The Hottest Sex Scenes Ever Filmed

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, synchronised 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 only involves a humble peach (we're looking at you, Call Me By Your Name...) But really, 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.
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Call Me By Your Name (2017)

The film adaptation of Andre Aciman's acclaimed 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name, which stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, is one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year, and also happens to involve a sex scene with a peach. Fun fact: the director, Luca Guadagnino, took it upon himself in the name of research to see if peaches really do make good masturbatory toys, and was able to come to the happy conclusion apparently they do. So there's that.
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Video: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Alien: Covenant (2017)

Ricks (Jussie Smollett) and Upworth's (Callie Hernandez) spaceship shower sex is guaranteed to get your pulse racing — especially when that pesky Xenomorph tries to join the party. When are people going to learn that a cheeky snag in the middle of a life-threatening situation is almost certain to get them killed?
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Video: Courtesy of Miramax.
Cold Mountain (2003)

The mountain may be cold, but the sex is hot. Enjoy this sizzling moment between Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, and say a prayer of gratitude that our clothes no longer involve so many layers and laces.
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Video: Courtesy of Lions Gate Films.
Secretary (2002)

If your new boss asks you to bend over his desk, run straight to HR — unless you're Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary. This cult BDSM classic costarring low-key sex icon James Spader makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like a Taylor Swift music video.
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Casino Royale (2006)

Being a Bond girl is usually fatal, but at least comes with the perk of some very, very hot sex.
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Video: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Body Heat (1981)

If you're going to strike up an affair with a married woman with mysterious intentions, the middle of a Florida heatwave is as good a time as any, we suppose. More ice, please.
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Video: Courtesy of Sony.
Layer Cake (2004)

Sienna Miller and Daniel Craig put the XXX in XXXX with this Rolling Stones-soundtracked hotel tryst. Unfortunately, poor XXXX got snatched before he had the opportunity to seal the deal. Thanks to a certain phone hacking scandal, however, we know that Miller and Craig were at least able to, ahem, conduct some research IRL.
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Video: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Femme Fatale (2002)

Rebecca Romijn proves that one can get off and pull off a heist at the same time in this racy bathroom scene opposite model Rie Rasmussen. The original scene features composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's variation on Ravel's "Bolero", which is all the more reason to slip out to the loo during your next trip to the symphony.
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Video: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

We can think of six kids who will probably be scarred by this hot-and-heavy moment. Oh, Brangelina, why'd you have to break up?
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Video: Courtesy of New Line Cinema.
A History of Violence (2005)

While this stands in contrast to 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.
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Video: Courtesy of ContentFilm.
My Summer of Love (2004)

One of Emily Blunt's earliest films is this drama exploring the budding lesbian relationship between two friends.
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Video: Courtesy of Zodiak Entertainment.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

Little is left to the imagination in this racy scene capturing Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth Salander going down on on-off lover Mimi Vu (Yasmine Garbi). Blink and you'll miss what appears to be a merkin.
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Video: Courtesy of A24.
Spring Breakers (2013)

James Franco, Ashley Benson, and Vanessa Hudgens add a little chlorine to their onscreen coupling (tripling?) in this memorable scene from Harmony Korine's film.
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Jamón Jamón (1992)

Current marrieds Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz didn't start dating until 15 years after filming this explosive sex scene. Also: How hilarious is the reaction of the other café patrons?
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Top Gun (1986)

It's cheesy, perhaps, but the sex scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis still makes us weak in the knees. You can't beat electric-blue lighting and synth beats.
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Anna Karenina (2012)

This steamy scene between Keira Knightley and Aaron Taylor-Johnson should make you regret not paying more attention to Tolstoy in school.
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American Pie (1999)

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.
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American Gigolo (1980)

Richard Gere's male escort Julian must get paid by the hour, because this is the slowest, most painstakingly choreographed sex we've ever witnessed. He and Lauren Hutton are just so pretty, though.
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Unfaithful (2002)

Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez demonstrate the undeniable power of soggy make-up sex.
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Chloe (2009)

Julianne Moore plays a doctor who suspects her husband of having an affair. The only reasonable course of action is to hire a call girl (Amanda Seyfried) to test his faithfulness, and then have sex with her, too.
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Laurel Canyon (2002)

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.
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The Hunger (1983)

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.
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My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

The sex scene between Daniel Day-Lewis and Gordon Warnecke is both comical — given the unsuspecting presence of the latter's uncle — and erotic.
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Top Gun (1986)

It's cheesy, perhaps, but the sex scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis still makes us weak in the knees. You can't beat electric-blue lighting and synth beats.
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Pretty Woman (1990)

The first time Vivian lets Edward kiss her on the lips is both adorable and steamy.
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Stealing Beauty (1996)

What's lovely about this scene is its sheer coming-of-age quality. Innocence is contrasted with desire, and Mazzy Star hums dreamily in the background.
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Bound (1996)

Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon have two memorable sex scenes in this noir-style thriller. Pity Joe Pantoliano has to interrupt one of them.
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Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Baz Luhrmann's '90s version, stole our hearts, broke them into a tiny thousand pieces, and ignited a crush on Leo that would last for decades. The kissing scene in the pool, and Leo messing around between the sheets in their marital bed, make for the most tender and electric onscreen romancing- ever.
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Unfaithful (2002)

In real life, you'd probably get a police escort out of Au Bon Pain.
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Dangerous Beauty (1998)

Rufus Sewell and Catherine McCormack's love scenes in this obscure historical drama about a courtesan and her lover still hold up nearly 20 years later.
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A Walk on the Moon (1999)

God bless Viggo Mortensen and his commitment to performing cunnilingus on-screen.
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Cruel Intentions (1999)

Making love to the tune of Counting Crows? Sounds weird, but it is actually perfect and a totally romantic soundtrack for those quiet, quick, afternoon delights.
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Love & Basketball (2000)

Everyone should lose their virginity with Maxwell playing in the background. Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan perfectly capture those first-time jitters and still keep it sensual.
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Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

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.
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Mulholland Drive (2001)

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 helluva lot of lust.
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8 Mile (2002)

This isn't a sexy movie. But the in-your-face, raw desire between Eminem and Brittany Murphy is still hot as hell.
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The Dreamers (2003)

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.
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The Notebook (2004)

This sex scene starts like all good sex scenes should – in torrential rain.
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Atonement (2007)

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.
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Black Swan (2010)

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 perilous but exciting partners; this scene is a testament to that.
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Blue Valentine (2010)

Though this movie is anything but romantic, the sexual chemistry (when applicable) is on fire. It's unfortunate that couldn't save their relationship, but it is a testament to the incredible talents of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling.
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Free Fall (2013)

These two German cops can't resist getting it on, even though one of them is living with his pregnant girlfriend. Warning: may inspire you to take up running.
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The Spectacular Now (2013)

Forget that Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley now play brother and sister. As first-time lovers, they toe the line between awkwardness and intimacy in a beautiful, realistic-feeling way.
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Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013)

There's a lot of controversy surrounding the intense love scenes between Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Some critics within the lesbian community have called the film exploitative and the sex unrealistic. Even given all that, it's still hard to not feel something watching these two women fall in love.
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Love (2015)

Gaspar Noé is an Argentinian director working in France. His films are notoriously graphic – think ejaculation in 3D and camera shots from a penis' POV. In comparison to those scenes, this one almost feels tame.
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Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) makes a routine elevator ride something a bit more...titillating.
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Deadpool (2016)

Even better than a single sex scene, this montage depicts Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and Vanessa's (Morena Baccarin) love life in a series of creative contortions.

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