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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. 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
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
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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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more
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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky
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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Original Sin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Jane
Original Sin is a 2001 thriller film starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie. It is based on the novel Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich, and is a remake of the 1969 François ...more
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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid
Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more
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Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú
Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos. The film tells a coming-of-age story about ...more
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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden
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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Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally, Rebecca De Mornay
Risky Business is a 1983 American romantic comedy film written by Paul Brickman in his directorial debut. It stars Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay. The film launched Cruise to stardom. It ...more
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Adore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel
Adore is a 2013 Australian-French drama film directed by Anne Fontaine. The film is based on a novella by British writer Doris Lessing called The Grandmothers. The original title of the film was ...more
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Indecent Proposal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Demi Moore, Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson
Indecent Proposal is a 1993 drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jack Engelhard. It was directed by Adrian Lyne and stars Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson.
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The Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Eva Green, Michael Pitt, Jean Piere Leaud
The Dreamers is a 2003 romantic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The screenplay is by Gilbert Adair, based on his own novel The Holy Innocents. An international co-production by ...more
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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren
Secretary is a 2002 romance film directed by Steven Shainberg and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee Holloway and James Spader as E. Edward Grey. The film is based on a short story from Bad ...more
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Fifty Shades Darker is listed (or ranked) 15 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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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski
9½ Weeks is an 1986 romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Elizabeth McNeill, about a New ...more
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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The plot centers on two American women, Vicky and Cristina, who spend a summer in Barcelona ...more
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Closer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law
Closer is a 2004 romantic drama film written by Patrick Marber, based on his award-winning 1997 play of the same name. The movie was produced and directed by Mike Nichols and stars Julia ...more
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Bound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Bound Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Christopher Meloni
Bound is a 1996 , drama, thriller film written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski.
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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt
Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, and ...more
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Sliver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Sliver Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger, Martin Landau
Sliver is a 1993 thriller film based on the Ira Levin novel of the same name about the mysterious occurrences in a privately owned New York high-rise apartment building. Phillip Noyce directed ...more
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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
Match Point is a 2005 drama film written and directed by Woody Allen which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, and Penelope Wilton. Rhys ...more
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Color of Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Lesley Ann Warren, Brad Dourif
Color of Night is a 1994 American mystery thriller film produced by Cinergi Pictures and released in the United States by Hollywood Pictures. Directed by Richard Rush, the film stars Bruce ...more
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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater
The Nymphoniac Part 2 is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier.