200 Erotic Movies Ranked Worst to Best

#100

Kaboom (2010)
60%

#100
Adjusted Score: 63518%
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: Smith (Thomas Dekker), a typical young college student who likes partying and engaging in acts of random sex and debauchery,... [More]
Directed By: Gregg Araki

#99

Henry & June (1990)
64%

#99
Adjusted Score: 63907%
Critics Consensus: Henry & June celebrates sensuality and passion, though the portentous filmmaking drags it down by a large degree.
Synopsis: A literary love triangle is explored in this film, which was the first to earn an NC-17 rating. While traveling... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#98

Young Adam (2003)
62%

#98
Adjusted Score: 65869%
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: 65009%
Critics Consensus: Wild Things is a delightfully salacious, flesh-exposed romp that also requires a high degree of love for trash cinema.
Synopsis: When teen debutante Kelly (Denise Richards) fails to attract the attention of her hunky guidance counselor, Sam (Matt Dillon), she... [More]
Directed By: John McNaughton

#96
Adjusted Score: 54201%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Gustav Machatý

#95

The Beast (1975)
68%

#95
Adjusted Score: 68463%
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: 66296%
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: 65940%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the wake of Jamaican emancipation, French colonist Annette Cosway (Rachel Ward) falls into poverty and marries racist Englishman Paul... [More]
Directed By: John Duigan

#92

Intimacy (2001)
66%

#92
Adjusted Score: 66894%
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: 68866%
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: 66138%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 1794. The Revolution has entered the bloodiest phase of the Terror, and the Marquis de Sade is once again in... [More]
Directed By: Benoît Jacquot

#89

The Night Porter (1974)
66%

#89
Adjusted Score: 67380%
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: 67394%
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: 68551%
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: In 17th-century France, Father Grandier (Oliver Reed) is a priest whose unorthodox views on sex and religion influence a passionate... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#86

American Gigolo (1980)
68%

#86
Adjusted Score: 69674%
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: Julian (Richard Gere), a gigolo, commands high prices for his services, living a lavish if emotionally unattached lifestyle under the... [More]
Directed By: Paul Schrader

#85

Shortbus (2006)
68%

#85
Adjusted Score: 72080%
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: John Cameron Mitchell's SHORTBUS explores the lives of several emotionally challenged characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections... [More]
Directed By: John Cameron Mitchell

#84

Lolita (1997)
68%

#84
Adjusted Score: 68077%
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: 67654%
Critics Consensus: Lila Says is a vibrantly told coming-of-age story, helped by the sultry charisma of Giocante.
Synopsis: Chimo (Mohammed Khouas), age 19, lives with his mother. Rather than taking advantage of a Paris writing school scholarship, the... [More]
Directed By: Ziad Doueiri

#82

Frank & Lola (2016)
69%

#82
Adjusted Score: 70793%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Frank is a brooding Las Vegas chef who has always focused his energy into his culinary talents, until he meets... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Ross

#81

X (2011)
70%

#81
Adjusted Score: 70570%
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: 67608%
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: Newly released from a mental institution, Ricky (Antonio Banderas) heads straight for a reunion with the love of his life,... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#79

Double Lover (2017)
70%

#79
Adjusted Score: 74811%
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: 70433%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Teenager Sandra (Molly Parker) is obsessed with death, so much so that after wandering into a funeral home she wishes... [More]
Directed By: Lynne Stopkewich

#77

Sex and Lucia (2001)
71%

#77
Adjusted Score: 72654%
Critics Consensus: Beneath the gratuitous nudity lies a complex and visually striking movie.
Synopsis: After learning that her boyfriend, Lorenzo (Tristán Ulloa), a talented but troubled writer, may have committed suicide, the beautiful Lucía... [More]
Directed By: Julio Medem

#76

Suntan (2016)
73%

#76
Adjusted Score: 74355%
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: 78086%
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) must seduce, then assassinate an official (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) who... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#74

The Hot Spot (1990)
73%

#74
Adjusted Score: 74263%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Harry Madox (Don Johnson) is a drifter who settles into a small Texas town, taking a job at a used... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Hopper

#73

High Art (1998)
76%

#73
Adjusted Score: 77169%
Critics Consensus: A surprisingly sultry performance from Ally Sheedy elevates High Art from pretentious melodrama to compelling -- if still a little pretentious -- romance.
Synopsis: Syd (Radha Mitchell), a low-level editor at a photography magazine eager to establish herself, discovers her neighbor is the once-celebrated... [More]
Directed By: Lisa Cholodenko

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 75377%
Critics Consensus: Though it makes for rather unpleasant viewing, The Piano Teacher is a riveting and powerful psychosexual drama.
Synopsis: Erika Kohut teaches piano at the Conservatory in Vienna. In her early forties, she lives at home, cooped up with... [More]
Directed By: Michael Haneke

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 75947%
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: 75062%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Germany, the '70s. Leopold, a smug, still-hunky 50-year-old businessman, picks up and seduces fresh-faced, carrot-topped 19-year old Franz who swiftly... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#69

Sirens (1994)
74%

#69
Adjusted Score: 75454%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1930s Australia, Anglican clergyman Anthony Campion (Hugh Grant) and his prim wife, Estella (Tara Fitzgerald), are asked to visit... [More]
Directed By: John Duigan

#68

We Are the Flesh (2016)
74%

#68
Adjusted Score: 76691%
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: 74915%
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: Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) is a husband and father whose wife, Elizabeth (Geneviève Bujold), and daughter, Amy (Wanda Blackman), have... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#66
Adjusted Score: 78627%
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: 79583%
Critics Consensus: Though hard to watch, this film's disturbing exploration of freedom of expression is both seductive and thought-provoking.
Synopsis: A fictional work that reconstructs the unknown fate of the Marquis de Sade, the writer and sexual deviant who was... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#64

Besieged (1998)
75%

#64
Adjusted Score: 77104%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Mild-mannered composer Jason Kinsky (David Thewlis) hires Shandurai (Thandie Newton), a medical student and recent immigrant from Africa, to work... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#63

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
76%

#63
Adjusted Score: 82227%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
Synopsis: After Dr. Bill Hartford's (Tom Cruise) wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met,... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#62

Pola X (1999)
76%

#62
Adjusted Score: 76286%
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: 77229%
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: 82694%
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: After notorious libertine Ryno de Marigny (Fu'ad Ait Aatou) wins the hand of Hermangarde (Roxane Mesquida), the most marriageable young... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#59

Fatal Attraction (1987)
76%

#59
Adjusted Score: 79184%
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: For Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas), life is good. He is on the rise at his New York law firm, is... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#58

Secretary (2002)
77%

#58
Adjusted Score: 81991%
Critics Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal impresses in this romantic comedy with a kinky twist.
Synopsis: Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released into the care of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Shainberg

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 84535%
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: 77391%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both... [More]
Directed By: Sébastien Lifshitz

#55

The Isle (2000)
78%

#55
Adjusted Score: 77365%
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: 79117%
Critics Consensus: Tasteful, poetic, yet sexually forthright, Lady Chatterley skillfully translates its source novel's high-art erotica onto the big screen.
Synopsis: Young and beautiful Lady Constance Chatterley (Marina Hands) lives a life of comfort on the lavish estate owned by her... [More]
Directed By: Pascale Ferran

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 77206%
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: 78487%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Upper-crust British politician Stephen (Jeremy Irons) is in a dull but stable marriage with Ingrid (Miranda Richardson). When Stephen meets... [More]
Directed By: Louis Malle

#51

Body Double (1984)
76%

#51
Adjusted Score: 78232%
Critics Consensus: Exemplifying Brian De Palma's filmmaking bravura and polarizing taste, Body Double is a salacious love letter to moviemaking.
Synopsis: After losing an acting role and his girlfriend, Jake Scully (Craig Wasson) finally catches a break: he gets offered a... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#50

The Mother (2003)
78%

#50
Adjusted Score: 80574%
Critics Consensus: Reid gives a fearless, realistic performance in depicting an older woman's sexual blossoming.
Synopsis: May (Anne Reid) is a middle-aged grandmother who lives in Northern England with her husband, Toots (Peter Vaughan). When Toots... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#49

Bluebeard (2009)
79%

#49
Adjusted Score: 78615%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Anne (Daphné Baiwir) reads her younger sister, Marie-Catherine (Lola Créton), the story of Bluebeard. In 17th-century France, another set of... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#48

Sea of Love (1989)
76%

#48
Adjusted Score: 76813%
Critics Consensus: Moody and steadily alluring, Sea of Love benefits immeasurably from the window-fogging chemistry between Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino.
Synopsis: Troubled New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) investigates a serial killer who finds victims using personal ads in... [More]
Directed By: Harold Becker

#47

Angel Heart (1987)
80%

#47
Adjusted Score: 81880%
Critics Consensus: Angel Heart lures viewers into its disturbing, brutal mystery with authentic noir flair and a palpably hypnotic mood.
Synopsis: Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is a private detective contracted by Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to track down the iconic... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#46
Adjusted Score: 80706%
Critics Consensus: A whimsically engaging sex comedy.
Synopsis: Stars Koji Yakusho as a Tokyo businessman whose company has recently gone bankrupt, leaving him unemployed. Estranged from his wife... [More]
Directed By: Shôhei Imamura

#45

Shame (2011)
79%

#45
Adjusted Score: 87680%
Critics Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.
Synopsis: Successful and handsome New Yorker Brandon (Michael Fassbender) seems to live an ordinary life, but he hides a terrible secret... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen

#44

Never Forever (2007)
80%

#44
Adjusted Score: 71737%
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: 82140%
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: Victor (Liberto Rabal) goes to meet Elena (Francesca Neri) for a date. Elena, uninterested, tells Victor to leave the apartment... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#42

Red White & Blue (2010)
81%

#42
Adjusted Score: 80120%
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: 81746%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: As young children, Otto (Fele Martínez) and Ana (Najwa Nimri) become best friends, leading to the marriage of Ana's mother,... [More]
Directed By: Julio Medem

#40

Women in Love (1969)
83%

#40
Adjusted Score: 83773%
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: Close friends Rupert Birkin (Alan Bates) and Gerald Crich (Oliver Reed) begin romances with siblings Ursula (Jennie Linden) and Gudrun... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#39

Thirst (2009)
80%

#39
Adjusted Score: 84279%
Critics Consensus: The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.
Synopsis: Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), a respected priest, volunteers for an experimental procedure that may lead to a cure for a deadly... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#38

I Am Love (2009)
81%

#38
Adjusted Score: 84728%
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: At a dinner -- during which her husband, Tancredi (Pippo Delbono), learns that he and his son Edoardo Recchi Jr.... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#37

Somersault (2004)
84%

#37
Adjusted Score: 85039%
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: Australian teenager Heidi (Abbie Cornish) is left with little choice but to leave home after she's caught red-handed with her... [More]
Directed By: Cate Shortland

#36

Swimming Pool (2003)
83%

#36
Adjusted Score: 88047%
Critics Consensus: A sensual thriller with two engaging performers demanding our undivided attention.
Synopsis: When uptight British writer Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling) has difficulty with her new detective novel, her publisher, John Bosload (Charles... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#35

Dressed to Kill (1980)
81%

#35
Adjusted Score: 84566%
Critics Consensus: With arresting visuals and an engrossingly lurid mystery, Dressed to Kill stylishly encapsulates writer-director Brian De Palma's signature strengths.
Synopsis: When Liz Blake (Nancy Allen), a prostitute, sees a mysterious woman brutally slay homemaker Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson), she finds... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#34

Mulholland Dr. (2001)
84%

#34
Adjusted Score: 90299%
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: A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#33
Adjusted Score: 85329%
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: Successful surgeon Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza (Juliette Binoche), and brings... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 85976%
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: Distraught following his wife's suicide, American hotelier Paul (Marlon Brando) becomes transfixed by the beautiful younger Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider)... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#31

Under the Skin (2013)
84%

#31
Adjusted Score: 95071%
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: 86903%
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]
Directed By: Frédéric Fonteyne

#29

The Untamed (2016)
86%

#29
Adjusted Score: 90653%
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: 89033%
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: 99210%
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: If behind every great man is a great woman, then Harvard psychologist and inventor Dr. William Moulton Marston has the... [More]
Directed By: Angela Robinson

#26

Blue Valentine (2010)
86%

#26
Adjusted Score: 94133%
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: Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. To the casual observer, everything... [More]
Directed By: Derek Cianfrance

#25

Bound (1996)
90%

#25
Adjusted Score: 91422%
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: Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of... [More]

#24
Adjusted Score: 88173%
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: When churlish mobster Albert Spica (Michael Gambon) acquires an upscale French restaurant in London, he dines there nightly, effectively scaring... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#23

Venus in Fur (2013)
88%

#23
Adjusted Score: 92496%
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: 96045%
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: 90712%
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: 100235%
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: 99090%
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: Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career... [More]
Directed By: Ben Lewin

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 96270%
Critics Consensus: A road movie that's not only sexy, but intelligent as well.
Synopsis: The lives of Julio and Tenoch, like those of 17-year old boys everywhere, are ruled by raging hormones, intense friendships,... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#17

The Piano (1993)
91%

#17
Adjusted Score: 95202%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Holly Hunter's main performance, The Piano is a truth-seeking romance played in the key of erotic passion.
Synopsis: After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter) and her young daughter, Flora (Anna Paquin), are left... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#16

Lolita (1962)
91%

#16
Adjusted Score: 93738%
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: With a screenplay penned by the author himself, Stanley Kubrick brings Vladimir Nabokov's controversial tale of forbidden love to the... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 94685%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.
Synopsis: The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) display the petty jealousies and jaded insouciance... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#14

Blue Velvet (1986)
94%

#14
Adjusted Score: 100458%
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: College student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) returns home after his father has a stroke. When he discovers a severed ear... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 97038%
Critics Consensus: Like Body Heat, The Last Seduction updates film noir techniques for a modern era, imbuing this erotic film with '90s snark.
Synopsis: Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino) convinces her husband, Clay (Bill Pullman), to... [More]
Directed By: John Dahl

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 96604%
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: 97790%
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: 97994%
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: 108697%
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: 121498%
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: It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 99948%
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: Ann (Andie MacDowell) is trapped in a sexually and emotionally unfulfilled relationship with her husband, John (Peter Gallagher), a successful... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 99268%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre... [More]
Directed By: Luis Buñuel

#5

Nina Forever (2015)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 95394%
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: 97534%
Critics Consensus: Exotica simmers with sex and obsession, while successfully doubling as an extreme character study.
Synopsis: In the upscale Canadian strip club Exotica, Christina (Mia Kirshner) is the most popular dancer, and she's visited nightly by... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#3

Body Heat (1981)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100303%
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: Shyster lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt) begins a passionate affair with Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner), wife of a wealthy Florida... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#2
Adjusted Score: 97857%
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: Mr. Neville (Anthony Higgins), a brash young draftsman, is hired to make 12 landscape illustrations at the estate of Mr.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#1

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101277%
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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