10 Legitimately Great Erotic Thrillers

The sexy mysteries that still get our pulses racing.

Body Heat

If Dressed to Kill introduced the tropes of the ‘80s erotic thriller, Lawrence Kasdan’s directorial debut the following year cemented them. Kasdan was cashing in his cachet as the co-writer of Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, but he wasn’t quoting Saturday serials this time around; he was riffing on the quintessential film noir set-up, a rich husband and a sexy young wife and the horny dope who helps her kill him, but taking advantage of a freedom in onscreen sexuality that his ‘40s counterparts could only dream of. William Hurt and Kathleen Turner (also making her debut) sizzle in the leading roles, while newcomers Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke have a blast with their small but memorable supporting turns.