13 Of The Steamiest Thrillers Netflix Has To Offer

Though the streaming service is infamous for its plethora of diverse titles, many viewers aren’t aware that Netflix also has several “hidden” categories. In fact, there are 61 different micro-genres dedicated solely to movies that qualify as “steamy.” Yes, really. One of these micro-genres combines steamy with psychological thrillers.

So, the next time you’re looking for something a little more risqué to watch with your significant other or perhaps a group of girlfriends on wine night, check out one of these steamy thrillers Netflix has to offer. Because what’s hotter than sex and suspense?

1. Mulholland Drive (2001)

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One of the highest-rated steamy thrillers Netflix has to offer is the unnerving tale of Mulholland Drive. After a tragic car wreck on the infamously windy Mulholland Drive causes a woman named Rita to lose her memory, she wanders the streets of LA until a perky blonde named Betty Elms comes across her path. The pair begin to search for any clues as to Rita’s past and unexpectedly encounter a twisted psychotic illusion. Amidst their cryptic ventures, Rita and Betty find themselves intwined in their own intimacy as they fall further into unconscious reality.

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2. The Adulterers (2015)

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As you may gather from the title of this film, it surrounds the story of a husband and wife, one of whom has been unfaithful. When devoted husband, Samuel, comes home on his wedding anniversary to discover his wife on all fours with another man, he snaps and pulls a gun on his cheating spouse and her lover. Samuel keeps the pair trapped in the bedroom at gunpoint and the suspense is almost unbearable. Will he let them live? Or will he make them pay the price for adultery?

Watch the trailer HERE

3. Basic Instinct (1992)

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I’m sure most of you have seen Basic Instinct by now, but if not now is the time. Who knows how much longer this classic thriller will reside in Netflix’s library? While investigating a brutal murder, homicide detective Nick Curran becomes infatuated with a seductive woman named Catherine who is quickly appearing to be his number one suspect. A crime of passion you could say…

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4. The Housemaid (2010)

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I have yet to see this next film on our list, but after viewing the trailer, I’m completely hooked. A new housemaid finds herself in a forbidden, yet irresistible affair with the man of the household where she works. It isn’t long before his wife clues into these extramarital sexcapades, and the housemaid’s life is in serious danger.

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5. Blink (1994)

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When a woman is given a corneal transplant after losing her sight many years prior, she begins to adjust to seeing life through new eyes. As she adapts to her repaired senses, she believes she witnesses a gruesome murder but is unsure if her eyes might be playing tricks on her. A police detective launches an investigation and the pair become involved as they search for the truth. Murder, sex, deception…what more could you need?

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6. The Canyons (2013)

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Though I’m reluctant to suggest any film that stars Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons is the epitome of a “steamy thriller.” An LA trust-fund baby named Christian is used to getting what he wants in life no matter the cost. So, when he discovers that his lover and a colleague are having an affair, Christian loses control and goes on a murderous rampage. Where quality may be lacking in this feature, there is an abundance of nail-biting suspense.

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7. Stranger By The Lake (2014)

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Starring Pierre Deladonchamps and Christophe Paou, Stranger By The Lake follows the story of two men who encounter each other at a lakeside gay cruising beach. When one of the men, Franck, witnesses the other man named Michel drowning his lover, he trades his silence for the promise of unending sexual romance. Needless to say, things get pretty dicey.

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8. Naked After Midnight (2014)

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A distraught sister goes undercover at a seedy strip club after her sister is brutally murdered by one of the patrons. She soon discovers that nearly everyone seems like a viable suspect and she must discover the truth before she becomes a victim herself. Sounds like a plot that requires at least one bottle of wine.

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9. The Unwanted (2014)

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If you enjoy vampire-inspired affairs that are slightly less cheesy than the Twilight series, The Unwanted should definitely be on your watch list. This Southern Gothic reboot of Sheridan Le Fanu’s vampire story ‘Carmilla,’ follows the tale of a young drifter who is seeking the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. After arriving in a rural town, the drifter becomes sexually involved with an unsuspecting waitress and secrets begin to unfold.

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10. Sleeping Beauty (2011)

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Emily Browning stars as Lucy, a young university student who adopts many odd jobs to pay her tuition. One of these jobs includes responding to an erotic ad that requires her to sleep in bed next to paying customers. Unsurprisingly, the majority of her “customers” are older men looking for a youthful night away. It’s cringe-y to say the least.

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11. Tabloid (2010)

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This documentary is an unnerving look into the trials of former Miss Wyoming who was accused of abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary for her own sexual pleasure. Director Errol Morris takes viewers on a disturbing journey behind the scenes of this infamous case.

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12. Little Death (2014)

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A look at the secret lives of 5 suburban couples living in Sydney reveals un-satisfied fetishes and sexual experiments that begin to affect their relationships. Director Josh Lawson explores the answers to questions we all ask ourselves from time to time—why do we want what we want? How far will we go to get it? What are the consequences of that fleeting moment of sexual ecstasy?

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13. Rosario Tijeras (2005)

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Last, but certainly not least the story of Rosario Tijeras is one of violent passion. The prostitute and killer, Rosario, finds herself in a sexual affair with playboy Emilio but after meeting his best friend (Antonio) she begins to fall in love. Rosario must choose between her lovers while avoiding the enemies of her past.

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