HBO is the site of some of the greatest content on television. But does HBO have porn? Well, the answer is an obvious no. While there are certainly many R-rated and even NC-17 rated movies on HBO, you won’t find films that are classified porn, because frankly, the MPAA hasn’t created a category for a film to be labelled as one. The categorisation of movies is a rather difficult thing when you come to think of it! For example, when you think about adult films, a few clichéd things come to mind when a person thinks of it. Essentially, it’s just a separation of the movies that the adults would relate more to or the films that contain the things that aren’t suitable for children. Having said that, let’s also be clear that just because these movies on this list have sexual content and sometimes graphic nudity doesn’t necessarily mean they are not good. In fact, most of the below listed HBO movies are more than watchable.
Now that we have made everything clear, let’s have a look at the list of best adult movies on HBO right now. And please keep in mind that many of these have been rated R or TV-MA according to the MPAA guidelines. You are at the right place if you are looking forward to watching adult HBO movies.
18. Striptease (1996)
Erin Grant’s career has seen better days. She now works as a stripper in Miami, but before that, she used to work for the FBI. Things went downhill for her when her criminal husband won the custody of their daughter, following their divorce, which was followed by her being fired from her job. The attempts to get her daughter back lead her to work in Eager Beaver. It is there that she catches the eye of David Dilbeck, a Congressman. Dilbeck becomes enchanted with her, and while she fends off his advances, there are some other people who want to use her against him.
17. Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
If you have watched the first two instalments, then it only makes sense to watch the third one. You would get some closure out of it. No matter how much resentment this series has received on all sorts of platforms, from critics and audience, alike; the ‘Fifty Shades trilogy’ has made a whole lot of money at the box-office. Its strategic release, during Valentine’s Day, might have something to do with the success. Anyway, the film follows the final chapter in the story of Anastasia and Christian. It started with her, a normal girl, interviewing him, the billionaire with dark secrets. After two films of dancing around each other, they get married. One would think that to be the “happily ever after”, but clearly, it’s not. Danger lurks on all sides.
16. Blow (2001)
George Jung is known as a drug smuggler who dealt in cocaine and was a part of the Medellin Cartel. This film stars Johnny Depp as the young Jung, following the trails of his story from the first time he started dealing in drugs to the end of his career. It starts with the minor here and there of marijuana. But things escalate when he is assigned to get the drug to cross the border. Slimly evading escape, Jung’s audacity only increases, fuelled by the thrill of the chase, and the lust of the money that waits for him on the other end. The film is based on the 1993 book of the same name by Bruce Porter. Apart from focusing on Jung, the film also assimilates the true incidents involving people like Pablo Escobar and Carlos Lehder into the story.
15. Inherent Vice (2014)
This film by Paul Thomas Anderson stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc, a secluded man who works as a private investigator. Doc’s ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay, approaches him one day and asks him to take on a case for her. She tells him about her new lover and accuses his wife of a conspiracy to institutionalise him. Shasta wants Doc to get to the root of it and expose the wife. Doc begins his investigation, along with a couple of other cases. However, what was earlier thought to be the result of a rue between the husband and wife turns out to be the part of something more sinister.
14. Dead Silence (2007)
The story of this film starts with a couple who gets a ventriloquist doll as a gift. The next day, the husband finds the dead body of his wife, with her tongue cut out. The police suspect him of the murder, considering that there was no one else there, and he is arrested. However, due to lack of evidence, the husband is released. He decides to find out who sent them the doll and follows the trail that mostly shows him blood. Meanwhile, a police officer is following the husband to gather evidence against him. Both of them, unknowingly, fall into a trap that doesn’t bode a good end for either of them. ‘Dead Silence’ is one of those films that was very severely criticised upon its release. The reviews will prove that to you. However, the audience has shown a better response to it, over the years, and the film has now become a cult classic.
13. The Hidden Face (2011)
Jealousy is a very toxic thing in a relationship. Belen learns this the hard way. The story starts with Belen’s disappearance and her husband being suspected of it. While the police keep a close eye on him, Adrian is distraught because Belen had broken up with him before she disappeared. He knows this because of the video that she left for him. Sometime later, Adrian meets Fabiana and they begin a romance. One day, while alone in Adrian’s house, Fabiana makes a startling discovery.
12. Tag (2018)
There are some wonderful times that we spend as children. But, in the process of growing up, some things have to be left behind. However, some traditions are so special that they need to be carried on. For Hogan, Bob, Randy, Kevin and Jerry, it is the game of tag. They started the game when they were nine, and now, more than thirty years later, they still continue playing it. While everyone has been tagged one time or another, Jerry is the one who has escaped being the “it” guy for all these years. He is highly competitive owing to his athletic skills and his intelligence. This year, he is getting married and so, he has decided to retire. This is the final chance for the rest of the group to tag him.
11. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
This romantic comedy follows the story of Mary, who, in turn, is being followed by a bunch of men, vying for her attention. It starts in 1985, on the prom night, when Ted is about to meet Mary, whom he has been in love with for a long time. However, a slight accident leads to the cancelling of the date and Ted doesn’t see Mary, again. Thirteen years pass before Ted is encouraged by his friend to track down Mary, considering that he is still in love with her. Ted hires Pat Healy, a private detective. But, when Healy sees Mary, he falls in love with her and decides to get Ted out of the way. What he doesn’t realise is that there are a lot of other people in his way.
10. Blockers (2018)
Becoming a parent is a very beautiful thing. You love and protect your children, and make all kinds of sacrifices for them. However, when they grow up, or at least they think they’ve grown up, parenting becomes a nightmare! You have been through what your children are going through now and you try to teach them things, but because they are teenagers, they won’t listen. Something similar happens with Lisa, Mitchell and Hunter. Their children are about to graduate from school, and while they are very happy about it, they get a cause of concern when one of them overhears the children talking about losing their virginity on prom night. The parents try to dissuade the children, but they don’t listen to their parents. In their defence, their parents can be very overprotective sometimes. The argument leads to the children deciding to go through with their plan, no matter what. On the other hand, the parents decide to stop them.
9. Biutiful (2010)
Directed by Alejandro Iñárritu (‘Birdman’ and ‘The Revenant’), this film tells the story of a man named Uxbal who has a very special ability. He can talk to the dead and sometimes helps them send a message to their family. While he helps other people, his own life is all messed up. He is a single father of two children and has separated from his wife because she suffers from an illness of her own. The situation gets worse when Uxbal comes to know that he is terminally ill and that he only has a few months to live. Through further events in Uxbal’s life, ‘Biutiful’ becomes the study of human emotions in one of their purest forms.
8. Hard Candy (2005)
14-year-old Hayley and 32-year-old Jeff get involved with each other in an online chat. After some heated sexual conversation, they decide to meet each other. They get acquainted with each other in a café, from where Jeff takes Hayley back to his home. She prepares drinks for them and after having a sip of it, Jeff faints. When he wakes up, the whole demeanour of the girl has changed, and so has his position. He is bound to a chair, and Hayley is accusing him of being a rapist and a paedophile, something that he claims he isn’t. Hayley makes her intentions clear- she is going to make him confess. The question is, is Jeff really what Hayley says he is?
7. The Ref (1995)
This comedy follows the misadventures of a criminal who finds himself trapped between a couple who never stop fighting with each other. Lloyd and Caroline had been going through counselling because of the increasing arguments between them. While they are in session at their therapist’s house, Gus and his friend are trying to rob a man in the neighbouring house. Just when they are about to escape, the plan goes horribly wrong and Gus is left behind while his partner runs away. At the end of the session, Lloyd and Caroline, still fighting, get into their car, only to be kidnapped by Gus. However, they still don’t stop and Gus is forced to do something that the therapist couldn’t.
6. The Girl Next Door (2004)
Matthew Kidman has been a good student all his life. He has been accepted in a university, and his career is set, except the fact that he can’t pay the fees for college. Now that he comes to think of it, his life is going nowhere after school, and it wasn’t so exciting in the first place. But everything changes when he comes across Danielle. She has recently moved next door, and she gets interested in Matthew, taking him on all sorts of misadventures around the town, at all the wrong times. Matthew falls in love with her, but the problem emerges when he comes to know about Danielle’s profession.
5. Dinner with Friends (2001)
The film focuses on two couples who have been very good friends for a very long time. Tom and Beth have been married for about 12 years. Gabe and Karen have been together for a very long time, as well. However, as time passes, things change, people change, and so, the dynamics of relationships change as well. One night, Gabe and Karen invite Tom and Beth over dinner. Everything is going fine when suddenly Beth tells Karen that she will break off her marriage. The reason behind the divorce is Tom’s infidelity. Karen is disturbed, suddenly hearing about the separation when there were no signs of anything bad in their relationship. This leads her and Gabe to start re-evaluating their own marriage, wondering if something has changed between them as well.
4. Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Quite aptly named, considering the events that happen in it, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ is the film that is perhaps very important in current times. There are a lot of lessons for people, both men and women, here, and what makes it better is that the film is based on a true story. So, you can’t blame the storyteller for tipping the scales in the favour of one or the other. Billie Jean King was a prominent tennis player of her time. While she was fierce on the court, she was also headstrong when it came to talking about equality between men and women, especially considering the huge pay gap between the players based on their sex. In order to shut her up, Bobby Riggs, former tennis superstar, challenges her to beat him. This becomes the basis of the most watched sports event on TV. Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in the leading roles. While focusing on the event, the film also takes into account the things going on in the personal lives of the players.
3. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972)
Woody Allen is one of the most accomplished filmmakers in Hollywood, and he has created films that have often tackled the philosophical side of human existence. This film focuses on the seven questions which everyone thinks about but never openly asks! In essence, the film is centred on one of the most basic tendencies of human behaviour. Now that he has raised the questions, through seven different stories, which may or may not be linked to each other, he attempts to answer them as well. The film was a massive hit, both on the box-office and in the reviews of the critics. It is indeed a very interesting film, expertly made to raise the issues in the most sensitive manner. The result is a funny, highly enjoyable film, which might, indeed, answer your queries and raise a few more questions in the process!
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2. Fargo (1996)
The Coen Brothers have made some terrific movies, and ‘Fargo’ is (arguably) their best film. The plot of the film starts with a man who finds himself under a ton of debt with no plausible way to repay it. He takes advice from one of his colleagues and decides to get his wife kidnapped. What he aims to achieve through this is to extort a large sum of money out of his wealthy father-in-law. He hires some goons, the plan is set, everything goes accordingly. But then, the kidnappers change their mind about how they want the things to work. Even if the man wants his wife to be released, he can’t do it now. Plus, some casualties have happened as the kidnappers have continued with their own plan.
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1. Psycho (1960)
The stories about serial killers are dark and twisted and often attract the interest of the audience. There might be many movies and TV shows about these twisted killers now, but back when ‘Psycho’ was released, it was started a conversation about a lot of things. With time, it gathered more support and is now termed as one of the best films of all time. Because it was one of the earliest films of its kind, ‘Psycho’ has an original touch, a raw nature to it, uninfluenced by anything else. The character of Norman Bates seems so much different from any other psychopath that we have seen over the years because he wasn’t derived. One could say that ‘Psycho’ started what has now become the mania of the audience for the stories of serial killers and psychopaths.
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