When getting ready to Netflix and chill, either solo or with a partner, it can help to have a few options at the ready so you don’t waste precious time looking for the perfect pick. From classics like Closer to coming-of-age stories like Yes, God, Yes, the following movies are packed full of the kind of sexual tension you could cut with a knife — and all available on Netflix.
1. Yes, God, Yes (2019)
Stranger Things’ Natalia Dyer stars in this sexual coming-of-age film as Alice, a Catholic teen facing shame, confusion, and pressure surrounding sexual desire. Things spin out of control when she begins to explore her sexuality. Amid rampant rumors, resentful best friends, and boys she can’t rely on, Alice sticks to her intuition when everyone seems to think they know what’s best for her.
2. American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules (2020)
Much like the American Pie series that came before it, this film explores nascent teen sexuality with humor and irreverence. Each character is faced with a different crossroads in their love lives, but they all manage to reach satisfying conclusions through the help of their friends and crushes.
3. MILF (2018)
This 2018 French flick centers on three women in their 40s who meet a group of young men in a sailing club while on vacation. The men are quite excited at the prospect of hanging out with the older women, and their age gaps prove to be thrillingly complex.
4. Closer (2004)
Hello, stranger. This star-studded romantic drama features Natalie Portman, Julie Roberts, Jude Law, and Clive Owen in a tangled love …square. Portman plays Alice, an American stripper who falls in love with Dan (Law) after he accidentally hits her with his car as she crosses a London street. A year later, another couple, Anna and Larry (Roberts and Owen), enter into the mix. What ensues is a steamy and messy mix of cybersex chat rooms, all combinations of affairs, and broodingly hot dermatologists.
5. Lust Stories (2018)
This collection of four short films from prominent Indian directors include tales of intimacy, sex, and the complexities of love. From a passionate affair gone sour to the discovery of self-pleasure, the stories all focus on the point of view of Indian women in the realm of love and sex.
6. Elisa and Marcela (2019)
This period flick is packed with tension as Elisa Sanchez Loriga masquerades as a man in order to be with the woman she loves. Set in Spain in 1901, this is the perfect choice for those wanting a dash of passion, sex, yearning, and historical fiction.
7. Sex Drive (2008)
In this aptly named road-trip comedy, Ian, a recent high-school graduate, decides to take a road trip to have sex with a girl he met online. Naturally, things do not go as planned, but the film rewards those who are simply along for the ride.
8. After We Collided (2020)
The second movie adapted from Anna Todd’s popular YA romance series, After We Collided follows Hardin Scott and Tessa Young after the end of their relationship. The two still find themselves entangled with each other, despite attempts to move on with other people, places, and professional obligations.
9. Duck Butter (2018)
Two women, played by Alia Shwkat and Laia Costa, connect and strike up some immediate sexual and romantic chemistry and decide to go on an epic 24-hour date.
10. Newness (2017)
A modern take on the meet-cute film that’s packed with sexual tension. This couple falls for each other after meeting on a hookup app, and try to stay in love while also seeing other people.
11. Cam (2018)
Fans of horror and thriller movies might love Cam for a hot, suspenseful, and unnerving experience. In the movie, a cam girl discovers that a doppelgänger has taken over her account; she must track down the perpetrator and reclaim her identity and growing fan base.
12. An Easy Girl (2020)
In this coming-of-age movie, a teen girl’s life changes when her free-spirited and sexually liberated cousin pays a visit to the French Riviera. Over the course of a summer, the two share plenty of new experiences together, like meeting older men and hanging out on their yachts.
13. The Babysitter (2017)
Fans of adventure, suspense, and horror will be intrigued by this Netflix original in which a kid realizes his hot babysitter is part of a Satanic cult. Perfect for anyone who was ever presented with the simultaneous gift and curse of a hot babysitter.
14. Oh, Ramona! (2019)
Andrei is a dorky high-school student who pines for his mesmerizing classmate Ramona until he meets an alluring woman named Anemona on a vacation and is forced to choose between them. This coming-of-age movie perfectly captures just how much lust can consume your attention.
15. You Get Me (2017)
Tyler and his girlfriend are the perfect high-school couple until one fateful night out at a party when they fight and break up. He takes home a girl named Holly (played by Bella Thorne) and spends a passionate weekend with her before returning to school and making up with his girlfriend. But when Holly shows up pretending to be a new student, all hell breaks loose in this steamy thriller.
16. Dry Martina (2018)
A former singer grappling with the end of her career, Martina has lost touch with her sensual self — that is, she meets a handsome young couple who remind her of her once robust libido. So begins a journey that leads her to Chile and a better understanding of her own sexuality.
17. Cuddle Weather (2019)
This steamy Filipino romantic drama finds two sex workers in a sensual fling. Things begin to heat up further when they realize that they want more than their existing friends-with-benefits situation.
Additional reporting by Jordan Larson.