We whipped up a rather NSFW gallery and submit to you: 24 erotic movies with at least 20 reviews ranked by Tomatometer to get your rocks off. Is your favorite kinky flick curiously missing from the list? Let us know in the comments (and don’t even think of being gentle).
(2016, 94%) The Handmaiden
Critics Consensus: The Handmaiden uses a Victorian crime novel as the loose inspiration for another visually sumptuous and absorbingly idiosyncratic outing from director Park Chan-wook.
(2013, 91%) Blue is the Warmest Color
Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema’s most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.
(1989, 90%) The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
This romantic crime drama may not be to everyone’s taste, but The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover is an audacious, powerful film.
(1976, 84%) In the Realm of the Senses
Sexual taboos are broken and boundaries crossed In the Realm of the Senses, a fearlessly provocative psychosexual tale.
(1972, 79%) Last Tango in Paris
Naturalistic but evocative, Last Tango in Paris is a vivid exploration of pain, love, and sex featuring a typically towering Marlon Brando performance.
(2014, 75%) Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1
Darkly funny, fearlessly bold, and thoroughly indulgent, Nymphomaniac finds Lars von Trier provoking viewers with customary abandon.
(2014, 60%) Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2
It doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the first installment, but Nymphomaniac: Volume II still benefits from Lars von Trier’s singular craft and vision, as well as a bravura performance from Charlotte Gainsbourg.
(1999, 74%) Eyes Wide Shut
Kubrick’s intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
(2007, 72%) Lust, Caution
Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution is a tense, sensual and beautifully-shot espionage film.
(2002, 71%) Sex and Lucia
Beneath the gratuitous nudity lies a complex and visually striking movie.
(2001, 65%) Intimacy
Acted out with both physical and psychological nakedness by its two leads, Intimacy is an unflinchingly honest look at alienation.
(1986, 64%) 9 1/2 Weeks
9 1/2 Weeks‘ famously steamy sex scenes titillate though the drama unfolding between the beddings is relatively standard for the genre.
(1998, 64%) Wild Things
Wild Things is a delightfully salacious, flesh-exposed romp that also requires a high degree of love for trash cinema.
(2004, 61%) The Dreamers
Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn’t engage or provoke as much as it should.
(1990, 60%) Henry & June
Henry & June celebrates sensuality and passion, though the portentous filmmaking drags it down by a large degree.
(1996, 58%) Crash
Despite the surprisingly distant, clinical direction, Crash‘s explicit premise and sex is classic Cronenberg territory.
(1992, 54%) Basic Instinct
Unevenly echoing the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Basic Instinct contains a star-making performance from Sharon Stone but is ultimately undone by its problematic, overly lurid plot.
(2011, 49%) Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty‘s provocative premise and luminous art design is hampered by a clinical, remote presentation, delivering boredom and shock in equal measure.
(1999, 47%) Romance
Romance is a slim look into a woman’s sexual psyche, with sex scenes that slightly excite while exploring human emotions.
(1994, 46%) Color of Night
Bruce willie shot aside, the only other things popping out in Color of Night are some ridiculous plot contortions and majorly camp moments.
(2015, 41%) Love
Love sees writer-director Gaspar Noé delivering some of his warmest and most personal work; unfortunately, it’s also among his most undeveloped and least compelling.
(1979, 24%) Caligula
Endlessly perverse and indulgent, Caligula throws in hardcore sex every time the plot threatens to get interesting.
(2005, 24%) 9 Songs
The unerotic sex scenes quickly become tedious to watch, and the lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.
(2011, 22%) 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy
Fitfully amusing until 3-D Sex and Zen takes a casual, nearly positive stance on rape and sexual torture.
(2003, 0%) Killing Me Softly
Respected director Chen Kaige’s first English-language film is a spectacularly misguided erotic thriller, with ludicrous plot twists and cringe-worthy dialogue.