Nudity has always been an important part of cinema. Filmmakers over the years have had to battle censorship issues concerning nudity and graphic depiction of violence. In my humble opinion, nudity is an essential aspect of cinema and there shouldn’t be any limit to it if the content demands so. A film with bold, provocative subjects will use nudity to a greater extent and more often than not, it works well. A lot, however, depends on the filmmaker. A filmmaker should always try and ensure that there’s a certain visual, emotional and psychological base to whatever he/she depicts onscreen. So, if you are looking for 50 Shades of Grey nude scenes, this might not be the right place. This list comprises of nude movies scenes with an underlying intention. So with all that said, let’s take a look at this list of top nude movie scenes ever.
20. Bad Lieutenant (1992) – The Lieutenant’s Breakdown
Abel Ferrara’s brutal neo-noir flick is one of the most psychologically damaging, emotionally harrowing films ever made. At the helm of it all is Harvey Keitel who may have just delivered his greatest performance here. Keitel gives it all in this film and there’s a very powerful scene where his character just bursts into tears, standing naked with arms wide open. It’s a very disturbingly painful scene as his character is disgusted with himself and is desperate to wash all his sins away. The camera just stares at Keitel’s body and we could neither look at it nor look away because such is the impact of this nude scene.
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19. Barbarella (1968) – The Opening Striptease
It may very well be the truth when I say that this cult classic wouldn’t have achieved half the popularity it has now had it not included Jane Fonda as the title character. The scene that first comes to everyone’s minds when they think of ‘Barbarella’ is the slow sci-fi-inspired strip sequence with the opening credits hovering above and below. Known today for how it teases the audience, this moment begins with Fonda floating around in her zero gravity spaceship, slowly taking off her suit including a helmet, leggings, gloves, etc. Though we do not see anything explicit (there are a few quick shots here and there that display her fully nude), the scene is still memorable because of the way it plays around with the audience – even having credit titles cover up parts of Fonda’s body at a couple points of time.