Awhile back ‘Entertainment Weekly’ did a list of what they consider the 50 sexiest movies ever (you can find it here), but there’s a few more I think should have had a spot on the list. So if you’re into steamy films, you might want to give these 10 extra sexy movies a shot, as well:
Before Warren Beatty was tamed by Annette Bening, he was the biggest heartbreaker in Hollywood, and if he’d been a hairdresser in real life, this film could have been a biopic. His character is a sexy womanizer, but the women he preys upon are just as pretty. Look for appearances from Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie, and Carrie Fisher in very steamy and funny roles.
Many people mistake ‘Persona’ as a film that takes a look at a lesbian relationship, but it’s really just taking a look at the relationship between two women who end up isolated together. However, it’s a very sexy film, and the scene where nurse Sister Alma tells her silent patient, Elisabet, about a sexual encounter she shared on a beach with a friend and two boys is one of the most sensual I’ve ever seen. Ingmar Bergman’s directing is superb as always, and his muses Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson could very well be the characters they are playing.
Wings of Desire (1987)
Do you like the film ‘City of Angels’? Well, this is the original. It’s a beautiful film about a very voyeuristic love. An angel keeps watch over the world and the people inhabiting it, especially a beautiful but lonely trapeze artist. Soon he finds that he is actually falling in love with her. He eventually learns from an angel who chose to become a mortal to experience the world rather than just watch it that he too can pursue his love as a mortal. You might recognize the actor playing this fallen angel; it’s Columbo himself, Peter Falk, in a very charismatic role. ‘City of Angels’ has nothing on this film.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
I’m very surprised this sexy film didn’t make EW’s list. It’s a film that was ahead of its time, and is the best work Nicole Kidman or Tom Cruise could ever hope to do. Kubrick didn’t just make the actor and actress act; he made them feel; he made them uncomfortable; and he made them be real. Of course there are a lot of beautiful sexy, naked women in this film, but it’s the very feel of the film itself and all of the palpable angst and tension that truly makes it sexy.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Perhaps Kubrick got the idea of somewhat sexually tormenting his lead actor and actress from Bernardo Bertolucci, who also directed a very controversial film. He basically raped Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider through his directing, and the young actress greatly regretted doing the film because of just how much Bertolucci extracted from her emotionally. Oh, and you’ll never think of butter the same way.
Loves of a Blonde (1965)
This is the tale of a poor blonde girl who falls head-over-heels for a band member, and shows up on his doorstep after they have a one-night-stand. Comical chaos ensues as the romance-starved woman throws the life of the piano player and his meddling parents into complete chaos. It’s a very poignant, youthful romantic comedy full of colorful characters, but there’s still a touch of sad romanticism to the sexy and fun feel of this film. Lying around after sex has never been so sexy.
Pandora’s Box (1929)
It’s hard to believe this film is from 1929. It’s about free spirit Lulu, a woman whom men and women both easily fall in love with, and who can easily provoke them into fits of jealous rage over her carefree way of looking at love and life. Lulu’s angular, jet-black pixie haircut in the film has become legendary, and it definitely suits her very sexual and somewhat unusual nature. It’s a very interesting film, with a lesbian relationship, overt sexuality, and an ending sequence that all make it seem way ahead of its time.
The Blue Angel (1930)
A young Marlene Dietrich stars in this film, which was done a year after the one above. Marlene’s character Lola, a cabaret girl, is a lot like Lulu. She dances her way through life, full of fun and dripping with sex appeal, until she meets a school principal who followed his students to The Blue Angel cabaret, only to become enamored with Lola when he returns a pair of her panties to her the next day. Like Lulu’s lovers, Lola’s, too, is destined to lead a miserable life of jealousy and despair.
This film features another free-spirited woman who is on a romantic boat ride with her new husband. The two are on their way to romantic Paris, if their relationship can last that long. This film is way ahead of it’s time, 25 years ahead of the French New Wave, and is filmed in a discontinuous style that was unique at the time. It’s a gorgeous film that does a great job of capturing young romance, frivolity, and jealousy. Viewing it is much like watching a beautiful dream.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
The ultimate blonde bombshell, Anita Ekberg, makes this film sexy all by herself, but the film itself is the age-old struggle of sex vs. love. A reporter is caught up in the sexy but sleazy lifestyle of following celebrities (this is the film that the term “paparazzi” came from), but he can’t help feeling he wants something more. Based on the very symbolic ending, you can definitely tell what path he ends up on. It’s a gorgeous film, and the scenes filmed in the Trevi fountain with unearthly Ekberg and heartthrob Marcello Mastroianni are some of the sexiest and most memorable of all filmdom.
Some of these films use nudity to be sexual, but others find more creative ways to do so. Either way, they’ve managed to capture the essence of that human need that we so often don’t like to talk about, but can’t help but experience.