Sex, romance, and nudity – these three closely related concepts have been explored in films since the beginning of cinema. From the ancient Greek comedies of Aristophanes to the roaring twenties of the early American silent era, sex has always been an intriguing topic for filmmakers. There have been countless sex-related films over the years, and while some have been hit-or-miss, others have been outright classics that are considered some of the greatest movies ever made. Here, we’ll look at some of the most exciting and groundbreaking sex movies of all time.

Adult Movies in a New Light
The classic adult movie typically featured a man daydreaming or getting intimate with a beautiful woman, usually in a provocatively sexual way. However, in recent years, filmmakers have started to explore sex in a more complex way than ever before. There are no longer simple cheap jokes or quick cutaways when it comes to depicting sex; instead, we see realistic, meaningful interactions between people. The focus has shifted towards honest depictions of human relationships and the struggles we all face, often without any explicit nudity or graphic content. This is a new and exciting direction to take when it comes to sex in film, and there have already been some great examples.

10 Best Sex Movies of All Time

  1. ‘Nymphomaniac’ (2013)
    Directed by Lars von Trier, this two-part film follows Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-professed nymphomaniac, as she recounts her sexual experiences in vivid detail. Nymphomaniac is a surprisingly frank portrait of sexuality and its effects on the mind and body, which will make viewers reconsider their own preconceived notions.

  2. ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ (2013)
    The acclaimed French drama Blue Is the Warmest Color is an intimate portrait of teenage love and sexuality. Starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux as two women who fall in love, the film is an achingly beautiful portrait of first-time love, full of passion and emotion.

  3. ‘Drive’ (2011)
    Ryan Gosling stars as an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver in the acclaimed thriller Drive. A down and out loner with an obsessive need for speed, Gosling’s character finds himself embroiled in a dangerous underworld of criminals and hitmen. Between the high-octane action scenes and stunning cinematography, Drive is a sexy and stylish ride that offers both thrills and chills.

  4. ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ (2001)
    The Spanish-language road trip movie Y Tu Mamá También was an unexpected hit in 2001 and still stands as one of the most exciting sex movies of all time. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the film follows two teenage boys (Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna) who set out on a journey of sexual awakening with an older married woman (Maribel Verdú).

  5. ‘Naked’ (1993)
    English director Mike Leigh’s controversial drama Naked centers around Johnny (David Thewlis), a drifter and philosopher who is on the run from the law. Separated from society, the gritty and unapologetic drama is an unflinching exploration of human behavior and its consequences.

  6. ‘Nine 1/2 Weeks’ (1986)
    Directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, Nine and a Half Weeks was one of the first mainstream erotic dramas. The film follows the intense and often unsettling sexual relationship between two strangers, and its frankness made it an immediate sensation.

  7. ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ (1988)
    Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a Czech doctor who, along with his lover Sabina (Lena Olin), embarks on a passionate physical journey in the face of increasing political unrest in their home country. The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an emotionally complex and visually stunning exploration of a man’s struggle to find purpose and freedom in his life.

  8. ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ (1955)
    Kkiss Me Deadly is a classic noir thriller that, while telling the story of private eye Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker), also serves as a critique of the violence and utilitarianism of the Cold War era. With its sexual tension, stylized violence, and themes of life and existence, Kiss Me Deadly is still thrilling and relevant today.

  9. ‘Mulholland Drive’ (2001)
    David Lynch’s mind-bending Mulholland Drive is one of the most talked-about films of all time. Starring Naomi Watts and Laura Harring as two women searching for the truth, the film is a surreal exploration of the nature of identity and the power of dreams.

  10. ‘Crash’ (1996)
    Based on the novel by J.G. Ballard and directed by David Cronenberg, Crash centers around a group of automobile fetishists who find sexual release in car crashes. With its blend of dark humor and twisted psychology, Crash is an exploration of the seductive power of abnormal behavior.

Other Noteworthy Sex Movies
Though the list above contains some of the most acclaimed sex movies of all time, there are several other great films that haven’t been mentioned. These include the following:

• ‘The Dreamers’ (2003)
• ‘Wild Things’ (1998)
• ‘Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love’ (1996)
• ‘Shortbus’ (2006)
• ‘Basic Instinct’ (1992)
• ‘Don’t Look Now’ (1973)
• ‘Fatal Attraction’ (1987)
• ‘Body Heat’ (1981)
• ‘Sexy Beast’ (2000)
• ‘Bound’ (1996)
• ‘The Piano Teacher’ (2001)
• ‘Betty Blue’ (1986)

The portrayal of sex in film has come a long way in the past few decades. Gone are the days of simply titillating audiences with cheap jokes and risqué situations; instead, sex is explored more intimately, honestly, and maturely. We now have exciting new films that focus on human relationships and the complexities of intimacy, emotions, and sexuality. Whether it’s the classic ‘Nine and a Half Weeks’ or the controversial ‘Crash’, these movies prove that there’s still an audience for thoughtful, provocative films about sex.