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The Best Steamy Romance Movies, Ranked

Updated November 11, 2020 4.4k votes 1.1k voters 128.5k 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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  • Fifty Shades of Grey1
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    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson

    Released2015

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  • Call Me by Your Name2
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Released2017

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  • Fifty Shades Freed3
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    Fifty Shades Freed

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Foley

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    Fifty Shades Darker

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

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  • Unfaithful5
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    Unfaithful

    Diane Lane, Richard Gere

    Released2002

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  • After6
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    Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin

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  • Adore7
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    Naomi Watts, Robin Wright

    Released2013

    Directed byAnne Fontaine

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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • Cruel Intentions9
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    Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Released1999

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  • Secretary10
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    Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Spader

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Shainberg

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  • Pretty Woman11
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    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger

    Released1986

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  • Indecent Proposal13
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    Demi Moore, Robert Redford

    Released1993

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    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna

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    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

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    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

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  • Original Sin18
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    Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas

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  • Closer19
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    Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

    Released2004

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  • Sliver20
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    Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

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  • Risky Business21
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    Tom Cruise, Megan Mullally

    Released1983

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    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

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    Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner

    Released1981

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    Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon

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