Sexy, sexy sex. It's what's keeping the human race alive. But it also serves a non-procreative purpose, we're reliably informed. Hollywood thrives on it. If characters in movies aren't getting it, they're searching for it, begging for it, or are in despair at the lack of it.
50 of the Craziest Movie Sex Scenes Ever Filmed
Best Sex Scenes of All Time That Are Too Hot to Watch
Sometimes—especially in the dark night of a pandemic winter —you just need to watch a steamy movie. Others like to live vicariously through the big screen, watching romantic moments play out in period pieces or dramatic, forbidden plotlines. To compile a list of sex scenes worth skipping ahead to this winter, we asked a handful of movie buffs for their favorite picks. Happy fast-forwarding!
The 101 best sex scenes of all time
Try is the operative word. Gyllenhaal and Ledger saddle up to play gay cowboys whose relationship becomes official in a secluded tent after a night of too much whiskey. One of the most celebrated sex scenes of all time, this one is artfully done and told out of sequence—director Steven Soderbergh being as playful with editing and time and narrative as his two leads, Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney, are with each other. Flirty and cheeky as they undress, they do finally get horizontal, their lips do finally lock, and unfortunately, the screen does finally fade to black.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. What makes a sex scene legitimately sexy? Is it chemistry? Is it realism? Is it showing more than a little skin?