The 1990s produced a whole new array of erotic films. The ‘erotic thriller’ gained popularity during this decade and original ideas of the genre were executed, parodied, and sadly even soiled nearing the start of the new millennium. Many of the great filmmakers of yesteryears packed up or showed little of their talent, while new directors popped up to further erotic cinema and take it to new heights. X-rated content began to frequent the mainstream theatres and A-list celebrities agreed to perform in several of these pictures.
Here, we look at the list of top erotic films from this fiery decade of the 1990s, one that is perhaps more grounded in its realisation of sensual content than any other.
12. La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
To call this an erotic feature should be wrong, and labelling it a sex film is definitely incorrect. ‘La Belle Noiseuse’ is but an art-house feature in every way, and it is a masterpiece at that. The film is about the creation of a piece of art, told through the eyes of a painter who slowly gets back his long lost love for the craft he once excelled in with the help of a model who, though at the beginning is quite reluctant to pose for the artist, buys into his dedication and interest as time passes with their relationship growing stronger on an intellectual level. ‘La Belle Noiseuse’ is a 4-hour film and nudity is ever-present for about 3/4ths of its runtime, which forces me to include the feature in this list.