We’re gonna level with you here — we don’t care what anyone says, sometimes we want to watch Jamie Dornan slip into (or out of) the suit of billionaire Christian Grey and become the dom of our dirty dreams. Yes, the movie and book are in some ways problematic. But that doesn’t change the fact that we occasionally want to cue up an erotic romance and lean into our erotic desires. Ain’t no shame in our game. And that’s precisely how we came to compile the ultimate list of movies like Fifty Shades of Grey.
Some of these films aren’t quite as erotic as the escapades of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Some of these films are even more sexually explicit than others. But the general appeal is the exact same: Stories that act as sexual provocateurs are what we long for. Fifty Shades of Grey, for example, has a tension that feels almost like foreplay. So, slip on something slinky, slide into bed, and cue up an evening of sultry cinematic tête-à-tête.
Movies Like Fifty Shades of Grey On Netflix to Watch Next
1. Secretary (2002)
First of all, we’ll watch any and everything with Maggie Gyllenhaal because she’s a frickin’ goddess. And in this film, she’s a true tour de force as Lee Holloway, a young woman with a history of deep-seated emotional issues. While recovering at home with her overbearing parents, she begins to work as a — you guessed it — secretary for a demanding attorney. His name is E. Edward Grey. James Spader plays E. Edward Grey. That’s right! Another Mr. Grey. They fall in love and have a sadomasochistic affair.
2. The Cook, The Thief and His Wife. (1989)
Let’s start by setting the scene: In London, a tumultuous mobster named Albert Spica (played in Michael Gambon) purchases an elegant French restaurant. It sounds great! magnifiqueHis brazen nature continues to scare off the patrons. Even his wife Georgina (played by the always incredible Helen Mirren) can’t stand to be around him. Not surprisingly, her attention ventures elsewhere — to a restaurant guest named Michael (Alan Howard). The movie does have a dark undercurrent, which is not hidden. But it’s beautiful and sexy and moody and, you know, all of the things we like about Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.
3. A Dangerous Method (2011)
The film seemed to be appreciated by critics more than audiences. But we can provide three compelling reasons for you to watch it at minimum once: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. Two more can be added: Sarah Gadon (and Vincent Cassel). This raunchy drama about the early days and methods of psychoanalysis features a stellar cast. Fassbender portrays Carl Jung, who treats Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), for hysteria. You know what they did back then with hysteria. So, if you’re a history buff and wouldn’t mind seeing a few people in the buff, add it to your queue.
4. Lust and Caution (2007)
If you like your erotic romance with a side of espionage, Ang Lee’s stunning Lust and Caution Choose your favorite. Set during World War II, the film follows a secret agent (Tang Wei) tasked with seducing and then assassinating an official in Shanghai’s Japanese puppet government. But when she finds herself falling for the official (played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai), things get… complicated.
5. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Obviously, right? This is a Stanley Kubrick film, so you know it’s going to mess with your mind. It challenges you to think about the inner workings of the human psyche As you watch Dr. Bill Hartford (Tom Cruise), and his wife Alice, (Nicole Kidman), explore sexuality in their marriage Through an underground group of sexual therapists. There’s an orgy and lots of tense erotic scenes, yes, but the exploration of the couple’s dynamic is equally riveting.
6. Belle de Jour (1967)
The movie may be in French, but the plot is very easy to follow. Beautiful housewife gets bored of her husband and wants a sexy life full of bondage. While her husband’s away, she takes breaks from her lavish life and has her fun at brothels. Eventually, she meets a sexy gangster and their sex scenes are… magnifique.
7. Friends with Benefits (2011)
This movie is basically No Strings Attached However, it was with Justin Timberlake as well as Mila Kunis. It’s a tale as old as time: Two best friends of the opposite sex try to remain friends while having “meaningless” sex. Timberlake and Kunis attempt to manage their friendship with benefits, but it gets complicated. There are many emotions, great gestures, and ultimately, love is discovered. There are also a few sex scenes that are quite unique.
8. 365 days (202o)
ICYMI, 365 Days caused quite the commotion It was released on Netflix in 2020. Is it hot? Yes. Is the acting overly dramatic and so terrible it’s entertaining? You bet. It is based on the offensive idea that a woman kidnapped and held captive by a man for one year could/would/should fall for him. Yes. If none of that scares you off, you may be into the movie’s core mechanism of sexual domination. Just know going into this one that it’s problematic in more ways than one. In other words, it’ll get you hot and bothered — whether that’s in a good or bad way depends on your threshold for this type of material.
9. La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
Are you ready for a mind-blowing experience? This French romance is almost four hours long. What’s even more amazing? Despite its staggering run time, it still manages to maintain audience attention — it has a rare 100 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 83 percent audience score. Now that you’re thoroughly intrigued, let’s get to the premise. Michel Piccoli plays Edouard, a well-known painter who now lives in France with Liz Birkin (Jane Birkin). When his friend Nicolas (David Bursztein) visits, Edouard finds a new muse in Nicolas’ stunning girlfriend Marianne (Emmanuelle Beart). With Nicolas’ encouragement, Marianne agrees to be Edouard’s model for a complex nude portrait.
You might also like these steamy movies Fifty Shades of Grey
- Nina Forever (2016)
- The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)
- Call me by your name (2018)
- Body Heat (1981)
- Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
- The Duke of Burgundy (2015)
- Endings, Beginnings (2019).
- 9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
- Stranger by the Lake (2014)
- Belle De Jour (1968)
- Basic Instinct (1992).
- Videotape, Lies, Sex, and Videotape (1989)
- Shame (2011)
- After (2019).
- Baby Doll (1956).
- The Last Seduction (1994)
- Blue is the most warm color (2013)
- Boogie Nights (1997)
- The Handmaiden (2016)
- Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013)
- Unfaithful (2002)
- Rome, Room (2010)
- The Piano (1993)
- Bare (2015)
- Adore (2013)
- 28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
- The Realm of the Senses (1976)
- Bound (2015)
- You can Lie with Me (2005)
- Original Sin (2001)
- The Dreamers (2003)
- Night Porter (1974)
- Venus in Fur (2013)
- Endless Love (1981)
- Amar (2017)
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This article was originally published on March 28, 2021
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