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The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked

Updated October 6, 2020 3.4k votes 837 voters 110.6k views40 items

List RulesVote 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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    Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson

    Released2015

    Directed bySam Taylor-Johnson

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    Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Unfaithful

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Released2002

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Fifty Shades Darker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Fifty Shades Darker

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

    Directed byJames Foley

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    Fifty Shades Freed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Fifty Shades Freed

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Foley

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    Secretary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Secretary

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Shainberg

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    Adore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Adore

    Naomi Watts, Robin Wright

    Released2013

    Directed byAnne Fontaine

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    Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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    Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Y Tu Mamá También

    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna

    Released2001

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    9½ Weeks

    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger

    Released1986

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Indecent Proposal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Indecent Proposal

    Demi Moore, Robert Redford

    Released1993

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour

    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

    Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche

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    Original Sin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Original Sin

    Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Cristofer

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    Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Sliver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Sliver

    Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Closer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Closer

    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

    Released2004

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Risky Business

    Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally

    Released1983

    Directed byPaul Brickman

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    After is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    After

    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

    Released2019

    Directed byJenny Gage

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    Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Body Heat

    Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner

    Released1981

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

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    Ghost is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Eyes Wide Shut

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1999

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    The Reader is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    The Reader

    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byStephen Daldry

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    Last Tango in Paris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
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    Last Tango in Paris

    Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud

    Released1972

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

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