The 20 Most Disturbing Sex-Themed Movies

We were going to do a top ten list but there are so many disturbing sex themed movies made, we had to bump it up to 20. Let us know if there are any others you think should have made the cut.

    1. Irreversible

      If you can get through the first ten minutes of hard-core sex and violence at the gay club (subtly called “Rectum”) in this brutal movie about rape and revenge, then you’ve got a stronger constitution than we do.


    1. Breaking the Waves

      The simple-minded wife of a newly disabled man misinterprets his desire for her to find the pleasure he can no longer deliver elsewhere and engages in riskier and riskier behavior until she (spoiler alert) ends up killed via gang bang. The feel good movie of 1996!


    1. Black Snake Moan

      The moral of the story: Chaining a young, skimpily dressed, drug addicted, abuse victim to your radiator against her will in order to cure her of her raging nymphomania is the right thing to do. Jesus would be proud.


    1. Spanking the Monkey

      Five words for you: sex with your own mother. Ew!!!! (And with a title like that, it’s not exactly Oedipus.)


    1. Black Swan

      The issues around bodily control and sexual repression aren’t so much disturbing as they are unintentionally hilarious. For example, when the main character finally gets round to an intense bout of self-diddling, only to discover her mother sleeping in the corner or her room, we could have sworn we were watching a clip from Funny or Die.


    1. Happiness:

      The easiest way to describe this follow-up to Todd Solondz’s first flick “Welcome to the Dollhouse” is to say it’s the exact opposite of its title. Failed marriages? Check! Sexual harassment? Pedophilia? Check!


    1. Dead Ringers:

      Scary gynecological tools and sexual hangups don’t mix. That goes double for creepy twins (played by Jeremy Irons).


    1. Boxing Helena:

      The only thing more disturbing than the premise of this movie (a man keeps his love interest dependent upon him by removing her limbs) is the absolutely atrocious acting. How could Julian Sands have gone from “A Room with a View” to this steaming pile of dog poop?!


    1. The Piano Teacher:

      She’s a sexy librarian-type with a domineering mother and an insane institutionalized dad who has some peculiar requests of her love interests (e.g. tie me up, sit on my face, and punch me in the stomach hard to force my tongue up your bum). Students beware.


    1. Exit to Eden

      How did a movie about BDSM starring Rosie O’Donnell ever get made? The podcast “How Did This Get Made” needs to discuss.


    1. Kissed

      Don’t you hate it when the only way you can get off is to screw a corpse?


    1. Downloading Nancy

      It’s a psycho-sadomasochistic love story: she wants to die and he’s willing to help. See, Internet personals really do work! (Now we’re just waiting for the film version of that German cannibal who, via the Internet, found, killed and ate his willing victim…after they had sex and then tried to dine on his dismembered penis together — any festival submissions yet? No? Oh wait, they did make that movie. And it won some awards!).


    1. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

      Peter Greenaway’s weird, arty and kind of nauseating take on the relationships between eating and sex, love and death. It may just make you a vegetarian.


    1. Savage Grace

      Mothers can have such high expectations, like when they expect you to orgasm during intercourse with them. And when you don’t, they give you that aggressive I’m-so-disappointed-in-you handjob. Thanks a lot, Mom.


    1. Towelhead

      This flick, about the sexual awakening of a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, proves the world would be a much better place if all pubescent girls were given a vulva puppet to love and cherish, a box of tampons, and a copy of Are We Having Fun Yet: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Sex.


    1. Little Children

      A movie about the depressing consequences of misplaced affection. Especially disturbing are Kate Winslet’s eyebrows.


    1. Teeth

      Your first time should be special, romantic, and, most of all, consensual. If it’s not, then you have every right to bite off your assaulter’s penis with your sharp vagina dentata. (Makes us cross our legs just thinking about it.)


    1. Last Tango in Paris

      Worst line of dialogue in cinematic history: “Go get the butter.”


    1. 9 and 1/2 weeks

      Initially the affair looks like something straight out of Cosmo — there’s the playful stripteases and the blindfolds and strawberry feedings. But when you date a man without a sense of humor, don’t be surprised if he eventually makes you crawl around on the floor like a dog and watch him get it on with a prostitute.


  1. Sex and the City 2

    Downright scary.

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  1. I actually liked Teeth. I thought it was hilarious. But then I did watch it the same night as the one about the German penis eaters.

  2. cannabis holocaust …. Most violent movie ….it has some real scenes of violence and it is meant for kids and emotional peeps

  3. The fact that some of you feel even more qualified than the already disturbing list makes me feel at ease, because I’m the dick that actually googled this….

  4. Um, no where do we suggest that the movies in this list suck. The only thing that we suggest they have in common is that they are disturbing, sexually speaking — and we don’t think (or imply) that something that’s disturbing automatically = bad. In fact, we really like a bunch of the movies on this list, especially Little Children, The Piano Teacher, Kissed, Dead Ringers, Happiness, The Cook…. The only movies we suggest are downright awful (or at least overrated) are Black Swan, Boxing Helena, Last Tango in Paris, Black Snake Moan, and Sex and the City 2. (But hey, if you want to defend SATC2, go to town dude!) That’s 5 out of 20. All the rest have just short, playful descriptions to clue readers in on what makes them disturbing — but just because we’re having fun with the descriptions doesn’t mean we’re making fun OF them (at least not ALL of them). Sheesh, lighten up.

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