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The Sexiest Movies of 2020 Turn Up the Heat When We Really Need It

After what feels like countless months of social distancing, it’s no surprise that love lives may be feeling a bit stale. If you’re single, you probably haven’t gotten much action. If you’re stuck at home with a partner, the same old quarantine routine has likely become boring. Fear not— we are generously offering this roundup of the sexiest movies of 2020 to add a boost of PG-13 or R-rated excitement into your lives.

We know that 2020 has been trash in far too many ways. Even the pool of sexy movies to choose from has diminished, as film production was delayed and releases were pushed to 2021. The good news is 2020 has still produced some fine movies—even sexy ones! Although, sometimes we just get creative, and we broaden our definition of sexy. Who are we to judge what does it for you? At this point in the year, anything goes.

Regardless of your relationship status, there’s sure to be something here that will rev your engine. Open your mind to the allure of aging Miami detectives getting in one last risky mission. Find the sexiness in a horror story. Nobody will hold it against you. Just take a scroll, see what’s already out there for you to watch, and get excited for what’s to come.


The first of the canon! Underwater features a whole bunch of sexy sea explorers who happen to be trapped in the ocean with an insane sea monster. Naturally, as things escalate, they lose some clothes, and I guess there’s something kind of sexy about fear?

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Bad Boys for Life

The third installment of the Bad Boys trilogy proves that Will Smith has not lost his sex appeal as the rule-breaking bachelor counterpart to Martin Lawrence’s retired family man. If high speed car chases, Vanessa Hudgens as a badass weapons expert, or sexual tension between Will Smith and Paola Núñez Rivas sound like they might get you going, this could be worth the watch.

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The Gentlemen

Guy Ritchie’s gangster movie about a weed empire in London may not strike you as a romp fest, but sometimes the sexiness is all in the view. With a cast featuring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell, and Michelle Dockery, it’s hard to imagine there’s not going to be a touch of sexual tension in there.

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Birds of Prey

Again, we’re not casting judgment, but there’s a very particular kind of person who is attracted to Harley Quinn. If that’s your jam, she has her own movie with a whole cast of femme fatales backing her. And yeah, they’re here to kick ass.

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Fantasy Island

Horror movies may not be everybody’s idea of sexy, but there have to be some people out there who get turned on by the thrill. With an extremely attractive cast featuring Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Austin Stowell, and Ryan Hanson, just to name a few, we honestly wouldn’t blame anyone who felt heated during this spooky flick, where people are trapped on an island having their greatest fantasies come back to haunt them.

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The Photograph

If Sonic isn’t your speed for a romantic holiday film, then a) how dare you? and b) here’s a second option. In a sexy, sexy movie about romance and, um, death, Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield star in this drama where a woman and journalist presumably fall in love while piecing together the past of her photographer mother.

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Endings, Beginnings

A love triangle between Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, and Sebastian Stan. Enough said.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Forbidden love is always sexy. Especially set in 1770 France, between an aristocrat and a painter commissioned to paint her portrait, all in French. Well worth the subtitles.

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Palm Springs

Andy Samberg’s sense of humor alone makes him a heartthrob, so him in a clever romantic comedy only amplifies the sex appeal. Add a sci-fi time-loop, some wedding hijinks, and Samberg crushing beers in a pool, and you have something of a great fantasy going there.

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Sure, this is more of an action thriller, but Chris Hemsworth can be sexy doing just about anything. He plays a mercenary with nothing to lose on a mission to rescue the kidnapped son of a crime lord. If tough, dirty, sweaty, manly men are your thing, this is the one to watch.

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Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.

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