These 18 Sexy Thrillers Are Equal Parts Exciting and Erotic
I love a good sex-filled film as much as the next person, but I prefer the steamy scenes to be following at least somewhat of a plot. There are erotic films that also make you think, and we've rounded up the best ones out there to fulfill your smutty and sensible movie-watching sides. From murder mysteries and orgies to love triangles and attraction that goes way too far, here are the best sexy thrillers to watch when you're feeling up for something exciting.
One woman is hired to deceive a wealthy bachelorette in order to swindle her out of her fortune, but in The Handmaiden, things don't go as planned and a steamy love affair begins in an unexpected way.
Eyes Wide Shut
The dark plot of Stanley Kubrick's erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut follows a wealthy doctor and his single night of adventure after discovering that his wife had an affair. He finds himself in the midst of a masked orgy organized by a secret society — and believe us, anything goes here.
After a married man has a brief affair with a woman he meets through work, what he thought was understood to be a "fling" takes a sharp, dark turn. In Fatal Attraction, a scorned woman takes stalking to a new, terrifying level as she threatens to ruin the life of a man she's obsessed with.
When a couple having an affair decide to kill the woman's husband in order to get his money, things seem more or less cut and dry. However, in neo-noir erotic thriller Body Heat, the plot thickens when it becomes clear that not everyone is who they say they really are, or were.
Lust, Caution is an erotic thriller that takes places in 1940s Shanghai, which was occupied by Japan at the time. Directed by Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee, the action-packed espionage drama follows a woman assigned to lure a special agent into a trap in order to murder him. The movie is rated NC-17 for graphic sex and full-frontal nudity, among other things.
Body of Evidence
Madonna stars in Body of Evidence, an erotic drama about a millionaire's wife accused of his murder and the kinky affair that ensues with her lawyer. There's money, there's sex, there's a murder mystery.
Dressed to Kill
When a prostitute is a witness to a murder and then accused of the crime, the real killer is hellbent on getting rid of the only person who knows what really went down. Dressed to Kill is an erotic thriller with intrigue and plenty of twists and turns.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is about a bored married couple who discover that they are both actually assassins working for different companies — and they are hired to kill each other. The sexual tension is tangible throughout the movie, and we all know that it translated to real life between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Basic Instinct has one of the most famous scenes in film history. You know, the one where a panty-less Sharon Stone slowly uncrosses her legs while wearing a dress. The neo-noir murder mystery is full of intrigue, drama, and oh yes — sex.
Where the Truth Lies
An erotic thriller about a journalist seeking to find answers about the disappearance of a woman in connection with a comedy duo (played by Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon), Where the Truth Lies has sex, intrigue, and much more.
The Last Seduction
In the neo-noir thriller The Last Seduction a manipulative femme fatale steals her husband's drug money and skips town to continue her devious schemes on the next unsuspecting man she meets.
Swimming Pool is a British-French erotic thriller about a crime novelist who goes to a house in Southern France to write her next novel, where tragedy, mystery, and lots and lots of sex occur.
This psychological drama is definitely not your average erotic thriller — David Cronenberg's Crash is about a group of people who take sexual pleasure from, you guessed it . . . car crashes.
When a down-on-his-luck actor gets a house-sitting gig, he catches a beautiful woman dancing naked in another window — then witnesses her murder. In Body Double, a man is drawn into a murder mystery he unwittingly is at the center of.
Two manipulative women from different social spheres doing it in a pool while simultaneously betraying each other? Yeah, this scene from erotic thriller Wild Things pretty much sums up the movie, which is the epitome of all things dark and sexy.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
The wife of a crime boss begins a secret romance with a patron of her husband's restaurant in this black romantic comedy that caused a rating controversy, due in part because of it's graphic violence and sex scenes as well as scatalogy. Miramax was given the choice of an X rating or going unrated and ultimately chose to go unrated (an X rating is more often associated with porn) and later released both the original and an R-rated versions of the film on VHS.
Sex and Lucia
This Spanish erotic drama Sex and Lucia has a layered plot of intertwining stories dealing with love, tragedy, sex, and death, all woven together by two women and their connection to a man named Lorenzo.
A steamy affair spirals out of control in Unfaithful, and the web of lies and betrayal threatens to destroy the lives of all involved.