The Sexiest Motion pictures on Netflix Proper Now (January 2021)
Sometimes you need just the right movie to spice things up and set the mood. They don’t call it Netflix and Chill for no reason. With that in mind, we combed through the Netflix catalog so you don’t have to in order to find the best hot, steamy, and downright sexy movies on Netflix. OK, so some of these may not be considered conventionally sexy, or maybe they start off hot and heavy before descending into tragedy and trauma, but all of these films confront and explore the spectrum of human sexuality in cinema. Romantic comedies, erotic thrillers, and prestige dramas Netflix’s selection runs the gamut.
Check out our picks for the sexiest movies on Netflix below. If you’re looking for more steamy suggestions, be sure to check out our collection of the Best Netflix and Chill movies, and if you’re looking for a broader list of recommendations, check out our list of the best movies on Netflix right now.
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Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writer: Joe Eszterhas
Cast: Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Wayne Knight, Bruce A. Young
Erotic thrillers don’t get much more iconic than Basic Instinct, the 1992 neo-noir starring Michael Douglas as a detective investigating the murder of a rock star and Sharon Stone as the wily, seductive novelist who becomes the prime suspect… and his lover. Director Paul Verhoeven is one of cinema’s great provocateurs and, in keeping, Basic Instinct has endured for moments of sexuality, violence, and madness that have become so pervasive in the zeitgeist they’re regularly parodied. But legacy aside, Basic Instinct holds up as tense, thrilling, and yes, very sexy movie from the height of the erotic thriller era. – Haleigh Foutch
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Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Phyllis Nagy
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy
The forbidden is always sexy, but rarely is it treated with such warmth and compassion as the sensual love affair at the heart of Todd Hayne‘s Carol. The film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women in the 1950s, who strike up a friendship, then a flirtation, then a life-changing love affair after sparks fly during a chance encounter. The build is slow and luscious as the two women move from friends to lovers, a study of coded affection and repressed desire, and the film’s much-discussed love scene is a tender, delicate consummation of that slow-burn passion and emotion, filmed in Haynes’ signature soft-lensed, jewel-toned retro-opulence. — Haleigh Foutch
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Director: Barbara Bialowas, Tomasz Mandes
Writers: Tomasz Klimala, Barbara Bialowas (screenplay associate), Tomasz Mandes (screenplay associate), Blanka Lipinska (screenplay associate/based on the novel by)
Cast: Michele Morrone, Anna Maria Sieklucka, Bronislaw Wroclawski, Otar Saralidze, Magdalena Lamparska, Natasza Urbanska
Move over, every other sexy movie on this list, because there’s a new kid on the block named 365 Days and it’s perhaps the sexiest thing to ever land on Netflix. Ever.
Arriving on Netflix in June, the Polish feature (originally titled 365 dni) is adapted from the first book in a steamy adult romance novel series from author Blanka Lipinska. 365 Days tells the story of Laura (Anna Maria Sieklucka), a young Polish woman who Massimo (Michele Morrone), the head of a Sicilian crime family, believes is the same woman who saved his life during a deal gone wrong months ago. When Massimo spies Laura at a bar while she is vacationing in Sicily for her birthday, he makes the decision to separate Laura and keep her for 365 days to see if she will fall in love with him.
Now, look, I know that this plot sounds deeply problematic; it definitely starts that way. Luckily, through Laura’s perspective, 365 Days addresses just how messed up it is for Massimo to kidnap her and keep her at his palazzo for a whole-ass year. And while you will experience a few more “Hey, that’s kinda fucked up!” moments as you watch, it’s really hard (heh) not to be hella turned on by Massimo and Laura’s chemistry. It’s very easy to be charmed by the glamor and Eurotrash wealth porn of Massimo’s life as a young, hot, super jacked Italian mafia don (Christian Grey who?). As the movie busies itself charming you with the fantasy of this life, it also cleverly crafts the cat-and-mouse game of seduction he and Laura play with one another. This, in turn, just makes them a great couple to watch develop. When it comes to the sex scenes, 365 Days gives Pornhub a run for its money with the very visceral, steamy situations Massimo and Laura find themselves in as their relationship progresses. Their BDSM-filled sexcapades the stuff of pure spank bank fantasy, ranging from fooling around in the shower to full-on yacht sex with enough thrusting and hair-pulling to keep your eyes glued to the screen.
Seriously, cancel any plans you have, watch 365 Days right now, and thank me later. – Allie Gemmill
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Writer/Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough
Andrea Arnold is a filmmaker with a gift for intimacy. Emotional, psychological, and per the theme of this list, sexual. From Fish Tank to Big Little Lies Season 2, Arnold’s sensual, enveloping style transports you into the most minute ebbs and flows of her character’s experiences, which translates to love scenes that feel like they’re crackling and alive from breath to breath, touch to touch. And Arnold’s sprawling, sumptuous coming-of-age American Honey practically vibrates with the unfettered eroticism of toxic infatuation, the sexual exploration of youth, surging to life anytime Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf share he screen. — Haleigh Foutch
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Director: Cate Shortland
Writer: Shaun Grant
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt,
Berlin Syndrome walks a very fine, very sharp line. It’s a horrific, sometimes punishing drama about one woman’s captivity and abuse at the hands of an otherwise charming man. But it’s also a very effective erotic thriller that hinges on the tremendous chemistry between its leads and offers a raw insight into the highs and lows of their romance without exploiting them, and pulling from the undercurrent of erotic tension to further drive the knife home as a terrifying survival story.
Teresa Palmer stars as Clare Havel, a young Australian photojournalist on vacation in Berlin. She’s living the dream. Taking in the sights, falling in love with a new city, and just maybe falling in love with a handsome local man, Andi (Max Riemelt), who strikes up a passionate romance with her. But after she goes back to his place for a romantic night, she wakes up to the next morning to realize he’s locked her in his apartment on his way to work, and with a slow dawning terror, she understands that he never intends to let her out. This is how we enter Berlin Syndrome, Cate Shortland‘s taut thriller, which takes us through every step of their courtship and Clare’s subsequent imprisonment in a slow burn portrait of psychological terror and the human capacity for survival. — Haleigh Foutch
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Director: Drake Doremus
Writer: Ben York Jones
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Courtney Eaton, Matthew Gray Gubler, Danny Huston, Pom Klementieff
Like Crazy an Breathe In duo Ben York Jones and Drake Doremus tackle the challenges of keeping love alive in the modern age with the romantic drama Newness. Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa star as two souls wandering through the wasteland of dating apps and casual affairs when they match with each other and fall into a passionate romance. Newness takes an open and frank approach to sexuality as the pair tries to keep the spark alive, first through their sheer passion for each other, and later, exhibitionism, strippers, threesomes, and testing the waters of an open relationship. The movie gets a little heavy at times as they try to cope with their past heartbreaks and the damage they do to each other on their quest for constant newness, but the film never shies its frank exploration of what makes a sexual relationship satisfying and healthy. —Haleigh Foutch
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Director: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Miguel Arteta, Alia Shawkat
Cast: Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa, Mae Whitman, Hong Chau, Kumail Nanjiani
OK, yes, Duck Butter is a very stressful movie, but it’s also a very sexy stressful movie. The indie drama stars Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa as a pair of artists who strike up an instant connection and decide to skip the bullshit of dating and jump right into intimacy by spending 24 hours together. It starts out pretty grand, all sex and deep conversations, and more sex, but eventually, the cracks start to show and the women learn just how flawed they both are during their heated act of self-exploration. It’s essentially, the rise and fall of a romantic relationship contained within 24 hours, with all the eroticism and heartbreak that comes with that. So this might not be your best option if you’re looking to Netflix and chill, but as far as sexy portrayals of intimacy go, it doesn’t get much steamier than the chemistry between Shawkat and Costa. — Haleigh Foutch
The Incredible Jessica James
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Writer/Director: Jim Strouse
Cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noel Wells
Jessica Williams still hasn’t got the breakout she deserves since her tenure on The Daily Show, but the indie rom-com The Incredible Jessica James is the first time since then we’ve got to see her step into a leading role and she just lights up the screen. Now, the character of Jessica James may not be quite as incredible as the title leads you to believe — she’s actually pretty selfish and naive — but she’s passionate, raw and ambitious, and Williams makes you love her in spite of her faults. A supporting performance from the constantly charming Chris O’Dowd certainly doesn’t hurt, and the two have electric chemistry as they try to navigate the waters of heartbreak together toward something healthy and new. Sexy, funny and decidedly modern, The Incredible Jessica James is a refreshing spin on the rom-com that doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator. — Haleigh Foutch
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Writer/Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, LaKeith Stanfield, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise
Pitched somewhere between a love story and a wild night out comedy, Someone Great is one of Netflix’s better recently comedy efforts, centered on a young woman (Gina Rodriguez), who heads out for one last crazy night with her best friends before leaving town. Oh, and she just got dumped by her boyfriend of seven years. The boyfriend in question is played LaKeith Stanfield in peak charming mode, and the chemistry between the two is a knockout, leading to some downright sexy moments between the pair. There’s plenty of raunchy comedy to go around in this one, but the dynamic between Rodriguez and Stanfield gives the film its heart and its spark, making it a pretty perfect Netflix and Chill option, as long as you don’t focus on all that pesky breakup and heartbreak stuff. — Haleigh Foutch
Ibiza: Love Drunk
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Director: Alex Richanbach
Writer: Lauryn Kahn
Cast: Gillian Jacbos, Richard Madden, Vanessa Bayer, Phoebe Robinson, Michaela Watkins
While Ibiza: Love Drunk wasn’t exactly the big winner of Netflix’s Summer of Love last year, the wayward comedy has one undeniable quality — killer chemistry between the leads. Bodyguard fans looking to get their Richard Madden fill need look no further, unelss you really can’t stomach a bad set of highlights. Then you should definitely keep looking. Gillian Jacobs stars as Harper, a young professional who lands her first work trip abroad, but when her best friends tag along for the trip she ditches work to hook up with a hot DJ. Ibiza only works so-so as a rambunctious road comedy, but Jacobs and Madden have a lovely spark and their moments make for easy, breezy romantic watching with a hint of the schmexy stuff. — Haleigh Foutch
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