12 Movie Sex Scenes That Are Better Than Porn

Oral Sex – Blue Valentine (2010)

The authenticity in this scene between Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams is the entire reason why Blue Valentine was originally rated NC-17. Enough said.

The Affair – Chloe (2009)

In this film, a woman (Julianne Moore) hires an escort (Amanda Seyfried) to seduce her husband, and then ends up getting seduced herself, culminating in this steamy scene. Seyfried is seriously at her best, and I would apologize that the clip is in a different language, but I doubt anyone even noticed.

Annette & Sebastian – Cruel Intentions (1999)

This cherry-popping scene between Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe is heightened by the fact that these two actors were already in a serious relationship outside the film. The chemistry is tangible, and really makes us wish Reese and Ryan could have somehow made it work.

Library Scene – Atonement (2007)

Nothing is sexier than two immensely attractive people going at it a few rooms down from a huge dinner party. Cecilia and Robbie really were amazing together, and then stupid Briony had to ruin everything with her lies. WE HATE YOU BRIONY. Well, at least we can watch this scene over and over (and over and over) again and pretend they ended up together.

The First Time – Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

Blue Is The Warmest Color
Blue Is The Warmest Color

The film tracks the relationship between two women as comes of age while experimenting with a same-sex relationship. This particular scene clocks in at a surprising seven minutes, and features very graphic sex between the two main characters. This one almost didn’t make the list simply because there’s an argument to be made that the scene is actually porn. But it’s technically in a movie, so here it is.

Ice Cube Scene – Nine ½ Weeks (1986)

In this film starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, the two characters enter into an impersonal affair, featuring this creative use of an ice cube.

Tent Scene – Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two cowboys have never been sexier than in this scene when the two protagonists finally put an end to the pent-up sexual tension that exists between the two of them.

Piano Scene – Pretty Woman (1990)

This scene, between businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) and prostitute Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), is great because of how raw Gere and Roberts make it feel. Plus, what’s sexier than a grand piano?

Noah & Allie Make Up Sex – The Notebook (2004)

Say what you want about this movie, the sex scene that comes right after the infamous why-didn’t-you-write-me-kissing-in-the-rain bit is great, and another instance where real-life romance translates into amazing on-screen chemistry.

Basically Any Sex Scene – Wild Orchid (1989)

This scene (start the video at 5:34) is just one of many sex scenes in this film. The film revolves around a young inexperienced woman who enters into a torrid relationship with an older millionaire (wait, this sounds familiar…). Does the film have good dialogue or plot? Not especially. Is it chalk full of erotic scenes? Absolutely.

Train Scene – Risky Business (1983)

After messing up a college interview, Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) takes Joel (Tom Cruise) onto a deserted train to have sex. The music in combination with the dim lighting makes this scene sexier than we really want scenes with Tom Cruise to be.

Spanking Scene – Secretary (2002)

It’s 50 Shades of Grey before 50 Shades of Grey. In this film, a young woman gets a job as a secretary where her boss introduces her to the world of S & M. This scene, which keeps an unusual amount of clothes on for an erotic scene, shows the secretary’s initial sexual awakening.

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