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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.

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    Last Tango in Paris

    Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud

    Released1972

    Released1972

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

    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 betrothed...  more

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    Emmanuelle 2

    Sylvia Kristel, Laura Gemser

    Released1975

    Released1975

    Directed byFrancis Giacobetti

    Directed byFrancis Giacobetti

    Emmanuelle 2 is a 1975 French softcore erotica film directed by Francis Giacobetti, and starring Sylvia Kristel. The screenplay was written by Bob Elia and Francis Giacobetti, based on novel...  more
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    Blue Valentine

    Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Released2010

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

    "Blue Valentine is the story of love lost and love found told in two parallel moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their...  more

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    In the Realm of the Senses

    Taiji Tonoyama, Tatsuya Fuji

    Released1976

    Released1976

    Directed byNagisa Oshima

    Directed byNagisa Oshima

    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. It...  more
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    Ma Mère

    Isabelle Huppert, Joana Preiss

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byChristophe Honoré

    Directed byChristophe Honoré

    My Mother is a French-Austrian-Portuguese-Spanish 2004 film about the fictional story of an incestuous relationship between a 17-year-old boy and his attractive, promiscuous, 43-year-old mother. The...  more
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    In the Cold of the Night

    Tippi Hedren, Shannon Tweed

    Released1991

    Released1991

    Directed byNico Mastorakis

    Directed byNico Mastorakis

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    Wide Sargasso Sea

    Naomi Watts, Rachel Ward

    Released1993

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Duigan

    Directed byJohn Duigan

    Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1993 film adaption of Jean Rhys's 1966 novel of the same name, directed by John Duigan....  more
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    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril

    Released1989

    Released1989

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

    Released2013

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

    Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, based on the graphic novel by Julie Maroh. French teenager Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos)...  more

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    Law of Desire

    Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura

    Released1987

    Released1987

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

    Directed byPedro Almodóvar

    Law of Desire or La ley del deseo is a 1987 film by Pedro Almodóvar. Considered to be Almodóvar's first explicitly gay film, it focuses on a complex love triangle between three men. It follows the...  more
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    Inserts

    Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Hoskins

    Released1974

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Byrum

    Directed byJohn Byrum

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    Released1998

    Released1998

    Directed byRolfe Kanefsky

    Directed byRolfe Kanefsky

    Sex Files: Alien Erotica is a 1998 sci-fi film written and directed by Rolfe Kanefsky....  more
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    Lust, Caution

    Anupam Kher, Joan Chen

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byAng Lee

    Directed byAng Lee

    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 Hong...  more

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    Submarine Attack

    Lois Maxwell, Earl Cameron

    Released1954

    Released1954

    Directed byDuilio Coletti

    Directed byDuilio Coletti

    Originally titled La Grande Speranza, retitled Submarine Attack and Torpedo Zone in English, this low-key anti-war film is slow-moving and lacking in dramatic tension by action film standards, but...  more
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    Henry & June

    Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey

    Released1990

    Released1990

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    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 by the...  more
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    26
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    Story of O

    Udo Kier, Corinne Cléry

    Released1975

    Released1975

    Directed byJust Jaeckin

    Directed byJust Jaeckin

    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....  more
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    15
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    Delta of Venus

    Costas Mandylor, Marek Vašut

    Released1995

    Released1995

    Directed byZalman King

    Directed byZalman King

    Delta of Venus is a 1994 American erotic drama film—though it was released in 1995—inspired by the erotic story collection of the same name by Anaïs Nin. The book is not autobiographical, nor does it...  more
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    Tropic of Cancer

    Ellen Burstyn, Rip Torn

    Released1970

    Released1970

    Directed byJoseph Strick

    Directed byJoseph Strick