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Sex

How has cinema approached sex? Leave your inhibitions at the door and find out.

This collection includes films with sexually explicit scenes. Good sex scenes in cinema are few and far between, and rare is the film that dares to take sex seriously. From silly sex comedies in the 70s to the glut of steamy thrillers of the 80s and 90s, the act of sex has often been reduced to mere titillation. Not so with these explorations of the erotic, which veer from Britain’s first sex movie (Her Private Hell), a Palme d’Or-winning lesbian love story (Blue is the Warmest Colour), a work from Lars von Trier at his most provocative (Nymphomaniac) and a tale of lusty and murderous obsession at a French gay cruising ground (Stranger by the Lake).

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The Handmaiden
The Handmaiden
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The Handmaiden

Period drama2016146 minsDirector: Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker) channels Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, to create a sumptuous twisty psychological thriller full of erotic intrigue.

Lust, Caution
Lust, Caution
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Lust, Caution

Drama2007158 minsDirector: Ang Lee

Esteemed Taiwanese director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) returned to Asia once more for this startlingly erotic tale of espionage and obsession.

Beach Rats
Beach Rats
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Beach Rats

Drama201798 minsDirector: Eliza Hittman

Gripping account of repressed sexual desire in a hyper-masculine environment, with British newcomer Harris Dickinson as a virulently macho Brooklyn teen.

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)

Drama201594 minsDirector: Eva Husson

High-school students start a private orgy society in Eva Husson’s dazzlingly shot, no-holds-barred drama.

Chemsex
Chemsex
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Chemsex

Documentary201580 minsDirector: William Fairman

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

The Duke of Burgundy
The Duke of Burgundy
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The Duke of Burgundy

Drama2014104 minsDirector: Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

Théo and Hugo
Théo and Hugo
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Théo and Hugo

Romance201697 minsDirector: Olivier Ducastel

A brief encounter at a naked sex club in Paris seems to be going well for Theo and Hugo, but a sudden realisation changes everything.

The Chambermaid Lynn
The Chambermaid Lynn
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The Chambermaid Lynn

201490 minsDirector: Ingo Haeb

An obsessive-compulsive hotel cleaner who harbours a fetishistic fascination with her hotel's guests meets an enigmatic dominatrix who changes her world.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
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Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Documentary2016109 minsDirector: Fenton Bailey

An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Fidelio, Alice's Journey
Fidelio, Alice's Journey
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Fidelio, Alice's Journey

Drama201497 minsDirector: Lucie Borleteau

When Alice takes a job as a ship’s engineer her fidelity towards her shore-bound fiancé is tested when she discovers a former lover is the ship’s captain.

Secret Rites
Secret Rites
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Secret Rites

Documentary197147 minsDirector: Derek Ford

'King of the Witches' Alex Sanders initiates doe-eyed Penny into the ways of his coven.

Donkey Punch
Donkey Punch
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Donkey Punch

Thriller200795 minsDirector: Olly Blackburn

Nichola Burley and Jamie Winstone star in the yacht-set shocker, in which a teen sex party turns into a deadly fight for survival.

I Promise You Anarchy
I Promise You Anarchy
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I Promise You Anarchy

201586 minsDirector: Julio Hernández Cordón

A pair of teenage skateboarders find themselves drawn into a murky criminal underworld in this distinctive thriller.

Trap for Cinderella
Trap for Cinderella
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Trap for Cinderella

Drama2011100 minsDirector: Iain Softley

Emilia Fox delves into Tuppence Middleton’s repressed childhood memories, in Iain Softley’s erotic and elaborate psycho-thriller.

You and the Night
You and the Night
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You and the Night

Drama201389 minsDirector: Yann Gonzalez

Eric Cantona and Beatrice Dalle star in an outrageous erotic fever dream about a couple who invite four diverse guests to their midnight orgy.

Shame
Shame
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Shame

Drama2011101 minsDirector: Steve McQueen

A sex addict struggles to hide his habits from his equally troubled sister. With Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

Permissive
Permissive
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Permissive

Drama197090 minsDirector: Lindsay Shonteff

When Suzy arrives in London to visit an old school friend, she is unwittingly plunged into the ruthless world of the ‘groupie’.

Strip! Strip! Hooray!!! Or (Fun with the Sunbathers)
Strip! Strip! Hooray!!! Or (Fun with the Sunbathers)
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Strip! Strip! Hooray!!! Or (Fun with the Sunbathers)

Comedy193235 minsDirector: Norman Lee

Stuffed-shirt party pooper Sir Hector infiltrates a sunbathing camp full of scantily clad jazz-swingers in this 1930s comedy

Lovelace
Lovelace
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Lovelace

Biopic201393 minsDirector: Jeffrey Friedman

Porn star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) finds herself abused by the industry and her maniacal husband– so she sets off to embrace feminism and, vitally, herself.

Jeune & jolie
Jeune & jolie
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Jeune & jolie

Drama201393 minsDirector: François Ozon

Francois Ozon’s sly and seductive account of teenage girl’s dalliance with high-class prostitution.

The Rainbow
The Rainbow
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The Rainbow

Drama1988106 minsDirector: Ken Russell

Ken Russell returns to D. H. Lawrence for the story of a young girl’s sexual awakening and immersion in a love triangle with both a man and a woman.

Blue is the Warmest Colour
Blue is the Warmest Colour
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Blue is the Warmest Colour

Romance2013180 minsDirector: Abdel Kechiche

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

Nymphomaniac Vol. I
Nymphomaniac Vol. I
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Nymphomaniac Vol. I

Drama2013118 minsDirector: Lars von Trier

Volume 1 of Lars von Trier’s explicit, controversial film about a woman recounting the history of her sexuality in episodic style.

Stranger by the Lake
Stranger by the Lake
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Stranger by the Lake

Drama2013100 minsDirector: Alain Guiraudie

A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.

Everlasting Love
Everlasting Love
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Everlasting Love

Drama201469 minsDirector: Marçal Forés

A thrilling and disturbing exploration of the perils of illicit sexual encounters, beginning when a teacher initiates a tryst with one of his pupils.

The Book of Gabrielle
The Book of Gabrielle
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The Book of Gabrielle

Drama201679 minsDirector: Lisa Gornick

Lisa Gornick's funny and frank drama sketches the relationship between a sex-obsessed lesbian illustrator and a randy hetero author, who bond over their favourite subject.

That Kind of Girl
That Kind of Girl
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That Kind of Girl

Drama196377 minsDirector: Gerry O'Hara

A cautionary tale about VD and the dangers of free-love set against a backdrop of smoky jazz clubs and evocative London locations.

American Translation
American Translation
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American Translation

2010115 minsDirector: Pascal Ascandes Arnold

A sexually ambiguous Frenchman tours his native countryside with his naive American lover in pursuit of the ultimate thrill.

Sebastiane
Sebastiane
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Sebastiane

Historical drama197685 minsDirector: Paul Humfress

A distinctly bold and sensual reclaiming of gay history, Jarman here tells the sexually intense story of the 4th-century martyr.

Keep the Lights on
Keep the Lights on
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Keep the Lights on

Drama2012102 minsDirector: Ira Sachs

A filmmaker escapes the pain of a break-up through casual sex and meets a closeted lawyer in this deeply personal work from Ira Sachs.

Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
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Swimming Pool

Drama2002102 minsDirector: François Ozon

A crime novelist seeks peace but gets a dangerous muse in this twisted bilingual thriller from François Ozon.

Over Exposed
Over Exposed
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Over Exposed

Drama197736 minsDirector: Dennis London

Aye aye, Captain! Sex comedy hijinks on the Thames near Twickenham in this forgotten saga of a switched-on snapper

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