Entertainment The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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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
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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Wild Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Bill Murray, Denise Richards, Kevin Bacon
Wild Things is a 1998 American thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards and Theresa Russell. It was directed by John McNaughton. An "uncut" ...more
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Unfaithful is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Michelle Monaghan
Unfaithful is a 2002 American 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 Sargent ...more
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Bound is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Christopher Meloni
Bound is a 1996 , drama, thriller film written and directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski.
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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller 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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Fatal Attraction is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Jane Krakowski
This film 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 who has a ...more
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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt
Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, and ...more
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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
Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American 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 his ...more
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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
This film 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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Original Sin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Angelina Jolie, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Jane
Original Sin is a 2001 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 François ...more
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Fear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Body Double is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Melanie Griffith, Dennis Franz, Deborah Shelton
Body Double is a 1984 American thriller film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, and Gregg Henry. The original musical score was composed by Pino Donaggio. ...more
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Single White Female is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bridget Fonda, Stephen Tobolowsky
Single White Female is a 1992 American 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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The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Femme Fatale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Sliver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger, Martin Landau
Sliver is a 1993 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 directed ...more
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Disclosure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland
Disclosure is a 1994 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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Poison Ivy: The New Seduction is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski
9½ Weeks is an 1986 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 a New ...more
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Swimming Pool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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) 21 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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The Crush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Cat People is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steamy Thriller Movies, Ranked
Malcolm McDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Annette O'Toole
Cat People is a 1982 American 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 horror ...more
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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
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