We all watch movies for different reasons. Some of us love the action of big-budget superhero flicks. Others enjoy the bursts of laughter of the latest comedies. Then, of course, there are the moviegoers that love the suspense of drama and thrillers. Where we can all come together is the common ground of the sexiness within some of those films. It has been a titillating year for the cinema, giving us these 10 sexiest movies.
Some movies—like In the Mood for Love and Before Sunrise —are more noteworthy for their ambient erotic charge than for outright graphic sexiness. Others, like Body Heat and Mulholland Dr. Sometimes the nastiest or naughtiest characters are the biggest turn-ons. But in one way or another, all of these movies on this list have the power to put us in the mood for love.
Just like every other genre, horror has its tropes, commonly recurring themes or ideas that constantly seem to show up in every movie no matter what. A number of films in the horror genre managed to infuse sex into the story in a way that worked and created something that could turn audiences on while still giving them the heebie jeebies. But what makes a horror movie, or any movie for that matter, sexy?
And what could be more personal than sex? When these movies do show sex it is always in service of the story, and always in order to challenge, subvert, or celebrate contemporary beliefs about sexuality. Turn on and get turned on by our list of the 25 best sexy movies of the 21st century well, so far.