The word “romance” instantly evokes the most delicate of human emotions. But how complex can love be? Romance often takes different forms and not all are beautiful and exciting. Some can be painful. Some can be weird. Some can be disturbing and absurd. But what ultimately matters is the emotion and how genuine it feels to love. We’ve covered numerous posts on romantic films but how often do we talk about films that explore the dark or dysfunctional sides of romance? Here’s the list of top steamy romance movies. These movies are so seeped in romance that you would also find them steamy and sensual.
15. The Reader (2008)
‘The Reader’ depicts the relationship between a 15-year-old boy and a 36-year-old woman. Hanna Schmitz, played by Kate Winslet, is a tram conductor who meets a young boy who’s sick and helps him get back home. Months later they meet up again and develop a sexual relationship. They gradually develop feelings for each other and their relationship grows increasingly passionate and more complex. Hanna finds comfort in words and asks Michael to read her stories after they make love. But Hanna’s past comes back to haunt her and Michael distances himself from her. It’s deeply complex, dark exploration of love that takes various forms throughout its time.
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14. The Graduate (1967)
‘The Graduate’ may not sit well with the younger audiences of today but parts of it still manage to entertain and enthral in a way very films could ever do. The film tells the story of Benjamin Braddock, a college graduate with no real aim in life. He is seduced by the wife of his father’s business partner but then he later falls in love with her daughter. There is nothing that isn’t screwed up about Benjamin’s life. He is sexually attracted to Mrs. Robinson but forms an emotional connection with her daughter as they end up running away after her marriage only to realise that they screwed up badly. But they go on because it’s this dark uncertainty of life that makes it so exciting and worth living for.