Entertainment Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn  

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List Rules Vote up mainstream, wide release feature films that are most likely to be mistaken for porn at first glance.

List of the best almost porn mainstream movies. These feature films, from famous Manhattan indie circuits to multiplexes in Des Moines, have all reached the masses and overlapped in two qualities: they were great movies and they were borderline pornographic. Here are also the best R-rated erotica movies as well as the sexiest NC-17 rated films. Rerank the movies you see on this list in the order that you think truly epitomizes excellence in near-porno motion pictures.

Famous actors and actresses are sprinkled throughout the casts of these great films. One star who comes to mind is Chloe Sevigny, who performs oral sex on her real-life boyfriend in his movie The Brown Bunny. Fun fact about that sex scene: it was in no way staged or simulated. It's the kind of film that makes you want to double check the marquee outside to see if you're at one of those movie theaters Pee-Wee Herman got arrested in.

Intimacy also deserved its spot on this list of movies that are almost pornographic because many of the sex scenes were real! That's more legit than HBO after hours softcore!

Vote up the films on this list that you thought were the greatest, in addition to being borderline pornographic or vote down the ones you didn't think were all that steamy. We won't tell your mom.

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

Metacritic score: 88

Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more

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Caligula is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, Malcolm McDowell
Caligula is a biographical film focusing on the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Caligula. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole and John Gielgud. It is the ...more

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf

Metacritic score: 64

Nymphomaniac is a 2013 two-part drama art film written and directed by Lars von Trier. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, ...more

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski
9½ Weeks is an 1986 romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Elizabeth McNeill, about a New ...more

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The Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Eva Green, Michael Pitt, Jean Piere Leaud

Metacritic score: 62

The Dreamers is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The screenplay is by Gilbert Adair, based on his own novel The Holy Innocents. An international co-production by ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Metacritic score: 41

Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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Showgirls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan

Metacritic score: 16

Showgirls is a 1995 American drama film written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven. It stars former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, and Gina Gershon. The film ...more

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9 Songs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Alex Kapranos, Margo Stilley, Kieran O'Brien

Metacritic score: 43

9 Songs is a 2004 British art romantic drama film written and directed by Michael Winterbottom. The title refers to the nine songs played by eight different rock bands that complement the story ...more

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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren

Metacritic score: 63

Secretary is a 2002 romance film directed by Steven Shainberg and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey. The film is based on a short story from Bad ...more

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

Metacritic score: 68

Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American thriller film loosely based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was his ...more

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
KRGPOWER added Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater
The Nymphoniac Part 2 is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier.

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Shortbus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Daniela Sea, Justin Vivian Bond, Miriam Shor

Metacritic score: 64

Shortbus is a 2006 American film written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. The plot revolves around a sexually diverse ensemble of colorful characters trying desperately to connect in New ...more

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Intimacy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Marianne Faithfull, Timothy Spall, Mark Rylance

Metacritic score: 69

Intimacy is a 2001 British film directed by Patrice Chéreau, starring Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox. Intimacy is an international co-production among production companies in France, the ...more

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Last Tango in Paris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud, Catherine Breillat

Metacritic score: 77

Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 Franco-Italian romantic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci which portrays a recent American widower who begins an anonymous relationship with a young ...more

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The Brown Bunny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Chloë Sevigny, Cheryl Tiegs, Vincent Gallo

Metacritic score: 51

The Brown Bunny is a 2003 American independent art house film written, produced and directed by Vincent Gallo about a motorcycle racer on a cross-country drive who is haunted by memories of his ...more

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Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú

Metacritic score: 88

Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos. The film tells a coming-of-age story about ...more

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Lie with Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
KRGPOWER added Eric Balfour, Lauren Lee Smith, Kristin Lehman
Lie with Me is a Canadian drama film with graphic sexual content that played at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. It is based on the novel of the same name by Tamara Berger. The film ...more

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Story of O is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Udo Kier, Corinne Cléry, Anthony Steel
Story of O is a 1975 Franco-German erotic drama film directed by Just Jaeckin. The screenplay is an adaptation of the erotic novel Story of O published in 1954 by Pauline Réage.

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In the Realm of the Senses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Taiji Tonoyama, Tatsuya Fuji, Meika Seri
In the Realm of the Senses is a 1976 French-Japanese art film directed by Nagisa Oshima. It is a fictionalised and sexually explicit treatment of an incident from 1930s Japan, that of Sada Abe. ...more

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Shame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie

Metacritic score: 72

Shame is a 2011 drama film written by Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan and directed by Steve McQueen. It premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2011.

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Baise Moi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Karen Lancaume, Hervé-Pierre Gustave, Ouassini Embarek
Baise-moi is a 2000 French crime thriller film written and co-directed by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi and starring Karen Lancaume and Raffaëla Anderson. It is based on the ...more

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Ken Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Maeve Quinlan, Amanda Plummer, Richard Riehle
Ken Park is a 2002 drama-erotic film written by Harmony Korine, who based it on Larry Clark's journals and stories. The film was directed by Clark and Ed Lachman. The film is an international ...more

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Frivolous Lola is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
aspergaon added Patrick Mower, Tinto Brass, Serena Grandi
Frivolous Lola is a 1998 erotic comedy romance film written by Tinto Brass, Barbara Alberti and Carla Cipriani and directed by Tinto Brass.

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Malena is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Biswadeb Mukherjee added Ariadna Gil, Marta Belaustegui

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Cheeky! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
aspergaon added Tinto Brass, Yuliya Mayarchuk, Antonio Salines
Italian smutmeister Tinto Brass directs this erotic drama which offers this dubious assertion -- a couple that sleeps around ends up loving each other more.