for the best sex-related movies so you don't have to. Are they all "sexy," in the traditional sense of the word? No. In fact, you might consider some the opposite of sexy. But most of them deal with issues related to mating and relating with ingenuity, style and/or intelligence. We've ranked them in order of Rotten Tomatoes freshness ratings from lowest to highest: All are "fresh" (the majority of critics -- over 60 percent -- gave the film positive reviews) and half are "certified fresh" (75 percent or higher, with 40 reviews counted and at least 5 reviews from top critics).
15. Bitter Moon (63 percent)
If you can get past the fact that it's directed by
is a wonderfully campy dark-comedy about erotic obsession gone really, really wrong. Like oinking-in-a-pig-mask wrong.
14. Sex and Lucia (71 percent)
This is sexy -- there is a lot of "strong sexual content" -- but it is also super sad. Tragedy plus eroticism does NOT equal comedy.
13. Young and Beautiful (73 percent)
Sounds like a terrible soap opera, but this French film by the director of
centers on a teenager with a secret life as a blasé sex worker. (Actually, maybe it could be a soap opera...) Let's just hope mom doesn't find out!
12. The Piano Teacher (73 percent)
Basically, this is the opposite of the BDSM relationship in
Fifty Shades of Grey
: older woman, younger man; zero romance (and we mean it, unlike Christian Grey); and a seriously unhealthy approach to masochism. Makes
look like a feel-good romantic comedy.
11. Nymphomaniac (Vol I 75 percent; Vol II 60 percent)
We're almost morally opposed to including anything by Lars Von Trier on this list, just because his films are so painful to watch. But come on, this is an epic two-parter (over four hours long) about a sex addict. Do we have a choice?
10. Frida (76 percent)
This biopic of the Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo chronicles her complicated marriage to muralist Diego Rivera, which involved lots of lovers on both sides (including one shared mistress), as well as Kahlo's affair with the Marxist revolutionary, Leon Trotsky.
9. Fatal Attraction (78 percent)
The classic that spawned the term "bunny boiler" wasn't just a cautionary tale (be careful what you wish for, don't take for granted all you have...) -- it could also be seen as a feminist treatise on the dangers of ignoring women and their feelings.
8. I Am Love (80 percent)
Italian vistas + food porn + an affair + Tilda Swinton = intense, dramatic sensuality.
7. Don Jon (81 percent)
Funny and stylish take on the the deleterious effects the modern meathead's porn habits have on his romantic relationships.
6. Submarine (86 percent)
Adorable, stylish and touching coming-of-age British film about a 15-year-old trying to save his parents' marriage
lose his virginity.
5. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (90 percent)
Peter Greenaway, famous for combining beauty and horror in his art house works, carried on the tradition in this shocking film from 1989 which featured Hellen Mirren's always-stellar acting, Jean-Paul Gaultier's over-the-top costumes, and Michael Nyman's creepy music. You won't be hungry for a while after this one.
4. Like Water for Chocolate (90 percent)
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film tells the tale of star-crossed Mexican lovers with lots of foodie sensuality and magical realism. According to RT, it's one of the highest grossing foreign films of all time. You
be hungry after this one.
3. Blue Is the Warmest Color (91 percent)
A French teenager explores her Sapphic sexuality with a blue-haired art student. Rated NC-17 for explicit scenes. Strap in, 'cause it's over three hours long.
2. Y Tu Mama También (92 percent)
A coming of age story about two Mexican teenage buddies on a road trip with a 28-year-old married woman. It's got all the fantasies: older woman, younger men, casual sex, threeways, homoerotic experimentation... Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who would later make
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Children of Men
(2013), for which he won an Academy Award.
1. Gloria (99 percent)
It doesn't get much better than 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. This Chilean film follows a divorced, middle-aged woman looking for love in singles' dance clubs. She finds it... but it ain't perfect.
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