135 Erotic Movies Ranked Worst to Best

Things about to get juicy at Rotten Tomatoes! For our giant-sized countdown of erotic movies, we go deep into the annals of cinema history and pull out some prime ’80s sleaze, international and arthouse flicks, topics straight and gay, and threw in stuff that may or may not be straight-up porn. If the movie got at least 20 reviews and it served to titillate, it’s probably listed here. Now take a load off for erotic movies ranked worst to best by Tomatometer!

#135
#135
Critics Consensus: Respected director Chen Kaige's first English-language film is a spectacularly misguided erotic thriller, with ludicrous plot twists and cringe-worthy dialogue.
Synopsis: The director of such highly regarded films as Yellow Earth (1984) and Farewell, My Concubine (1993), Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige... [More]
Directed By: Kaige Chen

#134
#134
Adjusted Score: 1.695%
Critics Consensus: Despite its lush tropical scenery and attractive leads, Return to the Blue Lagoon is as ridiculous as its predecessor, and lacks the prurience and unintentional laughs that might make it a guilty pleasure.
Synopsis: This sequel to the surprise box office hit The Blue Lagoon (1980) mimics its predecessor's romantic adventure formula of a... [More]
Directed By: William A. Graham

#133
#133
Adjusted Score: 10.344%
Critics Consensus: Body of Evidence's sex scenes may be kinky, but the ludicrous concept is further undone by the ridiculous dialogue.
Synopsis: Una mujer (Madonna) acusada de asesinar a su amante---un viejo millonario---seduce a su abogado defensor (Willem Dafoe), el cual se... [More]
Directed By: Uli Edel

#132

Wild Orchid (1990)
7%

#132
Adjusted Score: 8.259%
Critics Consensus: Body Orchid is a tease-too-long, with overblown editing with an already slipping Mickey Rourke and unexperienced actress Carrie Otis.
Synopsis: When the young, innocent Emily Reed (Carre Otis) is hired by a New York City law firm, they immediately ship... [More]
Directed By: Zalman King

#131
#131
Adjusted Score: 11.761%
Critics Consensus: Unable to match the suspense and titilation of its predecessor, Basic Instinct 2 boasts a plot so ludicrous and predictable it borders on "so-bad-it's-good."
Synopsis: Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Glass to... [More]
Directed By: Michael Caton-Jones

#130

The Blue Lagoon (1980)
9%

#130
Adjusted Score: 10.465%
Critics Consensus: A piece of lovely dreck, The Blue Lagoon is a naughty fantasy that's also too chaste to be truly entertaining.
Synopsis: In this 1980 version of the oft-filmed Henry Devere Stackpoole novel, the basic story remains unchanged. Two very small children,... [More]
Directed By: Randal Kleiser

#129
#129
Adjusted Score: 14.414%
Critics Consensus: The Boy Next Door may get a few howls out of fans of stalker thrillers, but for most viewers, it won't even rise to "so bad it's good" status.
Synopsis: Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#128
#128
Adjusted Score: 18.506%
Critics Consensus: Lacking enough chemistry, heat, or narrative friction to satisfy, the limp Fifty Shades Darker wants to be kinky but only serves as its own form of punishment.
Synopsis: Anastasia has broken off her relationship with the troubled Christian to pursue a new career in a Seattle publishing house.... [More]
Directed By: James Foley

#127
#127
Adjusted Score: 18.632%
Critics Consensus: Fifty Shades Freed brings its titillating trilogy to a clumsy conclusion, making for a film franchise that adds up to a distinctly dissatisfying ménage à trois.
Synopsis: Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and... [More]
Directed By: James Foley

#126

Sliver (1993)
11%

#126
Adjusted Score: 12.504%
Critics Consensus: Sliver is an absurd erotic thriller with technobabble and posits prime Sharon Stone as a professional book nerd.
Synopsis: This thriller begins as a divorcee, seeking to start over, moves into a new apartment in a high-tech Manhattan building... [More]
Directed By: Phillip Noyce

#125

Original Sin (2001)
12%

#125
Adjusted Score: 14.503%
Critics Consensus: Laughably melodramatic, Original Sin features bad acting, bad dialogue, and bad plotting.
Synopsis: A noir mystery set in the exotic world of Cuba in the late 1800s. Luis Antonio Vargas, a wealthy coffee... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cristofer

#124

The Loft (2015)
15%

#124
Adjusted Score: 15.708%
Critics Consensus: Populated with characters as unpleasant as its sleazy storyline, The Loft is uninhabitable for all but the least demanding erotic thriller fans.
Synopsis: Karl Urban (Star Trek Into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star in the tense psychological thriller THE LOFT, the... [More]
Directed By: Erik Van Looy

#123

Jade (1995)
14%

#123
Adjusted Score: 15.305%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An investigator seeking the truth behind the death of a noted art dealer uncovers a web of sexual deception in... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#122
#122
Adjusted Score: 15.59%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this sexual thriller, beautiful psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Taylor finds herself stalked by an obsessed killer. Taylor hires a private... [More]
Directed By: Peter Hall

#121
#121
Adjusted Score: 16.259%
Critics Consensus: Unseemly, unsettling, and unremittingly bleak, Downloading Nancy is slickly made but mostly unpleasant.
Synopsis: A self-destructive housewife takes what may be her final step into the abyss in this independent psychological drama. Nancy Stockwell... [More]
Directed By: Johan Renck

#120

Elles (2012)
22%

#120
Adjusted Score: 23.337%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A provocative exploration of female sexuality, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the... [More]
Directed By: Malgorzata Szumowska

#119

Showgirls (1995)
23%

#119
Adjusted Score: 26.134%
Critics Consensus: Vile, contemptible, garish, and misogynistic -- and that might just be exactly Showgirls' point.
Synopsis: Nomi, an attractive drifter, arrives in Las Vegas with plans to become a dancer. Soon she gets a job stripping... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#118
Adjusted Score: 16.953%
Critics Consensus: Fitfully amusing until 3-D Sex and Zen takes a casual, nearly positive stance on rape and sexual torture.
Synopsis: Inspired by "The Carnal Prayer Mat," an ancient Chinese text comparable to the Kama Sutra, this stereoscopic reboot of the... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Sun

#117
#117
Adjusted Score: 24.339%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lena Olin stars as a wicked female mobster who is supposed to be eliminated by a hired hit man (Gary... [More]
Directed By: Peter Medak

#116

Color of Night (1994)
21%

#116
Adjusted Score: 23.64%
Critics Consensus: Bruce willie shot aside, the only other things popping out in Color of Night are some ridiculous plot contortions and majorly camp moments.
Synopsis: When New York therapist Bill Capra journeys to L.A. to visit his best friend and colleague Dr. Bob Moore, he... [More]
Directed By: Richard Rush

#115

The Canyons (2013)
22%

#115
Adjusted Score: 24.784%
Critics Consensus: Oppressively misanthropic and ineptly made, The Canyons serves as a sour footnote in Paul Schrader's career -- but it does feature some decent late-period work from Lindsay Lohan.
Synopsis: While calculating young movie producer Christian (Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, his actress girlfriend, Tara (Lohan),... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#114
#114
Adjusted Score: 21.061%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Interwoven stories about the various secrets kept by the women who 'bare it all' at Los Angeles strip clubs. The... [More]
Directed By: Michael Radford

#113

Caligula (1979)
23%

#113
Adjusted Score: 25.195%
Critics Consensus: Endlessly perverse and indulgent, Caligula throws in hardcore sex every time the plot threatens to get interesting.
Synopsis: This lavish big-budget epic was the pinnacle of a uniquely Italian subgenre, the historical hardcore gore/porn extravaganza. The star-studded cast,... [More]
Directed By: Tinto Brass

#112

9 Songs (2005)
24%

#112
Adjusted Score: 26.594%
Critics Consensus: The unerotic sex scenes quickly become tedious to watch, and the lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.
Synopsis: Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winterbottom

#111

Anatomy of Hell (2004)
25%

#111
Adjusted Score: 25.146%
Critics Consensus: Ponderous, pretentious, and -- considering the subject matter -- dull.
Synopsis: A lonely and dejected woman (Amira Casar) learns that only when all inhibitions are cast aside will she be able... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#110
#110
Adjusted Score: 35.083%
Critics Consensus: While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen.
Synopsis: E.L. James' kinky best-seller gets the big screen treatment with this Universal Pictures/Focus Features co-production. The steamy tale details a... [More]
Directed By: Sam Taylor-Johnson

#109

Threesome (1994)
29%

#109
Adjusted Score: 29.859%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Writer/director Andrew Fleming offers a new slant on college-dorm roommates in this quirky comedy about a bisexual triangle in which... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Fleming

#108

The Crush (1993)
25%

#108
Adjusted Score: 26.597%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Crush is a psychological thriller wherein a young man is the object of the obsession of a mentally unbalanced... [More]
Directed By: Alan Shapiro

#107
#107
Adjusted Score: 32.988%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Lover is director Jean-Jacques Annaud's adaptation of Marguerite Duras' minimalist 1984 novel. Set in French Indochina in 1929, the... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Annaud

#106
#106
Adjusted Score: 33.292%
Critics Consensus: Neve Campbell bares all in this seemingly misogynistic trifle.
Synopsis: Directed by James Toback, the erotic drama When Will I Be Loved? revolves around Vera, the debutante girlfriend (Neve Campbell)... [More]
Directed By: James Toback

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