The 10 Best BDSM Movies You Should Watch

The 10 Best BDSM Movies You Should Watch

There are many alternatives out there that will have you gasping along with the actors on screen if you want to make movie night a little bit kinkier. And, because of the massive success of the Fifty Shades trilogy, an increasing number of moviegoers are looking for films that will satisfy their BDSM cravings.

The good news is that, although the BDSM umbrella covers a lot of ground, there are probably more films than you think that deal with bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism, and masochism.

Choosing a film that explores your BDSM desire is the greatest way to get in the mood, whether watching it with a lover or cuddling up with your favorite sex toy for an exciting night in. Here are 15 of the greatest BDSM movies you can see right now, ranging from love triangles to emotional relationships with lots of chains and whips thrown in:

1. Belle de Jour (1967)

Séverine (Catherine Deneuve), a middle-class housewife, decides to become a daytime prostitute while her husband is at work in Luis Buel's bizarre masterpiece. While there is some brothel kink, the primary BDSM material is found in Séverine's dream sequences, in which she fantasizes about having an S&M relationship with her husband. Based on Joseph Kessel's 1928 novel, Belle de Jour inspired a real-life escort, her memoirs, and the UK TV series Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, which had multiple S&M scenes.

2. The Night Porter (1974)

In this controversial movie by Italian arthouse director Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor forms a complicated S&M relationship with her torturer. Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling feature as a couple who rekindle their romance after WWII when he is employed as a night porter. It includes a topless Rampling dancing in a Nazi hat and leather gloves in a startling, frightening examination of power, sensuality, and rebellious behavior.

3. Maitresse (1975)

Gerard Depardieu plays a small-time thief hired to repair a professional dominatrix's plumbing (Bulle Ogier). While it pushed censors to the limit with its graphic dungeon sequences, this French arthouse film was lowered from an X to an 18 rating in the UK in 2003, despite pushing censors to the limit with its explicit dungeon scenes.

4. 9 1/2 Weeks (1986)

9 1/2 Weeks is based on Elizabeth McNeill's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name and stars Mickey Rourke as a mysterious Wall Street broker. He casts a sexual spell on Kim Basinger's shy divorcee. Cross-dressing and public sex result in a slew of whippings and boundary tests. While the picture was a flop in its own country, it acquired an international audience and became a cult favorite on video and DVD.

5. Crash (1996)

Most people can endure a little spanking, but Crash raises the kink factor by imagining a universe where individuals indulge their sadomasochistic fantasies by causing vehicle accidents. David Cronenberg's picture was released in an R version and an NC-17 version for adults only. It was defiantly provocative and indeed not for the faint of heart. Cronenberg's involvement in Fifty Shades Of Grey was rumored, but it turned out to be wishful thinking.

6. Preaching To The Perverted (1997)

This London-set independent became a solid favorite on the fetish scene while barely escaping the porn classification, despite being billed as "the first fetish feature film." Guinevere Turner acts as a dominatrix under investigation by the authorities in this funny, kitsch look at kinky nightlife. According to Empire magazine, Turner "makes Sharon Stone appear like a mother superior."

7. The Piano Teacher (2001)

This French-Austrian thriller tackles the tricky issue of self-mutilation as a form of sexual stimulation, and it benefits from Isabelle Huppert's excellent portrayal as a music professor harboring a variety of fetishes beneath her repressed demeanor. Based on Elfriede Jelinek's 1983 book, Michael Haneke's picture is a difficult and frequently unsettling viewing that received positive reviews at film festivals.

8. Secretary (2002)

Mr. Grey, a mysterious dominant businessman, encounters a clumsy, awkward young lady and forms a subservient relationship with him. Does this ring a bell? It's hard to imagine EL James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey, wasn't impacted by this humorous Sundance hit that aims to normalize the BDSM relationship. Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played every-girl fragility against cold, calm Crash actor James Spader, became a celebrity due to the film. Spader, you're at it again, eh?

9. A Dangerous Method (2011)

David Cronenberg examines BDSM with a love triangle between Jung (Michael Fassbender), Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and their difficult patient Sabina (Keira Knightley), who had a liking for spanking, fifteen years after Crash. Knightley doesn't hold back when it comes to getting flogged by Michael Fassbender, even admitting to snorting vodka before shooting the scene.

10. Venus In Fur (2014)

Based on David Ives' play, Roman Polanski's picture has a theatrical tone yet is never less than engaging. A wild actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) starts to play sexual power games with a director after coming late for an audition (Mathieu Amalric). The plot centers on Leopold von Sacher-1870 Masoch's novella Venus In Furs, which depicts feminine authority and male obedience in a groundbreaking way.