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.
Some of the movies in this category are just really romantic and sensual mainstream love stories. Others are...well, let's just say they dance a little closer to the "porn" side of the spectrum. We're talking steamy three-way love affairs, brazen adulterous liaisons (both of the dangerous and not-so-dangerous varieties), slice of life sex-centric tales, erotic thrillers so hot they might burn your retinas off, and more. Some of these movies are about love. Some are just plain about sex. All of them, though, will scratch that internal itch that drives you to put your eyeballs on sexy humans doing sexy things with each other.
While some of these offerings skew arthouse or have a straight to streaming vibe in terms of production value, others feature genuine, bona fide A-list talent (like Josh Hartnett, Alia Shawkat, and Stanley Tucci, just to name a few). These movies explore every side of sexuality you can think of without crossing that undeniable, know-it-when-you-see-it line into being legitimate pornography. It's sexiness with plenty of story and well-written scripts. Honestly, what more could you ask for?
Here are the sexiest movies currently available to stream with the lights down low on everyone's favorite streaming behemoth:
40 Days and 40 Nights
Never has not having sex been more decidedly sexy than in this early-aughts sex comedy starring Josh Hartnett as a guy who tries to give up sex for Lent.
A couple decides to have a dirty weekend at a friend's farmhouse outside Mumbai, but quickly realize that the entire place has been rigged with cameras recording their every sexy move.
Constance Wu stars in this sexy comedy (emphasis on both) about a lesbian bachelorette party that takes a turn when one of the brides admits she's never had an orgasm.
Just your classic sexy assassin is assigned to kill a sexy target, only to find herself falling in love with the mark story.
Frank & Lola
Categorized as a "neo-noir erotic thriller," Frank & Lola stars Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots as a couple in Las Vegas who have an intense, tumultuous affair that begins to break down when she's unfaithful and he becomes increasingly obsessed with a man from her past.
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.
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.
Stanley Tucci stars in this 2017 movie, based on the novel Blue Angel, about a college professor who becomes obsessed with one of his students. When they sleep together, things (unsurprisingly—given the power dynamics and the fact that he's married) don't go smoothly.
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.
This movie is both very sexy and very modern. The film, starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa, follows a couple who meet on a hookup app. When both end up cheating, they decide to embrace their struggles with monogamy and embark on an open relationship. Sexiness (and group sex) ensues.
A Perfect Ending
Just your classic sexually repressed housewife decides to explore her sexuality with a high-priced call girl lust story.
This semi-autobiographical drama from writer/director Numa Perrier (and starring Tiffany Tenille) follows a 19-year-old girl who starts working as a cam girl to support herself while living in Las Vegas. The movie opened to rave reviews at SXSW in 2019.
Argentine director Gaspar Noé's Love follows a man in an unhappy marriage who starts thinking about his former lover when he hears that she may have gone missing. Drama. Intrigue. Steamy steamy sex.
Yes, MILF stands for exactly what you know it stands for. This comedy is about three middle-aged women who find themselves on the receiving end of affection from some much, much younger men.
Two young women spend a sexy and intense 24 hours together when they decide to get to know each other by having sex every hour, on the hour.