HBO has long been home to movies, shows and documentaries that push the boundaries and show just how much premium cable can do in television. And while a HBO Max subscription will not grant you access classic like real sex, Taxi Confessionsor Cathouse: The Seriesthe streaming service offers some pretty daring and explicit material if you don’t mind looking around.
If you’re short on time and don’t want to spend hours sifting through thousands of titles on the streaming platform, but still want to check out some of the more “adult” offerings, don’t worry because we’ve got more than you covered. Below is a list of just nine of the more intense, sexually explicit films on HBO Max, including hot erotic thrillersadult romantic comedies and cult classics from the turn of the 21st century.
A Adaptation by Michael Crichton is probably not how anyone started this list, but Barry Levinson’s 1994 film is Jurassic Park The author’s erotic techno-thriller is much hotter and more intense than one would expect. The film revolves around Tom Sanders (Michael Douglas), a CD-ROM engineer who misses a promotion and is accused of sexual harassment after turning down the advances of his new boss and former lover, Meredith Johnson (Demi Moore).
Though there aren’t as many sexually explicit scenes as Douglas’ previous erotic thrillers tend to have Fateful attraction and primal instincta sex scene involving the two leads very early in the film pushes the limits of its R rating, although there is no frontal nudity.
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tie me up Tie Me Up (1990)
Some of the Best Antonio Banderas Movies are the films of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, including the dark romantic comedy from 1990, tie me up Tie me up!. The film follows a recently released mental patient named Ricky (Banderas) as he tries to find actress and former porn star Marina Osorio (Victoria Abril) and convince her to fall in love with him, despite the way he’s as far as that goes, is anything but romantic.
Who always wanted to see this Mask of Zoro Actor in the flesh, the controversial tie me up Tie me up! is the way to go. There’s an incredibly passionate and explicit sex scene towards the end of the film that leaves little to the imagination and shows exactly why the MPAA gave it an X rating before it was replaced by the NC-17 designation.
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A year before giving one of their most iconic performances in girl interruptedAngelina Jolie starred in the 1998 HBO original movie, Gia, in which she portrayed hapless supermodel Gia Marie Carangi. The biographical drama, which doesn’t hold back when it comes to portraying the model’s struggles with substance abuse, AIDS and her sexuality, also includes some incredibly sexual scenes.
One scene that stands out is the passionate encounter between Gia and make-up artist Linda (Elizabeth Mitchell), with whom she is having an affair. What starts out as a photo shoot grows into something more, creating one of the sexiest moments in Jolie’s filmography.
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The Dreamers (2003)
One of the last films of legendary director Bernardo Bertolucci, the 2003 drama, The dreamer, follows American exchange student Matthew (Michael Pitt) who becomes involved in the passionate and unorthodox relationship of twins Isabelle (Eva Green) and Théo (Louis Garrel) while studying in Paris. Over time, Matthew forms a romantic relationship not only with Isabelle but also with Théo, leading to a series of complications.
After seeing this movie, it’s not hard to understand why The dreamer received an NC-17 rating upon release, particularly after experiencing multiple instances of frontal nudity from multiple members of the cast. From sexy bathing scenes to morning discovery after a passionate encounter, this drama doesn’t hold back.
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Indecent Proposal (1993)
With Adrian Lyne at the helm, it’s not too surprising that the 1993 adult drama Unmoral offer is a passionate and lurid affair. The film revolves around Diana (Demi Moore) and David Murphy (Woody Harrelson), a financially troubled couple whose marriage is put to the ultimate test when a billionaire played by Robert Redford receives $1 million for one night with the real thing offers real estate agent.
The film begins with several sex scenes in the Murphy’s kitchen (after a big fight) and another on a bed of money after a big win at a Las Vegas casino. As expected, Unmoral offer is full of sex, betrayal and intense drama.
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The Piano Teacher (2001)
Michael Haneke, the Austrian filmmaker behind titles like Funny Games and lovedirected The piano teacher in 2001 and brought to screen the story of Erika Kohut (Isabelle Huppert), a withdrawn woman whose sexual redemption takes the form of voyeurism and masochism, to a chance encounter with a student at her prestigious music conservatory.
In addition to a couple of intense sex scenes with Huppert’s character, there’s a scene near halfway where she watches a couple having sex in their car at a drive-in movie theater, at one point leaning against the car while they make love inside.
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9 1/2 Weeks (1996)
Adrian Lyne’s 1986 adult drama film 9 1/2 weeks focuses on the highly sexual, borderline abusive, and short-lived relationship between Wall Street financier John Gray (Mickey Rourke) and SoHo art gallery worker Elizabeth McGraw (Kim Basinger). As their affair continues, the two become involved in an increasingly intense series of sexual encounters that go beyond the usual bedroom norms.
From the sex scene involving everything but the kitchen sink to a wet and steamy encounter in a New York alley after a physical altercation, 9 1/2 weeks constantly pushes the limits, both in terms of sexuality and physical violence.
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American Psycho (2000)
One of the most notorious book adaptations of the 21st century, Mary Harron’s interpretation the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis, american psycho, follows investment banker Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) as he falls insane and commits heinous crime after crime while trying to keep up appearances in his vicious cycle.
Although mostly remembered for its shocking end and vicious murder scene in Huey Lewis and the News, american psycho also contains some truly iconic sex scenes, one of which (Patrick Bateman tensing up during a threesome) has become a meme in the years since its release. Like the murder cases throughout the film, the sex scenes are visceral and shocking, to say the least.
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Behind the Candelabra (2013)
We started this list with one Michael Douglas film and will end with another starring the popular actor and Oscar-winning producer. In 2013, Douglas portrayed the late Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO original film. Behind the candelabradetailing the pianist’s relationship with Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) later in life.
The film, which really deals with the excess that fueled Liberace’s off-stage life as well as his attempts to preserve his public image, also has more than a few explicit sex scenes. One in particular (an oral sex scene) features no nudity, but Damon’s sound design and acting fills in all the blanks.
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While they focus on different situations and characters, each of these sexually explicit films on HBO Max have one thing in common thanks to their risqué nature. If you’re looking for a slightly more tame way to kill a few hours, there are plenty of non-sexual ones out there great movies on HBO Max Worth a look.