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The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked 

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Updated November 4, 2019 2.5k votes 741 voters 98.6k views 37 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite erotic romance films that were released in mainstream theaters.

Steamy romance movies can be a guilty pleasure in the form of a poorly plotted but erotically charged cinematic experience. However, some mainstream romance movies can get pretty raunchy while also garnering critical acclaim. Whether you want some mindless indulgence or a rewarding viewing experience that happens to include some steamy scenes, this list has you covered.

 

What films will you find here? Basic Instinct finds Sharon Stone seducing Michael Douglas – and movie-goers – with her irresistible assets. Pretty Woman - starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere - is another good steamy romance movie that was a box office sensation. In recent years, the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise combined steamy sex scenes with love and romance. Other good erotic romance movies include Ghost, Risky Business, and Unfaithful.

How will we ever determine which steamy romance movie is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a vote up and please add any good films we may have missed. And if you love these films, checkout our list of the best erotic thrillers.

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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, based on Andre Aciman's novel of the same name. In 1980s Italy, a romantic ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2015 American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, based on the E.L. James's 2011 novel of the same name. 21-year-old Anastasia "Ana" ...more

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Shainberg

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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

Released: 1990

Directed by: Garry Marshall

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Fifty Shades Darker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger

Directed by: James Foley

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

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Adore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel

Released: 2013

Directed by: Anne Fontaine

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Y Tu Mamá Tambi&e... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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Original Sin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Jane

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Cristofer

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Indecent Proposal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Demi Moore, Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Blue Is the Warmest Colo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky

Released: 2013

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

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Fifty Shades Freed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Foley

Fifty Shades Freed is a 2018 American erotic romantic drama film directed by James Foley, based on the novel by E. L. James. Now married, Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) face ...more
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Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay

Released: 1983

Directed by: Paul Brickman

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski

Released: 1986

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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Closer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Sliver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Sliver Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger, Martin Landau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem

Released: 2008

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Match Point is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Woody Allen

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

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Bound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Bound Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Christopher Meloni

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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