Sex scenes, we've seen a few. The first times that seldom bear resemblance to anyone's real first time. The quick-my-wife-is-out-of-town humpfests that turn us on and off at the same time. The perfect lighting and unrealistic, synchronized orgasms. They make it all look so easy, don't they?
Not that we're complaining. A great cinematic sex scene can really get us going, even if it involves positions straight out of Cirque du Soleil. Who doesn't feel a little warm when "Take My Breath Away" comes on? Who else believes that Michael Douglas must be able to make a woman (or Matt Damon) orgasm from 10 feet away?
Next time you and bae are looking for a little sexual inspiration, consider consulting one of these steamy scenes. Try not to pull a muscle.
Ok, this is less of a sex scene and more of a foreplay moment, but oh my god if you can keep from sinking into your couch with lust, I salute you. Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is posing as her boss (Sigourney Weaver) when she meets hot investment broker Jack Trainor (Harrison Ford). The sparks fly after the two put together the deal of a lifetime, and the two end up back at Jack's apartment, where he barely is able to close the door before ripping his shirt off. Literally.
Based on a 1979 novella by Eileen Chang, Ang Lee's pre-World War II spy film earned an NC-17 rating in the U.S. due to its explicit and graphic sex scenes, which reportedly took over 100 hours to shoot.
The daughter of a senator runs away with a rugged carnival worker. This premise definitely work as a romance novel, but lucky for us, it's not. We get to see each encounter between straight-laced girl and long-haired man played out in vivid color.
Unsurprisingly, Boogie Nights, a movie about a porn star's rise to fame, is full of sex. In this scene, Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) is paired with veteran porn actress Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) for his very first shoot.
Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) used a cheat sheet when going down on his girlfriend, Victoria (Tara Reid). Literally. He had a notebook page that said, "Rocking the tongue tornado" and a series of diagrams.
This French thriller begins with an encounter between two strangers at a popular hookup spot in the French countryside. Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) and Michel (Christophe Paou) have sex, and set up the power dynamic of danger and lust which will be taken to extreme heights during the rest of the movie.
After heroically rescuing a woman's shih tzu, Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is treated to a reward that isn't monetary. In this ridiculous and raunchy scene, Jim Carrey flaunts his brand of goofy physical comedy. You get to decide whether or not it's funny.
This is one trope of a sex scene. A younger woman (Emily Blunt) seduces her married boss, Craig (Sam Neill). The twists that come after, spurred by the relationship between Mara (Blunt) and Craig's wife, Sophie (Susan Sarandon), are the more compelling aspects of the film.
It's alarming to think that Brooke Shields was only 14 during the filming of this controversial movie about two Victorian kids left stranded on an island following a shipwreck. They come of age in paradise.
In this indie film, three sexually naive 14th-century nuns try to seduce a strapping young servant in a variety of hilarious, awkward contortions. There's a sex scene a minute, but the funniest is when Kate Micucci's character, poisoned on belladonna, goes after the servant with vigor.
In this surreal moment in cinema history, Julianne Moore seduces her cab driver, played by Robert Pattison. She literally asks him, "Do you want to fuck my holes?" And they he pulls over by the side of the road.
Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and Leticia (Halle Berry) are an unlikely pair. He, a prison guard. She, the wife of the prisoner he just executed. Still, they seek each other out — as is clear in this scene, where Hank goes down on Leticia.
Our Uber driver would not stand for this. By the way, Vincent Perez's character also has an affair with Éliane's (Catherine Deneuve) adopted Vietnamese daughter, Camille. What's French for super-messy?
In which Jude Law and Nia Long copulate on a pool table, conveniently ignoring the fact that she's his best friend's girl, and that it's impossible to walk away from this without a nasty case of felt burn.
Nothing says awkward (but still kinda hot) like making out in the pool with your future mother-in-law and her boyfriend. Allow Kate Beckinsale, Frances McDormand, and Alessandro Nivola to show you how it's done.
Though there's no shortage of sex scenes in this film adaptation of Milan Kundera's novel, it's this interaction between Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin (as Tereza and Sabina, respectively) that feels the most intimate and sensual.
This otherwise heart-wrenching drama includes this saucy striptease, which proves that inviting someone over for fish fingers is hotter than it sounds. Alas, you only get a snippet of the action between Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor in this clip.
Think Taylor Swift will watch Tom Hiddleston's spicy sex scene (complete with a bare bum) with Mia Wasikowska in this gothic thriller and wonder where things went wrong? The action gets underway at about the 4-minute mark.
We definitely would have paid more attention in world history class if we'd known how steamy Marie Antoinette's (Kirsten Dunst) sex life was. And yes, Jamie Dornan's Axel von Fersen is infinitely sexier than Christian Grey.
In the 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet, Susan Sarandon said the script originally called for her character to be drunk before having sex with Catherine Deneuve's character. But, being Sarandon, she asked to have the script changed so she would only drink one glass of wine beforehand.
"You wouldn't have to get drunk to bed Catherine Deneuve," Sarandon says, in the doc. Clearly.
The sex scenes between Jane March (as the Young Girl) and Tony Leung Ka-fai (as the Chinese Man) were rumored to have been real, rather than simulated. March later dismissed the claims, but that doesn't take away from their steaminess.
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. Get a hold of the full movie to enjoy; this scene is too hot for YouTube to handle.
This brief moment is enough to doom the characters' 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 desire is palpable.
Keira Knightley's Duchess of Devonshire is only accustomed to the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am overtures of her husband. Lady Bess Foster (Hayley Atwell), who happens to be sleeping with the Duke, convinces the Duchess to take on a lover of her own by showing her just how sensual intercourse can be. What are friends for?