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25 Popular Movies That Are Actually Pretty Pornographic

From Boogie Nights to Blue Is The Warmest Color, these films tread the line between sexy and suggestive.

These movies like porn will get you feeling hot and bothered.
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There are some movies out there so sexually intense it almost feels like watching porn, even if they also have a serious narrative. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The 25 films on this list are as serious as they are erotic, for evenings where you want a little spice with your sugar.

Movies can take us to new worlds beyond our wildest imaginations — and occasionally, the new world shown onscreen is a very sexy one. There are plenty of “regular” movies (not explicitly porn, but they might as well be) that are insanely graphic — both critically acclaimed blockbusters and obscure indie hits. There’s a little something here for everyone, even if you need to peek from behind the fingers covering your eyes.

It’s good to keep your mind open and your perspectives varied, so no matter your taste in movies, it’s worth giving at least one or two (or seven) of these films a chance. As long as you’re prepared to sit through some pretty graphic sex scenes, these practically-porn movies are a great time, whether you’re watching them alone or with a partner. Just make sure to take a cold shower afterward, because fair warning: these movies will definitely heat things up.

1. Lie With Me (2005)

Lie With Me, like porn, contains unsimulated sex — meaning the actors are having actual sex in the film. This 2005 erotic romance follows Leila and David, two sexually aggressive people who form a carnal affair. Both love sex and hate commitment, but this relationship soon begins to seep into their (very separate) personal lives. What drives this film is the intimacy of its sex scenes, giving Lie With Me a deserved place on this list.

Watch now on Tubi or Pluto TV.

2. Dogtooth (2009)

There may be highly realistic sex scenes in Dogtooth, but that doesn’t mean this film is necessarily sexy. It’s actually very disturbing. This Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) flick is about a father who keeps his three adult children estranged from the outside world, forcing them into a cult-like atmosphere filled with arbitrary and ridiculous rules. At one point, the father forces two of them to have sex with each other. Dogtooth is filled with scenes you’ll never forget, for better or worse.

Watch now on Shudder or Amazon Prime.

3. Shame (2011)

This Steve McQueen-directed movie is about a sex addict named Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender) who is trying to hide his private life from his sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan). When Sissy decides to move in with Brandon indefinitely, his addictive escapades encounter a roadblock. It’s a little dark, so it might not be for everyone. But if you’re a Fassbender or McQueen fan, this is definitely a must-see flick. Heads-up, though — his sister has a history of cutting and suicide, which could be triggering for some viewers.

Rent or buy now on Amazon Prime or rent it on Apple TV.

4. Basic Instinct (1992)

Sharon Stone takes femme fatale to the next level when she plays a crime novelist accused of murdering a famous rock star. Stone’s Catherine Tramell has written a book that mimics the real-life murder a little too closely for comfort. She and Nick Curran, the detective investigating her crime (Michael Douglas), have a sexy, twisted relationship — so messed up that he’s OK with ignoring her probable guilt in the murder. If you haven’t seen this ’90s neo-noir classic, now might be the time.

Watch now on HBO Max or Hulu.

5. Baby Boy (2001)

This 2001 coming-of-age film features Tyrese Gibson as Joseph “Jody” Summers, a 20-something jobless man who still lives with his mom despite fathering two children by two different women. Rather than taking charge of his life, Jody spends his time sleeping around, cheating on his girlfriend, Yvette — played by Taraji P. Henson in her film debut — and getting into trouble with her ex-boyfriend Rodney (Snoop Dogg). From many sex scenes to a stacked soundtrack of music from Snoop Sogg, Tyrese, D’Angelo, this NAACP Image Award-nominated film has it all.

Rent or buy now on Amazon Prime.

6. Good Luck Chuck (2007)

The movie is extremely silly. But even if the premise is a little unrealistic (women have no-strings-attached sex with Dane Cook’s character and then find their “true love” shortly after), the intense sex montage in this movie is more graphic than many teenage fans were prepared to see when it came out. You’re not alone if you still blush thinking about it.

Watch now on Netflix.

7. Showgirls (1995)

Showgirls, about a young drifter trying to become a proper Las Vegas showgirl, is bound to have some sexy scenes. This movie, starring Elizabeth Berkley of Saved by the Bell fame, got an NC-17 rating when it first came out for nudity, erotic sexuality, and sexual violence. It was also shocking for many people at the time, given that its star was best known for playing good girl Jesse Spano on the popular teen sitcom.

Watch it on Xfinity.

8. The Fifty Shades Of Grey Series (2015-2018)

E.L. James changed the entire book industry when her self-published novel Fifty Shades of Grey became a viral sensation, making appearances at suburban book clubs all over the country. It was only a matter of time before someone turned the books into movies, and they do not disappoint. Dakota Johnson stars as Anastasia “Ana” Steele, a literature student assigned to interview mysterious millionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). As the two grow closer, he slowly introduces her to the sexual world of BDSM. These three books and movies are definitely not Shakespeare — some of the dialogue will make you cringe — but they’re addictive and sexy.

Rent or buy now on Amazon Prime.

9. Nymphomaniac: Volume I & Volume II (2013)

In this incredibly graphic two-part movie from controversial director Lars von Trier, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) tells Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) all about her various sex-capades with flashback details. The story begins with her teenage trysts and leads to her life as a 50-year-old, self-diagnosed nymphomaniac. Seligman tries to analyze the whole thing, but it’s not really something you can break down if you’re not a licensed therapist (which he definitely isn’t). The double-feature also stars Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, and Connie Nielsen.

Rent or buy Volume I or Volume II on Amazon Prime.

10. Boogie Nights (1997)

A movie about the porn industry obviously has some sexy bits. In the film, Mark Wahlberg is a teenage busboy who is discovered by a porn producer, and his entire life is upended. The film contains full-frontal male nudity, which is rare — although Wahlberg reportedly wore a prosthetic. “What Mark Wahlberg did in that movie was all sorts of things that he had to absolutely commit to,” the director of photography Robert Elswit told Grantland. “He had to put a prosthetic cock on his own cock, you know what I mean? That’s asking an awful lot of an actor, honestly.”

Watch now on Showtime or Amazon Prime.

11. Antichrist (2009)

Violent sex is a huge and disturbing part of this Danish film — also from Lars von Trier, the creator of the Nymphomaniac films. There are also a lot of dead bodies tangled up in the roots of trees, dead foxes, and ticks. This movie is not for the faint of heart, but if you have a kink for horror, this might be the movie for you. It was also the talk of every single film festival the year it came out, so think of it as art, not porn.

Rent or buy now on Amazon Prime.

12. Newness (2017)

Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa star in this sexy romance about a couple who decide to explore hookup apps and open relationship culture. The sexual encounters get more intense as they try to one-up one another in their sexual conquests. The whole movie is set to a dreamlike ambiance thanks to Like Crazy filmmaker Drake Doremus.

Watch now on Netflix.

13. Madame Claude (2021)

One of the most famous brothel madams gets the silver screen treatment in Sylvie Verheyde’s Madame Claude. This 2021 remake of the 1977 film of the same name is based on the true story of the successful ’60s brothel keeper who had ties to powerful political entities and high-profile clients. Though the Madame Claude reboot was met with lukewarm reception from critics, those sex scenes are hot as fire. Perhaps this one is also more suited for Pornhub.

Watch now on Netflix.

14. 365 Days (2020)

This erotic thriller is definitely turning heads and being called Poland’s version of Fifty Shades of Grey. The steamy flick tells the story of Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka), a Warsaw businesswoman who is kidnapped by Massimo (Michele Morrone), the leader of an Italian crime family. He gives her 365 days to fall in love with him, and the sex scenes honestly rival anything in Fifty Shades. Proceed with caution, though: There is a very questionable consent part of the movie, and you have to be willing to look past the fact that the main character is a prisoner.

Watch now on Netflix.

15. Love (2015)

OK, this one might legit just be porn... almost. When Gaspar Noé’s Love premiered in 2015, the word on the street at the Cannes Film Festival was the fact that the film uses unsimulated sex scenes; all of the actors on screen are having real penetrative sex. But Love does include an intriguing story: Murphy, an American student, reminisces about past relationships with two women in this experimental, dreamlike film.

Rent or buy now on Apple TV.

16. Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

Blue Is the Warmest Color (La Vie d’Adèle) is an incredibly raw and graphic film that tells the story of two young French women who begin a passionate relationship. It won the Palme D’or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and stars Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos were also awarded for their vulnerable and exposed portrayal of the young lovers (not to mention the extensive and explicit sex scenes). The movie earned an NC-17 rating stateside, so you know where you’re headed here.

Watch now on AMC+ or rent or buy now on Amazon Prime.

17. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 book Traumnovelle (Dream Story), Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut stars Tom Cruise as Dr. Bill Hartford, whose wife Alice (Nicole Kidman) confesses she’s felt urges to sleep with another man. Shocked and upset, Bill seeks out a sexual encounter of his own and winds up stumbling into a secret organization’s masked orgy. Kubrick’s final film created before his March 1999 passing, the erotic mystery drama’s sex scenes were heavily edited by Warner Bros. in order to ensure it’d receive an R rating rather than an adults-only NC-17 rating.

Watch it on HBO Max.

18. Jason’s Lyric (1994)

Set in a dangerous Houston, Texas, neighborhood, this erotic drama follows brothers Jason (Allen Payne) and Joshua (Bokeen Woodbine), who’ve chosen wildly different life paths following a family tragedy. A responsible man working as a TV store clerk and helping his mother in his free time, Jason spends much of his time trying to reroute the criminal path Joshua has taken. But after Jason meets a woman named Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith), he becomes enraptured by their intense budding relationship, portrayed onscreen through several elongated, dream-like sex scenes.

Watch now on Cinemax or rent or buy on Amazon Prime.

19. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Named the most explicit Hollywood film of all time for sexual content in a study published by NY Daily News, Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street features a record-breaking amount of curse words as well as many extreme sex scenes. Set in the early 1990s, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, who quickly works his way up Wall Street’s corporate ladder. Alongside trusted lieutenant Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), Belfort defrauds rich investors and makes millions while engaging in a seemingly endless amount of drugs, sex, and other dangerous thrills.

Watch now on Pluto TV or rent or buy on on Amazon Prime.

20. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Set in the mid-1980s, this biographical drama tells the story of Dallas electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), who’s shocked to learn he has AIDS — and supposedly only 30 days to live. Determined to live through the disease, Ron begins illegally obtaining not-yet-approved treatment drugs and discreetly selling them to those in need through his “Dallas Buyers Club.” Also starring Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner, the Oscar-winning film’s heavy subject matter is accompanied by many uncomfortably graphic sex scenes.

Watch it on Peacock.

21. Annette (2021)

If you’ve seen Girls or House of Gucci, you know Adam Driver is no stranger to a sex scene. For one of multiple in 2021’s Annette, he upped the ante by literally singing while simulating oral sex on Marion Cotillard, which spawned many viral headlines. The film follows comedian Henry (Driver) as he falls in love with opera singer Ann (Cotillard) and the pair have a baby, Annette (Devyn McDowell), whose arrival drastically alters their lives.

Watch now on Amazon Prime.

22. Pandora’s Box (2002)

Created as a standalone film but marketed as a sequel to 2000’s erotic thriller Trois due to its similar themes and sexual content, Monica Calhoun (The Best Man) stars in Pandora’s Box as psychologist Mia DuBois. Unhappy in her marriage, Mia is persuaded by new client Tammy (Chrystale Wilson) to attend an underground sex club, where she meets Hampton Hines (Michael Jai White) and soon enters a steamy, complicated affair.

Watch now on Roku.

23. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks star as the titular characters in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, two lifelong friends and roommates who find themselves ocean-deep in financial debt. After their electricity is turned off, the pair becomes desperate and decides to make a pornographic film together to score some funds. But despite not wanting the sexual business venture to get in the way of their friendship, Zack and Miri begin to struggle with their changing dynamic. Given the subject matter, you can expect to see an array of sex scenes in this 2008 comedy.

Watch now on Showtime, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

24. Lovelace (2013)

Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, this biopic sees Amanda Seyfried embody the role of legendary Golden Age of Porn actress Linda Lovelace, known for starring in 1972’s controversial Deep Throat. Born Linda Susan Boreman, Lovelace later claimed her husband, Chuck Traynor (played by Peter Sarsgaard), threatened and coerced her into appearing in porn, a troubling dynamic explored in the film.

Watch now on HBO Max.

25. Monster’s Ball (2001)

Having lost his son to suicide, prison guard Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thornton) is ridden with depression. After meeting Leticia Musgrove (Halle Berry) and helping her injured son, who then passes away, the pair bond over grief and soon spark a sexual relationship — shown onscreen in several lengthy sex scenes. But once she learns he played a role in her husband’s execution, their connection takes a negative turn in this Lee Daniels-produced, Marc Forster-directed, Oscar-winning erotic drama.

Watch now on HBO Max.

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