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Challengers

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Fans of Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name, Bones and All) know that the Italian filmmaker doesn’t operate within the confines of sexual and social norms. His latest work is no different. Starring Zendaya in her sexiest role yet, Challengers serves up a new kind of sports film—one in which three-way sexual tension pulsates throughout, innuendo is a supporting character, and the thrill of the game has nothing to do with who wins the match.

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Femme

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Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Candyman) and George MacKay (1917) star in this erotic thriller that racked up the awards on the festival circuit. They play Jules, a drag queen performer, and Preston, a closeted homosexual, respectively. After a run-in that ends with Preston physically destroying Jules, the femme 20-something retreats into his shell … and then plots his revenge. A blistering and savage entry into the queer canon, Femme is like nothing you have ever seen before.

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Gloria

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Divorced, lonely, and flirting with 60, Gloria misses love and sex. So she hits the singles discos in search of a male companion. Her pursuit proves fruitful as she attracts Rodolfo, a recently divorced father whose grown daughters dominate his life—conflict that forces Gloria to ask herself just how much she’s willing to put up with. From Sebastián Lelio, this bravo-worthy crowd-pleaser proves no one is ever too far gone to get their groove back.

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How to Have Sex

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A gifted cinematographer, Molly Manning Walker keenly captures both the innocent and harrowing pressures of teenhood in her feature-length debut, How to Have Sex. As three British teenagers head to Malia, Crete, to soak up the alcohol and the male gaze during what should be the best holiday ever, Walker offers a stark portrayal: neon nights followed by sobering days spent toiling over regret, hangovers, and sexual consent.

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MaXXXine

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While filming the sex slasher X (2022) and its prequel Pearl, director Ti West and his co-writer/star Mia Goth decided Maxine Minx’s story deserved a nice, rounded trilogy. MaXXXine, a sequel to the events of X, is set in the 1980s and tracks the titular adult-film starlet’s crossover into “real movies.” Trouble is, the city’s night stalker won’t let her forget her past. Due in theaters on July 5, the film will probably conclude the franchise, but West has teased a possible fourth installment.

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Bottoms

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Gen Z’s sex comedy send-up—and its answer to the raunchy, bro-dominated riots that raised the previous generation—is a genre-blending good time from writer/director Emma Seligman. It begins with best friends PJ (Rachel Sennott) and Josie (Ayo Edebiri) hatching a plan to start an after-school fight club they hope will get them laid by the hottest girls in school, and evolves into something else entirely, which we won’t spoil here. Just trust us; it’s a killer knockout.

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Plan B

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Actor-turned-director Natalie Morales (J.Law’s BFF in No Hard Feelings) delivers a teen comedy that not only cleverly plays into its double-entendre title, but deserves a spot next to the genre’s top performers. As for its plot: A one-night stand sends two best friends in search of the morning-after pill (aka plan B), forced to clear absurd yet hilarious hurdles at every turn. With reproductive rights on the chopping block these days, this one will resonate with you.

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Poor Things

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In what is possibly the most gloriously bizarre major release of 2023, a woman with infantile intellect goes on a sexual odyssey through Victorian Europe, exploring female autonomy and self-empowerment with every orgasm. A feminist fable for some, a steampunk oddity for others, Yorgos Lanthimos’s tour-de-force is rich in visuals and concepts, and such a gift from the director’s boldest starlet, Emma Stone.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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One of the most romantic films of all time, Celine Sciamma’s 2019 gem is everything the critics say it is: exquisite, ravishing, masterful. And even though it’s set in the late 1700s on a secluded French island, it’s modern-era essential viewing for everyone. About an artist (Noémie Merlant) who falls in love with the maiden (Adèle Haenel) she’s been commissioned to paint, the film is less about sex and more about its visceral effects, like the forbidden burn of desire.

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Saltburn

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Desire, obsession, and bad intentions simmer in a genre-cauldron of satire, comedy, and country house thrills. From the mind of the ultimate alchemist of spilled, twisted tea, Emerald Finnell, the film finds its maker in peak sly form. Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi star: the first as Oliver, a seemingly harmless new Oxford student; the second as Felix, Oxford elite and the posh first heir to Saltburn, the regal estate where the two mismatched buds endure a summer of sex and plot twists.

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Bound

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The Wachowski siblings’ directorial debut, Bound, stars Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as lovers Violet and Corky, who hatch a plan to rip off a mob boss and pin the blame on a crook named Caesar. It’s a mix of caper, gangster, comedic, and erotic fare, but really, it’s just the well-made queer love story you may have missed when it premiered in the ’90s. No worries, though, you can make up for it now.

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Fire Island

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Writer/star Joel Kim Booster throws gasoline on sexual liberation in his screenwriting debut, Fire Island, and then lights a match. Of course, that’s not to say everyone is bumping and grinding in this raunchy romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. It just means that Booster’s characters are free to do what they want and who they want in New York’s utopian gay paradise. And that’s hella hot.

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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

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Who would have thought a film about sex would have so little sex, but still be so damn sexy? Such is the case with Sophie Hyde’s chamber piece. About a widow who’s never had an orgasm and the escort who she recruits for a skin-tastic voyage, this indie will surprise you. Yes, there are some sensual scenes, but the film offers a lot more than just finding the big O. Like great conversation and thoughtful insight.

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14

Grease

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Watch this teen-dream sing-along set it in the ’50s today, and blushing revelations will happen. “Grease Lightning” is not just about old Dan’s super-awesome car. Sexual references and blatant innuendos are everywhere—some you’ll still have to Google, even as an adult (See: fongool)—as the cast, led by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, navigate hormones, romance, and their senior year.

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Infinity Pool

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Director Brandon Cronenberg (yes, that Cronenberg) defies the boundaries of conventional storytelling with his latest, a mind-bending labyrinth of lust and hedonism starring Alexander Skarsgard and another brilliant performance by Mia Goth. The two play James and Gabi, strangers who get to know each other real quick on a beachy vacay. Things get weird, whacky, and wet—really wet.

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Jason’s Lyric

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Poetic cinema from director Doug McHenry and writer Bobby Smith Jr., Jason’s Lyric is a story about love, family, and adversity. It stars Allen Payne and Jada Pinkett Smith as Jason, a store clerk who has a way with words, and Lyric, the woman who inspires his prose. Passionate but not without its hurdles, their love affair gets suuuuper steamy. We’re talking about the, ahem, completely nude pas de deux the two enjoy in a secluded field.

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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The story has been adapted more than seven times for the screen, but Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre finally gets it right. Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell star as the Lady and her grounds’ gamekeeper, the titular pair who start up a torrid love affair. And after you see these two drop trou in a downpour, don’t be surprised if you, too, look as though you were just caught in the rain.

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Malcolm & Marie

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We should note first off that Sam Levinson’s stunning black-and-white pandemic film about a director and his girlfriend’s big night gone wrong is more a sexy movie than a movie about sex. The fact that it stars the beautiful John David Washington and the dazzling Zendaya is reason enough to tune in, but watching the two get tangled up in real-shit emotion—the fight, the fury, the passion—is honestly almost an aphrodisiac.

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Mulholland Drive

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There are two things movie watchers remember about David Lynch’s cult 2001 classic: a) that it’s bizarre AF, and b) that Naomi Watts and Laura Harring each give uber-sexy performances. The two star as Betty and Rita: Betty, a bright-eyed blonde aspiring actress; Rita, a mysterious brunette who has no memory. Together, they uncover Rita’s identity, all while giving in to every sexual desire along the way.

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X

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Indie horror maestro Ti West flirts with big leagues with his single-letter offering about a film crew who shoot their video nasty in a backwoods farmhouse located on the property of an oddball couple. No doubt missing a pair of X’s in its title, the film stars Kid Cudi, Jenna Ortega, and a stellar Mia Goth. There’s blood and guts, but it’s all broken up with super-horny sequences of sexual activity.

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DeAnna Janes is a freelance writer and editor for a number of sites, including Harper’s BAZAAR, Tasting Table, Fast Company and Brit + Co, and is a passionate supporter of animal causes, copy savant, movie dork and reckless connoisseur of all holidays. A native Texan living in NYC since 2005, Janes has a degree in journalism from Texas A&M and  got her start in media at US Weekly before moving on to O Magazine, and eventually becoming the entertainment editor of the once-loved, now-shuttered DailyCandy. She’s based on the Upper West Side.

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