1. Black Swan (2010)
“In the scene, Mila Kunis is going down on Natalie Portman. The entire movie is a psychological thriller so you’re already on edge, and then this scene between two beautiful women comes out of nowhere. There is also a sense of realness to it, which is a huge turn-on … like it was just the two of them there. I guess that’s a testament to their acting. Sex scenes with ’70s porno jazzy music are impossible to enjoy. This one had nothing detracting from the girls — it was raw, physical, and relatable.
The hottest part of the scene was the fact that it ends with Natalie Portman orgasming while Mila Kunis is giving her oral sex. There’s a nice sense of completion and she looks hot — like it was a real orgasm.
‘There is also a sense of realness to it, which is a huge turn-on … like it was just the two of them there.’
I was watching the movie with other people the first time I saw it, streaming it at someone’s place. When that scene came on, there was definitely a hush over the room. And yes, I was definitely aroused. There was a moment when I was thinking, Oh man, I kind of wish I wasn’t watching it with four other people right now.
It’s not something I seek out to get in the mood though — I don’t find myself thinking, I should light some candles, put on Black Swan, and watch this with my girlfriend. Last night, I rewatched the scene [for this interview]. I still found it to be incredibly arousing. Despite the fact that there is constant access to pornography and sexual imagery, this scene is still memorable.”
—Clark, 26, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
2. Boogie Nights (1997)
“The plot of the movie is that Mark Wahlberg’s trying to make it in porn. The one scene that stands out is near the beginning of the movie when he does his first sex scene, with Julianne Moore, who plays a veteran porn star.
I was 12 years old when I [first] saw it. I watched it in our family den; during these angsty early teen years, I would go in there and try to find some really sketchy channels to maybe see a nip-slip. I was in there one night and Boogie Nights came on and I realised that it was a movie that my parents would not want me watching. I was at a point where I was trying to watch porn with our dial-up Internet, so this movie was particularly cool because it was showing the behind-the-scenes of what a porno shoot is like — you can see the cameramen watching it and there’s a guy with a boom mic hovering over them.
The scene is burned into my eyelids: He walks in and it’s a really classic, cheesy porno plot that barely makes any sense. He opens the door and she’s behind the desk and she’s pretending to be some businesswoman interviewing him for a job. This is also very early in Marky Mark’s career so he’s a young guy — and I was kind of empathizing with him and that attraction to an older woman. At the time, I was having wet dreams about all my teachers.
‘I was kind of empathising with him and that attraction to an older woman. At the time, I was having wet dreams about all my teachers.’
So she’s behind the desk asking him dumb questions, and then she says, ‘Let’s take one more look and see if you’re the man for the job,’ and then reaches over and unzips his pants — and his character has a gigantic, 12-inch dick. So the camera pans around to everybody and they all lean forward in their chairs so you get the sense that he must be hung like a moose and then she says, ‘That is a massive cock,’ and comes across the desk and fucks him while she’s lying on the desk. The final touch is when he’s telling her he’s about to come and she says, ‘Don’t pull out, come inside me,’ and again they cut to the whole cast and they’re like, Whoa, she’s not supposed to do that; she must really be liking this. So that’s super hot to me.
I’ve probably watched this scene 50 times. I tried to find a pirated version hidden in some weird corner of the Internet. Back in the day, it didn’t take much to turn me on; a stiff breeze would get me off. I was probably humping couches to that scene for a solid two weeks. They need to take a black light to that den now.”
—Jack, 27, San Diego, California
3. Wild Things (1998)
“My favorite sex scene is hands down the threesome scene from Wild Things. Such a gloriously trashy movie capped off by this post-caper tryst in the crappiest motel room they could find in Florida.
I was 12 when I [first] saw it and oh boy … my brain didn’t know what to do. Imagine an asteroid hitting the Hoover Dam. Now double it. That’s the kind of serotonin flood that hit my body. I was young, impressionable, and most of all, horny.
I snuck the VHS and watched it alone in my room. And to be honest, I don’t remember much else of the movie. I thought about that scene all the time. I had the exact minute and second memorised so I could jump to the scene whenever I desired. I’m not sure if I pleasured myself on the first viewing, but rest assured many a seed was spilled over successive viewings!
‘I snuck the VHS and watched it alone in my room. And to be honest, I don’t remember much else of the movie. I thought about that scene all the time.’
You know, I haven’t watched it recently — well, not the full movie at least. But I am going to do so in the near future because, fuck yeah, I still think it’s hot. I had to look up the clip to make sure it was worth discussing, and late ’90s Denise Richards owns. Seriously though, put a poster of late ’90s Denise Richards in the Smithsonian. No, fuck that. Put it in the Louvre. Mona Lisa can kick rocks.”
—Chris, 28, Cape May New Jersey, and Charleston, South Carolina
4. Mulholland Drive (2001)
“When I was 16, I went through this phase of watching critically acclaimed films. I had heard so much about Mulholland Drive so I convinced my parents to take me to Blockbuster to rent it. I don’t remember anything that happened in the movie except that at one point Rita [Laura Harring] and Betty [Naomi Watts] were in bed and Rita goes over to kiss Betty on the forehead and there’s this desire in Betty’s eyes — and then she kisses Rita on the bottom lip and it starts to escalate into this incredibly steamy and romantic and loving tender scene between these two characters in this very strange movie.
‘I remember watching it in the living room while my parents were outside doing yard work. I had a blanket over me just in case something happened.’
This was at the time they were just starting to put a lot more same-sex — well, usually just two women — kisses and love scenes into movies, but they were often very gratuitous, whereas this felt genuine and authentic. I remember watching it in the living room while my parents were outside doing yard work. I had a blanket over me just in case something happened and I was keeping an eye on the door in case they walked in. I watched that scene a couple times. I was enraptured by it. I finished the movie first and then tried to figure out what the hell I just saw. I definitely masturbated to this scene several times before the movie was due back.”
—Jesse, 29, Chicago, Michigan
5. Jerry Maguire (1996)
“There’s a scene from Jerry Maguire that turned me on so much the first time I saw it — and still comes to mind now when thinking of arousing sex scenes. It was near the beginning of the movie: Jerry Maguire [Tom Cruise] and this redheaded woman [Kelly Preston] have really rough sex, which then cuts to her naked in the kitchen eating fruit. Everything about it was so hot.
It’s particularly memorable because I had never seen cinematic sex depicted that way before — so uninhibited. I feel like a lot of times in sex scenes the man is on top and they hint at things happening, maybe they’ll show her facial expression as she’s being entered for the first time — and that basically tells you they’re having sex. This was completely different. There was nothing left to the imagination here and it felt much more authentic.
‘It’s particularly memorable because I had never seen cinematic sex depicted that way before — so uninhibited.’
There were so many little parts that made it memorable. She says a line, something like, ‘Never stop fucking me!’ which was hot. And after they finish, instead of her just wearing a sheet or something like a lot of movies do, as if the woman had just been deflowered or something, this scene continues post-sex with her just naked, eating fruit in the kitchen, that was really sexy. It seemed like she enjoyed it just as much as he did.
I was about 12 years old when I saw this movie and this scene was definitely eye-opening. I watched it at my friends house with some buddies. We came upstairs halfway through the movie to get a snack and I remember my friend’s mom telling us we had to fast-forward through the sex scenes and my buddy was like, ‘Too late!’ We thought that was hilarious and also added a bit of scandal to it. We rewound the movie to that scene once or twice but it wasn’t the sort of thing that was getting passed along from friend to friend.”
—Matt, 30, New York, New York
6. Cabin Fever (2002)
“I think the hottest movie sex scene is the second sex scene from Cabin Fever between Marcy [Cerina Vincent] and Paul [Rider Strong]. Marcy is a hot, busty brunette, she’s convinced that her and her friends’ days are numbered. She decides she wants one last ride before the end and wastes no time in throwing herself at the random guy who’s in the room with her. Paul is clearly dumbstruck by how quickly he’s found himself in bed with her. She’s already grinding away at him before he gets a chance to ask her about using a condom! She tells him not to worry, that’s she’s healthy, clearly too caught up in the moment to care about long-term consequences.
The icing on the cake is a scene immediately after the sex where you see Marcy washing the sweat off her face in a bathroom. It really hammers home just how hot and steamy the encounter was.
‘I’ve pleasured myself to it. Still do, occasionally. These days, though, I tend to use it more just to whet my appetite.’
There are a few reasons I find this scene so hot: For starters, the actress, Cerina Vincent, has probably the finest body in Hollywood. The other things I love are the energy and the fact that this scene is pure sex. There’s no romance here; this is simply a case of two young adults spontaneously indulging their baser instincts and doing so with wild, unrestrained passion.
I saw it alone, at home, as the late movie on TV one night. To be honest, the rest of the movie wasn’t anything special, apart from an earlier sex scene, again starring Cerina Vincent, topless. Someone online had turned all the sexy moments of the movie in to a music video, which I enjoyed a lot. I even downloaded every foreign-language dubbed version I could get my hands on just to hear the voice-over actresses’ varying takes on the coital moaning. And yes, for a while there, I was thinking about it pretty much all the time!
I’ve pleasured myself to it. Still do, occasionally. These days, though, I tend to use it more just to whet my appetite.’
—Ash, 29, Maryland
7. The Notebook (2004)
“I’ll probably be made fun of for this, but the scene that I find the sexiest is from The Notebook. In the scene they [Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling] are reunited as adults, she comes in from the rain and is soaking wet and looks so good, and they finally have sex.
A lot of it had to do with the build-up to that scene. They were childhood sweethearts, then she goes off to school and he goes to work in a coal mine. She was trying to get in contact with him but her parents would censor her mail so they weren’t able to stay in touch. She finally comes back into the picture and sees that he has been building this dream house. She’s engaged to another man so you don’t know if it’s even going to happen. This scene was a culmination of all of their frustrations and tension, and ended up with a really, really intense sex scene.
There was so much passion and build-up.
He is slamming her against the wall and then he throws her down on the bed — it is not violent but you can tell it has been so long coming and that they are both really just like, Here is everything I got. There was so much passion and build up. Also the naughty nature of it — in the sense that she was engaged — made it sexy. It was a forbidden love.”
—Dave, 28, Hoboken, NJ
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