Welcome to a countdown of the greatest sex films ever made about the small but preoccupying part of the human experience known as sex - from coming-of-age lesbian dramas to gritty portrayals of sex addiction to, erm, loincloths. Put simply: these are the sex movies with the most to say about doing it, charting a history of how our attitudes towards sex and nudity on the big screen have shifted through the decades. It courted controversy accordingly. The various bans and banishings are too numerous to list in full but highlights include the film being seized by US customs officials after screening at the NY film festival, a four-year court case for its director, on charges of obscenity and Portugal's Archbishop of Braga registering his disgust by saying he "had learned more about sex in 10 minutes of the film than in his entire life". But explicit as it was, and notorious as it became, Oshima's movie was not chasing cheap shocks. It's graphic sex scenes were laying bare the gruesome destructiveness of the central pair's relationship.
The 10 Most Iconic Nude Movie Scenes
Best Movie Sex Scenes Ever
Here's the thing. People have sex. Movies have sex scenes. Wouldn't it be intriguing if a movie featured two actors having actual, consensual sex, instead of just mimicking sex in a way that looks great onscreen but is almost certainly very, very awkward in real life? Yes, obviously, we're aware that porn exists, but we are not talking about porn here. No, we're talking about actual, mainstream or, at very least, as the level of "mainstream" achieved by arthouse foreign films and indies movies with actual plots that also happen to feature actual humans engaging in actual sex acts. Don't roll your eyes—these movies exist.
13 Sex Movies That Are Better Than Scrolling Through Tinder
Some movies—like In the Mood for Love and Before Sunrise —are more noteworthy for their ambient erotic charge than for outright graphic sexiness. Others, like Body Heat and Mulholland Dr. Sometimes the nastiest or naughtiest characters are the biggest turn-ons. But in one way or another, all of these movies on this list have the power to put us in the mood for love.
For more than three decades, it seemed like Kevin Spacey could do no wrong. From his first star turn in on Broadway opposite Jack Lemmon in Eugene O'Neill's theatrical tour de force, "A Long Day's Journey into Night" through the spring release of the fifth season of "House of Cards" -- the actor left an indelible mark on stage, screen and cinema. His depiction in "American Beauty" of a suburban ad executive infatuated with his teen daughter's best friend -- played by actress Mena Suvari -- won him the Oscar for Best Actor. In , Spacey was named to one of the most prestigious posts in the London theater world -- artistic director of the Old Vic, the iconic non-profit theatrical institution and performance space -- a position he held for 11 years.