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Posted: Nov 09, 2021
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By: Sara Kahn

Watch These Movies To Get In The Mood

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  • movies
  • romance
  • at home
  • stay in

When the goal is to get some real, quality 'Netflix and Chill' time, check out these movies for a little inspiration (you know what we mean).

01

Cruel Intentions

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A twisted pair of step-siblings who secretly hook up (hmm... we feel like we've heard this plot before) make a bet about around the virginity of their innocent classmate. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon star in this 90s cult-classic. It's cool, cruel, raunchy, erotic, and pretty out-of-the-box from the high-school teen dramas we're used to.

02

Love and Basketball

Love and Basketball

Don't mistake this one for any old romance. Though Love and Basketball follows the relationship dynamic of our on-again-off-again protagonists, Monica and Quincy, it addresses themes of female ambition, gender roles, and inequality. The characters are beautifully flawed and given the space to make mistakes and grow, both towards and away from each other.

03

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Affluent, college-bound guest Frances "Baby" Houseman enters the working-class world when she starts hanging out with resort employee, the dance instructor (and bad-boy), Johnny Castle. After borrowing money from her father to help another dance instructor get an abortion, she winds up as Johnny's new dance partner. The love story that ensues brings up heavier questions of morality and classism, but there's plenty of steamy dance scenes and feel-good moments.

04

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

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In a film broken down into two installments, Lars Von Tier introduces us to nymphomaniac Joe, as she lies beaten up in an alleyway behind an apartment building. A tenant of the building, middle-aged fly-fishing enthusiast, Seligman, discovers her and takes her back to his apartment to rest. Over tea, the conversation quickly leads to Joe's sexually charged past and, somehow, its correlation with fly-fishing. All this aside, this film is most known for its sex scenes (all of which were infamously real).

05

Wild Things

Wild Things

You probably know the cover, as Wild Things first came out when Friday nights wandering the aisles of a Blockbuster were still a thing (if you were alive to partake such weekend activities). It's not one you would consider high brow per se, as you might describe it as steamy, sleazy, perhaps even a bit vulgar. But those are the reasons you pop this one on…even if just to skip to one quite famous threesome scene.

06

Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas star in this erotic neo-noir thriller about a detective investigating a novelist turned suspect in a rock star's murder. This one feels appropriate for a date night with someone obsessed with crime podcasts - it's nothing but suspense and tension. Who's going to live, who's the murderer, and who's just going to have some hot, steamy sex scenes?

07

Titanic

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Over 100 years after the Titanic set sail, and almost 25 years since the movie was released, it's truly hard to imagine a possible spoiler for this one. Either way, we'll avoid the whole 'was there room on that door' debate (it's not a debate). Before that iceberg appeared and all hell broke loose, there was some quality steamy cinema. In fact, many a millennial witnessed their first set of real breasts when this one came out. But seriously, if you're trying to set the mood, Titanic is worth revisiting.

08

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name

Based on the novel by the same name, Call Me By Your Name encapsulates a kind of whimsical poignancy in its delivery. Seventeen-year-old Elio explores his sexuality over a summer while at his family's home in Italy, finding himself inexplicably drawn to his father's doctoral student. The film's soundtrack and stunning Tuscan setting give the film a dreamy, melancholic quality, while still managing to convey an impeccably realistic portrayal of adolescent love, and inevitable loss.

09

The Notebook

The Notebook

Ok, so maybe this one romanticized that 'high highs and low lows' kind of relationship your therapist labels 'toxic.' But if you've never experienced that firsthand, now's your chance to live vicariously through Allie and Noah. It's a tried and true setup: rich girl falls in love with blue-collar local. Her family disapproves. They're separated by life and war and new loves come in. We wonder if theirs is a love story lost to the past... that is, until a chance meeting brings up some buried feelings and *ahem* tension.

10

Ghost

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Patrick Swayze stars as Sam, a banker madly in love with an artist, Molly, played by Demi Moore. The story takes a dark twist when Sam is murdered in a dark alley one night. His spirit sticks around, enlisting the help of a psychic to set things straight and protect Molly from his murderers. But don't worry, there's no skimping on the intimate flashbacks between the two leads - which may or may not have you crying and turned on all at the same time.

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