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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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Anupam Kher, Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ang 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 ...more
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Last Tango in Paris Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud, Catherine Breillat

Released: 1972

Directed by: Bernardo 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 ...more

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Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

Released: 2013

Directed by: Abdellatif 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 ...more

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Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel

Released: 2010

Directed by: Derek 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 ...more

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Emmanuelle 2 Sylvia Kristel, Laura Gemser, Umberto Orsini

Released: 1975

Directed by: Francis 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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Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey, Gary Oldman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Philip 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 ...more
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Taiji Tonoyama, Tatsuya Fuji, Meika Seri

Released: 1976

Directed by: Nagisa 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. ...more

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Udo Kier, Corinne Cléry, Anthony Steel

Released: 1975

Directed by: Just 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.
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Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Rossy de Palma

Released: 1989

Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

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Naomi Watts, Rachel Ward, Michael York

Released: 1993

Directed by: John Duigan

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Costas Mandylor, Marek Vašut, Audie England

Released: 1995

Directed by: Zalman 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, ...more
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Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura, Rossy de Palma

Released: 1987

Directed by: Pedro 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 ...more
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Tippi Hedren, Shannon Tweed, David Soul

Released: 1991

Directed by: Nico Mastorakis

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Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Hoskins, Veronica Cartwright

Released: 1974

Directed by: John Byrum

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Isabelle Huppert, Joana Preiss, Louis Garrel

Released: 2004

Directed by: Christophe 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. ...more
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Rolfe Kanefsky

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Ellen Burstyn, Rip Torn, Phil Brown

Released: 1970

Directed by: Joseph Strick

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Lois Maxwell, Earl Cameron, Folco Lulli

Released: 1954

Directed by: Duilio 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, ...more