by Carl Franzen
Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and you know what that means: roses, dinner reservations, and the world premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. The hotly-anticipated adaptation of the bestselling erotic novel from author E.L. James (who actually began the Fifty Shades series by writing Twilight fan-fiction online) lands in US theaters on Thursday, February 12th. And judging by the massive ticket pre-sale numbers, it’s bound to be a hit.
The book series was the subject of controversy for its depiction of a BDSM-tinged relationship and the impending release of the film has proven no different, drawing criticism from the usual camps of morality crusaders as well as BDSM practitioners, some of whom believe that the Fifty Shades story arc is a damaging and misleading portrayal of their experiences. Lead actress Dakota Johnson and her costar Jamie Dornan have also taken heat for their comments about BDSM and the making of the film.
If all that controversy turns you off from making your way to the theater this Valentine’s Day, or you want Fifty Shades to be just one part of your erotic movie marathon, there are of course many other classic sexy films available for you to watch at home. Here’s a starter kit of the top 10 hottest non-Fifty Shades films for the sexy cinephile in all of us.