The 14 Worst Sex Scenes Of All Time — Get Ready To Cringe

Sex in film: Like in real life, it can be really, really titillating, with well-lit passion and heart-palpitating chemistry. However, also like real life, when the rhythm is off or the audience isn't quite sold on the couple, it can be awkward, creepy, or unintentionally hysterical. While parsing through our favorite films to figure out our favorite sex scenes of all time (and, oh dear, they are good), we inevitably started chatting about the on-screen coitus that didn't Seriously, when movie sex doesn't work, it acts as an extra-large cinema bucket of ice water, doused right over the audience.
Now, we have already considered the least believable on-screen couples, but here, we are getting racier and going straight for the uncomfortable jugular. Two notes: We didn't include Gigli or The Room, because those have gone down in the annals of history as just being downright bad, and we thought it was a cheap shot. Secondly, we are going after The Matrix: Reloaded again, because it boasts the funniest scene in sex-making history, ever.
Get ready to cringe, laugh, and feel sorry for all involved...


Zack Snyder loves big, over-the-top scenes chocked full of drama, but the thing is: Patrick Wilson as the Nite Owl is not supposed to be cool, and true to the comic, he isn't. And, while Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" may be a great song, it might be one of the most overused in film history. In the theater, the ending fiery "orgasm" actually made the audience burst out laughing — which, while true to the comic, is just too much on film.


Okay, fan people — this may anger some of you, but it appears that intertwining your hair-tail is "better than kissing," which makes us feel a little uncomfortable about what Jake Sully had to do to train his flying pterodactyl. Also, "We are mated...for liiiiiife?" Oof.


For a movie that has become legendary in its badness, this particular scene oscillates between being totally silly and attempting a meaningful attraction. Hearing Kyle MacLachlan grunt and watching Elizabeth Berkley flail about in an overdramatic pool scene is just too much. If you can make it to the end of this clip, you are stronger viewers than us.


The Matrix: Reloaded

This is the second time we've used this clip, but the tribal-rave-techno-sex-drum scene is just too much. It is too much.

Munich is a great movie, and we get that Eric Bana's character has become so obsessed with the events of the 1972 Olympics that it infects his most intimate moments. Yet, the dramatic, sweat-spraying cry of desperation he emits is, well, unrealistic. And, this crazy YouTube remix only exacerbates the awkwardness.

The Rock

"That's interesting. That's...very compelling." Those are the words that Nicolas Cage says during sex. We don't have anything else to add.


Here is an example of a sex scene that was supposed to be funny-bad, but it ended up just bad-bad, and a pretty over-the-top depiction of marital sex, at that. Poor, one-dimensional Téa Leoni is so unbelievable that the sex looks like what men think women do in their middle age.

Breaking Dawn, Part One
He breaks the freaking bed. Yes, we are supposed to have that be a metaphor for desire or whatever, but we have waited freaking four full movies to see them do it, and all we get is a dreamy indie song and Bella already reflecting on what a "wonderful" night it was. Can someone please let us know how the pillows got ripped? How did they get ripped?!

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
Poor Marisa Tomei has had to have a lot of very strange sex in her career, but watching her pretty emotionless encounter with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who collapses on her afterwards...? Seriously, people. Even we are unfulfilled.

Body Double

Nothing quite like cheesy, soap opera music interspersed with "Frankie Goes To Hollywood" to get us in the mood. Also, Brian De Palma clearly cast Craig Wasson because of how acutely he portrays the spirit of desperation, but in this scene, he comes off as just perverted. Also, what is he doing to her breasts?

You would think that a sex scene between Jared Leto and Selma Blair would be really hot, but somehow it just isn't. Maybe it's whatever landed on Jared Leto's head. It may be threatening her.

Everything starts all wet and sexy, and then goes bad, very quickly. So, while we are supposed to understand the fact that it goes south very quickly, we don't quite understand the weird thrashing and the loss of continuity. Did he choke her? Someone, please explain.

Don't Look Now

Hey, don't shoot us. This is a classic "sex scene," but the frenetic cuts and the awkward angles send us spinning. Also, Donald Sutherland's "O" face feels particularly awkward. We may be wrong, but it feels overly long and too gratuitous.

You'd think the sex in a movie about a pre-orgasmic sex therapist would be fun and relatively tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately, Shortbus', um, shortcomings were in the sex department. Sure, the entire movie is one big NC-17 screw-for-all, but none of the coital scenes were sexy. Perhaps that was John Cameron Mitchell's point; to make a movie that depicted sex in a "real" manner rather than through the glitz of a Hollywood lens. Call us prude, but sex clubs, auto-fellatio, and a threesome climaxing with a cast-sung rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" is just as unsexy as it sounds.

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