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The 100 Sexiest Movies Of All Time

What makes a movie truly sexy, enough to to grant it entrance to our guide of the sexiest movies ever? Variety is the spice: For some movies, it’s about the animal chemistry between its stars (Body Heat, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) or the building passion of its characters (Brokeback Mountain, Titanic). With others, the turn-on is the illicit thrill of being bad (Unfaithful, Secretary) or the purity of self-awakening and discovery (Gloria, Moonlight). Sometimes it’s about the mood a movie evokes, intoxicating and overwhelming, like with In the Mood For Love or Y Tu Mama Tambien. And, yeah, sometimes it’s all about the sex scenes: Mulholland Drive, Lust, Caution, In the Realm of the Senses have got your number.

Whatever your definition (and if you need even more, see the 200 best and worst erotic movies), it all awaits in the 100 sexiest movies ever, ranked by Tomatometer.

#100

Original Sin (2001)
12%

#100
Adjusted Score: 14.512%
Critics Consensus: Laughably melodramatic, Original Sin features bad acting, bad dialogue, and bad plotting.
Synopsis: A noir mystery set in the exotic world of Cuba in the late 1800s. Luis Antonio Vargas, a wealthy coffee... [More]
Directed By: Michael Cristofer

#99

After (2019)
18%

#99
Adjusted Score: 18.759%
Critics Consensus: Tepid and tired, After's fun flourishes are let down by its generic story.
Synopsis: Based on Anna Todd's best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford),... [More]
Directed By: Jenny Gage

#98

Elles (2012)
23%

#98
Adjusted Score: 24.591%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A provocative exploration of female sexuality, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the... [More]
Directed By: Malgorzata Szumowska

#97

9 Songs (2005)
24%

#97
Adjusted Score: 26.742%
Critics Consensus: The unerotic sex scenes quickly become tedious to watch, and the lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.
Synopsis: Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love... [More]
Directed By: Michael Winterbottom

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 35.877%
Critics Consensus: While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen.
Synopsis: E.L. James' kinky best-seller gets the big screen treatment with this Universal Pictures/Focus Features co-production. The steamy tale details a... [More]
Directed By: Sam Taylor-Johnson

#95
#95
Adjusted Score: 32.893%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Lover is director Jean-Jacques Annaud's adaptation of Marguerite Duras' minimalist 1984 novel. Set in French Indochina in 1929, the... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Annaud

#94

In the Cut (2003)
33%

#94
Adjusted Score: 37.85%
Critics Consensus: Director/co-writer Jane Campion takes a stab at subverting the psycho-sexual thriller genre with In the Cut, but gets tangled in her own abstraction.
Synopsis: Following the brutal murder of a young woman in her neighborhood, a self-determined NYU professor dares to test the limits... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#93

Adore (2013)
33%

#93
Adjusted Score: 35.237%
Critics Consensus: Naomi Watts and Robin Wright give it their all, but they can't quite make Adore's trashy, absurd plot believable.
Synopsis: Set in an Australian seaside town of otherworldly beauty and shot in lush 35mm Cinemascope, ADORE establishes an aura of... [More]
Directed By: Anne Fontaine

#92
#92
Adjusted Score: 42.581%
Critics Consensus: As romantic comedies go, 40 Days and 40 Nights is smutty, sexist, and puerile.
Synopsis: Following memorable roles in the military action-adventures Pearl Harbor (2001) and Black Hawk Down (2001), young actor Josh Hartnett is... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lehmann

#91

Emmanuelle (1974)
40%

#91
Adjusted Score: 40.866%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film is the first of the French softcore-porn series about a young woman's awakening to new sexual dimensions. Emmanuelle... [More]
Directed By: Just Jaeckin

#90
Adjusted Score: 40.349%
Critics Consensus: Kama Sutra refreshingly approaches sensuality from a female perspective, but audiences will be turned off by this romance's silly plotting.
Synopsis: Melodramatic and steamy as an East Indian jungle, this erotic historical drama tells the lurid tale of betrayal and sexual... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair

#89

Love (2015)
40%

#89
Adjusted Score: 42.931%
Critics Consensus: Love sees writer-director Gaspar Noé delivering some of his warmest and most personal work; unfortunately, it's also among his most undeveloped and least compelling.
Synopsis: Enter the Void director Gaspar Noe helms this 3D envelope-pushing, non-linear narrative examining modern love and sexual desires.... [More]
Directed By: Gaspar Noé

#88

Elisa & Marcela (2019)
43%

#88
Adjusted Score: 27.859%
Critics Consensus: While it may be visually attractive, Elisa & Marcela is an underwhelming melodrama that lacks passion and energy.
Synopsis: 1885. Elisa and Marcela meet at the school where they both work. What begins as a close friendship ends in... [More]
Directed By: Isabel Coixet

#87

28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
47%

#87
Adjusted Score: 29.46%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Unfolding as a collage of moments-some sexy, some innocent, some profound, some silly-28 HOTEL ROOMS is an intimate portrait of... [More]
Directed By: Matt Ross

#86
Adjusted Score: 48.29%
Critics Consensus: Strong performances and an inclusive approach to sexual awakening aren't enough to make Summer Storm a truly memorable coming-of-age story.
Synopsis: Tobi and Achim have been best friends for years. As cox and oarsman, they have helped their team win several... [More]

#85

Cashback (2007)
48%

#85
Adjusted Score: 49.069%
Critics Consensus: An unlikable protagonist, messy editing, and gratuitous nudity might make audiences ask for their cash back.
Synopsis: When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops insomnia. To pass the long hours of... [More]
Directed By: Sean Ellis (II)

#84

Sleeping Beauty (2011)
48%

#84
Adjusted Score: 50.475%
Critics Consensus: Sleeping Beauty's provocative premise and luminous art design is hampered by a clinical, remote presentation, delivering boredom and shock in equal measure.
Synopsis: Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity. She lets a flip of... [More]
Directed By: Julia Leigh

#83
Adjusted Score: 52.213%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Terry McMillan and Ron Bass wrote this screenplay based on McMillan's semi-autobiographical best-selling novel (over 2,000,000 copies in print before... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

#82

Unfaithful (2002)
50%

#82
Adjusted Score: 54.551%
Critics Consensus: Diane Lane shines in the role, but the movie adds nothing new to the genre and the resolution is unsatisfying.
Synopsis: Diane Lane is a wayward wife and Richard Gere is her suspicious husband in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful. Connie (Lane) leaves... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#81

Romance (1999)
50%

#81
Adjusted Score: 50.74%
Critics Consensus: Romance is a slim look into a woman's sexual psyche, with sex scenes that slightly excite while exploring human emotions.
Synopsis: Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Breillat

#80

Chloe (2010)
51%

#80
Adjusted Score: 55.652%
Critics Consensus: Despite its promising pedigree and a titillating premise, Chloe ultimately fails to deliver the heat -- or the thrills -- expected of a sexual thriller.
Synopsis: Catherine, a successful doctor, suspects her husband David, a professor of music, of cheating. She tests his fidelity by hiring... [More]
Directed By: Atom Egoyan

#79

Basic Instinct (1992)
54%

#79
Adjusted Score: 58.764%
Critics Consensus: Unevenly echoing the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Basic Instinct contains a star-making performance from Sharon Stone but is ultimately undone by its problematic, overly lurid plot.
Synopsis: Michael Douglas stars with red-hot Sharon Stone in this groundbreaking and controversial film that redefined the genre of the sexy... [More]
Directed By: Paul Verhoeven

#78

Malena (2000)
54%

#78
Adjusted Score: 56.243%
Critics Consensus: Malena ends up objectifying the character of the movie's title. Also, the young boy's emotional investment with Malena is never convincing, as she doesn't feel like a three-dimensional person.
Synopsis: In 1941, Renato was 13 years old and although the world was at war, nothing ever happened in his sleepy... [More]
Directed By: Giuseppe Tornatore

#77

Cruel Intentions (1999)
55%

#77
Adjusted Score: 59.885%
Critics Consensus: This darkly comic drama and its attractive young cast are easy on the eyes, but uneven performances and an uninspired script conspire to foil Cruel Intentions.
Synopsis: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe sizzle as a pair of unscrupulous siblings in a deliciously sexy tale of seduction,... [More]
Directed By: Roger Kumble

#76

Troy (2004)
54%

#76
Adjusted Score: 60.555%
Critics Consensus: A brawny, entertaining spectacle, but lacking emotional resonance.
Synopsis: Homer's sprawling tale of love and war in ancient Greece comes to the screen in all its grandeur in this... [More]
Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen

#75

The Hunger (1983)
55%

#75
Adjusted Score: 57.384%
Critics Consensus: Stylish yet hollow, The Hunger is a well-cast vampire thriller that mistakes erotic moments for a satisfying story.
Synopsis: The exquisitely beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays Miriam, a centuries-old vampire capable of bestowing the gift of immortality on her lovers... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#74

The Dreamers (2004)
60%

#74
Adjusted Score: 64.368%
Critics Consensus: Though lushly atmospheric, The Dreamers doesn't engage or provoke as much as it should.
Synopsis: The tumultuous political landscape of Paris in 1968 serves as the backdrop for a tale about three young cineastes who... [More]
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci

#73

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
60%

#73
Adjusted Score: 67.294%
Critics Consensus: Although this action-romance suffers from weak writing and one too many explosions, the chemistry generated by onscreen couple Pitt and Jolie is palpable enough to make this a thoroughly enjoyable summer action flick.
Synopsis: John and Jane Smith are an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each of them has... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#72

9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
61%

#72
Adjusted Score: 62.419%
Critics Consensus: 9 1/2 Weeks' famously steamy sex scenes titillate though the drama unfolding between the beddings is relatively standard for the genre.
Synopsis: The title refers to the duration of the relationship between self-absorbed Wall Street shark Mickey Rourke and divorced art gallery... [More]
Directed By: Adrian Lyne

#71

Jason's Lyric (1994)
61%

#71
Adjusted Score: 61.754%
Critics Consensus: Jason's Lyric is a sexually charged film whose violent streak weakens or, depending on your perspective, supports the melodrama.
Synopsis: Two inner-city youths find love on the hard streets of Houston. Each has personal problems to work through, and is... [More]
Directed By: Doug McHenry

#70

Something New (2006)
61%

#70
Adjusted Score: 64.26%
Critics Consensus: Something New tackles serious questions about race and interracial relationships with genuine appeal and an alluring romance that develops as naturally as the plot.
Synopsis: If love is an adventure, it's one yet to be embarked upon by Kenya Denise McQueen. A beautiful L.A. career... [More]
Directed By: Sanaa Hamri

#69

Querelle (1982)
62%

#69
Adjusted Score: 62.358%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Querelle is a sailor on shore leave in the French port of Brest. Following an argument, in which he stabs... [More]

#68

Henry & June (1990)
62%

#68
Adjusted Score: 62.743%
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

#67

Wild Things (1998)
62%

#67
Adjusted Score: 64.92%
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

#66

Crash (1996)
63%

#66
Adjusted Score: 65.981%
Critics Consensus: Despite the surprisingly distant, clinical direction, Crash's explicit premise and sex is classic Cronenberg territory.
Synopsis: After surviving a brutal car wreck, commercial director James Ballard finds himself slowly drawn to a mysterious subculture of people... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#65

The Reader (2008)
63%

#65
Adjusted Score: 70.711%
Critics Consensus: Despite Kate Winslet's superb portrayal, The Reader suggests an emotionally distant, Oscar-baiting historical drama.
Synopsis: When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15 year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Daldry

#64

Bitter Moon (1992)
65%

#64
Adjusted Score: 66.925%
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

#63

Magic Mike XXL (2015)
65%

#63
Adjusted Score: 74.017%
Critics Consensus: Magic Mike XXL has enough narrative thrust and beefy charm to deliver another helping of well-oiled entertainment, even if this sequel isn't quite as pleasurable as its predecessor.
Synopsis: Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game,... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Jacobs

#62

Intimacy (2001)
66%

#62
Adjusted Score: 67.701%
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

#61
Adjusted Score: 67.539%
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

#60

The Pillow Book (1997)
67%

#60
Adjusted Score: 69.87%
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

#59

Dirty Dancing (1987)
69%

#59
Adjusted Score: 74.554%
Critics Consensus: Like its winsome characters, Dirty Dancing uses impressive choreography and the power of song to surmount a series of formidable obstacles.
Synopsis: A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama. In... [More]
Directed By: Emile Ardolino

#58

Shortbus (2006)
68%

#58
Adjusted Score: 71.964%
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

#57

Closer (2004)
68%

#57
Adjusted Score: 74.025%
Critics Consensus: Closer's talented cast and Mike Nichols' typically assured direction help smooth a bumpy journey from stage to screen.
Synopsis: Set in contemporary London, a story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving four strangers--their chance meetings, instant attractions and... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#56

Sex and Lucia (2002)
71%

#56
Adjusted Score: 72.341%
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

#55

Lust, Caution (2007)
72%

#55
Adjusted Score: 76.672%
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

#54
Adjusted Score: 76.694%
Critics Consensus: Ozon may not explore his themes as fully as he should, but Young & Beautiful poses enough intriguing questions -- and features a strong enough performance from Marine Vacth -- to compensate for its frustrations.
Synopsis: Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old... [More]
Directed By: François Ozon

#53
Adjusted Score: 75.435%
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

#52

High Art (1998)
75%

#52
Adjusted Score: 77.084%
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

#51

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
75%

#51
Adjusted Score: 82.137%
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

#50

The Lost Boys (1987)
76%

#50
Adjusted Score: 81.274%
Critics Consensus: Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars.
Synopsis: In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#49

Secretary (2002)
77%

#49
Adjusted Score: 81.216%
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

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 83.883%
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

#47
Adjusted Score: 78.735%
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

#46

Take This Waltz (2012)
79%

#46
Adjusted Score: 83.892%
Critics Consensus: Featuring excellent work from an outstanding cast, the bittersweet drama Waltz proves that in the right hands, a familiar tale can still ring true.
Synopsis: When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden... [More]
Directed By: Sarah Polley

#45

Magic Mike (2012)
79%

#45
Adjusted Score: 86.942%
Critics Consensus: Magic Mike's sensitive direction, smart screenplay, and strong performances allow audiences to have their beefcake and eat it too.
Synopsis: Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#44

Shame (2011)
79%

#44
Adjusted Score: 86.097%
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)

#43
Adjusted Score: 17.08%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Writer/director/editor Dennis Dortch explores the subject of sexuality and relationships within the black community in this collection of six vignettes... [More]
Directed By: Dennis Dortch

#42
Adjusted Score: 82.699%
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

#41

I Am Love (2010)
81%

#41
Adjusted Score: 84.646%
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

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 89.052%
Critics Consensus: A beguiling tragicomedy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona charms with beautiful views of the Spanish city and a marvelously well-matched cast.
Synopsis: Vicky and Cristina, these two young Americans spend a summer in Spain and meet a flamboyant artist and his beautiful... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 83.039%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this lush, atmospheric look at the final days of an elegant, turn-of-the-century brothel, we go inside the cloistered walls... [More]
Directed By: Bertrand Bonello

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 85.908%
Critics Consensus: Confident directing and acting deliver an insightful look at young athletes.
Synopsis: A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

#37

Swimming Pool (2003)
83%

#37
Adjusted Score: 87.177%
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

#36

Mulholland Drive (2001)
83%

#36
Adjusted Score: 88.947%
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

#35

Atonement (2007)
83%

#35
Adjusted Score: 90.354%
Critics Consensus: Atonement features strong performances, brilliant cinematography, and a unique score. Featuring deft performances from James MacAvoy and Keira Knightley, it's a successful adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.
Synopsis: In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 89.857%
Critics Consensus: With Matt Damon's unsettling performance offering a darkly twisted counterpoint to Anthony Minghella's glossy direction, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspense thriller that lingers.
Synopsis: After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella

#33

Disobedience (2018)
84%

#33
Adjusted Score: 92.453%
Critics Consensus: Disobedience explores a variety of thought-provoking themes, bolstered by gripping work from leads Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.
Synopsis: From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning A Fantastic Woman, the film follows a woman as she returns... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

#32
Adjusted Score: 88.358%
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

#31

Black Swan (2010)
85%

#31
Adjusted Score: 94.853%
Critics Consensus: Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction -- and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.
Synopsis: A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a... [More]
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky

#30
Adjusted Score: 89.393%
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

#29

Blue Valentine (2010)
86%

#29
Adjusted Score: 92.316%
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]

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 95.49%
Critics Consensus: A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Synopsis: Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, this epic love story tells of two young men -- a... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#27

Bound (1996)
89%

#27
Adjusted Score: 91.104%
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]

#26
Adjusted Score: 92.291%
Critics Consensus: My Golden Years is a complex, well-acted coming-of-age drama.
Synopsis: The story centers on Paul Dédalus, an anthropologist preparing to leave Tajikistan, who has a series of flashbacks that include... [More]
Directed By: Arnaud Desplechin

#25

Titanic (1997)
89%

#25
Adjusted Score: 101.831%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
Synopsis: This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#24

A Royal Affair (2012)
90%

#24
Adjusted Score: 93.597%
Critics Consensus: A Royal Affair is a lavish and sumptuous costume drama with a juicy story to back it up.
Synopsis: A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution.... [More]
Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 94.249%
Critics Consensus: This understated romance, featuring good performances by its leads, is both visually beautiful and emotionally moving.
Synopsis: For his first film since the 1997 Hong Kong handover, auteur filmmaker Wong Kar-wai directs this moody period drama about... [More]
Directed By: Kar-Wai Wong

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 93.366%
Critics Consensus: With She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee delivered his bracing first shot across Hollywood's bow -- and set the template for the groundbreaking act to follow.
Synopsis: Spike Lee's breakthrough independent feature, shot in fifteen days on a budget of $175,000, ushered in (along with Jim Jarmusch's... [More]
Directed By: Spike Lee

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 100.444%
Critics Consensus: It has perhaps aged poorly, but this languidly paced WWII romance remains an iconic, well-acted film, featuring particularly strong performances from Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift.
Synopsis: The scene is Schofield Army Barracks in Honolulu, in the languid days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, where James... [More]
Directed By: Fred Zinnemann

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 96.364%
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

#19

Ex Machina (2015)
92%

#19
Adjusted Score: 102.834%
Critics Consensus: Ex Machina leans heavier on ideas than effects, but it's still a visually polished piece of work -- and an uncommonly engaging sci-fi feature.
Synopsis: Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX... [More]
Directed By: Alex Garland

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 94.626%
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

#17

Boogie Nights (1997)
93%

#17
Adjusted Score: 97.088%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
Synopsis: Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#16

Out of Sight (1998)
93%

#16
Adjusted Score: 97.847%
Critics Consensus: Steven Soderbergh's intelligently crafted adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel is witty, sexy, suprisingly entertaining, and a star-making turn for George Clooney.
Synopsis: Steven Soderbergh directed this crime caper adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard. When ex-con Jack Foley (George Clooney) robs... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#15
#15
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

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 97.266%
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

#13

Carol (2015)
94%

#13
Adjusted Score: 106.102%
Critics Consensus: Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of the novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith, Therese (Rooney Mara), a young department-store clerk... [More]
Directed By: Todd Haynes

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 109.555%
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

#11

Fallen Angels (1995)
95%

#11
Adjusted Score: 95.591%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Wong Kar-wai's Fallen Angels is a sequel of sorts to the director's 1994 U.S. breakthrough Chungking Express. Expanding on the... [More]
Directed By: Kar-Wai Wong

#10

Desert Hearts (1986)
96%

#10
Adjusted Score: 97.419%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on Jane Rule's novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch's narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian... [More]
Directed By: Donna Deitch

#9

Belle de Jour (1968)
95%

#9
Adjusted Score: 100.739%
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

#8

Weekend (2011)
95%

#8
Adjusted Score: 97.045%
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

#7
Adjusted Score: 103.403%
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

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 99.449%
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

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 100.492%
Critics Consensus: My Beautiful Laundrette is fast and all over the place because it has so much to say, and show, including a highly watchable fresh-faced Daniel Day-Lewis.
Synopsis: After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears

#4

Body Heat (1981)
98%

#4
Adjusted Score: 100.885%
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

#3
Adjusted Score: 111.869%
Critics Consensus: A singularly rich period piece, Portrait of a Lady on Fire finds stirring, thought-provoking drama within a powerfully acted romance.
Synopsis: France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the... [More]
Directed By: Céline Sciamma

#2

Moonlight (2016)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 113.626%
Critics Consensus: Moonlight uses one man's story to offer a remarkable and brilliantly crafted look at lives too rarely seen in cinema.
Synopsis: The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life... [More]
Directed By: Barry Jenkins (III)

#1

Gloria (2014)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 103.673%
Critics Consensus: Marvelously directed by Sebastian Lelio and beautifully led by a powerful performance from Paulina Garcia, Gloria takes an honest, sweetly poignant look at a type of character that's all too often neglected in Hollywood.
Synopsis: Gloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her... [More]
Directed By: Sebastián Lelio

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