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11. Dressed to Kill (1980)
This erotic crime thriller from Brian DePalma stars Michael Caine as both a New York City psychiatrist and a deranged transgender patient and is best known for the brutal elevator murder scene—which DePalma calls the best he’s ever done. The movie generated great reviews and became an inspiration to filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino. The original version was trimmed after the MPAA gave it an X-rating and the film earned $32 million at the box office.
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10. The Boy Next Door (2015)
2015's "Fatal Attraction"-redo stars Jennifer Lopez as a high school teacher going through a divorce who has a one-night stand with her much younger neighbor—who also happens to be a student at her school. He, of course, develops an obsession with her that threatens her job and her family. The low-budget thriller was panned by critics but has been a hit with audiences in its short run—grossing $34 million since it opened at the end of January.
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9. Sliver (1993)
Sharon Stone re-teamed with "Basic Instinct" screenwriter Joe Eszterhas in this erotic thriller in which Stone stars as a tenant in a New York City high-rise where the previous occupant of her apartment died under suspicious circumstances. She begins liaisons with two of her neighbors, who arouse her suspicions that they may have been involved in the previous tenant’s demise. The Philip Noyce-directed film suffered from studio-sanctioned rewrites after it earned an NC-17 rating and ended up largely panned by critics. It wound up grossing over $36 million—but also landed seven Razzie nominations.
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8. Unfaithful (2002)
Diane Lane stars opposite Richard Gere and Olivier Martinez in this sexy thriller about a seemingly happy married woman who begins a torrid affair with a stranger she meets in the streets of New York. The film landed Lane an Oscar nomination and the film $53 million at the box office.
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7. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Stanley Kubrick's final film starred Tom Cruise and then-wife Nicole Kidman as a wealthy New York couple whose loyalties are tested during a series of sexual events. His jealousy is piqued when she admits to fantasizing about a stranger and he watches someone else try to pick her up at a party, leading him to his own night of illicit sexual exploration that culminates in a members-only ritualistic orgy that may or may not be linked to murder. As baffling as it is titillating, the erotic thriller earned $57 million at the box office.
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6. Sea of Love (1989)
Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin star in this well-reviewed New York thriller centered on a cop hunting a serial killer who scouts his victims in the singles column of a newspaper. The film provided a solid showcase for Barkin’s sex appeal, and the heat of her scenes with Pacino justified the price of admission (and its near $58 million gross).
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5. Disclosure (1994)
Michael Douglas stars as a technology executive who becomes embroiled in a sexual harassment fiasco when his new boss, a former flame played by Demi Moore, comes on to him and then turns the tables, threatening to jeopardize his job. The Barry Levinson-directed film, based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name, opened to mixed reviews but took in $83 million at the box office.
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4. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
"Fifty Shades of Grey" was like a slam dunk at the box office because of the massively popular books, but adapting it was tricky since the novel was notably void of cinematic tension. Rather, it was about the sexual education of virginal college-grad Anastasia Steele by Christian Grey, a billionaire with a penchant for BDSM. Despite limp reviews and a C+ Cinemascore the film has already racked up over $93 million.
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3. Indecent Proposal (1993)
Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson star as a young married couple who, upon losing all their money in Las Vegas, make a deal with an eccentric billionaire played by Robert Redford for Moore’s character to spend the night with him. The film, scorned for its woman-as-barter premise, ended up with seven Razzie nominations—but still went on to make over $107 million.
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2. Basic Instinct (1992)
Michael Douglas stars as a reckless detective who has a torrid affair with his prime suspect, a successful bisexual novelist played by Sharon Stone, who just might be the killer who murders her lovers with an ice pick. The film stoked controversy before it even opened due to its graphic sex, violence, and depiction of gay characters. And apparently, the infamous leg-crossing scene was filmed without Stone’s permission. After all the noise, the film banked $118 million.
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1. Fatal Attraction (1987)
This Adrian Lyne-directed thriller, starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas, brought the term bunny-boiler into the vernacular and served as a powerful cautionary tale against infidelity. (See: Tom Hanks' rant in ''Sleepless in Seattle.'') It also became the second-highest grossing film of that year ($157 million) and was nominated for six Academy Awards.