The sexiest movies that somehow passed Netflix's porn censors

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These erotic treats might not technically count as porn, but it's too close.

There’s no porn on Netflix, at least not the type you'd find on Pornhub or Brazzers. But there's plenty of real-life sex to be enjoyed on the streaming platform. 

Since the debut of cinema, people have been arguing over where the line between pornography and art begins and ends. There are countless films that thrive in that gray area, pushing the boundaries of decency in the name of storytelling. And, thanks to Netflix, you can watch many of them the comfort of your home. 

Here are the dirtiest movies on Netflix, broken into three categories for your viewing pleasures.

Movies with unsimulated sex

These films feature real-life sex. Not people rubbing merkins on one another or bobbing their heads above laps. Actual real-life sex. One of the things you’ll notice on this list is the films with the most graphic content tend to be sad as hell. Apparently, frowning is one of the things that make a film art instead of pornography.

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Starlet (2012)

This drama about a 21-year old who befriends an 85-year-old woman she meets at a yard sale features Dree Hemingway, the great-great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. It also features an actual XXX sex scene, with porn star Zoe Voss acting as the body double. This is a fine indie drama, and if you’re a prude, it’s worth fast forwarding through the sex to catch the whole story.

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Nymphomaniac Vol 1 & Nymphomaniac Vol 2 (2013)

Lars von Trier’s controversial experimental drama about a woman with sex addiction is a deeply dark, soul-crushing film. Von Trier actually filmed real porn stars having sex, but then he digitally placed their genitals onto the bodies of actors like Charlotte Gainsbourg or Shia Labeouf. Lars von Trier is a brilliant filmmaker, but his movies are not for general audiences. No amount of sex could make this movie not sad.

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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Of the films featuring unsimulated sex scenes on Netflix, Blue Is the Warmest Colour is easily the best. It's a legitimately artistic film that features a slow-burn love story between two young women. Starting when our heroine Adéle is 15 and following her through the next decade as she chases an older woman named Emma, this three-hour-long drama is more than just a collection of graphic sex scenes: It’s a rumination on the complications of love that happens to earn its NC-17 rating. 

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Wetlands (2013)

Eighteen-year-old Helen Memel likes to skateboard, masturbate, and mess with social taboos surrounding her body. After a shaving accident sends her to the hospital, her insane adventures truly begin. This dark comedy has earned an 89-percent fresh ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, thanks to its blend of shock value and sweetness. While the film is graphic, there’s no real simulated sex, until one horrific scene involving four men and a pizza. If you have a strong stomach and a dark sense of humor, this film is highly recommended.

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Antichrist (2009)

Lars von Trier’s haunting masterpiece of art-house horror is a profoundly cruel film. A couple mourning the horrific death of their baby retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods to work through their demons. There’s an unsimulated sex scene that was filmed similarly to the ones in Nymphomanic, meaning you won’t be watching Willem Dafoe’s Dafoe, but this isn’t a film to get your rocks off too. 

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Kink (2013)

If you’ve ever wanted to pull back the sheets on the world of BDSM fetish porn, kink is your film. This documentary showcases kink.com, a global leader in bondage and sadomasochism pornography. While it doesn’t feature much in the way of traditional pornography, there’s plenty of kink and BDSM footage spread across its 80 minutes. Who knows, you may even learn something about yourself.

The dirtiest of the rest

These films don’t need to show you actual sex to push the boundaries of what's allowed on the screen. Oddly enough these films tend to be way more fun than the films that are allowed to show actual sex.

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Room in Rome (2010)

A Room in Rome may not feature specifically unsimulated sex, but it’s easily the sexiest film on this list. Equal parts erotic comedy and mildly pretentious art film, this film tells the story of two women having a one-night stand with one another. Between rounds, in bed, the women slowly tell each other about their respective life stories, but the question remains if their stories are as fleeting as their one-night stand. Beautifully directed by Julio Medem, this is the film is far better than its late-night cable premise would lead you to believe.

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Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

This erotic comedy is a coming-of-age story that centers around two young men on a road trip with a sexually liberated and unmarried woman. Along the way, there might be some graphic sex. Starring a young Gael Carcia Bernal and directed by Children of Men and Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron, there’s a great deal of emotional depth to be found in this odd tale of personal growth. Swinging wildly from gross-out humor to erotic drama to a tale of two boys becoming men, it’s hard to pin the film down. Still, the incredible direction and brilliant acting by the three main leads come highly recommended.

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Basic Instinct (1992)

Paul Verhoeven shoots sex the way Michael Bay shoots military hardware. Upon its release, Basic Instinct was protested for being deeply sexist and possibly homophobic. At the bare minimum, it’s certainly sexist. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun in an absurd, trashy noir way. From its infamous “fuck of the century” scene to Sharon Stone’s legendary interrogation, Basic Instinct is one of the premier sexual thrillers of the '90s for a reason. Yes, it’s trash. But it’s incredible trash.

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