21 Sexy Sci-Fi Movies To Watch When Regular Sexy Movies Aren't Enough

When you think of the term "sci-fi," the next word to pop into your head probably isn't "sexy." Despite being relatively close together in the dictionary, these two concepts seem to have little in common. However, I would argue that if you look a little deeper, you can see that they're not mutually exclusive. Sci-fi movies often place characters in dangerous or unfamiliar situations, leaving a lot of tension in the air. And, sometimes, there's a healthy dose of sexual tension to go along with it. Yes, believe it or not, science fiction movies can be sexy.

Now, when trying to identify sexy sci-fi movies that you might enjoy, it's helpful to remember that science fiction is a fairly wide-reaching genre. A movie doesn't have to contain robots to qualify as science fiction, nor does it have to feature a slimy creature, or a spaceship, or people in lab coats. Instead, a sci-fi movie can be a dystopian drama, or an otherwordly fantasy, or an alternate reality thriller. It's also helpful to remember that a movie can be sexy without containing any actual sex. For example, there was no sex in The Martian, but staring at Matt Damon for two hours was, in my opinion, a sexier experience than watching any recent Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

So take a look at these other sexy sci-fi movies that are worth checking out.

1. Barbarella

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Jane Fonda slays in this overtly sexual sci-fi film from 1968.

2. Equals

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Nichols Hoult and Kristen Stewart get in on in a future dystopian society.

3. Cloud Atlas

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This sci-fi fantasy consists of six beautiful intertwining stories, more than one of which contain some sexual encounters.

4. The Adjustment Bureau

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Picture Romeo and Juliet, except it's Matt Damon and Emily Blunt on the run from an ominous government intelligent agency that's determined to keep them apart.

5. Self/less

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Ryan Reynolds is fantastic in this thriller, and, even though the second half of the movie is the more important part in terms of his character's personal growth, the first half contains some very sexy scenes.

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Passionate, messy love meets mind-erasing. Yes, please.

7. The Matrix Reloaded

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This film includes a super-long sex scene, which confuses some viewers but entices others.

8. Mad Max: Fury Road

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Charlize Theron. Need I say more?

9. Avatar

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This 2009 box office hit featured a lot of intimacy, but the re-release actually included an extended "sex" scene.

10. Warm Bodies

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Love is really hard when you're a zombie, but this 2013 film proved that it's not impossible.

11. Holy Motors

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This acclaimed foreign film involves an abstract sex scene between two people in motion capture suits.

12. Insurgent

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It's a thing of beauty when Tris and Four finally hook up in this YA dystopian adaptation.

13. Total Recall

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This movie is known for its inclusion of a three-breasted prostitute, but it also features an undeniably sweet sexual encounter between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone.

14. Star Wars

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There was always sexual tension between Princess Leia and Luke and Han Solo. The Empire Strikes Back includes a particularly passionate kiss.

15. I, Robot

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Will Smith in the shower is a highlight of this 2004 thriller.

16. Her

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This movie became famous for its voice-only sex scene between Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix.

17. Sleeper

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Woody Allen's 1973 sci-fi comedy features something called an "orgasmatron," which is exactly what it sounds like.

18. Demolition Man

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Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock have sex using virtual reality helmets. The future is weird.

19. Lucy

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There is actually no sex in this movie, but Scarlett Johansson's character was the sexiest brilliant badass of summer 2014.

20. Cocoon

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Another psychic sex scene, this time in a pool.

21. Under the Skin

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Scarlett Johansson plays yet another otherwordly being in this dark 2013 sci-fi horror film.

As you can see, sex and sensuality are not as far off from the sci-fi genre as you might have assumed. These movies prove that sci-fi movies be be as sexy as they are thought-provoking.

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