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Kate Winslet in Titanic (1997)
When you fall in love hard and fast, well, the sex can often mirror that. We don’t actually see the young Rose (Winslet) in the act with her forbidden beau Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the backseat of a car (nice), but we do encounter that iconic moment when her hand smacks against the window in ecstasy. We also see their sweaty, panting, post-coitus glow. What’s even better is that, while Rose no doubt enjoyed herself, she’s kind of leading the way in their lovemaking. He’s a bit more nervous, while she’s confident, and they meet right in the middle.
Joan Allen in Pleasantville (1998)
Betty (Joan Allen) is a repressed 1950s housewife whose world opens up — quite literally, going from black-and-white to color — after she discovers the wonders of self-pleasure.
Diane Lane in A Walk on the Moon (1999)
Any film set during the infamous “summer of love” in 1969 had better feature a damn good sex scene — and A Walk on the Moon does not disappoint. Restless housewife Pearl (Lane) has an identity crisis summering with her kids in upstate New York while her husband works in the city. Fortunately, her big shakeup includes a freeing sexual awakening courtesy of a hottie named Walker, a.k.a. the Blouse Man (Viggo Mortensen). Their day of lovemaking, skinny-dipping, and cliff-jumping is the stuff of our hippie sex fantasies. And kudos to Lane, by the way: She has two movies on this list.
Kim Cattrall on Sex and the City (1998-2004)
Take your pick of scenes from the landmark HBO comedy, because Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) pretty much singlehandedly put the sex in this city. We chose one, but there are plenty of others.
Sarah Michelle Gellar on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2002)
Okay, so Bufffy and Spike's supernatural sexcapades might be kind of messed up, what with them being mortal enemies and all. But when all that I-want-to-kill-you rage morphs into I-want-to-fuck-you passion, our girl Buffy has sex so bangin' that it should have disrupted Hellmouth. Remember that time they literally caused that house to collapse because they were getting down so hard? Yeah, we thought you might.