10 Movies to Put Him in the Mood

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6. O Brother, Where Art Thou, a musician favorite.

Toe-tapping tunes and exciting adventures make this traveler's tale a turn-on for another Michael, this one a guitarist and writer. Three bad-boy convicts (George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson) break out of jail to collect some irresistible but dangerous loot. Taking inspiration from Homer's Odyssey, the movie's seductive repartee between Clark Gable-esque Clooney and Holly Hunter always puts Michael in a mushy mood.

7. For that 60-something lover: Swimming Pool.

This sexily charged murder mystery is a hit with men of all ages, but especially the older set. "It certainly turns my mind in a sexual direction," says Roger, a software developer. "I think Charlotte Rampling is a very attractive woman, sexually and otherwise, and there is a nude scene which I find rather touching. That Rampling is about my age (she turned 60 this year) also adds to the attraction. After all, it's easier to fantasize about a chance encounter with Charlotte than with some young thing who spends her spare time with Tom Cruise."

8. For the science-fiction geek: Ladyhawke.

For Elmer, a biologist, nothing beats this fantastical love story, complete with evil sorcerers and knights in armor, and starring Michelle Pfieffer. "A lone, brooding wanderer on a handsome black horse fiercely protects his hawk during by day. And by night, he (Rutger Hauer) turns into a wolf, having no memory of the day. The hawk, in turn, transforms into a beautiful woman at night (Pfieffer)," says Elmer. "The only time they can touch each other is that fleeting moment between sunrise and sunset. I've watched it three or four times and get a little choked up each time."

9. A foreign affair? Go with a Sonia Braga film like Gabriela.

Based on Jorge Amado's novel, this erotic adventure tale set in beautiful Parati, Brazil sizzles. It's the story of a passionate love affair between a middle-aged bar owner (Marcello Mastroianni) and a seductive young woman (Sonia Braga). Cary, a realtor, likes this movie and Sonia's performances in general. "She has an actual body as opposed to one our culture has imposed upon her. She exposes most of it throughout the movie, and is completely at ease with herself. She is sexy because she knows she is, not because she fits some stereotype of what a 'babe' is supposed to look like."

10. For the graphically inclined, The Dreamers.

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, Matthew (Michael Pitt), an American college student, sets off for 1968 Paris for some more book learning. There, he meets twins Theo (Louis Garrel) and Isabelle (Eva Green) and some NC-17 sex scenes ensue. Which is why graphic artist Rick liked it. Because "unapologetic sexuality" definitely gets him thinking about a little post-movie romance.

So there you have it. Put away the Tom Hanks films and try something new. You'll thank us when you're living out your own tale of romance, after the movie.

Originally published on LHJ.com, July 2005.


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