The 13 Sexiest Movies on Netflix for When Porn Is Too Much Effort

Hi, "steamy romance" category.


You know how sometimes the effort of opening up an incognito window and searching for porn that doesn't make you cringe is just too much? But you also are kind of in the ~mood for romance~ so life's just really hard? That's where Netflix's steamy romance category comes in—a delightful land of mostly unrated films that feature a lot of love and also a lot of sexiness/sex without being gratuitous. Here's what is currently on offer from your favorite streaming behemoth:

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Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mama Tambien is a really good movie (with really good sex scenes) about two friends who fall for the same woman on a road trip. Plus, it marks the moment when the world collectively fell in love with Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal.

Sex and Lucia

As you can probably tell from the title, this movie features a lot of sex (and also nudity, passion, and romance)—as well as a deeply interesting plot about a man and woman's relationship through the years. The film was critically acclaimed and put Paz Vega in the Hollywood spotlight for her standout performance.

I Am Love

Tilda Swinton's Italian family drama features many passionate relationships, and many passionate (and thoughtfully filmed) love scenes—one of which takes place in a casual field. You probably haven't heard of the movie thanks to its extremely limited release in the United States, but it made waves when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2009.

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What would this list be without Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier's famous film about a woman who recounts her life-long obsession with sex? Let's just say no detail is, um...spared.

A Promise

Okay, so don't @ me—and I know this movie is more of a romantic period piece than sex romp—BUT, it's full of tension, has at least one good sex scene, and stars Richard Madden a.k.a. Robb Stark on Game of Thrones.


Another admittedly slightly weird choice, but if you've seen this movie and don't think the first half—featuring extremely hot library love making—is the sexiest thing ever, you aren't living. Watch again. You won't be disappointed.

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A film about four London dwellers who move to the country and start living as one big couple (quaple?). By which we mean, start having group sex. This one isn't about to win any awards, but ya know.

Below Her Mouth

This TV-MA movie is about what you'd expect it to be about based on the title. But if you need things spelled out, it's the story of two women who fall for each other and have a ton of hot sex.


Another one of Netflix's good ol' TV-MA options, this film is about a couple who are experiencing the idealized thrill of first love. It's sexy and has some sweet moments.

Fragments of Love

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To be clear, this is not a good movie, plot- or acting-wise. But it's amusing, and about a woman who's trying to make a man forget his grief through sex, so here we are. ::shrugs shoulders::

Cruel Intentions

The classic tale of a girl making a bet with her stepbrother about him taking the virginity of another girl and offering sex with herself as the prize. Everything about the plot is problematic, but everything about the plot also revolves around sex.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

The movie, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, follows Adèle's journey to sexual freedom when she meets Emma, a blue-haired painter—and it's rated NC-17.

Magic Mike

Yes, it's about male strippers and yes, there are a lot of scenes of male stripping. Channing Tatum dancing to "Pony" will make you understand why people are into Channing Tatum (if you didn't already).

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