Top 10 sexually liberating movies of recent times

It's difficult not to think about sex. While there is no dearth of movies with graphic content, fact remains not everyone can handle the subject successfully. This list is a collection of movies that explore relationships, love, lust and leave behind an impression that will change your perception about things forever.

Don't Look Down (2008) 

A sleepwalker falls in to the bed of beautiful Elvira and what follows is an exploration into love, sex and emotions. While trying to maximize his e-time (can't write it here) Eloy starts to have visions of places he's never visited before. The film presents its matter objectively and the intimacy between the two is amazing. Moreover, it goes beyond the concept of sex and talks about the power of love.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Even decades later "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is still young and sexy, the credit for which goes to the writer, Milan Kundera as well as the director, Philip Kaufman. Daniel Day Lewis and Juliette Binoche have great chemistry together. The movie overall is as unique as its title and is a must watch.

The Dreamers (2003)

Bertolucci's young, energetic and innovative, "The Dreamers" is a movie about three youngsters, serious movie-buffs with an intellectual frame of mind who's love and emotions for each other somehow get entangled. Eva Green is a pretty-psycho in this movie, Louis Garrel is her mysterious brother, while the lonely Michael Pitt has just come to Paris to study. All three actors have done brilliantly. The Dreamers is about freedom, love, lust and intimacy.

Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)

Mickey Rourke's most memorable film, Nine 1/2 Weeks has some of the most erotic moments ever captured on screen. The film is about an introvert Wall Street guy and a recently divorced Elizabeth, played by Kim Basinger. Elizabeth falls for this mysterious guy who actually turns out to be a control freak. They are destined to part away one day but whatever time they spend together is memorable.

Samsara (2001)

Shot in the beautiful landscape of Ladakh, Samsara is a rare religious movie that doesn't fear to talk about lust. An ascetic seeking enlightenment feels the importance of going back to the world to fully understand the teachings of dharma. Infatuated by a girl he gets married and has a family. But the lust overpowers him and brings the realization of the nature of desire. One of the memorable quotes from the movie, "What is more important: satisfying one thousand desires or conquering just one?"

Green Chair (2005)

32 years old Kim Mun-hee engages in a physical relationship with a 19 year old Seo-hyun, who is still a minor according to Korean law.  Kim Mun-hee has to face embarrassment and is arrested, but after she comes out both of them realize that there was something more than sex between them .Both of them decide to continue their relationship with some twists and tangles in between.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Kubrick's last and his best (according to him) is an exploration into the desires and jealousy of a man who gets hurt after his wife tells that she could have left him for some anonymous guy. Nobody can tell what ensues in the middle of the movie and what exactly does it signify, but portrayal of multiple-orgies with people watching makes it qualified enough to be a part of this list.

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001) 

The film fulfills the sexual fantasy of its protagonist, a fantasy that every man may share with him.  Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is Japanese film by Shôhei Imamura, who has given us the likes of "The Ballad of Narayama" in the past. The protagonist's life is revived after meeting this girl in a small town after he's divorced and has lost his job. The film adds an exuberance to the act of sex, something it should do in life too.

Lolita (1997)

Adrian Lyne's take on Vladimir Nobokov's, Lolita is a bold foray into theme already explored by Stanley Kubrick. However, Kubrick had to scale down the explicitness of his version, Lyne's Lolita could afford to be more open. Dominique Swain does brilliantly as a young, rebellious teenager and brings the character of Lolita to life. Adrian Lyne too is to be praised for using lights brilliantly in this one.

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Michael Haneke's  psychological drama about a sexually repressed woman, who is also a piano teacher is a shocking, disturbing tale about sadomasochism. Not everyone can see it in one go, but you're bound to go back to it in order to know how it ends. In case you feel you're up to it I wouldn't mind giving you the green signal.