10 Best Explicit Sex Scenes

Sunday, November 28 by Travis Petersen

The ten best explicit sex scenes are not only steamy, they are artfully done and fit in with the movie as a whole. These ten best explicit sex scenes are essential to the films that contain them. Here are the ten best explicit sex scenes in mainstream film.

  1. Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley in "9 Songs" - Michael Winterbottom's "9 Songs" sought to subvert the convention of films about relationships, which normally covered everything but the sex, by covering only the sex. Their relationship's progress, from honeymoon phase to resigned ending, is conveyed through a series of steamy, up-close, graphic realistic scenes, the final of which, showing full penetration, is the height of the ten best explicit sex scenes in cinema, because it shows the finality of their relationship coming to a close.
  2. Eiko Matsuda and Tatsuya Fuji in "In the Realm of the Senses" – This long-banned Japanese film features one of the best explicit sex scenes in film, as Matsuda goes down on him and then they have sex in brutally real fashion. It is the only way the film could have shown the sexual obsession it truly depicts.
  3. Vincent Gallo and Chloe Sevigny in "The Brown Bunny" – Former real-life couple Gallo and Sevigny share an intimate moment on screen as she performs oral sex on him. It is infamous and one of the ten best explicit sex scenes in mainstream film.
  4. Many actors in "Caligula" - The debauchery of Ancient Rome was depicted in graphic style in the orgy scene of "Caligula," a movie produced by Penthouse owner Bob Guccione. Though the movie wasn't much of a success, it does feature some of the best explicit sex scenes in mainstream film.
  5. The Cast of "Shortbus" – John Cameron Mitchell's experimental film about sex in post-9/11 New York is one of the few films to treat sex in a positive manner, to the point that its ending, one of the ten best explicit sex scenes of all time, is a celebratory orgy. It is a strangely effective ending to an oddly emotional film.
  6. Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in "Last Tango in Paris" – What you don't see is what makes this one of the ten best explicit sex scenes of all time Knowing what that stick of butter is used for is quite enough.
  7. Marionettes in the uncut version of "Team America: World Police" – Why not a little humor on the list of ten best explicit sex scenes?
  8. Jennifer Connelly in "Requiem for a Dream" - It's actually body doubles that perform "ass to ass" for a crowd of perverted fans, so Jennifer Connelly's character can get her hands on some heroin to feed her habit. But it sticks out, and disturbs enough, to be one of the ten best explicit sex scenes in film. 
  9. Tony Leung and Wei Tang in "Lust, Caution" – As a spy getting in over her head, Wei Tang manages to perform well even in her explicit sex scene with target Tony Leung. This is an under-appreciated movie featuring one of the best explicit sex scenes in popular film.
  10. Gry Bay and Mark Stevens in "All About Anna" – This Danish erotic film closes out our list of the ten best explicit sex scenes in film. Bay is a beautiful woman and the unsimulated sex is all that saves this film from obscurity, but it is an essential and a fine end to this list.

All About Anna on IMDB

Lust, Caution on IMDB

Requiem for a Dream on IMDB

Team America: World Police on IMDB

Last Tango in Paris on IMDB

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