Sex can be both thrilling and dangerous and that’s what a lot of movies teach us. Erotic romance and spine-tingling thrill, if pulled off well, can actually be the best combination. However, most erotic thrillers are just porn with a slightly more interesting plot but there are a few ones that manage to explore the true potential of this sub-genre.
While most erotic thrillers have their own set of clichés, some offer amazingly unique plots. These are the movies that are a little more self-aware than the other shabby and downtrodden representations of sex. Keeping that in mind, we’ve compiled some of the finest movies from this sub-genre. Here’s the list of really good erotic thriller movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now. The list includes sex thrillers, adult erotic thrillers.
20. White Girl (2016)
Director Elizabeth Wood’s ‘White Girl’ is a delightfully dark drama filled with sex, suspense, and social commentary. Leah (Morgan Saylor) comes to live in Ridgewood, Queens with her friend Katie. While trying to score marijuana one night, she comes across Blue (Brian Marc), a cocaine dealer. Realizing the profit they can make by selling his product to predominantly white customers, she and Blue acquire a kilo of cocaine from his supplier. However, Blue gets arrested, and now Leah has to sell the cocaine on her own. Following the movie’s premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Netflix obtained its distribution rights.
19. In Darkness (2018)
The story takes place in London. A blind pianist named Sofia McKendrick (Natalie Dormer) is a neighbor of Veronique Radic (Emily Ratajkowski), who is the daughter of the affluent Serbian philanthropist Zoran Radic (Jan Bijvoet). Sophia lost her entire family during the Bosnian War. One day, Veronique gives Sophia a USB drive, and cryptically mentions that the perfume is Liquid Gold. Not long after, Veronique dies due to a fall from her apartment. Zoran subsequently develops an interest in Sophia. It turns out that Zoran is responsible for the deaths of Sophia’s family, and she is on a path of vengeance from the man who took everything from her.
18. The Roommate (2011)
A successor of the wonderfully self-aware slasher films of the 1990s, ‘The Roommate’ is about two women: Sara (Minka Kelly), a kind and considerate college freshman, Rebecca (Leighton Meester), the woman who becomes obsessed with Sara. It is later revealed that Rebecca was on a medication called Zyprexa, which helped her curtail her bipolar and schizophrenic tendencies, but has since stopped taking them. The film is directed by Danish filmmaker Christian E. Christiansen and also stars Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka, Danneel Harris, Frances Fisher, and Billy Zane. Although the movie was panned by the critics, it was a massive hit at the box, earning $52.5 million against its $1 million budget.
In this John Stewart Muller film, Mira Sorvino plays Dr. Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Simon, who suspects that her husband, well-known political figure Jake Simon (Cary Elwes), is cheating on her. After meeting Victor Bernard, an artist with a turbulent personality, she finds herself deeply attracted to him. They have a passionate affair that Ronnie forcefully ends and tries to go back to her husband. However, she soon discovers that it will not be easy as Victor starts stalking her. He even becomes acquainted with Jake, making Ronnie terrified not only of the consequences of her indiscretion but also for her family’s safety.
16. Lens (2016)
‘Lens’ is a Malayalam and Tamil language film from India. It is a story about a porn addict, Aravind (Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan, who also wrote, directed, and produced the film), who ignores his wife and has virtual sexual encounters with strangers over the internet. This takes a twisted turn when one of the strangers tells him on a Skype call to watch as he kills himself. He later finds out that the woman he has regularly interacted with on the website is actually his wife. ‘Lens’ is a smart, relevant commentary on digital voyeurism and porn addiction. It also carefully avoids from becoming too preachy, preferring to focus on telling a story rather than delivering a message.
15. In the Shadow of Iris (2016)
Based on the 2000 Japanese thriller ‘Chaos’ from director Hideo Nakata, the French film ‘In the Shadow of Iris’ depicts the eponymous character seemingly convincing the financially struggling mechanic Max (Romain Duris) to falsely inform her husband Antoine (Jalil Lespert) that he has kidnapped her and demand €500,000 for her safe return. Realizing that this is his only way out of the mounting debts, Max agrees. But his already troubled life goes spiraling out of control when the ransom exchange doesn’t go as planned, and he finds Iris’ dead body in his home. Now with the police on his trail, Max sets out to prove that he didn’t murder the woman.
14. 365 Days (2020)
Laura Biel (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) is an accomplished executive caught in a tedious relationship with Martin, her boyfriend. One day, she gets kidnapped by Massimo Torricelli (Michele Morrone), who is revealed to be the head of the Torricelli crime family. He tells her that he will keep her as his captive for the next 365 days until she develops genuine feelings for him. He clarifies that he will not force her to have sex with him. What follows is a game of power and control between two extremely strong-willed individuals. One of the latest films to attempt depicting BDSM, this Polish erotic thriller romance has drawn considerable attention since its Netflix release.
13. Swimming Pool (2003)
Directed by François Ozon, ‘Swimming Pool’ tells the story of the popular mystery author Sarah Morton (Charlotte Rampling), who travels to Lacoste, France from England for a prolonged stay at her publisher’s country house. She has been struggling with writer’s block and hopes to use the time to finish her next novel. However, a girl named Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) soon arrives at the house and introduces herself as the publisher’s daughter. Sarah’s writing suffers due to the sudden intrusion, but she finds herself being intrigued by the promiscuous life that the younger woman leads. After its release, the movie was well-received by the critics, although some complained about its ending, which makes the audience question whether what they saw earlier in the film is real or not.
12. Basic Instinct (1992)
The definitive erotic thriller, Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Basic Instinct’ brought the combination of sex and suspense to mainstream Hollywood. Sharon Stone plays writer Catherine Tramell, who becomes the biggest suspect in the murder case of her boyfriend, rock star Johnny Boz. Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) and other police officers are convinced that she is the killer, but they can’t prove it. Moreover, she previously wrote a book in which a rock star was killed in a similar fashion as Boz, and the officers know that she will use it as an alibi. Nick gets involved in a sordid affair with Catherine, confident that he will be in control of the situation. But his assumptions are proven dead wrong when he is nearly killed by one of Catherine’s lovers. Now, Nick must do everything he can to find the murderer before they kill again.
11. Berlin Syndrome (2017)
‘Berlin Syndrome’, directed by Cate Shortland, stars Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt in leading roles. Palmer plays the character of a photojournalist, Clare who has arrived at Berlin for a vacation. Here, she meets a local man called Andi (Riemelt), and the two of them indulge in what at first appears to be a passionate one-night-stand. It is from the next morning that things start falling apart when Clare realizes that she has been trapped by Andi in his own home and there is no route to escape out of this house. She senses some more danger on realizing that there have been other girls in this house before who have been trapped by Andi. ‘Berlin Syndrome’ is a brilliantly written film with complex characters and intense moments. Both the leading actors play their characters with great panache, making this film one of the best on this list.
10. Dark Forces (2020)
In this Netflix Mexico film, Franco (Tenoch Huerta), a rebellious criminal, is searching for his kidnapped sister, who he knows is being held captive by his former boss. He comes to an old and ramshackle hotel which turns to be infested with monsters. Franco is given a mysterious book, titled ‘Fuego Negro’, by an enigmatic stranger, who tells him that it can give him abilities that will help him fight the evil forces lurking within the hotel. Max meets a beautiful woman named Rubi (Eréndira Ibarra), who turns out to be a sex slave to a monster. After Franco frees her from the clutches of her master, Rubi agrees to help him find his sister.
9. You Get Me (2017)
Starring Bella Thorne, Halston Sage, and Taylor John Smith, Netflix’s ‘You Get Me’ is a cautionary tale about the hook-up culture. Shortly after breaking up with his girlfriend Ali (Sage), Tyler (Smith) has sex with the complete stranger Holly (Thorne). They later part ways, and Tyler reunites with Alex. However, he soon discovers that Holly is now attending the same school as them. She quickly inserts herself into their circle of friends. Her erratic behavior convinces Tyler that something is wrong with her. Holly’s stepmother Corinne tells him that Holly has mental health issues and is on medication because of them. As the film progresses, Holly’s true psychopathic nature is revealed as she alienates Tyler from Ali and their friends and orchestrates his suspension from school by falsely accusing him of assaulting her.
8. Offering to the Storm (2020)
The third and final entry in the Baztán trilogy, after ‘The Invisible Guardian’ and ‘The Legacy of the Bones’, ‘Offering to the Storm’ is a Netflix film of Spanish-German origin that revolves around police officer Amaia Salazar’s (Marta Etura) continual pursuit of the demon Inguma, all the while dealing with the traumatic event depicted in the last film, in which her mother attempted to sacrifice Salazar’s son to the demon. Like the previous two films, ‘Offering to…’ is heavy with imageries of Satanism, witchcraft, and infanticide. Despite being poorly received by the critics, the film has a considerable international fanbase. However, this is likely due to its predecessor. ‘The Legacy…’ received critical acclaim and is widely regarded as the best film in the trilogy.
7. Mrs. Serial Killer
Directed by Shirish Kunder, this Netflix India film tells the story of Sona (Jacqueline Fernandez), whose husband Joy (Manoj Bajpai) is arrested by her erstwhile lover Inspector Imran Shahid (Mohit Raina) as a suspect for killing multiple pregnant women. Sona, who is pregnant herself, ardently believes that her husband is innocent and thinks that Imran has implicated him in all those murders for marrying her. On Joy’s suggestion, she reaches out to renowned lawyer Brij Rastogi (Darshan Jariwala). After Joy’s bail plea is denied, Rastogi tells Sona that the only way to prove her husband’s innocence is to show the world that the killer is still out there, prompting her to pick her neighbor Anushka (Zayn Marie) as her intended victim.
6. The Babysitter (2017)
In American filmmaker McG’s Netflix film ‘The Babysitter’, Cole (Judah Lewis) is a shy and innocent teenager who gets bullied both at his school and in his neighborhood. Whenever his parents are out of town, a girl named Bee (Samara Weaving) serves as his babysitter. They seem to have developed a close bond with each other through their mutual love for everything science fiction. During one such evening, Cole discovers that Bee is part of a Satanic blood cult, along with Max (Robbie Amell), Allison (Bella Thorne), Sonya (Hana Mae Lee), and John (Andrew Bachelor), and has been using his blood in their demonic rituals. What ensues is a night of mayhem, gore, and violence, as Cole struggles to survive the five psychotic murderers bent on killing him. The movie’s success spawned a sequel, ‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen’, which was released in 2020.
5. Earthquake Bird (2019)
Wash Westmoreland’s Netflix film ‘Earthquake Bird’ is about two foreign women living in Japan, Lucy (Alicia Vikander) and Lily (Riley Keough), and the man they both become obsessed with, Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi). Lucy is accused of murdering Lily because she grew envious and angry after discovering that the latter woman was having a secret affair with Teiji. The film has a non-linear narrative that explores Lucy’s youth, her passionate relationship with Teiji, and her and Lily’s friendship. Lucy is convinced that she has killed Lily until the authorities deduce that the body they found belonged to another woman. After she is let go, she begins suspecting Teiji.
4. Gerald’s Game (2017)
From the master of slow-burn horror, Mike Flanagan, comes ‘Gerald’s Game’, one of the most disturbing psychological horror movies of recent years. The film stars Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood as Jessie and Gerald Burlingame, who go on a short vacation to a remote lake house in Alabama. The couple’s decision to enact certain sexual fantasies takes an unsettling turn when Gerald cuffs his wife’s hands to the bedpost and began pretending to rape her. He has a heart attack because of the two Viagra pills he took earlier and dies. Jessie, trapped with her husband’s body lying beside her, begins hallucinating and starts remembering traumatic, long-forgotten experiences of sexual abuse.
3. The Paramedic (2020)
Carles Torras’ Netflix Spanish film ‘The Paramedic’ tells the story of a paramedic named Angel Hernandez (Mario Casas), who becomes paralyzed from the waist down after being involved in a horrible accident. Torras establishes Angel’s dubious morality in the early part of the film by showing him stealing from his patients and hiding from his wife Vanesa François (Déborah François) the fact that his low-sperm count is the reason that they are not getting pregnant. After the accident, partially trapped in his body, he becomes even more dangerous and sinister, with Vanesa at the receiving end of all of his cruelty and anger.
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2. Fatal Affair (2020)
A Peter Sullivan directorial venture, Netflix’s ‘Fatal Affair’ revolves around Ellie Warren (Nia Long), a high-achieving lawyer, who, along with her husband Marcus (Stephen Bishop), decides to get a fresh start of their lives after their daughter moves away for college. They acquire a house on the coast and relocate there from San Francisco. Marcus was in a terrible car accident and is on a slow path to recovery. At work, Ellie comes across David Hammond (Omar Epps), a man she knew in college. One evening, while having drinks together, Ellie candidly speaks to David about the problems in her marriage. She nearly has sex with him but stops herself before things can progress any further. In the weeks that follow, David becomes more and more obsessive and violent, stalking Ellie and hurting those close to her.
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1. Cam (2018)
‘Cam’ tells the tale of an erotic webcam entertainer named Alice who wakes up one day to find that her identity has been stolen by an evil supernatural force that looks just like her and broadcasts from her channel. Alice finds out that the hijacker of her channel defies all of that and goes way overboard threatening her identity and completely ruining her life. The film follows an interesting concept that has not been executed too well. But apart from that, the character of the lead is given enough depth and the movie is overall a good time-killer.
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