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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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Caligula Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, Malcolm McDowell

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

Metacritic score: 88

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
9½ Weeks Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf

Metacritic score: 64

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Showgirls Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan

Metacritic score: 16

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Basic Instinct Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Metacritic score: 41

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Secretary Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren

Metacritic score: 63

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The Dreamers Eva Green, Michael Pitt, Jean Piere Leaud

Metacritic score: 62

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Eyes Wide Shut Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

Metacritic score: 68

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9 Songs Alex Kapranos, Margo Stilley, Kieran O'Brien

Metacritic score: 43

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Shortbus Daniela Sea, Justin Vivian Bond, Miriam Shor

Metacritic score: 64

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Intimacy Marianne Faithfull, Timothy Spall, Mark Rylance

Metacritic score: 69

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Last Tango in Paris Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud, Catherine Breillat

Metacritic score: 77

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The Brown Bunny Chloë Sevigny, Cheryl Tiegs, Vincent Gallo

Metacritic score: 51

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Y Tu Mamá También Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú

Metacritic score: 88

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Story of O Udo Kier, Corinne Cléry, Anthony Steel

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Shame Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie

Metacritic score: 72

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In the Realm of the Senses Taiji Tonoyama, Tatsuya Fuji, Meika Seri

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Crash Holly Hunter, James Spader, Rosanna Arquette

Metacritic score: 69

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn
sarah-zanzuri added The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Metacritic score: 75

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Baise Moi Karen Lancaume, Hervé-Pierre Gustave, Ouassini Embarek

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Ken Park Maeve Quinlan, Amanda Plummer, Richard Riehle

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KRGPOWER added Nymphomaniac: Volume II Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater

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Magic Mike Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum

Metacritic score: 72

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Two Moon Junction Milla Jovovich, Sherilyn Fenn, Kristy McNichol

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punksnotdead added Cat People Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Annette O'Toole

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The Piano Teacher Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel

Metacritic score: 79

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Biswadeb Mukherjee added Malena Ariadna Gil, Marta Belaustegui

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Antichrist Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Metacritic score: 49

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KRGPOWER added Lie with Me Eric Balfour, Lauren Lee Smith, Kristin Lehman

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aspergaon added Monamour Tinto Brass, Max Parodi, Nela Lucic

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aspergaon added Cheeky! Tinto Brass, Yuliya Mayarchuk, Antonio Salines

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Angel Heart Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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In the Cut Meg Ryan, Kevin Bacon, Mark Ruffalo

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aspergaon added Paprika Debora Caprioglio, Tinto Brass, John Steiner

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Lucía y el sexo Paz Vega, Elena Anaya, Najwa Nimri

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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Helen Mirren, Tim Roth, Michael Gambon

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muhalifhareket added A Serbian Film Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović

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Blown Away Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Nicole Eggert

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Henry & June Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey, Gary Oldman

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KRGPOWER added Vampyros Lesbos Dennis Price, Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller

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Lust, Caution Anupam Kher, Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

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punksnotdead added The Devils Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Gemma Jones

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punksnotdead added The Postman Always Rings Twice Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston

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aspergaon added Frivolous Lola Patrick Mower, Tinto Brass, Serena Grandi

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The Last Woman Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Michel Piccoli

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Spike54 added Disclosure Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland

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punksnotdead added Crimes of Passion Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Annie Potts

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Enter the Void Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé, Sara Stockbridge

Metacritic score: 69