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The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked

Updated November 11, 2020 3.7k votes 903 voters 115.7k views60 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
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    Fifty Shades of Grey
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    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson

    Released2015

    Directed bySam Taylor-Johnson

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    Unfaithful
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    Unfaithful

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Released2002

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Basic Instinct
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    Basic Instinct

    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • 5
    Fifty Shades Freed
    83
    33

    Fifty Shades Freed

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Foley

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    Fifty Shades Darker
    90
    39

    Fifty Shades Darker

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

    Directed byJames Foley

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    Secretary
    96
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    Secretary

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Shainberg

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  • 8
    Adore
    66
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    Adore

    Naomi Watts, Robin Wright

    Released2013

    Directed byAnne Fontaine

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    Cruel Intentions
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    Cruel Intentions

    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

    Directed byRoger Kumble

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    Y Tu Mamá También
    60
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    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna

    Released2002

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Pretty Woman
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    Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    9½ Weeks
    68
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    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger

    Released1986

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Indecent Proposal
    60
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    Indecent Proposal

    Demi Moore, Robert Redford

    Released1993

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Ghost
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    Brokeback Mountain
    83
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Risky Business
    54
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    Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally

    Released1983

    Directed byPaul Brickman

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    Original Sin
    69
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    Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Cristofer

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    Blue Is the Warmest Colour
    66
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    Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos

    Released2013

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    Sliver
    45
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    Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    Body Heat
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    Body Heat

    Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner

    Released1981

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

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    Closer
    46
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    Closer

    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

    Released2004

    Directed byMike Nichols

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  • 22
    The Reader
    49
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    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byStephen Daldry

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    Nymphomaniac: Volume I
    39
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    Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe

    Released2013

    Directed byLars von Trier

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    After
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    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

    Released2019

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    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    45
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    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz

    Released2008

    Directed byWoody Allen

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