MISTY BEETHOVEN: THE MUSICAL
No joke, it's a porn musical. This Veronica Hart film about the transformation of an unskilled hooker into a high- class sex goddess deserves kudos for its elaborate set, sly humor, and acting. There's an oversupply of fake boobs and blow jobs, but the film won an AVN Award, the porn equivalent of an Oscar.
ECSTASY IN BERLIN—1926
With a nod to noir, this softly lit, mostly black-and-white fetish film features two curvy women in sassy heels and ornate bustiers. One submissive and the other commanding, they slowly and sensually explore fetishes like spanking and bondage. There is no penetration.
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THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES
Laugh with your lover over the bad hair and blue eyeshadow in this 1972 pre-silicone classic about a virgin who kills herself, then returns from the dead to a new life of lust.
NOT QUITE READY FOR PORN TIME?
"If a woman has low self-esteem, body image issues or is scared she's not hot in bed, [watching porn] could affect her jealousy and make her worry about comparison issues," says sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. Couples can start by watching racy late-night television, such as the Spice Channel, or reading erotic books together in bed. And films with exotic settings, talented actors, and electric sexual tension can often ignite bigger sparks than straight porn. While Hollywood has made its share of erotically charged hits, many of the hottest come from cultures that are more sexually liberal.
LAST TANGO IN PARIS
After his wife commits suicide, an unbalanced Marlon Brando enters into a forceful affair with a younger lover.
A poor French school girl living in colonial Vietnam becomes the mistress of an older, wealthy Chinese man. The humidity is palpable, the settings lush.
9 1/2 WEEKS
The chronicle of a brief, sultry affair between an art dealer and an emotionally unavailable Mickey Rourke.
THE PILLOW BOOK
The story of a woman hunting for a lover to write gracefully across her body. Enter Ewan McGregor. This art film takes a dark twist toward the end.
A young lawyer takes a business trip to Brazil, where she's thrown into a delicious web of masquerade and temptation. (Mickey Rourke again.)
The sexy thriller that made Sharon Stone famous for uncrossing her legs.
In this kinky, untraditional love story, a girl with a history of self-mutilation (Maggie Gyllenhaal) blossoms while employed by a domineering boss (James Spader).
THE STORY OF O
Just Jaecklin's 1974 take on the classic book. One woman is schooled in sadomasochism in a chateau near Paris.
IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES
A Japanese man and his mistress become destructively obsessed with sex and each other. Porn in all but name.
LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
This sensual Latin love story, which revolves around the heroine's powerful cooking, has a touch of magical realism.
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Readers, what did we miss? What are your favorite sexy films?