Sexiest Films of All-Time

(in three parts)

Sexiest Films of All-Time: In the following compilation by Filmsite are some of the sexiest films in the display of sex and eroticism on the screen throughout cinematic history.

See also Filmsite's multi-part sections on "Sex in Cinema" for more detail and illustrations:

Sexiest Films of All-Time
(alphabetical, unranked)
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Sexiest Films of All-Time - Part 2
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Gia (1998)

Angelina Jolie was physically and emotionally naked throughout much of this dramatic biopic (made for TV) about doomed, drug-addicted supermodel Gia Carangi and her lesbian affair with a make-up artist (Elizabeth Mitchell).

Henry & June (1990)

This erotic story set in the 1930s in Paris had the dubious distinction of being the first film to ever receive an NC-17 (replacing the X-rating), for its steamy, literary-minded story of a ménage a trois between controversial writer Henry Miller (Fred Miller), his wife June (Uma Thurman) and diary writer Anais Nin (Maria de Medeiros).

The Hot Spot (1990)

The overheated, noirish, and lurid B-movie plot of dark blackmail (over skinny-dipping nude photos) involved a scheming drifter (Don Johnson) in a small Texas town, romancing two beautiful local women, promiscuous sexpot Dolly (Virginia Madsen) and gorgeous innocent secretary Gloria (Jennifer Connelly), while planning a bank heist.

The Hunger (1983, UK)

Lesbian chic was the centerpiece of this latter-day vampire tale set in Manhattan, with revealing sex scenes between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon.

In the Cut (2003)

Director Jane Campion's dark feminist sex film that featured clean-imaged Meg Ryan performing her first major explicit sex scenes, in a film that mirrored Richard Brooks' Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977).

Jamon, Jamon (1992, Sp.) (aka A Tale of Ham and Passion, or Ham, Ham)

A teenaged Penelope Cruz was featured, often bare, in this satirical Spanish comedy drama about sexual seduction, passion for food, and class differences.

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996, India/UK)

Strong erotic sequences were the substance of this dramatization of the Indian handbook of physical love, in its tale of a love triangle between two childhood friends, Maya (Indira Varma) and Tara (Sarita Choudhury), both competing for a King.

Ken Park (2002)

Director Larry Clark's controversial drama with unsimulated sex scenes between teens (with dysfunctional and disturbing family life in Visalia, California) sparked outrage and claims of exploitation.

Killing Me Softly (2002)

Kaige Chen's erotic thriller about a dangerously intense and obsessive sexual bonding earned an R rating, although the leads, a pretty London website designer and mountaineer (Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes) spent most of the film naked together.

Lady Chatterley (2006, Fr.)

Filmed numerous times and based upon various interpretations of D.H. Lawrence's erotic tale Lady Chatterley's Lover, this French film with a half-dozen sex scenes told of the infidelity of married Constance Chatterley (Marina Hands) to the estate's burly gamekeeper Oliver Parkin (Jean-Louis Coullo'ch).

The Last Seduction (1994)

Linda Fiorentino starred in this taut, smolderingly-hot film noir as a diabolical, scheming, and seductive femme fatale manipulatively plotting to acquire drug money while on the run.

Last Tango in Paris (1972, Fr./It.) (aka Ultimo Tango a Parigi)

A passionate but loveless affair between a middle-aged American widower (Marlon Brando) and a young French girl (Maria Schneider) originally brought this controversial, sordid Bernardo Bertolucci film an X-rating.

Lie with Me (2005, Canada)

Lauren Lee Smith boldly portrayed sexually-aggressive and nympho Leila in this explicit Canadian drama, detailing her emotionally and physically-entangling relationship with David (Eric Balfour) with whom she began to find real intimacy.

Little Children (2006)

One of the many films with Kate Winslet appearing in the nude, this Todd Field-directed drama followed the unhappiness and dislocation of an upper middle-class Boston housewife and mother - when she became attracted to lovelorn, stay-at-home dad Brad Adamson (Patrick Wilson).

Lolita (1962, UK/US)

Stanley Kubrick's version of Vladimir Nabokov's novel about a middle-aged man's (James Mason) obsession with a young nymphet (Sue Lyon), his step-daughter, was controversial - and a classic film about pedophilia - much preferred over the 1997 remake.

The Lover (1992, Fr./UK/Viet.) (aka L'Amant)

An obsessive, scandalous, cross-cultural romance engaged a French schoolgirl (Jane March) with an older, wealthy Chinese aristocrat (Tony Leung) in 1920s French Indochina.

Lust, Caution (2007)

On the heels of his Oscar win for Brokeback Mountain (2005), director Ang Lee let sexual inhibitions fly in this sexed-up espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai.

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

David Lynch's surrealistic and confusing non-linear film with doubling identities was a "love story in the city of dreams" between two passionately-linked females: an aspiring actress (Naomi Watts) and a femme fatale (Laura Elena Harring).

9 1/2 Weeks (1986) (aka Nine 1/2 Weeks)

This provocative and steamy Adrian Lyne erotic thriller about sexual obsession between stars Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger was chopped up before release for its kinky, sadomasochistic, sexually-explicit scenes.

9 Songs (2004, UK)

A very explicit and artsy film with abundant sex followed the evolving relationship in London between a Brit glaciologist (Kieran O'Brien) and a highly-sexual 21 year-old American student (Margo Stilley).

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

This Cinderella story and romantic drama from director Taylor Hackford paired US Naval officer candidate in training (Richard Gere) with the dedicated love of a local townie (Debra Winger), a blue-collar factory worker, who revealed his inner "gentleman."

Open Your Eyes (1997, Sp./Fr./It.) (aka Abre Los Ojos)

Alejandro Amenábar's plot-twisting, unpredictable Spanish film, remade as Vanilla Sky (2001), told of 25 year-old César (Eduardo Noriega), a car-wreck survivor with a disfigured face - who in flashback, told of his love for gorgeous Sofia (Penélope Cruz).

Original Sin (2001)

The erotically-charged drama told of an 1880s Cuba coffee salesman (Antonio Banderas) who sought companionship with a mysterious, deceptive, and possibly-deadly American mail-order bride-fiancee (Angelina Jolie).

The Piano (1993, NZ/Australia/Fr.)

Writer/director Jane Campion's drama set in the mid-19th century told of an intelligent mute pianist (Holly Hunter) newly colonized in New Zealand as imported bride Ada McGrath, who bargained with her husband's land overseer George Baines (Harvey Keitel) for her beloved piano, in exchange for piano (and sex) lessons.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Although the 1981 remake with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange had its moments, the original black and white film noir was smoldering, in its classic tale of forbidden lust, brutal and raw sexiness, and adultery-motivated murder, orchestrated by drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) and hot-blooded, voluptuous Cora (Lana Turner), the wife of a roadside cafe owner.

Quills (2000)

Philip Kaufman's dramatic adaptation was inspired by the carnal life and perverse work of the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush), often completely naked and imprisoned in an insane asylum, where laundress Madeleine "Maddie" LeClerc (Kate Winslet) worked - and smuggled out chapters of his titillating writings.

Risky Business (1983)

Although most famous for making a star of Tom Cruise with his underwear air guitar scene in this teen comedy, its sexiest scenes were when bookish HS student Joel Goodson learned to let loose when his parents went on vacation. He ran a brothel in their suburban Chicago home with the assistance of call-girl Lana (Rebecca DeMornay) - romancing her when she first appeared and also during a late-night train ride.

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