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19 Movies with Real Sex Scenes

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World cinema is nowadays getting bolder each and every day. And you obviously can’t talk of bold cinema and then overlook those movies where they decided to take method acting a notch higher when filming sex scenes. Yes, we are talking about movies that showed unsimulated sex scenes, where actors actually had authentic sex. Below is a comprehensive list of 19 movies with real sex scenes:

19. Ken Park (2002)

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Directed by: Ed Lachman and Larry Clark

Written by: Harmony Korine and Larry Clark

The disturbing interconnected story of Ken Park are all sexual, most of which involves teens. Of course, all actors were over 18 years, and majority of the sex is simulated — except for the unsimulated masturbation.

18. Baise-moi (2000)

Directed by: Coralie Trinh Thi and Virginie Despentes

Written by: Coralie Trinh Thi and Virginie Despentes

The title of the movie Baise-moi has already been translated into Kiss Me, Rape Me and F**k Me, so probably it works best in the ambiguous French. The rape-revenge film is filled with mainstream explicit scenes, even though the graphic violence is not the actual thing. Nevertheless, this erotic cinema film has remained highly controversial ever since its release.

17. Cruising (1980)

Directed by: Williams Friedkin

Written by: Williams Friedkin

The widely misunderstood Cruising was protested as being homophobic. However, this thriller, where Al Pacino usually plays a cop going undercover in the leather bars so as to find a killer, is by far more complicated than that. Murder scenes in this movie are cut with the actual footages of gay sex, which certainly invites analysis — but not dismissal.

16. 9 Songs (2004)

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

Written by: Michael Winterbottom

The movie 9 Songs includes real footage of the concert performances by bands such as Franz Ferdinand, Black Rebels Motorcycle Club and The Dandy Warhols. However, most of the focus in this movie is going to be on the frequent unsimulated sex between the leads Margo Stilley and Kieran O’Brien.

15. Caligula (1979)

Directed by: Tinto Brass

Written by: Gore Vidal

Caligula is one fascinating disaster of a movie, truly NSFW even minus the intimacy peppered throughout. (After all there’s necrophiliac incest.) However, beyond that, Penthouse’s founder Bob Guccione, who financed this film, added in some explicit scenes that — well, they are porn.

14. Anatomy of Hell (2004)

Directed by: Catherine Breillat

Written by: Catherine Breillat

Another Catherine Breillat’s film, yet another non-pornographic performance by the Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi. The Anatomy of Hell movie is not just explicit, but it is also incredibly jarring, with certain uniquely disturbing visuals scenes that uncover the darker sides of sexuality.

13. Lie with Me (2005)

Directed by: Clément Virgo

Written by: Tamara Faith Virgo and Clément Virgo

Lie with Me movie is notable mainly because the 2 stars, Lauren Lee Smith and Eric Balfour, are fairly widely- known — particularly Eric Balfour — and engaging in erotic scenes. Otherwise, it is another sort of the take on Last Tango in a Paris model, even though with a noticeably Canadian style.

12. Pola X (1999)

Directed by: Leos Carax

Written by: Jean-Pol Fargeau and Leos Carax

Body doubles were allegedly used for most explicit scenes in the movie Pola X, so it is unclear how much of the sex is actual involving stars Yekaterina Golubeva and Guillaume Depardieu. The two stars play long-lost lovers and siblings Isabelle and Pierre in this loose adaptation of the Herman Melville novel.

11. 8mm 2 (2005)

Directed by: J. Cardone

Written by: Roberts Sullivan

The most weird thing about 8mm 2 movie is that it has nothing to do with the movie 8 mm. the film was originally titled as The Velvet Side of Hell and then later rebranded as the sequel, although it wasn’t. however, it does feature plenty of explicit scenes as well as the actual porn scenes that have been spliced in.

10. Otto; or, Up with The Dead People (2008)

Directed by: Bruce LaBruce

Written by: Bruce LaBruce

Otto is in reality a zombie. Or perhaps he isn’t. He certainly has an appetite for something. This is yet another Bruce LaBruce movie, so of course it is strange, artsy and highly erotic. Most of the sex in the movie is real, even though the copious amounts of blood aren’t. Then again, it is not also clear how much of the gore is a product of The Otto’s twisted mind.

9. Romance (1999)

Directed by: Cathe Breillat

Written by: Cathe Breillat

Over 2 decades after The Real Young Girl, Cathe Breillat showcased her continued willingness to explore sexuality quite frankly. Romance, which follows Caroline Ducey (Marie) as she looks for sexual fulfillment outside her boyfriend, is mostly credited with paving a way for more intimate scenes in arthouse films.

8. Intimacy (2001)

Directed by: Patrice Chéreau

Written by: Anne-Louise Trividic and Patrice Chéreau

Think of Last Tango in Paris, but a bit more grounded. Claire (Kerry Fox) and Jay (Mark Rylance) are 2 strangers who usually engage in weekly anonymous sex, thus slowly developing an emotional attachment to one another. Unlike The Last Tango in Paris, all sex is in this film is completely unsimulated.

7. In the Realms of the Senses (1976)

Directed by: Nagisa Oshima

Written by: Nagisa Oshima

Based on a true story of Sada Abe, the Japanese woman who erotically asphyxiated her own lover then decided to cut off his penis and then kept it in the handbag, In the Realms of the Senses movie is as explicit just as you would expect given the subject matter. Sex is real. However, the genital removal and murder is not.

6. The Raspberry Reich (2004)

Directed by: Bruce LaBruce

Written by: Bruce LaBruce

Bruce LaBruce films are always an acquired taste. And in case you’ve acquired the unique taste for them, they’re certainly delicious. Raspberry Reich is yet another hilarious satire which LaBruce calls “terrorist chic”. The movie looks at the whole idea of homosexuality as being a radical act. There is also a ton of erotic scenes and a porn version which includes even more.

5. O Fantasma (2000)

Directed by: João Pedro Rodrigues

Written by: José Neves and Alexandre Melo

The Portuguese movie O Fantasma — which is translated as The Phantom (although it just does not carry the same weight in the same way) follows Ricardo Meneses just as he wanders round Lisbon. The hunky Portuguese actors might just tempt you to watch the movie as porn, but if you are looking for that, you are likely to get disappointed.

4. A Real Young Girl (1976)

Directed by: Cathe Breillat

Written by: Cathe Breillat

The subject matter of The Real Young Girl is quite difficult, to say the least. The movie focuses on sexual exploration of a 14-year-old girl; Alice (Charlotte Alexandra). All explicit scenes were actually shot with actors of age, but it is still unsettling.

3. Shortbus (2006)

Directed by: Cameron Mitchell

Written by: Cameron Mitchell

Shortbus is probably the most well-known movie with unsimulated sex. It is also among the best. The movie is sexually explicit, but it is also warm, thoughtful and funny. Of course, it owes a debt to the earlier movies with sex scenes. The vibrating egg that Sofia uses on herself has been branded In the Realms of the Senses.

2. The Idiots (1998)

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Written by: Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier manages to pop up on this list of movies where actors had sex, and with good reason. In the movie, The Idiots, there’s a group of the anti-bourgeois adults who lose their inhibitions just by embracing their “inner idiot.” This means lots of nudity scenes and the occasional orgy. Majority of this is however simulated, but there’s at least one scene with real sex taking place.

1. The Brown Bunny (2003)

Directed by: Vincent Gallo

Written by: Vincent Gallo

It usually takes a special kind of auteur to write, direct, and also star in a film that involves one receiving unsimulated blow job to the end on-screen. However, Vincent Gallo actually did it in the movie Brown Bunny, with Chloe Sevigny doing the act. Even though there has been some controversy on whether it was real or not, the truth of the matter is that it was real.

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