200 Erotic Movies Ranked Worst to Best

#100

Kaboom (2011)
60%

#100
Adjusted Score: 62.758%
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: "Kaboom" is a hyper-stylized "Twin Peaks" for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous young cast. A wild, witty and sex-drenched... [More]
Directed By: Gregg Araki

#99

Henry & June (1990)
62%

#99
Adjusted Score: 62.75%
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

#98

Young Adam (2004)
62%

#98
Adjusted Score: 65.092%
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

#97

Wild Things (1998)
62%

#97
Adjusted Score: 64.926%
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

#96
Adjusted Score: 59.4%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Czechoslovakian director Gutav Machaty's experimental romantic idyll, replete with soggy symbolism, was a cause celebre upon its release in 1932... [More]
Directed By: Gustav Machatý

#95
#95
Adjusted Score: 68.56%
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

#94

Bitter Moon (1992)
65%

#94
Adjusted Score: 66.935%
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

#93
#93
Adjusted Score: 65.821%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This provocative and erotic drama is based on Jean Rhys novel and chronicles the life of Antoinette, the mysterious Creole... [More]
Directed By: John Duigan

#92

Intimacy (2001)
66%

#92
Adjusted Score: 67.698%
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

#91

The Pillow Book (1997)
67%

#91
Adjusted Score: 69.873%
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

#90

Sade (2000)
67%

#90
Adjusted Score: 67.249%
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

#89
Adjusted Score: 66.557%
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: 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

#88
Adjusted Score: 67.54%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their... [More]
Directed By: Eva Husson

#87

The Devils (1971)
67%

#87
Adjusted Score: 69.687%
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: The Devils was the Ken Russell film version of the controversial play by John Whiting. The story, based on Aldous... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#86

American Gigolo (1980)
68%

#86
Adjusted Score: 69.596%
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 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

#85

Shortbus (2006)
68%

#85
Adjusted Score: 71.954%
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

#84

Lolita (1997)
68%

#84
Adjusted Score: 68.793%
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

#83

Lila Says (2005)
68%

#83
Adjusted Score: 68.541%
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

#82

Frank & Lola (2016)
69%

#82
Adjusted Score: 69.797%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An obsessive Las Vegas chef (Michael Shannon) falls in love with a mysterious woman (Imogen Poots), but an act of... [More]

#81
#81
Adjusted Score: 50.104%
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

#80
Adjusted Score: 68.5%
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

#79
Adjusted Score: 73.822%
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

#78

Kissed (1997)
70%

#78
Adjusted Score: 70.434%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This offbeat outing offers a surprisingly sensitive and somewhat romantic portrait of a necrophiliac. Sandra has been infatuated with dead... [More]
Directed By: Lynne Stopkewich

#77

Sex and Lucia (2002)
71%

#77
Adjusted Score: 72.327%
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

#76

Suntan (2017)
72%

#76
Adjusted Score: 72.33%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: For middle-aged Kostis, life has passed him by. As the newly appointed doctor of a tiny island, Kostis spends a... [More]

#75

Lust, Caution (2007)
72%

#75
Adjusted Score: 76.619%
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

#74

The Hot Spot (1990)
70%

#74
Adjusted Score: 70.917%
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

#73

High Art (1998)
74%

#73
Adjusted Score: 75.961%
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

#72
Adjusted Score: 75.431%
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

#71
Adjusted Score: 75.612%
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

#70
Adjusted Score: 74.943%
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

#69

Sirens (1994)
74%

#69
Adjusted Score: 75.363%
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

#68
Adjusted Score: 75.155%
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 the end of the world, a young brother and sister roam an apocalyptic city looking for food and shelter.... [More]
Directed By:

#67

Obsession (1976)
73%

#67
Adjusted Score: 75.18%
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: Brian DePalma's spin on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo casts Cliff Robertson as widower Michael Courtland, who meets an enigmatic young woman... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#66
Adjusted Score: 77.979%
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: Roundly panned upon its first release, Russ Meyer's X-rated Beyond the Valley of the Dolls has gained a huge cult... [More]
Directed By: Russ Meyer

#65

Quills (2000)
75%

#65
Adjusted Score: 79.246%
Critics Consensus: Though hard to watch, this film's disturbing exploration of freedom of expression is both seductive and thought-provoking.
Synopsis: The Marquis de Sade was a man who liked to stir up trouble, at a time when his native France... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#64

Besieged (1999)
75%

#64
Adjusted Score: 76.456%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in the contrasting climates of a politically-charged Africa and the tranquil confines of an enchanting Roman villa, Besieged is... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#63

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
75%

#63
Adjusted Score: 82.084%
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

#62

Pola X (2000)
76%

#62
Adjusted Score: 76.041%
Critics Consensus: Boldly transgressive, ambitious, and undeniably flawed, Pola X overcomes its stumbles with palpable passion.
Synopsis: Eight years after Les Amants du Pont Neuf (1991), which failed at the box office, Léos Carax returned with Pola... [More]
Directed By: Leos Carax

#61
Adjusted Score: 78.752%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue stars Béatrice Dalle as the title character, a mentally unbalanced and sexually aggressive free spirit who... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Beineix

#60
Adjusted Score: 79.746%
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: Catherine Breillat's adaptation of An Old Mistress stars Fu'ad Ait Aatou as Ryno de Marigny, and Asia Argento as Vellini,... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#59

Fatal Attraction (1987)
76%

#59
Adjusted Score: 80.064%
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: "Fatal attraction" has become a household term for love turned to murderous obsession, thanks to the success of Adrian Lyne's... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#58

Secretary (2002)
76%

#58
Adjusted Score: 80.219%
Critics Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal impresses in this romantic comedy with a kinky twist.
Synopsis: Sadomasochism provides the backdrop for a very unusual employer/employee relationship in this very offbeat romantic drama from filmmaker Steven Shainberg.... [More]
Directed By: Steven Shainberg

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 83.853%
Critics Consensus: Darkly funny, fearlessly bold, and thoroughly indulgent, Nymphomaniac finds Lars von Trier provoking viewers with customary abandon.
Synopsis: NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an... [More]
Directed By: Lars von Trier

#56

Come Undone (2000)
77%

#56
Adjusted Score: 77.291%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The third collaboration between screenwriter Stephane Bouquet and writer/director Sebastien Lifshitz, Presque Rien is the story of a young French... [More]
Directed By: Sébastien Lifshitz

#55

The Isle (2000)
78%

#55
Adjusted Score: 78.499%
Critics Consensus: A compelling and oddly haunting combination of brutal and beautiful imagery.
Synopsis: Recalling both the erotic tension and the surrealist imagery of Woman of the Dunes, Kim Ki-duk's film is set near... [More]
Directed By: Kim Ki-duk

#54

Lady Chatterley (2007)
77%

#54
Adjusted Score: 79.287%
Critics Consensus: Tasteful, poetic, yet sexually forthright, Lady Chatterley skillfully translates its source novel's high-art erotica onto the big screen.
Synopsis: D.H. Lawrence's once-scandalous tale of a married woman who finds herself through an affair with another man is brought to... [More]
Directed By: Pascale Ferran

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 78.04%
Critics Consensus: The Wayward Cloud may baffle more literally minded viewers, but its surreal pleasures will resonate with fans of thoroughly unique cinema.
Synopsis: The subjects of love, sex, and lust in modern-day Taiwan are given a surreal, kaleidoscopic treatment in Tsai Ming-Liang's experimental... [More]
Directed By: Ming-liang Tsai

#52

Damage (1992)
78%

#52
Adjusted Score: 78.986%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted from Josephine Hart's spare novel by British screenwriter David Hare and French director Louis Malle, this brooding erotic drama... [More]
Directed By: Louis Malle

#51

Body Double (1984)
76%

#51
Adjusted Score: 78.144%
Critics Consensus: Exemplifying Brian De Palma's filmmaking bravura and polarizing taste, Body Double is a salacious love letter to moviemaking.
Synopsis: In Body Double, director Brian DePalma pays homage to the Alfred Hitchcock movies Vertigo and Rear Window, adding a few... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#50

The Mother (2004)
78%

#50
Adjusted Score: 80.003%
Critics Consensus: Reid gives a fearless, realistic performance in depicting an older woman's sexual blossoming.
Synopsis: May is an ordinary grandmother from the North of England. When her husband dies on a family visit to London,... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#49

Bluebeard (2010)
79%

#49
Adjusted Score: 79.312%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Controversial filmmaker Catherine Breillat puts a new spin on an ancient story in this multileveled drama. In France in the... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#48

Sea of Love (1989)
76%

#48
Adjusted Score: 77.629%
Critics Consensus: Moody and steadily alluring, Sea of Love benefits immeasurably from the window-fogging chemistry between Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino.
Synopsis: In this thriller, Al Pacino stars as Frank Keller, an alcoholic policeman in the depths of middle-age crisis. Frank begins... [More]
Directed By: Harold Becker

#47

Angel Heart (1987)
79%

#47
Adjusted Score: 80.72%
Critics Consensus: Angel Heart lures viewers into its disturbing, brutal mystery with authentic noir flair and a palpably hypnotic mood.
Synopsis: The time is the 1950s: seedy Brooklyn private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by shady Louis Cyphre (Robert... [More]
Directed By: Alan Parker

#46
Adjusted Score: 80.463%
Critics Consensus: A whimsically engaging sex comedy.
Synopsis: Koji Yakusho -- who starred in Shoshi Imamura's Unagi, along with virtually every Japanese indie film of note in the... [More]
Directed By: Shohei Imamura

#45

Shame (2011)
79%

#45
Adjusted Score: 86.017%
Critics Consensus: Boasting stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, Shame is a powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction.
Synopsis: Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction... [More]
Directed By: Steve McQueen (III)

#44

Never Forever (2007)
80%

#44
Adjusted Score: 61.16%
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: Korean filmmaker Gina Kim directed this erotic drama about a woman's dangerous response to her husband's fertility issues. The Departed's... [More]
Directed By: Gina Kim

#43
Adjusted Score: 82.703%
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: Pedro Almodovar's most mature and restrained film is a superbly structured melodrama about five people whose lives in modern Madrid... [More]
Directed By: Pedro Almodóvar

#42

Red White & Blue (2010)
81%

#42
Adjusted Score: 72.694%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Red, White and Blue is a powerful, visceral and oddly touching thriller/slash movie. It's also very sophisticated storytelling with temporal... [More]
Directed By: Simon Rumley

#41
Adjusted Score: 81.674%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Julio Medem directed this romantic Spanish drama with location scenes in Finland. School children Ana (Sara Valiente) and Otto (Peru... [More]
Directed By: Julio Medem

#40

Women in Love (1969)
83%

#40
Adjusted Score: 85.287%
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: Two sisters are courted by two very different men in the D. H. Lawrence classic Women In Love. Gudren (Glenda... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#39

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)
81%

#39
Adjusted Score: 84.229%
Critics Consensus: The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.
Synopsis: Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, and Kim Ok-bin star in Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's frightener concerning a priest whose life takes... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#38

I Am Love (2010)
81%

#38
Adjusted Score: 84.591%
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: This lavish, sprawling drama from filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has drawn numerous comparisons to the films of Luchino Visconti for the... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#37

Somersault (2004)
84%

#37
Adjusted Score: 85.244%
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: After making a misjudged advance towards her mother's boyfriend, 16-year-old Heidi flees her home for the small Australian ski town... [More]
Directed By: Cate Shortland

#36

Swimming Pool (2003)
83%

#36
Adjusted Score: 87.162%
Critics Consensus: A sensual thriller with two engaging performers demanding our undivided attention.
Synopsis: Sarah Morton is a famous British mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#35

Dressed to Kill (1980)
80%

#35
Adjusted Score: 84.193%
Critics Consensus: With arresting visuals and an engrossingly lurid mystery, Dressed to Kill stylishly encapsulates writer-director Brian De Palma's signature strengths.
Synopsis: In this stylish, violent thriller,an unhappy wife, Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson), meets a handsome man in a museum and goes... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#34

Mulholland Drive (2001)
83%

#34
Adjusted Score: 88.939%
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: Along Mulholland Drive nothing is what it seems. In the unreal universe of Los Angeles, the city bares its schizophrenic... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#33
Adjusted Score: 86.265%
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: In Philip Kaufman's surprisingly successful film adaptation of Czech author Milan Kundera's demanding 1984 best-seller, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Tomas,... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 87.818%
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: In Bernardo Bertolucci's art-house classic, Marlon Brando delivers one of his characteristically idiosyncratic performances as Paul, a middle-aged American in... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#31

Under the Skin (2014)
85%

#31
Adjusted Score: 95.011%
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: From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer

#30
Adjusted Score: 86.842%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this tantalizing drama, Nathalie Baye and Sergi Lopez give heartfelt performances as lovers who meet through a personal ad... [More]
Directed By: Frédéric Fonteyne

#29
Adjusted Score: 88.301%
Critics Consensus: The Untamed attempts some ambitious tonal juggling between fantastical and disturbing -- and draws viewers in with its slippery, inexorable pull.
Synopsis: Alejandra is a young mother and housewife who raises her children with her husband Angel in a small town. His... [More]
Directed By: Amat Escalante

#28
Adjusted Score: 89.404%
Critics Consensus: Sexual taboos are broken and boundaries crossed In the Realm of the Senses, a fearlessly provocative psychosexual tale.
Synopsis: Based upon a true incident in 1930s Japan, Nagisa Oshima's controversial film effectively skirts the borderline between pornography and art... [More]
Directed By: Nagisa Oshima

#27
Adjusted Score: 94.298%
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: In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist... [More]
Directed By: Angela Robinson

#26

Blue Valentine (2010)
87%

#26
Adjusted Score: 93.214%
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 complex portrait of a contemporary American marriage, "Blue Valentine" tells the story of David and Cindy, a couple who... [More]

#25

Bound (1996)
89%

#25
Adjusted Score: 90.962%
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: Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly nearly set the screen on fire in this clever, female-powered twist on the standard Mob... [More]

#24
Adjusted Score: 88.351%
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: This is probably Peter Greenaway's most famous (or infamous) film, which first shocked audiences at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#23

Venus in Fur (2014)
88%

#23
Adjusted Score: 92.153%
Critics Consensus: Provocative, funny, and brilliantly acted, Venus in Fur finds Roman Polanski in top late-period form.
Synopsis: Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's groundbreaking novella,... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 96.391%
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: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams... [More]
Directed By: Abdel Kechiche

#21
Adjusted Score: 92.435%
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: Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell... [More]
Directed By: Mathieu Amalric

#20

A Bigger Splash (2016)
90%

#20
Adjusted Score: 96.742%
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: In A BIGGER SPLASH, rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#19

The Sessions (2012)
91%

#19
Adjusted Score: 98.484%
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: Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of... [More]
Directed By: Ben Lewin

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 96.358%
Critics Consensus: A road movie that's not only sexy, but intelligent as well.
Synopsis: Alfonso Cuarón directed and co-wrote this sexy art-house hit from Mexico. The funny and moving coming-of-age story centers on two... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

#17

The Piano (1993)
92%

#17
Adjusted Score: 96.554%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Holly Hunter's main performance, The Piano is a truth-seeking romance played in the key of erotic passion.
Synopsis: Writer/director Jane Campion's third feature unearthed emotional undercurrents and churning intensity in the story of a mute woman's rebellion in... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#16

Lolita (1962)
91%

#16
Adjusted Score: 95.078%
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: 94.613%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, seductive, and clever, Stephen Frears' adaptation is a wickedly entertaining exploration of sexual politics.
Synopsis: Adapted for stage and screen several times over the past century, French author Francois Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel Les... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#14

Blue Velvet (1986)
94%

#14
Adjusted Score: 101.15%
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: Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence,... [More]
Directed By: David Lynch

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 96.888%
Critics Consensus: Like Body Heat, The Last Seduction updates film noir techniques for a modern era, imbuing this erotic film with '90s snark.
Synopsis: Bridget Gregory seems to have it all: beauty, intelligence and a marriage to Clay, a wealthy physician. But everything isn't... [More]
Directed By: John Dahl

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 97.272%
Critics Consensus: Sexy, smart, and darkly humorous, Stranger by the Lake offers rewarding viewing for adult filmgoers in search of thought-provoking drama.
Synopsis: Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of... [More]
Directed By: Alain Guiraudie

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 97.36%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, sensual, and smart, The Duke of Burgundy proves that erotic cinema can have genuine substance.
Synopsis: Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends... [More]
Directed By: Peter Strickland

#10

Weekend (2011)
95%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97.042%
Critics Consensus: It may be a chamber piece but Weekend's revelations on modern sexuality expand far beyond the modest setting.
Synopsis: Weekend follows Russell (newcomer Tom Cullen, Best Actor winner at Nashville), who, after randomly picking up artist Glen (Chris New)... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Haigh

#9
Adjusted Score: 103.24%
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: From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE, THIRST and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 109.598%
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: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love,... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 99.351%
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: Steven Soderbergh kickstarted the independent film movement of the 1990s with this landmark drama about the tangled relationships among four... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#6

Belle de Jour (1968)
95%

#6
Adjusted Score: 100.723%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Belle de Jour dramatizes the collision between depravity and elegance, one of the favorite themes of director Luis Buñuel. Catherine... [More]
Directed By: Luis Buñuel

#5

Nina Forever (2016)
94%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94.54%
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: Holly wants to save Rob and has fallen in love with him. She is training to be a paramedic and... [More]
Directed By: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine

#4

Exotica (1994)
97%

#4
Adjusted Score: 98.439%
Critics Consensus: Exotica simmers with sex and obsession, while successfully doubling as an extreme character study.
Synopsis: The action in this film revolves largely around the Exotica strip club, a faux-tropical hothouse where young female dancers cater... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#3

Body Heat (1981)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100.903%
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: Lawrence Kasdan's first directorial effort is a throwback to the early days of film noir. The scene is a beastly... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#2
Adjusted Score: 101.735%
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: According to this story of a woman not so much scorned as ignored, life in late 17th-century England among the... [More]
Directed By: Peter Greenaway

#1

La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101.535%
Critics Consensus: A sensual and hypnotic masterpiece, La Belle Noiseuse luxuriates in its four-hour run time while holding audience attention.
Synopsis: In 1991, the master French director Jacques Rivette released one of his most acclaimed works- the four-hour La Belle noiseuse.... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Rivette

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