1] Body Heat (1981)
In Body Heat, Kathleen Turner and William Hurt get it on during a sweltering Southern heat wave and plot a murder together. Ever since then, heat waves have seemed a lot more cool.
2] Wild Things (1998)
Wild Things is a blissfully bonkers crime movie that is best-remembered as the film where Neve Campbell and Denise Richards made out. What people forget, though, is a lot of other people have sex in this movie, too! This is a sexy movie!
3] 9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
If you’re excited at all for Fifty Shades of Grey, you better bow down to the power and glory that is 9 1/2 Weeks. The film is legendary for its explicit sex scenes and set a standard for onscreen eroticism.
4] Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
Blue Is The Warmest Color is a sweet, sad and slow-moving story about a young woman discovering herself. And then there’s all the sex. If you’ve seen this film then you understand why everyone wants to talk about the sex in this movie. Some of it is realistically embarrassing. Some of it feels like the best pornography ever made. Some of it might have actually been pornography. There’s been debate over whether or not the director coerced his stars into actually having sex.
5] Stranger By The Lake (2013)
If French lesbians aren’t your thing, then what about French gay men? What if one of them is a murderer? What if they only ever have sex outdoors by a lake? What if there’s full frontal? Are you intrigued? Then Stranger By The Lake might be for you.
6] I Am Love (2009)
I Am Love is a sweeping Italian film about how passion undoes an entire Italian clan. It’s stylish and sensuous. I Am Love also stars the sexiest woman alive: Tilda Swinton.
7] Y Tu Mama También (2001)
It’s the oldest story in the book: a bored housewife runs off with two horny teen boys, sleeps with both of them, sets them against each other and then gets them to hook up in a threeway with her. And then she leaves, dies of cancer and the boys drift apart. Tale as old as time, right?
8] Lust, Caution (2007)
Ang Lee reportedly spent 100 hours filming 10 minutes worth of graphic sex scenes for Lust, Caution. These three sexual encounters include full-frontal male nudity and have been cut out of many versions of the film. Ang Lee is understandably pissed off about this.
9] Elles (2011)
In Elles, Juliette Binoche plays a writer researching prostitution. She interviews two student prostitutes and learns about their very different experiences with sex work. She, of course, explores her own sexuality in the process and the audience gets to watch explicit sex scenes.
10] Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Are you into weirder stuff? Sleeping Beauty might be for you. The indie darling tells the story of a young woman (Emily Browning) who gets involved in a very specific kind of sex work. Basically she takes a potion that renders her unconscious and then rich people do what they want with her body. That is, they can do anything they want but have intercourse. Look, we said it was kind of weird.