Erotic Films:

110 Sexiest Movies of All Time

the sexiest movies of all time

We have ranked the sexiest movies of all time to spice things up. So if you feel like heating up to an erotic film – some sexy films might be better than others for your subsequent viewing.

Our study compared 110 of the sexiest movies across the following categories: sexiness, box office earnings, popularity, and accolades (with eight data points). We then ranked the top 25 sexy movies based on our analysis.

We found the following about the sexiest movies of all time:

  • Boogie Nights (1997) with Mark Wahlberg in the California adult-film industry is the sexiest movie globally, beating out other great erotic films on our list.
  • The second spot goes to Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), a historical romance and lustful story about two women.
  • The Handmaiden (2016), where a hired handmaiden gets a bit closer to a Japanese woman than imagined, forms an unexpected relationship.
  • From 1967, The Graduate follows a recent college school grad who an older woman seduces.
  • Black Swan (2010) is a passionate and intense film with a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.

Full Data Set: 110 Sexiest Movies of All Time

A List of the Best Erotic Films Ever Made

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Top 25 Sexiest Movies

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1. Boogie Nights (1997)

Boogie Nights

Boogie nights is a comedy set in 1970s California. Mark Wahlberg plays a teenager, becoming a star in the adult-film industry. The movie gives a raunchy view into the rollercoaster of fame and endless parties. The cast includes Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, John C.Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, etc.

Boogie Nights
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 89.0
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Year: 1997
  • Setting: LA, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 18
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $43,100,100
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9
  • Number of Awards: 17

2. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a passionate historical romance, a lustful story about two women, one a painter and the other her reluctant subject. Set on a windswept coast, the women struggle to ignore the pull of forbidden love. The result is an unforgettable Gothic romance for the ages.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 86.7
  • Director: Céline Sciamma
  • Year: 2019
  • Setting: Brittany, France
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 9
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $10,000,000
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1
  • Number of Awards: 41

3. The Handmaiden (2016)

The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden, a film directed by Park Chan-wook, combines a heist-adjacent scam with a tinge of homoeroticism. It begins as a ruse to fool a Japanese woman out of her inheritance. However, a hired handmaiden gets closer to her than she imagined, and an unexpected relationship forms.

The Handmaiden
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 86.5
  • Director: Park Chan-wook
  • Year: 2016
  • Setting: South Korea
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 5
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $38,600,000
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1
  • Number of Awards: 52

4. The Graduate (1967)

The Graduate

The Graduate stars a young Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and William Daniels. This 1967 film follows a recent college school graduate trying to figure out what to do with his life. It turns out that the answer, in this case, is being seduced by an older woman. The result is a May to December romance that would alter pop culture forever.

The Graduate
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 84.5
  • Director: Mike Nichols
  • Year: 1967
  • Setting: LA, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 6
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $104,900,000
  • IMDB Rating: 8
  • Number of Awards: 21

5. Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological horror. It is bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic. The film centers on the performance by Natalie Portman that is nothing short of heroic. The film is stunningly beautiful, and a movie about the darkness our minds conjure up.

Black Swan
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 81.4
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Year: 2010
  • Setting: NYC, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 11
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $329,400,000
  • IMDB Rating: 8
  • Number of Awards: 1

6. Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina

In Ex Machina, a young programmer participates in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of highly advanced humanoid A.I. Alicia Vikander’s performance is sensitive and believable as a robot coming into sentience. However, it is enough to attract a wayward programmer.

Ex Machina
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 79.8
  • Director: Alex Garland
  • Year: 2015
  • Setting: Alaskan Wilderness
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 7
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $36,900,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7
  • Number of Awards: 25

7. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Drive

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles. Mulholland Drive is David Lynch’s neo-noir that focuses mainly on aspiring actress Naomi Watts as an amateur detective. The film features a notorious lesbian love scene between Watts and her co-star, Laura Elena Harding.

Mulholland Drive
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 79.8
  • Director: David Lynch
  • Year: 2001
  • Setting: LA, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 5
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $20,100,100
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9
  • Number of Awards: 18

8. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican road film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Tenoch and Julio are a couple of horned-up Mexico City teenagers who take a spontaneous road trip with Luisa, the wife of Tenoch’s cousin. Along the way, the young men face the facts about their friendship as they embark upon adulthood.

Y Tu Mamá También
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 79.3
  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Year: 2001
  • Setting: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 12
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $33,600,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Number of Awards: 3

9. Do the Right Thing (1989)

Do The Right Thing, Spike Lee

Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. Salvatore “Sal” Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) is a neighborhood local who becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria’s Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin’ Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. As a result, the wall symbolizes racism, and hate and tensions rise.

Do the Right Thing
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 78.9
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Year: 1989
  • Setting: Brooklyn, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 3
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $37,300,000
  • IMDB Rating: 8
  • Number of Awards: 11

10. Creed (2015)

Creed Movie

Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler. In Creed, Michael B Jordan is at peak physical perfection. The film is 90 percent him with his shirt off and working out. In this film, the former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Creed Movie
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 78.7
  • Director: Ryan Coogler
  • Year: 2015
  • Setting: LA, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 2
  • Severity of Nudity: Mild
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $173,600,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Number of Awards: 25

11. God's Own Country (2017)

Gods Own Country, 2017

God’s Own Country is a 2017 British Romantic drama film written and directed by Francis Lee. When people think about a gay love story, they often think about Brokeback Mountain. But, the often overlooked God’s Own Country is just not good, if not better, a story about a farmer whose unfulfilling life leads to a series of sexual affairs and drinking. Until one day, a Romanian migrant farmer comes into his life and reshapes the world he’s given up on.

God's Own Country, 2017
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 76.9
  • Director: Francis Lee
  • Year: 2017
  • Setting: Keighley, UK
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 4
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $2,600,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7
  • Number of Awards: 26

12. From Here to Eternity (1953)

From Here to Eternity, 1953

From Here to Eternity is a 1953 American drama romance war film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the 1951 novel of the same name by James Jones. This film has aged poorly, but the languidly paced WWII romance remains iconic. It’s well-acted, featuring solid performances from Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift. The film deals with the tribulations of three U.S. Army soldiers stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

From Here to Eternity
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 75.1
  • Director: Fred Zinnemann
  • Year: 1953
  • Setting: Honolulu, HI, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 8
  • Severity of Nudity: Mild
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $30,500,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Number of Awards: 23

13. In the Mood for Love (2000)

In the Mood for Love, 2000

In the Mood for Love is one of the sexiest movies ever made where no one has sex. This film in 1962 Hong Kong, where a journalist and secretary live next door to one another, develops an attraction while their spouses work long hours. When they suspect their spouses are having an affair together, their relationship grows—a poignant, provocative story about fidelity, beauty, and youth.

In the Mood for Love, 2000
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 71.8
  • Director: Wong Kar-wai
  • Year: 2000
  • Setting: Hong Kong, China
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $12,900,000
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1
  • Number of Awards: 21

14. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Dangerous Liaisons, 1988

Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 American period romantic drama film directed by Stephen Frears. It is stylish, seductive, and clever. Stephen Frears’ adaptation is an entertaining exploration of sexual politics. It’s a story of two people who lack the courage to admit they love each other. Instead, they spend their energy destroying the lives of others. Set in 18th century France, at a time just before the revolution.

Dangerous Liaisons, 1888
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 71.6
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Year: 1988
  • Setting: Île-de-France, France
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 5
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $34,700,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Number of Awards: 8

15. Queen and Slim (2019)

Queen and Slim, 2019

Queen & Slim is a 2019 American romantic road crime drama film directed by Melina Matsoukas, which is extremely heavy in the subject matter. However, it tackles urgent, complex subjects with bravery and care. The film is a beautiful, raw romance between the titular characters, played by Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya. As sensual as it is heartbreaking, a first date turns into a road trip like none other before.

Queen and Slim, 2019
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 71.6
  • Director: Melina Matsoukas
  • Year: 2019
  • Setting: NYC, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 2
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $47,900,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1
  • Number of Awards: 13

16. Shame (2011)

Shame, 2011

Set in New York, Shame is a 2011 British psychological drama film directed by Steve McQueen. A sex addict’s (Michael Fassbender) carefully cultivated private life falls apart after his sister (Carey Mulligan) arrives for an indefinite stay. The film is a mighty plunge into the mania of addiction affliction with stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. It is clever and beautifully portrayed; it is a sensitive look at sex addiction rarely seen in the film.

Shame, 2011
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 69.5
  • Director: Steve McQueen
  • Year: 2011
  • Setting: NYC, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 12
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $20,400,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2
  • Number of Awards: 20

17. The Piano Teacher (2001)

The Piano Teacher, 2001

The Piano Teacher is a 2001 French-language erotic psychological drama film. Written and directed by Michael Haneke, it’s based on the 1983 novel of the same name. Though it makes for uncomfortable viewing, it is a riveting and powerful psychosexual drama. A student falls for his professor, a woman who demands complete control and perverse sex. The emotionally repressed piano teacher begins an affair with an attractive student, turning her dark sexual fantasies into obsession.

The Piano Teacher
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 69.4
  • Director: Michael Haneke
  • Year: 2001
  • Setting: Vienna, Austria
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 7
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $9,800,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5
  • Number of Awards: 8

18. Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. While you might think of Titanic when you think of sexual tension on a boat, it has nothing on The Talented Mr. Ripley. In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. This film is rife with sexual chemistry between its three main stars: Jude Law, Matt Damon, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 69.3
  • Director: Anthony Minghella
  • Year: 1999
  • Setting: NYC, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 6
  • Severity of Nudity: Mild
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $128,800,800
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4
  • Number of Awards: 4

19. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American Neo-Western romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee, which is a beautiful, epic Western with a love story with moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. In 1960s Wyoming, two cowboys begin a secret romance that endures through many years. Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship. However, their relationship becomes complicated when they get married to their respective girlfriends.

Brokeback Mountain
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 68.8
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Year: 2005
  • Setting: Wyoming, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 7
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $178,100,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7

20. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 erotic mystery psychological drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It’s based on the 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story) by Arthur Schnitzler. The movie transfers the story from early 20th-century Vienna to 1990s New York City. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman play a couple whose relationship is tested when the wife reveals her fantasy about another man. In retaliation, the husband wanders through the night, finding himself at a masked ball that soon turns into an Illuminati-Esque orgy.

Eyes Wide Shut
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 68.1
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Year: 1999
  • Setting: NYC, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 12
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $162,100,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4
  • Number of Awards: 1

21. Bull Durham (1988)

Bull Durham

Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It’s partly based on the minor-league baseball experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton. This film depicts the players and fans of the Durham Bulls, a minor-league baseball team in Durham, North Carolina. 

Starring Kevin Costner as “Crash” Davis, a veteran catcher brought in to teach rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) about the game. Baseball groupie Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) romances Nuke and finds herself increasingly attracted to Crash. The chemistry between Kevin Costner and Sarandon makes this one a romcom all-timer.

Bull Durham
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 67.9
  • Director: Ron Shelton
  • Year: 1988
  • Setting: Durham, NC, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 13
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $58,000,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1
  • Number of Awards: 7

22. The Reader (2008)

The Reader

The Reader is a 2008 romantic drama film directed by Stephen Daldry. It’s based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. It stars Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, and David Kross. In postwar Germany, a teenager (David Kross) has a love affair with an older woman (Kate Winslet) who is in hiding. Winslet and Kross have received acclaim for their performances, and the film was nominated for major awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Reader
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 67.7
  • Director: Stephen Daldry
  • Year: 2008
  • Setting: Berlin, Germany
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 15
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $108,900,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6
  • Number of Awards: 8

23. Closer (2004)

Closer

Closer is a 2004 American romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber. It’s based on his award-winning 1997 play of the same name. The movie stars Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen. Alice (Natalie Portman), an American stripper who has moved to  London, meets Dan (Jude Law) on the street. While looking at him, a taxi hits her. After taking her to the hospital, Dan begins dating Alice. However, the relationship between two couples becomes complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman from the other. 

Closer, 2004
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 67.1
  • Director: Mike Nichols
  • Year: 2004
  • Setting: London, UK
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 5
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $115,500,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2
  • Number of Awards: 8

24. Blue Valentine (2010)

Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine is a 2010 American romantic drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. The film isn’t always easy to watch as it is an emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks. The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over the years by cross-cutting between periods. A couple finds that they are powerless to stop the downward spiral of their marriage. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.

Blue Valentine
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 66.9
  • Director: Derek Cianfrance
  • Year: 2010
  • Setting: Northeastern PA, USA
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 5
  • Severity of Nudity: Severe
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $16,600,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3
  • Number of Awards: 2

25. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Call Me By Your name

Set in 1983 in northern Italy, Call Me By Your Name chronicles the romantic relationship between a 17-year old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant. The gorgeous, sun-soaked summer romance is a coming-of-age story. It will change the way you look at (and possibly taste) a peach forever.

Call Me By Your Name
  • Sexy Movie Index Score: 66.9
  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Year: 2017
  • Setting: Milan, Italy
  • Number of Sex Scenes: 8
  • Severity of Nudity: Moderate
  • Gross Worldwide Total: $41,900,000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9

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