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. And now that we’re social-distancing, we need more good movie options than ever. From classics like Y Tu Mamá También and Basic Instinct to newer fare like The Babysitter and Cam, the following movies are packed full of the kind of sexual tension you could cut with a knife — and all available on Netflix.
1. Basic Instinct (1992)
In this classic erotic thriller, Sharon Stone plays a beautiful, mysterious crime novelist who is also a suspect in a murder. When a police detective (played by Michael Douglas) begins investigating, the two begin a steamy — and potentially dangerous — affair.
2. 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.
3. Horns (2013)
If you ever had a crush on Harry Potter while growing up, you might be interested in watching Horns. Daniel Radcliffe plays a boy mourning the mysterious death of his high school sweetheart and who begins to grow horns out of his forehead. As the horns manifest on his physical form, everyone around him begins to reveal their most personal desires.
4. The One I Love (2014)
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t necessarily involve two people that are passionately in love, this movie with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass might suit you well. A couple that’s sunk into a bit of a funk takes a weekend away to spend time recouping together. Suddenly they come face to face with versions of each other that are alluring and passionate, and they become filled with lust for each other. They soon find out that the house they’re staying in might have something to do with their newfound energy.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. American Honey (2016)
This road trip movie starring Shia LaBeouf and Sasha Lane is full of sex and debauchery.
8. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
In this flirty road-trip romp, two teen boys try to impress an older woman that they cross paths with. This movie is jam-packed with the thrill of spontaneity and teenage lust (and offers plenty of early 2000s nostalgia).
9. 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.
10. The Feels (2017)
This movie follows two women, Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) celebrating their bachelorette weekend with friends ahead of their wedding. When Lu admits that she’s lacking in some aspects of their sex life, they must work together to find a solution.
11. 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.
12. The Boss’s Daughter (2015)
In this French tale of forbidden love, a young woman starts spending time in her father’s struggling textile factory — only to strike up a steamy affair with the shop’s foreman. What follows is passionate, if unsurprisingly messy: Her father objects to the relationship, as do all of his employees (not to mention the man’s wife).
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. The Little Hours (2017)
If you’re not in the mood for twists and turns, a dark comedy about horny nuns might be more your speed. Set in the Middle Ages, this movie follows a convent of foul-mouthed sisters (played by Alison Brie, Jemima Kirke, Aubrey Plaza, and others) as they try to seduce a new gardener on the monastery grounds (played by Dave Franco).
16. Lust, Caution (2007)
This Ang Lee classic, set in Shanghai during the Second World War, follows a young assassin assigned to kill a special agent. But things take a turn when she begins to fall for the man (played by Tony Leung).
17. 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.
Additional reporting by Jordan Larson.