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The Steamiest Movies On Netflix Right Now

Some nights, you find yourself scrolling through Netflix in a certain sort of mood. Nothing jumps out at you. You don't want a comedy, or an action movie, or some brainy documentary. Then it hits you, you know exactly what you want. You want to watch something steamy. You want a film about sex — or at the very least, a film with sex scenes, preferably lots of sex scenes.

Hey, you're only human; no judgments here. In fact, here's your hook-up with all the steamiest movies you can watch right now on Netflix. Some suggestions are genuinely good films, critical darlings and artsy foreign fare. Others are unapologetic, horny trash. The quality of the film is secondary. What's important is that these are all films about hot people getting naked.

Now obviously, not all of these movies will be for everyone. Depending on your own personal taste and orientation, some are bound to turn you off — but with a selection as wide and varied as this, hopefully one will do it for you. So good luck, you late night scroller, and godspeed.

Cam

Let's face it, historically speaking, most portrayals of sex work on film — especially horror films — haven't been all that great. That's just one of many reasons why the 2018 erotic horror film "Cam" is such a delightful surprise. This intimate character study of a sex worker is refreshingly modern and humanizing, making it a unique entry in the horror film canon.

Alice Ackerman (Madeline Brewer) works as a cam girl, a model who performs erotic acts in real time for an internet audience. Alice's goal is to become the number one model on the website she calls home, a goal she pursues with an obsessive fervor. But one day, Alice discovers she has been locked out of her account, and someone else is now streaming under her identity. But when she tunes into her own channel to see who the culprit is, she sees herself — or, perhaps more specifically, another woman who looks exactly like her. Something about this other woman seems a bit off, perhaps even inhuman. Is she an imposter, some sort of advanced computer program, or could there perhaps be something supernatural afoot?

In less skillful hands, "Cam" could have been truly awful; a clunky, simplistic cautionary tale about the dangers of sexuality and the internet. But thanks to a tremendous screenplay by writer Isa Mazzei (a former cam girl herself), what we get instead is an honest examination of internet sex work and freelance hustle culture from an insider's perspective, not to mention an unsettling, thoroughly original horror flick.

Newness

How can you maintain a long-term relationship in an age when technology has fried attention spans and made cheating easier than ever? That's the question asked by the 2017 romantic drama "Newness," directed by Drake Doremus.

Gabi (Laia Costa) and Martin (Nicholas Hoult) are a pair of promiscuous young people who get together for a quick little fling after matching on a dating app. Though neither was looking for anything serious, before they know it, they end up falling into an intense relationship. Although their passions burn bright for a short while, soon that spark begins to fade. In order to once again recapture that feeling of "Newness," Gabi and Martin decide, for the first time in both of their lives, to attempt an open relationship. The pair enters into this new arrangement naively believing that it will solve all of their problems, only to discover that there are deeper issues between the two of them that polyamory alone cannot solve.

"Newness" is a great-looking movie with two great-looking leads, but be warned: At no point during this film will you ever see anything resembling a healthy and functional relationship — polyamorous or otherwise — so don't watch this one expecting love advice. What you'll get instead is excellent actors getting naked, being moody, and making some terrible decisions. So turn down the lights, pour yourself a glass of wine, and drink in every frame of this beautiful, slow motion trainwreck.

Ride or Die

If you prefer your sexy noir with a sapphic flavor, you owe it to yourself to check out the 2021 Japanese romantic thriller "Ride or Die." Rei (Kiko Mizuhara), a lesbian in her late 20s living in Tokyo, gets an unexpected call from her old high school friend Nanae (Honami Sato). Back in their school days, Rei had a crush on Nanae, but as far as Rei knew, Nanae was straight. Now it seems that Nanae is being abused by her husband, and she wants Rei's help getting rid of him for good.

Despite her better judgment, Rei agrees to help, and although she succeeds in knocking off Nanae's husband, she also leaves behind some evidence. The two women realize it's only a matter of time before they are arrested, so they decide to flee to the Japanese countryside and enjoy whatever time they have left together as they wait for the law to catch up with them.

With stunning cinematography and a meticulously-crafted script, "Ride or Die" is a one hell of a trip. That being said, if you're expecting a nonstop pulse-pounding bloody romp, you will be deeply disappointed. The majority of the runtime is not filled with sexy violent action, but instead a surprisingly somber story of two doomed human beings contemplating their own mortality. Yes, it's a beautiful story, but it's also a profoundly grim and melancholy one, not for the faint of heart.

Boogie Nights

If you're the type for whom size matters, then how about a movie that's really big? Our next offering is a genuine classic, a saga of sex and greed that spans multiple decades with an enormous ensemble cast. Now that's a true sex epic, or "sexpic," if you will.

"Boogie Nights," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, tells the tale of porn star Dirk Diggler, played by Mark Wahlberg. The story begins in the 1970s, when a teenage Dirk is first discovered by adult film producer Jack Horner (Bruce Reynolds). From there we see Dirk's meteoric rise to fame and everything that comes with it, including money, drugs, and of course, sex. But as you might imagine, the good times don't last forever. As we move into the 1980s, lives of the characters begin to unravel, as our ensemble cast of drug-addicted, aging pornstars find themselves in a slowly dying business without much hope on the horizon.

For those of you who haven't seen it before, there's a reason "Boogie Nights" was nominated for three Oscars. It's brilliantly written, expertly shot, and absolutely jam-packed with talent, including actors like Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, Heather Graham, William H Macy, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. A few members of the cast even show some skin, including Wahlberg himself.

Lust Stories

If just one sexy story isn't enough for you, how about four? "Lust Stories" is a 2018 Hindi-language comedy drama anthology film composed of four short films, each made by a different director. All are primarily about sex, and unusually, all have female protagonists.

In one story, a confident, assertive college teacher has an ill-advised fling with one of her students. At first she worries that she might lose her job, or that her student might get too clingy, but when neither of these negative consequences come to pass, she soon realizes that her biggest problems are her own unexpected feelings of possessiveness and attachment.

Another story centers on a maid having a fiery secret relationship with her employer, a wealthy young bachelor. One day, she learns that she will have to serve tea for a gathering at her employer's apartment, with guests that include the young man's parents, another young woman, and her family. It soon becomes clear that the purpose of this meeting is to discuss the possibility of an arranged marriage, and our heroine has to silently serve both families as the man she loves plans a future without her.

Some of the tales told in "Lust Stories" are more comedic, and others are more serious, but all of them explore the ways that female sexual desire comes into conflict with modern cultural expectations, and all of them do so with unapologetic honesty. The result is a highly-recommended, smartly written, emotionally complex anthology film.

Frank and Lola

There's no way to describe the plot of the 2016 noir thriller "Frank and Lola" without it sounding like a cliche. Frank (Michael Shannon) is a middle class, middle-aged man. His new girlfriend Lola (Imogen Poots) is clearly too young and too hot for him. Lola then gets a new job and suddenly seems awfully cozy with her new boss (Justin Long), a man who is younger, cuter, and richer than Frank. Frank starts to feel jealous, suspecting that Lola is cheating on him, and Lola tells him that he's just imagining it. Then, as Frank begins discovering evidence of her betrayal, his jealousy reaches a boiling point, and he starts thinking violent thoughts.

It may sound unoriginal on the surface, but there's more going on in "Frank and Lola" than you might think — not a lot more, but just enough. You see, Lola is indeed lying to Frank, but the truth is much more complicated than what he suspects. As the film unfolds, whenever the plot seems like it's heading for a predictable twist, it veers away slightly into unexpected territory. Whenever the characters appear to be in danger of becoming two-dimensional, they open up a little and reveal some hidden humanity. In the end, the film transcends the tired noir cliches and ends up being a complex exploration of love, jealousy, and forgiveness. And if you want steamy, well, it doesn't get much steamier.

Your Name Engraved Herein

There are countless reasons to love "Your Name Engraved Herein." It's an expertly-crafted romantic drama that is as tragic as it is heartwarming. It's the most successful LGBT film in Taiwanese history, and also the most successful Taiwanese film of 2020. It currently has a 100% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But most importantly, it's hot as hell.

The film is set in Taiwan in the late '80s, and follows two boys who are on the cusp of graduating from an all-boys Catholic school. The first is Jia-Han (Edward Chen Hao-Sen), a well-behaved boy who does his best to blend into the crowd. The second is Po Te, aka "Birdy" (Jing-Hua Tseng), who is far more willing to break the rules. The two become fast friends due to an immediate mutual attraction that remains unspoken, at least at first. As the two get to know each other better, their desire to act on their feelings only deepens. But given the time in which they live, the prospect of an actual relationship seems like a near impossibility. Will the two eventually part ways, or accept their love for one another, regardless of the consequences?

It's hard to recall the last time a film romance was as deeply affecting as this bittersweet tale of young love. The barely repressed passion between the two leads is palpable. Each longing look and tentative touch sends hearts racing. There's also a scene in which the two leads take a trip to the beach, which may or may not involve some skinny dipping.

Duck Butter

With great actors, a clever script, and a big vulnerable heart, it's hard not to be charmed by the low-key romantic comedy "Duck Butter."

One night in a gay bar, struggling actor Naima (Alia Shawkat) crosses paths with a cute singer named Sergio (Laia Costa). The two women have an instant connection, and end up spending the night together. High on lust, they then concoct a truly unhinged idea. They decide to stay together for an entire day and night, having sex once an hour for 24 hours straight — or would that be 24 hours gay? Either way, the reality of this plan ends up being much more difficult, and far less romantic, than they initially thought, as Naima and Sergio end up getting to know a bit too much about each other a bit too quickly, and end up seeing one another at their worst.

With unity of time, unity of place, and unity of *ahem* action, "Duck Butter" is, for good and for ill, an unusually unambitious story. Yes, the dialogue is sharp, and yes, the sexy scenes are hot, but much like Naima and Sergio, in the end, it's hard to not feel a tad disappointed by the experience. There aren't any big plot twists. They characters' conversations don't lead to any shocking insights into the human condition. So if you liked "Before Sunrise," but thought it needed more sex and lesbians, this one will probably be your jam.

The Girl Next Door

As time goes on, Netflix's catalog of movies is shying more and more away from pre-existing films, and more towards new exclusive content. Because of that, it doesn't have as many raunchy sex comedies from the '90s and '00s as you might think. There is, however, one such film that's still hanging around: 2004's "The Girl Next Door."

Teenage loser Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) has never had a girlfriend before. But one day, a gorgeous blonde named Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert) moves in next door, and against all odds, Matthew makes a good first impression. The two begin a friendship that soon leads to romance. All seems to be going well, until Matthew discovers Danielle's dark secret: she makes her living as an adult film actor. Matthew doesn't take the news well and ends up pushing Danielle away. But he soon regrets his decision, and vows to win Danielle back. In doing so, Matthew ends up falling into a world of sexy porn stars, shady porn producers, and genuinely dangerous criminals. Sexy comedy hijinks ensue.

Although the sexual politics of the film haven't aged all that great, if you're looking for a fun, sexy time, you could do worse. Surprisingly, "The Girl Next Door" does ends up being a bit insightful and even sweet on occasion, much in the same way that a broken clock is right twice a day. Mainly though, it's a vehicle for telling some jokes and showing off some boobs. It can be an enjoyable experience, but you certainly won't feel proud of yourself the morning after.

Elisa & Marcela

Though it's by no means a perfect film, 2019's "Elisa & Marcela" is certainly a steamy one. Loosely based on actual historical events, the film begins in the late 1800s, in a convent school in Spain. A new student arrives, the shy Marcela (Greta Fernández), and she immediately attracts the attention of the more assertive and carefree Elisa (Natalia de Molina). What starts as a friendship then blossoms into a secret romance. As years pass, and the women move on into adulthood, their relationship continues, always in the dark behind closed doors. But nothing good can last forever, especially for queers in historical dramas — so eventually, their secret is discovered. Elisa decides to disappear for a while, and then returns with a new identity, disguising herself as a man named Mario. The two then are able to get married, but yet again, this is not the end of their troubles.

It would be nice to give this film an enthusiastic, unqualified recommendation, but unfortunately, as the film's rather unimpressive Rotten Tomatoes score shows, this one isn't exactly a masterpiece. Most of it is a bit too slow and moody for its own good, and whenever a big dramatic scene happens, it trends towards the melodramatic. That being said, the sex scenes are smoking hot. If you love a good lesbian period romance, and you've already watched "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" and "The Handmaiden" a dozen times each, consider giving "Elisa & Marcela" a watch.

Between Worlds

You wouldn't expect Nicolas Cage to end up in a film about an ostensibly sexy love triangle — but maybe that's because you haven't seen the surreal, no-budget supernatural thriller "Between Worlds."

The film's hero is Joe, an alcoholic semi-truck driver. One night, he meets a woman named Julie (Franka Potente), whose teenage daughter Billie (Penelope Mitchell) has recently been in a motorcycle accident and is now comatose. The woman tells Joe, however, that she has a gift. She can enter the spirit world when she is on the brink of death. So she asks Joe for a favor: Choke her to the point of unconsciousness, so that she can attempt to coax her daughter's spirit back into her body. 

Joe agrees, and miraculously, it works. Billie awakens, making a full recovery almost instantly. Joe and Julie then begin a romantic relationship, but things take a turn for the weird when Billie also seems to be developing an interest in Joe. As time goes on, Joe wonders if the spirit inside her really is Billie, or if something else came back instead.

Make no mistake, "Between Worlds" is not a good movie, nor is it a sexy one. It's a gross dumpster fire, punctuated by moments of the inexplicable and sublime. For example, in one bizarre sex scene, the character of Joe reads aloud to his sexual partner from a book called "Memories, by Nicolas Cage." No explanation is given of why the fictional Joe is reading fictional poetry by the real Nicolas Cage — and quite honestly, that might not even be the weirdest part of this film. 

"Between Worlds" is certainly not a film that should be shown anywhere near polite society, but fans of goodbad movies — which would seem to include anyone who loves Nicolas Cage — should definitely check this one out.