With Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas, who worked together to made Basic Instinct, return with another sexy thriller... though to lesser results. (There's no Sharon Stone for a start.) Unlike Basic Instinct -- and many other films on this list -- Showgirls wasn't edited to receive an R-rating, instead releasing to theaters as NC-17, which meant it didn't even make back its $40 million budget at the box office (though it became a cult hit on home video).
So how do you make a sexy thriller that doesn't get people to show up at theaters? Instead of focusing on crowd-pleasing sex scenes, Showgirls spent a lot of screentime focusing on the myriad forms of abuse taken by the showgirls the story follows... and on top of hackneyed, predictable dialog (i.e. "I'm a dancer!"), it just didn't work no matter how much nudity it had.
For better or worse, the golden age of the sexy thriller seems to have come and gone... but with Hollywood's fondness for revisiting old favorites, we wouldn't be surprised if this genre rises from the grave -- especially if 50 Shades winds up being a box office success.