When getting ready to Netflix and chill, either solo or with a partner, it can help to have a few options at the ready so you don’t waste precious time looking for the perfect pick. And now that we’re social-distancing, we need more good movie options than ever. From classics like Basic Instinct to newer fare like The Babysitter and Cam, the following movies are packed full of the kind of sexual tension you could cut with a knife — and all available on Netflix.
1. Basic Instinct (1992)
In this classic erotic thriller, Sharon Stone plays a beautiful, mysterious crime novelist who is also a suspect in a murder. When a police detective (played by Michael Douglas) begins investigating, the two begin a steamy — and potentially dangerous — affair.
2. Lust Stories (2018)
This collection of four short films from prominent Indian directors include tales of intimacy, sex, and the complexities of love. From a passionate affair gone sour to the discovery of self-pleasure, the stories all focus on the point of view of Indian women in the realm of love and sex.
3. Bad Teacher (2011)
If you’re looking for a movie with both sex appeal and a wealth of humor, Bad Teacher delivers on both fronts. Cameron Diaz plays a woman who returns to her teaching job after a bad breakup — despite her lewd approach and a flagrant disregard for professionalism. She sets her sights on a wealthy substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), which leads to some incredibly awkward, disastrous, and — at times — steamy consequences.
4. Elisa and Marcela (2019)
This period flick is packed with tension as Elisa Sanchez Loriga masquerades as a man in order to be with the woman she loves. Set in Spain in 1901, this is the perfect choice for those wanting a dash of passion, sex, yearning, and historical fiction.
5. Horns (2013)
If you ever had a crush on Harry Potter while growing up, you might be interested in watching Horns. Daniel Radcliffe plays a boy mourning the mysterious death of his high school sweetheart and who begins to grow horns out of his forehead. As the horns manifest on his physical form, everyone around him begins to reveal their most personal desires.
6. The One I Love (2014)
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t necessarily involve two people that are passionately in love, this movie with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass might suit you well. A couple that’s sunk into a bit of a funk takes a weekend away to spend time recouping together. Suddenly they come face to face with versions of each other that are alluring and passionate, and they become filled with lust for each other. They soon find out that the house they’re staying in might have something to do with their newfound energy.
7. Duck Butter (2018)
Two women, played by Alia Shwkat and Laia Costa, connect and strike up some immediate sexual and romantic chemistry and decide to go on an epic 24-hour date.
8. Newness (2017)
A modern take on the meet-cute film that’s packed with sexual tension. This couple falls for each other after meeting on a hookup app, and try to stay in love while also seeing other people.
9. Cam (2018)
Fans of horror and thriller movies might love Cam for a hot, suspenseful, and unnerving experience. In the movie, a cam girl discovers that a doppelgänger has taken over her account; she must track down the perpetrator and reclaim her identity and growing fan base.
10. The Feels (2017)
- This movie follows two women, Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) celebrating their bachelorette weekend with friends ahead of their wedding. When Lu admits that she’s lacking in some aspects of their sex life, they must work together to find a solution.