Sex appeals to just about everyone, and it's no secret that the internet has made it as readily available as the paper towels you order off Amazon. But sex is so much more than the physical act; the buildup, the tension, the obstacles, the emotion -- in short, the story -- make the difference between cheap erotic thrills and a movie worth two hours or so of your time.
Good news: Amazon has also made those movies as easy as ordering those paper towels, provided you're a Prime subscriber. Give these movies a shot the next time you want tantalizing erotic storylines.
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This movie came out in 2013, and some of us felt a little too judged to hand our tickets to the theater attendants. Most critics agreed that Naomi Watts' and Robin Wright's characters having sex with each other's sons was too eyebrow-raising to truly work (and raised a lot more questions we didn't want to think about), but it's still a fascinating idea. Watch these moms stare hungrily at the boys' beach bodies: They resist at first, then surrender, then keep surrendering. Bonus points for the lush scenery and ample butt-shots.
Come Undone (2010)
More than a dirty double-entendre, Come Undone tells the story of an affair gone awry, despite the intensity of its beginnings. Director Silvio Soldini knows how to create an atmosphere of passionate despair, one that contrasts the libidinous drives of Anna (Alba Rohrwacher) and Domenico (Pierfrancesco Favino) with the harsh realities of familial expectations.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Nobody puts Dirty Dancing in a corner -- 30 years after its release, this Patrick Swayze starmaker remains a cultural touchstone for generations of kids who hated going on family vacation. The ultimate fantasy combines wish fulfillment on several levels: escaping your family's grasp; rebelling against a stuffy, conservative society; and achieving a personal-sexual awakening in the process. It's all captured in Swayze's dance instructor Johnny Castle and Jennifer Grey's 17-year-old Baby Houseman, who engage in a fraught relationship that centers around -- you guessed it -- dancing during the Housemans' vacation in a Catskills resort. Plenty of Swayze hip thrusts ensue.
The Handmaiden (2016)
Some movies splash across the screen, others turn scenes into bold brushstrokes. The Handmaiden, an erotic thriller with twists and turns and thrusts aplenty, is Park Chan-wook's drip painting. Set in 1930s Korea, the movie follows Sook-hee, a pickpocket, who slips undercover into the staff of a sheltered heiress, with hopes of luring the deep-pocketed woman into the romantic grasp of her con-man partner in crime. The problem: Sook-hee falls madly, lustfully in love with her target. In The Handmaiden, single, sensual drops -- a prolonged glance, the zipping up of a dress, whispered white lies -- fan out through the entire two-and-a-half-hour narrative into the unexpected.
The Neon Demon
While the movie's bloody climax is a bit far from a turn-on, there's a lot of sexual imagery to reckon with here. The Neon Demon idolizes youth to the point of sexually fetishizing it, features Keanu Reeves saying things like, "real Lolita shit," and models discussing whether they are "fruit or sex" when it comes to lipstick shades. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's vanity project plays on the kind of sexy that borders on ugly, which hinges on one unforgettably repulsive sex scene with Jena Malone, and, well… you'll see.
The Nymphets (2015)
When Joe (Kip Pardue) decides to take home two ambiguously aged girls (Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Jordan Lane Price) who've just been turned away from a bar for using fake IDs, he's unsure what exactly he has in mind. Spoiler: It's sex. But things aren't that simple, since Joe has a girlfriend, and the women seem far more interested in playing a nebulous game of cat-and-mouse than assuaging Joe's doubts about his relationship. As alcohol and hours disappear, the tension ramps up at Joe's apartment, creating a will-they-or-won't-they plot that's far more satisfying than your typical erotic titillation.
The "playboy finds himself falling in love" narrative has been beaten to death for centuries, but its endurance is a testament to its appeal. This Serbian film, about the developing attachment between a young Belgrade man and his latest conquest, doesn't always cohere, but you won't go wanting for graphic depictions of sex. And that's why you're here, isn't it?
This Thing With Sarah (2014)
Perhaps it's trying too hard to hard to be a romance About These Complicated Times, with misread texts and casual hookups wreaking havoc on real emotions. Nevertheless, This Thing With Sarah offers an erotic plot that doesn't oversimplify matters. And it's more the "erotic," and not the "plot" you're seeking, isn't it?
What Other Couples Do (2013)
It's the bane of every couple's relationship: Seeing another partnership that appears to be "better" than yours. In What Other Couples Do, this sentiment leads to a dinner party filled with half-satisfying love lives and a proposal to play a game that might... spice things up. The results vary for each couple, but no one leaves the same as when they entered.
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