Hustlers pretty much came out of nowhere as a box office win. It had a quick filming schedule earlier in 2019 on a production budget of roughly $20 million. It already made a lot more than that in its domestic opening, with Jennifer Lopez earning the best reviews of her career. There’s even early Oscar talk? Hot damn. Hustlers is more than a stripper movie, it’s a crime drama, but all movies about strippers are about more than just that. Here are a few such films — some sexy, most silly — ready and waiting for you to take it all off and stream.
The Full Monty
Like 2003’s British comedy Calendar Girls, 1997’s The Full Monty gave fans a wonderfully different and irreverent take on taking it all off. Six unemployed men — not exactly Chippendales types — decide to start a male striptease act to make money after their local steel mills in Sheffield are shut down. The Full Monty is about a lot more than tittering at grown men taking their clothes off and dancing. The hugely successful movie also has some serious subtext about unemployment, working class culture, body image, fathers’ rights, and more. It was considered one of the best British films of the 20th Century and was later adapted into a play.
Stream The Full Monty now on Cinemax Go or from $4 on Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play.
Showgirls & Striptease
I don’t know what to think about the mid-to-late ’90s that it was such a big time for stripper movies. Showgirls came out first, starring Elizabeth Berkley, who shocked fans with a BIG departure from Jessie Spano on Saved by the Bell. Showgirls was trashed on impact but became a cult classic. The very next year, Demi Moore starred in Striptease as a former FBI secretary who turned to stripping to afford to appeal a custody agreement to get her daughter back. (So many movie characters have such lofty reasons for stripping.) Striptease managed to get even worse reviews than Showgirls — with Demi Moore seeming to be in a different more serious movie than everyone around her — but dammit, at least the Razzie Awards liked it!
Magic Mike & Chocolate City
Channing Tatum showed real star power in Magic Mike, which was loosely based on his own experience as an 18-year-old stripper in Tampa. Like so many stripper movies, it managed to attract a great cast, and these guys looked like they were having the time of their lives — including Matthew McConaughey as former stripper Dallas, plus Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and Alex Pettyfer. The film was made on a reported production budget of $7 million and made more than $167 million in 2012. It was a phenomenon that launched a sequel. It also inspired the 2015 movie Chocolate City, which got its own sequel on Netflix. Director Jean-Claude La Marre said a lack of people of color was one glaring omission in Magic Mike, and they jumped on it. But Tyson Beckford, who co-starred in the movie, told HIV Plus magazine he didn’t like comparisons to Magic Mike because Chocolate City is about a “different kind of experience.”
Stream Magic Mike for $3 on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play or Vudu . Stream Chocolate City on VOD and On Demand, and watch Chocolate City: Vegas Strip on Netflix.
BONUS: Zombie Strippers
Of course it’s bad. This campy 2008 B-movie horror comedy is set in a dystopian future with too many wars and too few soldiers, so a virus is developed to bring soldiers back to life. A test subject escapes and heads to a strip club, infecting a stripper and making her a zombie. Turns out, being a zombie makes strippers even more popular (there’s a metaphor in there if you look for it) so the club’s owner — played by Robert Englund, because why not — suggests the other strippers to go zombie too. Jenna Jameson plays the club’s star dancer. Because seriously, why not.
Stream Zombie Strippers … if you dare, bwahaha … for $3 on Amazon Prime, or $4 on YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play.