Anna-Maria Sieklucka and Michel Morrone in ‘365 Days’ (Netflix)
As we approach holiday season 2020, temperatures are sharply falling outside. Netflix is cranking up the heat indoors! For this list of the sexiest movies now on Netflix, we’re including erotically-charged thrillers and dramas, films with red-hot chemistry front-and-center, and more. This adult movie list features classics and new favorites from around the world, theatrical releases as well as Netflix originals.
Here are the steamiest movies on Netflix right now.
1. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Alfonso Cuarón‘s coming-of-age masterpiece is an erotic drama with a lot more than sex on its mind. Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Maribel Verdú star in the picture that’s, on the surface, about two 17-year-old best friends who embark on a road trip with a beautiful older woman. What it’s really about, though, is life and death—and social unrest in Mexico, where it’s set. Y Tu Mamá También sparked controversy for its frank depiction of sexuality, ultimately released without a rating in the U.S. because an NC-17 (the kiss of box-office death) would have been unavoidable. Many critics including Roger Ebert were outraged by the film’s treatment by censors and the MPAA. The picture has been widely acclaimed, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
In Spanish with subtitles.
2. Rocco (2016)
This intimate—well, very intimate—documentary follows the late career of Italian Rocco Siffredi, one of the most famous male porn stars in history, now retired. Rocco received positive critical notices following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
‘Duck Butter’ (The Orchard)
3. Duck Butter (2018)
Following his brilliant, underrated knockout black dramedy Beatriz at Dinner, Miguel Arteta helmed this experimental sex comedy about lesbian lovers (Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa) who meet at a club, then get to know each other via having sex every hour on the hour for a solid day.
4. Cam (2018)
Directed by Daniel Goldhaber, this Netflix original is about an adult webcam performer who discovers a sinister presence has taken her place on the internet. Cam has some truly frightening moments, and it examines the subject matter of sex work with appropriate care and thought. Most notably, it showcases a head-turning lead performance by The Handmaid‘s Tale‘s Madeline Brewer, often playing multiple entities on-screen at the same time. Thanks to a perceptive script by real-life former cam girl Isa Mazzei, Cam is often an examination of fractured identity, something that’s definitely not limited to the world of adult entertainment. Cam stumbles a bit at the ending, but it’s full of provocative ideas, and Brewer just floors you.
5. 365 Days (2013)
In this massive hit for the streaming service, a smokin’ hot babe with an air of innocence about her is kidnapped by a mafioso who happens to be a 10/10 chiseled stud. The crime boss gives the young lady one year to fall in love with him; sexy antics ensue!
365 Days is essentially Fifty Shades of Grey with Italian flavor. The storytelling is as clunky Fifty Shades, and the story has been equally chided for its misogynistic undertones. None of that prevented the skin flick from becoming one of Netflix’s biggest successes of the year. The envelope-pushing nudity and sexual content helped it become the domain’s most-watched movie earlier this summer.
Around the one hour, seven-minute mark, lies “the boat scene,” one of the most intense and graphic sex scenes in a mainstream picture in years. Brace yourself.
6. Amar (2017)
Esteban Crespo‘s Goya Award-nominated picture stars María Pedraza and Pol Monen as young lovers whose intense passion could be their relationship’s downfall. In Spanish with subtitles.
7. Newness (2017)
Starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, this sexy drama follows two Los Angeles-based millennials who hit it off after meeting via a hookup app. Directed by Drake Doremus and written by Ben York Jones, Newness premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, to mixed-to-positive critical notices.
8. Milf (2018)
Released on Netflix earlier this summer, this French-produced raunchfest centers on three fortysomething female friends who begin hot n’ heavy affairs with much younger men. Be super, super careful when Googling this one.
9. Indiscretion (2016)
Originally aired as a Lifetime original, this dark successor to Fatal Attraction stars Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Cary Elwes. The twisty story follows a politician’s wife, whose life becomes a living hell in the wake of an obsessive affair.
10. Desire (2017)
Diego Kaplan‘s period erotic thriller centers on a woman who falls in lust– with her sister’s husband. The original Spanish title of the film is Desearás al Hombre de Tu Hermana, or “You Desire Your Sister’s Husband.” Talk about right to the point!
11. Swimming Pool (2003)
Francois Ozon‘s labyrinthine thriller is a modern-day tribute to Alfred Hitchcock that works, starring a resplendent Charlotte Rampling as a crime novelist who begins living one of her lurid stories (or does she?). For its North American release, some of the film’s nudity and sex was edited to avoid an NC-17 rating. Here’s a funny example of how different cultures can be: Swimming Pool was released theatrically in France uncut with a U rating, meaning suitable for all ages.
Roger Ebert loved this movie, giving Swimming Pool his highest rating of five stars. He wrote:
“François Ozon, the director and co-writer (with Emmanuèle Bernheim), understands as Hitchcock did the small steps by which a wrong decision grows in its wrongness into a terrifying paranoid nightmare.”
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12. I Am Jonas (2018)
Some stunning eye candy (those cheekbones on star Félix Maritaud!) punctuates this powerful, acclaimed coming-of-age drama. Young gay love is part of the plot, so is devastating tragedy. Like the bodies on display, this plot is a beauty, told in non-linear fashion with some suspense and surprise. To ruin it would be a disservice. Just watch it already.
13. Berlin Syndrome (2017)
So abundant we might as well make them their own genre, movies about kidnapped females generally go one of two ways: It’s either all about the suspense, figuring out how and if she will get out—or there’s the nastier route, the really low road, when some movies focus on a woman’s torture and humiliation, turning it into spectacle.
Though Australian director Cate Shortland‘s adaptation of Melanie Joosten‘s novel about a tourist imprisoned by a handsome teacher after a passionate one-night-stand is a thriller (quite heart-pounding at times), and much of the woman’s mistreatment is extremely hard to watch, this highly absorbing psychological drama stands out because it’s all about the chlaracters and what’s going on in their heads. It also differs from other films of its ilk in that this nightmare begins with genuine erotic tension and heat, a mutual attraction.
Aussie-born Teresa Palmer of Hacksaw Ridge fame delivers a ripper of a performance as a victim suffering in stages not unlike the stages of grieving. German Max Riemelt (Sense8) keeps up every step of the way as her chilling and multifaceted captor, but this is Palmer’s film, and it gave the dynamite actress long-relegated to playing love-interest side characters a serious calling card in Hollywood.
14. Head On (1998)
This Australian drama stars Alex Dimitriades as a Greek youth exploring his sexuality, and sometimes flirting with danger. Head On received fairly positive reviews upon release, and sparked some controversy due to its sexual content. Writer/director Ana Kokkinos received L.A. Outfest’s Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Foreign Narrative Feature.
‘Basic Instinct’ (TriStar/Getty Images)
15. Basic Instinct (1992)
Following box-office triumphs Robocop and Total Recall (and before box-office dud-turned home-video behemoth Showgirls) Paul Verhoeven helmed the high-class-trashy neo-noir erotic thriller that made Sharon Stone a household name. Michael Douglas stars as a homicide detective who becomes entangled with a beautiful crime novelist following the unusual, brutal death of a rock star. Despite middling reviews from critics, Basic Instinct grossed an astounding $352.9 million against a $49 million budget. An unintentionally hilarious sequel followed in 2006.
16. A Perfect Ending (2012)
In Nicole Conn‘s steam-filled romantic drama, a disillusioned older woman (Barbara Niven) confides in a high-end escort (Jessica Clark). At a glance, it’s a lesbian take on Pretty Woman for more modern times.
17. Elisa & Marcela (2019)
AKA Elisa y Marcela, Isabel Coixet‘s erotic historical drama is an account of Marcela Gracia Ibeas and Elisa Sánchez Loriga, and the first same-sex marriage of Spain’s modern era. A Spanish production (in Spanish and Portugese with subtitles), Elisa & Marcela was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin Film Festival, and received a limited theatrical release via Netflix.
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