150 Erotic Movies Ranked Worst to Best

150-101 | 100-51 | 50-1

#100

Cashback (2007)
48%

#100
Adjusted Score: 48.952%
Critics Consensus: An unlikable protagonist, messy editing, and gratuitous nudity might make audiences ask for their cash back.
Synopsis: When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops insomnia. To pass the long hours of... [More]
Directed By: Sean Ellis (II)

#99

Cruel Intentions (1999)
54%

#99
Adjusted Score: 58.811%
Critics Consensus: This darkly comic drama and its attractive young cast are easy on the eyes, but uneven performances and an uninspired script conspire to foil Cruel Intentions.
Synopsis: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe sizzle as a pair of unscrupulous siblings in a deliciously sexy tale of seduction,... [More]
Directed By: Roger Kumble

#98

The Hunger (1983)
52%

#98
Adjusted Score: 54.359%
Critics Consensus: Stylish yet hollow, The Hunger is a well-cast vampire thriller that mistakes erotic moments for a satisfying story.
Synopsis: The exquisitely beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays Miriam, a centuries-old vampire capable of bestowing the gift of immortality on her lovers... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#97
#97
Adjusted Score: 49.689%
Critics Consensus: Explicit and shocking, but there is no substance or statement on human behavior underneath the taboo-breaking.
Synopsis: Francois, a filmmaker, is preparing a thriller. During screen tests for a brief nude scene with an actress, he discovers... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Claude Brisseau

#96

Sleeping Beauty (2011)
48%

#96
Adjusted Score: 50.351%
Critics Consensus: Sleeping Beauty's provocative premise and luminous art design is hampered by a clinical, remote presentation, delivering boredom and shock in equal measure.
Synopsis: Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity. She lets a flip of... [More]
Directed By: Julia Leigh

#95

Femme Fatale (2002)
49%

#95
Adjusted Score: 52.528%
Critics Consensus: The thriller Femme Fatale is overheated, nonsensical, and silly.
Synopsis: A contemporary film noir about an alluring seductress named Laure Ash. A sultry former jewel thief and con woman trying... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#94
#94
Adjusted Score: 52.543%
Critics Consensus: It's a pleasure to see Hollywood produce a romance this refreshingly adult, but Love and Other Drugs struggles to find a balance between its disparate plot elements.
Synopsis: Maggie is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#93
Adjusted Score: 50.996%
Critics Consensus: An erotic thriller dulled by a messy narrative.
Synopsis: Two strangers share a strange and terrible bond in this stylish horror tale that juggles sex and graphic bloodshed. Shane... [More]
Directed By: Claire Denis

#92

Unfaithful (2002)
50%

#92
Adjusted Score: 54.487%
Critics Consensus: Diane Lane shines in the role, but the movie adds nothing new to the genre and the resolution is unsatisfying.
Synopsis: Diane Lane is a wayward wife and Richard Gere is her suspicious husband in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful. Connie (Lane) leaves... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#91

Chloe (2010)
51%

#91
Adjusted Score: 55.342%
Critics Consensus: Despite its promising pedigree and a titillating premise, Chloe ultimately fails to deliver the heat -- or the thrills -- expected of a sexual thriller.
Synopsis: Catherine, a successful doctor, suspects her husband David, a professor of music, of cheating. She tests his fidelity by hiring... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#90

Scarlet Diva (2000)
52%

#90
Adjusted Score: 52.04%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shot on digital video, this no-holds-barred, semi-autobiographical film from Italian actress/model Asia Argento presents the bleak decent of a popular... [More]
Directed By: Asia Argento

#89

Final Analysis (1992)
52%

#89
Adjusted Score: 53.202%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In Final Analysis, Richard Gere stars as Isaac Barr, a San Francisco psychiatrist whose alluring patient Diana Baylor (Uma Thurman)... [More]
Directed By: Phil Joanou

#88

Cruising (1980)
51%

#88
Adjusted Score: 54.91%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A New York City cop goes undercover in New York's gay community to catch a serial killer.... [More]
Directed By: William Friedkin

#87

Basic Instinct (1992)
53%

#87
Adjusted Score: 57.461%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Michael Douglas stars with red-hot Sharon Stone in this groundbreaking and controversial film that redefined the genre of the sexy... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#86

Malena (2000)
54%

#86
Adjusted Score: 56.244%
Critics Consensus: Malena ends up objectifying the character of the movie's title. Also, the young boy's emotional investment with Malena is never convincing, as she doesn't feel like a three-dimensional person.
Synopsis: In 1941, Renato was 13 years old and although the world was at war, nothing ever happened in his sleepy... [More]
Directed By: Giuseppe Tornatore

#85

Bully (2001)
54%

#85
Adjusted Score: 56.493%
Critics Consensus: With its lingering shots of naked teenage bodies, Bully feels more sordidly exploitative than realistic.
Synopsis: A film based on the true-life murder of Bobby Kent. Kent, a Hollywood, Florida teenager was murdered by his own... [More]
Directed By: Larry Clark

#84
#84
Adjusted Score: 58.14%
Critics Consensus: Single White Female benefits from a pair of outstanding leads, neither of whom are well served by a storyline that wavers between thrillingly tense and utterly ridiculous.
Synopsis: After advertising for a new roommate, Allison finds herself living with Hedra, an initially shy woman who soon exhibits strange,... [More]
Directed By: Barbet Schroeder

#83

Disclosure (1994)
58%

#83
Adjusted Score: 61.526%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Michael Douglas runs afoul of a treacherous supervisor in this film version of Michael Crichton's novel. Douglas plays Tom Sanders,... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#82

Crash (1996)
59%

#82
Adjusted Score: 61.448%
Critics Consensus: Despite the surprisingly distant, clinical direction, Crash's explicit premise and sex is classic Cronenberg territory.
Synopsis: After surviving a brutal car wreck, commercial director James Ballard finds himself slowly drawn to a mysterious subculture of people... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#81

Henry & June (1990)
60%

#81
Adjusted Score: 60.678%
Critics Consensus: Henry & June celebrates sensuality and passion, though the portentous filmmaking drags it down by a large degree.
Synopsis: The real-life relationship between two of the most controversial literary figures of the 20th century forms the basis for this... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#80

Viva (2007)
60%

#80
Adjusted Score: 60.802%
Critics Consensus: Though it's lengthy and doesn't always walk the line between schlock and kitschy homage successfully, Viva's lovely visuals and knowing humor are undeniable.
Synopsis: Writer and director Anna Biller takes a swingin' look back at sexploitation cinema of the '70s in this candy-colored comedy... [More]
Directed By: Anna Biller

#79

The Dreamers (2004)
60%

#79
Adjusted Score: 64.159%
Critics Consensus: Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn't engage or provoke as much as it should.
Synopsis: The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 serves as the backdrop for a tale about three young cineastes who... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#78
#78
Adjusted Score: 64.266%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II picks up with the story of Joe's adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications.... [More]
Directed By: Lars von Trier

#77

Jason's Lyric (1994)
61%

#77
Adjusted Score: 61.765%
Critics Consensus: Jason's Lyric is a sexually charged film whose violent streak weakens or, depending on your perspective, supports the melodrama.
Synopsis: Two inner-city youths find love on the hard streets of Houston. Each has personal problems to work through, and is... [More]
Directed By: Doug McHenry

#76

Cat People (1982)
62%

#76
Adjusted Score: 65.985%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this loose adaptation of the 1942 horror classic of the same name, a 2001-style opening montage establishes some sort... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#75
#75
Adjusted Score: 66.489%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this story, a young nobleman with an unusually strong interest in horse-breeding is being prepared to marry the wealthy... [More]
Directed By: Walerian Borowczyk

#74

Young Adam (2004)
63%

#74
Adjusted Score: 65.966%
Critics Consensus: A grim mood piece with good performances from the leads.
Synopsis: The corpse of a young woman is found floating in a canal by a drifter working on a barge traveling... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#73

9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
64%

#73
Adjusted Score: 65.406%
Critics Consensus: 9 1/2 Weeks' famously steamy sex scenes titillate though the drama unfolding between the beddings is relatively standard for the genre.
Synopsis: The title refers to the duration of the relationship between self-absorbed Wall Street shark Mickey Rourke and divorced art gallery... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#72

Bitter Moon (1992)
65%

#72
Adjusted Score: 66.995%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach, and John Brownjohn adapted Pascal Bruckner's novel for this erotic, funny, and frequently twisted story of... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#71

Wild Things (1998)
64%

#71
Adjusted Score: 66.759%
Critics Consensus: Wild Things is a delightfully salacious, flesh-exposed romp that also requires a high degree of love for trash cinema.
Synopsis: Think of it as endless endings. John McNaughton's playful erotic thriller about a larcenous school teacher, a pair of greedy... [More]
Directed By: John McNaughton

#70

Intimacy (2001)
66%

#70
Adjusted Score: 67.687%
Critics Consensus: Acted out with both physical and psychological nakedness by its two leads, Intimacy is an unflinchingly honest look at alienation.
Synopsis: She comes to his bed-sit every Wednesday afternoon. They don't speak. They don't even know each other's name. But something... [More]
Directed By: Patrice Chéreau

#69

The Pillow Book (1997)
66%

#69
Adjusted Score: 68.851%
Critics Consensus: The Pillow Book is undeniably sensual and visually ravishing, but the film's narrative lacks the hypnotic pull of its imagery.
Synopsis: The erotic exploits of a Japanese woman with an obsession for body writing provides the basis of this exotic, intellectually... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#68

Sade (2000)
67%

#68
Adjusted Score: 67.248%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Daniel Auteuil stars as the infamous Marquis de Sade, who at the beginning of Sade, is serving a sentence in... [More]
Directed By: Benoît Jacquot

#67

American Gigolo (1980)
67%

#67
Adjusted Score: 68.619%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A slick Los Angeles callboy finds love and redemption in Paul Schrader's ultra-stylish drama. High-living prostitute Julian Kay (Richard Gere,... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#66

Shortbus (2006)
68%

#66
Adjusted Score: 71.833%
Critics Consensus: The sex may be explicit, but Mitchell integrates it into the characters' lives and serves the whole story up with a generous dose of sweetness and wit.
Synopsis: The film follows a varied group of seven people, among them a dominatrix and a sex therapist, as they navigate... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#65

Lolita (1997)
68%

#65
Adjusted Score: 68.816%
Critics Consensus: If it can't quite live up to Nabokov's words, Adrian Lyne's Lolita manages to find new emotional notes in this complicated story, thanks in large part to its solid performances.
Synopsis: Humbert Humbert is a fine and distinguished gentleman, a citizen of the world, a lover of European culture, who teaches... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#64

Lila Says (2005)
68%

#64
Adjusted Score: 68.506%
Critics Consensus: Lila Says is a vibrantly told coming-of-age story, helped by the sultry charisma of Giocante.
Synopsis: A self-styled bad girl leads a teenage boy down a frustrating path in this drama from France. Chimo Jarjoura (Mohammed... [More]
Directed By: Ziad Doueiri

#63
Adjusted Score: 66.906%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The psychology of a sadomasochistic relationship between a former Nazi storm trooper and the concentration camp prisoner he loved provides... [More]
Directed By: Liliana Cavani

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 48.366%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Holly Rowe's retiring, kissing her callgirl life goodbye. She just has to get through her last night on the job.... [More]
Directed By: Jon Hewitt

#61
Adjusted Score: 71.265%
Critics Consensus: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! undermines its own effectiveness with an excess of camp, but writer-director Pedro Almodóvar and an attractive cast make it all worth watching.
Synopsis: Upon his release from a psychiatric hospital, Ricky visits a film set to watch the object of his love and... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#60

The Hot Spot (1990)
71%

#60
Adjusted Score: 71.762%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A drifter settles down in a small southwestern town and becomes involved in a web of crime and romance.... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Hopper

#59

Sex and Lucia (2002)
71%

#59
Adjusted Score: 72.314%
Critics Consensus: Beneath the gratuitous nudity lies a complex and visually striking movie.
Synopsis: Lucia is a waitress who lives and works in Madrid. After what she believes to be the loss of her... [More]
Directed By: Julio Medem

#58
Adjusted Score: 72.624%
Critics Consensus: Double Lover offers kinky pleasures that should thrill fans of classic erotic cinema while adding some uniquely transgressive European twists.
Synopsis: Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#57

Lust, Caution (2007)
72%

#57
Adjusted Score: 76.518%
Critics Consensus: Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is a tense, sensual and beautifully-shot espionage film.
Synopsis: Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee adapts this Eileen Chang story set in World War II-era Shanghai that details the political... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#56

High Art (1998)
73%

#56
Adjusted Score: 74.917%
Critics Consensus: A surprisingly sultry performance from Ally Sheedy elevates High Art from pretentious melodrama to compelling -- if still a little pretentious -- romance.
Synopsis: Lisa Cholodenko's Sundance award-winning romantic drama about a photo magazine editor and the heroin-addicted former photo prodigy with whom she... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#55
Adjusted Score: 75.301%
Critics Consensus: Though it makes for rather unpleasant viewing, The Piano Teacher is a riveting and powerful psychosexual drama.
Synopsis: Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory prestigious music school in Vienna. In her early forties and... [More]
Directed By: Michael Haneke

#54
Adjusted Score: 75.51%
Critics Consensus: Ozon may not explore his themes as fully as he should, but Young & Beautiful poses enough intriguing questions -- and features a strong enough performance from Marine Vacth -- to compensate for its frustrations.
Synopsis: Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#53
Adjusted Score: 70.778%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Un quinquagénaire séduit un jeune homme de 30 ans son cadet. Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi. Un film de François Ozon.... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#52

Sirens (1994)
74%

#52
Adjusted Score: 75.378%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sex, religion, and morality are the key ingredients in this Australian comedy set in the 1930s. Rev. Anthony Campion (Hugh... [More]
Directed By: John Duignan, John Duigan

#51

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
75%

#51
Adjusted Score: 81.971%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
Synopsis: After learning of his wife's flirtatious behavior, Dr. William Harford goes on an odyssey of his own.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

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