The overheated, noirish, and lurid B-movie plot of dark blackmail (over skinny-dipping nude photos) involved a scheming drifter (Don Johnson) in a small Texas town, romancing two beautiful local women, promiscuous sexpot Dolly (Virginia Madsen) and gorgeous innocent secretary Gloria (Jennifer Connelly), while planning a bank heist.

Director Jane Campion's dark feminist sex film that featured clean-imaged Meg Ryan performing her first major explicit sex scenes, in a film that mirrored Richard Brooks' Looking for Mr. Strong erotic sequences were the substance of this dramatization of the Indian handbook of physical love, in its tale of a love triangle between two childhood friends, Maya (Indira Varma) and Tara (Sarita Choudhury), both competing for a King.

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The erotically-charged drama told of an 1880s Cuba coffee salesman (Antonio Banderas) who sought companionship with a mysterious, deceptive, and possibly-deadly American mail-order bride-fiancee (Angelina Jolie).

Writer/director Jane Campion's drama set in the mid-19th century told of an intelligent mute pianist (Holly Hunter) newly colonized in New Zealand as imported bride Ada Mc Grath, who bargained with her husband's land overseer George Baines (Harvey Keitel) for her beloved piano, in exchange for piano (and sex) lessons.

See also Filmsite's multi-part sections on "Sex in Cinema" for more detail and illustrations: Angelina Jolie was physically and emotionally naked throughout much of this dramatic biopic (made for TV) about doomed, drug-addicted supermodel Gia Carangi and her lesbian affair with a make-up artist (Elizabeth Mitchell).

This erotic story set in the 1930s in Paris had the dubious distinction of being the first film to ever receive an NC-17 (replacing the X-rating), for its steamy, literary-minded story of a ménage a trois between controversial writer Henry Miller (Fred Miller), his wife June (Uma Thurman) and diary writer Anais Nin (Maria de Medeiros).Although the 1981 remake with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange had its moments, the original black and white film noir was smoldering, in its classic tale of forbidden lust, brutal and raw sexiness, and adultery-motivated murder, orchestrated by drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) and hot-blooded, voluptuous Cora (Lana Turner), the wife of a roadside cafe owner.Philip Kaufman's dramatic adaptation was inspired by the carnal life and perverse work of the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush), often completely naked and imprisoned in an insane asylum, where laundress Madeleine "Maddie" Le Clerc (Kate Winslet) worked - and smuggled out chapters of his titillating writings.David Cronenberg's controversial, fetishistic study of an automotive car-crash subculture was not for everyone.After an accident, unfaithful film producer (James Spader) was introduced to the cult group with injured victim Dr.Kaige Chen's erotic thriller about a dangerously intense and obsessive sexual bonding earned an R rating, although the leads, a pretty London website designer and mountaineer (Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes) spent most of the film naked together.