Five Films About Sex

FIVE THôT editor and columist Nick Baber is a lover of film, design, futurism, and his cat Boba Fett. Check out more Five Films articles here.

1. The Dreamers (2003)

Adapted from the 1988 novel The Holy Innocents by Gilbert Adair and set in 1968 Paris, an American student befriends a brother and sister at the cinematheque. As much as this film is about sexual exploration it’s also a love letter to classic cinema and absolutely gorgeous to watch and one of my personal favorites. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring Michael Pitt, Eva Green and Louis Garrel.

2. Shortbus (2006)

A Sex Therapist who’s never had an orgasm, a gay couple looking to open up their relationship, and a dominatrix who wants to have real human interaction all come together (pun intended) in John Cameron Mitchell’s gender bending sexual haven called the Shortbus, a salon for the gifted and challenged.” Cameron Mitchell manages to uses sex as a key focus in a very artistic and human way, all while providing  great laughs. 

3. Sleeping Beauty (2011)

A quiet and erotic film, Emily Browning plays Lucy, a college student trying to make ends meet who finds herself working for a Madame. Julia Leigh does a beautiful job with her directorial debut and Emily Browning is comfortable in her skin, given that’s all she wears for the majority of the film.

4. 40 Days And 40 Nights (2002)

Yes, a RomCom but a really hilarious one. Josh Hartnett goes through a sad sob story of a break up and instead of slaying babes left and right like any normal male would be inclined to do, he vows to stay celibate for 40 days and 40 nights, and thus hilarity ensues. Shannon Sossamon stars opposite Josh Hartnett in Michael Lehmann’s examination of human nature.

5. Boogie Nights (1997)

Pretty much an instant classic, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights brought us back to the golden age of pornography of the 70’s and 80’s. Mark Wahlberg shows his prosthetic schlong, Burt Reynolds is Burt Reynolds and my childhood will forever remember Heather Graham as Rollergirl.

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