There is always going to be a degree of salacious appeal in an article examining "sexually explicit" movies. Whether it's admitted or not, people are inherently drawn to the rude and lurid, their libidinal impulses triggered by the sight of curving bodies pressing up against one another. It's hardly a surprising reaction, given that sex is one of the primary drives of human nature. While Netflix don't do "porn", it's refreshing that the majority of the films on this list stand on their merits as impressive works of cinema, avoiding sensationalism and offering far more than crude titillation. There aren't an abundance of sexually explicit movies available (in fact, there's very little besides the films listed here) but what there is covers some impressive ground: sexual infidelity, youthful experimentation, sex addiction and even arousal through self-mutilation are all intimately explored. Perhaps it's a sign of how far we've come that such a mainstream platform for online entertainment boasts a number of films which feature unsimulated sex, while at the same time having something more to say about sexuality and the human relationships surrounding it. Here are eight movies on Netflix which explore sexuality in all its explicit glory (while avoiding the glory holes, but we can leave that to It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia...)
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