The 27 Sexiest Movies Of The Last 5 Years

What makes a movie sexy? That’s a pretty personal and subjective thing. Some people like their sexy movies to be stylish; others like them to be more about realism. Some people like subtlety, and others like in-your-face action. Some are all about romantic tragedy, and others prefer a few laughs. And of course, everyone has their favorite sexy movie stars, who can make an already hot movie that much more titillating. Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Oscar Isaac, Blake Lively, Justin Timberlake — you’ll find all those hotties and more on the list below.

This list of the 28 sexiest movies of the past five years ought to have something to get everyone’s motor running. There are forbidden romances, barely missed chances, and lots of danger. There are also heist capers, lush period epics, and at least two appearances by Michael Fassbender, in all his glory. There are vampires, but not the ones you might expect. And there are also male strippers. Funny ones, who love women.

Looking for something more provocative than the average Netflix fare? Add these 28 recent films to your watch list for the next time you’d like to turn the heat up on movie night.

1. Friends With Benefits

It was every '90s kid's dream to see this much of former boy bander Justin Timberlake and That '70s Show star Mila Kunis in a comedy about a low-maintenance relationship that is anything but.

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2. Blue Is The Warmest Color

This French film soars on the heartbreaking performances of the Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. And their realistic and intimate seven-minute love scene lives up to the hype.

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3. Crazy Stupid Love

"You look like you're photoshopped!" — Emma Stone's character, speaking on behalf of everyone who's ever seen Ryan Gosling strip down in this hilarious romantic comedy.

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4. The Perfect Guy

Sanaa Lathan is stuck between Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut in this thriller. And even though one of them might be a psychopath, it still doesn't sound like a bad place to be.

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5. Fifty Shades Of Grey

Do I even need to elaborate?

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6. Carol

Is there anything hotter or more immediate than a sexual awakening? Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have sizzling chemistry as the leads in this award-winning drama.

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7. Magic Mike

Take that, Male Gaze!

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8. Magic Mike XXL

And take it one more time, because Magic Mike XXL is even better than its predecessor. Not only is it full of hot guys who can sing, dance, and make artisan frozen yogurt, those guys are consistently respectful and celebratory of the ladies they entertain.

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9. Savages

Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively get down and dirty in a crime thriller that might not be worth it, otherwise.

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9. Thor: The Dark World

There have been lots of men in tights in the last five years of filmmaking, but none as god-like as Chris Hemsworth. Add Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston's Loki in a Captain America suit, and this is one hot superhero movie.

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10. Jane Eyre

If you want so much longing and one of literature's most stunning 11th hour surprises, have I got the period romance for you.

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11. Shame

If you're not one for literary adaptations, perhaps you'd prefer Michael Fassbender's dark and introspective sex addict in the appropriately graphic Shame.

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12. A Royal Affair

Mads Mikkelsen wears breeches, romances a royal.

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13. Think Like A Man

Who knew an adaptation of a self-help book could be so damn hot?

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14. The Great Gatsby

The romance is doomed, but the parties are decadent. And the fashion is to die for.

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15. Begin Again

Shared passions can lead to other kinds of passions. In this New York-based romance, Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightley bond over the love of both their lives: music.

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16. Only Lovers Left Alive

The otherworldly Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play two creatures of the night who are perfectly content to live forever, as long as they get to do it together.

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17. Gone Girl

What's sexier than the fantasy of blowing off your boring life and doing exactly what you want?

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18. Top Five

Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson are charming and chatty flirts in this romantic comedy.

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19. The Fault In Our Stars

The circumstances may be unusual, but The Fault In Our Stars perfectly captures the rush and pain of first love.

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20. Lucy

Scarlett Johansson knows assassins. But unlike Black Widow, Lucy doesn't have the burden of remorse. And there's something very appealing about watching her kick ass with abandon.

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21. A Most Violent Year

Oscar Isaac, the internet's newest crush, stars with Jessica Chastain as a power couple in an organized crime drama set in New York City's turbulent '80s.

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22. Beyond The Lights

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is sensual pop star Noni, whose new relationship helps her to break out of her corporately designed image.

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23. Weekend

Slow and moving, Weekend begins with a one-night-stand and blossoms into a full-blown love story.

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24. The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Sex is messy and weird, and that's OK too. This coming-of-age drama based on a graphic novel will help you embrace every (okay, most) relationship mistake you've ever made.

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25. The Best Man Holiday

Can this franchise just go on forever? The unfairly attractive cast of 1999's The Best Man returns for a holiday-themed ensemble rom-com. There's a choreographed dance routine.

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26. Friends With Kids

Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt's characters are BFFs who decide to have a baby together precisely because they're not in love. You'll never guess what happens.

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27. Stranger By The Lake

1. Meet a gorgeous stranger on a secluded beach. 2. Watch said stranger strangle a guy. 3. Go for it anyway.

A cold shower might be necessary after watching any of these films. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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