As far as kinky movies go, let’s give some credit to the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. Whatever you think of the books - or the movies - it brought kink and BDSM into the mainstream in a new way. It also brought plenty of people to the BDSM lifestyle. But if you think that 50 Shades was the first major film about BDSM, think again.

Here are four kinky movies you need to see....


9 ½ Weeks



I’m just old enough to remember when 9 ½ Weeks, released in 1986, came out in theaters and the uproar it caused. I didn't discover, until quite recently, just how sexual and provocative it was. Both young and beautiful, Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke practically melt the screen. Watching it now, after all the protests 50 Shades created, their kinky relationship was erotic but unhealthy. If you see it, watch it for the heat, not as a primer on how to have a healthy relationship.

Crash



Directed by David Cronenberg and starring James Spader. Crash is what happens when you take your desire for kink and fetish to an unhealthy extreme. Do you like pain? Like danger? Or feeling terrified? Well, let’s fuck and crash a car at the same time. That, in a nutshell, is Crash. Also, a good lesson on what happens when you stop being safe, sane, and consensual. As one of the kinky movies released in 1996 with an R-rated version and an NC-17 version; I know which one I’ll watch.

Secretary



The first time I watched Secretary was several years after its 2002 release. I felt confused, a little horrified, and very turned on. By the second time I watched it, I was in a D/s relationship and understood exactly what I had seen. I promised to be his secretary if he’d spank me like James Spader spanked Maggie Gyllenhaal. For anyone who enjoys power exchanges, spankings, discipline, and punishment (you know who you are), you’ll probably get as turned on as I do every time I see it.

A Dangerous Method



David Cronenberg came back in 2011 with a new exploration of kink with A Dangerous Method. Based on the real story of Carl Jung’s involvement with a female patient that takes a decidedly unprofessional (and kinky) turn. We already live under the stereotype that those of us who are kinky are “damaged” in some way. This could potentially play into that view. However, there are many who believe BDSM can heal people, too. A Dangerous Method gives voice to that reality as well. Either way, it’ll make you think and turn you on. When Keira Knightley looks up and says, “I want you to punish me” I know I was turned on.

These aren’t the only kinky movies made in the last few decades about fetish. I thought about mentioning Exit to Eden. Then felt that the movie, which did a total disservice to the book, wasn’t what I would call a true exploration of kink. My memories of the movie are that it almost made kink a joke. If you’ve seen these kinky movies and are looking for others, here’s a list of BDSM in media and culture to check out.

Kayla Lords is a freelance writer, sex blogger, and a masochistic babygirl living the 24/7 D/s life. Follow her on her website or on Twitter @Kaylalords.

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MadameZ

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How could you have forgotten Preaching To The Perverted? OK, it's not the greatest film ever - not even the greatest fetish film - but it's worth a watch. Many of the extras were regular faces from the London fetish crowd at the time, and there are some very nice outfits. The plot's a bit silly but the film's heart is in the right place.

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