Sex scenes and movies go hand in hand. They may not always be the most realistic, but, at their best, these scenes can move the story forward and reveal more about the characters and relationships of those involved. Also? They can be really hot.
Take, for example, the many erotic thrillers popular in the ’80s and ’90s — think Basic Instinct starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, Body Heat with William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, or the 21st-century addition to the genre, Sydney Sweeney’s The Voyeurs — that remain memorable to this day because of how unflinchingly sensual they are. There are also films that are so beloved for reasons ranging from insane on-screen chemistry — see Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook, or Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman — to iconic fashion moments — Keira Knightley’s green silk Atonement dress — that their more flush-inducing moments often get overlooked.
With that in mind, we’re looking back on some of the hottest sex scenes ever committed to film, from all-time classics to hidden gems and newer movies that deserve their spot in the canon. Read on to discover more — and perhaps keep a fan nearby as you do.
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