Film 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 erotic 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 ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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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The Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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The Brown Bunny is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Lie with Me is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Last Tango in Paris is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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Crash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Holly Hunter, James Spader, Rosanna Arquette

Metacritic score: 69

This film is a 1996 Canadian-British psychological thriller film written and directed by David Cronenberg based on J. G. Ballard's 1973 novel of the same name. The film stars James Spader, ...more

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
sarah-zanzuri added Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Metacritic score: 75

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more

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Malena is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Biswadeb Mukherjee added Ariadna Gil, Marta Belaustegui

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Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Metacritic score: 49

Antichrist is a 2009 Danish experimental horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. It tells the story of a couple who, after the death ...more

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A Serbian Film is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
muhalifhareket added Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović A Serbian Film is a 2010 Serbian erotic thriller and exploitation film, Srđan Spasojević's first feature film. Spasojević directed, co-wrote, and produced the film. It tells the story of a ...more

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Monamour is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
aspergaon added Tinto Brass, Max Parodi, Nela Lucic Monamour is a 2006 Italian film directed by Tinto Brass.

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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
aspergaon added Debora Caprioglio, Tinto Brass, John Steiner Paprika is a 1991 Italian film directed by Tinto Brass. The film is loosely based on John Cleland's novel Fanny Hill, first published in 1748. It was remade as an explicit pornographic film by ...more

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Cheeky! is listed (or ranked) 30 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.

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The Piano Teacher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel

Metacritic score: 79

The Piano Teacher is a 2001 French-Austrian erotic thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke, starring Isabelle Huppert and Benoît Magimel. The film is based on 2004 Nobel Prize ...more

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Frivolous Lola is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Cat People is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
punksnotdead added Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Annette O'Toole Cat People is a 1982 American horror film directed by Paul Schrader and starring Nastassja Kinski. Jerry Bruckheimer served as executive producer. While the film has all the elements of a horror ...more

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Lucía y el sexo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Paz Vega, Elena Anaya, Najwa Nimri Sex and Lucia is a 2001 Spanish drama film written and directed by Julio Médem, and starring Paz Vega and Tristán Ulloa. As suggested by the title, there is a great deal of ...more

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Two Moon Junction is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Milla Jovovich, Sherilyn Fenn, Kristy McNichol Two Moon Junction is a 1988 American English language erotic thriller and romance film written and directed by Zalman King, starring Sherilyn Fenn and Richard Tyson. The original music score is ...more

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Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet Angel Heart is a 1987 American horror mystery film written and directed by Alan Parker, and starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, and Lisa Bonet. The film, adapted from the novel Falling Angel ...more

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Magic Mike is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

Metacritic score: 72

Magic Mike is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey. The plot revolves ...more

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In the Cut is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Meg Ryan, Kevin Bacon, Mark Ruffalo In the Cut is a 2003 Australian-American mystery and erotic thriller film written and directed by Jane Campion and starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Campion's screenplay ...more

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Vampyros Lesbos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
KRGPOWER added Dennis Price, Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller Vampyros Lesbos is a 1971 West German-Spanish horror film directed and co-written by Jesús Franco. The film stars Ewa Stroemberg as Linda Westinghouse, an American who works in a Turkish ...more

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Helen Mirren, Tim Roth, Michael Gambon This film is a 1989 British-French romantic black comedy drama film written and directed by Peter Greenaway, starring Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and Alan Howard in the ...more

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Henry & June is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey, Gary Oldman Henry & June is a 1990 American biographical drama film directed by Philip Kaufman and stars Fred Ward, Maria de Medeiros, and Uma Thurman. It is loosely based on the book of the same name ...more

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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Nicole Eggert Blown Away is a 1992 erotic thriller film starring Corey Haim, Nicole Eggert and Corey Feldman.

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The Devils is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
punksnotdead added Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Gemma Jones The Devils is a 1971 British historical drama horror film directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Russell's screenplay is based partially on the 1952 book The ...more

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Enter the Void is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé, Sara Stockbridge

Metacritic score: 69

Enter the Void is a 2009 English-language French fantasy drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé and starring Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, and Cyril Roy. Set in the neon-lit ...more

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Lust, Caution is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Anupam Kher, Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai Lust, Caution is a 2007 espionage erotic thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novella of the same name published in 1979 by Chinese author Eileen Chang. The story is mostly set in ...more

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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Spike54 added Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland Disclosure is a 1994 erotic thriller film directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. It is based on Michael Crichton's novel Disclosure. The cast also includes Donald ...more

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The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
punksnotdead added Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1981 film adaptation of the 1934 novel by the same name by James M. Cain. The film was produced by Lorimar in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and ...more

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Crimes of Passion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
punksnotdead added Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Annie Potts Crimes of Passion is a 1984 film directed by Ken Russell starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin and Annie Potts. The film explores themes of human relationships and mental ...more

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The Last Woman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Michel Piccoli The Last Woman is a 1976 French-Italian film directed by Marco Ferreri and starring Gérard Depardieu and Ornella Muti. Depardieu was nominated for best actor for his role in the ...more

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Boxing Helena is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
Bill Paxton, Sherilyn Fenn, Art Garfunkel Boxing Helena is a 1993 American romance and horror film directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch, and starring Sherilyn Fenn, Julian Sands, and Bill Paxton. The plot follows a surgeon whose growing ...more