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46 Movies That Are Fully Just About Sex and Not Much Else

'Fifty Shades' is just the tip of the sex iceberg.

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This list is about a very specific theme of film: Movies that are about sex and not much else. Don't get me wrong, these are great movies in their own right, but they're also stuffed with sex, sexual tension, and sexual tension broken by more sex. In other words, the perfect film to watch when you're in the mood for something super-sexy, but don't feel like a porn film (though, if you're looking for those, you can find some great ones here). The following list contains drama films, comedy films, and porn films disguised as mainstream movies (I'm looking at you, 9 Songs). But what they all have in common is sex. Like, a lot of sex. The whole plot is basically just about sex. You get the gist.

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1 'Below Her Mouth'

This 2016 erotic drama follows two very different women over the course of three days as they fall in love with (and make lots of sexy, steamy love to) each other.

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2 'Sleeping With Other People'

Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis star as two people who reunite by chance 12 years after losing their virginity to each other in a one night stand—and then take on the daunting task of attempting (and not really succeeding) to be platonic friends.

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3 'The Piano Teacher'

This French erotic drama follows Erika, a piano teacher in her 40s who lives with her mother and seems to have a very traditional, almost boring life. In her free time, however, she goes to porn movies and peep shows and has a range of kinky interests, including voyeurism, sadomasochistic fetishes, and (TW) self-mutilation.

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4 'The To Do List'

Who says women can't be the horny center of a good teen sex comedy? In 2013's The To Do List, Parks and Rec star Aubrey Plaza stars as Brandy, a '90s-era high school valedictorian who decides to put her laser focused determination to use checking off every item on a sexual to-do list during the summer before starting college.

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5 'Sex and Lucía'

Sex and Lucía follows a woman (played by the gorgeous Paz Vega) who goes on a personal journey to a remote Spanish island after learning that her tortured artist boyfriend may have committed suicide. On the island, she runs into said boyfriend's former flame and a hot scuba instructor and, well, things happen.

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6 'Body Heat'

Affairs. Plotting. Murder. Crimes. Steamy sex worth killing for. This 1981 erotic thriller starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner was based on the classic Double Indemnity and takes that basic idea (a woman and her lover plotting to murder her husband so they can be together—and get his money) and turns up the sex to eleven.

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7 'Call Me By Your Name'

This slow, haunting, beautifully shot movie also features a very sexy summer romance. The chemistry between the two infinitely hot leads, Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, is scorching. Sex and intimacy are the results. Oh, and, Chalamet gets off with a peach! (Not the last time on this list that a character has sex with food, so keep reading.)

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8 'Y Tu Mamá También'

Another story about sexual awakening, the film centers around two teen boys in Mexico on a road trip with a gorgeous, mysterious older woman. You guessed it: Lots of sex is the result, although not necessarily between the people you expect.

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9 'Mulholland Drive'

This sexy film noir is trippy (after you watch, do yourself a favor and hop on Reddit to read the theories about it). But it also, as my college friend once told me excitedly, has a "surprise lesbian sex scene right in the middle of it."

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10 'Basic Instinct'

The whole movie's kind of been reduced to that scene. You know, that leg-crossing scene, featuring Sharon Stone's mile-long legs and not featuring any underwear. But the film also has a whole BUNCH of sex—sometimes rough, often sexy, usually with the fear that your partner might be a murderer. Casual!

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11 'Unfaithful'

Bored wife Diane Lane cheats on husband Richard Gere (?!) with the very hot Olivier Martinez. A lot. Including in the bathroom of a restaurant where she's having coffee with girlfriends at the same time. Yea.

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12 'Bound'

Gina Gershon happily lets herself be seduced by her neighbor (Jennifer Tilly), whose husband is a jealous criminal. Drama (and more sex) ensues. Fun fact: The scenes were choreographed by a sex educator, and critics praised the film for its realism. So they're hot and empowering, all at the same time!

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13 'Secretary'

Forget Fifty Shades (don't worry, it's coming, pun intended). Secretary dives into the kinky, BDSM-centric relationship between a boss and his new secretary, with so much detail. It's romantic and sweet and sexy AND still a tiny bit shocking. 10/10 would recommend.

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14 'Wild Things'

This film puts the the erotic in erotic thriller, big-time. It features a whole bunch of sex—including a makeout sesh between Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, a threesome, and a full-frontal Kevin Bacon. The film's dark and twisted (trigger warning: alleged rape, murder) but also OTT in a sexy, ridiculous way.

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15 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'

This period film takes place in the 1970s and follows a 15-year-old girls sexual awakening—beginning with her relationship with her mother's current lover, played by living fire emoji Alexander Skarsgård.

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16 'Thanks for Sharing'

Remember back in the day when Mark Ruffalo did rom-coms? Well, turns out one of those was a little-known sex-fueled love story in which he played a recovering sex addict who struggles to stay "clean" while his new girlfriend (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) shows off her sexuality all over the place.

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17 'Atonement'

This movie is about a lot more than sex, but also: The library scene. The sexiest scene in a movie of all time, or the sexiest scene in a movie of all time? Come for the library sex, stay for the acting.

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18 'Lovelace'

There's no way for a biopic about Linda Lovelace, one of the biggest porn stars of all time, to avoid sex—and it definitely leans in. But this covers both the early sexual liberation she experiences, and the dark side of the industry and the people in it. (Including—TW: rape.)

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19 'Don Jon'

In this one, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a porn addict who falls for his dream girl (Scarlett Johansson), only to find that his porn habit could (shocker) threaten their budding romance.

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20 'The Sessions'

Just because a movie is about sex doesn't mean it isn't telling an important story. Proof: The Sessions, which follows a disabled writer who hires a sex surrogate to help him lose his virginity when he's assigned to write a piece about people with disabilities and sex.

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21 'The Handmaiden'

This Korean drama film centers on a conman's quest to seduce a wealthy Japanese woman to steal away her inheritance. Emphasis on the seduction.

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22 'The Girl Next Door'

There are teen sex comedies and there are movies about porn stars, and then there's The Girl Next Door, which bravely blended the two genres.

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23 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin'

The entire plot of this movie is a 40-year-old man attempting to lose his virginity. But! If you prefer the Nerdy Male Virgin Trope with a slightly younger cast, stay tuned for....

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24 'American Pie'

Perhaps the most iconic movie about sex on this list, American Pie will forever go down in history as "that movie where a man literally has sex with baked goods."

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25 'Shame'

Shame is one of three movies about sex addicts on this list. It's now infamous for a jaw-dropping, full-frontal shot of Michael Fassbender, but it's also pretty dramatic and serious. So if you like your sex addiction with a side of comedy, may we present....

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26 'Alfie'

This romantic dramedy is basically Shame with mild LOLs and Jude Law's charming grin. As you may have guessed, he plays a sex addict who has relationships with several women including Susan Sarandon and Sienna Miller.

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27 'Nymphomaniac'

Meanwhile, Nymphomaniac is also about sex addiction, this time centering on a woman who recounts her sexual dalliances to a man over tea. (Totally normal tea-time conversation.) It can get super dark, FYI, (TW: rape) if you like your sex light and fluffy.

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28 'Boogie Nights'

This movie is about the porn industry, so obviously sex is the metaphorical bow that ties everything together. Fun fact: Mark Wahlberg had a prosthetic penis for the film, and it's the only prop he kept from set.

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29 '40 Days and 40 Nights'

This movie is about a guy (played by Josh Hartnett) who decides to abstain from sex—and masturbation—for Lent. Apparently it's really difficult for him to go slightly over a month without getting his jollies given the hoards of women who love him, so many hijinks ensue.

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30 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno'

In case the title didn't make it clear, Zack and Miri Make a Porno is about friends named Zack and Miri who make a porno. Not so shockingly, they develop feelings for each other.

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31 'Sex Tape'

Sex Tape, the worst-titled movie ever, stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz who film themselves ~making love~ and accidentally upload the tape to a bunch of friends' iPads. In other words, it's a movie about everyone's biggest nightmare.

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32 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Can you think of a more successful movie franchise that's fully just about sex? Didn't think so. Though to be fair, Fifty Shades Freed tried its best to have an actual plot.

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33 '9 Songs'

You might argue that this movie is actually pornography, and you wouldn't necessarily be wrong. The plot revolves around a couple who watch a bunch of their favorite indie bands play shows, and have a bunch of sex while they're at it. The sex is unsimulated and extremely graphic.

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34 'In the Realm of the Senses'

Another movie with unsimulated sex, In the Realm of the Senses is about a former prostitute who starts an affair with her employer, whose penis she ends up casually severing. We'll give you a moment.

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35 'Cruel Intentions'

In which an evil and vaguely incestuous brother-sister duo make a bet about claiming the virginity of the local "good girl." Honestly, no to this concept, but yessssssss to this movie.

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36 'Dangerous Liaisons'

Essentially the '80s version of Cruel Intentions with unintentional LOLs. Although young John Malkovich—surprisingly hot (even in a ridiculous wig)! Also, TW: rape.

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37 '9½ Weeks'

The 9½ weeks in question refers to the length of the relationship of film's main couple—during which time they mostly have sex. It was considered too explicit by its U.S. distributor.

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38 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape'

The title really says it all, right? But in case you need more info than that, the plot is this: A man is cheating on his wife with her sister, meanwhile his friend records the two women talking about their desires.

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39 'Friends With Benefits'

It's the age old story: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl become friends. Boy and girl decide to have sex without the complicated emotional part. Boy and girl fail—at the no-emotion part, not the sex part. They succeed at the sex part. A lot.

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40 'Blockers'

In 2018, virginity-loss pacts aren't just for teenage boys. They're also for teenage girls. In Blockers, a group of high schoolers are determined to each lose their virginity on prom night and their parents are determined to stop that from happening.

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41 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

This early teen sex comedy covered everything from masturbation to blowjob tutorials with vegetables to the uncomfortable reality that sex isn't always what you expected.

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42 'Blue Is the Warmest Colour'

This movie is proof that a film can be beautiful and heart-wrenching and also, like, 99 percent about sex.

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43 'Duck Butter'

The plot of this movie is literally two women meet in a club and then decide to get to know each other by having sex every hour, on the hour.

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44 'Elles'

Elles follows a French journalist for one day, when she investigates the world of female student prostitution.

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45 'Blue Valentine'

This movie is somehow simultaneously devastatingly sad and devastatingly sexy. There is some very rough (and tough-to-watch) sex, so FYI if that bothers you.

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46 'Eyes Wide Shut'

This Kubrick masterpiece is basically three hours of trippy sex parties, marital relations and, well, extramarital relations.

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