Romance 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 thumbs up and please add any good films we may have missed.

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan Unfaithful is a 2002 American erotic 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 ...more

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy film set in Los Angeles. Written by J. F. Lawton and directed by Garry Marshall, it stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, and features Hector ...more

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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Original Sin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Jane Original Sin is a 2001 erotic 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 ...more

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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Indecent Proposal is listed (or ranked) 11 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 Reader is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Closer is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Dreamers is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Sliver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger, Martin Landau Sliver is a 1993 erotic 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 ...more

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski 9½ Weeks is an 1986 erotic 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 ...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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Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Color of Night is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Lesley Ann Warren, Brad Dourif Color of Night is a 1994 American erotic mystery thriller film produced by Cinergi Pictures and released in the United States by Hollywood Pictures. Directed by Richard Rush, the film stars ...more

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir erotic thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J.A. ...more

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Shia LaBeouf Nymphomaniac is a 2013 two-part drama art film written and directed by Lars von Trier. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, ...more

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Match Point is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Carol is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Adore is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Secretary is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader, Lesley Ann Warren Secretary is a 2002 erotic 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 ...more

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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between a ...more

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Bound is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Christopher Meloni Bound is a 1996 crime, drama, thriller film written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski.

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd Poison Ivy 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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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Take This Waltz is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Henry & June is listed (or ranked) 33 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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28 Hotel Rooms is listed (or ranked) 34 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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The Piano Teacher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked
Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît 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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In the Cut is listed (or ranked) 36 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