Refinery29 Editors The sexiest movies aren't necessarily lurking in the adults-only section of HBO — or in the deleted archives of one's browser history. Often, the steamiest films are mainstream.
Whether a flick actually features a crazy-hot love scene or a more innocent tryst between a forbidden couple, it's perfectly acceptable to find these movies tantalizing.
That was totally the filmmaker's point. As a celebration of the sexiest films to ever grace the big screen, we've rounded up a collection of movies that have a history of encouraging sexy thoughts. While turn-ons are as varied as people are, these movies certainly attempt to evoke certain feelings in all of us.
Advertisement Is it hot in here? Nope, it's just these movies. Click through to read about the sexiest movies to inspire endless fantasizing. 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. The Chilean movie begins with Gloria dancing in a club, and continues the theme of fun mixed with self-exploration.
Instead of a mid-life crisis, what happens in this movie is a mid-life flourishing. Smith Brangelina is no longer, but this movie about married assassins on assignment to kill one another retains its sizzle. As a result, their entire lives spiral out of control, leading to a love triangle with dark, erotic thriller vibes. For example, an English teacher Meg Ryan willingly has an affair with a stranger Mark Ruffalo , whom she suspects of murder. 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. Instead of settling down with one man, Nola dates three. She runs into Brian later on, and a relationship develops despite Kenya's hesitation.
Then, another man comes into Kenya's life: Mark Harper Blair Underwood , who's everything she'd envision for herself. This is a far smarter love triangle movie than most you've seen before.
Michael finds out why, years later, when he sees Hannah being tried for her Nazi war crimes. The beautiful, artistic movie takes place in s Japan, and is about a passionate and destructive affair between Sada Abe Eiko Matsuda and her employer, Kichizo Ishida Tatsuya Fuji.
It features unstimulated aka real sex. While lounging around for the six-week period required for residency, Vivian strikes up a friendship with Cay Rivvers Patricia Charbonneau , which, to Vivian's surprise becomes something more than friendship.
She begins to quite willingly work as a prostitute. It's a game until one of her clients passes away, and her parents find out about her double life led in the name of sexual awakening. Volumes one and two. It takes self-proclaimed nymphomaniac Joe Charlotte Gainsbourg two full length movies in order to fully retell a lifetime's worth of sexual exploits to a stranger who finds her beaten-up in an alley, and brings her home for recuperation.
Finally meeting someone she likes in that castle, Caroline and the liberal-minded Johann start a passionate affair 16 of 69 Cheri In Paris at the turn of century, a retired courtesan Kathy Bates enlists the help of her old colleague, Lea Michelle Pfeiffer , with a parenting problem. Charlotte's son, Cheri Rupert Friend , is a difficult, stubborn, thorn in her side — and a virgin. Lea's brought on to teach Cheri the ways of the world. Charlotte never intended on Lea and Cheri's relationship blossoming into something like love, yet that's what happens, despite their year age gap.
Seeking a stable home life, Ivy very creepily ingratiates herself into the Cooper family by seducing the father. Then, she attempts to off the mother, and frame the daughter. It's sexy in an erotic thriller sort of way.
Salma Hayek plays a vampire goddess named Santanico Pandemonium who specializes in a "snake dance," and is but one vampire working in a bar straight out of True Blood. If you like Cruel Intentions, watch this movie — they're based off the same novel.
They spark up an intimate friendship, especially after confessing that their spouses are both having an affair. While they feel lust for each other, they want to be better than their cheating spouses. So, In the Mood For Love is steeped in unfulfilled and aching sexual tension, which is undeniably its own brand of sexiness. In addition to giving Baby the strength to rise above her judgmental family, she learns to dirty dance.
The tangible chemistry between Grey and Swayze spread sex appeal all over the dance floor. But the palpable sexual tension, combined with one steamy handprint on a car, makes Titanic one of the sexiest and saddest movies ever. She's inexplicably, totally, and completely attracted to her soon-to-be stepmother's daughter, Mia.
Kiss Me should be a fixture in the forbidden love genre. The jig's almost up on their forbidden relationship. But when will it end, and how? The lush, romantic film is actually a prequel to the three-hour epic, My Sex Life or My Golden Days explains how he became such a romantic idealist. When they grow up, they raise their beautiful sons in adjacent beautiful homes. Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts. And then, the women start sleeping with each others' sons.
Up to you to decide. Then, Omar is beat up by a gang of racist kids — the leader of whom is, surprisingly, Omar's ex-lover, Johnny Daniel Day-Lewis. Despite Johnny's connection to the group, he and Omar rekindle their relationship. This acclaimed, heartening movie about love against the odds features what may be the best ear lick of all time. Ned teams up with one of his criminal clients to kill Matty's husband, so the two can run off together. Of course, Ned finds himself way over his head.
Not even the hottest sex can save him now. In addition to being steamy, this witty movie received almost universal acclaim from critics. A Tale of Love You'd expect that a movie with the title "Kama Sutra" would be sexy, and trust us — it delivers.
Set in 16 century India, Kama Sutra is about two childhood friends who become sexual rivals in their womanhood. Tara becomes engaged to the king, and her best friend Maya is groomed into becoming his mistress. This cannot end well, though at least there are drawn-out sex scenes along the way. The movie's sexiest moment comes when a couple takes a road trip away from Carol's husband and steam up a motel room.
What makes Carol a great film, however, are the satisfying journeys of self-discovery that both women embark on. But upturned noses can't take away from the crazy chemistry between leads Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas in this period piece set in Cuba during 19th century Spanish rule.
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 colorful past lover, and the promise of a new one.