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Most sexually explicit erotic films (10+1list)

Most sexually explicit erotic films.

written by Souranath Banerjee

‘The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.’ – Gloria Leonard.

The above quote may be true to a certain extent but it needs a lot more than just lighting to create beautiful erotic moments in cinema.

There is a thin line that separates erotica from porn; often indeed a difficult task to specifically define their boundaries. For example, according to me the works of directors like Tinto Brass and Zalman King are probably the highest achievements in porn and the very base level for erotica.

Lust, desire, urge, passion – cinema has the capability to arouse all these powerful emotions in the audience but only a handful of directors have actually used erotica to it’s full potential.

It’s not about simply showing sexual content but it’s about creating the mood, the flavor, the drama and enhancing the emotions of the characters through it. The best sex scenes in a movie (no matter how explicit they are) serve their true purpose only if they justify the story-line.

And then, of course, how sensually they are enacted and dramatized is directly proportional to the audience’s excitement!

Here are some of the most sexually explicit erotic films made by the very finest directors from across the world.

Similar Interest: Most sexually explicit violent films

Hope you enjoy the list.

1. The Dreamers (2003)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU1brBVMBkM

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Paris 1968, an American student who befriends a French brother and sister and experiences an unique level of friendship.

Michael PittLouis Garrel and the sensuous Eva Green (her first film).

Highly sexual in content, even incest and thus controversial – a film that only  the Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci could have handled so well. 

Far better than his other famous film Last Tango in Paris (1972).

2. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP46wzCt-DA

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This Japanese cinema was the first ever non-pornographic film to show some of the most unconventional sexual obsessions.

Directed by Nagisa Ôshima, the film is about the affair of a possessive woman and her master which leads to a wild climax.

Censored in most of the countries during it’s world-wide release; even the director was charged with obscenity on publishing the screenplay of the film in Japan itself. (Even it’s trailer in youtube is age-protected!).

3. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I & Vol. II (2013)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdxzno5Xp2Y

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The brilliant Danish director Lars von Trier came up with his most recent and probably his most sexually exhaustive film ever.

Edited in two parts, the film accounts for a self-claimed nymphomaniac and her innumerable erotic experiences. 

Charlotte Gainsbourg is as bold as ever but according to many critics the film is nothing but porn.

4. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2OLRrocn3s
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Two young girls and their relationship – love, desire, despair and a lot of sex. 

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche – Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos brings to life one of the most sexually detailed lesbian affair on screen. 

The film is highly cinematic and has great emotional impact.

5. 9 Songs (2004)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1HWcofsxJk

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One of Michael Winterbottom‘s earlier works, this film is a collage of intense sexual encounters and rock concerts!

It doesn’t have a rigid narrative but overall the film manages to capture the mood of the young lovers to perfection.

The love-making scenes are very natural and erotic at the same time.

6. Sex and Lucia (2001)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLl_-3vHxFk

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The Spanish director Julio Medem knows the secrets of erotica better than most of the others in his profession.

And working with as bold an actress as Paz Vega, the film boasts some of the best sensual moments ever created. 

The same director’s Room in Rome (2010) also recommended.

7. Boogie Nights (1997)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOk0fsMGyck

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Starring Mark WahlbergJulianne MooreJohn C. ReillyHeather Graham – one of the most stylized and sexy film based on the pornographic industry in California in the 70s.

Directed by none other than Paul Thomas Anderson the film is the perfect combination of power, drugs, sex, music and passion.

Most stylish film in the list.

8. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qg6n7V3kO4

y-tu-mama-tambien-posterAlfonso Cuarón, the director of famous films like Gravity (2013) and   Children of Men (2006) have also directed this unique film.

Maribel VerdúGael García BernalDaniel Giménez – all together in this journey of self-awareness, eager to take on the teachings of life.

A road trip that involves friendship, love, trust and raw sexuality. Sex comedy at it’s best.

9. Stranger by the Lake (2013)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgcEGKn7waI

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The lake – a secluded spot for the strangers to become lovers. But what if one suspects his lover to be a murderer?

Directed by Alain Guiraudie, a suspense thriller that contains graphic gay sex. The sex scenes in this French film are natural yet non apologetic.

Not a single woman (actor) is used in the film!

10. Malèna (2000)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIES83R56RY

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Probably the most popular film based on the age-old concept of a young boy who is sexually attracted towards an elder woman.

Directed by the master director Giuseppe Tornatore of Cinema Paradiso fame, this Italian film (especially because of the voluptuous beauty Monica Bellucci) has become a benchmark of young sexual awakenings and sensuality. A must watch.

and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most unique one. A must watch).

11. Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)

Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c0JTj9sl_Y

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And finally an Indian film by an Indian film-maker, none other than Mira Nair.

Starring RekhaNaveen AndrewsIndira VarmaSarita Choudhury among others, the film is an epic tale of sexual rivalry between two girls who were childhood friends. 

Candid sexual scenes throughout the film, elaborate and sensual in a very Indian way.

Some other films with extreme sexual and erotic content that could have easily made the list are Lie with Me (2005), Ken Park (2002), Shortbus (2006), Killing Me Softly (2002), Shame (2011), Jamón, Jamón (1992), Bitter Moon (1992).

And now, a few classics which essentially deals with the psychology of sex like Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Fellini’s Casanova (1976), Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour (1967), Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education (2004) and Haneke’s The Piano Teacher (2001). 

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2 thoughts on “Most sexually explicit erotic films (10+1list)”

  1. Tremendous list. Love, Irreversible by Gaspar Noé, 120 days of Sodom, Caligula, Antichrist are some that come to my mind.

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