The 10 best BDSM movies (Images are NSFW)


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BDSM-themed movies, and films with hot kink scenes in them provide us with two very important things: mainstream popular-culture acceptance, and something to jerk the gerk/smack the peach to when we're bored.

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Depictions of BDSM in film can be serious, campy, ridiculous, artistic, graphic, funny or just plain hot, but all of them are memorable. We would have a gaping hole in our collective cultural consciousness without ever seeing Dennis Hopper huffing nitrous oxide and domming Isabella Rossellini, or James Spader ordering Maggie Gyllenhaal to bend over the desk. Filling that hole is our top ten list of the best BDSM movies -- you know you want them.

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10. The Story of O (1975).
Between the then-classy-now-campy sets, costumes -- or lack thereof -- and crazy 1970s pube bushes, this film is based on the Pauline Réage book of the same name, and one of the few movies that is actually better than the book.

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9. Blue Velvet (1986).
Nothing says "I love you" like Isabella Rossellini begging Kyle MacLachlan to hit her in lieu of foreplay, and Dennis Hopper's sociopathic, drug-huffing character is a classic for the ages. David Lynch deserved an Oscar for this film. Or at least some rough sex afterward.

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8. 9 ½ Weeks (1986).
The 1980s gave us some of the most intense BDSM movie scenes, including Kim Basinger getting iced, getting girly, and getting herself off. This film taught us that food isn't just for eating, and Mickey Rourke didn't look so much like a boiled ham back then.

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7. Body of Evidence (1993).
Madonna getting handcuffed and buggered is almost as awesome as Willem Dafoe just being in the movie, period. The plot was hole-ier than a pegboard, but we get to see Julianne Moore in the buff, which is never a bad thing.

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6. The Pet (2006).\
Servitude can be beautiful -- with lots of naked -- and this movie appeals to the submissives at heart. Also, the archetypal rich male benefactor-dominant is well-portrayed. This movie is relatively low-budget and harder to locate, but well worth the effort.

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izza
izza

You tell me to Netflix Sin City. But it isn't on Netflix.

You raised my hopes, sir, and then you dashed them.

commentor99
commentor99

could u please not forward this junk to my facebook page.  Thanks.

matthewdavidfranz
matthewdavidfranz

It was a samurai sword in Pulp Fiction, not a machete. Just to clarify.

Kimberly A Snowbarger
Kimberly A Snowbarger

I think what cracked me up most is all the whining and complaining comments to this article at the tail end.

edgar_arvizu
edgar_arvizu

You forgot CRASH with James Spader, not a lotta people know of it

George Young
George Young

I was a little surprised too although it didn't bother me. I have no kids and work in a room by myself.

Alicia Herzing
Alicia Herzing

I agree marj... I'm not a prude, but The photo is pretty inappropriate...

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

And on this day, many panties are in bunches.....

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

how many times is this shit going to get posted? NO ONE CARES! i have an idea...if you do not have anything to post, except something that has been posted multiple times, DO NOT MAKE A POST! or you could hire someone with insight as to what is going on in the world to make intelligent posts that people will actually read!

Marj Hahne
Marj Hahne

Hey, Westword, some of us have children--our own kids, nieces, nephews--who are our FB Friends and see what gets posted to our page, sometimes before we can remove the post. It's the accompanying photo that's the problem, not the article, so if the images are NSFW, then you shouldn't show one upfront in your posting. Thanks.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Gee, my Sunday would've have been COMPLETE without this 'tidbit' ???

Honey Jimenez
Honey Jimenez

Pulp Fiction and Sin City are really stretching it. They are NOT movies centered around BDSM!

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

another worthless post from the westword. Denver Westword should change to Denver TMZ.

Michelle Pearl Mobley
Michelle Pearl Mobley

Westword is officially THE Smut peddler of Metro Denver. I'm taking it a step further and reporting you lame jerks to FB. There is NO "mainstream popular-culture acceptance" to seeing this when I turn on Facebook.

GFTW
GFTW

Most shocking about this article is that apparently Jenn Wolowitz has been writing for WW for at least two years! WTF? She must be letting a lot of ppl there smack her peach.

Jaci Vezina
Jaci Vezina

I looked it up lol: bondage & discipline, domination & submission, sadism & masochism.

Harusami Is
Harusami Is

Ok Westword, tired of your gigglos and dumbarse crap. This "Arts & Entertainment Weekly" is marketing to the lowest now. "Unlike"

Jaci Vezina
Jaci Vezina

Am I lame that I don't know what BDSM means??

Obsequium
Obsequium

I loved Secretary, my favorite, so sweet and they do a good job of showing the love that goes on in D/s relationships. however pulp fiction? Sin city? They have NOTHING to do with BDSM 

Electronic Cigarette
Electronic Cigarette

Pulp Fiction and Sin City ?!? I will accept Secretary and The Story of O ( Beautiful movie btw. )

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Kimberly A Snowbarger Me, too...lol

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Aaron LeForce You cared enough to post.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Sherry Kaffenbarger Eppers It's not my fault you got knocked up--quit watching so many smutty movies. : )

zenmonk
zenmonk

@Michelle Pearl Mobley 

Since when do you decide what others should or should not like? Grow up.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Michelle Pearl Mobley Hahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!! Hahahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!

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