Everyone has a favorite genre: comedy, romance, horror. Those are, of course, the popular ones. Or at least the most popular to talk about. But there’s another element that permeates them all, even if we don’t like drawing attention to the fact that we’re intrigued by it. It’s the sexiest films category: movies that evoke the sometimes taboo topics of intimacy and attraction and lust. In some ways, it is beyond the idea of a genre because sex has a way of making its way into all parts of our lives.
To prove that, we’ve listed some of the sexiest films available to stream on Netflix. Don’t try to put sex in a box (though, there’s probably a movie where someone has tried to do just that). There’s something below for everyone. Don’t fear the sex chatter. Embrace it.
Malcolm & Marie
Sam Levinson’s black and white Netflix creation may have been met with middling reviews, but the film’s co-stars gave such an electrifying performance that reviewers forgave the film’s downfalls. Starring Zendaya and John David Washington, the film follows an intimate evening following a couple’s night out. Dripping in sexual energy, emotion, and chemistry, the film is a cocktail of sexiness.
It’s the VHS cover that launched a thousand sexual awakenings. Demi Moore stars as an FBI secretary-cum-stripper who gets involved in some shady politics. It is notably awful, and yet, somehow a classic.
Starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, Newness follows a couple from the launch of their relationship through all the trials they face after moving in together.
What starts out as a co-ed Spring Break trip takes a dark turn when four girls end up in cahoots with a shady drug and arms dealer. Casual. Set in St. Petersburg, it’s further proof that only bad vibes and sexy debauchery happen in Florida.
Molly Bloom was an Olympic-level skier whose dreams fell apart, so she changed her focus: run an underground poker tournament for the elite. Jessica Chastain plays the titular bottle service waitress who used her smarts to launch a whole new, unlawful career.
Jessica Chastain is the lead (again!) in Tate Taylor’s 2020 film about a sexy assassin who has to work against the odds to reunite her family without becoming an assassination target herself.
Two sexy leads. One of them is an assassin in a former life? Sold. Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher are a sexy time capsule of talent from the 2000s.
Jezebel takes a look at a different side of the sex work industry, exploring the complexity of being a cam girl. In the film, a woman follows her sister’s lead and begins her own webcam shows, but what follows is more complicated than simply signing on and turning a camera on for tips.
Elisa and Marcela
Elisa and Marcela tells the true story of the first same-sex marriage in Spain, in which two women, Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, posed as a heterosexual couple so they could marry in 1901.
The One I Love
Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie’s (Elisabeth Moss) marriage is falling apart when their therapist (Ted Danson) suggests they get away together to a picturesque vacation home. But, instead of a relaxing weekend, strange things start happening in the home.
This psychological horror from director Daniel Goldhaber stars Madeline Brewer as Alice, a cam girl who finds that her online identity has been taken over by a doppelgänger of herself, who is seducing men that mysteriously vanish.
Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) are off on a bachelorette weekend in wine country, when the bride admits she’s never had an orgasm.
The Boss’s Daughter
This French romance from writer-director Olivier Loustau follows the forbidden love of a man who falls in love with, you guessed it, his boss’s daughter.
This Spanish film follows the passion and trials of the romance between Laura and Carlos, directed by Esteban Crespo.
Directed by Yuki Tanada, and adapted from her own novel, Romance Doll follows the marriage of Japanese couple Sonoko and Tetsuo, the latter of whom works as a sculptor creating sex dolls.
With incredible, complex performances and daring cinematography, American Honey stars Sasha Lane as Star, a young woman who leaves home and meets Jake (Shia LaBeouf), who shows her a life of partying and passion.
This modern day rom-com stars actor/writer/director James Sweeney as Todd, an obsessive compulsive gay man questioning his own sexuality. A twist on the genre, he meets Rory, played by Katie Findlay, and they get involved in a relationship that includes everything but sex.
A struggling couple Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) are framed for a crime and set off on a hilarious adventure to clear their names.
My Week with Marilyn
This biopic of Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) in 1956 during the throes of her marriage to Arthur Miller shows the star in all of her states: vulnerable, charming, sexy, and more. It’s a tender story of a woman who became one of America’s most famous sex symbols.
For any little boy who has ever had a babysitter a few years his senior, this film will strike a bit of nostalgia for those adolescent fantasies. For any little boy whose babysitter also dabbled in the occult and threatened to kill him, let this listicle serve as a trigger warning.
Always Be My Maybe
Ali Wong and Randall Park have incredible chemistry in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe. The film is practically embedded with sexual tension, as the two main characters have an intimate past that gets re-explored 15 years after the fact.
The true story of the most debauched rock group ever, The Dirt follows Mötley Crüe through the heady days of the 1980s as the heavy metal band becomes as famous for their love of sex and drugs as much as their rock and roll.
She’s Gotta Have It
Spike Lee’s first feature film is an indie black-and-white comedy starring Tracy Camilla Johns as a young woman in Brooklyn who juggles three potential boyfriends.
The shocking directorial debut from Elizabeth Wood follows Leah, a young college student in New York who falls for the wrong guy—and will go to extreme lengths to keep him in her life.
Rocco Siffredi offers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at his life as a porn star on the eve of his retirement from the business.
You may have heard about Chris Pine’s full-frontal scene, which is barely sexy. But his love scene with co-star Florence Pugh is certainly hot and heavy.
Game of Thrones‘ Natalie Dormer co-wrote this sexy thriller about a blind woman who hears her neighbor’s (Emily Ratajkowski) murder, which sends her down a dark rabbit hole or violence and corruption.
Director Miguel Arteta co-wrote the screenplay for this comedy with Alia Shawkat, who stars as one half of a couple (alongside Laia Costa) that meets at a club and discovers intimacy through frequent sex.
Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa play a pair of millennials who navigate through a complicated and unwieldy hookup culture in modern-day Los Angeles.
A playful round of S&M goes terribly wrong in Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s psychological horror film starring Bruce Greenwood and Carla Gugino.
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