Good news for everyone whose favorite weekend activity is catching a movie in theaters or hanging out at home in front of the TV with a giant bucket of popcorn: There are tons of exciting new movie releases coming in 2023. Across genres, from rom-coms to dramas to horror flicks, there will be something for everyone this year, and that includes the sexiest movies of 2023 featuring très spicy sex scenes between your favorite actors. They aren’t as, ahem, “visual” as what you would see in ethical porn, of course, but there’s not a lot hotter than seeing the sexual tension that’s been building up between characters you’re invested in finally bubble over into an explosion of sensual passion—especially when those characters are played by the likes of Channing Tatum, Alison Brie, Michael B. Jordan, Salma Hayek Pinault… you get the picture. All we can say is: Sign👏🏼 us👏🏼 up👏🏼.
These movies are ideal for date nights (especially when you want to give your partner a not-so-obviously-obvious hint about what you want to do later), movie marathons with your best friends, or for when you want a little ~alone time~. Some of them don’t have set release dates just yet, and some don’t even have trailers (patience, friends!) because they’re still so new, but trust us—and our insider knowledge—when we say they’re expected to be capital-H hot. We’ve also included what we know about where you can watch them and when they’ll be available for at-home streaming, plus we’ll be updating this page as we know more, so be sure to bookmark and watch this space.
Now, without further ado, the sexiest movies of 2023:
Make no mistake: Infinity Pool is a scary movie with some very creepy moments, so skip it if that’s not your thing. It stars Alexander Skarsgård as James, an author who’s enjoying a vacation with his wife Em (played by Cleopatra Coleman) when he accidentally kills someone and has to either die as a consequence or fork over a ton of cash for a clone of himself to stand in for his execution. It might not sound very sexy, but stay for the orgy scenes and a very sensual performance by Mia Goth, horror queen.
In theaters January 27
Magic Mike’s Last Dance
Channing Tatum reprises his iconic role as “Magic” Mike Lane, a male exotic dancer who meets a wealthy socialite (played by Salma Hayek Pinault) in Miami and travels with her to London to put on a brand new show as his last hurrah. Expect everything you know and love about the previous two Magic Mike movies to be front-and-center here: an abundance of (excessively oiled up) abs, body rolling, muscles, more sexy dancing…yes, please.
In theaters on February 10, will reportedly stream later on HBOMax
Reese Witherspoon, queen of rom-coms, stars as Debbie alongside Ashton Kutcher’s Peter, two long-term best friends with totally opposite lives (Debbie in LA, Peter in New York) who decide to switch homes for a week and realize their feelings for each other might not be as platonic as they thought. (Especially considering they hooked up on the very first night they met. 👀) Come for the witty banter between these two iconic actors, stay for the very steamy love scenes.
On Netflix on February 10
Somebody I Used to Know
Alison Brie (who also co-wrote the film with husband Dave Franco, so you know it’s going to be ~romantique~) stars as Ally, a woman who goes back to her hometown and spends a magical day with her ex-boyfriend Sean (played by the dreamy Jay Ellis), only to find out he’s engaged to a very cool lady named Cassidy (played by the equally dreamy Kiersey Clemons). Drama ensues as Ally and Cassidy become friends.
On Prime Video on February 10
Please note that you should absolutely not watch this movie if you are squeamish and sensitive to violence because, yes, this is a movie about boxing and it will be bloody. But please also note that this is the perfect movie to watch with your boyfriend “for the plot” because “the plot” = Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors shirtless. In the upcoming third installment of the Creed series, MBJ reprises his role as Adonis Creed, who goes face-to-face with his childhood friend Damian (played by Majors) after he gets out of prison. It also stars Tessa Thompson, if you needed yet another reason to watch, and, fun fact, it’s MBJ’s directorial debut!
In theaters and IMAX March 3, will most likely stream later on Prime Video
Outlander fans, this one’s for you. In Love Again, Priyanka Chopra’s character, Mira Ray, is dealing with the grief of losing her fiancé and begins to text his number, not knowing it’s been reassigned to Sam Heughan’s character, a journalist named Rob Burns.
In theaters May 12
Passages got a ton of buzz after premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and we can see why. The French film directed by Ira Sachs follows a gay filmmaker named Tomas (played by Franz Rogowski), who cheats on his husband Martin (Ben Whishaw) with a woman named Agathe (played by Adèle Exarchopoulos).
There is no release date for this flick just yet, but it was recently acquired by distributor Mubi, so hopefully we’ll know more soon.
Veronica Lopez is the sex and relationships editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers and edits stories about single life, dating, relationships, sex, identity, and more.