Shame (2011), directed by Steve McQueen, demands to be seen more for Fassbender's no-holds-barred performance (which should have scored an Oscar nomination), than for its laborious long shots including miscast Carey Mulligan's renditon of "New York, New York." 80% on the Tomatometer.
Crash (1996), David Cronenberg's Cannes special-prize-winner (for "audacity"), stars Holly Hunter as a car-crash victim who becomes part of a sub-culture of scarred, sexually voracious accident survivors who are turned on by automobile wrecks. 75% on the Tomatometer.
Henry and June (1990) was the first film labeled “No one under 17.” Set in 1931 Paris, the Phil Kaufman drama follows writers Henry Miller (Fred Ward) and Anaïs Nin (Maria de Madeiros, of "Pulp Fiction" fame) at work and erotic play. Nin also gets sexy with Miller's wife, June (Uma Thurman). 73% on the Tomatometer.
The Dreamers (2003), set in 1968 Paris, stars Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire") as an American abroad who falls into a sexual triangle with brother and sister film enthusiasts. For its Italian release, the film was rated viewable by age 14 and up. 60% on the Tomatometer.