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The Best NC-17 Romance Movies

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This list of NC-17 romance movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. Top NC-17 movies are sexually explicit and erotic, but all of these films also have great plots that make them stand out from the rest. This list takes the best NC-17 romance movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest NC-17 romance movie of all time is. If you want to watch these flicks right away, you can find which of your favorite romance movies are streaming online on this Amazon Prime list and your favorite dramas on this Netflix Instant list. 

This list of popular NC-17 romance movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think your personal favorite NC-17 romance 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 NC-17 romance films on this list.

If you're trying to find a specific NC-17 romance film, you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for. This list is made up of all the good NC-17 movies you'd want to see, including Blue Is the Warmest ColorLast Tango in Paris, and Lust, Caution. If you're trying to find out "What are the best NC-17 romance movies?" and "What are the most famous NC-17 romance movies?" then this free list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new romance movies that are rated NC-17. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great romance movies NC-17, so get out there and start watching.

Ang Lee and Pedro Almodóvar are among the directors that have worked on a Romance Film NC-17 film.

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  • Lust, Caution
    1
    Anupam Kher, Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Ang Lee
  • Blue Is the Warmest Colour
    2
    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Last Tango in Paris
    3
    Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Léaud
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Blue Valentine
    4
    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
  • Henry & June
    5
    Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Philip Kaufman
  • Emmanuelle 2
    6
    Sylvia Kristel, Laura Gemser, Umberto Orsini
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Francis Giacobetti
  • Story of O
    7
    Udo Kier, Corinne Cléry, Anthony Steel
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Just Jaeckin
  • In the Realm of the Senses
    8
    Taiji Tonoyama, Tatsuya Fuji, Meika Seri
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Nagisa Oshima
  • Wide Sargasso Sea
    9
    Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker, Rachel Ward
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: John Duigan
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
    10
    Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Lolas León
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Delta of Venus
    11
    Costas Mandylor, Marek Vašut, Audie England
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Zalman King
  • Law of Desire
    12
    Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Ma Mère
    13
    Isabelle Huppert, Joana Preiss, Louis Garrel
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Christophe Honoré
  • Tropic of Cancer
    14
    Rip Torn, James Callahan, Ellen Burstyn
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Joseph Strick
  • Inserts
    15
    Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Hoskins, Veronica Cartwright
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: John Byrum
  • Submarine Attack
    16
    Lois Maxwell, Earl Cameron, Folco Lulli
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Duilio Coletti
  • In the Cold of the Night
    17
    Tippi Hedren, Shannon Tweed, David Soul
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Nico Mastorakis
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Rolfe Kanefsky