The 10 best sex scenes in movies often overshadow the films they inhabit. Since a good sex scene in a movie is so rare with how puritanical filmmaking has become, the 10 best sex scenes stand out almost just for being willing to show something that is a part of everyone's life. Of course, the 10 best sex scenes in movies tend to feature movie stars, who are more attractive than we are, but that makes them even better. 

  1. Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas in "Basic Instinct." Sharon Stone was the sexiest star of the nineties, and the best sex scenes in movies like "Basic Instinct" and "Sliver" are why. "Basic Instinct" and its light bondage scene with Michael Douglas truly made her a star.

  2. Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring in "Mulholland Dr." The lesbian tryst between this David Lynch film's two beautiful stars is easily one of the best 10 sex scenes in movies. It almost overshadows a hypnotic, great film, but instead fits right in with the overall vibe.

  3. Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello in "A History of Violence." Before all hell breaks loose in this David Cronenberg film, our male and female lead, a married couple, engage in the kind of sex that married couples never do in movies. It is playful, passionate, and downright naughty.

  4. James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Secretary." A love story of dominance and submission, "Secretary" is probably the most unconventional film on our list of the best sex scenes in movies, more spanking than anything else. But it fits the characters and in its own way is strangely sweet.

  5. Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in "9 1/2 Weeks." The original soft-focus erotic movie of the eighties features Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger looking their best, lots of flesh, and an ice cube. One of the best sex scenes in movies was born.

  6. Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie in "Original Sin." This is another one where the attractiveness of the stars and one of the best sex scenes in movies overshadows a fairly mediocre movie. Surely many viewers fast forward to the good "parts."

  7. Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry in "Monster's Ball." A rough, violent scene, this is one of the 10 best sex scenes in movies not because it is sexy, but because it is not. It also helped Halle Berry win an Academy Award.

  8. William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in "Body Heat." A film noir update into modern times meant that the sex scenes could be shown rather than just implied. It's hard to believe, but Kathleen Turner was once one of the hottest women to hit the screen.

  9. Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon in "Bound." Another lesbian scene, this erotic moment is easily one of the best sex scenes in movies. The movie itself is nothing special, but its centerpiece scene sure is special.

  10. Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin in "The Big Easy." New Orleans is a steamy setting. Thus, its no surprise the final entry on our list of the best sex scenes in movies comes from a film where that setting plays a huge role.