7 British Sex Scenes Every Couple Should Watch

Sunday, March 18 by Gregory Wakeman

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The Brits are often thought of as boring, prudish and stiff upper-lipped fools who don't have the slightest clue what to do in the bedroom. Except for Benny Hill, of course. That guy was a playa! However, those preconceptions couldn't be further from the truth. The randy buggers have been performing dirty deeds for centuries, their most risque behavior being saved for the cinema. So forget about Hugh Grant, Alec Guiness, and Prince Charles and devour this list of seven British sex scenes every couple should watch.

"9 Songs"

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Michael Winterbottom's 2004 British drama combines rock and roll with sex in a devastating double whammy. There are a number of sexually explicit scenes throughout the film, which includes oral, plain old fashioned sex and an ejaculation scene. The title comes from the "9 songs" that are played throughout the film. This film is not for the faint of heart.

"Notting Hill".

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Richard Curtis films are renowned the world over for how prim and proper each of the characters are, yet in "Notting Hill" we witness characters played by Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant falling madly and passionately in love in a not-very-British fashion down in West London. They are two great looking people, too, so their babies would probably take over the world, except for Hugh's giant teeth and Julia's giant lips.

"Jude."

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Another Michael Winterbottom film, this time from the mid 1990s. For many this was the first flash of Kate Winslet's enviable curves and her relationship with Christopher Eccleston is as equally heartbreaking as it is beautiful. Still it's worth the pain just to see the "Titanic" star naked as the day she was born.

"Don't Look Now."

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Despite being a horror film, Nic Roeg's classic still possesses one of the most famous sex scenes in world cinema. Set in a Venice hotel room the sequence shows off every square inch of Julie Christie's and Donald Sutherland's bodies, leaving nothing to the imagination. Which is great in terms of Julie Christie, less so good when Donald Sutherland's bare ass flashes across the screen.

"The Tall Guy."

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Emma Thompson has established herself as a mother figure for the entire world. So for some it will be very hard to see her in her very first sex scene. It'd be sort of like watching a relative of yours, given how much her work is loved by people. However for others, it will be very, very easy, because really, who doesn't like naked ladies? Still, she's no Helen Mirren.

"Intimacy."

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"Intimacy" shows the off the seedy side of sex when a bartender named Jay regularly meets up with an anonymous woman to partake in regular intercourse. The film famously features a unsimulated oral sex scene too. Needless to say, this sort of behavior is generally frowned upon in mainstream cinema (see: "Brown Bunny). Who needs porn when cinema is this dirty?

"Shame."

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Michael Fassbender is addicted to sex in Steve McQueen's 2011 drama, with his relationship with Carey Mulligan blurring the line between sister and lover too. A line that should be clear to those who don't suffer from his tremendous infliction. The lucky bastard.