200 Erotic Movies Ranked Worst to Best

#100

Kaboom (2010)
60%

#100
Adjusted Score: 63481%
Critics Consensus: Jumbled and shallow yet easy to watch, Kaboom is a one-night stand that isn't meant to lead anywhere -- but is fun enough while it lasts.
Synopsis: Tripping on hallucinogens and believing he witnessed a murder, a sexually ambivalent college student (Thomas Dekker) makes a terrifying discovery.... [More]
Directed By: Gregg Araki

#99

Henry & June (1990)
62%

#99
Adjusted Score: 62061%
Critics Consensus: Henry & June celebrates sensuality and passion, though the portentous filmmaking drags it down by a large degree.
Synopsis: Writer Henry Miller (Fred Ward), wife June (Uma Thurman) and writer Anais Nin (Maria de Medeiros) get kinky in 1930s... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#98

Young Adam (2003)
62%

#98
Adjusted Score: 65554%
Critics Consensus: A grim mood piece with good performances from the leads.
Synopsis: An amoral drifter (Ewan McGregor) has an affair with a woman (Tilda Swinton) stuck in a passionless marriage in 1950s... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#97

Wild Things (1998)
63%

#97
Adjusted Score: 65621%
Critics Consensus: Wild Things is a delightfully salacious, flesh-exposed romp that also requires a high degree of love for trash cinema.
Synopsis: A Florida policeman (Kevin Bacon) investigates when two teens accuse a high-school guidance counselor (Matt Dillon) of rape.... [More]
Directed By: John McNaughton

#96
Adjusted Score: 54615%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Gustav Machatý

#95

The Beast (1975)
67%

#95
Adjusted Score: 66113%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A wealthy woman finds her fiancé dead after dreaming of an erotic encounter with a strange creature.... [More]
Directed By: Walerian Borowczyk

#94

Bitter Moon (1992)
65%

#94
Adjusted Score: 66703%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An alcoholic writer (Peter Coyote) in a wheelchair recalls his sexy wife (Emmanuelle Seigner) for an English aristocrat (Hugh Grant)... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 66262%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An Englishman (Nathaniel Parker) weds the daughter (Karina Lombard) of a mad Frenchwoman (Rachel Ward), bringing lust amid voodoo in... [More]
Directed By: John Duigan

#92

Intimacy (2001)
66%

#92
Adjusted Score: 67149%
Critics Consensus: Acted out with both physical and psychological nakedness by its two leads, Intimacy is an unflinchingly honest look at alienation.
Synopsis: A man (Mark Rylance) wants to know more about the nameless woman (Kerry Fox) with whom he has weekly trysts.... [More]
Directed By: Patrice Chéreau

#91

The Pillow Book (1996)
67%

#91
Adjusted Score: 69420%
Critics Consensus: The Pillow Book is undeniably sensual and visually ravishing, but the film's narrative lacks the hypnotic pull of its imagery.
Synopsis: A Japanese model (Vivian Wu) who likes lovers to adorn her body with calligraphy falls for an erotic Englishman (Ewan... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#90

Sade (2000)
67%

#90
Adjusted Score: 66476%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Marquis de Sade (Daniel Auteuil) spends the closing months of the French Revolution in a cushy prison where he... [More]
Directed By: Benoît Jacquot

#89

The Night Porter (1974)
66%

#89
Adjusted Score: 67955%
Critics Consensus: The Night Porter's salaciousness gives its exploration of historical trauma a bitter aftertaste, but audiences seeking provocation are unlikely to forget the sting of this erotic drama.
Synopsis: A Nazi death-camp sadomasochist (Dirk Bogarde) and a woman (Charlotte Rampling) he abused meet again in 1957 Vienna.... [More]
Directed By: Liliana Cavani

#88
Adjusted Score: 66859%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two young girls turn their after-school hangouts into group hook-ups and start a swinging party craze in their school.... [More]
Directed By: Eva Husson

#87

The Devils (1971)
67%

#87
Adjusted Score: 69354%
Critics Consensus: Grimly stylish, Ken Russell's baroque opus is both provocative and persuasive in its contention that the greatest blasphemy is the leveraging of faith for power.
Synopsis: A priest (Oliver Reed), a nun (Vanessa Redgrave) and an exorcist mix politics and sexual hysteria in 17th-century France.... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#86

American Gigolo (1980)
68%

#86
Adjusted Score: 70263%
Critics Consensus: While Paul Schrader's clinical direction and Richard Gere's muted performance don't stir much passion, American Gigolo succeeds as a stylish character study.
Synopsis: A professional Beverly Hills escort (Richard Gere) falls in love with a big shot's wife (Lauren Hutton) and winds up... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#85

Shortbus (2006)
68%

#85
Adjusted Score: 71580%
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: Sexual tensions collide in a collection of intertwined stories involving residents (Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish) of New York.... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#84

Lolita (1997)
68%

#84
Adjusted Score: 69049%
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: Urbane professor Humbert Humbert (Jeremy Irons) marries a New England widow (Melanie Griffith) to be near her nymphet daughter.... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#83

Lila Says (2004)
68%

#83
Adjusted Score: 67686%
Critics Consensus: Lila Says is a vibrantly told coming-of-age story, helped by the sultry charisma of Giocante.
Synopsis: A 16-year-old temptress (Vahina Giocante) puts the moves on a shy Arab student (Mohammed Khouas) whose friend (Karim Ben Haddou)... [More]
Directed By: Ziad Doueiri

#82

Frank & Lola (2016)
69%

#82
Adjusted Score: 70169%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: On Halloween night, Frank, a chef at a restaurant, falls in love with Lola, a mysterious girl who's new in... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Ross

#81

X (2011)
70%

#81
Adjusted Score: 59753%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A veteran prostitute (Viva Bianca) and a rookie hooker (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) are in for one nightmarish night after a... [More]
Directed By: Jon Hewitt

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 67965%
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: A former mental patient (Antonio Banderas) in Spain finds his porno-star dream girl (Victoria Abril) and ties her to her... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#79

Double Lover (2017)
70%

#79
Adjusted Score: 74870%
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 but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#78

Kissed (1996)
70%

#78
Adjusted Score: 70641%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man (Peter Outerbridge) tries to help his girlfriend (Molly Parker), who works at a funeral parlor, overcome necrophilia.... [More]
Directed By: Lynne Stopkewich

#77

Sex and Lucia (2001)
71%

#77
Adjusted Score: 72747%
Critics Consensus: Beneath the gratuitous nudity lies a complex and visually striking movie.
Synopsis: After the death of her boyfriend (Tristán Ulloa), a waitress (Paz Vega) travels to an island and meets two people... [More]
Directed By: Julio Medem

#76

Suntan (2016)
73%

#76
Adjusted Score: 73578%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A middle-aged doctor on a Greek island becomes obsessed with a young tourist when she lets him tag along with... [More]

#75

Lust, Caution (2007)
72%

#75
Adjusted Score: 77339%
Critics Consensus: Ang Lee's Lust, Caution is a tense, sensual and beautifully-shot espionage film.
Synopsis: During World War II a secret agent (Tang Wei) in Shanghai must seduce and assassinate an official (Tony Leung Chiu... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#74

The Hot Spot (1990)
73%

#74
Adjusted Score: 74570%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two women (Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly) and a bank tempt a drifter (Don Johnson) working in a Texas used-car lot.... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Hopper

#73

High Art (1998)
76%

#73
Adjusted Score: 77648%
Critics Consensus: A surprisingly sultry performance from Ally Sheedy elevates High Art from pretentious melodrama to compelling -- if still a little pretentious -- romance.
Synopsis: A young woman (Radha Mitchell) falls in love with her neighbor (Ally Sheedy), a lesbian with a heroin-addicted girlfriend (Patricia... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 75999%
Critics Consensus: Though it makes for rather unpleasant viewing, The Piano Teacher is a riveting and powerful psychosexual drama.
Synopsis: A student (Benoît Magimel) falls for his professor (Isabelle Huppert), a woman who demands complete control and perverse sex.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Haneke

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 76452%
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: Isabelle (Marine Vacth), a 17-year-old student, loses her virginity during a quick holiday romance. When she returns home, she begins... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#70
Adjusted Score: 75181%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tragedy follows when a spurned woman (Ludivine Sagnier) seduces her former fiance's (Bernard Giraudeau) new male lover (Malik Zidi).... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#69

Sirens (1994)
74%

#69
Adjusted Score: 75768%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An English clergyman (Hugh Grant) and his wife (Tara Fitzgerald) are stirred by an artist (Sam Neill) and his house... [More]
Directed By: John Duigan

#68

We Are the Flesh (2016)
74%

#68
Adjusted Score: 75471%
Critics Consensus: Visually striking and aggressively confrontational, We are the Flesh may prove as difficult to watch as it ultimately is to forget.
Synopsis: After wandering a ruined city for years, two siblings enter a building and find a man who makes them a... [More]
Directed By: Emiliano Rocha Minter

#67

Obsession (1976)
73%

#67
Adjusted Score: 75756%
Critics Consensus: Obsession suffers in comparison to the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece that it mirrors, but director Brian De Palma's unique preoccupations give this thriller its own compulsive, twisted fingerprint.
Synopsis: A New Orleans businessman (Cliff Robertson) meets his dead wife's double (Geneviève Bujold) in Italy.... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#66
Adjusted Score: 79961%
Critics Consensus: Confidently campy and played with groovy conviction, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is an exuberant expression of both the hilarity and terror that comes with free love.
Synopsis: Three college singers (Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom) join a Hollywood scene of debauchery, drugs and rock 'n' roll.... [More]
Directed By: Russ Meyer

#65

Quills (2000)
75%

#65
Adjusted Score: 80200%
Critics Consensus: Though hard to watch, this film's disturbing exploration of freedom of expression is both seductive and thought-provoking.
Synopsis: A doctor and a priest (Joaquin Phoenix) clash over the appropriate treatment for the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush), whose... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#64

Besieged (1998)
75%

#64
Adjusted Score: 76763%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An African (Thandie Newton) whose husband is a political prisoner cleans house for a reclusive British pianist (David Thewlis) in... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#63

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
76%

#63
Adjusted Score: 83190%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
Synopsis: A doctor (Tom Cruise) explores his relationship with his wife (Nicole Kidman) by delving into a sensual underworld.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#62

Pola X (1999)
76%

#62
Adjusted Score: 76229%
Critics Consensus: Boldly transgressive, ambitious, and undeniably flawed, Pola X overcomes its stumbles with palpable passion.
Synopsis: A writer (Guillaume Depardieu) leaves his upper-class life and journeys with a woman (Yekaterina Golubeva) claiming to be his sister,... [More]
Directed By: Leos Carax

#61

Betty Blue (1986)
78%

#61
Adjusted Score: 79349%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A would-be writer (Jean-Hugues Anglade) falls for an unpredictable woman (Béatrice Dalle), then he slowly realizes that she is going... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Beineix

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 79194%
Critics Consensus: More complicated than your average bodice ripper, Catherine Breillat's Last Mistress features beautiful costumes, wrought romances, and a feral performance from Argento.
Synopsis: A notorious libertine (Fu'ad Ait Aatou) continues his longtime affair with a Spanish woman (Asia Argento) even after marrying a... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#59

Fatal Attraction (1987)
76%

#59
Adjusted Score: 79966%
Critics Consensus: A potboiler in the finest sense, Fatal Attraction is a sultry, juicy thriller that's hard to look away from once it gets going.
Synopsis: A New York lawyer (Michael Douglas) with a wife (Anne Archer) and daughter sleeps with a client (Glenn Close) whose... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#58

Secretary (2002)
77%

#58
Adjusted Score: 81134%
Critics Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal impresses in this romantic comedy with a kinky twist.
Synopsis: After checking out of a mental institution, a woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) works for an attorney (James Spader) who shares her... [More]
Directed By: Steven Shainberg

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 85707%
Critics Consensus: Darkly funny, fearlessly bold, and thoroughly indulgent, Nymphomaniac finds Lars von Trier provoking viewers with customary abandon.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Lars von Trier

#56

Come Undone (2000)
77%

#56
Adjusted Score: 77526%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An 18-year-old (Jeremie Elkaim) spending the summer at his mother's house in Brittany falls in love with a man (Stéphane... [More]
Directed By: Sébastien Lifshitz

#55

The Isle (2000)
78%

#55
Adjusted Score: 77770%
Critics Consensus: A compelling and oddly haunting combination of brutal and beautiful imagery.
Synopsis: A man (Seo Jeong) becomes violently obsessive about the woman (Kim Yu-seok) who saved him from committing suicide.... [More]
Directed By: Kim Ki-duk

#54

Lady Chatterley (2006)
77%

#54
Adjusted Score: 78681%
Critics Consensus: Tasteful, poetic, yet sexually forthright, Lady Chatterley skillfully translates its source novel's high-art erotica onto the big screen.
Synopsis: Married to a crippled nobleman, a woman (Marina Hands) finds passion and comfort in the arms of her husband's gamekeeper.... [More]
Directed By: Pascale Ferran

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 77138%
Critics Consensus: The Wayward Cloud may baffle more literally minded viewers, but its surreal pleasures will resonate with fans of thoroughly unique cinema.
Synopsis: Hsiao-Kang reunites with Shiang-chyi during a water shortage.... [More]
Directed By: Ming-liang Tsai

#52

Damage (1992)
78%

#52
Adjusted Score: 79505%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An English politician (Jeremy Irons) embarks on a catastrophic affair with his son's girlfriend (Juliette Binoche).... [More]
Directed By: Louis Malle

#51

Body Double (1984)
76%

#51
Adjusted Score: 78782%
Critics Consensus: Exemplifying Brian De Palma's filmmaking bravura and polarizing taste, Body Double is a salacious love letter to moviemaking.
Synopsis: An actor (Craig Wasson) house-sits a friend's (Gregg Henry) Hollywood home and sees a woman murdered next door.... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#50

The Mother (2003)
78%

#50
Adjusted Score: 80336%
Critics Consensus: Reid gives a fearless, realistic performance in depicting an older woman's sexual blossoming.
Synopsis: After her husband's death, an older woman (Anne Reid) develops an attraction to her daughter's lover (Daniel Craig).... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#49

Bluebeard (2009)
79%

#49
Adjusted Score: 78519%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two sisters read the tale of a girl (Lola Créton) who becomes the latest wife of a frightening aristocrat (Dominique... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#48

Sea of Love (1989)
76%

#48
Adjusted Score: 77108%
Critics Consensus: Moody and steadily alluring, Sea of Love benefits immeasurably from the window-fogging chemistry between Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino.
Synopsis: Two New York detectives (Al Pacino, John Goodman) bait a lonely hearts killer; one of them falls for a suspect... [More]
Directed By: Harold Becker

#47

Angel Heart (1987)
79%

#47
Adjusted Score: 81256%
Critics Consensus: Angel Heart lures viewers into its disturbing, brutal mystery with authentic noir flair and a palpably hypnotic mood.
Synopsis: A satanic figure (Robert De Niro) sends a private eye (Mickey Rourke) to 1955 New Orleans, home of a voodoo... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#46
Adjusted Score: 79726%
Critics Consensus: A whimsically engaging sex comedy.
Synopsis: Down on his luck, an unemployed man (Koji Yakusho) meets a bizarre woman (Misa Shimizu) whose body gushes water whenever... [More]
Directed By: Shôhei Imamura

#45

Shame (2011)
79%

#45
Adjusted Score: 86689%
Critics Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.
Synopsis: The arrival of his needy sister (Carey Mulligan) forces a man (Michael Fassbender) to confront his sex addiction out in... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen

#44

Never Forever (2007)
80%

#44
Adjusted Score: 68534%
Critics Consensus: Smartly constructed by writer-director Gina Kim and brought to life by a strong cast led by Vera Farmiga, Never Forever is an unexpectedly engaging melodrama.
Synopsis: An affair with an immigrant worker allows a woman to find her true self.... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jina

#43

Live Flesh (1997)
81%

#43
Adjusted Score: 82131%
Critics Consensus: Live Flesh surveys the fallout from an act of violence with a mature melodrama that sees Pedro Almodóvar working in surprisingly restrained form.
Synopsis: A single gunshot shapes the fate of several Spaniards (Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri, Liberto Rabal) over the course of years... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#42

Red White & Blue (2010)
81%

#42
Adjusted Score: 80039%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Erica is emotionless and jumps into bed with any man she meets, until she discovers the kindness of strangers.... [More]
Directed By: Simon Rumley

#41
Adjusted Score: 80936%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Children grow up to be teen lovers (Najwa Nimri, Fele Martínez) when fate unites one's father with the other's mother.... [More]
Directed By: Julio Medem

#40

Women in Love (1969)
83%

#40
Adjusted Score: 84714%
Critics Consensus: A quartet of nuanced performances and Ken Russell's off-kilter direction brings D.H. Lawrence's battle of the sexes to tactile life.
Synopsis: An adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's controversial novel of two sisters in 1920s England and their complex relationships.... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#39

Thirst (2009)
80%

#39
Adjusted Score: 83742%
Critics Consensus: The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.
Synopsis: Infected with a deadly virus, a priest (Song Kang-ho) becomes a vampire after receiving a transfusion of unknown blood.... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#38

I Am Love (2009)
81%

#38
Adjusted Score: 84355%
Critics Consensus: It stumbles into melodrama, but I Am Love backs up its flamboyance with tremendous visual style and a marvelous central performance from Tilda Swinton.
Synopsis: After discovering a secret about her daughter, a woman (Tilda Swinton) has a liberating affair with her son's business partner... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#37

Somersault (2004)
84%

#37
Adjusted Score: 84497%
Critics Consensus: A poignant coming-of-age tale marked by a breakout lead performance from Abbie Cornish and a successful directorial debut from Cate Shortland.
Synopsis: Starved of affection, a teenager uses short-lived sexual encounters for the physical and emotional contact she craves.... [More]
Directed By: Cate Shortland

#36

Swimming Pool (2003)
83%

#36
Adjusted Score: 87949%
Critics Consensus: A sensual thriller with two engaging performers demanding our undivided attention.
Synopsis: A British novelist (Charlotte Rampling) clashes with her publisher's (Charles Dance) wild daughter (Ludivine Sagnier) while they stay at his... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#35

Dressed to Kill (1980)
81%

#35
Adjusted Score: 85713%
Critics Consensus: With arresting visuals and an engrossingly lurid mystery, Dressed to Kill stylishly encapsulates writer-director Brian De Palma's signature strengths.
Synopsis: A psychiatrist (Michael Caine), a prostitute (Nancy Allen) and the son of a slain woman (Angie Dickinson) seek a Manhattan... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#34

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
83%

#34
Adjusted Score: 90125%
Critics Consensus: David Lynch's dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmirizing performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood.
Synopsis: An actress (Naomi Watts) goes to Los Angeles to audition for a director (Justin Theroux) and falls into a conspiracy... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#33
Adjusted Score: 85724%
Critics Consensus: Exploring sexual mores against the backdrop of real-life social upheaval, The Unbearable Lightness of Being artfully blends the political and the erotic.
Synopsis: A Czech surgeon (Daniel Day-Lewis), his wife (Juliette Binoche) and his mistress (Lena Olin) form a triangle during the 1968... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 87509%
Critics Consensus: Naturalistic but evocative, Last Tango in Paris is a vivid exploration of pain, love, and sex featuring a typically towering Marlon Brando performance.
Synopsis: An American expatriate (Marlon Brando) looks for an apartment in Paris and finds a sex partner (Maria Schneider).... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#31

Under the Skin (2013)
84%

#31
Adjusted Score: 96569%
Critics Consensus: Its message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.
Synopsis: Disguising herself as a human female, an extraterrestrial (Scarlett Johansson) drives around Scotland and tries to lure unsuspecting men into... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer

#30
Adjusted Score: 87130%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Two people (Nathalie Baye, Sergi López) meet through a personal ad and begin a sexual relationship, but they have trouble... [More]

#29

The Untamed (2016)
86%

#29
Adjusted Score: 88786%
Critics Consensus: The Untamed attempts some ambitious tonal juggling between fantastical and disturbing -- and draws viewers in with its slippery, inexorable pull.
Synopsis: A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned... [More]
Directed By: Amat Escalante

#28
Adjusted Score: 90201%
Critics Consensus: Sexual taboos are broken and boundaries crossed In the Realm of the Senses, a fearlessly provocative psychosexual tale.
Synopsis: A former prostitute (Eiko Matsuda), now working as a servant, begins a torrid affair with her married employer (Tatsuya Fuji).... [More]
Directed By: Nagisa Ôshima

#27
Adjusted Score: 94516%
Critics Consensus: Professor Marston & The Wonder Women winds a lasso of cinematic truth around a fascinating fact-based tale with strong performances from its three stars.
Synopsis: Inspired by his wife and lover, Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston creates one of the greatest female... [More]
Directed By: Angela Robinson

#26

Blue Valentine (2010)
86%

#26
Adjusted Score: 93463%
Critics Consensus: This emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks isn't always easy to watch, but Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.
Synopsis: A couple (Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams) find that they are powerless to stop the downward spiral of their marriage.... [More]
Directed By: Derek Cianfrance

#25

Bound (1996)
89%

#25
Adjusted Score: 91724%
Critics Consensus: Bound's more titillating elements attracted attention, but it's the stylish direction, solid performances, and entertaining neo-noir caper plot that make it worth a watch.
Synopsis: A mobster's (Joe Pantoliano) disgruntled girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) steals $2 million from him with the help of her lesbian lover... [More]

#24
Adjusted Score: 89175%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: The wife (Helen Mirren) of a gangster (Michael Gambon) meets her lover in a chef's (Richard Bohringer) French restaurant, but... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#23

Venus in Fur (2013)
88%

#23
Adjusted Score: 93202%
Critics Consensus: Provocative, funny, and brilliantly acted, Venus in Fur finds Roman Polanski in top late-period form.
Synopsis: An enigmatic actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) may have a hidden agenda when she auditions for a part in a misogynistic writer's... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 97365%
Critics Consensus: Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense, Blue Is the Warmest Color offers some of modern cinema's most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.
Synopsis: A French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) forms a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student (Léa Seydoux) she... [More]
Directed By: Abdellatif Kechiche

#21

The Blue Room (2014)
89%

#21
Adjusted Score: 91187%
Critics Consensus: The Blue Room proves a sobering study of the dark side of human nature, as well as a coolly assured directorial effort from star and co-writer Mathieu Amalric.
Synopsis: Following an adulterous tryst, a man (Mathieu Amalric) finds himself under investigation for an unknown crime.... [More]
Directed By: Mathieu Amalric

#20

A Bigger Splash (2015)
89%

#20
Adjusted Score: 97502%
Critics Consensus: Absorbing, visually arresting, and powerfully acted by an immensely talented cast, A Bigger Splash offers sumptuously soapy delights for fans of psychological adult drama.
Synopsis: While vacationing on a Sicilian island with her boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts), a rock star (Tilda Swinton) receives an unexpected visit... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#19

The Sessions (2012)
91%

#19
Adjusted Score: 100170%
Critics Consensus: Tender, funny, and touching, The Sessions provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it's possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex.
Synopsis: Confined to an iron lung, writer Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) consults a sex therapist (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.... [More]
Directed By: Ben Lewin

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 97253%
Critics Consensus: A road movie that's not only sexy, but intelligent as well.
Synopsis: Tension and jealousy build between two friends (Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna) while they take a road trip with a... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#17

The Piano (1993)
90%

#17
Adjusted Score: 95974%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Holly Hunter's main performance, The Piano is a truth-seeking romance played in the key of erotic passion.
Synopsis: The mute wife (Holly Hunter) of a settler (Sam Neill) teaches her lover (Harvey Keitel) to play the piano in... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#16

Lolita (1962)
91%

#16
Adjusted Score: 94606%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's Lolita adapts its seemingly unadaptable source material with a sly comedic touch and a sterling performance by James Mason that transforms the controversial novel into something refreshingly new without sacrificing its essential edge.
Synopsis: Professor Humbert Humbert (James Mason) marries a widow (Shelley Winters) to be near her nymphet daughter (Sue Lyon).... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 95143%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.
Synopsis: Former lovers, a marquise (Glenn Close) and a viscount (John Malkovich), pass the time in decadent games of destruction in... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#14

Blue Velvet (1986)
93%

#14
Adjusted Score: 101502%
Critics Consensus: If audiences walk away from this subversive, surreal shocker not fully understanding the story, they might also walk away with a deeper perception of the potential of film storytelling.
Synopsis: A young man (Kyle MacLachlan) ties the mystery of a severed ear to a roadhouse floozy (Isabella Rossellini) and her... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 97573%
Critics Consensus: Like Body Heat, The Last Seduction updates film noir techniques for a modern era, imbuing this erotic film with '90s snark.
Synopsis: An insurance executive (Linda Fiorentino) skips town with drug money and stops at nothing to get what she wants.... [More]
Directed By: John Dahl

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 97194%
Critics Consensus: Sexy, smart, and darkly humorous, Stranger by the Lake offers rewarding viewing for adult filmgoers in search of thought-provoking drama.
Synopsis: Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man.... [More]
Directed By: Alain Guiraudie

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 98378%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, sensual, and smart, The Duke of Burgundy proves that erotic cinema can have genuine substance.
Synopsis: Two entomologists (Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna) play ritual games of dominance and subservience.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Strickland

#10

Weekend (2011)
95%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97628%
Critics Consensus: It may be a chamber piece but Weekend's revelations on modern sexuality expand far beyond the modest setting.
Synopsis: A gay man's (Tom Cullen) weekend-long encounter with an artist (Chris New) changes his life in unexpected ways.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#9

The Handmaiden (2016)
95%

#9
Adjusted Score: 105412%
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.
Synopsis: With help from an orphaned pickpocket (Kim Tae-ri), a Korean con man (Ha Jung-woo) devises an elaborate plot to seduce... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 112088%
Critics Consensus: Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
Synopsis: In 1983 Italy, a precocious 17-year-old and a young doctoral student discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 100470%
Critics Consensus: In his feature directorial debut, Steven Soderbergh demonstrates a mastery of his craft well beyond his years, pulling together an outstanding cast and an intelligent script for a nuanced, mature film about neurosis and human sexuality.
Synopsis: An impotent man (James Spader) with a video camera visits a yuppie lawyer (Peter Gallagher) who has both a wife... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 101387%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A secret day job as a prostitute allows a French surgeon's (Jean Sorel) bored wife (Catherine Deneuve) to live out... [More]
Directed By: Luis Buñuel

#5

Nina Forever (2015)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94859%
Critics Consensus: Nina Forever tests the limits of the rom-com with a decidedly unorthodox triangle that's as diabolically original as it is daringly dark.
Synopsis: After his girlfriend Nina dies, Rob falls in love with Holly. The new relationship faces a huge challenge when Nina... [More]
Directed By: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine

#4

Exotica (1994)
97%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97869%
Critics Consensus: Exotica simmers with sex and obsession, while successfully doubling as an extreme character study.
Synopsis: A tax inspector (Bruce Greenwood) becomes obsessed with a stripper (Mia Kirshner) not getting along with her boyfriend.... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#3

Body Heat (1981)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100866%
Critics Consensus: Made from classic noir ingredients and flavored with a heaping helping of steamy modern spice, Body Heat more than lives up to its evocative title.
Synopsis: A socialite (Kathleen Turner) lures a chump Florida lawyer (William Hurt) to plot the perfect murder of her husband (Richard... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#2
Adjusted Score: 98405%
Critics Consensus: Smart and utterly original, The Draughtsman's Contract is a period piece that marks the further maturation of a writer-director with a thrillingly unique vision.
Synopsis: An artist (Anthony Higgins) trades 12 drawings for sex with the mistress (Janet Suzman) of a 17th-century English estate.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#1

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101954%
Critics Consensus: A sensual and hypnotic masterpiece, La Belle Noiseuse luxuriates in its four-hour run time while holding audience attention.
Synopsis: A young model (Jane Birkin) replacing his wife (Emmanuelle Béart) inspires a tired painter (Michel Piccoli) to pick up a... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Rivette

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