6 Movies About Porn You Can Watch Guilt Free

Sunday, September 9 by Joseph Gibson

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Porn occupies a sort of weird grey area in the public sphere. Most people watch it, and yet it's not something people talk about in polite company. Here are 6 movies about porn that bridge the gap between porn and respectability. Movies that you might not want to watch with your parents, but you could definitely have a DVD lying around when they visit and not have to hide it or kill your parents to avoid ever having to talk about it again.

"The Big Lebowski"

The plot of "The Big Lebowski" has a lot of ins, a lot of outs, and a lot of what-have-yous. But some of those what-have-yous have to do with the pornography business–more specifically, the era when porn was an art form, not just a grainy video posted online. And there's barely any sex in the movie, so you don't have to worry about feeling embarrassed. There is a lot of swearing though.

"Body Double"

Of course, we use the phrase "art form" liberally, as Brian De Palma's sleazy 80's porno thriller proves. The story is about an innocent man who witnesses the woman he was spying on being brutally murdered, only to recognize her in an adult film after she dies. This brings him deep into the world of pornography and "Frankie Goes To Hollywood" music videos.

"Boogie Nights"

Another film about another golden age of pornography: The 1970's. "Boogie Nights" depicts the rise and fall of one Dirk Diggler, a porn actor famous for the sheer size of his…well, his name is "Dirk Diggler," you do the math. The movie is a funny, tragic, and heartbreaking odyssey through different levels of sleaze–it's also one of the best movies of the 90's.

"Hardcore"

It's been said many times that the women in porno movies are "somebody's daughter," and "Hardcore" is a bracing 70's drama about one of those poor fathers. George C Scott plays a strict Calvinist whose daughter gets swept into the dangerous underbelly of the pornography world. In order to rescue her, Scott goes "under cover," and what he finds is often sad and shocking. Also, witness George C Scott in a fake mustache.

"The Big Sleep"

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	Of course, in today's world, filmmakers have free reign to explore pornography in any number of ways, in many cases actually depicting pornographic images themselves. It wasn't always this way, though. For instance, Howard Hawks in his 1940's noir masterpiece "The Big Sleep" has to subtly imply what novelist Raymond Chandler was able to come right out and say: Detective Philip Marlowe was investigating a crime involving illegal pornography. And murder. But audiences had no trouble with murder in the 1940's, so Bogart could just say that out loud.</p>
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It should be noted that not all pornography is produced for public consumption. Sometimes you just want to keep a record of all the orgies you're participating in for future use. That was the case with "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane, whose story is brought to the screen thanks to an uncanny performance by Greg Kinnear. Crane's descent into the orgy-and-porno underworld ended in his being beaten to death by a tripod, but that sort of thing doesn't happen anymore, so don't worry.