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50 Movies That Are Sexier Than "Fifty Shades Of Grey"

Because maybe your desires are more... unconventional than Christian Grey's.

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1. Un Chant D'Amour (1950)

Directed by: Jean GenetWritten by: Jean GenetJean Genet's only film was long banned for its explicit homoerotic content, but the sexiest thing about it is actually two prisoners sharing cigarette smoke through a hole in the wall. It's 26 minutes with no dialogue, but it's absurdly hot all the same.
Cult Epics

Directed by: Jean Genet

Written by: Jean Genet

Jean Genet's only film was long banned for its explicit homoerotic content, but the sexiest thing about it is actually two prisoners sharing cigarette smoke through a hole in the wall. It's 26 minutes with no dialogue, but it's absurdly hot all the same.

2. Belle de Jour (1967)

Directed by: Luis BuñuelWritten by: Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude CarrièreLong before Fifty Shades of Grey, repressed Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) explored her hidden desires for BDSM by adopting the persona of Belle de Jour and working at a high-class brothel run by Madame Anaïs (Geneviève Page).
Criterion

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Written by: Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière

Long before Fifty Shades of Grey, repressed Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) explored her hidden desires for BDSM by adopting the persona of Belle de Jour and working at a high-class brothel run by Madame Anaïs (Geneviève Page).

3. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Directed by: Nagisa OshimaWritten by: Nagisa OshimaBased on a true story, In the Realm of the Senses chronicles the tumultuous affair between former prostitute Sada Abe (Eiko Matsuda) and hotel manager Kichizo Ishida (Tatsuya Fuji), culminating in a sex act no one should try at home. (Spoiler alert: He dies.)
Criterion

Directed by: Nagisa Oshima

Written by: Nagisa Oshima

Based on a true story, In the Realm of the Senses chronicles the tumultuous affair between former prostitute Sada Abe (Eiko Matsuda) and hotel manager Kichizo Ishida (Tatsuya Fuji), culminating in a sex act no one should try at home. (Spoiler alert: He dies.)

4. American Gigolo (1980)

Directed by: Paul SchraderWritten by: Paul SchraderSure, Pretty Woman has its moments, but if you really want to see peak Richard Gere (and his penis), check out American Gigolo, in which he plays a narcissistic male escort who is very good at his job.
Paramount Pictures

Directed by: Paul Schrader

Written by: Paul Schrader

Sure, Pretty Woman has its moments, but if you really want to see peak Richard Gere (and his penis), check out American Gigolo, in which he plays a narcissistic male escort who is very good at his job.

5. Body Heat (1981)

Directed by: Lawrence KasdanWritten by: Lawrence KasdanKathleen Turner's sultry voice made Jessica Rabbit the sexiest animated character of all time in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but that's nothing compared to her turn as femme fatale Matty Walker in this steamy neo-noir erotic thriller.
Warner Bros.

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Written by: Lawrence Kasdan

Kathleen Turner's sultry voice made Jessica Rabbit the sexiest animated character of all time in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but that's nothing compared to her turn as femme fatale Matty Walker in this steamy neo-noir erotic thriller.

6. Querelle (1982)

Directed by: Rainer Werner FassbinderWritten by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Burkhard DriestBased on the Jean Genet novel, Querelle follows the titular sailor (Brad Davis) and his contentious relationship with his brother, Robert (Hanno Pöschl), and his lover, Gil (also Hanno Pöschl). Yeah, it's complicated. And pretty damn sexy.
Sony Pictures Home Entertianment

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Written by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Burkhard Driest

Based on the Jean Genet novel, Querelle follows the titular sailor (Brad Davis) and his contentious relationship with his brother, Robert (Hanno Pöschl), and his lover, Gil (also Hanno Pöschl). Yeah, it's complicated. And pretty damn sexy.

7. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Directed by: Taylor HackfordWritten by: Douglas Day StewartMore Richard Gere, and I'm not even sorry about it. As Zack Mayo, his chemistry with Debra Winger's Paula Pokrifki is undeniable. And that final scene, in which he shows up at the factory where she works and carries her off, is romantic and hot.
Paramount Pictures

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Written by: Douglas Day Stewart

More Richard Gere, and I'm not even sorry about it. As Zack Mayo, his chemistry with Debra Winger's Paula Pokrifki is undeniable. And that final scene, in which he shows up at the factory where she works and carries her off, is romantic and hot.

8. The Hunger (1983)

Directed by: Tony ScottWritten by: Ivan DavisBefore Twilight came along and made vampires prudish losers, there was nothing hotter than some bloodsucker-on-bloodsucker action. And try to think of a sexier pairing than Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie. You literally cannot.
MGM

Directed by: Tony Scott

Written by: Ivan Davis

Before Twilight came along and made vampires prudish losers, there was nothing hotter than some bloodsucker-on-bloodsucker action. And try to think of a sexier pairing than Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie. You literally cannot.

9. Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)

Directed by: Adrian LyneWritten by: Sarah Kernochan, Zalman King, Patricia Louisanna KnopThere would be no Fifty Shades of Grey without Nine 1/2 Weeks, which is basically the same movie, only better because it stars Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Also, there is a lengthy food play sequence that will make you feel things.
MGM

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Written by: Sarah Kernochan, Zalman King, Patricia Louisanna Knop

There would be no Fifty Shades of Grey without Nine 1/2 Weeks, which is basically the same movie, only better because it stars Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Also, there is a lengthy food play sequence that will make you feel things.

10. She's Gotta Have It (1986)

Directed by: Spike LeeWritten by: Spike LeeIn Spike Lee's "seriously sexy comedy" — seriously, that's the tagline — Tracy Camilla Johns stars as Nola Darling, a woman who is dating three different men. Because she is a strong, independent, sexually confident woman, damn it. Can she live?
MGM

Directed by: Spike Lee

Written by: Spike Lee

In Spike Lee's "seriously sexy comedy" — seriously, that's the tagline — Tracy Camilla Johns stars as Nola Darling, a woman who is dating three different men. Because she is a strong, independent, sexually confident woman, damn it. Can she live?

11. Betty Blue (1986)

Directed by: Jean-Jacques BeineixWritten by: Jean-Jacques BeineixBetty (Béatrice Dalle) and Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) are lovers in a steamy but volatile relationship. (It's all very French.) And if you just can't get enough Betty Blue, the director's cut is a staggering three hours long.
Cinema Libre

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Written by: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Betty (Béatrice Dalle) and Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) are lovers in a steamy but volatile relationship. (It's all very French.) And if you just can't get enough Betty Blue, the director's cut is a staggering three hours long.

12. Maurice (1987)

Directed by: James IvoryWritten by: Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James IvoryBased on the E. M. Forster novel, Maurice is the story of a forbidden gay relationship at Cambridge in the early 20th century. There's something unspeakably sexy about Edwardian repression — especially when Maurice (James Wilby) finally breaks free.
Merchant Ivory

Directed by: James Ivory

Written by: Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James Ivory

Based on the E. M. Forster novel, Maurice is the story of a forbidden gay relationship at Cambridge in the early 20th century. There's something unspeakably sexy about Edwardian repression — especially when Maurice (James Wilby) finally breaks free.

13. No Way Out (1987)

Directed by: Roger DonaldsonWritten by: Robert GarlandBack when Kevin Costner was hot as hell, he starred as Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell, who begins a dangerous affair with Susan Atwell (Sean Young). Things don't turn out so well for her, but she does have some great sex before then!
20th Century Fox

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

Written by: Robert Garland

Back when Kevin Costner was hot as hell, he starred as Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell, who begins a dangerous affair with Susan Atwell (Sean Young). Things don't turn out so well for her, but she does have some great sex before then!

14. Law of Desire (1987)

Directed by: Pedro AlmodóvarWritten by: Pedro AlmodóvarPedro Almodóvar has directed plenty of steamy queer films, but Law of Desire was his first explicitly gay movie, and it does not disappoint. Antonio Banderas plays Antonio, who becomes deeply possessive of director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela).
Sony Pictures Classics

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

Written by: Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar has directed plenty of steamy queer films, but Law of Desire was his first explicitly gay movie, and it does not disappoint. Antonio Banderas plays Antonio, who becomes deeply possessive of director Pablo Quintero (Eusebio Poncela).

15. Angel Heart (1987)

Directed by: Alan ParkerWritten by: Alan ParkerYes, there's a whole crazy Satanic voodoo plot, but there's also some very hot sex between Mickey Rourke (he appears multiple times on this list, because duh) and Lisa Bonet. Just ignore the blood dripping from the walls while they get it on.
Lionsgate

Directed by: Alan Parker

Written by: Alan Parker

Yes, there's a whole crazy Satanic voodoo plot, but there's also some very hot sex between Mickey Rourke (he appears multiple times on this list, because duh) and Lisa Bonet. Just ignore the blood dripping from the walls while they get it on.

16. Wild Orchid (1989)

Directed by: Zalman KingWritten by: Patricia Louisiana Knopp and Zalman KingAt some point, Mickey Rourke just committed himself to softcore porn, and we are all better for it. Zalman King had to edit Wild Orchid to avoid the dreaded X rating, but you can watch the director's cut if you desperately need to see it all.
MGM

Directed by: Zalman King

Written by: Patricia Louisiana Knopp and Zalman King

At some point, Mickey Rourke just committed himself to softcore porn, and we are all better for it. Zalman King had to edit Wild Orchid to avoid the dreaded X rating, but you can watch the director's cut if you desperately need to see it all.

17. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

Directed by: Steven SoderberghWritten by: Steven SoderberghSex, Lies, and Videotape did big, important things for independent film, Steven Soderbergh, and everyone's crush on James Spader. It was also a great reminder that sometimes, talking about sex can be just as erotic as having it.
Miramax Films

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Written by: Steven Soderbergh

Sex, Lies, and Videotape did big, important things for independent film, Steven Soderbergh, and everyone's crush on James Spader. It was also a great reminder that sometimes, talking about sex can be just as erotic as having it.

18. Henry & June (1990)

Directed by: Philip KaufmanWritten by: Philip Kaufman and Rose KaufmanBased on Anaïs Nin's journals on her love affairs with Henry and June Miller, the film thrusts stars Maria de Medeiros, Fred Ward, and Uma Thurman into a steamy love triangle. And Henry & June earned a Best Picture nomination and an NC-17 rating for its efforts.
Universal Pictures

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

Written by: Philip Kaufman and Rose Kaufman

Based on Anaïs Nin's journals on her love affairs with Henry and June Miller, the film thrusts stars Maria de Medeiros, Fred Ward, and Uma Thurman into a steamy love triangle. And Henry & June earned a Best Picture nomination and an NC-17 rating for its efforts.

19. Basic Instinct (1992)

Directed by: Paul VerhoevenWritten by: Joe EszterhasBasic Instinct, another neo-noir erotic thriller, is Sharon Stone at her finest. Yes, everyone remembers the vagina flash, but her sex scenes with Michael Douglas are equally titillating.
Lionsgate

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Written by: Joe Eszterhas

Basic Instinct, another neo-noir erotic thriller, is Sharon Stone at her finest. Yes, everyone remembers the vagina flash, but her sex scenes with Michael Douglas are equally titillating.

20. Jason's Lyric (1994)

Directed by: Doug McHenryWritten by: Bobby Smith Jr.Jason's Lyric is, among other things, a complicated love story between Jason (Allen Payne) and Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith). But the passion between them is evident from the get-go.
MGM

Directed by: Doug McHenry

Written by: Bobby Smith Jr.

Jason's Lyric is, among other things, a complicated love story between Jason (Allen Payne) and Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith). But the passion between them is evident from the get-go.

21. Bound (1996)

Directed by: Andy and Lana WachowskiWritten by: Andy and Lana WachowskiHas there ever been a hotter pairing than Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly? No. No, there has not. The directorial debut of the Wachowskis, Bound has inspired many a lesbian awakening, and with good reason.
Gramercy Pictures

Directed by: Andy and Lana Wachowski

Written by: Andy and Lana Wachowski

Has there ever been a hotter pairing than Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly? No. No, there has not. The directorial debut of the Wachowskis, Bound has inspired many a lesbian awakening, and with good reason.

22. Love Jones (1997)

Directed by: Theodore WitcherWritten by: Theodore WitcherWhile Love Jones wasn't a financial success, it's still praised for the realistic and relentlessly sexy relationship between poet Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) and photographer Nina Mosley (Nia Long).
New Line Cinema

Directed by: Theodore Witcher

Written by: Theodore Witcher

While Love Jones wasn't a financial success, it's still praised for the realistic and relentlessly sexy relationship between poet Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) and photographer Nina Mosley (Nia Long).

23. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

Directed by: Kevin Rodney SullivanWritten by: Terry McMillan and Ron BassAngela Bassett kills it as the eponymous Stella in this film adaptation of Terry McMillan's novel of the same name. There are few things more satisfying than seeing a 40-year-old woman get hers on screen, especially when it's with Taye Diggs as her beau Winston Shakespeare.
20th Century Fox

Directed by: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Written by: Terry McMillan and Ron Bass

Angela Bassett kills it as the eponymous Stella in this film adaptation of Terry McMillan's novel of the same name. There are few things more satisfying than seeing a 40-year-old woman get hers on screen, especially when it's with Taye Diggs as her beau Winston Shakespeare.

24. High Art (1998)

Directed by: Lisa CholodenkoWritten by: Lisa CholodenkoYears before she made The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko helmed this story about two women in love. There's a lot of pleasure in watching Syd's (Radha Mitchell) sexual awakening at the hands of Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy).
Universal Studios

Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko

Written by: Lisa Cholodenko

Years before she made The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko helmed this story about two women in love. There's a lot of pleasure in watching Syd's (Radha Mitchell) sexual awakening at the hands of Lucy Berliner (Ally Sheedy).

25. Wild Things (1998)

Directed by: John McNaughtonWritten by: Stephen PetersWild Things is trash, but it's trash where Denise Richards and Neve Campbell make out in a pool. And let's not forget the iconic threesome scene. Or that memorable shot of Kevin Bacon's dick. This is trash at its finest.
Columbia Pictures

Directed by: John McNaughton

Written by: Stephen Peters

Wild Things is trash, but it's trash where Denise Richards and Neve Campbell make out in a pool. And let's not forget the iconic threesome scene. Or that memorable shot of Kevin Bacon's dick. This is trash at its finest.

26. Velvet Goldmine (1998)

Directed by: Todd HaynesWritten by: Todd Haynes and James K. LyonsAt some point, we can stop thanking Todd Haynes for combining Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, glam rock, and rampant homoeroticism in Velvet Goldmine. But today is not that day. Thank you, Todd Haynes.
Miramax Films

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Written by: Todd Haynes and James K. Lyons

At some point, we can stop thanking Todd Haynes for combining Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, glam rock, and rampant homoeroticism in Velvet Goldmine. But today is not that day. Thank you, Todd Haynes.

27. Cruel Intentions (1999)

Directed by: Roger KumbleWritten by: Roger KumbleA teen adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses — and who knew we needed that — Cruel Intentions featured '90s hotties Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, and a lot of sex. It's kind of perfect.
Columbia Pictures

Directed by: Roger Kumble

Written by: Roger Kumble

A teen adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses — and who knew we needed that — Cruel Intentions featured '90s hotties Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, and a lot of sex. It's kind of perfect.

28. Come Undone (2000)

Directed by: Sébastien LifshitzWritten by: Sébastien Lifshitz and Stéphane BouquetFor gay men of a certain age, Come Undone — a romance between Jérémie Elkaïm's Mathieu and Stéphane Rideau's Cedric — was what you rented at Blockbuster when you couldn't get your hands on actual gay porn.
First Run Features

Directed by: Sébastien Lifshitz

Written by: Sébastien Lifshitz and Stéphane Bouquet

For gay men of a certain age, Come Undone — a romance between Jérémie Elkaïm's Mathieu and Stéphane Rideau's Cedric — was what you rented at Blockbuster when you couldn't get your hands on actual gay porn.

29. Love & Basketball (2000)

Directed by: Gina Prince-BythewoodWritten by: Gina Prince-BythewoodEven though it's PG-13, the romance between Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) is so sensual and realistic that it's one of the sexiest relationships ever committed to screen. Sometimes, not being explicit can be just as hot.
New Line Cinema

Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Written by: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Even though it's PG-13, the romance between Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) is so sensual and realistic that it's one of the sexiest relationships ever committed to screen. Sometimes, not being explicit can be just as hot.

30. Burnt Money (2001)

Directed by: Marcelo PiñeyroWritten by: Marcelo Piñeyro and Marcelo FiguerasI know there is a plot to Argentinian crime thriller Burnt Money, but all I distinctly remember is the ridiculously caliente sex scene in which Nene (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and Ángel (Eduardo Noriega) consummate their relationship.
Strand Releasing

Directed by: Marcelo Piñeyro

Written by: Marcelo Piñeyro and Marcelo Figueras

I know there is a plot to Argentinian crime thriller Burnt Money, but all I distinctly remember is the ridiculously caliente sex scene in which Nene (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and Ángel (Eduardo Noriega) consummate their relationship.

31. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

Directed by: Alfonso CuarónWritten by: Carlos Cuarón and Alfonso CuarónThe entirety of Y Tu Mamá También is highly sexual, as Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) vie for Luisa's (Maribel Verdú) affection. But it's really all about — spoiler alert — the moment Julio and Tenoch finally kiss. In a word: unfff.
Criterion

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Written by: Carlos Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón

The entirety of Y Tu Mamá También is highly sexual, as Julio (Gael García Bernal) and Tenoch (Diego Luna) vie for Luisa's (Maribel Verdú) affection. But it's really all about — spoiler alert — the moment Julio and Tenoch finally kiss. In a word: unfff.

32. Sex and Lucía (2001)

Directed by: Julio MédemWritten by: Julio MédemThe title pretty much says it all. Paz Vega stars as Lucía, who has a sexual awakening over the course of this nonlinear erotic drama. The story takes dark turns, but there's plenty of passion all the way through.
Palm Pictures

Directed by: Julio Médem

Written by: Julio Médem

The title pretty much says it all. Paz Vega stars as Lucía, who has a sexual awakening over the course of this nonlinear erotic drama. The story takes dark turns, but there's plenty of passion all the way through.

33. Original Sin (2001)

Directed by: Michael CristoferWritten by: Cornell Woolrich and Michael CristoferAngelina Jolie. Antonio Banderas. The bathtub. Jolie may have won a Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress for Original Sin, but the film's overwhelming sexiness has left a much more lasting impression.
MGM

Directed by: Michael Cristofer

Written by: Cornell Woolrich and Michael Cristofer

Angelina Jolie. Antonio Banderas. The bathtub. Jolie may have won a Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress for Original Sin, but the film's overwhelming sexiness has left a much more lasting impression.

34. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Directed by: David LynchWritten by: David LynchI'm still not really sure what Mulholland Drive is all about, and I'm only a little ashamed to admit that. I am, however, sure that it contains one of hottest lesbian sex scenes of all time, featuring Naomi Watts and Laura Harring.
Universal Pictures

Directed by: David Lynch

Written by: David Lynch

I'm still not really sure what Mulholland Drive is all about, and I'm only a little ashamed to admit that. I am, however, sure that it contains one of hottest lesbian sex scenes of all time, featuring Naomi Watts and Laura Harring.

35. Secretary (2002)

Directed by: Steven ShainbergWritten by: Erin Cressida WilsonFifty Shades is bound to draw comparisons to Secretary, which also depicts sub-dom romance. Most of those comparisons will be about how Secretary is much, much better, because Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.
Lionsgate

Directed by: Steven Shainberg

Written by: Erin Cressida Wilson

Fifty Shades is bound to draw comparisons to Secretary, which also depicts sub-dom romance. Most of those comparisons will be about how Secretary is much, much better, because Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.

36. Unfaithful (2002)

Directed by: Adrian LyneWritten by: Alvin Sargent and William Broyles Jr.Sorry, Richard Gere. Usually you get to be the hottie in these erotic thrillers, but there's just no competing with Olivier Martinez. His sexual chemistry with Diane Lane is so palpable — adultery has never looked better.
20th Century Fox

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Written by: Alvin Sargent and William Broyles Jr.

Sorry, Richard Gere. Usually you get to be the hottie in these erotic thrillers, but there's just no competing with Olivier Martinez. His sexual chemistry with Diane Lane is so palpable — adultery has never looked better.

37. The Dreamers (2003)

Directed by: Bernardo BertolucciWritten by: Gilbert AdairAllow me to get personal for a moment. The Dreamers was my first Bernardo Bertolucci film, my first NC-17 movie in theaters, and my first exposure to both Louis Garrel and Michael Pitt's penises. And let's not forget Eva Green.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

Written by: Gilbert Adair

Allow me to get personal for a moment. The Dreamers was my first Bernardo Bertolucci film, my first NC-17 movie in theaters, and my first exposure to both Louis Garrel and Michael Pitt's penises. And let's not forget Eva Green.

38. Swimming Pool (2003)

Directed by: François OzonWritten by: François Ozon and Emmanuèle BernheimLudivine Sagnier is sublime as Julie, whose brash sexuality riles up repressed author Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling). And the movie's controversial ambiguous ending only contributes to the overall fantasy feel.
Focus Features

Directed by: François Ozon

Written by: François Ozon and Emmanuèle Bernheim

Ludivine Sagnier is sublime as Julie, whose brash sexuality riles up repressed author Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling). And the movie's controversial ambiguous ending only contributes to the overall fantasy feel.

39. 9 Songs (2004)

Directed by: Michael WinterbottomWritten by: Michael WinterbottomMusic and fucking — that's pretty much all there is to 9 Songs. But it's certainly memorable. All of the sex scenes between Matt (Kieran O'Brien) and Lisa (Margo Stilley) are unsimulated, giving the movie a pornographic edge.
Kino Lorber Films

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

Written by: Michael Winterbottom

Music and fucking — that's pretty much all there is to 9 Songs. But it's certainly memorable. All of the sex scenes between Matt (Kieran O'Brien) and Lisa (Margo Stilley) are unsimulated, giving the movie a pornographic edge.

40. Shortbus (2006)

Directed by: John Cameron MitchellWritten by: John Cameron MitchellArguably the most famous film featuring unsimulated sex, Shortbus is a gorgeous exploration of relationships, told without the representational constraints of most movies. It's definitely not porn, but it's still unabashedly sexy.
THINKFilm

Directed by: John Cameron Mitchell

Written by: John Cameron Mitchell

Arguably the most famous film featuring unsimulated sex, Shortbus is a gorgeous exploration of relationships, told without the representational constraints of most movies. It's definitely not porn, but it's still unabashedly sexy.

41. Lust, Caution (2007)

Directed by: Ang LeeWritten by: Hui-Ling Wang and James SchamusAng Lee's follow-up to Brokeback Mountain is more about the espionage than the sex, but like so many erotic thrillers on this list, the sex scenes are pretty damn hard to forget. And they earned Lust, Caution an NC-17 rating.
Focus Features

Directed by: Ang Lee

Written by: Hui-Ling Wang and James Schamus

Ang Lee's follow-up to Brokeback Mountain is more about the espionage than the sex, but like so many erotic thrillers on this list, the sex scenes are pretty damn hard to forget. And they earned Lust, Caution an NC-17 rating.

42. Savage Grace (2007)

Directed by: Tom KalinWritten by: Howard A. RodmanThe thing about Savage Grace that might make it unsexy is that it depicts an incestuous relationship between Barbara Baekeland (Julianne Moore) and her son, Antony (Eddie Redmayne). But like, they have a threesome with Hugh Dancy, so.
IFC Films

Directed by: Tom Kalin

Written by: Howard A. Rodman

The thing about Savage Grace that might make it unsexy is that it depicts an incestuous relationship between Barbara Baekeland (Julianne Moore) and her son, Antony (Eddie Redmayne). But like, they have a threesome with Hugh Dancy, so.

43. Shelter (2007)

Directed by: Jonah MarkowitzWritten by: Jonah MarkowitzI don't know if you could call Brad Rowe a gay icon, really, but between Shelter and the sweet (but less steamy) Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, he's certainly earned our lust and affection. Also, he's straight!
Regent Releasing

Directed by: Jonah Markowitz

Written by: Jonah Markowitz

I don't know if you could call Brad Rowe a gay icon, really, but between Shelter and the sweet (but less steamy) Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, he's certainly earned our lust and affection. Also, he's straight!

44. I Am Love (2009)

Directed by: Luca GuadagninoWritten by: Luca Guadagnino and Barbara AlbertiThere's a lot going on in I Am Love, a gorgeous Italian film that's as sensual as it is sexy. It's tough not to get worked up by the passionate affair between Emma (Tilda Swinton) and Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini). Get it, Tilda. Get. It.
Magnolia Film

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Written by: Luca Guadagnino and Barbara Alberti

There's a lot going on in I Am Love, a gorgeous Italian film that's as sensual as it is sexy. It's tough not to get worked up by the passionate affair between Emma (Tilda Swinton) and Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini). Get it, Tilda. Get. It.

45. Love & Other Drugs (2010)

Directed by: Edward ZwickWritten by: Charles Randolph, Edward Zwick, and Marshall HerskovitzLove & Other Drugs conned us into believing it was a sexy romantic comedy when, in fact, it deals with some very heavy issues. But that doesn't make the very naked scenes between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway any less hot!
20th Century Fox

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Written by: Charles Randolph, Edward Zwick, and Marshall Herskovitz

Love & Other Drugs conned us into believing it was a sexy romantic comedy when, in fact, it deals with some very heavy issues. But that doesn't make the very naked scenes between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway any less hot!

46. Weekend (2011)

Directed by: Andrew HaighWritten by: Andrew HaighWeekend is a painfully true-to-life and, at times, heartbreaking gay romance. Its realism makes the sex between Tom Cullen's Russell and Chris New's Glen that much more appealing. And Andrew Haigh has carried that same sensibility to HBO's Looking.
Sundance Selects

Directed by: Andrew Haigh

Written by: Andrew Haigh

Weekend is a painfully true-to-life and, at times, heartbreaking gay romance. Its realism makes the sex between Tom Cullen's Russell and Chris New's Glen that much more appealing. And Andrew Haigh has carried that same sensibility to HBO's Looking.

47. Magic Mike (2012)

Directed by: Steven SoderberghWritten by: Reid CarolinMagic Mike knows exactly what it is: a love letter to the male form. It's not high art, but Channing Tatum's stripper dance moves are impeccable, and Ginuwine's song "Pony," which was already really hot, will never be the same.
Warner Bros.

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Written by: Reid Carolin

Magic Mike knows exactly what it is: a love letter to the male form. It's not high art, but Channing Tatum's stripper dance moves are impeccable, and Ginuwine's song "Pony," which was already really hot, will never be the same.

48. 28 Hotel Rooms (2012)

Directed by: Matt RossWritten by: Matt RossChris Messina and Marin Ireland star as a nameless man and woman who are having an affair, but only see each other when they're both traveling for work. It's very subdued, but once again, the grounded approach makes the sex believable.
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Directed by: Matt Ross

Written by: Matt Ross

Chris Messina and Marin Ireland star as a nameless man and woman who are having an affair, but only see each other when they're both traveling for work. It's very subdued, but once again, the grounded approach makes the sex believable.

49. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Directed by: Abdellatif KechicheWritten by: Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia LacroixThe coming-of-age romance between Emma (Léa Seydoux) and Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) plays out in honest and graphic detail. While the sex wasn't real — prosthetic vaginas are a thing, it turns out — it's undeniably erotic.
Sundance Selects

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

Written by: Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix

The coming-of-age romance between Emma (Léa Seydoux) and Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) plays out in honest and graphic detail. While the sex wasn't real — prosthetic vaginas are a thing, it turns out — it's undeniably erotic.

50. Stranger by the Lake (2013)

Directed by: Alain GuiraudieWritten by: Alain GuiraudieI can't recall a film with more full-frontal male nudity than Stranger by the Lake: It is a cavalcade of dicks (and some unsimulated sex to boot). On the whole, it's a fascinating thriller, but for eye candy alone, it's a rare cinematic treat.
Strand Releasing

Directed by: Alain Guiraudie

Written by: Alain Guiraudie

I can't recall a film with more full-frontal male nudity than Stranger by the Lake: It is a cavalcade of dicks (and some unsimulated sex to boot). On the whole, it's a fascinating thriller, but for eye candy alone, it's a rare cinematic treat.

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