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40 must-see erotic films and books

40 must-see erotic films and books

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Stylist's first ever sex survey revealed that 65% of you would like to have more sex in your lives, while Alain de Botton - author of How To Think More About Sex - encourages us all to tackle the issue of sex with more honesty, courage and above all, humour. To help set us on a new road to sexual enlightenment we've chosen 40 must-see erotic films, controversial books and sex scenes to break through those knee-jerk feelings of awkwardness and embarrassment, and get you in the mood to enjoy that strangely wonderful thing called good sex.

What do you think? Which other must-see films or erotic novels would you add? Tell us your thoughts (maybe keep the dirty ones for your partner!) on Twitter or in the comments section below.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Basic Instinct

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    Beautiful, confident, provocative and possibly… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Basic Instinct

    Beautiful, confident, provocative and possibly homicidal, being seduced by suspected murderer Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) is police detective Nick Curran's (Michael Douglas) biggest fantasy and worst nightmare rolled into one. And boy does the leggy blonde have an upfront way to distract the during police questioning - blink and you'll miss 'it'.

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  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Emmanuelle

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    First appearing in the 1957 book The Joys of a… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Emmanuelle

    First appearing in the 1957 book The Joys of a Woman, which details the sexual exploits of Emmanuelle Arsan a bored housewife of a French diplomat, Emmanuelle was the creation of French-Thai actress, Marayat Rollet-Andriane. Emmanuelle later evolved into an erotic French television series.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: 9 ½ weeks

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    The best relationships are the ones built on… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: 9 ½ weeks

    The best relationships are the ones built on love, trust, mutual respect and a deep knowledge of your partner, right? We're not sure Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke got the memo on that one when they begin their anonymous, 9 ½ week affair. Though the kinky sex that ensues probably makes up for lack of personal details.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: ... And God Created Woman

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    While there's no actual sex that takes place in… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: ... And God Created Woman

    While there's no actual sex that takes place in Roger Vadim's 1956 classic, Brigitte Bardot brings more than enough sexual energy to the film to make up for it.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Belle de Jour

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    Mad Men's Betty Draper has got nothing on bored… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Belle de Jour

    Mad Men's Betty Draper has got nothing on bored housewife Séverine Serizy, played by the beautiful Catherine Denueve. Rather than become jaded, Serizy decides to inject some sexual frisson into her dull life by spending her afternoons as a prostitute.

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  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Shame

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    Raw and edgy, seeing Michael Fassbender play a… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Shame

    Raw and edgy, seeing Michael Fassbender play a sex addict should be a dream come true but it ain't pretty.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Crash

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    Who knew car crashes could be sexy? James Spader… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Crash

    Who knew car crashes could be sexy? James Spader didn't - until he was in one and discovered it was a great way to perk up his sex life with his wife.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: A Dangerous Method

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    We're sure there were some deep psychological… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: A Dangerous Method

    We're sure there were some deep psychological theories being wrangled over between Michael Fassbender (as Carl Jung) and Viggo Mortensen (as Sigmund Freud) in last year's A Dangerous Method, but we were just waiting for the moment when Keira Knightley gets spanked.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Fifty Shades of Grey

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    Inspired by Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series,… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Fifty Shades of Grey

    Inspired by Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has gone from word-of-mouth recommendation to New York Times bestseller in less than a year, with a rumours of a movie release in the pipeline. Described as 'Mommy Porn' by some, the series follows the erotic exploits of college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Last Tango In Paris

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    Starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, Last… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Last Tango In Paris

    Starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, Last Tango In Paris caused an international controversy when it was first released in 1972. While Bernando Bertolucci's film will do little to improve your dance moves, it will give you an insight into how to have a stormy and clandestine relationship with a mysterious American businessman based only on sex... erm, if that is indeed what you're looking for.

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  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Delta of Venus

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    Penned by Anaïs Nin in the 1940s, this erotic… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Delta of Venus

    Penned by Anaïs Nin in the 1940s, this erotic collection is said to have been written for a private client known simply as 'The Collector', who commissioned Nin to write the stories for his own private titillation.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Birdsong

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    Eddie Redmayne puts to bed - literally - any… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Birdsong

    Eddie Redmayne puts to bed - literally - any doubts about his pulling power when he embarks on an illicit affair with Clémence Poésy in the BBC's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' wartime novel.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Don't Look Now

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    An innovative thriller from director Nicholas… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Don't Look Now

    An innovative thriller from director Nicholas Roeg, this film was ahead of its time in more ways than one - causing controversy on its release in 1973 for its explicit sex scene between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. A scene which is rumoured to be not entirely simulated.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Eyes Wide Shut

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    Tarnishing his clean-cut image, Tom Cruise and… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Eyes Wide Shut

    Tarnishing his clean-cut image, Tom Cruise and former wife Nicole Kidman surprised us all when they played a couple embarking on an odyssey of sexual and moral discovery in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Like Don't Look Now, rumours abound that the Cruise and Kidman's sex scenes appeared real for a reason.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Betty Blue

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    Heightened emotions and aggressive passion are… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Betty Blue

    Heightened emotions and aggressive passion are the modus operandi for Betty (Béatrice Dalle), and she has no trouble with showing just how much she loves her new boyfriend Zorg (Jean Hugues Anglande) - little wonder they call her Betty Blue.

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  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Fatal Attraction

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    Two words. Bunny. Boiler. More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Fatal Attraction

    Two words. Bunny. Boiler.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: The Story of O

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    Penned under the name Pauline Reage, The Story of… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: The Story of O

    Penned under the name Pauline Reage, The Story of O was actually written by French author Anne Desclos in 1954. Initially published in French, the novel is a tale of a female photographer, O, who is willing led into sexual submission by her mysterious lover René.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Brokeback Mountain

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    Bringing gay sex to the big screen, cowboys Heath… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Brokeback Mountain

    Bringing gay sex to the big screen, cowboys Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are made for each other - yet destined for tragedy.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Henry & June

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    Starring Uma Thurman, Fred Ward and Maria de… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Henry & June

    Starring Uma Thurman, Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros as Anaïs Nin, the 1990 film Henry & June brings to life the sexual exploits of erotic fiction writer Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller. As if her novels weren't racy enough.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Secretary

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    Everyone knows the office can be sexy; countless… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Secretary

    Everyone knows the office can be sexy; countless embarrassed looks and red faces after office Christmas parties attest to the fact. However, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes the office romance to a whole new level as sexy secretary Lee Holloway, who is only too happy to please her boss.

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  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: In The Realm of the Senses

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    Sexual harrassment turns into a full-blown sexual… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: In The Realm of the Senses

    Sexual harrassment turns into a full-blown sexual affair between prostitute turned hotel maid Sada Abe (played by Eiko Matsuda) and hotel owner Kichizo Ishida (actor Tatsuya Fuji). They have sex a lot, like freaky sex, all the time - and, it's been revealed, not all of the sex was simulated.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: The Night Porter

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    It's a dark and uncomfortable watch, but… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: The Night Porter

    It's a dark and uncomfortable watch, but Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde push the boundaries in this provocative drama. Thirteen years after WWII, a concentration camp survivor (Rampling) and her tormentor (Bogarde), currently the night porter at a Vienna hotel, meet again and fall back into their sado-masochistic relationship.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Lady Chatterley's Lover

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    Giving a voice to countless women and men that… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Lady Chatterley's Lover

    Giving a voice to countless women and men that desired a 'roll in the hay', D.H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover tells the story of an illicit affair between an aristocratic woman and a working class man. As controversial as their relationship would have been at the time, that was nothing compared to the furore that the book caused: publishers Penguin were put on trial under the Obscene Publications Act in 1959.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Black Swan

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    While ballet and breakdowns are the main focus in… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Black Swan

    While ballet and breakdowns are the main focus in last year's big hit Black Swan, the film also contains some startingly sexual scenes - including a blistering reminder for Natalie Portman's character, Nina, to listen out for her creepily over-protective mother when she's enjoying a night of passion.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Fanny Hill

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    Considered the first original work of erotic… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Fanny Hill

    Considered the first original work of erotic fiction in England, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure was actually written by a man. John Cleland penned the novel while in debtors prison (well, we guess he had a lot of time on his hands) in 1748, and it went on to become one of the most banned books in history.

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  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Kama Sutra

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    Perhaps the original relationship self-help book,… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Kama Sutra

    Perhaps the original relationship self-help book, the Kama Sutra is an ancient Hindu text written by Hindu philosopher, Vātsyāyana. While there are chapters on acquiring a wife and being a wife, we think it's best to just cut straight to enjoying a bit of the old Kama.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: 9 Songs

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    Newbie actress Margo Stilley became a household… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: 9 Songs

    Newbie actress Margo Stilley became a household name with the furore that accompanied the release of 9 Songs in 2004 - the controversial Brit flick features its lead actors Stilley and Kieran O'Brien having unsimulated sex and oral sex on-screen. Needless to say, we doubt it was the hip indie soundtrack that the title refers to that brought cinema-goers in!

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: In The Cut

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    When Harry Met Sally proved Meg Ryan can fake an… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: In The Cut

    When Harry Met Sally proved Meg Ryan can fake an orgasm, but she took things a big step forward with this erotic thriller.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Lolita

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    Written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1955, Lolita is… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Lolita

    Written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1955, Lolita is world-renowned as one of the most controversial novels of the 20th century. Narrated by middle-aged literature professor Humbert Humbert, the story tells of his growing sexual obsession with his 12-year-old step-daughter Dolores Haze, who he nicknames Lolita. Stanley Kubrick brought Nabokov's novel to life with his 1962 film.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Sleeping Beauty

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    Starring Emily Browning as a university student… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Sleeping Beauty

    Starring Emily Browning as a university student who offers up her sleeping body for men to indulge their sexual desires, this provocative film is not to be mixed up with the Disney classic.

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  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Dangerous Liaisons

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    John Malkovich and Glenn Close play aristocrats… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Dangerous Liaisons

    John Malkovich and Glenn Close play aristocrats in Rococo France staving off their boredom by with sexual power games, using the naive young Uma Thurman as bait.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Tropic of Cancer

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    First published in 1934 (with the help of erotic… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Tropic of Cancer

    First published in 1934 (with the help of erotic novelist Anaïs Nin), Henry Miller's controversial book describes his experience living among a community of bohemians in Paris, including explicit descriptions of his sexual encounters with the women of the city.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: The Dreamers

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    While the 1968 Paris student riots rage outside,… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: The Dreamers

    While the 1968 Paris student riots rage outside, inside, Eva Green and her character's twin brother entice a naive American student into a sensual orgy of indulgence.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Mulholland Drive

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    We didn't understand much of what was going on in… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Mulholland Drive

    We didn't understand much of what was going on in David Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive, but the sexual tension - eventually consumated - between lead actresses Naomi Watts and Laura Harring was very hard to miss.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Secret Diary of a Call Girl

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    From pre-teen sensation to London call-girl -… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Secret Diary of a Call Girl

    From pre-teen sensation to London call-girl - we'd never have guessed Billie Piper would be a natural at bringing Brooke Magnanti's Belle de Jour books and blog alive.

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  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: The Hunger

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    Before vampires were cool there was Catherine… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: The Hunger

    Before vampires were cool there was Catherine Deneuve playing predatory vamp Miriam Blaylock in The Hunger. She has a young David Bowie and Susan Saradon in her sights, and the three become trapped in a dangerously erotic love triangle.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Thelma and Louise

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    A landmark moment for Brad Pitt - his… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Thelma and Louise

    A landmark moment for Brad Pitt - his highly-charged sex scene with Geena Davis put him on the map as Hollywood's hottest property.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: Intimacy

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    Based on stories by Hanif Kureishi, Intimacy sees… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: Intimacy

    Based on stories by Hanif Kureishi, Intimacy sees Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox's characters looking for just that - but on the way they have lots of anonymous, casual sex to pass the time.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: The Joy of Sex

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    Despite huge amounts of controversy and… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: The Joy of Sex

    Despite huge amounts of controversy and condemnation when it was first published in 1972, this revolutionary sex manual has stood the test of time.

  • 40 must-see erotic films and books: The Reader

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    She may be having a passionate affair with a man… More details

    40 must-see erotic films and books: The Reader

    She may be having a passionate affair with a man almost half her age, but Kate Winslet looks as good as ever playing the mysterious Hanna in Stephen Daldry's post-WWII drama. Reading aloud has never been so sexy.

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