30 Notable Adult Films by Genre Filmmakers

Programmer and Vinegar Syndrome archivist Justin LaLiberty selects 30 X-rated films as a starting point for exploring the more risque filmographies of notable genre directors better known for their work in exploitation, horror, fantastique, superhero, comedy and more. (Learn more about Letterboxd’s recent addition of adult film pages on our blog.)

Note from Justin, August 2021:

It should come as no surprise that filmmakers that cut their teeth on adult cinema made their way into genre films—or vice versa—as both can be made with minimal resources, have less industry oversight than studio productions and have the potential for artistry to spare. This list includes filmmakers well known for their genre work—Wes Craven, Abel Ferrara, William Lustig—alongside filmmakers who perhaps only…

  • 9 Lives of a Wet Pussycat
  • Café Flesh
  • A Climax of Blue Power
  • Come With Me My Love
  • Corruption
  • Disco Sex
  • El Paso Wrecking Corp.
  • Exploring Young Girls
  • The Fireworks Woman
  • A Formal Faucett
  • High Rise
  • High School Fantasies
  • Hot Truckin'
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Justine and the Whip
  • Le beau mec
  • Miami Vice Girls
  • Naughty Girls Need Love Too
  • New Wave Hookers
  • Nightdreams
  • Porno Holocaust
  • Roommates
  • Sex and Astrology
  • The Sexorcist
  • Snow Honeys
  • St. Tropez
  • Take Off
  • The Violation of Claudia
  • A Woman's Torment
  • X-Factor