Whether your definition of "sexy" involves sweet, slow romantic kisses, or two (or more) people throwing each other around in a fit of passion, there will be a film depiction of your fantasy in 2020. While there are certainly some pretty epic (and even some very feminist) pornographic movies that fit the bill, you can also meet your personal sexy movie quotient at the theater or, thanks to the streaming wars, from the comfort of your own home.
The 2020 film slate has, obviously, been through some shifts thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still plenty of steamy, romantic, and all-around sexy movies hitting theaters (if they ever reopen) and streaming services for the rest of the year. From sexy superheroes (most of whom are ladies, which is long overdue) to sweet romances (including a remake of West Side Story and a new rom-com starring Kristen Stewart as a woman preparing to propose to her girlfriend) to actual sex romps (we're looking at you, After We Collided), 2020 is shaping up to be a very sexy year of cinema indeed. Here are the sexiest movies of 2020 that need to be on your to-watch list—including links to stream the ones that are already available to watch at home right this second.
Note: Many of these movies have been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, so we've updated the release dates accordingly. Which means, unfortunately, that some of the movies will be or have been pushed back to 2021. But we'll keep the films on here, since they were originally slated for 2020.
'Birds of Prey'
Release date: February 7
Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, and Ewan McGregor
Why it's sexy: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn? Surrounded by this cast of amazing women playing badass super-powered ladies? Can't not be sexy.
Release date: February 14
Starring: Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield, Chelsea Peretti, Lil Rel Howery, and Courtney B. Vance
Why it's sexy: The plot has everything—drama, a tear-worthy set up, a bit of mystery, and, of course, a romance between sexy humans Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield.
'A Secret Love'
Release date: April 29
Starring: Terry Donahue, Diana Bolen, and Pat Henschel
Why it's sexy: It's not often a documentary gets a nod on a sexiest movie list, but this doc about former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Terry Donahue and her partner's secret, seven-decade long romance will make you believe in true love.
Release date: May 1, 2020, then November 6, 2020, now May 7, 2021
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz
Why it's sexy: Black Widow is objectively the sexiest Marvel hero of all. It's just a fact.
Release date: August 21
Starring: Lili Reinhart and Austin Abrams
Why it's sexy: Fraught teenage romance, the agony and ecstasy of first love. Can't you just feel your heart aching vicariously?
'A Rainy Day in New York'
Release date: October 9
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber
Why it's sexy: Timothée Chalamet and Selena Gomez? In one movie? Dare we even?
Release date: October 16
Starring: Jacob Elordi, Adan Canto, Tiera Skovbye, and Radha Mitchell
Why it's sexy: In addition to generally dripping with romance, this movie is based on a true story.
'The French Dispatch'
Release date: October 16, 2020, now TBD in 2021
Starring: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson
Why it's sexy: Just look at Timothée Chalamet in the trailer.
'After We Collided'
Release date: October 23, 2020
Starring: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Louise Lombard, Dylan Sprouse, Candice King, and Charlie Weber
Why it's sexy: This sequel to last year's romantic coming-of-age drama is based on Anna Todd's hot and heavy, One Direction fan fiction-inspired After series. Plus, rumor has it that After We Collided will push the envelope further than After, going all in for an R rating instead of toning things down to fall safely in the realm of PG-13.
Release date: November 13, 2020, now August 13, 2021
Starring: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, and Rachel Blanchard
Why it's sexy: A bored married couple fall out of love with each other and start engaging in a series of increasingly dangerous mind games. It's a twisty thriller in the vein of Gone Girl that's sure to have plenty of sexy moments.
'No Time to Die'
Release date: November 20, 2020, now April 2, 2021
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, and Ralph Fiennes
Why it's sexy: Three words: Bond. James Bond. Okay, and three more words: Craig. Daniel Craig.
Release date: November 25
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Dan Levy
Why it's sexy: Even though no trailer—not so much as a single image, in fact—has been released for this sure-to-be-instant-classic, we could not be more excited for this holiday rom-com starring Kristen Stewart as a woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend.
'West Side Story'
Release date : December 18, 2020, now December 10, 2021
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, and Rita Moreno
Why it's sexy: It's based on Romeo & Juliet, the OG forbidden love story.
Release date: December 25 on Amazon Prime
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Aja Naomi King, and Eva Longoria
Why it's sexy: It's an aching period romance that will give you the same vibes as The Notebook *and* it stars Tessa Thompson.
'Wonder Woman 1984'
Release date: December 25 on HBO Max
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen
Why it's sexy: 2020 is the year of the sexy lady superhero movie and Wonder Woman is the sexiest DC hero of all. Also a fact.
Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen. She’s a Ravenclaw who would do great things in Slytherin. To learn more about her, google “Leslie Knope eating salad GIF.
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