Hot Books Make Sexy Films

7 Erotic Films & Books That Will Turn You On

BY: Claire Connors

Is there anything hotter than a beautifully written sex scene, one that propels your imagination to erotic landscapes with numerous—and sometimes—fictional partners? The same could be said of a seductive scene in a movie, one that takes you out of your own body. How about both? PROVOKR recommends six sexy novels that were developed into provocative movies, plus one film based on the life of the one the most erotic writers ever born, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the new biopic Colette, creator of delightfully sexy and romantic Cheri.

Take a look at the exciting trailers for the films, below. But do yourself a favor: rather than just Netflix and Chill this weekend, download the books and exercise your mind’s eye with an exciting dose of hot copy on your kindle. Your erogenous zones will thank you.

1. Colette (2018)

At the turn of the 20th century, French author Colette was churning out hugely popular novels under her husband Willy’s name. The semi-autobiographical tales about the risqué adventures of Claudine in Paris’s La Belle Époque, enthralled the literati of the City of Lights and made Colette a celebrity equal to a Gwyneth Paltrow today. Who else could play this agent provocateur but the cheeky Keira Knightley, so good at these feminist period roles, such as her Elizabeth Bennet in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice? If you want some literary insight to the early life of Colette, read her Claudine book series. Colette opens wide today.

2. Cheri (2009)

Based on Colette‘s 1920 novel, Chéri stars the luminous Michelle Pfeiffer as Léa, an aging but still quite attractive courtesan to Parisian men of great wealth. At the request of her friend (Kathy Bates), Léa begins a May-December affair with 19-year-old Chéri, played by the then-18-year-old Rupert Friend (Homeland), teaching him the fine art of making love. The fact that she’s known him since he was a child does make the affair a bit unseemly but the heart wants what the heart wants, and they soon fall madly in love. Even when he marries, the affair continues…until it can’t sustain itself in their judgemental social circles.

3. Atonement (2007)

British writer Ian McEwan has had more books adapted into films than most authors—he’s only behind Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, and John le Carré on that illustrious list. So when his novel Atonement, a romantic tale of love and betrayal, was named the Best Novel of 2002 by Time magazine, it was only a matter of time before it would be made into the 2007 sexy drama we know of today. Set across three time periods in British history, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan star as Cecilia and Briony, two wealthy, combative sisters who’s lives get turned upside down when Cecilla’s lover, Robbie (played by the delicious James McAvoy), is falsely accused of rape. The movie went on to win the Golden Globe for best film in 2008.

4. Fifty Shade of Grey 

What more is there to say about the crazy, sexy, cool movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, other than it was based on the even crazier, sexier, and hotter book? We exaggerate, of course. The trilogy of books by British writer E.L. James, may not have been the best in terms of the writing, but it was a huge phenomenon amongst married ladies over forty with unfulfilling sex lives. The depiction of soft core bondage and S&M scenarios that James introduced to the suburban set, struck such a loud chord, it sold over 125 million copies world-wide. As for the film, the build-up to its release was probably more thrilling than the actual movie, but the sexual tension between stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as lovers Anastasia and Christine Grey, was more than enough to keep audiences going back for parts 2 and 3. There’s even a non-related followup to the books and films called The Book Club, about a group of women who’s lives are changed by reading the novels.

5. In The Cut (2003)

If you’re looking for an erotic thriller, both on page and on screen, look no further than writer Susanna Moore‘s fantastically sexy 1995 book, In the Cut and the 2005 movie of the same name. The story follows Franny Avery (Meg Ryan), a Manhattan professor with sexual appetites that lead her into dangerous situations. After seeing a young woman’s murder, and who she thinks is the killer, she gets involved with the detective on the case, a very young and hot Mark Ruffalo. Will he find the predator before he finds Franny? Just a warning: the ending in both the book and the film is not for the faint of heart.

6. Damage (1992)

Damage, the bestselling British novel by Josephine Hart, caused a sensation when it hit bookstores in 1991. The premise, a successful, married MP starts a torrid affair with a much younger woman, only to learn she’s engaged to his son. The film, made in 1992, starred the hottest, sexiest actors of the time: Jeremy Irons as Dr Fleming, the obsessed husband, Juliette Binoche plays the libido-driven Anna, Rupert Graves is the handsome but unlucky son, and Miranda Richardson (amazing in everything but don’t miss her in 1985’s Dance With a Stranger) as the wronged wife. As with most stories of infidelity, there isn’t a happy ending but the sex scenes are worth the anguish. Aren’t they?

7. Dangerous Liaisons (1989)

The 18th-century French epistolary novel—in this case, made up entirely of letters—Les Liaisons dangereuses has been adapted to both stage and screen numerous times. What’s not to love about this cruel, sadistic ode to romantic manipulation between ex-lovers in pre-French Revolutionary days? The Marquis de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont are a pair of real jerks, constantly wagering sexual favors with each other on their ability to seduce and conquer the innocents around them in court. The American version of the film,  Dangerous Liaisons, was a fantastically sexy bodice ripper starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich as the sworn frenemies, Keanu Reeves and Uma Thurman as their virginal conquests, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Valmont’s surprising romantic downfall.