Even while an adult film must have the quality of an erotic fever dream, it must also have an objective examination of its storyline and its story. We’ll look at 30 of the best adult films that surprised us all, because 50 Shades of Grey wasn’t the first of its sort. Read on to find out why. James Spader played Mr. Grey, an unusually bossy boss whose demands severely riled up his employee played by the famous Maggie Gyllenhaal in the movie Secretary before Christian Grey ever spanked anyone. The movie Brokeback Mountain features Jake Gyllenhaal, her younger brother. Cruel Intentions, a modern twist on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 masterwork Les Liaisons Dangereuses, features Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe as a pair of deceitful stepsisters who plot to manipulate their stepmother and stepfather into having sex with each other. Everything from affairs to BDSM to mindless sex scenes is up for grabs because the excitement was more mental than physical, as seen by the wide range of topics covered.
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Sexy movies can be defined in an infinite number of ways, but all of the films on this list have the ability to arouse our desire for romance.
1. Belle de Jour (1967)
Catherine Deneuve plays a cold, bourgeois housewife who tries her hand at prostitution in Luis Buuel’s surrealist sexual classic.
Rather of wasting her free time, she uses it to entertain clients. An experience that leaves you questioning if you’ve dreamed the whole thing is what you get from this photo. Buuel is the only filmmaker capable of creating something like this for aficionados of pornographic films!
2. Secretary (2002)
As an exceptionally dictatorial employer, James Spader’s Mr. Grey really revs up his employees thirteen years before Christian Grey ever spanked anyone (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.)
Award-winning adult film, directed by Steven Shainberg, demonstrated how a sadomasochistic relationship may grow from a skewed dynamic that binds the female submissive to one that freakishly empowers her. Spader and Gyllenhaal became household names because to the quirky genius of this movie, which revolutionized their careers and made Gyllenhaal a star while she was practically chained to a bondage bar.
3. Brokeback Mountain
Cult adult movie Ennis and Jack’s love story (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger) makes it a gay tour de force.
In order to achieve maximum sexual effect, Ang Lee employs minimal language. On its route to the Oscars, the story of suppressed gay love in Brokeback resonated with audiences. Ledger and Gyllenhaal’s explosive chemistry is the movie’s heart, despite its devastating ending. In a dark, chilly tent in the forest, their rough desire evolves into agonizing love prohibited, changing even the straights slightly into it.
4. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
It’s love at first bite for a beautiful amnesiac (played by Laura Harring) and a hopeful movie star (played by Naomi Watts). David Lynch’s gloomy Hollywood reminiscence is like a bottle of midnight. An ethereal scent fills the air as a dream-shattering city is seen in all its glory. It’s impossible to find a film that has as much of an erotic energy as this one.
5. Cruel Intentions (1999)
This legendary classic was released before 50 Shades Of Grey.
Cruel Intentions has a youthful cast and a lot of sexy scenes, making it easy to mistake it for a typical teen movie. But Roger Kumble’s cinematic adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses has a sinister, seductive edge.
When it comes to getting what they want, New York City’s prep school elite (portrayed in the film by Sarah Michelle Gellar as well as Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair) rely on seduction. Filmgoers were shown how sexy the art of manipulation can be, including the famous sapphic kiss, in this pornographic film. Even if it’s also an examination of adolescent sexuality, which includes incest.
6. In the Mood for Love (2000)
As far as sexless movies go, this one by Wong Kar-wai has to be one of the most erotic. The film’s ethereal romance is found in the void between two people who will never meet. The narrative of unrequited love, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung as neighbors whose spouses are having an affair, throbs with yearning without ever connecting.
With no nudity, Wong nonetheless manages to conjure images like a red lampshade, cigarette smoke, and steam rising from an overflowing kettle. It’s a sad event, but it serves as a reminder that the mere thought of sex can be more alluring than the actual act.
7. Love and Basketball (2000)
You’ve never seen a movie like this if you don’t believe in the power of sexual chemistry in sports movies. For her first film, Gina Prince Bythwood made a sexy basketball movie in which two players (Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan) strive to figure out whether professional and personal happiness can coexist. Beginning when they were young sweethearts, the adult film follows their journey into adulthood. The film is mostly shot from the perspective of the woman. First they play strip basketball, then they compete for each other’s heart in a more serious manner.
8. Swimming Pool (2003)
When Charlotte Rampling arrives at the French country house where she thought she’d be able to work on her novel in privacy, her provocation is at its highest. A young guest (Ludivigne Sagnier) arrived to sunbathe and amuse a number of local males, and she didn’t expect it. There is a deliciously unbearable chemistry and tension between these two women. Finally, a surprise that reimagines Rampling’s aging writer persona and makes you wonder just how vicious the erotic imagination can be makes Swimming Pool one adult movie that’s as taut as its sun-drenched backdrop. The contrast between the two is awe-inspiring.
9. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Moments like this in Dirty Dancing are few and far between. This is the one, right? Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) teaches the naive 19-year-old Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey) how to swivel her hips to the music in this scene. Alternatively, it may be the time when the two of them crawl around the floor, mouthing song lyrics to each other. Or the huge dance finale with the lift? The chemistry between Emile Ardolino and Eleanor Bergstein in the Emile Ardolino film (with a screenplay by Eleanor Bergstein) has made it a re-watch favorite.
10. Magic Mike (2012)
Male strippers’ private life are depicted in this raunchy pornographic film.
Channing Tatum’s slender appeal and dazzling six-packs in this picture (and its sequel) tapped into a raw and lucrative market. Obscuring men has never been done before, and women fell head over heals for this opportunity. To give its characters dimension, Steven Soderbergh’s first film relied on difficult economic considerations. A rough, grinding spectacle was all that Gregory Jacobs’ XXL was content to give fans. When hedonism, imagination, and shallowness are thus visually appealing, an adult film doesn’t need subtitles.
11. Unfaithful (2002)
Critics are raving about Adrian Lyne’s sensual thriller, starring Diane Lane as Connie Sumner and Paul Martel as a married suburban mum and a young French bookseller (played by Olivier Martinez).
This suspenseful drama, which also stars Richard Gere as Connie’s husband Edward, explores the depths of Connie’s irrational fear of being found out. After having a tryst with Paul, Connie rides the train home, and a video captures her fighting with feelings of pleasure and anguish.
12. Atonement (2007)
In Joe Wright’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s classic, Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy) smolder. In the end, the audience couldn’t help but root for the lovers, who had been divided by a terrible falsehood and a class divide. They had the sexiest encounter in the library, which was tense since they didn’t want to be caught. Knightley’s green evening gown is perhaps the most remarkable piece of costume design to appear on screen. The color red is frequently used in literature as a symbol of sorcery and deceit. As a symbol of passion in the adult film Atonement, notably when she was banging her head on a book collection.
13. Body Heat (1981)
Unhappily married socialite Matty (Kathleen Turner in her first performance) and her smitten boyfriend Ned have an illicit affair against the backdrop of a cooling Florida weather (played William Hurt). A cat-and-mouse battle develops in which Matty plays the role of the manipulative manipulator while Ned believes that he is in charge. Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity was the inspiration for Lawrence Kasdan, the director of the picture.
14. The Hunger (1983)
A disastrous relationship between a sexually violent flesh-eating vampire (played by Catherine Deneuve) and her conquests was depicted in this early work by Tony Scott (played by David Bowie and Susan Sarandon). In its heyday, topless woman-on-woman intercourse was a hot topic. As a result, Sarandon has been elevated to the status of sex symbol. Even though the plot of The Hunger Games was somewhat thin, it served as a model for future high-concept adult films. The film’s cult fans still remember Bowie’s curled mouth, Deneuve’s captivating stare, and Sarandon’s innocent eyes.
15. Weekend (2011)
In the wee hours of the morning, two men meet up in a gay club and spend the night together.
As a film with artistic ambitions, it may have been difficult to make an adult film about that given the current status of funding for LGBTQ+ filmmaking in the US. In addition, Weekend is one of the adult movies that has an extended hangout session that is filled with longing, anguish, and the promise of the future. This weekend’s rendezvous between Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New) will come to an end, as Glen is departing for an arts program in the United States. It’s a short-lived affair interrupted by intense, we’ll-never-see-one-another sex. Real discussion, on the other hand, is even sexier. A feat director Andrew Haigh would duplicate with his subsequent HBO series Looking, the homosexual guys of Weekend are more than just a demographic designation. For a brief period of time, these two characters were inseparable.
16. 9½ Weeks (1986)
Lizzie McGraw (Kim Basinger) and John Gray (Mickey Rourke) had an ill-fated romance lasting just 9 12 weeks.
BDSM-inspired kinky sex and psychological power play were exploited to great effect by the adult movies’ director Adrian Lyne. It was remarked that the adult film’s steamy role-playing scenes, including one in the kitchen that gave new meaning to the term “food porn,” were some of the most sexually explicit scenes back then!
17. Do the Right Thing (1989)
Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing is the only film that captures the frenetic chemistry of a heatwave better than any other.
A hot New York City day is punctuated by the restless energy of this old school classic that glimmers and glistens.
This is especially true when the opening credits are seductive and passionately danced to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” by Rosie Perez’s Tina.
18. The Graduate (1967)
The era-defining adult film by Mike Nichols rumbled through the dreary suburbs like a Sherman tank.
It forever made Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock the face of aimless post-college adolescence. One of the most groundbreaking adult movies ever made, The Graduate features an all-Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack and cutting-edge camera angles that capture the angst of the 1960s generation. Even more erotically, Mrs. Robinson’s (Anne Bancroft) stocking-clad leg gave Ben a new sense of purpose. “Mrs. Robinson” today is a catchphrase for a seductive older woman.
19. Moonlight (2016)
For the first time, the protagonist of Barry Jenkins’ poetic drama Moonlight happens to be a young black, poor, and gay guy.
At various ages (Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes), Chiron (the main character) deals with the obstacles of developing manhood in a gay body, which is played by each actor.
While the film’s visuals are often vivid, they are also occasionally otherworldly, resulting in skin that has never looked better or felt more alive on screen. It is a film of calm moments, repressed longing and the tiniest sliver of satisfaction.
20. Before Sunrise (1995)
Are there any dates in your life that have been better than this one? Before Sunrise, on the other hand, depicts a 24-hour period. Ethan Hawke stars as an American who meets Céline (Julie Delpy) on a train by chance in this early Richard Linklater film.
They plan to spend the rest of their time together in Vienna before separating.
Adult movies like Before Sunrise (and its two sequels) highlight the importance of the brain as a sex organ. Two hours of conversation ensues between the two, in which they talk about life philosophy, their exes, time travel, and, of course, love. Mental or otherwise, it’s the best form of foreplay there is.
21. The Handmaiden (2016)
Deception and cunning are major motifs in The Handmaiden’s eroticism, making it one of the best adult films. When there is a chance that the characters in a movie sex scene will turn out to be adversaries, it is more fun to watch. Historic crime thriller Fingersmith by Park Chan-wook is based on Welsh author Sarah Waters’ novel of the same name, which takes place during Japanese control in Korea. Actually, the less you know about the story, the better. Kim Tae-ri (Kim Tae-ri) is a thief who becomes the handmaiden of an heiress (Kim Min-hee), whom she tries to cheat out of her inheritance. Regardless of whether or not the most exciting parts of the film are when the two leads experience passion in each other’s arms, the suspense over when and how they could do so again—and the possible consequences—remains even when everyone is fully clothed.
22. Bound (1996)
Bound was the first film made by the Wachowski Brothers, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, in 1996, when they were known as the Wachowski Sisters. Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon, a sultry ex-con plumber and mobster’s minx, play a pair of crooks attempting to swindle the mob. Bound is one of the pornographic films that is cleverly and slyly constructed, as the love scenes between Tilly and Gershon will truly steam up your glasses.
23. Masti (Series)
It became a sleazefest, even though the first installment was amusing. The other ones just worsened to include nasty moments that were uncalled for, even though they were entertaining.
Adult scenes and double-meaning lines are a common feature of this series, therefore it’s best to avoid watching with others.
I highly recommend Matrubhoomi, a must-see adult film about the sexual atrocities endured by rural Indian women. This adult film is the first feature-length film to focus on the subject of female infanticide, which is notable and authentic. You should watch this if you want to expand your horizons, but don’t do it with anyone else.
25. Ragini MMS (Series)
It makes sense to make a horror film with a lot of explicit material, right? There’s Ragini MMS, which is not only the scariest movie ever created but also contains a slew of steamy sequences that will make you feel uncomfortable around others.
26. Below Her Mouth
Below Her Mouth’s title is provocative and provides viewers a decent indication of the film’s subject matter. In case you’re curious, it’s an erotic romance film about a lesbian couple who begin on a torrid love affair in an adult movie. Take a look at the trailer first before making a purchase!
27. 365 DNI
Adult film 365 DNI or 365 days, which recently went live on a digital platform, has left the public upset by the number of hot sequences. Even Fifty Shades Of Grey pales in comparison to this sexual, romantic drama, which deals with a relationship that goes well beyond love and features many, sex-filled plotlines.
A French adult sexual film, Love is one that you should not watch in public. You should avoid making this pornographic film public since there are sex scenes that were filmed on a camera.
29. Aastha: In The Prison Of Spring
Aastha, a Bollywood film built on explicit bawdy sequences, was one of the most unanticipated films of the year, making waves in the industry. Although this film was widely panned for depicting the life of a married woman who ends up as a prostitute, it ended up being a big success. This was a great job done by Rekha.
Almost immediately, an adult film with a high percentage of explicit material becomes a hot button issue. That’s why it was no surprise when a Bollywood film titled Girlfriend was released. Isha Kopikar and Amrita Arora star in this smouldering romance that you should avoid seeing with others.