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1. Las edades de Lulú (1990)

95 min | Drama

The story of a young woman's descent into the kinky and dangerous sexual underground in Madrid.

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Francesca Neri, Óscar Ladoire, María Barranco, Fernando Guillén Cuervo

Votes: 3,006

2. Diary of a Nymphomaniac (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the life of a middle-class French girl's sexual adventures, her then fall into prostitution, and her ultimate redemption.

Director: Christian Molina | Stars: Belén Fabra, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Llum Barrera, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 9,054

3. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 11,186 | Gross: $11.57M

4. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

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: 935,528 | Gross: $130.10M

5. Cashback (2006)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan, Erica Ellis

Votes: 77,456 | Gross: $0.02M

6. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack

Votes: 255,829 | Gross: $55.69M

7. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Romance

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: 218,485 | Gross: $23.22M

8. Secretary (2002)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 73,993 | Gross: $4.06M

9. Lie with Me (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

An outgoing, sexually aggressive young woman meets and begins a torrid affair with an equally aggressive young man in which their affair begins to bring a strain on their personal lives.

Director: Clement Virgo | Stars: Lauren Lee Smith, Eric Balfour, Polly Shannon, Mayko Nguyen

Votes: 12,861

10. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

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: 43,362 | Gross: $1.40M

11. Q (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

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.

Director: Laurent Bouhnik | Stars: Déborah Révy, Hélène Zimmer, Gowan Didi, Johnny Amaro

Votes: 4,852

12. Habitación en Roma (2010)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso, Najwa Nimri

Votes: 18,934

13. Harem Suare (1999)

R | 125 min | Drama, History

As the Ottoman Empire comes to an end, an old servant spins a tale to keep the women in the Sultan's harem distracted. The story is about Safiye, who first becomes the Sultan's favorite ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Marie Gillain, Alex Descas, Lucia Bosé, Valeria Golino

Votes: 2,355

14. Gradiva (C'est Gradiva qui vous appelle) (2006)

110 min | Drama, Horror

An orientalist professor researching Delacroix's North African work becomes entangled in an S&M waking dream in Morocco.

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: James Wilby, Arielle Dombasle, Dany Verissimo-Petit, Farid Chopel

Votes: 476

15. Shame (2011)

NC-17 | 101 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Lucy Walters

Votes: 163,607 | Gross: $4.00M

16. Adoration (2013)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

37 Metascore

A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville

Votes: 27,524 | Gross: $0.32M

17. Lovelace (2013)

R | 93 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.

Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, James Franco, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple

Votes: 34,333 | Gross: $0.36M

18. Graphic Sexual Horror (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

Graphic Sexual Horror takes a peek behind the terrifying facade behind the most notorious of bondage websites, exploring the dark mind of its artistic creator and asking hard questions ... See full summary »

Directors: Barbara Bell, Anna Lorentzon | Stars: Peter Ackworth, Claire Adams, Cyd Black, Princess Donna

Votes: 574

19. Kink (2013)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary on fetish website Kink.com.

Director: Christina Voros | Stars: Peter Acworth, Maitresse Madeline, Chris Norris, Tomcat

Votes: 1,026

20. About Cherry (2012)

R | 98 min | Drama

33 Metascore

A troubled young woman moves to San Francisco, where she becomes involved in pornography and aligns herself with a cocaine-addicted lawyer.

Director: Stephen Elliott | Stars: Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham, Lili Taylor

Votes: 8,824 | Gross: $0.00M

21. Showgirls (1995)

NC-17 | 128 min | Drama

16 Metascore

Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer

Votes: 54,872 | Gross: $20.30M

22. Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

57 Metascore

A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.

Director: Julia Leigh | Stars: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Bridgette Barrett

Votes: 28,122 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf

Votes: 98,418 | Gross: $0.79M

24. La Vénus à la fourrure (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

69 Metascore

An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric

Votes: 14,631 | Gross: $0.34M

25. Intimacy (2001)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Patrice Chéreau | Stars: Mark Rylance, Kerry Fox, Susannah Harker, Alastair Galbraith

Votes: 10,059 | Gross: $0.10M

26. Young & Beautiful (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat

Votes: 26,899 | Gross: $0.05M

27. Going Under (2004)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

37 Metascore

Peter, a married psychotherapist, and Suzanne, a professional dominatrix, have been engaged in an affair of sensual dominance and submission in an S&M dungeon where they must abide by the ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Werthman | Stars: Geno Lechner, Roger Rees, Richard Eagan, Mary Elizabeth King

Votes: 201

28. Neuk-dae-so-nyeon (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Fantasy, Romance

Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her.

Director: Sung-hee Jo | Stars: Joong-Ki Song, Bo-young Park, Yeong-ran Lee, Young-nam Jang

Votes: 4,912 | Gross: $0.34M

29. Remedy (I) (2013)

120 min | Drama

A young woman must confront her physical and emotional boundaries as she enters the world of professional domination and submission.

Director: Cheyenne Picardo | Stars: Kira Davies, Ashlie Atkinson, Julia Ubrankovics, Melissa Roth

Votes: 107

30. Writer of O (2004)

80 min | Documentary

48 Metascore

Published in Paris in 1954, The Story of O was an immediate bestseller and literary scandal: an elegantly written S&M fantasy that had all the hallmarks of being an autobiographical account... See full summary »

Director: Pola Rapaport | Stars: Dominique Aury, Cyril Corral, Thierry de Carbonnières, John de St. Jorre

Votes: 90 | Gross: $0.01M

31. The Little Death (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.

Director: Josh Lawson | Stars: Bojana Novakovic, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany

Votes: 22,322 | Gross: $0.02M