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This list contains information on the best steamy thriller movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best steamy thriller films come in many forms. Some good erotic thriller films revolve around a dangerous love triangle while other good steamy thriller movies feature deadly liaisons. Many of the best erotic thriller films feature women in powerful positions.

What films will you find on this top steamy thriller movies list? Eyes Wide Shut has to be at the top. This 1999 film finds Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise – who were also married in real life during the production – exploring extramarital activities both real and imaginary. The legendary filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick directed the movie. Fatal Attraction is another engaging erotic thriller.

Perhaps the most notable steamy thriller film is Basic Instinct, which starred Sharon Stone as a suspicious novelist. Other good erotic thrillers featured on this list include Fear, Wild Things, and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

How will we ever determine which steamy thriller deserves the top spot on this list? 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 Thriller Movies, Ranked
Basic Instinct 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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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cruel Intentions 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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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Fatal Attraction Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski Fatal Attraction is a 1987 American psychological thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and Anne Archer. The film centers on a married Manhattan man ...more

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Eyes Wide Shut Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American erotic thriller film loosely based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was ...more

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Bound is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Bound 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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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Disclosure Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland Disclosure is a 1994 erotic thriller film directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. It is based on Michael Crichton's novel Disclosure. The cast also includes Donald ...more

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Body Double is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Body Double Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton Body Double is a 1984 American erotic thriller film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Gregg Henry. The original musical score was composed by Pino ...more

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Femme Fatale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Femme Fatale Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, John Stamos Femme Fatale is a 2002 French erotic thriller/mystery film directed by Brian De Palma. The film stars Rebecca Romijn and Antonio Banderas. It was screened out of competition at the 2002 Cannes ...more

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Fear Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg Fear is a 1996 American thriller drama film directed by James Foley. It was written by Christopher Crowe, who created the TV series B.L. Stryker, The Watcher, B.J. and the Bear and Seven Days. ...more

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The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Postman Always Rings Twice Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1946 drama-film noir based on the 1934 novel of the same name by James M. Cain. This adaptation of the novel features Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil ...more

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Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Wild Things Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon Wild Things is a 1998 American erotic thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Theresa Russell. It was directed by John McNaughton. An ...more

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Poison Ivy 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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Poison Ivy: The New Seduction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction Jaime Pressly, Susan Ward, Shanna Moakler Poison Ivy: The New Seduction is a 1997 American erotic thriller drama film starring Jaime Pressly, and the third installment of the Poison Ivy series, which consists of Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy ...more

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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Body Heat 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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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Unfaithful 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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A Perfect Murder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
A Perfect Murder Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Douglas A Perfect Murder is a 1998 American thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen. It is a modern remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 ...more

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Fifty Shades of Grey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Fifty Shades of Grey Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson, Marcia Gay Harden Fifty Shades of Grey is a film adaptation of the novel by E. L. James.

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The Crush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Crush Alicia Silverstone, Amber Benson, Cary Elwes The Crush is a 1993 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Alan Shapiro, which stars Cary Elwes and Alicia Silverstone in her feature film debut. It was filmed on location ...more

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Killing Me Softly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Killing Me Softly Heather Graham, Natascha McElhone, Joseph Fiennes Killing Me Softly is a 2003 American erotic thriller directed by Chen Kaige and starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes. Based on the novel of the same name by Nicci French, it introduces ...more

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Cat People is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cat People Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Annette O'Toole Cat People is a 1982 American erotic horror film directed by Paul Schrader and starring Nastassja Kinski. Jerry Bruckheimer served as executive producer. While the film has all the elements of a ...more

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Single White Female is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Single White Female Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bridget Fonda, Stephen Tobolowsky Single White Female is a 1992 American erotic thriller film based on John Lutz's novel SWF Seeks Same. The film stars Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh and is directed by Barbet Schroeder.

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Color of Night is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Color of Night 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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The Boy Next Door is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Boy Next Door Jennifer Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Hill Harper The Boy Next Door is a 2015 American erotic thriller film directed by Rob Cohen and written by Barbara Curry. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Ian Nelson, and Kristin ...more

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Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Swimming Pool Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier Swimming Pool is a 2003 French-British thriller film directed by François Ozon and starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. The plot focuses on a British crime novelist, Sarah ...more

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Final Analysis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Final Analysis Uma Thurman, Kim Basinger, Richard Gere Final Analysis is a 1992 American neo-noir drama directed by Phil Joanou and written by Wesley Strick. It stars Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman, Eric Roberts and Keith David. The ...more

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Original Sin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Original Sin 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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Birthday Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Birthday Girl Nicole Kidman, Vincent Cassel, Valentina Cervi Birthday Girl is a 2001 British-American drama and crime film directed by Jez Butterworth. The plot focuses on English bank clerk John Buckingham who orders a Russian mail-order bride, Nadia. It ...more

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Sliver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sliver 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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Body of Evidence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Body of Evidence Madonna, Julianne Moore, Willem Dafoe Body of Evidence is a 1993 American erotic thriller film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and originally had the rare NC-17 rating. It was directed by Uli ...more

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Unforgettable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Unforgettable Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults Unforgettable is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Denise Di Novi. The film follows a divorcée (Katherine Heigl) who begins to torment the new fiancé (Rosario Dawson) of

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Basic Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Basic Instinct 2 Sharon Stone, Charlotte Rampling, Hugh Dancy Basic Instinct 2, is a 2006 erotic thriller film and the sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct. The film was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels, and Andrew ...more

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In the Cut is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
In the Cut 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

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The Big Easy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Big Easy John Goodman, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin The Big Easy is a 1987 American crime drama directed by Jim McBride and written by Daniel Petrie Jr. The film stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, and Ned Beatty. The film was both ...more

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Night Eyes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Night Eyes Tanya Roberts, Andrew Stevens Night Eyes is a 1990 erotic thriller film written by Tom Citrano and Andrew Stevens. It stars Andrew Stevens, Tanya Roberts, Cooper Huckabee, and Warwick Sims. The film spawned a series of ...more

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Chloe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Chloe Amanda Seyfried, Nina Dobrev, Julianne Moore Chloe is a 2009 erotic thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan, a remake of the 2003 French film Nathalie.... It stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried in the title role. Its ...more

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
9½ Weeks 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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Cherry Falls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Cherry Falls Brittany Murphy, Jay Mohr, Michael Biehn Cherry Falls is a 2000 American slasher comedy film written by Ken Selden and directed by Geoffrey Wright. The film stars Brittany Murphy, Jay Mohr, and Michael Biehn.

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Frank & Lola is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Frank & Lola Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon, Justin Long Frank & Lola is a 2016 noir love story directed by Matthew Ross. Frank, a Las Vegas chef (Michael Shannon), falls in love with a mysterious young woman named Lola (Imogen Poots). Consumed by ...more

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Poison Ivy II: Lily is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Poison Ivy II: Lily Alyssa Milano, Camilla Belle, Xander Berkeley Poison Ivy II: Lily is a 1996 thriller film directed by Anne Goursaud, written by Chloe King and stars Alyssa Milano. It is a sequel to the 1992 film, Poison Ivy and the second installment of ...more

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Diabolique is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Diabolique Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates, J.J. Abrams Diabolique is an 1996 American thriller directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Don Roos. It is a remake of the French film Les Diaboliques directed by Clouzot. ...more

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Knock Knock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Knock Knock Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas Knock Knock is a 2015 American erotic horror thriller film directed by Eli Roth, who also co-wrote the script. The film is a remake of Death Game, where two underage girls suddenly enter a ...more

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The Canyons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
The Canyons Lindsay Lohan, Gus Van Sant, James Deen The Canyons is a 2013 American erotic thriller-drama film directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret Easton Ellis. The film is set in Los Angeles and stars Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan ...more

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Jade is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jade Angie Everhart, David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino Jade is a 1995 American erotic thriller film written by Joe Eszterhas, produced by Robert Evans, directed by William Friedkin and starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, ...more

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more

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Fifty Shades Darker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Fifty Shades Darker 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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Road Games is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Road Games Andrew Simpson, Joséphine de La Baume, Frédéric Pierrot Road Games (also known as Fausse Route) is a 2016 British-French co-production thriller film directed by Abner Pastoll. Hitchhiking duo Jack and Véronique find trouble when they become ...more

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Night Eyes 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Night Eyes 2 Shannon Tweed, Andrew Stevens Night Eyes 2 is a 1992 erotic thriller film. It stars Andrew Stevens and Shannon Tweed. The film is a sequel to Night Eyes which was released two years earlier.

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Palmetto is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Palmetto Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue, Gina Gershon Palmetto is a 1998 neo-noir film directed by Volker Schlöndorff with a screenplay by E. Max Frye. It is based on the novel Just Another Sucker by James Hadley Chase. The film stars Woody ...more

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Night Eyes 3 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Night Eyes 3 Shannon Tweed, Andrew Stevens, Tracy Tweed Night Eyes 3 is a 1993 erotic thriller film and the third within the Night Eyes series. Like its predecessor, it stars Andrew Stevens and Shannon Tweed, although the latter plays a different ...more

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When the Bough Breaks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
When the Bough Breaks Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi When the Bough Breaks is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Jon Cassar and written by Jack Olsen. A young married couple, John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina ...more