Sex scenes are nearly as old as movies themselves. In fact, one of the first films to be screened for the public debuted in and was called The Kiss. It was quite steamy for its time, featuring a full-on brushing of the lips, which, let us tell you, really riled up the modest-minded folks of the late 19th century. These days, a sex scene has to shock for us to consider it among the greatest sex scenes of all time.
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Here's the thing. People have sex. Movies have sex scenes. Wouldn't it be intriguing if a movie featured two actors having actual, consensual sex, instead of just mimicking sex in a way that looks great onscreen but is almost certainly very, very awkward in real life? Well, these 31 movies ahead have answered your prayers—they all feature plenty of sex , but where they differ from other movies is that the sex you see onscreen is completely and one hundred percent real.
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Welcome to Sexpositions, a weeklong Vulture celebration of sex scenes in movies and on TV. Sex scenes have a rich, varied tradition in the cinema. In the s, they were commodified in startling ways. These days, they tend to be relatively rare. Some of the scenes on this list are seminal moments in film history for better and for worse. Some are flash points that wound up changing our culture in interesting ways. Some came to represent nefarious, exploitative trends. And some are just unforgettable scenes that informed what came after them. In this Czech film, the great Hedy Lamarr plays a young, frustrated bride who flees her marriage to a wealthy, impotent older man and finds love and lust in the arms of a virile engineer.