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The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked  

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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.

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin
The Reader is a 2008 German-American romantic drama film based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. The film was written by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry. ...more
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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria
Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. A down-on-her-luck Hollywood working girl (Julia Roberts) is hired by a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) to be ...more
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Carol is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Carol is an upcoming British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars ...more
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Fifty Shades Darker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger
Fifty Shades Darker is 2017 erotic romantic drama film based on a novel of same name by British author E. L. James. It is the second film in the Fifty Shades film series, and a sequel to 2015 ...more
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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden
Fifty Shades of Grey is a film adaptation of the novel by E. L. James.
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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan
Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more
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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd
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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The Piano Teacher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, BenoƮt Magimel
The Piano Teacher is a 2001 French-Austrian erotic thriller film written and directed by Michael Haneke, starring Isabelle Huppert and Benoît Magimel. The film is based on 2004 Nobel Prize ...more
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Henry & June is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Uma Thurman, Kevin Spacey, Gary Oldman
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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Take This Waltz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Sarah Silverman, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen
Take This Waltz is a 2011 comedy-drama film. The film centers on Margot, a 28-year-old freelance writer who lives in a charming house on a leafy street in Toronto's Little Portugal ...more
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Fifty Shades Freed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger
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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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, adapted from Terry McMillan's bestselling novel of the same title. The film stars Angela Bassett, ...more
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28 Hotel Rooms is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Chris Messina, Marin Ireland, Robert Deamer
28 Hotel Rooms is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Matt Ross.
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In the Cut is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Meg Ryan, Kevin Bacon, Mark Ruffalo
In the Cut is a 2003 Australian-American mystery and erotic thriller film written and directed by Jane Campion and starring Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Campion's screenplay ...more