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It's no secret that the French are great moviemakers. From its most beautiful stars to its most innovative creatives, France can rival even those in Hollywood. Notably, the French are particularly good at films that make you feel hot and heavy. They're known for their passionate personalities, after all, and paired with their liberated view of love and sex, it's no surprise that some of their films make up all levels of steamy. But among those that have riveted audiences over the years, these ones have proven to have left the biggest impression. They'll defintiely put you in the mood!
Belle de Jour (1967)
If the fact that Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most prolific French designers ever, made the wardrobe for this movie wasn't enough of a draw, Catherine Deneuve's astound beauty definitely will be! In this iconic 1867 film noir, Deneuve stars as a middle-class socialite who works in a private brothel during the day. Frustrated over her lack of sex life, she finds her enjoyment in her new profession instead, sparking the deepest, darkest, and most taboo desires inside of her. Behind her pristine and fashionable position, she hides a second life full of mystery, intrigue, pleasure, and more!
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And God Created Woman (1956)
From one French icon to another, Brigitte Bardot became the massive superstar she is today when she starred in Roger Vadim's 1956 hit, 'And God Created Woman.' Here, Bardot portrays Juliette Hardy, the 'woman' in question, who seduces all the men around her with her unapologetic sensuality and wild sex appeal. In her many antics, many of which were filmed in Saint Tropez, she captures the attention of the Tardieu family, a prominent family who owns a shipyard. She inevitably seduced the brothers, Antoine and Michel Tardieu, in which a passionate play of love, lust, and drama ensues.
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Swimming Pool (2003)
Now here's one that won't just entice your mood, but also your mind! 'Swimming Pool,' starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier, follows the story of a middle-aged British author who butts heads with her editor's daughter. The daughter in question, Julie (Sagnier), shows off her God-given goods and seduces all sorts of men into one-night-stands and temporary trysts. All of this distracts the author, Sarah Morton (Rampling), who went to her editor's vacation home in the French countryside to look for inspiration for her next novel. What happens is a clash between two headstrong women and the lies and intrigue buried between them.
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)
Now, for some LGBTQ+ love for you! 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' was the big hit of French cinema back in 2013. It even won the coveted Palme d'Or in that year's Cannes Film Festival. Starring the beautiful Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, it tells the story of Adèle, a young woman who, in high school, spots the blue-haired Emma and instantly falls in love with her, Having been raised in a conservative household, she grapples with her newfound attraction and questions her own sexuality, all while becoming closer and closer to the art school graduate.
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One Deadly Summer (2003)
Want a little suspense with your romance? Watch the riveting 2003 French film, 'One Deadly Summer' starring Isabelle Adjani and Alain Souchon. Adjani plays Elle, a stunning 20-year-old woman who moves to Provence for a certain reason. Whilst there, she catches the eye of 'Pin Pon' a shy mechanic who becomes totally obsessed with her. As the story and their relationship progress, Elle's reason for moving there comes to light: to exact revenge on the men who raped her mother, thus conceiving her. Unbeknownst to her, Pin Pon discovers this and takes matters into his own hands,
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When it comes to displaying sexiness, sensuality, and a heated romance on-screen, the French trump all the others. These movies are just some of the best that will always put you in the mood no matter how many times you watch them!
Even if you're watching these incredible movies in your air conditioned luxury home, they'll still turn up the heat in more ways than one!