Netflix isn't just for marathoning New York-set comic book adaptations and cherry-picking the most comforting episodes of your favorite sitcoms. The streaming service also has a nice cache of romantic movies that drift towards the sensual. So when you're spending an evening in with your significant other, there's no reason to look to outlets that specialize in that kind of thing. Netflix subscribers can access lots of sexy films — some unrated — with just their regular monthly membership fee. But since some of these movies are foreign-made, independent, or otherwise off-the-beaten path, you may not come across them while casually browsing. So here's a helpful primer of 18 dirty movies on Netflix that couples can watch on date night.
You may have seen a few of these movies already. Some were major theatrical releases; others are critically acclaimed. But I hope you'll find some hidden treasure in this list of psychological dramas, hotter-than-average romantic comedies, and pleasantly silly erotic thrillers. With these movies, you and your partner can lose yourself in another romance for a while, experience something new together, and ideally be inspired to get creative and stay connected. You could watch these 18 Netflix movies alone, but wouldn't it be more fun if you had some company?
1. Y Tu Mama Tambien
Childhood friends Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna broke out in this life-affirming road movie about two bros who take a trip with a mysterious older woman and end up shattering the boundaries between them.
2. Nymphomaniac, Volume 1
This Lars Von Trier sex odyssey is not for the faint of heart, and probably requires a pre-game talk to make sure that both of you are on board with what you're about to see.
3. Nymphomaniac, Volume 2
Ditto on this second installment.
4. Magic Mike
The men are the central characters of Magic Mike, but their life's work is to make women feel valid and desired. There's no explicit sex in this stripping dramedy, but Channing Tatum's acrobatic dance moves don't leave much to the imagination.
5. Clouds Of Sils Maria
Kristen Stewart is the assistant managing the charged rivalry between an aging beauty (Juliette Binoche) and the ingenue threatening to replace her (Chloe Grace Moretz).
6. Blue Is The Warmest Color
Infamous for its lengthy and realistic sex scenes, Blue Is The Warmest Color is also a touching and troubling story about all-consuming first love.
7. Bang Gang
An intrepid group of French teens experiment together at organized sex parties, though consequences are looming just beyond their carefree good time.
8. On The Road
The film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's road memoir features enough partner-switching, casual drug use, and beat poetry to keep your night interesting.
9. I Am Love
Tilda Swinton is the Russian matriarch of a passionate Italian family in this dreamy drama.
Taboos are given the ol' heave-ho in the story of two best friends who embark on affairs with each other's strapping teenage sons.
This erotic TV thriller isn't good, by any means, but sexual obsession and a forbidden tryst add some excitement.
12. Sex & Lucia
Sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches serve as the backdrop for a Spanish romance about a depressed writer and the two women who define his life.
Simple, intimate, and genuine, Weekend follows two men as through the early stages of what might be a life-changing relationship.
14. Palm Trees In The Snow
There's nothing like a long, weepy, bodice-ripping historical drama to put you in the mood. (If you're still awake by the end of it.)
15. Boy Meets Girl
It's too long of a stretch to call this movie "dirty." It's more honest, heartfelt, and unique: a coming-of-age love story about a transwoman who tries out dating other women and dreams of leaving her small town.
16. Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love
A wealthy, upper caste woman and her servant compete for everything, including the love of a prince in this Mira Nair film.
17. Strictly Sexual
Two young women pick up male prostitutes for no strings attached sex, only to find out that they really were telling the truth about working in construction.
18. How He Fell In Love
How To Get Away With Murder's Matt McGorry stars as a young man who pursues a relationship with an older woman. It might not last forever, but it's a re-awakening of sorts for his married lover.
And that's your next 18 date nights planned. The couple that streams together stays together.