The Steamiest, Sexiest Movies Of All Time

Sex and sexuality on film has never been hotter. And, with the impending release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, curious minds are wondering how much boot knocking audiences will be treated to when it hits theatres February 13.
Unfortunately, those eager for the raunchy punch the book packed will be disappointed. Apparently, the sex and S&M has been toned down for Hollywood. Which is a bummer, considering how groundbreaking the E.L. James' novel was for discussing sexuality.
Thankfully, there are a slew of other movies that combine sex with intelligent ideas and work to advance the idea of what it means to be sexy. The following films aren't loaded with chains, whips, and cuffs — some don't contain any explicit sex at all. What they do have, however, is a strong thread of sex appeal that gets the juices flowing — mentally and figuratively. They challenge the viewer, break some ground of sexual conversation, and tantalise thought. Sure, Fifty Shades might be based on sex, but all that "unusual behaviour" feels like a cheap play compared to these movies.
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Disobedience (2018)

Years after leaving the Orthodox Jewish community in which she was raised, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns for her estranged father's funeral. There, she reconnects with Esti (Rachel McAdams), her childhood best friend – and eventual lover. The women are confronted with the fact that their feelings for each other remain unchanged, despite time and differences in life paths. Their ensuing hookups are infused with longing, regret, and supercharged sexiness.
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Gloria (2013)

Gloria (Paulina Garcia) is 53, divorced, and ready to start living. The Chilean movie begins with Gloria dancing in a club, and continues the theme of fun mixed with self-exploration. A crucial part of Gloria's journey comes through her relationship with Rodolfo (Sergio Hernández), an older bachelor. Instead of a mid-life crisis, what happens in this movie is a mid-life flourishing.
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Original Sin

Sure, the film itself was slammed by critics. But that doesn’t prevent Original Sin from having one of the all-time hottest sex sequences in movie history, thanks to chemistry between Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas.
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Chloe (2009)

Catherine (Julianne Moore) suspects that her husband, David (Liam Neeson), is having an affair, so she has the bright idea of trying to get a call girl, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to seduce him. As a result, their entire lives spiral out of control, leading to a love triangle with dark, erotic thriller vibes.
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In The Cut (2003)

In erotic thrillers, people get together who normally never would in real life. For example, an English teacher (Meg Ryan) willingly has an affair with a stranger (Mark Ruffalo), whom she suspects of murder.
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She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) chooses that she's just not going to choose. Instead of settling down with one man, Nola dates three. Three decades after his seminal movie came out, Spike Lee adapted She's Gotta Have It for a Netflix series.
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Photo: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

The artist-and-his-muse archetype gets revamped in this Woody Allen flick. The Spanish setting is romantic enough, but all bets (and clothing items) are off when you add in the allure of the painter, his colourful past lover, and the promise of a new one.
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The Lost Boys (1987)

Vampire movies were sexy long before Twilight. In this movie, two brothers move to a quiet town in California. One falls in with the nerds. The other, with an actual gang of vampires. The sexiest moment of this movie must, inevitably, has to be the oiled-up sax man who's been a cultural trope since.
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Photo: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
9 1/2 Weeks

If there's anything sexier than Mickey Rourke as a Wall Street mogul having an affair with Kim Basinger, we've yet to find it. This movie upped the ante on what erotic means in Hollywood.
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Photo: Courtesy of Focus Features.
Lust, Caution

A young, virginal woman is tasked with seducing a most dangerous enemy. Thrilling romance follows.
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Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Film.
I Am Love

Visually stunning, I Am Love is one of those movies you can't look away from. The veneer of the perfect family, under the guise of bougie Italian culture, is questioned in this battle over old and new. The meal scene is a must.
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Photo: Courtesy of IFC Films.
Y Tu Mamá También

Two teens embark on a road trip when they encounter a stunningly free-spirited woman who helps them discover intimacy and themselves.
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House Of Pleasures

Instead of submitting to men, the women of this French brothel know how to dominate them.
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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
From Here To Eternity

The scene with Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster kissing on the beach is iconic and unforgettable.
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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Unfaithful

This movie, despite how disastrous Diane Lane's affair is, will make you want to pull your lover into the nearest restaurant bathroom and get it on immediately.
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Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Cruel Intentions

Ah... young, rich, pretty people galavanting through hedonism and the recklessness of youth.
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Eyes Wide Shut

Fifty Shades might be all kinky and whatnot, but Stanley Kubrick's sex party is one for the cinematic ages.
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Photo: Courtesy of Kino International.
Fallen Angels

Visually, this movie is the definition of sexy. Story-wise, it'll tear you to pieces.
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Photo: Courtesy of Miramax Films.
Malèna

It should go without saying that Monica Bellucci's mere presence amps the sensuality of the film to new heights. But, this coming-of-age tale demystifies the act of growing up and into one's own sexuality.
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Photo: Courtesy of Gramercy Pictures.
Bound

Whoever said a sexy movie needed a heteronormative seduction story hasn't seen the Wachowskis' crime thriller. Two femme fatales are better than one.
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Weekend

This is a watershed movie for queer cinema. Not only did it present a homosexual story in a normal light without the ostentatious stereotypes, it presented homosexual sex as something normal.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The Dreamers

Though the film treads the incest line, The Dreamers prompts audiences to question sex with people outside of their "type." Plus, Eva Green just exudes sexuality.
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Photo: Courtesy of New Line Cinema.
Love & Basketball

For once, a movie that focuses on the reactions to sex and sexuality rather than the actual act. Love & Basketball made it feel like the first time.
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The Piano Teacher

Dark, but moving, The Piano Teacher doesn't shy away from the shame that sex brings. There's something inherently sexy about that kind of rawness.
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Photo: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures.
Basic Instinct

Everyone knows this movie for Sharon Stone's interrogation scene, but the sex scene is also incredible. Even more than that, Stone's entire aura is sexy.
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Photo: Courtesy of USA Films.
In The Mood For Love

Not only is this film a fabulous study of couples seeking other arrangements,but the costume design exudes sex appeal.
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Photo: Courtesy of United Artists.
Last Tango In Paris

Who knew butter could be used for you-know-what?
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Photo: Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.
28 Hotel Rooms

This is what happens when your one-night-stand turns out to be something more. Enjoy the ride.
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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith

So, their fictional marriage has gotten stale. Good thing these two have enough aggression to channel into one of the hottest angry sex scenes, ever. Plus, who doesn't want to watch Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt cinematically get it on?
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Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs gave us all too high of expectations for what shower sex could be.
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Photo: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Take This Waltz

Michelle Williams has always been subtly sexy, and this sex scene takes the cake — both artistically and sexually.
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Elles

Juliette Binoche is definition of French chic. Her portrayal of a woman seeking to rediscover her sexuality through researching prostitutes is as inspiring as it is enticing.
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Betty Blue

An erotic drama that opens with an in-your-face sex scene, Betty Blue presented sex without any gimmicks. The most shocking thing about the sexuality is how not shocking it actually is.
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Photo: Courtesy of Miramax Films.
Sex, Lies, And Videotape

For once, a movie with as many blunt conversations about sex as there are sex scenes.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.
A Single Man

Tom Ford's screen adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel is far and away the most sexed-up title on this list. However, it's sexier than the rest because Tom Ford has his hand in every bit of this film. Everything from the styling, set design, soundtrack, and colouring is sleek. This is eye candy.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rialto Pictures.
Breathless

Jean-Luc Godard's debut feature film is one of the reasons we're all slightly obsessed with the effortlessly cool French look and life.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate.
Secretary

Let's be real: This is the original Fifty Shades. This movie does more than depict sadomasochism, it celebrates it.
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