Softcore Films We Adore

50 Shades, Secretary, Angel Heart, more

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BY: Claire Connors

Like a little sexual tension with your cocktails? PROVOKR invites you to sit back and relax with one–or all–of these hot, delicious softcore films, from the sublime to the silly—we’ll let you decide which is which (cough—50 Shades—cough). There are literally hundreds of these “pink” beauties to choose from, old, new, foreign, and classic erotica. Of course, the cinematic merits for some of these movies leaves a lot to be desired—Emmanuelle certainly didn’t win any Oscars for acting or its clunky screenplay—but the sex in all them is undeniably hot!

Here are the top ten we’re loving right now, to turn you on, tickle your erogenous zones, and take your breath away.  Enjoy!

Emmanuelle (1974)

Possibly one of the first theatrically released softcore movies, Emmanuelle caused a sensation when it came out in 1974. The story of a young model (Sylvia Kristen) and her much older husband, Mario (Alain Cuny) who travel to Bangkok to explore their sexuality. Casting marital taboos aside, they embark on many affairs where Emmanuelle discovers she has a lust for beautiful, highly sexual women…and Mario doesn’t mind a bit.

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

The book by E.L. James was a huge hit among women longing for a little excitement in their lives (and who doesn’t want that?). There was a lot of controversy surrounding the making of the film version, however. With Dakota Johnson playing the meek and vulnerable Ana, and Jamie Dornan in the titular role of the sadistic Christian Grey, there should have been palpable sexual tension between these two perfect specimens, but…no. All poo-pooing aside, even the film’s harshest critics must have felt a stir down there when Christian pulls Ana into his BDSM dungeon and takes complete erotic control of the situation. Oooh, yes.

Secretary (2002)

If you love Maggie Gyllenhaal in HBO‘s The Deuce, you can rejoice! The show is returning on September 2! In the meantime, revisit the delightfully dirty little movie, Secretary. Costarring James Spader, who made a name for himself in the 80s and 90s playing smarmy bad-boys (Less Than Zero, Sex, Lies, and Videotape), the plot revolves around a mentally unstable woman with a love for sharp objects who takes a job working for a demanding control freak named, you guessed it, Mr. Grey. As they discover each other’s, um, sexual proclivities (spanking and other forms of punishment), they finally get down to the serious business of taking dictation, if you get our drift.

Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)

At the time this film was made, Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger were at the top of their game, in both looks and their careers. So what possessed them to make this almost plotless softcore flick? The sex, obviously. It was the mid-80s, after all, and sexual boundaries were being pushed everywhere in entertainment, so why not? Kim plays a single gal living in New York City who meets a mysterious, Wall Street broker named John. Instantly smitten, he’s hellbent on wooing her with expensive gifts and lots of erotic food consumed blindfolded on the kitchen floor.

Climax (tk)

Writer/director Gasper Noé certainly knows how to stir the pot, er, loins with his overtly erotic films. Climax stars our favorite hottie, Sofia Boutella, as a member of a group of gorgeous urban dancers who meet for a night out…which turns into three days of a hallucinogenic mindfuck. Of course, sex happens, often, sometimes as an orgy, but will there be a “happy ending?”

Young & Beautiful (2014)

Young & Beautiful describes the luscious Isabelle (Mariine Vacth), a virgin with a mission. On vacation in Southern France with her family, she seduces a traveling German teenager (Luca Prisor) which sets her off on an erotic adventure as a call girl in Paris. When one of her older lovers dies in her arms, she goes on the run, with the police hot on her tail.

Angel Heart (1986)

Set in steamy New Orleans, this thriller is both scary and sexy. Starring Mickey Rourke (the guy knew how to pick ’em) as Harry Angel, a private dick hired by the myserteous Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro) to find a missing pop singer named Johnny Favorite. Originally rated “X” for the explicit sex scene between Rourke and the then-Cosby Show kid, Lisa Bonet, director Alan Parker had to remove 10 seconds from the scene to get the film’s rating to an “R.” We can only imagine what those 10 seconds of pleasure must’ve been like.

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

A lot of people missed seeing this fascinating Japanese film when it came out because it was an art house movie that was under the radar. Don’t miss it now! Set in pre-war Japan, it’s based on the true story of a love affair between a master and his servant that turns into obsession. The ending is so shocking, you’ll be thinking about it for months.

Love (2015)

Another steamy film by Gasper Noé! This one involves an American in Paris who falls hard for the sexually charged Electra (Aomi Muyock). Co-starring Karl Glusman, last seen in Naomi Watt‘s sexual thriller, GypsyLove tells the tale of what can go wrong when a third person, in this case the couple’s pretty neighbor (Klara Kristin), is invited to join their seductive party.

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

The two stars of this fascinating coming-of-age drama, Adéle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, were so believable in their roles as young, passionate lovers, people thought they were really a couple. And once you see the emotional and explicit sexual awakening of the high school student, Adéle, at the knowing hand of Emma (Seydoux), you’ll understand why. The graphic sex scenes are realistic and raw, and may have shocked many, but not the members of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, who awarded the talent women with the Palm d’Or that year. Oh-la-la, indeed!