110 Sexiest Movies of All Time
To warm things up this winter, we have ranked the sexiest movies of all time. If you feel like heating up to an erotic film – some sexy films might be better than others for your next 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.
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Boogie nights is a comedy set in 1970s California. Mark Wahlberg plays a teenager who is 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 and more.
The Handmaiden, a film directed by Park Chan-wook, combines a heist-adjacent scame with a tinge of homoeroticism. It begins as a ruse to fool a Japanese woman out of her inheritance. A hired handmaiden gets a bit closer to her than she imagined, and an unexpected relationship forms.
The Graduate stars a young Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Wililam Daniels. This 1967 film follows a recent college school graduate who is 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.
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 Natlie Portman that is nothing short of heroic. The film is stunningly beautiful but also a film about the darkness our own minds conjure up.
In Ex Machina, a young programmer is selected to participate 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. This is enough to attract a wayward programmer.
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 mostly 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.
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.
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 balck neighborhood should showcase black actors but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate and tensions rise.
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.
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. This is a story about a farmer whose unfulfilling life leads to a series of sexual trysts and drinking. That is, until one day a Romanian migrant farmer comes into his life and reshapes the world he’s given up on.
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 strong performances from Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift. The film deals with the tribulations of three U.S. Army soldiers stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In the Mood for Love is one of the sexiest movies ever made where no one has sex. This film is set in 1962 Hong Kong, where a journalist and secretary living next door to one another develop an attraction while their spouses are working long hours. When they start to suspect that their spouses are having an affair together, their relationship grows. This is a poignant, provocative story about fidelity, beauty and youth.
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 loves of others. Set in 18th century France, at a time just before the revolution, when the decadence of the aristocracy has become an end in itself.
Queen & Slim is a 2019 American romantic road crime drama film directed by Melina Matsoukas. This is extremely heavy in subject matter. It tackles urgen, difficult subjects with bravery and care. The core of the flim 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.
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 powerful plunge into the mania of addiction affliction with stellar performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. Cleverly written and beautifully portrayed, it is a sensitive look at sex addiction that has rarely been seen before in film.
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 an uncomfortable viewing, it is a riveting and powerful pscyhosexual 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 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.
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American Neo-Western romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. This 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. Their relationship becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.
Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 erotic mystery psychologcal drama film directed produced and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It’s based on the 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story) by Arthur Schnitizier. 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.
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.
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.
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. The relationship of two couples becomes complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman from the other.
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 a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. A couple find that they are powerless to stop the downward spiral of their marriage. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.
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’s one that will change the way you look at (and possibly taste) a peach forever.
|Metric||Weighting||Min. Value||Max. Value||Best|
|Number of Sex Scenes||1||33||Max. Value|
|Severity of Nudity||Mild||Severe||Max. Value|
|Box Office Earnings||15%|
|Gross Worldwide Total ($)||6,877||2,202,000,000||Max. Value|
|Audience Score||26||95||Max. Value|
|IMDB Rating||4.1||8.1||Max. Value|
|Metacritic Score||15||99||Max. Value|
|Number of nominations||1||47||Max. Value|
|Number of awards||0||52||Max. Value|