Do you remember the first time you were sexually excited by an image on a screen? We do! It might've been a music video to a teen-pop bop, or a particularly mushy episode of Buffy. Most likely, it was a movie of the PG persuasion, which you snuck a viewing of far from the eyes of your parents when you were nowhere near the age of Looking back, those scenes were cute.
The 30 Most Important Sex Scenes in Movie History
30 Best Sex Scenes in Movie History
Picture a movie sex scene — not one in particular, but the archetypal notion of one. Does it involve a tastefully topless actress throwing her head back in ecstasy as our leading man nibbles down the length of her neck? If so, the s did a number on you … and, it must be said, everybody else. As the last film decade before celebrity skin became easily search-indexed online, the s offered love scenes galore in just about every type of genre. And while a loosening of film standards meant that sex and nudity had become almost commonplace in the s and s, the s codified how a sex scene ought to look in ways that continue to filter down into modern-day movies and the sexually explicit world of premium cable. In the s, there was always something billowing.
How the 1980s Defined the Look of Movie Sex Scenes
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.