Welcome to Sexpositions, a weeklong Vulture celebration of sex scenes in movies and on TV. Sex scenes have a rich, varied tradition in the cinema. In the s, they were commodified in startling ways. These days, they tend to be relatively rare. Some of the scenes on this list are seminal moments in film history for better and for worse. Some are flash points that wound up changing our culture in interesting ways.
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Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. What makes a sex scene legitimately sexy? Is it chemistry? Is it realism? Is it showing more than a little skin? In addition to the "this is hot" aspect, film has the potential to make sex subversive and to normalize certain acts and behaviors for a mainstream audience if done right.
The 40 Best Movie Sex Scenes of All Time
Try is the operative word. Gyllenhaal and Ledger saddle up to play gay cowboys whose relationship becomes official in a secluded tent after a night of too much whiskey. One of the most celebrated sex scenes of all time, this one is artfully done and told out of sequence—director Steven Soderbergh being as playful with editing and time and narrative as his two leads, Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney, are with each other. Flirty and cheeky as they undress, they do finally get horizontal, their lips do finally lock, and unfortunately, the screen does finally fade to black. In the Realm of the Senses has long been considered one of the most perverse and erotic films to have ever slinked across the screen.
Do you remember the first time you were sexually excited by an image on a screen? We do! It might've been a music video to a teen-pop bop, or a particularly mushy episode of Buffy.