The 16 Best Movie Sex Scenes of All Time

Rated R? That's just the beginning.

From Fifty Shades to Eyes Wide Shut, when movies go there with sex, it makes for plenty to talk about. From uproar over explicit content to the fine line between being rated R and the ever-elusive NC-17, movies are always trying to find a sweet spot between showing too much and expressing the artistic vision — and shock — that can come with a steamy sex scene.

Ahead, we rounded up our favorite acts of love and lust to have ever made it to the big screen. The movies on this list range from full-on explicit to laugh-out-loud disbelief. With names Amy Schumer involved alongside Tom Cruise, it's no surprise that there really is something for everyone.

Wild Things

One of the '90s most eyebrow-raising movie moments happened when threesomes became part of normal conversation thanks to Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, and Neve Campbell looking to shed their glossy teen-movie personas.

Love & Basketball

Is there anything more heartwarming than the love that blossoms out of childhood friendship? After they both are accepted into USC, teens and aspiring basketball stars Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) consummate their relationship by making sweet, sweet love — and most importantly, practicing safe sex.


You can bet that any time a cult is involved, things are going to get weird. Throw in some psychoactive potion, sinister paganistic rituals, actors Jack Reynor and Isabelle Grill — plus about a million extras —and you've got this unforgettable sex scene, which goes down in folk horror film history.

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

Say what you want about the not-so-vanilla scenes in this much-maligned movie series, the steamy, softcore BDSM sequences between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan got people talking.


For another take on BDSM, viewers can check out this cult-favorite 2002 film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. Gyllenhaal sauntered in her stockings and heels so Dakota Johnson could bring BDSM to the mainstream.


It's hard to believe that Showgirls is rated NC-17. It does, however, have the honor of being the highest-grossing movie with that rating. Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan star in everyone's favorite worst movie, which comes with a laughable sex scene for good measure.

The Bronze

While not exactly arousing, the gold medal-worthy sex scene between Sebastian Stan and The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch can best be described as "athletic." It's as far from a CBS sitcom as you can get.


Another sex scene that was meant to get laughs, John Cena and Amy Schumer reportedly ad-libbed the whole thing for a cringe-worthy moment that involves "there's no I in team," "just do it," and even phrases in Mandarin Chinese.

Basic Instinct 2

The sequel? Really? Even though the first Basic Instinct has some iconic film moments, the second installment included masturbation, an orgy, and a threesome. The three-way had to be cut so the film could avoid an NC-17 rating.

Destination Wedding

If viewers are looking for laughs alongside the love scenes, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder deliver more on the former than the latter in this rom-com.

Risky Business

What's more iconic? Tom Cruise's underwear-clad dance sequence, his Ray-Bans, or the train scene with Rebecca De Mornay?

Eyes Wide Shut

Of course, Cruise had to be on the list twice. Who could forget this Stanley Kubrick classic? Co-starring his then-wife Nicole Kidman, the couple was reportedly pushed to their limits during the production. They'd eventually divorce in 2001.

Boogie Nights

There's more than one unforgettable scene in this movie, but the scene-stealer in every single one might be Mark Wahlberg's enthusiasm — and his prosthetic penis, which was originally a foot long and had to be shortened because it looked too ridiculous.

Black Swan

Off-screen friends Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman's on-screen tension comes to a head in one of the award-winning movie's most memorable scenes. Let's just say they got to know each other on a deeper level than ever before.

Call Me By Your Name

What do you get when you combine a forbidden romance, pupil-dilating eye candy, and elevated levels of testosterone against a picturesque Italian backdrop? The movie that launched a million peach memes (and Timothée Chalamet's career) had more than a few steamy scenes.

Girls Trip

OK, while this isn't technically a sex scene, it's an informative educational moment that brings the laughs no matter how many times people have seen it.

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