Whether you call it “Netflix and chill,” or if you still call it “stay at home movie night,” — there is nothing like a cozy night at home for two. However, a little mood enhancement is sometimes necessary in order to secure a “happy ending” to the evening. Selecting the right movie can be the difference between having a night to remember and just dozing off on the couch before the final credits.
Here are 10 movies couples can watch to get in the mood. Some are mild — others are steamy — all, however, will be certain to provide the both of you with the spark you need for your own night of fireworks.
1. Original Sin (2001)
A young Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas in an erotic thriller set in late 19th century hot and steamy Cuba — there really shouldn’t be a need to say much more.
This film holds up well. It offers a sufficiently interesting plot involving Jolie’s character facing execution and recounting her tale to a priest. With a decent story and several scenes of Banderas and Jolie intertwined in the “art of love,” the only sin about this flick would be not using it at some point to get you both in the mood.
2. 9 Songs (2004)
Artsy romantic dramas have two purposes on this planet. One, to be heralded at film festivals (while being shunned at the box office) — and two, to provide plenty of romantic inspiration for couples.
“9 Songs” is just such a film. Set as a chronology of a 12-month long fling between a British climatologist and an American exchange student, this film is packed with extremely steamy scenes. As overtly sexual as it is, it is presented in an artistic style so that it never appears vulgar — no matter how intense the scenes.
3. 50 Shades of Grey (2015)
Intense passion with a hint of sadomasochistic flare — what more could you possibly need to get your own night rolling? Based on the 2011 popular novel that shares its name, this movie is certain to stimulate “ideas” regarding trying something new for yourselves.
4. The Notebook (2004)
Getting in the mood doesn’t always have to involve steamy sex scenes. A romantic drama involving the power of true love can also do the trick. Perfect for a couple that has been together for a while, “The Notebook” will provide you the opportunity to reflect on the feelings that you have for each other. After you both wipe each others’ tears at one of the tenderest endings in film history, it should be easy to progress to some tender intimacy of your own.
5. Ghost (1990)
It is impossible not to get a warm and fuzzy feeling when you watch Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in the iconic pottery wheel scene from “Ghost.” With a plot that places the value of everlasting love at the forefront, this film is perfect to create a romantic mood.
6. Sliver (1993)
Sharon Stone and William Baldwin in their early-90-s bods engaged in sweaty and steamy sex. Sliver is definitely not a movie to store in the salt mine caverns of movie classics, but it merits a view if you want to plant a naughty seed for the evening. With a plot revolving around an apartment building owner with a voyeuristic fetish, sex, murder, sex, jealousy, and more sex — taken lightly, this film can serve as a kinky mood setter.
7. Secretary (2002)
We would be remiss to omit the romantic drama that uses BDSM as the central force for bringing two people together. With a plot outline like that, it should be no surprise that James Spader played the male leading role in the film.
Telling the story of a young socially awkward woman who finds employment as a secretary for a young attorney, the movie weaves through the burgeoning of a genuine romance — eventually leading to marriage — all thanks to BDSM.
Yes, the plot may be a little quirky, but the sex scenes can be motivational. It is the ideal movie to watch if the both of you are in the mood for trying something “new and naughty,” but just don’t know how to bring up the topic.
8. Love Actually (2003)
A romantic comedy telling ten different stories, all of which are passively intertwined, make “Love Actually” the ideal film to watch while having dinner on the floor by the TV. Being broken into vignettes, its style allows for a couple to converse or interject commentary throughout the film. A couple watching this film can easily build up a conversion revolving around the movie throughout its showing. Add a few bottles of white wine to the mix and an amorous mood should not be that far away.
9. 9 1/2 weeks (1986)
If you are seeking a film purely to stoke the fires of intense sexual ecstasy devoid of any significant romantic underpinnings, “9 1/2 Weeks” is the film for you. Mind you, this film would only serve as a mood setter if you are already in an intimate relationship with the other person whom you are watching the film with — otherwise, it would be extremely awkward.
Full of intense scenes that were originally banned from its U.S. release in 1986, a smoking hot Kim Bassinger and a Mickey Rourke of three decades past really brought sizzle to the screen.
A word of advice, having some ice cubes on hand can help you in transitioning the passion from the screen to your own world.
10. PS, I Love You (2007)
This film will tug at her emotions more than her loins, but in the end, should leave the both of you holding each other in a tender embrace.
“P.S., I Love You” tells the story of a woman whose love of her life dies suddenly. Chronicling the ups and downs of her life without him, the thread of continuity throughout the film consists of the letters and reminders that he arranged, prior to his death, to have delivered to her.
It is the film to watch to set a sweet and tender tone for a very special night of true romance.
There are many more films that could make this type of list. After all, different people have different tastes in their movie selections. Some other movies that deserve honorable mention and consideration for setting the “mood” are:
Vicky Cristina Barecelona (2008): A romantic comedy with Scarlett Johannson, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem — enough said.
An Officer and a Gentlemen (1982): When Richard Gere takes Debra Winger in his arms and whisks her away — the mood is automatically set.
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001): With Gael Garcia and Diego Luna as two teens in a coming of age film set on the road with a gorgeous twenty-something woman — the sizzle is definitely on high.
The Wedding Date (2008): Sort of like a “Pretty Woman” with the gender roles reversed, this romantic comedy makes for a light movie to watch as you both use your own seductive banter to get things going.
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