Until sometime in the 1960s, United Sates law and the Motion Picture Production code did not allow real sex in movies. After this period, a lot of boundaries were crossed in the film industry, and things slowly began to change. While most sex acts were and still are usually simulated for movies, occasionally, this isn’t always the case. So what, you might ask, is the difference when this happens in a standard motion picture, rather than in an adult film? It seems that experts agree that there is, in fact, a difference when the movie’s main intent is not to promote those sex scenes. But what about these real sex scenes? How often do they happen? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular movies, where the actors go a little bit beyond what happens to be written in the script.
In 2003, Vincent Gallo’s new movie really turns some heads, even though most of the film was considered rather boring by critics. However, when Chloe Sevingly goes down on him, for real, then things seem to heat up a bit. Many even commented how the scene is expertly directed. At the time, Gallo and Sevingly were a real-life couple. After the fact, Sevingly jokingly said that she was probably going to have to go to therapy. After viewing a version of that film that had been edited after Cannes, critics actually gave the film better reviews than what had been stated in their original remarks.
Lars Von Trier directed this extremely dark film back in 2009. Known for including real sex in several of his movies, Von Trier seems to have a knack for making his films as realistic as humanly possible. In this Danish horror flick, a couple spend some time in a cabin deep in the woods, hoping to somehow rekindle their romance. What they experience there is not quite what they expected, as neither is the real-life sex scene between stars William DaFoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Critics don’t seem to know how to respond to all of this, either claiming that it is bloody brilliant or extremely disturbing. Maybe you should check it out for yourself!
In 2001, this sexy British drama directed by Patrice Chereau really gave an entirely new meaning to the word “intimacy”. In fact, this was one of the very first mainstream movies out of Britain to show real-life sex scenes in a popular movie whatsoever. Stars Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox really “do it” in this movie, showing the ups and downs of a struggling musician as he meets a woman on a weekly basis to have intense sexual encounters. He soon begins to wonder about who she really is, and, in following her to find her true identity, he may discover more than he bargained for.
George Hickenlooper directed this film back in late 2006 / early 2007, and it was based on Edie Sedgwick, who moved to New York and become Holly Golightly. Sienna Miller and Hayden Christensen were the center of a lot of gossip during the making of the movie, as there were plenty of rumors circulating that they were a couple. During a sex scene, many speculated that this was not at all simulated. However, when Miller was questioned regarding this, she wasn’t too happy about it. In fact, she implied that anyone saying this didn’t know a thing about making movies.
This interesting film directed by John Cameron Mitchell, notorious for making Hedwig and the Angry Inch, seemed to draw even more gasps and chuckles from his audiences with this often humorous look at sexual encounters. However, the crowning glory appears at the very end of the film, or shall we call it a climax? Well, that is exactly what it was as Sook-Lin Yee actually achieves one with the use of a vibrator. Yes, it actually happened, and no, it was not faked. This 2006 film was actively called straight porn by a lot of critics, but nonetheless, it was considered to be a mainstream film. Imagine that?
This 2004 film was directed by Mike Winterbottom, and it was a rather odd mix of sex and rock concerts. Set in London, the two co-stars go about seeing a lot of live music, while having long bouts of intense sex. Kieren O’Brien and Margo Stilley have plenty of real-life sex scenes, but the audience still doesn’t seem to appreciate their chemistry. In fact, it was their complete lack of any type of connection that helped them make their way to several lists like “Worst Sex Scenes Ever” and “Worst Onscreen Chemistry”. As you might infer from the name, these scenes play out over and in between a soundtrack from the live rock shows, but even this doesn’t seem to add much excitement to their lovemaking.
While True Blood is technically a series, I think it definitely should have a mention on this list. Alan Ball was a master at directing this series, producing one controversial scene after the next. Of course, nothing could quite heat up the screen like Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who played the charismatic Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton, lovingly known as “Vampire Bill.” Paquin and Moyer began a very serious relationship during filming, and it was always speculated that the two weren’t just faking their fiery sex scenes. Regardless, I don’t think anyone will ever forget the graveyard scene between Paquin and Moyer.
Just back in 2015, director Gasper Noe creates a visually stimulating film, and guess what… it’s in 3D… and yes, the sex is absolutely real. Audiences seem to be pretty used to seeing women’s body parts up front and center. However, there is quite a lot shown of Klusman’s genitalia, and please do keep in mind that this film is shot in 3D. Of course, viewers should know exactly what to expect from the opening scene. Don’t worry. I won’t spoil it for you. I think you are going to have to see this one for yourselves.
Yes, this is the real movie title, and yes, there was absolutely un-simulated sex in this 1971 title. In fact, a lot of rather disturbing things happened in this one. By now, the real-sex part is not necessarily a shocker. However, in this case, Melvin Van Peebles did actually have sex, and claims to have contracted gonorrhea. If that’s not dedication to your role then I don’t know what is! Even worse, the opening scene depicts his then 13-year-old son, Mario Van Peebles, losing his virginity. Mario later stated that he was absolutely forced to take part in these scenes. I don’t think this story could get worse.
Did you think things couldn’t get much more shocking than Number Nine? Well, we love to surprise you, and I’m pretty sure we can pull it off! This film from 1972, directed by the ever-popular John Waters, has achieved cult status in many circles, and for good reason. While many boundaries were broken throughout the entirety of this exciting movie, one in particular truly stands out from the rest. Popular drag queen, Divine, performs real oral sex on an actor portraying her son in the film. No, this was not Divine’s real-life son, but it still sure raised a few eyebrows to be sure.
This 1999 film actually scored a triple X rating in Canada, due to the many graphic scenes, include un-simulated sex. Caroline Ducy is involved in these scenes, with one in particular, involving an older man, highlighting his ejaculation.
Directed by Jessica Nilsson, this Danish drama about sexual relationships, stars Gry Bay. It does include un-simulated sex, and when Nilsson is asked to defend this choice, she claimed that the movie’s drama would just fall apart without scenes of that nature.
Directed by Nagisa Oshima in 1976, this film portrays some very controversial scenes, in which the sex is real, but the gruesome acts, thankfully, were not. Centered on sexual desire, this movie drew a lot of attention, and is still very popular amongst many today.
This film from 2005 excited audiences with the passionate sex scenes between Eric Balfour and Lauren Lee Smith. It eventually came out that the sex was not at all simulated in this interesting drama about a young woman learning how to handle the emotional side of a relationship.
This 1979 historical drama, based on the life of a Roman Emperor, is not only full of all sorts of sex, but it’s group sex, at that. And yes, it includes actual penetration. In one review, it was said that no child should ever be allowed to watch it. What sound advice!
Based on the thrilling lives of several teenagers in California, this 2002 film is packed full of erotic drama. One character actually has sex with his girlfriend’s mother, and all of the sex scenes in the movie are completely real.
In this film from 2005, a political hopeful is threatened by an individual with plenty of blackmail information. They are all suddenly immersed in an erotic world where yes, there are un-simulated sex scenes. It starts Johnathon Schaech, Lori Heuring and Bruce Davison.
This film from 2013 showcases a young girl’s (Carla Juri) sexual longings, with a strange focus on her hygiene, or lack thereof. It also includes a very original scene involving pizza and masturbation.
Directed by Catherine Breillat, this title alone is enough to give you the creeps! Plus, it also includes real sex scenes, while all engaging are of the legal age limit. However, this story of a 14-year-old girl, played by Charlotte Alexandra, who is coming of age is still not very comfortable to watch.
The film from 2000 actually won a prize at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, as well as at the Entrevues Film Festival. The lead in this movie, Ricardo Meneses, was even nominated for a Golden Globe in Portugal. It shows a lot of his sex life, which, of course is all real.
Starring Al Pacino, this thriller in which a serial killer targets gay men met fierce criticism as being a tad homophobic. It also features men actually doing the deed.
This French titled movie can be translated to include the “f” word. Therefore, it shouldn’t be that much of a stretch for it to include extremely graphic, real sex.
Yet another title from Lars von Trier, this really odd film includes unsimulated sex. It also includes wife swapping, orgies and complete lunacy.
This film was both written and directed by Alain Guiraudie. It includes real sex and up close shots of male genitalia.
Directed by Bruce LaBruce, this film full of gay culture offers some surprises. Expect very graphic, unsimulated sex scenes.
Starring Guillaume Depardieu and Yekaterina Golubeva, this film was actually adapted from one of Herman Melville’s novels. In these sex scenes, the main actors are not having real sex, but their body doubles sure are.
This title was directed by Catherine Breillat, and it stars an adult film star, Rocco Siffredi. It includes some beautiful, but often disturbing unsimulated scenes involving sex.
Yet another by director Bruce LaBruce, this film is definitely twisted. It also sports real sex and not-so-real zombies.
Lars von Trier scores yet another interesting film with this one. This drama definitely keeps audiences guessing as to which sexual encounters are real and which ones are simulated. Can you tell?
This biopic is about Pier Paolo, an Italian filmmaker. It highlights a male erection, and it stars Abel Ferrara.
Released in Hong Kong, this film was directed by Scud. It tells the story of very complicated relationships, also involving unsimulated sex scenes.
Starring Mickey Rourke and Carre Otis, this was a wildly popular film back in the 90s. This talented duo were actually dating in real life during the filming, so their sex scenes were especially realistic.
This film is based on the life of Asia Argento, an Italian director and actress. It is filled with the use of drugs and extremely creative sexual encounters.
With nothing much to do with Alice and her adventures, this film is directed by Jonas Middleton. It stars Catherine Erhardt, who finds a magic mirror to stimulate her sexual fantasies, and yes, some of these are real.
The film tells the tale of a Canadian beauty queen. She falls in love with the captain of a ship transporting sugar, and steamy sex scenes ensue.
This was one of the very first Danish films that was billed as mainstream. Censors in the U.S .actually blocked many of the unsimulated sex scenes.
This Indian film outraged many of its viewers with its language and real-life sex scenes. It has been reported that many even walked out of the movie theater.
Artist Andy Warhol directed this film with explicit scenes. It was the first film of its kind to have a large release.
In this film, a private eye takes on a case that involves all sorts of tricky situations, including those depicted with the use of unsimulated sexual situations. While the actual “act’ isn’t real, a whole lot else is.
This film includes some real-life sexual situations, but they are brief. However, this title also offers a true intensity with its violent scenes.
Director Alejandro Jodorowsky actually wrote a book about the unusual making of this film. The sex scenes were not rehearsed, and they were absolutely real.
This is based off a play starring Sylvester Stallone that ran off-Broadway. It depicts a couple who forwardly seduce another unwitting couple.
This film is actually a series of stories directed by Walerian Borowcyk. It illustrates an especially sexual scene, as well as a disturbing moment involving someone’s pet. Really.
Starring Chantal Demming, this drama is especially intense. It also includes real sexual scenes, and it is directed by Stephan Brenninkmeijer.
Directed by Ang Lee, infamous for Brokeback Mountain, this film is set during World War II. It has been said that the sexual encounters between Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Tan Wei are real.
This was based on the life of adult film star Moana Pozzi. It showed at the Venice International Film Festival, and it drew a bit of attention when it contained real acts of oral sex right on the big screen.
In this movie, the main character is sent to a brothel to learn many acts of passion. These scenes are unsimulated, and include some pretty humiliating situations.
Based on the novel of the same name by Georges Bataille, the setting for this film is an abandoned house. The acts in this movie are especially intense because they seldom include words.
This movie is about a band of government workers who decide to make an adult movie. However, they are surprised when it is entered into a film festival.
Directed by Gaspar Noe, this enticing film is set in Tokyo in its exciting nightclubs. It involves real sex, drug deals and even an out-of-body experience.
This film starkly depicts an uncomfortable lifestyle involving the isolation of children and incest. The unsimulated scenes in this movie are especially disturbing.
This film is about Joyce’s wife and some real and fictional characters from his other works of fiction. Fionnula Flanagan is involved in a 20-minute scene of genuine self-pleasure.
Starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, this romantic comedy really heats up the screen. Many have wondered if their sometimes awkward sex scenes were actually real, or were they just superb acting?
While this movie may not contain an actual sex scene, there have been speculations about Jennifer Aniston’s super realistic performance. In this situation, Jim Carey uses his special powers to bestow upon her a life-changing orgasm.
Robert Pattinson of Twilight stardom does a bit more than sparkle in this film. When he was depicted in an intense scene of self-pleasure, he commented that faking it didn’t feel right.
Heddy Lamarr is so convincing in her pleasure in this film that it was actually originally banned in the U.S. This was the first film to illustrate such pleasure experienced by a woman.
Starring Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas, this sexy drama has some of the most intense sexual encounters to ever grace the big screen. The bath scene really leaves some question as to whether the encounter really involves acting.
Scarlett Johansson puts on an amazing performance in this movie. However, her encounter with co-star Gabriel Macht truly leaves some doubt as to how real this scene could actually be.
An elderly woman and a 21-year-old female become friends after the young woman finds money hidden in an old item at her yard sale. There is one act of real sex, and it has been considered astonishing, although Dree Hemingway utilizes a body double.
This French film starts off its first 18 minutes with real gay men having real sex. They then explore Paris as they begin to really get to know one another.
If this movie doesn’t give you a heads up, then I don’t know what will. The lead role in this movie is forced to commit five murders, and John Fleming, the executive producer, fully admitted to the unsimulated sex in this film.