Explicit Movie Sex Scenes
Admit it, this series of exclusive Netflix films is probably one of the things that brought you to this list. No one could really blame you, either, as the first movie, 365 Days, hit the streaming giant in the summer of 2020 and quickly became the latest steamy sensation to get Netflix users excited and keep everyone talking for a long time. For the uninitiated, the film franchise is based on the Polish novels of the same name by author Blanka Lipińska, telling the story of mafia don Massimo (Michele Morrone) and his captive love interest Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka).
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As you can see, there's no lack of sensual thrills to be had on Netflix, if you know where to find them. The movies we've pointed out above are an amazing jumping off point for a delightful night of filmic sexual adventure, and who knows what else you'll find in the library of this streaming giant once you begin searching for these titles. But, be sure to stream responsibly. If need be, make sure the kids are either watching Looney Tunes or are asleep before embarking on any of these explicit viewing escapades.
In the film industry, unsimulated sex is the presentation of sex scenes in which actors genuinely perform the depicted sex acts, rather than simulating them. Although it is ubiquitous in films intended as pornographic, it is very uncommon in other films. At one time in the United States, such scenes were restricted by law and self-imposed industry standards such as the Motion Picture Production Code. Films showing explicit sexual activity were confined to privately distributed underground films, such as stag films or "porn loops". In the 1960s, social attitudes about sex began to shift, and sexually explicit films were decriminalized in many countries.
With movies such as Blue Movie by Andy Warhol, mainstream movies began pushing boundaries in terms of what was presented on screen. Notable examples include two of the eight Bedside-films and the six Zodiac-films from the 1970s, all of which were produced in Denmark and had many pornographic sex scenes, but were nevertheless considered mainstream films, all having mainstream casts and crews, and premiering in mainstream cinemas. The last of these films, Agent 69 Jensen i Skyttens tegn, was made in 1978. From the end of the 1970s until the late 1990s it was rare to see hardcore scenes in mainstream cinema, but this changed with the success of Lars von Trier's The Idiots (1998), which heralded a wave of art-house films with explicit content, such as Romance (1999), Baise-moi (2000), Intimacy (2001), Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny (2003), and Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs (2004). Some simulated sex scenes are sufficiently realistic that critics mistakenly believe that they are real, such as the cunnilingus scene in the 2006 film Red Road.
Although it is common to discuss films for which the actors had sex on set using terms such as 'real sex' or 'unsimulated sex', some film scholars tend to prefer talking about 'visible sex', 'explicit sex' or 'hard-core sex'. Linda Williams, for instance, proposes that "we eliminate the awkward term unsimulated sex entirely". This is also because most film censors have predominantly focussed on whether sex acts (penetration, fellatio, cunnilingus) or aroused genitals are visible when deciding whether a film should be classified as pornographic or able to be distributed on general release. For instance, it was not uncommon for two versions of pornographic films to be released - a hardcore version subject to restrictions, and a softcore version passed at '18' level. In both cases, the actors did indeed perform sex acts on set, but they were only visible on the hardcore version and not on the softcore version. Moreover, there has been a huge blurring of the distinctions between the use of prostheses (in Trouble Every Day, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Battle in Heaven, Holiday), actual genital contact between actors (Intimacy, Baise-moi, The Brown Bunny, 9 Songs) and genitals added in post-production (Irreversible). In terms of the experience of watching the film, and often from censors' and critics' perspective, it is more important to note whether penetration/fellatio/cunnilingus is visible on the screen, rather than to question exactly what took place on set.
Prior to the advent of home video, a number of hardcore pornography films were released to mainstream cinemas. In most cases, scenes of penetration were either cut out or replaced with alternate shots. One exception to this was Deep Throat, which was released uncensored.
The following mainstream films have scenes with verified real sexual activity, meaning actors or actresses are filmed engaging in actual coitus or performing related sexual acts such as fellatio and cunnilingus. This list does not include documentaries about pornography, which may contain unsimulated sexual activity.
This Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger film featured BDSM long before Fifty Shades ever did. Some of the scenes border on assault, and at one point the couple even has sex after stabbing another man in the buttocks.
Henry & June was the first film to receive an NC-17 rating from the MPAA (which had recently replaced an X rating). The movie was based on the real-life sexual relationships among Anais Nin, famed author Henry Miller, and his wife June Miller.
In 2005, Brokeback Mountain was one of the first mainstream motion pictures to feature a love story and sex scenes between two gay characters played by two famous actors, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Speaking of documentaries, 1968's They Call Us Misfit, followed two young hippies named Kenta and Stoffe and was notable (opens in new tab) for being the earliest example of non-simulated sex in a "legal" movie in Sweden.
In the movie, Emmanuelle is a filmmaker who debuts a scandalous, erotic film at Cannes. The original release of Emmanuelle 5 was met with some controversy due to speculation that director Walerian Borowczyk actually only directed the sexy film-within-a-film.
This 1969 movie was one of the first examples of the "women in prison" genre and there are reportedly four versions of it in existence, including Jesús Franco's director's cut and a French hardcore version released in 1974 that includes more than eight minutes of new, hardcore footage filmed by Claude Sendron.
This drama, also known by the title I Am a Groupie!, about groupie life in the rock music scene, was written by director Derek Ford and real-life former groupie Suzanne Mercer. The movie was originally released in 1970, but was re-released in 1974 with additional, hardcore scenes added in.
British sex comedy Keep It Up, Jack is about a struggling drag artist who inherits a brothel from his dead aunt (yep and stay with us, because the plot only continues down the path of WTF-ery), and then proceeds to impersonate her (that would be the dead aunt) in an effort to seduce the female clients of said brothel. A version of the film (opens in new tab) including explicit sex scenes was also released, but the hardcore scenes don't feature the credited cast.
This Jesús Franco film focuses on three women who share an apartment and occasionally freelance as sex workers to pay the rent. The Blu-ray release includes both the softcore and hardcore versions of the movie.
This is a sexploitation film, so it's not shocking that there's some real sex involved. The 1980 film (which was released in Brazil as A Prisão), is set in a women's prison and includes a handful of hardcore scenes.
This 2016 Spanish film by Edgardo Castro has a hyper-realistic aesthetic and lengthy scenes of unsimulated sex acts. The story focuses on Martin, a lonely man in this 40s looking for connection through sex.
This 1975 film spawned a long series of sequels, all focused on the gorgeous leading lady, who only goes by Emanuelle as a pseudonym. IRL, she's a journalist and photographer named Mae Jordan. In the first film in the series, "Emanuelle" takes an assignment working with a diplomatic couple and ends up embarking on sexual relationships with both of them. While the movie does feature hardcore scenes, they were filmed by body doubles.
This 2002 movie follows the lives of a group of teenagers in California. It was written by Harmony Korine (yes, of Spring Breakers fame) and was based on the real journals and memories of the film's director, Larry Clark. The unflinching look at teen life includes a mix of simulated and unsimulated sex scenes.
This 2005 movie is credited with being one of pioneers of the Mumblecore movement and features graphic depictions of sex, including a very graphic and very real scene of masturbation that leads to equally real ejaculation.
Described as a "pseudo-documentary," this early-70s movie dives deep into the occult, witchcraft, and black magic. And, just to give you an idea of how sexy things get within those topics, the movie was also released in a hardcore version, for the full XXX-factor.
Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, Wetlands (known in German as Feuchtgebiete) is your classic, brutally honest coming-of-age movie. The movie deals with a lot of big themes, like feminism and sexuality, but its 18-year-old protagonist is also the kind of girl who masturbates with vegetables and ends up in the hospital after an anal hair shaving experiment gone awry, so there's that.
Much Loved (also known as Zin Li Fik) is known for more than its unsimulated sex scenes. The 2015 French-Moroccan drama was one of the first movies to ever address the issue of prostitution in Morocco (where the movie is banned, FYI, over objections to its content).
Stranger by the Lake (or, as it's known in French, L'Inconnu du lac) is a bona fide critical darling. The 2013 French drama-thriller premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where its director, Alain Guiraudie, won Best Director. As if that weren't critical cred enough, the movie also won the Queer Palm award and earned a place on several top ten lists in 2014.