The Sexiest Movies on Netflix Right Now (March 2021)

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Sometimes you need just the right movie to spice things up and set the mood. They don’t call it Netflix and Chill for no reason. With that in mind, we combed through the Netflix catalog so you don’t have to in order to find the best hot, steamy, and downright sexy movies on Netflix. OK, so some of these may not be considered conventionally sexy, or maybe they start off hot and heavy before descending into tragedy and trauma, but all of these films confront and explore the spectrum of human sexuality in cinema. Romantic comedies, erotic thrillers, and prestige dramas Netflix’s selection runs the gamut.

Check out our picks for the sexiest movies on Netflix below. If you’re looking for more steamy suggestions, be sure to check out our collection of the Best Netflix and Chill movies, and if you’re looking for a broader list of recommendations, check out our list of the best movies on Netflix right now.

Malcolm & Marie

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Writer/Director: Sam Levinson

Cast: Zendaya and John David Washington

Well, first thing’s first, Zendaya and John David Washington make an undeniably smokin’ pair, and Malcolm & Marie is a film that’s very much aware of their beauty in every way, from the obvious physical to their spectacular charisma to their tremendous talent. And goodness do they have chemistry, which again, filmmaker Sam Levinson is potently aware of and wisely leans on. But Malcolm & Marie is also sexy like a big blowout with someone you love is sexy; heated, often toxic, a tangled mess of emotions, and of course, absolutely radiant in the afterglow of the makeup. It can also be absolutely exhausting. Your mileage may vary on the “sexy” to “exhausting” ratio, but Levinson (who created HBO’s Euphoria) is undeniably fascinated by the dark underbelly of human attraction, and while Malcolm & Marie may not be as explicit as his previous works, it’s fuelled by seduction and sensuality. – Haleigh Foutch

Yes, God, Yes

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Writer/Director: Karen Maine

Cast: Natalia Dyer, Alisha Boe, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz, Francesca Reale

A candid exploration of adolescent sexuality never conflates exploitation with representation, Karen Maine’s Yes, God, Yes stars Stranger Things breakout Natalia Dyer as Alice, a timid teen in Catholic school who heads to a weekend church retreat for some non-stop god-time and accidentally stumbles onto a sexy AIM chat – on her priest’s computer, no less. That discovery sends her into the throes of hormonal crisis, spurs her to question authority in a new way, and pushes her towards a reckoning with her own beliefs, rather than those she was taught. The sexual awakening of puberty is confusing enough without the oppressive puritanical pressures of religious groups and the hypocrisy that too-often comes with them, and Maine pulls from her own experience growing up in Catholic school to make every step of Alice’s journey feel honest and specific. Yes, God, Yes is funny, nostalgic, and honest, but best of all, it’s a fantastic, personal piece about reframing the pursuit of pleasure from shameful to empowering. – Haleigh Foutch

Cam

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Director: Daniel Goldhaber

Writer: Isa Mazzei

Cast: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walter, Devin Druid, Imani Hakim, Samantha Robinson

If you’re a fan of spooky-sexy and techno-thrillers, Cam should be just the ticket. Madeline Brewer stars as Alice, a camgirl who winds up locked out of her accounts with her identity stolen by someone… or perhaps something… that has the ability to mimic her perfectly – something she realizes when she watches in horror as her doppelganger perform a live show online, helpless to stop it.

Written by former camgirl Isa Mazzei (who also wrote a fantastic autobiography about her experience aptly titled “Camgirl), Cam is a refreshingly rare depiction of sex work that doesn’t condescend to or condemn its characters, but also acknowledges the risks of putting it all on the line when you’re online. Tapping into those lived experiences gives Cam’s thrills an extra edge that feels grounded for anyone who lives their life partly online, tapping into the transient nature of virtual identity and how it can be exploited against you. But this isn’t a list of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix, it’s the sexiest, and in that regard, Cam delivers in one of the least exploitative ways in recent memory. Alice is an ambitious entrepreneur, fixated on topping the ranks of the most popular camgirls, which means she takes her shows seriously. And in her line of work, that means they’re very, very sexy. – Haleigh Foutch

Carol

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Director: Todd Haynes

Writer: Phyllis Nagy

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy

The forbidden is always sexy, but rarely is it treated with such warmth and compassion as the sensual love affair at the heart of Todd Hayne’s Carol. The film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women in the 1950s, who strike up a friendship, then a flirtation, then a life-changing love affair after sparks fly during a chance encounter. The build is slow and luscious as the two women move from friends to lovers, a study of coded affection and repressed desire, and the film’s much-discussed love scene is a tender, delicate consummation of that slow-burn passion and emotion, filmed in Haynes’ signature soft-lensed, jewel-toned retro-opulence. — Haleigh Foutch

365 Days

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Director: Barbara Bialowas, Tomasz Mandes

Writers: Tomasz Klimala, Barbara Bialowas (screenplay associate), Tomasz Mandes (screenplay associate), Blanka Lipinska (screenplay associate/based on the novel by)

Cast: Michele Morrone, Anna Maria Sieklucka, Bronislaw Wroclawski, Otar Saralidze, Magdalena Lamparska, Natasza Urbanska

Move over, every other sexy movie on this list, because there’s a new kid on the block named 365 Days and it’s perhaps the sexiest thing to ever land on Netflix. Ever.

Arriving on Netflix in June, the Polish feature (originally titled 365 dni) is adapted from the first book in a steamy adult romance novel series from author Blanka Lipinska. 365 Days tells the story of Laura (Anna Maria Sieklucka), a young Polish woman who Massimo (Michele Morrone), the head of a Sicilian crime family, believes is the same woman who saved his life during a deal gone wrong months ago. When Massimo spies Laura at a bar while she is vacationing in Sicily for her birthday, he makes the decision to separate Laura and keep her for 365 days to see if she will fall in love with him.

Now, look, I know that this plot sounds deeply problematic; it definitely starts that way. Luckily, through Laura’s perspective, 365 Days addresses just how messed up it is for Massimo to kidnap her and keep her at his palazzo for a whole-ass year. And while you will experience a few more “Hey, that’s kinda fucked up!” moments as you watch, it’s really hard (heh) not to be hella turned on by Massimo and Laura’s chemistry. It’s very easy to be charmed by the glamor and Eurotrash wealth porn of Massimo’s life as a young, hot, super jacked Italian mafia don (Christian Grey who?). As the movie busies itself charming you with the fantasy of this life, it also cleverly crafts the cat-and-mouse game of seduction he and Laura play with one another. This, in turn, just makes them a great couple to watch develop. When it comes to the sex scenes, 365 Days gives Pornhub a run for its money with the very visceral, steamy situations Massimo and Laura find themselves in as their relationship progresses. Their BDSM-filled sexcapades the stuff of pure spank bank fantasy, ranging from fooling around in the shower to full-on yacht sex with enough thrusting and hair-pulling to keep your eyes glued to the screen.

Seriously, cancel any plans you have, watch 365 Days right now, and thank me later. – Allie Gemmill

Duck Butter

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Director: Miguel Arteta

Writers: Miguel Arteta, Alia Shawkat

Cast: Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa, Mae Whitman, Hong Chau, Kumail Nanjiani

OK, yes, Duck Butter is a very stressful movie, but it’s also a very sexy stressful movie. The indie drama stars Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa as a pair of artists who strike up an instant connection and decide to skip the bullshit of dating and jump right into intimacy by spending 24 hours together. It starts out pretty grand, all sex and deep conversations, and more sex, but eventually, the cracks start to show and the women learn just how flawed they both are during their heated act of self-exploration. It’s essentially, the rise and fall of a romantic relationship contained within 24 hours, with all the eroticism and heartbreak that comes with that. So this might not be your best option if you’re looking to Netflix and chill, but as far as sexy portrayals of intimacy go, it doesn’t get much steamier than the chemistry between Shawkat and Costa. — Haleigh Foutch

The Incredible Jessica James

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Writer/Director: Jim Strouse

Cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noel Wells

Jessica Williams still hasn’t got the breakout she deserves since her tenure on The Daily Show, but the indie rom-com The Incredible Jessica James is the first time since then we’ve got to see her step into a leading role and she just lights up the screen. Now, the character of Jessica James may not be quite as incredible as the title leads you to believe — she’s actually pretty selfish and naive — but she’s passionate, raw and ambitious, and Williams makes you love her in spite of her faults. A supporting performance from the constantly charming Chris O’Dowd certainly doesn’t hurt, and the two have electric chemistry as they try to navigate the waters of heartbreak together toward something healthy and new. Sexy, funny and decidedly modern, The Incredible Jessica James is a refreshing spin on the rom-com that doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator. — Haleigh Foutch

Berlin Syndrome

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Director: Cate Shortland

Writer: Shaun Grant

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt,

Berlin Syndrome walks a very fine, very sharp line. It’s a horrific, sometimes punishing drama about one woman’s captivity and abuse at the hands of an otherwise charming man. But it’s also a very effective erotic thriller that hinges on the tremendous chemistry between its leads and offers a raw insight into the highs and lows of their romance without exploiting them, and pulling from the undercurrent of erotic tension to further drive the knife home as a terrifying survival story.

Teresa Palmer stars as Clare Havel, a young Australian photojournalist on vacation in Berlin. She’s living the dream. Taking in the sights, falling in love with a new city, and just maybe falling in love with a handsome local man, Andi (Max Riemelt), who strikes up a passionate romance with her. But after she goes back to his place for a romantic night, she wakes up to the next morning to realize he’s locked her in his apartment on his way to work, and with a slow dawning terror, she understands that he never intends to let her out. This is how we enter Berlin Syndrome, Cate Shortland’s taut thriller, which takes us through every step of their courtship and Clare’s subsequent imprisonment in a slow burn portrait of psychological terror and the human capacity for survival. — Haleigh Foutch

Newness

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Director: Drake Doremus

Writer: Ben York Jones

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Courtney Eaton, Matthew Gray Gubler, Danny Huston, Pom Klementieff

Like Crazy an Breathe In duo Ben York Jones and Drake Doremus tackle the challenges of keeping love alive in the modern age with the romantic drama Newness. Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa star as two souls wandering through the wasteland of dating apps and casual affairs when they match with each other and fall into a passionate romance. Newness takes an open and frank approach to sexuality as the pair tries to keep the spark alive, first through their sheer passion for each other, and later, exhibitionism, strippers, threesomes, and testing the waters of an open relationship. The movie gets a little heavy at times as they try to cope with their past heartbreaks and the damage they do to each other on their quest for constant newness, but the film never shies its frank exploration of what makes a sexual relationship satisfying and healthy. —Haleigh Foutch

 You Get Me

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Director: Brent Bonacorso

Writer: Ben Epstein

Cast: Bella Thorne, Halston Sage, Taylor John Smith, Anna Akana, Nash Grier

Who doesn’t love a cheesy, sleazy erotic thriller to get the blood pumping? And oh boy, You Get Me is cheesy (and yes, pretty sleazy). Taylor John Smith stars as Tyler, a high school hotshot who breaks up with his dream girlfriend (Halston Sage) after he learns she used to be a party girl and sparks up a steamy weekend affair with the mysterious new girl, Holly (Bella Thorne). Trouble is, he pretty much immediately decides he wants to get back together with his girlfriend, and Holly does not take the news well, unleashing her inner Alex Forrest in a hurry. On that note, You Get Me is a pretty obvious “Fatal Attraction for Millenials” riff, and its use of the outdated monstrous female sexuality trope is oof-worthy, but if you’re looking for something slight and sexy to watch on Netflix, it’ll get the job done. – Haleigh Foutch

Someone Great

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Writer/Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Cast: Gina Rodriguez, LaKeith Stanfield, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise

Pitched somewhere between a love story and a wild night out comedy, Someone Great is one of Netflix’s better recently comedy efforts, centered on a young woman (Gina Rodriguez), who heads out for one last crazy night with her best friends before leaving town. Oh, and she just got dumped by her boyfriend of seven years. The boyfriend in question is played LaKeith Stanfield in peak charming mode, and the chemistry between the two is a knockout, leading to some downright sexy moments between the pair. There’s plenty of raunchy comedy to go around in this one, but the dynamic between Rodriguez and Stanfield gives the film its heart and its spark, making it a pretty perfect Netflix and Chill option, as long as you don’t focus on all that pesky breakup and heartbreak stuff. — Haleigh Foutch

Ibiza: Love Drunk

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Director: Alex Richanbach

Writer: Lauryn Kahn

Cast: Gillian Jacobs, Richard Madden, Vanessa Bayer, Phoebe Robinson, Michaela Watkins

While Ibiza: Love Drunk wasn’t exactly the big winner of Netflix’s Summer of Love last year, the wayward comedy has one undeniable quality — killer chemistry between the leads. Bodyguard fans looking to get their Richard Madden fill need look no further, unless you really can’t stomach a bad set of highlights. Then you should definitely keep looking. Gillian Jacobs stars as Harper, a young professional who lands her first work trip abroad, but when her best friends tag along for the trip she ditches work to hook up with a hot DJ. Ibiza only works so-so as a rambunctious road comedy, but Jacobs and Madden have a lovely spark and their moments make for easy, breezy romantic watching with a hint of the schmexy stuff. — Haleigh Foutch

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