Cast your mind back to the summer of 2012, when Fifty Shades of Grey got everyone talking about “doing it”. I’ll never forget sitting in a staff room and hearing one of my then colleges say she’d like to emulate Christian Grey’s playroom. So, naturally, when it was adapted for the big screen as Fifty Shades expectations for a steam-fest were high.
Memes depicting cucumbers in cinema halls flooded the Internet before the release of Fifty Shades and bizarre stories about people being banned from screenings after getting a bit too frisky were written on its release. But there’s countless other movies out there that score much higher on the Kink-0-Meter.
Fifty Shades certainly got pulses racing, but we’ve compiled a list of those movies you definitely wouldn’t want to watch with your parents! Lock your bedroom door, because it’s about to get hot in here…
21. Secretary (2002)
Secretary portrays a much steamier and more realistic dominant submissive relationship than Fifty Shades. Christian Grey’s playroom might have been kinky, but it was locked away in a swanky apartment. In Secretary, the dominant submissive relationship takes place in a more public setting, a office, and is between a lawyer and his secretary.
20. The Piano Teacher (2001)
A sexually repressed piano teacher in her forties falls for her twenty-five-year-old student. Like Christian Grey, she too has some interesting (albeit secret) fetishes, with a love of sadomasochistic practices including public humiliation and voyerism. At least Christian’s playroom was private!
19. My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2012)
A surprisingly steamy movie, My Awkward Sexual Adventure follows the trials and tribulations of an accountant dumped by his girlfriend because he’s a bad lover. Heartbroken, he takes the advice of his Casanova of a friend and decides to visit a strip club. It’s there that he meets stripper Julia, who agrees to teach him how to become a better lover if he can sort out her dire financial situation before the bailiffs come knocking.
18. Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 (2013)
Told by nymphomaniac Joe to a virgin she meets after being brutally attacked, this is arguably one of the steamiest movies ever made. She tells him her life story, beginning with how strong her sexual desires were from an early age and these are explicitly portrayed on screen. It’s as close to pornography as a feature film gets.
17. Black Swan (2010)
A young ballet dancer, Nina, is a director’s favorite to be cast in the leading role in Swan Lake, but she finds herself up against an unexpected rival, Lily. Initially friends, their relationship soon turns sour, but the stand out steamy moment in this movie comes in a lesbian sex scene when Nina dreams about getting even closer to Lily.
16. Mulholland Drive (2001)
After a car crash, a woman named Rita becomes an amnesiac and, after wandering the streets of Los Angeles lost, is taken in by a kindly blonde-haired stranger, Betty. They join forces to find out who Rita really is and director David Lynch’s dream-like portrayal of Los Angeles results in some steamy scenes as they get closer together.
15. 9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
It’s a sure sign that you’re in for some steaminess when you know that the movie you’re about to watch was initially deemed too racy for general release. Like Christian Grey, the male lead in this movie, John, also enjoys pushing the boundaries of what his partner’s willing to do, resulting in scenes containing public sex and even cross-dressing.
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