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A list of the best BDSM movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This BDSM movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about BDSM are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about BDSM you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous BDSM movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these BDSM movie titles for more information about the films.

List ranges from Fifty Shades of Grey to Secretary, plus many more movies about S&M and bondage. Featuring Hollywood movies and indie films, this list features the best BDSM cinema.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best BDSM movies?" and "What is the greatest BDSM movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular BDSM movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these BDSM movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good BDSM movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Lee Kirby added Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren
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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Story of O is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
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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The Notorious Bettie Page is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Norman Reedus, Sarah Paulson, Gretchen Mol
The Notorious Bettie Page is a 2005 biographical film directed by Mary Harron. The screenplay by Harron and Guinevere Turner focuses on 1950s pinup and bondage model Bettie Page.
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The Pet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
ggg1 added Lydia McLane, Pierre Dulat, Magi Avila
The Pet is a 2006 American thriller film directed by D. Stevens. A young woman agrees to be the human-pet of an aristocrat for six months to get out of financial trouble when she is kidnapped ...more
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Nymphomaniac: Volume I is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf
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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Tokyo Decadence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Fixx added Masahiko Shimada, Yayoi Kusama, Miho Nikaido
Tokyo Decadence is a 1992 Japanese pink film. The film was directed by Ryu Murakami with music by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The film stars Miho Nikaido and is known by two other titles, Topaz and Sex ...more
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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
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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My Mistress is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Grant Garland added My Mistress Emmanuelle Béart, Robyn Moore Gibson, Harrison Gilbertson
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Kink is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Kink is a 2013 American documentary, produced by James Franco about the BDSM website Kink.com.
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Crash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
DustinEzell added Holly Hunter, James Spader, Rosanna Arquette
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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El Jardín Secreto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
ggg1 added El Jardín Secreto Assumpta Serna, Xabier Elorriaga, Taida Urruzola
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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Tino Derivera added Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Rossy de Palma
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is a 1990 Spanish dark romantic comedy film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and starring Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril. The plot follows a recently ...more
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Belle de Jour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
zoe-krainik added Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
Belle de Jour is a 1967 French drama film directed by Luis Buñuel. A frigid young housewife (Catherine Deneuve) decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.
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Preaching to the Perverted is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
ggg1 added Keith Allen, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Ricky Tomlinson
Preaching to the Perverted is a 1997 British comedy film written and directed by Stuart Urban. The film stars Guinevere Turner as Tanya Cheex, a New York dominatrix. Tom Bell plays Henry Harding ...more
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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Herman0 added Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn
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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The Image is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Fixx added Rebecca Brooke, Marilyn Roberts, Carl Parker
The Image is a 1975 American film that was re-released in an edited version in 1976. The film is also known by two other titles: The Punishment of Anne and The Mistress and the Slave and was ...more
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Flower & Snake II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Fixx added Aya Sugimoto
Flower & Snake II is a film directed by Takashi Ishii.
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The Piano Teacher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Grant Garland added Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel
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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The Night Porter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Fixx added Charlotte Rampling, Dirk Bogarde, Isa Miranda
The Night Porter is a controversial 1974 art film by Italian director Liliana Cavani, starring Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling featuring elements of Nazisploitation.
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8mm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini
8mm is a 1999 American-German mystery thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a private investigator who delves into the ...more
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Venus in Furs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Grant Garland added Klaus Kinski, Dennis Price, Jesús Franco
Venus in Furs is a 1969 Italian supernatural erotic thriller film directed by Jesús Franco and starring James Darren. The film bears only a superficial resemblance to the 1870 Venus in ...more
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Killing Me Softly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Chayenne Campo added Heather Graham, Natascha McElhone, Joseph Fiennes
Killing Me Softly is a 2003 American erotic thriller directed by Chen Kaige and starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes. Based on the novel of the same name by Nicci French, it introduces ...more
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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence
Hellraiser is a 1987 British horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based upon his own novella The Hellbound Heart. The film spawned a series of sequels.
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Fetishes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
marylylewarrenmccue added Nick Broomfield, Mistress Delilah, Mistress Beatrice
Filmed at Pandora's Box, the luxurious S&M parlor in New York, Fetishes reveals in both a humorous and informative manner on a full range of fetishes, from rubber and infantilism, to ...more
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Exit to Eden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BDSM Movies
Rosie O'Donnell, Dan Aykroyd, Dana Delany
Exit to Eden is a 1994 American comedy-thriller film directed by Garry Marshall and adapted to the screen by Deborah Amelon and Bob Brunner from Anne Rampling's novel of the same name. The ...more