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20 Movies Like 50 Shades of Grey

20 Movies Like 50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey took the world by storm in 2011, captivating fans with the relationship between Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).

This film invites you to explore the world of sadomasochism. Christian is a man tortured by demons and obsessed by the urge to control, despite his multibillion-dollar enterprises, enormous riches, and loving family.

Ana is a doe-eyed literature graduate who is innocently unaware of the deliciously dark realm that Christian introduces her to.

Fifty Shades of Grey is both bold and predictable, reverting to established gender norms while exploring forbidden impulses. Christian’s urge to assert power is rooted in his childhood trauma, from which Ana is determined to help him heal.

Furthermore, Ana gives into Christian’s dominance, all the while persuading him to form a deeper emotional connection to her.

The film won five of six nominations at the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture. Although 50 Shades of Grey is heavily critiqued for its nonsensical storyline, one cannot deny that its sex scenes are ranked as some of the most salacious.

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Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color (English Subtitled)

Adèle (Exachopoulos), a shy schoolgirl on the precipice of womanhood, dreams about the delicate touch and the peculiar yet lingeringly sensation of desire. She envisages the passionate explosion of emotions of her first romantic love.

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However, after a sloppy sexual experience, Adèle becomes increasingly disinterested in her male peers and instead becomes enamored with a beautiful and intriguingly enigmatic blue-haired girl she meets on the street.

Emma (Léa Seydoux), the bohemian stranger, inevitably appears in Adèle’s thoughts, haunting her deep and wild late-night fantasies. The intensity of their young love gives way to an arduous but ardent relationship.

Blue is the Warmest Color offers an authentic glimpse into the tumultuous lives of adolescents thanks to the excellent camerawork and directing. While the explicit sex scenes may be shocking to some, 50 Shades fans will delight in this film’s raunchiness.

This film is a must-see for audiences looking for raw, powerful performances.

The Handmaiden

The casts of The Handmaiden Korean movie.

Sook-Hee (Kim Tae-ri) is recruited as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Kim Min-hee) who leads a secluded life on a countryside estate with her overbearing uncle (Cho Jin-woong) in 1930s Korea, during the time of the Japanese occupation.

However, Sook-Hee has a secret. A handsome charlatan posing as a Japanese Count hires her to help him entice the Lady into taking his hand in marriage so that he can steal her fortune and imprison her in a mental institution.

Their master plan begins to unravel when Sook-Hee and Hideko begin to form a forbidden but passionate connection.

The Handmaiden captivates audiences through drama, build-up, and comedy. If you are after passion, you will be engrossed by the sensual moments interspersed with drama. Furthermore, the clever directing helps to depict this film’s intricate plotline expertly.

Nymphomaniac

Diary of a Nymphomaniac (English Subtitled)

When Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) discovers a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who has been beaten and left for dead in an alley, he reluctantly agrees to take her to his home after she begs him not to call for an ambulance.

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After giving her shelter, Seligman begins to question the woman about how she ended up in the alley, but she struggles to recall her experience. Once he begins to make small talk about his interests, she lowers her guard and introduces herself as Joe.

Joe recounts her tragic life as a nymphomaniac and tells Seligman graphic details about the hundreds of sexual encounters that she has experienced since early adolescence.

Audiences will be astounded by the film’s explicit scenes intertwined with emotional elements. Furthermore, the scenes of sodomy and bondage reminiscent of the raunchiness in 50 Shades of Grey are bound to leave you on the edge of your seat.

365 Days

365 Days ( 365 dni ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - Poland ]

After his father is killed, Massimo Torricelli (Michele Morrone), a handsome, young head of a Sicilian Mafia family, is forced to take control of the family business. Laura (Anna Maria Sieklucka) is an ambitious sales director at a top hotel in Warsaw; however, she cannot seem to find success in her personal life.

In an attempt to salvage her relationship with her knucklehead boyfriend, Martin (Mateusz Lasowski), they take a trip to Sicily with a few other buddies. However, she does not anticipate Massimo to kidnap her and hold her hostage for 365 days, ultimately forcing her to fall in love with him.

365 Days has earned widespread acclaim and, after being the most-watched film on Netflix for several weeks, fans anxiously anticipate a sequel. However, certain scenes showing forced sex and manipulation, on the other hand, were highly criticized. The film is a must-see for 50 Shades fans.

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Shame

Shame

Brandon (Michael Fassbender) masks a dark secret behind his seemingly ordinary life: he suffers from a sex addiction that has permeated every aspect of his life to a numbing degree. Brandon struggles to manage his sexual impulses while also coping with the complexities of his relationship with his sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan) when she visits town and crashes with him.

Shame is a captivating, sinister film that leaves audiences simultaneously intrigued and emotionally exhausted. Shame and 50 Shades of Grey both encompass morbid undertones and explicit sex scenes, making this film ideal for erotica fans.

Lust, Caution

Lust, Caution (R) (English Subtitled)

During World War II, Chia Chi (Tang Wei) is tasked to take on an undercover role to seduce and assassinate an agent and recruiter (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) of the puppet government of Wang Jingwei set up by the Japanese occupation in China. When she falls in love with the man she is assigned to kill, her mission becomes tainted.

Lust, Caution is a thrilling and salacious espionage period film that is loosely based on the failed attempt by Chinese agent Zheng Pingru to assassinate Ding Mocun, a Japanese collaborator. The dramatic irony and fiery passion between Chia Chi and Mr. Yee build unbearable tension.

The director, Ang Lee, received the prestigious Golden Lion Award for the second time at the Venice Picture Festival with this film, the first being with Brokeback Mountain. The compelling plot, the red-hot relationship between Chia Chi and Mr. Yee, and racy sex scenes render this film a must-see.

Stranger by the Lake

Stranger By The Lake (English Subtitled)

Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) frequents the lakeside unofficial nude beach and the nearby woods, which are notorious gay cruising locations where gay men are free to openly enjoy lake swimming, beach sunbathing, and casual sexual encounters.

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Franck has several flings, but only two of them end up having a significant impact on his time here. The first is Henri (Patrick d’Assumçao), an older, overweight introvert who stays completely dressed on the beach in search of isolation in which to cope with his internal struggles.

Henri and Franck develop an unlikely friendship, with neither of them sexually attracted to or interested in the other.

The second is Michel (Christophe Paou), to whom Franck is instantly drawn, a passion that borders on love, as Franck eventually thinks. However, Franck and Michel disagree on what the nature of their relationship should be.

However, after Franck witnesses an incident, he begins to realize what the lake represents and just how fair his fellow beach goers’ will go to keep their private paradise. The way in which erotic moments are interspersed with tension and drama in this film will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous Method includes two primary components of a good erotica film; Michael Fassbender and lots of spanking. This film is set during World War I and depicts the complicated relationship between psychologist Carl Jung (Fassbender) and his patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).

Sabina’s psychiatric issues stem from her childhood and her abusive father. She is, however, a gifted student who aspires to be a doctor and, eventually, a psychiatrist in her own right. Jung and Spielrein give in to their attraction for one another and begin a steamy, entirely inappropriate affair.

This film features sultry scenes that include bondage and spanking, similar to the kinks explored in 50 Shades of Grey. The erotic nature of this period film will draw you in, and the intriguing plot will convince you to stay.

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Endless Love

Endless Love

Since the first time he laid eyes on Jade (Gabriella Wilde) in tenth grade, David (Alex Pettyfer) has had an unbearable crush on her but has never had the confidence to act on his feelings.

The trouble begins when Jade’s overbearing father (Bruce Greenwood) catches her and David in a closet at her graduation party and begins to worry about how David will influence his daughter’s bright future.

Jade and David fall madly in love, and their passion only deepens as their parents try to break them up. As they are faced with dark family secrets, vengeful past lovers, and a tragic accident, Jade and David begin to wonder if they are truly destined to be together.

While Endless Love is slightly tamer than 50 Shades of Grey, this film still includes dramatic twists, forbidden passion, and a steamy night in a study. Endless Love is the perfect blend of fairytale romance and erotica.

Amar

Book cover of a movie 'Amar'.

This Spanish romantic drama is directed by Esteban Crespo and explores the illusions and realities of first love while brilliantly depicting the obstacles that often confront youthful love.

Amar gets off to a good start, with the first scene filmed in a bright, serene room, depicting a young couple’s total devotion, without prejudice or fear. Laura (María Pedraza) and Carlos (Pol Monen) boldly explore their sexuality, placing all their trust in one another.

But, as the moments that follow demonstrate, purity is fragile: society, friends, and the vast school of life and behavior that is family tarnish what appeared to be so pure, powerful, and inseparable.

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The director, Esteban Crespo, tactfully introduces his camera into the intimate relationship between youths without resorting to morbid exhibitionism. While this film lacks raunchy BDSM scenes, the passionate intimacy between Laura and Carlos is no less steamy than the relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.

The Secretary

Secretary

The Secretary depicts an intense relationship between a domineering lawyer and his secretary, who engage in a variety of BDSM acts, including spanking and pet play.

Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) struggles to piece her life together after being discharged from a mental institution for self-harm. Her dysfunctional childhood has turned her into a tortured soul who desperately wants to discover anything with which she can succeed.

To make ends meet, Lee starts attending school to learn secretarial skills. She becomes an excellent secretary who finds work with an eccentric employer with a cruel sexual predilection. Together, they discover more about themselves through their steamy and highly inappropriate relationship.

The direction by Steven Shainberg has successfully focused on the quirkiness and fun of the characters and cleverly approaches the controversial concept of sadomasochism without being offensive. Although The Secretary incorporates more humor than 50 Shades of Grey, the bondage scenes are no less raunchy.

Cruel Intentions

Cruel Intentions

Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe) and Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar) are stepsiblings who get what they want by any means possible.

The two make a cruel wager with one another: by the end of the summer vacation, Sebastian must bed Annette (Reese Witherspoon), the virtuous daughter of their school’s headmaster who has claimed that she will remain a virgin until marriage.

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If Kathryn wins, Sebastian’s 1959 Jaguar Roadster will be hers, but if Sebastian is successful, then he gets to bed Kathryn. Initially, it seems that Annette is far too sensible to fall for Sebastian’s tricks; however, as they spend time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another.

A web of lies spun by Sebastian’s jealous stepsister begins to entangle more victims, and their nasty trick ultimately ends in tragedy.

Cruel Intentions is charged with sexual tension and plenty of chemistry between the leading characters. Furthermore, the dark and cynical nature of this film mirrors that of 50 Shades of Grey.

After

After

With its passionate sex scenes and intense chemistry between the lead characters played by Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Jenny Gage’s After is another one of our bad-boy, good-girl romances that will have your heart in flutters.

Tessa (Josephine Langford), a hardworking student, responsible daughter, and devoted girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, embarks on her first semester of college with big plans for her future. However, her world is turned on its head when she meets bad boy Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin).

Tessa quickly becomes captivated by the dark and mysterious Hardin, but Hardin and Tessa’s connection is the spark that ignites emotional mayhem and leaves behind several broken hearts.

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

Doctor William Harford (Tom Cruise) embarks on a night of sexual adventure after his wife, Alice (Nicole Kidman), tells him about her sexual fantasies. After a string of failed encounters, he reconnects with an old friend, Nick Nightingale (Todd Field), a musician, who informs him of strange, masked sex parties where he plays the piano blindfolded.

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Harford disguises himself in costume and attends the party. However, once there, he is warned that he is in grave danger by someone who recognizes him despite the mask. He manages to escape, but the threats he faces are real and sinister.

Stanley Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut is an erotic fantasy about lost possibilities. This film becomes a must-see for anybody searching to indulge in eroticism.

Wild Orchid

Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades Of Blue

Emily Reed (Carre Otis), a young lawyer hired by a law firm, is dispatched to Brazil with one of the firm’s top executives, Claudia (Jaqueline Bisset), to assist in closing a real estate deal. Emily is naive and vulnerable, making her the ideal target for multimillionaire James Wheeler (Mickey Rourke).

Emily meets James at a business dinner, where his silent strength reels her in. However, she is quickly confronted by his shocking salacious world, where she begins to explore parts of herself that she never thought existed.

Their strange affair is met by several obstacles that build on the tension in this erotic film.  

Wild Orchid is a typical erotica; the plot is slightly ridiculous and doesn’t quite come together, but the raunchy sex scenes more than compensate for its shortcomings.

Like Christian Grey, James Wheeler is a wealthy playboy with intimacy issues who is drawn to a doe-eyed female protagonist. 50 Shades of Grey fans will delight in this racy film.

The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy is a brilliantly filmed and edited film set in Hungary but set in no particular period or location. It explores the relationship of two women, subservient Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) and domineering Cynthia (Sidse Babett).

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Evelyn is a lepidopterist, and Cynthia is an orthopterist, but in this dreamy, all-female neverland, entomology is not their only pastime. The Duke of Burgundy is sadomasochistic erotica focused solely on female sexuality, which it seeks to explore to the fullest extent possible.

If you are a fan of 50 Shades of Grey, you will revel in this film’s explicit scenes that exhibit the many facets of the relationship between submission and domination.

Unfaithful

Unfaithful

Edward (Richard Gere) and Connie (Diane Lane) have a seemingly perfect life together in New York; however, their passion has turned to monotony. When Connie meets a handsome stranger, she is drawn towards the thrill of guilty pleasure.

Her exhilarating affair with Paul (Olivier Martinez) increasingly consumes her life and reaches a morbid end when her husband learns about her betrayal through a private investigator.

Unfaithful is a classic erotic thriller drama that is bound to captivate you with its many twists and turns. While the themes explored in this film are far darker than those in 50 Shades of Grey, the explicit scenes are no less steamy.

Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

Johnny Boz (Bill Cable), a former rock star, is brutally murdered during sex, and the investigation is handed to SFPD officer Nick Curran (Michael Douglas). During the inquiry, Nick encounters Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a crime author who was Boz’s girlfriend when he died.

Catherine is cunning and manipulative, and despite Nick’s best efforts, he is unable to discover any evidence that she murdered Boz. Later, when Nick’s police rival, Nilsen, is killed, Nick suspects Catherine of being involved.

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He then begins a risky lust-filled mind game with Catherine in order to assassinate her. Still, as their relationship grows, the body count climbs, and contradictory information forces Nick to rethink his suspicions about Catherine’s involvement.

With the iconic exposed leg scene, this film not only contains a lot of sexual tension, but it also has just enough suspense to keep you hooked.

9 ½ Weeks

9 1/ 2 Weeks (Uncut)

The film’s title relates to the length of a romance between divorced SoHo art gallery employee Elizabeth McGraw (Kim Basinger) in her mid-20s and Wall Street arbitrageur John Gray (Mickey Rourke).

John initiates and controls this turbulent relationship’s numerous experimental sexual practices to test Elizabeth’s limits, which gradually sends Elizabeth down an emotional spiral.

This ’80s version of Fifty Shades of Grey is considered even hotter with salacious stripteases, bondage, and more real chemistry between its stars. This film was considered so raunchy that it was released two years after completion because its American distributor insisted it was heavily edited to appeal to a broader audience.

Bare

Bare

Sarah (Dianna Agron) is a young girl from a sheltered home in Nevada who becomes entranced with a drug-dealing drifter named Pepper (Paz de la Huerta). She is quickly drawn into her lifestyle of partying, stripping, and narcotics and begins an exhilarating connection with Pepper after leaving her calm life and boyfriend behind.

Sarah becomes addicted to her exhilarating life with Pepper. However, after her new colleagues warn her about Pepper’s true intentions, she quickly learns that their spontaneous connection is far less star-crossed than she believed it to be.

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The film is directed with an unmistakable feminine sensibility. Natalia Leite, the director, tastefully captures the intimate scenes between Sarah and Pepper, which will have you rooting for the girl next door to run away with her drug dealer.