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The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies 

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List of R-Rated erotic thriller movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated erotic thriller movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated erotic thriller movie of all time is. Feel free to see if your favorites are currently streaming on this best romance movies on Amazon Prime list, as well as these best dramas on Amazon Prime and Netflix Instant lists. 

Erotic thrillers are often just scary erotica movies or ones with an actually good plot, instead of just being late night Cinemax. Any good erotic thrillers are just great erotic thriller movies in a way that really celebrates the genre. Eyes Wide Shut is a great example because while it may not be one of the top sexy movies, since all the sex scenes are super creepy, it's actually a great film. Erotic thrillers, as movies, aren't a very mainstream choice for a filmmaker either, so if they're not 100% all-in to the film they're making, then it's kind of a bummer altogether. 

Anyway, this list of popular R-Rated erotic thriller movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated erotic thriller movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated erotic thriller films on this list.

If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated erotic thriller film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.These movies, like Eyes Wide Shut and Mulholland Drive include images when available. If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated erotic thriller movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated erotic thriller movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

 Use this list if you're looking for some new erotic thriller movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great erotic thriller movies rated R, so get out there and start watching. Re-rank the page to fit your opnions then make it votable so you can share it with your friends and get only their input on this whole thing. (185 items)

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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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#590 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #345 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Unfaithful is a 2002 American thriller drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Chad Lowe, Dominic Chianese and Olivier Martinez. It was adapted by Alvin Sargent ...more

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#94 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #446 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1998

Directed by: John McNaughton

Wild Things is a 1998 American thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Theresa Russell. It was directed by John McNaughton. An "uncut" ...more

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#158 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #149 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #848 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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#745 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #74 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again #114 of 172 The Greatest Date Movies of All Time

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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, and ...more

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#294 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #207 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Lynch

Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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#30 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #555 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

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Body Double is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton

Released: 1984

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Body Double is a 1984 American thriller film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Gregg Henry. The original musical score was composed by Pino Donaggio. ...more

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#185 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #504 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #49 of 135 The Best Movies About Movies

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Sliver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Sliver Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger, Martin Landau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

Sliver is a 1993 thriller film based on the Ira Levin novel of the same name about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York high-rise apartment building. Phillip Noyce directed ...more

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#14 of 29 The Best Mystery Movies Streaming on Hulu #23 of 34 Co-Stars Who Totally Hated Each Other

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd

Released: 1992

Directed by: Katt Shea

This film is a 1992 American drama-thriller film and directed by Katt Shea. Andy Ruben transformed Melissa Goddard's story into the screenplay. It stars Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom ...more

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#439 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #25 of 36 30+ Great Movies About Juvenile Delinquents #16 of 35 Great Movies About Secret Love Affairs

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Femme Fatale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, John Stamos

Released: 2002

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Femme Fatale is a 2002 French erotic thriller/mystery film directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars Rebecca Romijn and Antonio Banderas. It was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes ...more

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#464 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #422 of 520 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

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The Crush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Alicia Silverstone, Amber Benson, Cary Elwes

Released: 1993

Directed by: Alan Shapiro

The Crush is a 1993 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Alan Shapiro, which stars Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone in her feature film debut. It was filmed on location ...more

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#54 of 200 The Best R-Rated Psychological Thriller Movies #1 of 25 The Best Stalker Movies Where the Villain Is Female

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Dressed to Kill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz

Released: 1980

Directed by: Brian De Palma

This film is a 1980 American thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma and starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon. It centers on an event involving a ...more

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#440 of 799 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #306 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Poison Ivy II: Lily is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Alyssa Milano, Camilla Belle, Xander Berkeley

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anne Goursaud

Poison Ivy II: Lily is a 1996 thriller film directed by Anne Goursaud, written by Chloe King and stars Alyssa Milano. It is a sequel to the 1992 film, Poison Ivy and the second installment of ...more
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Color of Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Bruce Willis, Lesley Ann Warren, Brad Dourif

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard Rush

Color of Night is a 1994 American mystery thriller film produced by Cinergi Pictures and released in the United States by Hollywood Pictures. Directed by Richard Rush, the film stars Bruce ...more

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#13 of 41 The Best Movies That Won Razzies #187 of 209 The Best R-Rated Crime Thriller Movies

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Embrace of the Vampire ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Tilly, Charlotte Lewis

Released: 1995

Directed by: Anne Goursaud

Embrace of the Vampire is a 1995 vampire horror film. A more graphic version which is not rated is also available in North America. It was filmed in Faribault, Minnesota, US. In 2013, a ...more
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Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier

Released: 2003

Directed by: Fran├žois Ozon

Swimming Pool is a 2003 French-British thriller film directed by François Ozon and starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. The plot focuses on a British crime novelist, Sarah ...more
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No Way Out is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

Released: 1987

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

No Way Out is a 1987 thriller film. It stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young. Will Patton, Howard Duff, George Dzundza, Jason Bernard, Fred Thompson, and Iman appear in supporting ...more

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#215 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #54 of 99 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time #11 of 51 The Best Kevin Costner Movies

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Body of Evidence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Madonna, Julianne Moore, Willem Dafoe

Released: 1993

Directed by: Uli Edel

Body of Evidence is a 1993 American thriller film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and originally had the rare NC-17 rating. It was directed by Uli Edel and ...more

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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Disclosure Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1994

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Disclosure is a 1994 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 Last Seduction is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman, Peter Berg

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Dahl

The Last Seduction is a 1994 neo-noir thriller film directed by John Dahl, and features Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, and Bill Pullman. Fiorentino's performance generated talk of an Oscar ...more

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#55 of 59 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins #88 of 172 The Best Film Noir Movies

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The Postman Always Rings... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston

Released: 1981

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

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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The Hunger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon

Released: 1983

Directed by: Tony Scott

The Hunger is a 1983 British horror film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. It is the story of a love triangle between a doctor who ...more

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Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

Released: 1987

Directed by: Alan Parker

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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Jade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Angie Everhart, David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino

Released: 1995

Directed by: William Friedkin

Jade is a 1995 American erotic thriller film written by Joe Eszterhas, produced by Robert Evans, directed by William Friedkin and starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, ...more
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The Babysitter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Erotic Thriller Movies
Alicia Silverstone, George Segal, Lois Chiles

Released: 1995

Directed by: Guy Ferland

The Babysitter is a 1995 American thriller film directed by Guy Ferland and starring Alicia Silverstone based on the eponymous short story by Robert Coover in his collection Pricksongs and ...more