Erotic and seductive movies have fallen out of fashion because of the rise of pornography. But there was a time, especially in 80s and early 90s, that films of this genre were a guaranteed box-office success. Sex and murder in these films offered the audiences a strange sense of adventure. Also, a common feature of many of these films is a femme fatale: a woman who seduces men into destruction. Themes like obsession, deception and revenge were also pretty common in them. Most of these movies on this list are R-rated. If you are interested, you might be able to find some of these most sensuous and seductive movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
14. Unfaithful (2002)
Perhaps not the most aesthetically striking erotic thriller ever made. But to tell you the truth, I’ve always had a soft spot for ‘Unfaithful’. And that’s probably because Diane Lane is incredibly hot in the film and delivers a staggering performance that to this day remains widely underappreciated. The film tells the story of a married woman, Connie, who happens to meet a younger, attractive man one day, while shopping. After injuring her knees, the young man offers to treat her at his apartment, where things get a little uncomfortable for Connie when she discovers his true intentions. However, their equation soon changes when Connie calls him up again and later visits his house. They develop a tumultuous sexual relationship and meet often at the man’s house where they make passionate love everytime.
‘Unfaithful’ is certainly a flawed film. It follows a cliched story-line that hardly surprises you or provides any dramatic depth to the situation. The screenplay is quite a mess, but one of the things that the film gets right is the character writing. Lane’s Connie is incredibly well written and performed and the actress shoulders the film on her own. It is her performance that lifts the film from being utterly mediocre to a memorable erotic thriller. Also, it has some of the most passionate lovemaking scenes you’ll ever see in films.
13. Mulholland Drive (2001)
Staunch cinephiles might say that it is blasphemous to mention ‘Mulholland Drive’ in a list of erotic thrillers. While I agree that it is not just an erotic thriller, I do believe that eroticism is one of the many elements that define the tone of the film. Sure, it transcends several genres and turns into a deeply emotional, visceral experience; but like almost all David Lynch films, it follows a seemingly simple mystery-thriller plot to lure you into its world and give you the fright of your life. The film begins with a shocking car accident in Mulholland Drive, following which the sole survivor, a young woman, makes her way into an apartment in Los Angeles. Later, Betty (Naomi Watts), a young, beautiful aspiring actress, arrives in California with dreams of becoming a Hollywood star. She arrives at the apartment and is kind of shocked to find the woman, who seems to have lost her memory and does not remember anything about herself. Things soon take a shocking turn after Betty sets out to help her remember her identity.