. Nowhere to go they come across a lonely widow to seek refuge. Risking her life to save the young women the widow only demands erotic pleasure in exchange. (101 mins.)
“ With Lucie Haluzikova. Better known as the Bound Heat offering Bound Cargo. See also Betrayed Innocence, Demon's Claw, Bound Tears, and Slave Huntress. ” - jonabbott56
 
3.
Butterfly (1975)
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A beautiful young country girl tires of life on the farm and her handsome but boring boyfriend. She... (112 mins.)
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
“ Better known as Butterflies, or Blafferen. With Maria Forsa. See also Flossie, Justine and Juliette, Bel Ami, and Molly. ” - jonabbott56
 
4.
Caligula's Spawn (2009 Video)
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The beautiful and dangerous slave trader Druscilla practises all the customs of Ancient Rome - everything in Excess... (163 mins.)
“ For Sabina Casarova. See also Blood Countess (both Bound Heat titles). ” - jonabbott56
 
5.
Cheeky (2000)
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While scouting out apartments in London for her Venetian boyfriend, Carla rents an apartment that overlooks the Thames. There she meet the lesbian hyper-horny real estate agent Moira. (86 mins.)
Director: Tinto Brass
“ Better known as Cheeky. Can't think what made them think of that title. Yuliya Mayarchuk spends at least half this film with her clothes off, and quite right too. See also Dream, in Tinto Brass Presents no. 4. ” - jonabbott56
 
6.
The Demoniacs (1974)
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A gang of pirates rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck. The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Rollin
“ Jean Rollin's superb Demoniacs, with Joelle Couer. See also Rollin's daffy Bacchanale Sexuelles and even daffier Schoolgirl Hitchhikers, both with Couer, but most of all see the Encore edition of this film. ” - jonabbott56
 
7.
Devil in the Flesh (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An Italian high school student becomes infatuated with a woman he sees outside his class window. Her... (114 mins.)
“ With Marushka Detmers. Better known as Devil in the Flesh. Don't bother with First Name: Carmen. ” - jonabbott56
 
8.
Dirty Love 2: The Love Games (1989)
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A former prostitute decides to change her life. But in her new home happens to be a red sofa, similar to what was in the "house" where she worked for years. It is an opportunity to fantasize about her past experiences. (88 mins.)
Director: Alex Damiano
“ With Valentine Demy. ” - jonabbott56
 
9.
Emmanuelle 3 (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  
Emmanuelle and her architect husband continue their amoral lifestyle in the Seychelles. But when a casual... (100 mins.)
“ For Charlotte Alexandra, also in Immoral Tales. Steer clear of the unwatchable Une vraie jeune fille. ” - jonabbott56
 
10.
Fanny Hill (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Happily engaged to her handsome fiance, Charles, Fanny is soon hit with one misfortune after another... (98 mins.)
Director: Gerry O'Hara
“ Once again the IMDB going for the brief temporary title rather than the better known one of the last thirty years. For Lisa Raines in the title role of... Fanny Hill. ” - jonabbott56
 
11.
Felicity (1978)
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Young Felicity lives in a monastic school. The only way to live out her sexual fantasies is together with her girlfriend Jenny... (90 mins.)
Director: John D. Lamond
“ With Glory Annen. ” - jonabbott56
 
12.
Monella (1998)
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Set in the 1950s Italian countryside, the film tells the story of Lola and Masetto, a young couple whose views on premarital sex differ drastically. (105 mins.)
Director: Tinto Brass
“ With Anna Ammirati. ” - jonabbott56
 
13.
Hell's Belles (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When hot-headed Dan out-drives the thoroughly vicious Tony in a motorcycle race and wins a brand new bike, he sets in motion a chain of events that includes one blazing gas station and a disastrous rock slide. (95 mins.)
Director: Maury Dexter
“ With Jocelyn Lane. See also the Elvis film Tickle Me. ” - jonabbott56
 
14.
Wanda, the Wicked Warden (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Ilsa, now a vicious warden, runs a mental-hospital for young women. A girl deliberately "checks" in... (95 mins.)
Director: Jesús Franco
“ Better known as Ilsa the Wicked Warden. My choice to represent the vast body of work--and beautiful body--of Lina Romay. (That's not her on the DVD sleeve, I hasten to add, but the scary Dyanne Thorne; you'll soon forget that sight when you see Lina with her pixie cut). ” - jonabbott56
 
15.
Intimate Games (1976)
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A psychology teacher assigns his university class a project about personal fantasies. (90 mins.)
Director: Tudor Gates
“ For Suzy Mandel and Maria St. Clare. ” - jonabbott56
 
16.
Justine & Juliette (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Two sisters, Justine and Juliette, are as different as it's possible to be, but they both wind up working as prostitutes... (91 mins.)
Director: Bert Torn
“ For Anna Bie Warburg. See also Bel Ami. ” - jonabbott56
 
17.
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
“ For Jane Fonda... And a marvellous film, by the way. ” - jonabbott56
 
18.
La belle noiseuse (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored. (238 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
“ For Emmanuelle Beart. ” - jonabbott56
 
19.
La donna lupo (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
This is the story of a Sicilian woman that tries to have avidly as many sexual adventures as possible... (80 mins.)
“ For Loredana Cannata. See also Black Angel. ” - jonabbott56
 
20.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex. (129 mins.)
“ For Maria Schneider... And another marvellous film. ” - jonabbott56
 
21.
Forever Emmanuelle (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
At an institute in Manila, researchers and eco-tourists trade stories about the Mara tribe, who live... (95 mins.)
Director: Anonymous
“ Better known as Laure. For Annie Belle. See also Lips of Blood and Blue Belle. ” - jonabbott56
 
22.
Lila Says (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two inner-city teenagers engage in an obsessive, innocent flirtation fueled by Lila's sexually explicit overtures. (89 mins.)
Director: Ziad Doueiri
“ For Vahina Giocante. ” - jonabbott56
 
23.
Ma mère (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
When his father dies, a young man is introduced by his attractive, amoral mother to a world of hedonism and depravity. (110 mins.)
“ A dreadful film. Emma de Caunes, however... ” - jonabbott56
 
24.
Machete (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. (105 mins.)
“ For Jessica Alba. See also the Fantastic Four films. Honourable mentions to Michelle Rodriguez, Mayra Leal, and Electra and Elise Avalan. ” - jonabbott56
 
25.
Monamour (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Dario is a little publisher from Milano. He is joining the Mantova Festival Letteratura (Book fair) 2004... (94 mins.)
Director: Tinto Brass
“ For Anna Jimskaia. Honourable mention to Nela Lucic. ” - jonabbott56
 
26.
One to Another (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Chacun Sa Nuit explores the carnal interdependencies among a host of characters who live in a town in provincial France... (95 mins.)
“ For Lizzie Brochere. ” - jonabbott56
 
27.
Paprika (1991)
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A young country girl comes to town and works in a brothel in order to help her fiance get the money to start his own business. "Paprika" is the name given to her by the madam. (99 mins.)
Director: Tinto Brass
“ For Debora Caprioglio. See also Spiando Marina, but don't bother with the ludicrous Kinski Paganini. ” - jonabbott56
 
28.
Do It! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Tinto Brass - The maestro of Italian erotica is back! Lies, subterfuge, betrayal and mischief - FALLO! is a collection of six stories based on the joys of sexuality and the eroticism of a new generation of women. (90 mins.)
Director: Tinto Brass
“ For Federica Palmer, Raffaella Ponzi, Sara Cosmi, and indeed the entire cast... ” - jonabbott56
 
29.
Q (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
In a social context deteriorated by a countrywide economic crisis, the life of several people will be turned upside down after they meet Cecile, a character who symbolizes desire. (103 mins.)
Director: Laurent Bouhnik
“ Also known as Desire. For Deborah Revy. ” - jonabbott56
 
30.
That Malicious Age (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Gardener Nino Castellano takes a job in a southern-Italian villa and quickly finds himself embroiled in a menage-a-trois with Gloria Guida and Anita Sanders which soon leads to sex, death and mayhem! (90 mins.)
Director: Silvio Amadio
“ My choice to represent Gloria Guida, beautiful in everything... ” - jonabbott56
 
31.
Naughty Wives (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A young man gets a job as a door-to-door salesman and tries to fight off advances from the female customers. (80 mins.)
Director: Wolf Rilla
“ For Felicity Devonshire. See also Intimate Games, Blue Belle, and Sex and the Other Woman. ” - jonabbott56
 
32.
The Seduction of Inga (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The Seduction of Inga is Joseph Sarno's sizzling and controversial sequel to his 1967 erotic masterpiece, Inga, starring the young, voluptuous Swedish sensation Marie Liljedahl in her steamiest role ever. (97 mins.)
Director: Joseph W. Sarno
“ For Marie Liljedahl. See also Inga (this film's duller, monochrome predecessor), Anne and Eve, and Eugenie. ” - jonabbott56
 
33.
Sex and the Other Woman (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A series of vignettes exposing how women manipulate their men into submission. (80 mins.)
Director: Stanley Long
“ For Jane Cardew. See also The Love Box. ” - jonabbott56
 
34.
Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Lovely and resourceful Daria and Tisa escape a space gulag only to crash land on a nearby world where... (80 mins.)
Director: Ken Dixon
“ For Elizabeth Kaitan (honourable mention to Cindy Beal). ” - jonabbott56
 
35.
The Slave Huntress (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
(90 mins.)
“ For Lucie Oborna. See also Mistress of Souls. ” - jonabbott56
 
36.
The Story of O (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion... (97 mins.)
Director: Just Jaeckin
“ For Corinne Clery. ” - jonabbott56
 
37.
The Story of O: Untold Pleasures (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
"O" is a talented photographer in her late twenties with a promising career ahead of her. She is torn... (98 mins.)
Director: Phil Leirness
“ For Danielle Cardi. ” - jonabbott56
 
38.
The Voyeur (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A troubled college professor becomes obsessed with the idea that his emotionally distant wife is having an affair with his invalid father. (97 mins.)
Director: Tinto Brass
“ For Katarina Vasilissa (with an honourable mention to Cristina Garavaglia). ” - jonabbott56
 
39.
Walkabout (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. (100 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ For Jenny Agutter. See also Equus. ” - jonabbott56
 
40.
Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1970s Germany, a 50-year-old businessman falls in love with a 20-year-old man. (82 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ For Ludivine Sagnier. See also Little Lilli, Swimming Pool, and Lily Sometimes, etc., but don't bother with The Devil's Double, she's wasted.


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Obsessed with the popular culture of the 1960s and surrounding decades, Jon Abbott has been writing about film and TV for over thirty years in around two dozen different publications, trade, populist, and specialist. He is the author of several books, including

Irwin Allen Television Productions 1964-1970,
Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots,
The Elvis Films,
Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed the World, and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s.

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