16 Sex Scenes That Beat The Real Thing (Almost)


Once upon a time, we rounded up the couples who possessed the best chemistry of all time. These lovers had chemistry, intellectual connections, and real romance — they truly desired one another. However, this is not what we are counting down, here. This list is about sheer, hot, blush-inducing, temperature-raising s-e-x. The moments that make you feel strange if you watch with your parents (thanks, Mulholland Drive for that awkward moment), scenes you don't want to witness on an awkward date, and the interactions that make a movie memorable. Be careful where (and with whom!) you watch these steamy scenes. We take no responsibility for what odd stirrings this roundup may inspire.

Cruel Intentions

Making love to Counting Crows? Sounds weird, but it is actually perfect and a totally romantic soundtrack for those quiet, quick, afternoon delights.
Mulholland Drive

The problem with a straight man filming a lesbian sex scene is that it often feels exploitative. But Naomi Watts and Laura Harring's chemistry is both tender and incredibly erotic. There is love, but also a whole heckuva bunch of lust.
8 Mile

This isn't a sexy movie. There isn't a lot of eroticism throughout the picture. But the in-your-face, raw desire between Eminem and Brittany Murphy is alarming — and incredibly real.
A History of Violence

While this is contrasting with the initial sex scene between Maria Bello and Viggo Mortensen (which is filled with a goofy sense of marital bliss), the violent undertones bring up a sense of physicality that Cronenberg wants us to relate to sex. Fortunately, however, Mortensen and Bello's chemistry and relationship let us remember that — underneath the secrets — they still really want (and care for) each other. Also, real talk: Viggo Mortensen on the stairs. There isn't much else to say.
Lust, Caution

The only thing gratuitous about the sex in this movie is that it's all foreplay to a murder. Aside from that, Ang Lee is a master of making explicit sex scenes feel sexy rather than voyeuristic.
Black Snake Moan

Now this, this is what unleashing the animal inside you means. And though the movie kind of has a weird S&M, Stockholm-syndrome vibe, watching Justin Timberlake do it is, well, hot.
Blue Valentine

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Though this movie is anything but romantic, the sexual chemistry (when applicable) is on fire. It's unfortunate it couldn't save their relationship, but it is a testament to the incredible acting capacity of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling.
The Dreamers

If we could, we'd embed the entire movie here, because it's one big sex scene. Instead, here's a compilation of the most important moments in a movie of self-discovery through sex.
Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone's infamous leg-crossing was merely foreplay leading up to this all-out bedroom brawl that calls for a cold shower immediately after watching.

Literary-wise, this brief moment is enough to doom the character's lives. Briony's nosiness, jealousy, and naivety ruin the passion that's been building between Cecilia and Robbie. Their entire relationship thrives off this scene. It's their rock as much as it's their demise. Despite all of this, the intensity of their sexuality is palpable.
Y Tu Mamá También

This is both the plot's literal and figurative climax. The tension between Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna peaks, thanks to their mutual attraction to the effortlessly sensual Maribel Verdú. Sex, in this case, is a tool for personal growth rather than primal instinct.
The End of the Affair

Though adaptations and remakes are always headache-inducing, this deftly acted film ups the heat of the 1955 version by adding some seriously sexy sex. Actually, we can't tell who is sexier: Ralph Fiennes or Julianne Moore. Let's call it a tie.
Black Swan

Fun fact: This scene comes on an hour and nine minutes — a.k.a. 69 minutes — into the film. Aside from that, just uttering the phrase "Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in bed together" brings to mind the naughtiest of thoughts. Sex and danger make for dangerous but exciting partners; this scene is a testament to that.
Stealing Beauty

What is lovely about this scene is the sheer "coming-of-agedness" to it. Innocence is contrasted with desire, and Mazzy Star hums dreamily in the background.
American Gigolo

The power of this film lies in the fact that there isn't any graphic sex scenes. The entire movie is one big phone-sex session, leading your imagination down a path that's as raunchy as you want it to be.

Watching these two women get it on is enough to turn anyone, regardless of sexuality, onto the sexual prowess of Angelina Jolie.

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