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The Most Sexually Provocative Films Of All Time

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1 of 15|Basic Instinct (1992)|A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved. 'Basic Instinct' is a film - one scene in particular - that needs no introduction.
2 of 15|Black Swan (2010)|Natalie Portman won an Oscar for her portrayal of a ballerina struggling to maintain her sanity, but the biggest buzz came from a hallucinatory sex romp with Mila Kunis and a disrupted self-love scene.
3 of 15|Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)|Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair with whom she develops an explicit sexual relationship. One of the sex scenes reportedly took 10 days to film.
4 of 15|Boogie Nights (1997)|'Boogie Nights' chronicles a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s - and features Mark Wahlberg back when he was still Marky Mark.
5 of 15|Brokeback Mountain (2005)|This story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys was one of the first mainstream films to feature sex scenes between gay characters played by two major movie stars.
6 of 15|Eyes Wide Shut (1999)|Stanley Kubrick’s final film (starring real couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise) features a variety of sexual escapades, including an orgy scene that had to be altered to earn an R rating for the American release.
7 of 15|Gone Girl (2014)|David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's twisted bestselling novel features a topless Emily Ratajkowski, disturbing use of a wine bottle, a quick glimpse of Ben Affleck's member, and a sex scene that shocked audiences with its bloody conclusion.
8 of 15|Henry & June (1990)|In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June and begins a sexual relationship with the couple. 'Henry & June' was the first film to receive an NC-17 rating from the MPAA.
9 of 15|Last Tango in Paris (1972)|A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex. The film's sexual violence (and use of butter as a lubricant) sparked serious controversy.
10 of 15|Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)|It had to be mentioned. Say what you will about the franchise, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' changed the game by bringing BDSM into formerly vanilla households around the world.
11 of 15|Y Tu Mama También (2001)|In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.
12 of 15|9 1/2 Weeks (1986)|A woman gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man in a movie that brought BDSM to the big screen long before 'Fifty Shades'. Some scenes are so extreme they border on assault.
13 of 15|Nymphomaniac (2013)|Lars von Trier's two-part tale (of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounting her erotic experiences) was released in two formats: the original hardcore version and a softcore edit.
14 of 15|Risky Business (1983)|A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand - so out of hand that he ends up having sex with a call girl on a train.
15 of 15|Secretary (2002)|A young woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer (James Spader), who spanks her after she makes a typing mistake. The incident sparks a sadomasochistic relationship between the two (and coincidentally, his name is also Mr. Grey).

Full-frontal nudity, steamy threesomes, boundary-pushing BDSM – these raunchy films pushed the envelope, ruffled feathers, and titillated audiences around the world.

Pornhub isn’t your only option for salacious cinematic entertainment. TIME has done the dirty (literally) work of digging up the most sexually provocative movies of the last few decades. A list like this is bound to stir up controversy. Is Fifty Shades of Grey actually erotic, or a bored housewife’s barely-bawdy fantasy? Where is the line between art and smut? Is a dairy product an acceptable substitute for lube?

The answer to the last one is “no”. The answer to the others… well… that’s up to you. Have a look at TIME‘s choices and let us know what you think in the comments. If you’re not too busy furiously updating your Netflix queue, that is.

[via TIME]

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