Date-nightmovies are genre-bending and wide, which can be both a benefit and a disaster. If you’ve ever wasted what was supposed to be a Netflix-and-chill session going on a trailer-watching tangent that eats up the whole date, you’re not alone. With so many selections at our fingertips, it’s hard to settle on a movie. This is especially true when you want to pick somethingsexy and/or romantic, without choosing a cheesy or boring film. The good news is that some of the steamiest movies can also be comedies, thrillers, and sci-fi flicks.
When you want to set the tone for date night, choose from one of these reliable movie options. Our collection includes something for everyone, from romantic tragedies, to raunchy and controversial indies, to titillating thrillers, to dramedies with a sensual spin. Scroll through our best date-night movies to construct your own watch list.
1. Stranger by the Lake (2014)
IMDbDubbed a “modern-day Hitchcockian masterpiece,”Stranger by the Lakeis a movie that will capture you and leave a lasting impression. The French thriller exposes foul play as well as summer affairs, and it incorporates plenty of cinematic motifs and methods to keep film buffs on their toes. It’s set on a picturesque, picture-perfect lake where two men meet and fall for each other, while they also become the lead suspects in a murder investigation after a corpse is discovered nearby.
2. Her (2013)
Theodore, represented by Joaquin Phoenix, roams about a futuristic incarnation of Los Angeles as he navigates the collapse of his marriage, while falling in and out of love with his personalized operating system, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) (Scarlett Johansson). What sounds like a frightening and far-fetched premise suddenly becomes incredibly believable. This film raises some important philosophical issues, such as the nature of human connection, with its unique storyline. This film not only educates us about the complexities of a relationship that is akin to an owner/object dynamic, but it also challenges us to think critically about the concept of personhood and love.
3. Basic Instinct (1992)
Date night is the best time to see this Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone classic. With a fragile investigator, a coldly calculating and attractive novelist (who apparently has an insatiable sexual taste for attractive killers), and a beautiful but perhaps insane therapist, you’ve got all the makings of a good movie (Jeanne Tripplehorn). A hot love affair between Stone and Douglas is formed when Stone becomes a suspect in her rock-star boyfriend’s murder case. This will offer you an excuse to snuggle up with your date when the plot thickens into something more sinister.
4. Moonlight (2016)
Introspective, heart-wrenching, emotive, and illuminating are just a few of the adjectives used to describe this film. As he grows up in Miami, Chiron deals with his sexuality and finds guidance and love from unexpected individuals in his life, which he learns to accept and embrace. Moonlight, which is rightly called, wins despite its many heartbreaking scenes because of the modest acts of empathy and representations of various kinds of love. This video deals with the problem of forming one’s identity in the face of misfortune, but it also encourages viewers to reflect deeply and empathize with those who are experiencing it.
5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2009)
During their visit to Barcelona, two American friends fall in love with Juan, a handsome Catalan artist (Javier Bardem). He and Mara Elena (Penélope Cruz) have a mutual attraction, but he still harbors feelings for his unstable ex. A European city’s romance and charm are contrasted with a scorching passion, Woody Allen-style dialogue, and witty music. The fact that the cast includes a slew of A-listers only helps.
6. The Brown Bunny (2003)
The “blowjob scene” has become synonymous with the Brown Bunny. More than a sexually explicit film, this one stars Chlo Sevigny and Vincent Gallo. Gallo’s character seduces and then abruptly abandons a number of women as he rides across the country on his motorcycle, haunted by thoughts of his past sweetheart (Sevigny). To avoid giving anything away, we’ll simply say that when the two are reunited on screen, the audience learns a lot. On a first date, it’s probably not the best idea to see this because it’s incredibly emotional, thought-provoking, and highly contentious.
7. Blue Valentine (2010)
Watch the first half of this movie with your date, then pause it halfway through and watch the rest on your own when you’re in the mood for a good cry.
It follows Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as their relationship goes from a youthful, joyful adventure to an increasingly difficult and crumbling marriage. While there are a lot of conflicting feelings in this film about love, they all share an obvious connection that makes it enjoyable to watch. Long and gloomy silences, enchanting serenades, and passionate moments are all interspersed throughout the film.
8. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Artful and thought-provoking, Blue Is the Warmest Color follows two young women as they fall in love and discover their sexuality. It’s fascinating to watch them mature from high schoolers to young adults. A great approach to generate suspense in a film is to show how the two main characters change over time, which is exactly what happens in this one.
9. The Graduate (1967)
This Dustin Hoffman film has the power to change your life. With its mournful Simon and Garfunkel score and legendary love story, it’s impossible to find just one reason to loveThe Graduate.” It’s sweet and innocent, with a cute “forbidden love” subplot. Also, there’s a lot of room for joy and hilarity here.
10. Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 (2014)
Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniacis a riveting film that also presents a never-ending succession of titillating sequences, according to the prolific filmmaker. Von Trier is a very contentious director, and he’s not renowned for being reticent about his work. Charlotte Gainsbourg portrays the protagonist, Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, who is played by stunt doubles and porn stars. As Joe’s flashbacks reveal, each chapter of her libidinous life is marked by a sexual encounter. Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, and Shia LaBeouf all appear in the film.
11. Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
In a tale of eternal love, what’s better than a bit of vampire action? As Tilda Swinton stars in Only Lovers Left Alive, a sensual must-see, the film is packed with hypnotizing trance-like music, beautiful images, and breathtaking sets. Risqué drama should be expected as the story depicts a love affair that transcends decades.
12. Monster’s Ball (2002)
This is a difficult and award-winning picture to follow due to the large number of moving pieces. Two gorgeous Hollywood actors (Billy Bob Thorton and Halle Berry) fall deeply in love in the midst of the drama and agony of death row. It’s a must-see for everyone interested in the criminal justice system’s brutal reality and ethical struggles. Much has to be reconsidered and examined.
13. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
The original sexual drama, Eyes Wide Shut, is widely regarded as one of the best. This picture, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, is at once focused and wide. Because it chronicles the story of a man who embarks on an overnight sexual pilgrimage following his wife’s admission that she nearly cheated on him, this film is full of steamy encounters.
14. Dirty Dancing (1987
Dirty Dancing is an iconic film that takes center stage if you’re looking for sex appeal and outstanding dance skills. The sizzling scene when Baby and Johnny rehearse their moves and reveal their undeniable chemistry will undoubtedly motivate you and your partner to make some moves of your own.
15. The Choice (2016)
Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, Travis and Gabby fell in love at first sight when they first meet. There’s a period of time before they can be together, but when they do it’s a life-changing event that could change their lives for the better.
16. About Time (2013)
Watch this film alone, with your buddies, or with your significant other. You’ll be reminded of the beauty in the mundane moments of your life, and you’ll be filled with gratitude as a result of the story’s message.
17. American Beauty (1999)
Like many 1999 films, this one examines the sexualization of adolescent women and the ambiguity of beauty and decay in a mundane suburban living. So prepare to stop every two seconds to admire the stunning photography in this film because of its complex yet understandable ideas concerning the tensions of the new millennium.
18. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
If you’ve already seen this film 10,000 times, you’ll never get bored of it. With Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, rom-coms are made. This is one of those movies that everyone enjoys, despite the fact that it’s a “girl flick.”
19. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Call Me by Your First Name
Is a film that contains everything you could ask for. Set in an idyllic Italian coastal village, the book is full with self-discovery lessons about sexuality and self-discovery, and you won’t be able to stop reading the sensual and charming romance. It’ll make you wish for a young love and an Italian holiday and make you feel everything (or both, preferably at the same time).
20. Midnight in Paris (2011)
If you’ve ever wanted to go to Paris, or even if you’ve never been, this movie is a must-see. You’ll be transported to the lovely streets of Montmarte, where you might imagine yourself having a picnic by the Seine. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend a dating night.
21. The Ugly Truth (2009)
Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl feature in this romantic comedy. In an attempt to prove his sexist relationship ideas correct, a chauvinistic morning show presenter brings on all the laughs and romance.
22. The Big Sick (2017)
Everything that a good romantic comedy should be is in The Big Sick: comforting and moving, but also grounded in reality. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s real-life romance is shown in the film, which also explores the difficulties that many young people today encounter in finding love and dealing with cultural differences.
23. The Spectacular Now (2013)
An unusual high school romance is depicted in this film, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. He’s a party animal, whereas she’s a workhorse. Emotional and uplifting, it tells the story of a first love.
24. Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Sleeping With Other People is a quirky comedy that will appeal to fans of the genre. Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis and Adam Scott are among the cast members who we’ve come to love for their comedic talents.
25. Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
Date night is a great time for a Nancy Meyers movie. Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson appear in this one, and you can expect a lot of romance, jokes, and design admiration.
26. Carol (2015)
Therese (Rooney Mara) and Therese (Cate Blanchett) work at a department store, and the film begins with Therese doing some Christmas shopping at the department store where Therese works. When Carol unintentionally left her gloves on a display counter, Therese finds her address and returns them. They have an instant attraction. As Carol’s ex-husband fights her for custody of their daughter, they begin a covert affair that includes attempts to hide it from him. Despite the fact that things don’t go according to plan, you’ll still enjoy the magnificent cinematography, costumes, and acting.
27. P.S. I Love You (2007)
Romance, stunning Irish landscape, and Gerard Butler are all present in this movie. But make sure to bring tissues. After losing her spouse (Butler) to a brain tumor, Hilary Swank’s character goes back in time to retrace their relationship’s path. With dry eyes, it’s impossible to watch.
28. Titanic (1997)
It’s hard to think of a date night movie list without Titanic. Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) meet on the Titanic, a ship en route from Europe to New York City, where they fall in love. The young socialite falls in love with the free-spirited Jack and realizes she doesn’t want to live a dull, snobbish life while engaged to a wealthy guy of comparable position. Another perspective on the traditional narrative of forbidden love and the eternal essence of love itself, this is a new take.
29. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
This film tells the story of a London writer (Lily James) who visits Guernsey to study about a book club created by a few Guernsey residents during the Nazi occupation of the island during World War II. If you’re a fan of romance, friendship, and history, this is the book for you.
30. Ghost (1990)
When it comes to love and dating, most of us know all too well how frightful a ghost can be, but this film about pre-dating apps takes things to a whole new level. Fantasy thriller Sam and Molly are in love, only to have their relationship cut short by the murderer. Sam’s spirit then tries to protect Molly and put things right by roaming the world. Additionally, there’s a fair amount of kitsch in the film, making it a little more bearable for the viewer’s emotions.