The Sexiest Movies on Netflix
Netflix has the uncovered covered.
Naked bods are pretty easy to find on the internet. But some of us like our skin flicks to have a great story, and enjoy watching arty movies that are equal parts hot and highbrow. For films that are vaguely challenging to the mind and very easy on the eyes—which are best enjoyed from the comfort and privacy of your own home—Netflix has the uncovered covered.
These titles run the gamut from sad-movie-with-one-super-spicy-scene to we-know-you're-fast-forwarding-through-most-of-this, so sit back, pour yourself a nice glass of wine, and steam up your streaming queue—and don't worry, it's easy to clear your viewing history when you're done.
Like Fifty Shades of Grey before it, After is a super-popular series that began as a piece of fanfiction. Anna Todd's book-turned-movie isn't inspired by Twilight, though—no, this one originated as a fantasy about Harry Styles on Wattpad. That should tell you more than you need to know about After, which is by no means a good movie, but if hotness is what you're looking for, just know this one's made headlines for more than a few of its intimate scenes. Following innocent, college freshman Tessa (Josephine Langford) and her relationship with brooding, campus bad boy Hardin (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), it's got some questionable messages about toxic masculinity and power dynamics, but it sure does capture the excitement and scandal of early sexual experiences.
The Beguiled (2017)
This Sofia Coppola remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood-Geraldine Page drama returns to the Farnsworth seminary, a haven for proper young women avoiding the corruption of Civil War. Tucked away in the mist-swept backwoods of Virginia, the disciples of Miss Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) live regimented days, a strain of well-intentioned repression eventually imploded by the arrival of John McBurney (Colin Farrell), an injured Union corporal. Hospitable to a fault, Farnsworth and her girls tend to the soldier, who draws out their carnal hunger (no one can resist Farrell's chest hair) before lashing out with his own animal instincts. Simple, stylish, and threaded together from the quirks of female and male behavior, The Beguiled is a sexual Southern Gothic fairy tale that is wisely more humid than hot.
Bliss is one of those movies that just skirted an NC-17 rating. Basically about nothing but sex, it landed an R rating after undergoing extensive edits—although, it's still mostly just a series of erotic scenes. Starring Twin Peaks' Laura Palmer herself, Sheryl Lee, as a newlywed in a marriage that couldn't be any less satisfying in the bedroom, the film follows her and her husband's mission to have a more fulfilling sex life. They enter tantric sex therapy, which, as you might expect, pulls the covers off a whole world of sexual exploration.
By the Sea (2015)
Written and directed by Angelina Jolie, By the Sea stars the filmmaker and her then-husband Brad Pitt as a couple in the '60s staying off the coast of France. As you can presume, it's a beautiful film to look at, and a spectacle for those fascinated by the relationship that ran the tabloids in the '00s. The excitement of their affair isn't there, though. This is a movie about a love fallen flat and the depression at the core of that (which is especially bleak, considering the couple called it quits just a year after the movie's release). Ripe with sexual tension, voyeurism, and a hot French couple staying next door, it recalls the moody, sensual French films of the '70s, though—so if you're the type that needs a bit of artiness with your sexy streaming choice, By the Sea is exactly that.
Unlike the Unfriended films or the indie hit Searching, this web thriller from director Daniel Goldhaber and screenwriter Isa Mazzei isn't locked into the visual confines of a computer screen. Though there's plenty of online screen time, allowing for subtle bits of commentary and satire, the looser style allows the filmmakers to really explore the life and work conditions of their protagonist, rising cam girl Alice (Madeline Brewer). We meet her friends, her family, and her customers. That type of immersion in the granular details makes the scarier bits—like an unnerving confrontation in the finale between Alice and her evil doppelganger—pop even more.
Duck Butter (2018)
Alia Shawkat and Miguel Arteta's Duck Butter relies on a simple premise: What if a couple had sex every hour on the hour for 24 hours? Shawkat appears in the indie comedy as one half of the pair doing the deed non-stop, opposite Laia Costa, as the two women decide to take up the spontaneous experiment of sorts when they decide they're fed up with millennial dating. While limited in its basic plot, the rawness and humanity of the film can't be contained by the humble four walls it largely takes place in.
Frank & Lola (2016)
They don't make erotic thrillers like they used to, but sometimes movies like the indie Frank & Lola come along that call back to the classics. Although not as batshit as psychosexual movies of the past, this neo-noir from Matthew Ross is a twisty thriller examining the inherent violence of a man's possessiveness, jealousy, and lust for revenge. As you can expect, what begins as a passionate affair between a Vegas chef (played by the always standout Michael Shannon) and recently transplanted designer (Imogen Poots) takes a dark turn when secrets from her past start to reveal themselves. The dark turns don't stop from there, keeping you seduced until the very end.
The sexiness of Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore's romance from beyond the grave percolates through the entire picture from a single hot-as-hell source: the now-iconic clay scene. Just a few minutes into the movie, Sam (Swayze) and Molly (Moore) engage in some sensual sculpting, before leaping into each other's passionate embrace. Then Sam dies. For most of Ghost, we follow Sam as he tries to reach his loved one from the spiritual plane. It's heavy. While the couple only "touch" again an hour-plus later, the spark between them is as palpable as any gratuitous sex scene.
In the Cut (2003)
Based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Susanna Moore, this dark fable from Jane Campion (The Piano) is about the risks women take trying to navigate sex and relationships with men's latent darkness just out of frame. Meg Ryan stars in one of her best roles as Frannie, a woman who's intrigued by sex and romance, but disturbed by constantly being watched by all of the men in her life. When she finds herself connected to a brutal homicide investigation, she's sent down a spiral that complicates desire, fear, and the male gaze, making for one of the most interesting entries into the erotic thriller genre ever.
Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa are two absurdly attractive people who look absurdly attractive when they get together, which is what happens in Newness. As the title suggests, however, the new relationship shine begins to wear off, and the couple decide to search for that elusive sense of... newness. That means strippers, open relationships, and lots of blowout fights. Newness has an overriding melancholy tone that colors the portrayal of sex in a contemporary, dating-app-driven world, which gives substance to a story you've probably heard before.
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Seven years after A Single Man, his directorial debut, fashion designer Tom Ford stepped back behind the camera to construct a relationship thriller that rings of Cormac McCarthy. Only Ford could put together a movie this stylish and gritty about a woman (Amy Adams) haunted by her ex-husband's (Jake Gyllenhaal) latest revenge novel that unfolds on the screen with every page turn. It'll leave you wondering, "What the hell did I just watch?" in the best way possible.
A Perfect Ending (2012)
In a porn trope as old as time, a woman who has never achieved orgasm before gets with a call girl who rocks her world. It's a staple of Netflix's own "Steamy" section, in case you prefer euphemisms, and it never shies away from its identity as superficial fantasy fulfillment. That's not a bad thing!
The Piano (1993)
Jane Campion became the first woman to ever with the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes with her romantic period piece The Piano. Set in the 1800s, Holly Hunter plays a selectively mute Scottish woman who travels to New Zealand with her daughter (Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage, piano in tow. When her husband (Sam Neill) refuses to keep her piano—which she sees as her true voice—she teaches lessons to the man who buys it (Harvey Keitel), and the two become consumed by an affair. About communicating and expressing love beyond words, and one of the strongest portrayals of eroticism from a woman's perspective, it's an adagio of passion.
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Before checking out Spike Lee's Netflix original series of the same name, be sure to catch up with where it all began. Nola (Tracy Camilla Johns) juggles three men during her sexual pinnacle, and it's all working out until they discover one another. She's Gotta Have It takes some dark turns, but each revelation speaks volumes about what real romantic independence is all about.
365 Days (2020)
For every arty erotic film, there's a whole lot of trashy streamy movies—and that trash tends to thrive once it finds a home on Netflix. The Polish movie 365 Days is one of those movies, becoming extremely popular among horny people everywhere when it made its streaming debut. The movie plays like Fifty Shades of Grey meets Beauty and the Beast meets The Room meets softcore pornography. The whiff of a plot—which is mostly just there to get to the sex scenes—finds a Silician mobster named Massimo (Michele Morrone) taking a young Polish woman Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) prisoner while she's on vacation and giving her 365 days to fall in love with him. The problematic romance based on Blanka Lipińska's book series is corny as hell, objectively sexist, and extremely explicit. But, hey, if you're looking for a bare-boned sexy flick, it'll definitely do the trick!
Grab a box of tissues, review your favorite super-dramatic quotes, then travel back to the time when Leonardo DiCaprio was the biggest heartthrob in the world. Over two decades after its release, James Cameron's retelling of the R.M.S. Titanic tragedy still earns its runtime and unspools as one of the greatest love stories in movie history. Never seen this classic? You gotta. Its 11 Academy Awards are no joke, and there's no doubt DiCaprio and Kate Winslet will leave you misty-eyed by the end of this emotional marathon.
The Twilight Saga (2008–2012)
Was Twilight a massive, global phenomenon because it had cool vampires or because there was a lustful teenage undead-human romance at the center of it? Maybe both, but largely because of the latter. The dangerous love story between the innocent Bella Swan and the icy, mysterious Edward Cullen, and eventual triangle between them and a werewolf with abs for days, is what drew people into the franchise, and kept their pulses racing until the very end. The entire saga, featuring the sublimely attractive Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, is available to stream on Amazon, and there's no shame in marathoning them. Just "hold on tight, spider monkey:" They're as hot as they are action-packed.
White Girl (2016)
Inspired by writer/director Elizabeth Woods' own experience, White Girl plays like a high-dose rush of dopamine. The film examines how far the naive will go for passion, seen through the eyes of one college student who spirals out of control and begins dealing cocaine. From excessive partying binges to rooftop hookups, this sexy indie film shocks and awes in the dangerous, youthful habits it explores, all the while taking a critical look at whiteness and privilege. It’s hot, but it’ll burn you, too.