25. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1981)
Some like it hot. Some like it rough. Others like it hot and rough, like Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in this '80s noir remake: He's a drifter; she's a hostess who seduces him into offing her diner-owner husband.
Sexiest Moment What starts as a knockdown, drag-out physical fight ends with Lange covered in flour mounting Nicholson on the kitchen table. They're cooking, all right — just not food.
24. 9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
Adrian Lyne’s stylish thriller about sexual obsession — and, of course, foreplay involving the contents of your refrigerator — hasn't aged very well. It now feels more art-directed than naughty. But Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger never looked more beautiful (blindfolded or otherwise).
Sexiest Moment Rourke and Basinger going at it like jackrabbits in a rain-soaked alley after eluding muggers.
23. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993)
In refined late-19th-century New York society, one simply could not engage in extramarital affairs. And so would-be lovers Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) spend their lives pining for each other, unable to go beyond a stolen kiss in the back of a horse-driven carriage.
Sexiest Moment Newland unbuttons Ellen’s glove and kisses her wrist, tenderly.
22. MISSISSIPPI MASALA (1992)
Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair tackles racism and romance in this Mississippi-set bayou drama. African-American Demetrius Williams (Denzel Washington) and Uganda-born Indian Mina (Sarita Choudhury) spark from the get-go, much to their families' dismay.
Sexiest Moment Mina and Demetrius hit the sheets at a beachside hotel hideaway, the camera lingering on their entwined extremities.
21. BASIC INSTINCT (1992)
In Sharon Stone's bad-girl breakout, she oozes kinky danger as ice-pick-wielding bisexual novelist and man-eater. Michael Douglas doesn't stand an ice cube's chance in hell.
Sexiest Moment Duh. The interrogation.
20. TITANIC (1997)
When Titanic exploded with teen girls, Leonardo DiCaprio got a lot of the credit. He's dreamy, sure, but it's his potent chemistry with Kate Winslet that sustains the movie as a romance classic.
Sexiest Moment We're torn. Is it the scene where Leo sketches Kate nude, or the sweaty backseat sex scene in a car below decks that fogs up the windows?
19. THE NOTEBOOK (2004)
This adaptation of the 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel is an inexplicit yet electrically erotic weepfest, thanks to the desperate longing exuded by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
Sexiest Moment Seven years after their first attempt to have sex is interrupted, the pair finally, repeatedly, get it on in the mansion Gosling has painstakingly renovated as a tribute to the love he feared he'd lost forever.
18. SWIMMING POOL (2003)
In this twisty thriller set in the sun-scorched South of France, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) spends most of her screen time displaying her voluptuous, bronzed bod in a teeny bikini — or nothing at all. It's no wonder she helps uptight English novelist Sarah (Charlotte Rampling) enjoy a creative and libidinous reawakening.
Sexiest Moment Sarah indulges in a fantasy in which Julie indulges herself poolside.
17. MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001)
David Lynch's surreal tale of two Hollywood actresses sharing a passionate link in dual realities remains an enigma. But the explicit scenes shared by Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring require no explanation.
Sexiest Moment Sweet Betty (Watts) invites amnesiac Rita (Harring) to cuddle, and their good-night peck leads to more. Betty whispers, ''Have you ever done this before?''
16. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955)
When the wife's away, hubby may stray...especially if Marilyn Monroe lives upstairs. Monroe's role as the seductive subletter who tempts married Tom Ewell during a Manhattan summer is sweet (they drink champagne and eat potato chips off the living-room floor) and spicy (she does a breathy rendition of ''Chopsticks'').
Sexiest Moment During a walk, a gust from a subway grate tosses up Monroe's billowy skirt. She makes a giggly, mock-valiant effort to hide her assets.
15. NOTORIOUS (1946)
There's something perversely erotic (did Hitchcock do any other kind?) about helping your love marry into a Nazi cabal for the good of the world.
Sexiest Moment Devlin (Cary Grant) and Alicia (Ingrid Bergman) stroll out on a balcony above a South American beach. They kiss, and don't really stop for the next two and a half minutes — smooching for two seconds here, three seconds there, embracing the entire time. What began as a means of avoiding censors became a master class in hotness.