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From the origins of cinema, eroticism has always been linked to the big screen. Combining cinematographic scenes with the sensuality and eroticism of the actresses of the moment was always ensuring success. The reason is clear: What is it that leaves no one indifferent? Sex.
It is not surprising that the best erotic films stand out for being charged with passion, sex appeal and sensuality. Surely, one of the first movies that comes to mind is "50 Shades of Gray", the most sensual trilogy on the market. However, eroticism has been established in Hollywood since the early 1930s.
The trajectory of this cinematographic genre has never been regular. It all started with the popular movie "Ecstasy" where, in it, Hedy Lamarr starred in the first nude in the history of erotic cinema. This scene was the pioneer in opening the way to the world of erotic movies.
The sensuality and lust it aroused made this artistic work a hit at the box office in countries that did not censor it. But the sexual disinhibition that was breathed on the screens did not last long, since the production code was established, popularly known as "The Hays code" that forced directors to follow a moral code.
At this point, actresses like Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russel and Ava Gardner enter the scene. Through their sensuality and beauty, but without showing nudity, they will be able to captivate the public.
In the late 1960s, eroticism and Hollywood again forged ties. Without any type of censorship or codes, the cinema opted again for films full of erotic scenes. However, this industry had to deal with great competition: pornographic films.
Between the 70s and 80s there was a boom in erotic films, coinciding with the time when Spain entered a time of freedom, after many years of dictatorship.
We are going to discover some of the movies that went down in history for being highly groundbreaking and seductive. These were the ones in charge of revolutionizing the cinemas of many of the countries that bet on them, instead of censoring them.
One of these classics that hit the box office was “Last Tango in Paris”. It stood out for its strong eroticism and the amount of female nude scenes that appeared. During the Franco regime, this film was censored and could not be seen until 6 years later. How many people had to cross the French border to enjoy the movie of the moment?
Another of the jewels in the crown was the fascinating melodrama “Fuego en el cuerpo” where sex and crime go hand in hand. Starring the young Kathleen Turner, the actress managed to captivate thousands of people with her beauty and sensuality, becoming the sexual icon of the time.
In this line of thrillers, we must also mention the movie “Basic Instinct”. Under this title, we find a feature film full of explicit scenes of violence and eroticism that scandalized the population. Without a doubt, the famous crossing of legs of Sharon Stone was the protagonist moment of the film.
In the XXI century, eroticism and sexuality in the cinema is already a completely normalized phenomenon. Access to this genre is possible through all market platforms. Although there are many films that increase the temperature just by looking at them, not all of them have convinced the public. What are the most erotic films that have revolutionized society?
We have already mentioned it before, and we cannot talk about eroticism without mentioning the film series "50 Shades". This number one selling trilogy combines a romantic love story full of wild eroticism and sadomasochism. Undoubtedly, it managed to break with the similarity of thousands of films of this genre.
Another of the films that convinced critics was "The Wolf of Wall Street." A comedy full of excesses, sensual scenes and humor starring two stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie. The plot is based on the story of Jordan Belfort, an investor who spent part of his fortune on prostitutes and cocaine.
Third, we should mention the movie that was released in 2013 called “Nymphomaniac”. The story explains the exuberant and multifaceted life of a woman marked by her sexuality. Self-diagnosed as a nymphomaniac due to her addiction to her sex, the protagonist will relate all the episodes that have led her to the present.
Many consider these films pure art and others criticize them as vulgar and inappropriate. Be that as it may, even if you like them more or less, the reality is that they marked a before and after in the history of cinematography.
Erotic movies are not pornography, but stories that explore human sexuality, desire, and intimacy. These groundbreaking stories, full of eroticism and passion, have always won the hearts of an immense audience. Both an audience wanting to experience this culture that had been banned for so many years, and a young audience in a society where there are fewer and fewer taboos around sex.
Cinema and eroticism have always been connected since it was discovered that culture was the ideal place to express the curiosities and motivations of the human being. That is why cinema, along with erotic films, will always be at the service of the population, evolving according to the context, culture and values of the society of the moment.