Everyone knows how a real sex scene should look like and faking it on the big screen can make the whole movie suck. It’s not uncommon for actors and actresses to sacrifice themselves for the pleasure of the viewers.
Intense lovemaking is what you get when you take two gorgeous celebs and rub them against each other. Do you think it’s too much?
1. Halle Berry & Billy Bob Thornton – Monster’s Ball
“Monster’s Ball” shocked the audience twice.
First, the movie created one of the most talked about sex scenes of modern times. Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton went well beyond the script and producers had to yell “cut” multiple times to interrupt their intense lovemaking.
The acting was brilliant enough to bring the African-American an Oscar for Best Actress. You probably recall the ceremony that saw Halle Berry burst into tears during her 2002 acceptance speech.
“Monster’s Ball” is not a movie worth watching only for the highly celebrated sex scene. The drama exploited racial prejudice in a way that will make you think twice about what it means to love someone different.
If you remember nothing special about “Monster’s Ball,” you probably watched an R-Rated version of it. Get your hands on the unrated version! You will become a worshiper of Halle Berry’s body.
Prepare yourself for some Hollywood pornography! Director Vincent Gallo exploited sexuality like no other before him.
2. Chloe Sevigny & Vincent Gallo – The Brown Bunny
Vincent Gallo attempted to revolutionize the way movies are made, but he ended up with his film trashed by Cannes critiques.
“The Brown Bunny” was supposed to be about a road trip when Gallo decided it doesn’t harm to include an explicit oral sex scene. Some still claim that Gallo did “The Brown Bunny” just for the perks of it.
Chloe Sevigny performed what some labeled as beyond pornography. To make matters worse, the actress didn’t show any guilt and praised Gallo’s directing talent. At least regarding sex, the movie scored big points as realistic.
Filming such things is not easy when you are not a professional pornstar. The two lovebirds used a remote camera and were alone in the room for the duration of the scene.
Coming up next is a movie where the camera didn’t capture something explicit. However, the look on the actor’s face left little room for doubt.
3. Robert Pattinson – Little Ashes
Robert Pattinson needs no introduction, and every woman would be more than excited to know the “Twilight” actor did it in front of the camera.
However, Pattison had no co-star to share the pleasure. He allegedly masturbated while the camera was rolling, just to make his orgasm look authentic.
“Little Ashes” was a movie about Salvador Dali that geared excessively on the artist’s personal life. Dali was believed for a long time to be gay, and the film exploited that exact lead.
Pattinson admitted his guilty pleasure in the German magazine “Interview” and created an avalanche of fan theories since then. What bugs most people is how much they paid the camera man to shoot that scene.
Although Pattinson appears above the waist, some fans suspect a second camera had the right angle to catch the right parts. “Lights, camera, action” got a bit awkward this time!
Even TV series made use of highly realistic acting. There is no way of stopping true love!
4. Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer – True Blood
The fact that Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have both a real life and on screen romance made fans suspect a disturbing truth.
Remember all those hot scenes from “True Blood?” Chances are the two stars got down to business right in front of the cameras. That was not the only dirty behind-the-scenes secret.
Anna was not shy to admit she was intimate with other members of the cast and that walking around the set naked felt entirely comfortable. The ones that said it doesn’t pay well in Hollywood didn’t count on the extra goodies you get for free.
You might not like vampire stories, but we gave you enough reasons to develop an obsession. You can start by watching all the seven seasons of ‘True Blood.” Tell us if you can spot something fishy.
Everyone underestimated Danish cinematography until it hit in style with steamy and real sex scenes. Check it out!
5. Gry Bay – All About Anna
“All About Anna” was one movie that stood up to what it promised. The audience had the chance to see Gry Bay (Anna) from every angle and in the hottest scenes.
If Lars von Trier rings a bell, you will recognize his signature throughout the movie. “All About Anna” is regarded as the kind of porn women want to see. Forget about non-stop hardcore action.
The mix between a good storyline, the emotional charge, and real sex hit the jackpot with an audience that would otherwise settle for a typical romantic comedy.
Bay’s sexual performance made her the most wanted Danish artist of the year. She won the Scandinavian Adult Award as the Best-Selling Scandinavian Star of 2006.
Coming up next is another controversial movie where actors did on screen.
6. Shia LaBeouf & Stacy Martin – Nymphomaniac
“Nymphomaniac” wins by a comfortable margin as the most infamous movie of the past decade. And it’s all in the sex scenes.
Lars von Trier has a kinky way of playing with our minds, and most viewers took the bait and thought they saw actual sex. We hate to break it to you. Shia LaBoeuf and Stacy Martin never made love (at least not during the 4-hour long film).
“Nymphomaniac” pushed people to ask all the uncomfortable questions. The answers shattered our trust in modern cinematography.
Porn doubles and computer-generated imagery meant that what we saw was carefully skilled to look as real as possible. Yep, they even made artificial sexual organs able to fool even the most avid connoisseur.
Although “Nymphomaniac” disappointed by not featuring Shia LaBeouf and Stacy Martin having wild sex, the opportunity is there.
If you think old movies were rather shy with expressing sexuality, you are in for a shock. Check out the next masterpiece where they did it right in front of the camera!
7. Malcolm McDowell – Caligula
“Caligula” is one movie that redefined genres. It counts as an erotic historical drama.
However, “erotic” is a mild term to define what the poor camera operators had to shoot. The 1979 production abounds in scenes of unsimulated sex and will make you forget the history books you read about the Romans.
“Caligula” was one the few big movies that ever crossed the line towards pornography and the bet never pays off. Malcolm McDowell had an odd job keeping his act straight in what can easily be described as a massive orgy.
What is even more impressive about the production is that Penthouse commissioned it. The magazine made its first and only film, and it even featured some Penthouse Pets as extras.
The next movie saw the two starts give in to their basic instincts. No one asked these two superstars to go all the way!
8. Michael Douglas & Sharon Stone – Basic Instinct
When it comes to “Basic Instinct,” everyone talks about the infamous leg-crossing scene.
Sharon Stone opened not only her legs but also an entirely new chapter in conquering the frontiers of sexiness. The most paused frame in history showed exactly how many extra miles Hollywood producers were willing to walk towards commercial success.
Once you get past that, you will see that the movie is generous to include a full-blown sex scene involving Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. Don’t worry! The film dates from 1992, so what everyone saw were younger versions of the two.
On the record, nothing happened, and the superstars only simulated lovemaking. However, rumor has it that the two were impossible to stop once the heat was on.
Every movie shoots more scenes during production. Somewhere in an LA studio archive is blowing the dust from the uncut “Basic Instinct.” They say it’s so good it might ruin Michael’s marriage with Catherine Zeta-Jones.
9. Sienna Miller & Hayden Christensen – Factory Girl
The Sienna Miller – Hayden Christensen couple is one of the few that delivered ultra-realistic sex.
Their performance in “Factory Girl” managed to coagulate the fans in two warring factions. On one side are those claiming the scene is nothing but “dry humping,” while others keep a firm grip on the belief that they did it for real.
The two actors were both 25 years old at the time they starred in “Factory Girl,” the right time to attempt a daring move. However, both Sienna and young Anakin Skywalker dismissed the rumors with an excellent argument.
It’s almost impossible to make it happen on set with five members of the filming crew following your every move. Add the director, and all the romance goes down the gutter.
Is the uncertainty killing you? The next one is a fact! They did it on camera.
10. Mickey Rourke & Carré Otis – Wild Orchid
“Wild Orchid” had so powerful sex scenes that it almost didn’t reach the cinemas. They had to fine-tune the last humping session to qualify for the R-rating.
However, their best efforts failed to impress the critics. 1991 brought no glory to the two leading actors. Both Mickey Rourke and Carré Otis were nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor.
We know that will not keep you from watching “Wild Orchid” over again. The movie is worth the time if you want to instruct yourself on some new Kama Sutra moves.
The 1980s version of Mickey Rourke is one able to make any woman feel the butterflies. As for Carré Otis, we know no instance of her not looking stunning.
It didn’t end with filming “Wild Orchid.” Rourke and Otis married less than two years since it hit the cinemas, solid proof that they were intimate during production.
11. Melvin Van Peebles – Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
“Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” is a title catchy enough to make you buy a ticket without knowing what to expect.
Nevertheless, the viewers flocking to the cinemas throughout 1971 knew for sure that explicit sex was on the menu. Initially rated X by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), the film used that as a publicity stunt – “Rated X by an all-white jury.”
At this point, you might want to know that African-American Melvin Van Peebles went beyond the standard practice in Hollywood. In a period still marked by racial prejudice, Van Peebles produced an independent film that grossed what some estimate to $90 million in today’s money.
Going back to the sex, Van Peebles had no problems performing in his movie and doing nasty stuff in front of the camera. The sad part is that he contracted an STD while doing it.
12. Margo Stilley & Kieran O’Brien – Nine Songs
When it comes to unsimulated sex scene you have “Nine Songs” and then the rest of the movies.
Some would say that British director Michael Winterbottom had only one goal in mind – release the most controversial sexual content ever to get a cinema approval. The philosophy is simple. Walk on quicksand for as long as you can and see what happens. You can always cut if it’s too much for them, or declare it porn.
O’Brien can take pride in being the only actor in mainstream cinematography that got away with an ejaculation scene. The only scene that curbed O’Brien’s enthusiasm was having sex with another man.
The 2004 production made its way to Cannes where it grossed critiques more than Vincent Gallo’s “The Brown Boney.”
13. Divine – Pink Flamingos
Don’t let the name fool you!
Divine is the most grotesque character in the history of filmmaking and seeing “Pink Flamingos” will make anyone feel sick. What the flamboyant drag queen and the other characters did in front of the camera is so wrong, we beg you not to watch it.
The production became famous for the “eating dog shit” scene, but unsimulated sex also helped. However, director John Waters gave a twist to the classic romance that typically pushes Hollywood stars to go for real in front of the camera.
Divine goes as far as giving oral sex to her son in the movie. The transvestite’s purpose was to take the crown for the filthiest person alive.
There is more to it, but it would make you lose appetite for other movies on the list.
14. Julie Christie & Donald Sutherland – Don’t Look Now
“Don’t Look Now” proves once more that going pornographic is the only way for independent production to get some of the limelight.
The hot sex scene between Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland created jealousy. Christie’s boyfriend at that time did not take it lightly and demanded it cut.
Rumor has it that the excellent acting had a very simple explanation. The actors were not faking it. The two stars never made a clear a statement on the subject, and the debate got absorbed more and more into myth.
What’s wrong with showing sex in cinemas? Consider the fact that “Don’t Look Now” hit the theaters in 1973. Taboos were reigning supreme, and our society was experiencing what we can call its “puberty” regarding adult content.
Ready for one more movie where they did it on set?
15. Caroline Ducey – Romance
Again, don’t let the innocent title distract you! Few things were romantic in a movie that took on sex like few before.
The 1999 production featured amongst others pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi, the one nicknamed “The Italian Stallion.” As for the lucky actress, Caroline Ducey got an amazing shot at fame. However, she had to deal with the controversy, as well as to reject generous offers to join the adult films industry.
“Romance” was a modest commercial success. The French production betted too much on its mature content and failed to work on the other details that engage an audience. Flashing some skin and showing a couple of minutes of sex is not enough.
If you thought it doesn’t get more A-list than Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone sharing the bed, you are in for a huge surprise.
16. Kim Basinger & Alec Baldwin – The Getaway
Many rushed to consider “The Getaway” a terrible remake of the 1972 classic.
On a closer inspection, the film did have something better to show. Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin formed an incredible couple, and their chemistry apparently involved too many hormones.
The two actors filmed all the love scenes in a closed empty room and remote cameras were used to reduce the awkwardness. If you didn’t notice, most sexual relations caught on film are threesomes. You should always count the camera operator and his crucial role in ruining the romantic setup.
Consider one tiny detail in your efforts to understand why Kim and Alec got along so good in their sex scene. The two were married while “The Getaway” entered preproduction.
17. Bo Derek – Bolero
“Bolero” is one movie that failed terribly, even if it included scenes of authentic sex.
The production won six Golden Raspberry Awards in 1984, including the one for Worst Picture. The reason? Well, let’s just say that the story is too simple-minded to make anyone fall for it.
And 23-year-old millionaire virgin set on a world quest to find the man best suited for her first sexual experience sounds more like science-fiction. Everyone admired the body of Ayre MacGilvary (Bo Derek), but the sugary story makes the film very hard to watch.
The last case of real sex in a mainstream movie will shock you because of its context.
18. Mick Jagger & Anita Pallenberg – Performance
The movie “Performance” brought to the public the least expected kind of goodies – authentic sex scenes involving the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger.
Although the director’s cut made the production more commercially viable by removing some hot scenes, rumor has it that the full version of “Performance” won a prize at an Amsterdam adult film festival.
Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg looked good together on screen, but the awkwardness starts once you switch to real life. Anita was dating another band member at that time – Keith Richard, and the legendary guitarist didn’t take it lightly.