Here’s a list of sexual movies we complied for you and yours to enjoy. Some are classics with suggestive themes other leave nothing to the imagination completely explicit. All design to excite your passion and put you in the mood.
‘below her mouth’
Centered around an affair between two women—one who’s engaged to a cis man—Below Her Mouth is very nearly porn, just with more plotlines. The best part about this movie is it was directed by a woman and has an all-female crew, aka no male gaze here.
No, this is certainly not the Judd Apatow–directed TV series that also streams on Netflix. Directed by Gaspar Noé, Love is perhaps the raunchiest movie you can stream on the platform. The plot revolves around a threesome a couple has with their neighbor and all the (very sexy) aftermath that unfolds. Yes, there’s romance, but mostly it’s just a lot of sex.
‘I am love’
Tilda Swinton stars as a bored housewife whose sexual side is reawakened by a very hot chef.
‘she’s gotta have it’
This Spike Lee classic follows Nola, a beautiful woman who doesn't believe in monogamy and juggles relationships with three men.
Netflix's newest erotic film 365 DNI quickly climbed the horny ranks when its shower sex scenes started circulating all over TikTok. Dubbed as a sexy crossover between Fifty Shades of Grey and also Beauty and the Beast, this nearly-two-hour movie has its fair share of sex appeal (I mean, just check out the lead character). That said, this movie romanticizes an extremely toxic relationship, so only watch it for the sex scenes.
This erotic thriller follows a cop (played by Al Pacino) who is on the trail of a serial killer who is attacking people in New York City's gay S&M club scene.
‘Dressed to kill’
A prostitute witnesses the brutal murder of a housewife and finds herself the prime suspect in the crime.
Hugh Grant plays a man who meets an older writer confined to a wheelchair while on a cruise with his wife. Things take a turn for the sexy and strange when the older man decides to teach Hugh Grant's character his erotic skills so he can pleasure both of their wives. Yep.
‘fifty shades of grey’
Can you think of a more successful movie franchise that's fully just about sex? Didn't think so.
This film puts the erotic in erotic thriller, big-time. It features a whole bunch of sex—including a make out session between Neve Campbell and Denise Richards, a threesome, and a full-frontal Kevin Bacon. The film's dark and twisted (trigger warning: alleged rape, murder) but also OTT in a sexy, ridiculous way.
Perhaps the most iconic movie about sex on this list, American Pie will forever go down in history as "that movie where a man literally has sex with baked goods."
This romantic dramedy is basically Shame with mild LOLs and Jude Law's charming grin. As you may have guessed, he plays a sex addict who has relationships with several women including Susan Sarandon and Sienna Miller.
‘Nymphomaniac’ 1 and 2
Nymphomaniac is a lusty, dirty, sharp, nasty bit of work that will, I promise, leave you curious or perhaps craving more.
The 9½ weeks in question refers to the length of the relationship of film's main couple—during which time they mostly have sex. It was considered too explicit by its U.S. distributor.
The plot of this movie is literally two women meet in a club and then decide to get to know each other by having sex every hour, on the hour.
This movie is somehow simultaneously devastatingly sad and devastatingly sexy. There is some very rough (and tough-to-watch) sex, so FYI if that bothers you.
‘Friends with benefits’
It's the age-old story: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl become friends. Boy and girl decide to have sex without the complicated emotional part. Boy and girl fail—at the no-emotion part, not the sex part. They succeed at the sex part. A lot.
HBO's "Insecure". Some of us may not be well versed in different aspects of sex (which is totally okay) and this movie definitely shows why communication is important. For those that do not know the background behind this scene. Issa is someone who doesn't typically give oral sex. She decided to take a course in how to give oral sex and wanted to show off her new skills to Daniel which was her boo at the moment. Little did she know that Daniel would greatly appreciate her new skills... on her face.
This 2016 Danish film by Alexander Bak Sagmo features non-simulated sex acts. The movie itself is dark—about a 23-year-old man, who, convinced he's evil, shows up at his university with a gun and a plan to shoot his fellow students.
This movie, by director Walerian Borowczyk, actually includes three stories— titled Margherita, Marceline, and Marie, respectively. The first, Margherita, includes an unsimulated intercourse scene.
The Danish DVD version of this 1977 film by Giuseppe Vari includes hardcore sex scenes.
While the characters do watch some hardcore sex on a vintage film reel at one point, 1985's The Alcove is mostly a softcore film. Still, the Joe D'Amato-helmed movie contains some unsimulated scenes.
'Luz del Fuego'
This 1982 Brazilian film from director David Neves tells the story of controversial Brazilian vedette Luz del Fuego—and includes a scene with the main actress rubbing up against an actual penis.
'The Wrong Ferarri'
This 2011 experimental film by musician Adam Green features a costarring performance by Macaulay Culkin and, maybe even more notably, an unsimulated scene of Green being anally penetrated by a dildo.
Also known as Garçon stupide, this 2004 French film by Lionel Baier contains "strong" real sex. This movie is not readily available to stream online.
'Bare Behind Bares'
This is a sexploitation film, so it's not shocking that there's some real sex involved. The 1980 film (which was released in Brazil as A Prisão), is set in a women's prison and includes a handful of hardcore scenes.
This 2016 Spanish film by Edgardo Castro has a hyper-realistic aesthetic and lengthy scenes of unsimulated sex acts. The story focuses on Martin, a lonely man in this 40s looking for connection through sex.
In this Korean film by Kyu-hwan Jeon, released in 2015, this list of "x-rated" content includes unsimulated intercourse scenes between actor Moon Jong-won and Russian actress Natallia Bulynia. This movie is not readily available to stream online.
This 1975 film spawned a long series of sequels, all focused on the gorgeous leading lady, who only goes by Emanuelle as a pseudonym. IRL, she's a journalist and photographer named Mae Jordan. In the first film in the series, "Emanuelle" takes an assignment working with a diplomatic couple and ends up embarking on sexual relationships with both of them. While the movie does feature hardcore scenes, they were filmed by body doubles.
This Russian lyric porn film is based on the director's real relationship with his ex and there's at least one scene of oral sex that's as real as the movie's inspo.
How's this for a premise: Three dirt-bike racing guys all end up seduced by the sexy, sexy French fry-selling hottie who works their races. So much (largely unsimulated) sex ensues. Intrigued? Then this 1980 Dutch sex romp is right up your alley.
This 2002 movie follows the lives of a group of teenagers in California. It was written by Harmony Korine (yes, of Spring Breakers fame) and was based on the real journals and memories of the film's director, Larry Clark. The unflinching look at teen life includes a mix of simulated and unsimulated sex scenes.
This Italian film is part wacky murder mystery, part hardcore sex film. Yep.
'Kissing on the Mouth'
This 2005 movie is credited with being one of pioneers of the Mumblecore movement and features graphic depictions of sex, including a very graphic and very real scene of masturbation that leads to equally real ejaculation.
This 2011 French drama features a lot of sexy (or at least sex-filled) scenes, including one completely unsimulated act of cunnilingus.
Described as a "pseudo-documentary," this early-70s movie dives deep into the occult, witchcraft, and black magic. And, just to give you an idea of how sexy things get within those topics, the movie was also released in a hardcore version, for the full XXX-factor.
This 1971 raunchy comedy follows a decidedly slovenly private eye who takes a job investigating a murder for a millionaire client. It's probably most famous, however, for the scene of unsimulated oral sex it features.
This 1966 Danish movie is known by several names—in addition to Gift, it's known as Poison (in Danish) and, in the United States, it was released as Venom. This was one of the first Danish movies to feature unsimulated sex, so it's a trailblazer in the real-sex-in-mainstream-movies genre but tracking down a copy isn't easy. It's not available to stream on any of the big platforms, but sketchier streams are out there on the great wide web, if you dare.
Much Loved (also known as Zin Li Fik) is known for more than its unsimulated sex scenes. The 2015 French Moroccan drama was one of the first movies to ever address the issue of prostitution in Morocco (where the movie is banned, FYI, over objections to its content).
The movie focuses on the stories of four female sex workers, and addresses serious issues like the exploitation of prostitutes, the way sex workers are treated by pimps, and police corruption.
'Sexual Chronicles of a French Family'
Sexual Chronicles of a French Family is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The 2012 French comedy-drama film centers on a family who gather to open up about their sexual experiences when the youngest son in the family is caught filming himself masturbating in class. There are two versions of the movie: the Sensual version (which is softcore) and the Sexual version (yep, hardcore).
'We Are the Flesh'
We Are the Flesh, aka by its Spanish title, Somos la Carne, is a 2016 Mexican French horror film that focuses on two siblings forced to take extraordinary measures (of the Cersei and Jaime Lannister-esque variety) to survive in a scary AF, post-apocalyptic world.
In 2014's Pasolini, Willem Dafoe portrays Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. The movie focuses on the final days of the director's life and his relationship with a boy from the suburbs of Rome, named Pino Pelosi, who, along with some of his friends eventually attacks and kills Pasolini.
'Blue Is the Warmest Colour'
The love scenes in Blue Is the Warmest Colour, which opens on an extended, 10-minute sex scene, are undeniably captivating. That's fitting, considering how impossible it is not to get sucked into the relationship the film depicts between Adèle and Emma.
'I Want Your Love'
I Want Your Love is the title of both a 2010 short film and a 2012 full-length film, both written and directed by Travis Matthews. Both movies focus on Jesse Metzger, a gay man who has to leave San Francisco and move back to his hometown because of financial struggles. In both versions of the story, the actors use their own names and incorporate elements of their real lives into the plot. The movies are also known for their graphic depictions of sex—which isn't shocking when you know that they were both produced, in part, by NakedSword, a studio that produces gay porn.
Paradise: Faith is the second movie in Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy. The movie focuses on Anna Maria, a devout Catholic woman, who is thrown into conflict when her estranged Muslim husband, who is partially paralyzed returns home and demands her love. The movie made waves for including unsimulated scenes of masturbation and fellatio.
Don't let the title fool you: This 2005 movie is not a sequel to 1999's 8mm. In fact, the movie's original title was The Velvet Side of Hell. Still, it features lots of unsimulated and pornographic scenes, if that's what you're looking for.
'Anatomy of Hell'
This 2004 French erotic drama explores the darker sides of sexuality, complete with unsimulated sex scenes. The movie tells the story of a lonely woman who pays a gay man to spend four days locked away with her in an isolated house to explore all aspects of sexuality.
'The Raspberry Reich'
This 2004 Bruce LaBruce film explores what the director calls "terrorist chic" and the "innate radical potential of homosexual expression." Naturally, it's pretty intense.
Baise-moi (English translation: "F*ck Me") is a 2000 French thriller about two women set out to get revenge on people who wronged them, including a group of men who gang rape one of them. The film has, understandably, been controversial since its release.
'A Real Young Girl'
Although this movie was made in 1976, it was so controversial it wasn't released in theaters until 2000. The source of the controversy? The film's use of unsimulated sex as well as scenes in which the lead, Charlotte Alexandra, exposes her breasts and vulva. Although Alexandra was 20 when the movie was filmed, she was playing a 14-year-old character.
This 1999 art house film is about a woman whose boyfriend won't have sex with her, causing her to start looking elsewhere. And yes, it features unsimulated sex throughout. FYI, the movie was given an R rating in the states after significant edits, so you might have trouble finding the original cut.
1979's Caligula is slightly controversial in its status as a "regular" film vs. a porn film—but the fact that it has A-list actors like Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren certainly lends it some mainstream cred. The movie was produced by Penthouse Magazine and featured unsimulated sex scenes that were added post-production (much to the chagrin of the director) and acted out by "Penthouse Pets."
Good ol' Shortbus! This 2006 comedy is one of the better-known movies of this particular subgenre, and for good reason: it's legit great. The film centers on the happenings at an artsy sexual salon in Brooklyn, and chronicles one woman's very explicit adventures in trying to achieve orgasm. (FYI, actress Sook-Yin Lee was almost fired from her radio gig because of this movie, but kept her job thanks to the support of A-listers like Gus Van Sant, Francis Ford Coppola, and Yoko Ono.)
If you like your unsimulated sex with a side of hipster angst, look no further than 2004's 9 Songs. The film is essentially about a couple who a) attend concerts by aughts bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Dandy Warhols, and b) have a ton of sex. And it's very, very real.
Expect Lars von Trier's name to pop up several times on this list, starting with 1998's dramedy The Idiots, about a group of friends who release their inhibitions (feel the rain on their skin) and get their orgy on. The sex is mostly simulated by actors, but one scene features actual sex enacted by stand-ins from the porn industry.
Intimacy is a 2001 British film about a man who falls in love with the woman he's having casual sex with—only to realize she's married and has no plans to leave her husband (sorry, that was definitely a spoiler). The sex is real, which is pretty rare for a mainstream movie that won Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival.
Lars von Trier strikes again! The director's 2009 film Antichrist stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg—and while they reportedly used body doubles, the sex is most definitely unsimulated. (Note: This film was highly controversial for scenes of vaginal mutilation, but on the other hand Gainsbourg won Best Actress at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.)
'Don't Look Now'
Guys, LOL. Don't Look Now (a true gift from 1973) has a *very* intense, very *au natural* sex scene between Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, and it was all kinds of controversial for a) featuring oral sex on a woman, and b) kinda-sorta-maybe being unsimulated. Basically, some people say they did, some say they didn't, and no one will ever know the truth. What happens on the set of Don't Look Know stays on the set of Don't Look Now.
'In the Realm of the Senses'
In the Realm of the Senses is about real-life Geisha Sada Abe, who's famous for having killed her lover before cutting off his penis and testicles. The film's unsimulated sex scenes were so X-rated that it was originally banned in the United States. "The trickiest problem we faced was finding actors," director Nagisa Oshima said. "I anticipated that the fact that we would be asking them to have actual sex in front of the camera would be a huge obstacle. Contrary to my expectation, however, finding women to audition turned out to be easy: they came in great numbers, saying if sex was required, well, that was no big deal. In the end, even my wife, the actor Akiko Koyama, said that if no one else would do it, then she would be willing."
Many people consider Pink Flamingos to be one of the most disturbing movies ever made. The 1972 John Waters film stars drag queen Divine who, in one scene, performs oral sex on the actor playing her son in the movie. Unsurprisingly, the film was banned in several countries.
This 1999 French film tells the story of a young writer who meets a woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and then proceeds to have a romance with her. The movie was submitted to Cannes in 1999 and famously features unsimulated scenes between actors Guillaume Depardieu and Yekaterina Golubeva
Scarlet Diva is a 2000 film by Italian writer, director, and actress Asia Argento. The movie is a semi-autobiographical account of Argento's life as an actress. Argento confirmed after the film's release that many of the sex scenes were not simulated.
While the sex itself was simulated, the reaction shot was not. Audiences got a very authentic look at Robert Pattinson's "O" face during his performance as Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes. Pattinson admitted that he actually masturbated on camera for make the scene realistic. He explained that faking the face "just doesn’t work... My... face is recorded for eternity."
'Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo'
The movie, which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, gained notoriety for featuring a 13-minute long, unsimulated oral sex scene, in which a man goes down on the character Ophélie (played by Ophélie Bau).
'Marfa Girl 2'
The movie, which is a sequel to 2012's Marfa Girl, focuses on a young mother from Marfa, Texas, who leans on her family while trying to recover after suffering domestic abuse. Critics made note of the film's unsimulated sex and the movie's firm stance "sex is just another way of communication."
'Ana, mon amour'
The 2017 Romanian drama follows Ana (played by Diana Cavallioti) and Toma (played by Mircea Postelnicu), who end up having (apparently quite real) sex after a heated debate about Nietzche's philosophy (you know, as you do) and later have to grapple with Ana's anxiety attacks and mental health issues.
'Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo'
Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo, a 2016 French drama about the relationship between two gay men, opens big with an 18-minute, unsimulated gay orgy scene at a Paris sex club.
'Picture of Beauty'
This 2017 erotic drama is set in the early 20th century. The set up: A painter gets a commission in from the village brothel and two pretty girls model for him and end up exploring their own sexuality, which the film documents in unsimulated sex scenes.
'A Thought of Ecstasy'
The 2017 film, described as an "arthouse erotic psychodrama," by Rolf Peter Kahl doesn't shy away from sexuality. The movie, which focuses on a man who recognizes his own story in a book and sets out to find a woman from his past, has it all— full-frontal nudity, erect penises, exposed vaginas, and, of course unsimulated sex scenes.
Looking for Mr. Good Bar
Raised in a strict Catholic family, Theresa (Diane Keaton) teaches deaf children during the day and cruises singles bars and discos at night. Theresa favors rough sex with random suitors, ignoring the advances of well-meaning but nerdy social worker James (William Atherton). Instead, Theresa pursues the likes of Tony (Richard Gere), whose threatening knife and swagger excite her. Theresa indulges in increasingly dangerous encounters, putting her life at risk.
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
Sweet Sweetback (Melvin Van Peebles) is a black orphan who, having grown up in a brothel, now works there as part of a sex show. When the police need a patsy for a murder in the black community, Sweetback's employer gives him up to two white cops, whom Sweetback ends up killing. Suddenly the target of a massive manhunt, he decides to flee to Mexico. As he makes his way there, he is captured by, and escapes from, both the cops and a chapter of the Hell's Angels.References:
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