y-tu-mama-tambien/Temperatures are rising and summer is almost upon us – World Movies Summer of Sin, that is. At 8.30pm every night in January we’re going to be bringing you the naughtiest, sauciest films with some of the biggest faces in cinema from across the globe.
To get you prepared for our summer season of sensuality, we’ve put together our favourite sexy films of all time. So draw the blinds, settle down and prepare yourself for the ultimate list of provocative cinema.
OUR TOP TEN SEXY FILMS OF ALL TIME:
Young & Beautiful (France, 2013)
Francois Ozon keeps the details to a minimum, allowing the viewer to just sit back and observe. What you observe is, Isabelle a 17 year old prostitute, who shows how very precarious and thrilling it can be, being a young and beautiful girl.
Belle de Jour (France, 1967)
Luis Bunuel’s nod to surrealism explores the story of Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) – a wealthy but bored newlywed who also secretly works in a brothel. Constantly blurring the line between reality and fantasy, the audience is taken on journey through Severine’s innermost desires, including domination and whipping. Considered radical for its time the film remains effortlessly and mysteriously beautiful.
Betty Blue (France, 1986)
‚ÄúI had known Betty for a week. We screwed every night. The forecast was for storms.‚Äù And so opens the French tale of romantic obsession, Betty Blue, which was released to a shockwave of controversy in 1986. Béatrice Dalle is enchanting as the free spirited, yet unstable title character and she manages to perfectly embody the steamy, dizzying intensity of obsessive love.
The Dreamers (UK/France/Italy, 2003)
Bernardo Bertolucci’s exploration into the passion and folly of youth through a Parisian based love triangle in the late 1960s has been called ‚Äòviagra on film’. The steamy encounters of Eva Green (pre-Casino Royale), Michael Pitt (pre-Boardwalk Empire) and Louise Garrel resulted in the film receiving an R rating on its initial release.
Unfaithful (USA, 2002)
Unlike most films focused on infidelity, the married couple in question in Unfaithful don’t seem to be unhappy or lacking in any desire. Despite this, Connie (Diane Lane) – finds herself inexplicably drawn to a sexy stranger – scorchingly played by Olivier Martinez. The intensity of their passionate encounters and her resulting flashbacks are bound to leave you a little hot under the collar.
Y Tu Mam√° También (Mexico, 2001)
One can’t talk of notorious film love triangles without giving credit to Alfonso Cuaron’s bold and uninhibited road trip tale from 2001. One of our favourite leading ladies – Maribel Verdu – exudes a smouldering confidence that makes it easy to see how she captivates the sex-obsessed teenagers played by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal. Besides the stellar cast, there is also of course, that infamous tequila-fuelled three-way scene that ensures this film was always going to make the list.
Secretary (USA, 2002)
Steven Shainberg manages to approach the often tricky subject of sadomasochism in a quirky and ultimately charming manner – treading a careful line between making the film too funny or too offensive. This twisted rethinking of a rom-com film sees Maggie Gyllenghaal at a career best as a submissive employee who enjoys being spanked and made to wear dog collars by her dominant boss.
And Then God Created Woman (France, 1956)
Any number of films starring Brigette Bardot could make this list, but we couldn’t look past that which catapulted her to international stardom and sex icon status – And Then God Created Woman. Directed by Bardot’s then husband Roger Vadim, the storyline is slight as best, and if we’re honest – almost all of the film’s appeal rests on Bardot’s provocative portrayal of a young woman with an insatiable sexual appetite.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (USA, 1988)
Love, sex, politics – this is one for those who like both intellectual and physical stimulation. Set against the political turmoil of Prague in the 1960s, the film follows a womanizing brain surgeon (Daniel Day Lewis) caught between his lust for a long time free-spirited lover and new found affection for the monogamous Tereza (Juliette Binoche). If anything, the film is worth seeing alone just to experience how Lena Olin manages to turn the bowler hat into a symbol of sensuality.
Room in Rome (Spain, 2010)
Two women. One night. A whole realm of possibilities. This stunningly crafted sensual drama unfolds within a Roman hotel room where two recently acquainted women embark on a sexual adventure. This beautifully captured film follows their intimate adventures as, over the course of one night, the women began to bare their souls and life stories with each other.