10 Movies Where the Actors Really Had Sex On-Screen

Updated July 3, 2018
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Sex is a very private thing for a person. Well, is it? And if actors have real sex in movies, how do we classify that? The answer obviously is yes, sex is private, but cinema’s juxtaposed fetishes unflinchingly changes the answer. Even though, for the actual action to transpire, there has to be an imminent requirement of the script, directors have often used it as their conduit to attract crowds. Because who doesn’t like porn, right?

The great Italian stallion, Bernardo Bertolucci, is perhaps the most controversial and reverential figure in modern film-making. His bold and brazen approach have often attracted scathing criticism, and the highest praise. Creating a path for others to tread on, Bertolucci’s flawless implications of sex and its significance have never failed to mesmerize. There have been other directors who have gone a step ahead and decided to shoot movies with unsimulated sex scenes. Well, they didn’t always succeed. But they tried! Here is the list of times when the actors had real sex in mainstream movies. Yes, these are movies with real penetration.

10. Dogtooth (2009)

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Delving deep into the controversial issue of incest, ‘Dogtooth’ is an eviscerating presentation of a father’s blinding love for his daughters, that ultimately goes too far and proves to be their undoing. The manipulative and controlling father locks away his three adolescent children in the sprawling confines of the compounding, trapping them in their perpetual childhood. Sucked out of life’s zeal and onto the threshold of insolvency, the older sister connives a plan to escape. Will they finally be free? Watch for yourself.

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9. 9 Songs (2004)

A passion for live music unites two longing souls to embark on a journey of simulated intercourse and oral sex. Sounds weird right? Well, because it purely is. Coming from the land of vestigial traditions and the Royal Queen, ‘9 Songs’ is an unrequired movie. The movie flows at a glacial pace, and even the racy intimacy (and much more) cannot salvage an uninspiring movie. Even though the visceral representation of the physical expression of love between the leads is refreshing and distinctive, it isn’t enough to cease the movie’s free fall to disappointment.

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8. The Center of the World (2001)

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Before Peter Saarsgaard shot to fame with roles in ‘Jarhead’ and ‘An Education’, he lit up the screen in Wayne Wang’s candid documentation of mutual desires coming together. Prima facie a sexual arrangement between a millionaire, and his hired escort for three wild days of partying and sex, it emotionally disintegrates into a something real for the two leads. The film is a haranguing reality check of what conspires when our sexual fetishes and longing pleasure, collides with the messy, eccentric reality of human emotions. Well acted, and uninspiringly thought, the movie failed to become so much more than what it became.

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7. Love (2015)

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This is the only photo I could find of the three protagonists wearing clothes. Gasper Noe’s erotic 3D venture follows the lives of three eligible bachelors with a perennial penchant for adventures. The titillating drama opens up with a racy and sensual threesome amongst a pair of experienced ex-lovers, Murphy and Electra, and a fledgling novice exchange student from Denmark, Omi. The casual event of pleasure and sex quickly becomes problematic, as Murphy and Omi have sex behind Electra’s back, and the former mistakenly impregnates the latter. The two get married, and Electra absconds into wilderness, far away from her life. Her worried mother reignites and presents to us in a non-liner sequences of flashbacks the relationship between Murphy and Electra.

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6. Lie With Me (2005)

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This isn’t a movie. It is basically porn. The meeting of two promiscuous lovers,  burning with animalistic sexual energy, become insatiable to each other and engage in a casual, yet intense carnal relationship. The sexual fling rapidly escalates into a cluttered and clustered life for Leila, as David becomes an ever growing presence, and she herself struggling with her crippling fear of emotional intimacy.

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5. The Brown Bunny (2003)

The infamy that environed the lead actress of the movie was baffling. An A-list star at the time, Chloe Sevigny had her imminent acting career ruined because of some really controversial scenes in the movie ‘The Brown Bunny’. An uncensored and undiluted scene of Chloe performing fellatio on Vincent Gallo, the writer, producer, and director of the movie, who also starred in it, sent shockwaves through the industry. What made the issue more disturbing, was Gallo’s open confession of his obsession with Chloe, and his subsequent statement that he wouldn’t have done the movie if Chloe wouldn’t have been a part of it.

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4. The Dreamers (2003)

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Bertolucci’s first film on the list is a mesmerizing declaration of love for cinema. Set in the student riots of 1970’s in France, it follows a triumvirate of cinemaholics through the tensed environment, and their subsequent bonding. Matthew, an exchange student from the US, forms an acquaintance with Isabelle, and her brother Theo. Invited for an elongated stay by the brother-sister duo, one fateful night, Matthew stumbles upon them sleeping together naked. The following events, prodigally interwoven and moved forward through re-enactments of classic movie scenes, present a harrowing glimpse into their twisted conscience. The scene, when Matthew and Isabelle indulge in intercourse as a part of a dare by Theo, who  watches on with intrigue, is truly exhilarating.

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3. Nymphomaniac (2013)

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Lars von Trier furthered his vague and alluring body of work with this European art-film. And heavens turned upside down, when he signed Shia LaBeouf as his eccentric star. The two-part, five-hour long film is a vivid exploration of self-discovery, capitalistic greed, and the addicted nymphomaniacs. The embellished venture of the film’s interchanging leads into uncharted territory of sex addiction and subsequent finding of love is a treat to watch.

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2. Little Ashes (2008)

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I really don’t understand why the movie got such negative responses. Two brilliant actors, with equally magnificent performances, a fearless director, and an unconventional plot. I think so these should have been enough to appreciate the movie. But what can we say about human nature, always wanting more. After ‘Brokeback Mountain’, this film was another benchmark in the celebration of an ostracized cisgender folk, who deserve attention and respect from their peers. But instead the movie was normalized and subsequently failed at the box office, and in people’s hearts. Not me though!

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1. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

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And we finish the list with another Bertolucci masterpiece. A tale of lust, desire, and sexual fetishes between an 18-tear old girl, and a recently widowed man, almost thrice her age, ‘Last Tango in Paris’ is but so much more. The film is a  coherent and tangible feature, which proves that age is a bourgeois construct, and love has no boundaries. Starring the exquisite Marlon Brando and a debuting Maria Schneider, the film has received varied responses from the film fraternity. While many dubbed it as a masterpiece and breath-taking, the others criticized it for its gruesome portrayal of sexual violence and emotional turmoil. Allegations of manipulation on the Italian stallion have since then been confirmed by Maria Schneider, also stating that the experience was, though humiliating and downgrading for her, acted as a great learning curve in her career.

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1 comment

  • Awesome list, i try to always find movies were real sex happened, or where it was really close to the real thing, you could have mentioned Q as well, also there is a website dedicated to just real sex in movies, thought you should have mentioned it too, coz they did their research well