Movie Sex Scenes

In Features by Paula Hammond - Features Editor

This week Lars von Trier’s two-Volume erotic drama, Nymphomaniac (Main Picture), opens in UK cinemas. Described as “astonishing”, “controversial” and “wild”, the film chronicles self-confessed nymphomaniac Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) sexual journey from birth to the age of fifty. The film is already dividing audiences as to just where art ends and pornography begins but there’s one thing for certain: sex sells. So join FilmJuice as we peer through cinema’s steamy lenses and examine some of the sexiest, silliest, kinkiest and downright disturbing Movie Sex Scenes …

Naughty Nibbles: 9 ½ Weeks
Ever since Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful introduced the world to a whole new way to enjoy a Mars Bar, food and sex have been inextricably linked. In 1986 Adrian Lyne’s tale of sexual experimentation was a box office flop … that found a new audience in the burgeoning home video market. In one memorably steamy scene, Mickey Rourke and Kim Bassinger find a new use for the contents of his refrigerator. Just be careful with those jalapeños should you be tempted to try this at home.

Funny Fumbles: Watchmen
Sex is clearly done differently in Hollywood. If you’re a guy, not only can you make out with your undies on but you’re also blessed with the ability to perform acrobatics that would make you the envy of every Olympic gymnast. Cue Zac Snyder’s 2009 superhero film, Watchmen, and the painfully funny romp between Night Owl (Patrick Wilson) and Silk Spectre II (Malin Ackerman) set to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Teen Trembles: Atonement
Ahh young love. In this case Keira Knightley (Cecilia) and James McAvoy (Robbie) play the star crossed duo who are doomed to be torn apart by war and the malicious lies of Cecilia’s younger sister. But not before a quickie in the library…

Tender Temptations: Broke Back Mountain
Take the epic Wyoming countryside, add Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and stir well. The result is a little bit of magic as Ang Lee’s 2005 cowboy flick boldly goes where no other cowboy flick has gone before. Critics unfairly dubbed the film ‘Humpback Mountain’ but whatever its detractors say, the scene where the two men ultimately give in to their growing feelings for one another is both sexy and sensitive.

Dark & Disturbing: Crash
David Cronenberg has never been a director who wanted his audience feel comfortable so when he decided to adapt JG Ballard’s novel Crash, the result was sure to be memorable. Cronenberg’s darkly disturbing film tells the story of a ghoulish group who are sexually aroused by car accidents. Kinky or creepy? You’ll never look at Driver’s Education Videos the same way again.

Lipstick Lesbians: Black Swan
Lesbian sex scenes can often feel exploitative – they’re just to help male viewers get all hot and sweaty. However, there’s a good reason that Black Swan has been called Fight Club for Lipstick Lesbians. Yup in between all the tantrums, traumas and tutus Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis still find time to get it on in a scene that is both convincing and enthusiastic. Sadly for poor deranged Nina, it turns out to be only ‘real’ in her hot and steamy imagination.

Eighties Excess: The Wolf Of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio has called his latest collaboration with Director, Martin Scorsese “a modern-day Caligula.” And he’s not far wrong. The shady deals and greed is good philosophy of the lead characters is played out against an orgy of sex, drugs and … well …more sex. Having a dominatrix insert a candle in your ass may not be not everyone’s idea of fun but then this film has enough seamy scenes to satisfy any peccadilloes. Such as sex on a giant mattress of cash? How ‘80s is that?

Car Coitus: The Councilor
This Ridley Scott drama didn’t have much to recommend it. But it did have Cameron Diaz doing a Ferrari. In the movie, Russian mobster Reiner (Javier Bardem), tells his Counselor (Michael Fassbender) about the one moment in his life that he’ll never forget. The scene then cuts to Reiner parking his car. Cameron climbs on top of the Ferrari, hikes up her skirt and well… The chances are you’ll never forget it either.