Beyond ’50 Shades Darker’: These seven films deliver a more erotic brand of sexuality

 
 

As you’ve probably heard, the second 50 Shades of Grey movie, 50 Shades Darker, hit theaters February 10, and it’s sure to ause lots of awful problems for the ushers who have to clean up the theater after each screening. As you probably can guess, it’s also most likely going to be terrible, given that it hasn’t screened for critics (and most likely won’t).

We haven’t seen a descendent of Tippi Hedren get mauled so badly since 1981’s Roar, so we thought, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’d suggest some alternative viewing options for those interested in BDSM or other, kinkier, sexy stuff instead of wasting money on that nonsense. Here are seven other movies about sexuality that are either much more titillating, much more heartwarming, or just generally better made than the 50 Shades trainwrecks.

Warning: this list is most definitely not safe for work.

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Secretary

It’d be a crime to make a list like this and not include Steven Shainberg’s 2002 romantic comedy somewhere on it. Based on a story by Mary Gateskill, Secretary is about the dominant/submissive relationship between a weirdo attorney (James Spader, America’s sweetheart) and his eccentric secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Gyllenhall, if our previous sentence didn’t make it clear enough, is the protagonist here, and she’s never been better as she was here. It’s a weird little comedy with a huge heart, and it’s an absolute bummer that Shainberg’s career never took off in the way this movie suggested it would have. We’d trade any number of Diane Arbus fan fiction pieces for another gem like this.

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