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The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked 

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Updated February 10, 2020 3.1k votes 583 voters 48k views 46 items

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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 thriller films revolve around a dangerous love triangle while other good steamy thriller movies feature deadly liaisons. Many of the best salacious 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 thriller.

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

How will we ever determine which erotic thriller deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a vote 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
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon

Released: 1998

Directed by: John McNaughton

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roger Kumble

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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski

Released: 1987

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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Bound is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Bound Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Christopher Meloni

Released: 1996

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Poison Ivy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Ladd

Released: 1992

Directed by: Katt Shea

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Original Sin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Jane

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Cristofer

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Body Double is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton

Released: 1984

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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Femme Fatale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, John Stamos

Released: 2002

Directed by: Brian De Palma

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski

Released: 1986

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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Sliver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sliver Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger, Martin Landau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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Single White Female is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bridget Fonda, Stephen Tobolowsky

Released: 1992

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

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Fear is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 1996

Directed by: James Foley

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
18
The Postman Always Rings... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

Released: 1946

Directed by: Tay Garnett

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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Disclosure Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1994

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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In the Cut is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Meg Ryan, Kevin Bacon, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jane Campion

21
Final Analysis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Uma Thurman, Kim Basinger, Richard Gere

Released: 1992

Directed by: Phil Joanou

22
Chloe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Amanda Seyfried, Nina Dobrev, Julianne Moore

Released: 2009

Directed by: Atom Egoyan

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Body of Evidence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Madonna, Julianne Moore, Willem Dafoe

Released: 1993

Directed by: Uli Edel

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Color of Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Lesley Ann Warren, Brad Dourif

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard Rush

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Diabolique is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates, J.J. Abrams

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik