Hubba Hubba! Here's 45 of the Best Movie Sex Scenes to Ever Be Made
Kate Winslet's steamy handprint sliding down the window, Julia Roberts on top of a piano, Ryan Gosling shirtless and very, very wet. Whether they're realistic or totally over-the-top, a good movie sex scene is something that no one can deny they love, especially the ridiculously romantic ones with rising music and tension-filled backstories. And since they're always fun to relive and look at (many, many times), we've rounded up some of the sexiest encounters in movie history for your viewing, um, pleasure. Keep reading to see them all now, but prepare to need a major cooldown when you're done.
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes, Margaret Cullum, Tara Block, and Lisa Pearce
While there isn't pure nudity in the sex scenes in After, the college-set romance includes a lot of intimate touches, implied oral sex, loss of virginity, and more steamy moments.
Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly will leave your jaw dropped in Bound. The sex scenes start early, with a seduction that'll keep your eyes glued to the screen.
While Carol only has one sex scene, it's one you don't want to miss. The romantic drama tells the story of a forbidden affair between a female photographer and a woman going through a divorce. Viewers get to sit back and watch as their sexual chemistry transpires.
Let's just say the sex scenes in The Handmaiden are so sexy, that the director gave his male camera crew the day off and used a remote camera just to film them.
The Wolf of Wall Street
First and foremost, there are many sex scenes among the characters in The Wolf of Wall Street, but Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie give a few A+ performances that'll leave you wanting more.
Sex on a train? Seems problematic (and kind of bumpy), but Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay made it look like a piece of very delicious cake in Risky Business.
Two manipulative women from different social spheres doing it in a pool while simultaneously betraying each other? Yeah, this scene from erotic thriller Wild Things is pretty much the epitome of all things dark and sexy.
Despite the overall darkness of Blue Valentine, some very happy memories of the couple's relationship early on are still included for our viewing pleasure. Ryan Gosling's Dean pleasuring Michelle Williams's Cindy is exhibit A.
One of the most famous love scenes of all time comes courtesy of Ghost, where Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore make pottery look sexier than we ever thought possible.
Brokeback Mountain made our hearts simultaneously swell with happiness and break into pieces. The tent scene in the movie is what summer love dreams are made of — so at least viewers have it to hold on to when all is said and done.
Y Tu Mamá También
Y Tu Mamá También reaches its literal and figurative climax right about the time the tension between two male best friends leads to a sensual encounter with the older woman they are both vying for.
Sex on a piano. Need we say more?
The Notebook brought us sweet Summer love, soul mate romance, and a smoldering sex scene when Noah and Allie finally unite after years of being apart.
What is sexier than being half naked and dancing all up on each other? Nothing. Nothing is sexier than that — which is why this Dirty Dancing scene is one of the steamiest ever. They are definitely having the time of their lives.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1
It only took them three books, one wedding, and an unfathomable amount of longing glances, but Edward and Bella finally seal the deal in Breaking Dawn — Part 1, and the bed-breaking bang session does not disappoint.
The trippy sex scene in Black Swan may have been just a figment of Nina Sayers's crazy ballerina imagination, but it's still up there as one of the most memorable in recent movie history.
No one in the wide world can hear Counting Crows' "Colorblind" without seeing the scene from Cruel Intentions in their minds — you know, rising music, Sebastian at the top of the elevator, Annette coming to meet her bad boy, telling him, "I'm impressed." His response? "Well, I'm in love." Swoon.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The documentary-style filming of coming-of-age film Blue Is the Warmest Color made the entire movie feel very real, including Adèle's first sexual experience with a woman.
40 Days and 40 Nights
Josh Hartnett is abstaining from sex in 40 Days and 40 Nights, but he still manages to bring his girlfriend to orgasm without touching her. As her friend Sam says, "From a flower? Like a vibrating flower?"
Do the Right Thing
When a scene involves teasing your partner by dripping ice cubes on different parts of their bare body — slowly — you know it's going to be hot. Do the Right Thing perfectly captures the feeling of building anticipation in the most sensual of ways.
Eyes Wide Shut
Full of secrecy, betrayal, and lots and lots of kinky sex, it was hard to pick just one scene from Eyes Wide Shut that topped them all. We have no complaints about this one, though.
The Lucky One
If a photo of a mysterious woman allegedly kept you alive during the war, and then you meet said woman and fall in love, we imagine your first time together would go something like this scene from The Lucky One. Also, Zac Efron shirtless. That is all.
Being banged against a bookshelf is kind of like living the dream, so kudos to these two for making it look like magic.
Troy: a movie about a bunch of warring Greek and Trojan studs, also known as that time Brad Pitt gave us pretty much all the evidence we needed to confirm that he is probably the sexiest man on the planet.
Jack and Rose's sweaty sexy car scene (that handprint, am I right?!) might have set our standards pretty high for what lovemakin' is really like, but hey — we can't all be on a doomed boat with our forbidden love affair unfolding as time runs out. We will just have to settle for watching and rewatching Titanic.
Fifty Shades of Grey
You didn't think we forgot about Fifty Shades of Grey, did you? This kinky film is definitely one of the sexiest of all time.
Call Me by Your Name
Call Me by Your Name has it all — a steamy forbidden love story, a beautiful Italian backdrop, and one very creative way to use a peach.
Lovers Jason (Allen Payne) and Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) head out for a romantic boat ride, but soon find an empty (and beautiful) forest where they have slow, passionate sex.
This movie definitely takes our breath away. The iconic volleyball scene is just the warm up to the main, silhouetted event.
Diane Lane plays the leading role in this arousing nail biter, and you'll never look at books or bandaids the same way again.
This will not only "show you the money," but it'll show you the honey! (We had to.) Tom Cruise stars as the titular role, a smooth sports agent with some scenes that'll make you want to score.
Love & Basketball
Two hot basketball players struggling to find themselves and their love for each other, plus a hot sex scene to Maxwell's "This Woman's Work"? Sign. Us. Up.
Legends of the Fall
Brad Pitt naked in a hot spring. Brad Pitt riding horseback. Brad Pitt tilting his hat to cause little water droplets to fly off. Need we say more?
Some "bunny" may warn you that this erotic thriller will have you pulling the covers a little tighter . . . but it's totally worth it for the hot and heavy sex scenes (who could forget the elevator? Or the kitchen sink?).
Wet Hot American Summer
In case the title wasn't clear enough, Wet Hot American Summer has its fair share of sexy scenes, including this steamy secret meetup between Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black.
Despite the movie's dark narrative, Revolutionary Road has plenty of sexy moments like this one. Plus, who can pass up the chance to see Leo and Kate together again?
While we didn't get to see the full-on action between Ryan Gosling's and Emma Stone's characters in Gangster Squad, even the postcoital makeout session was so sexy we had to include it. They left the rest to our imaginations . . .
Romeo + Juliet
The between-the-sheets session with the world's most famous star-crossed lovers was perfect for two reasons: 1.) It was sensual, sweet, and innocent — a perfect representation of Romeo and Juliet's love story, and 2.) Leo.
It's pretty hard to pick just one supersexy scene in this erotic thriller, since that's pretty much what's going on in most of the controversial film.
The secretary affair fantasy is on par with the schoolgirl one in that, while not necessarily all that original, it is a pretty solid (and kinky) classic.
Many a young man dreams about threesomes, but in Almost Famous William Miller is granted the ultimate wish, and then some, when he loses his virginity to not one, not two, but three beautiful women. The ethereal scene involves plenty of silky scarves, negligees, and flowing hippie hair.
We don't have a problem with Michael Fassbender's exhibitionist ways in this scene from Shame, a movie about a man's addiction to — you guessed it — sex.
The Fault in Our Stars
When Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters finally make it happen in The Fault in Our Stars, it's ridiculously sweet with just a side of sexy. It's a great moment mainly because it depicts a very real thing happening in an authentic way. So many tears.
Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton's sex scene in Monster's Ball is so raw and passionate. They almost can't wait while desperately tearing each other's clothes off.