While many of us can appreciate cinema as a pure art form of visual storytelling, some viewers are attracted to the movies so they can see beautiful people on-screen. Some films get your blood pumping from edge-of-your-seat thrills or chilling scares, yet others do this through racy celebrity sex scenes. There’s no shame in watching movies just for this.
In the days since the production code was lifted in the 60s, American film has seen all kinds of scandalous action go down in the theater. Additionally, world cinema has been ahead of the curve for years in terms of showcasing intimate moments with the camera. Nowadays, nothing seems to surprise audiences that have become so desensitized to sexual content.
Be that as it may, there are celebrity sex scenes that still stand out as examples of how to artfully showcase eroticism. In this article, we’ll mention some notable moments of lovemaking in films both recent & older. Try not to get too hot & bothered reading this.
In a film about the porn industry of the late 1970s, you can expect there to be some graphic celebrity sex scenes. Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 breakout success Boogie Nights follows the story of Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg), a teenager who gains fame as the pornstar Dirk Diggler. Dirk rises to the top of the industry fast for his God-given talent.
Over the course of the film, there are several lewd moments between Dirk & his co-stars. Diggler is discovered by pornographer Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds). After cajoling Dirk to quit his day job, Horner has him prove himself on his couch in a scene with the foxy Rollergirl (Heather Graham). As Boogie Nights progresses, the steaminess only intensifies.
In Dirk Diggler’s first actual porn shoot, he has a sensual encounter with the sultry Amber Waves (Julianne Moore). The scene is so seductive, that it almost seems like Wahlberg & Moore are having real intercourse. There are plenty of more sex scenes throughout the film, yet things take a turn for the worse once the 80s roll around.
While there is plenty of sexy fun throughout Boogie Nights, P.T.A. also brings some heavy themes to this film. When video porn is introduced, the quality diminishes & things get dark. Many of the characters deal with trauma, insecurity, and substance abuse. The film does end on a high note, making it a must-watch for any cinephile.
Love & Basketball
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 2000 film Love & Basketball is a landmark of modern cinema for many reasons. Prince-Bythewood has said that she set out to make an African-American version of When Harry Met Sally when she started writing Love & Basketball. While this film is an endearing depiction of black love, it’s also a provocative sports film.
One of the scenes that drew controversy from censors comes when the characters Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) & Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) first become intimate after years of crushing on each other. Compared to other celebrity sex scenes, Epps & Lathan’s is fairly tame. Yet the MPAA complained that it was “too real” for younger audiences.
In the scene, there is plenty of foreplay, including massaging & time spent appreciating each other’s bodies. Whereas other celebrity sex scenes seem crass & juvenile, we get the sense that these two characters love & care deeply about one another. Their romance is one that has developed since they were childhood friends playing basketball together.
In addition to having a sensuous love scene, Love & Basketball also includes plenty of social commentary about gender. Quincy & Monica are equally passionate about basketball, with both of them earning college scholarships. However, set in an era before the WNBA, Monica hits the glass ceiling while Quincy goes to the pros.
Call Me By Your Name
Even though neither of the stars of this film are queer, Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film Call Me By Your Name is still an important addition into the canon of queer cinema. In the movie, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a twenty-four-year-old professor & Elio (Timothée Chalamet), a seventeen-year-old student have an affair in 1980s Italy.
One of the most passionate scenes in the film technically isn’t even a celebrity sex scene. On the contrary, it’s a masturbation scene where Elio is thinking of Oliver & pleasures himself inside of a peach. The scene is fraught with emotions of rage, longing, and disorientation, which amount to one of the most amorous scenes in the film.
While there are many celebrity sex scenes throughout film, these are some of the most remarkable in recent memory. As cinema goes forward, we can only expect there to be more boundary-pushing content in the future. What’s your favorite love scene in film? Let us know in the comments!