The Motion Picture Production Code and US law restricted real, unsimulated intimate encounters in movies until the 1960s when mainstream cinemas began pushing boundaries in terms of what was presented on screen. Though most graphic love acts depicted in movies are simulated, sometimes actors actually perform the real deeds. According to Wikipedia, “the difference between these films and pornography is that, while such scenes might be considered erotic, the intent of these films is not solely pornographic.” Here are some notable real-life bonk scenes that left many a movie-goer’s glasses steamed over.
Ken Park (2002)
Ken Park is a 2002 erotic drama film based on the writings and journals of Larry Clark (who directed the controversial film Kids). Ken Park was written by Harmony Korine, and it follows the lives of several California teenagers.
One of the characters has an ongoing scandalous relationship with his girlfriend’s mother. He continues to socialize with her family, who, like his girlfriend, are completely unaware of the affair. The boinking scenes in this film are all awkward, all real, and all completely unsimulated. Due to the graphic nature of the intimacy depicted in Ken Park, the film was banned in Australia and remains so to this day.
Risky Business (1983)
This one has never been confirmed by the film’s stars, but rumors have been swirling for years about Risky Business. The speculation surrounds that infamously steamy scene on the train between Tom Cruise and his then real-life girlfriend Rebecca De Mornay. Some think the scene might have featured some very real action. While this might seem questionable given the fact that it would have been a very risky move for a huge star like Tom Cruise, one thing is for sure: the chemistry between these two was very very real! De Mornay went on to become a star herself after this role, appearing in blockbuster films like Backdraft and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Baise-moi is a crime thriller film starring Karen Lancaume and Raffaëla Anderson The French title Baise-moi is an ambiguous one. Baiser is a French verb meaning “to [expletive]”, but it also means “a kiss” when used as a noun.Baise-moiwould be translated as “[expletive me]”.
Baise-moi, in this film, can be loosely translated to Kiss Me, [Expletive] Me, or [Expletive] Me, so it’s not surprising that the film is chock-full of graphic, and usually violent, unsimulated acts. Due to the nature of Baise-moi’s content, the film was banned in Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. A R18+ version of the movie was approved for Australian audiences in 2013.
We Own The Night (2007)
Fans of the Cuban-American actress Eva Mendes probably wholly approved of this James gray-directed film, specifically one particular scene. In it, an excited Mendes (as character Amada Juarez) performs a rather personal act of self-love when her boyfriend (played by Joaquin Phoenix) walks into the room, sees what she’s doing, and joins in. Mendes later said in an interview that filming the scene was one of the most nerve-wracking moments of her career.
The film, which boasts even more star power in the form of Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, and Ed Koch, opened to mixed reviews although it was a commercial success in theatres and with DVD sales. Mendes’ racy scene likely didn’t hurt sales any.
8MM2, starring Johnathon Schaech and Lori Heuring, was released straight to video and was initially to be titled The Velvet Side of Hell.
In the film, a political candidate suddenly finds himself threatened by a criminal who presents footage of a steamy three-way encounter between himself, his high-society fiancée, and a Hungarian prostitute. The politician and his fiancé find themselves venturing into a sordid world of pornography and pleasure. All of the provocative scenes in this scandalous movie are completely unsimulated. 8MM2 is also rife with adult language and graphic depictions of drug use, but only has a MPAA rating of R.
Blue Movie (1969)
In 1969, the iconic pop artist Andy Warhol directed a film, the appropriately-named Blue Movie. It was the first movie with explicit scenes to receive wide theatrical release. Warhol later explained that the movie was a major influence onLast Tango in Paris, starring Marlon Brando. It also helped usher in the so-called “Golden Age of Porn” and the “porno chic” trend that came along afterward. The movie depicts one afternoon in the life of a couple as they carouse in bed, chatting about current events between bouts of intercourse. In 1969, staff at NYC’s Garrick Theatre were arrested and later fined $250 for showing the racy film, which had been deemed “obscene”.
Starring Carla Juri as Helen Memel and Marlen Kruse as best friend Corinna, the film follows a troubled teenager who lives to provoke and irritate others. IMDb describes it as “the adventures of an eccentric girl who has strange attitudes towards hygiene and sensuality longs for the reunion of her divorced parents.” Helen has a tendency to use vegetables in an intimate way and falls in love with the nurse who treats her after a shaving accident affecting her private parts. What many movie sites don’t mention is that the film includes a (totally real) scene of a group of men masturbating onto a pizza. Long story short: Wetlands is not a movie for the faint of heart.
O Fantasma (2000)
The Portuguese title O Fantasma translates roughly to “The Ghost” or “The Phantasm.” Ricardo Meneses stars as Sérgio, a gay garbage collector who lives alone with his dog and leads a healthy intimate life. The film features many unsimulated private scenes, and is revered for the hunky actors who star in it.
Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues, O Fantasma won the prize for best feature film in the New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and the Entrevues Film Festival. Lead actor Ricardo Meneses was nominated for the 2001 Portuguese Golden Globe award for best leading actor.
A Real Young Girl (1976)
Catherine Breillat wrote and directed the controversial film, which was based on her novel Le Soupirail. A coming-of-age story featuring 14-year-old Alice, A Real Young Girl depicts many explicit arousing scenes. All were filmed with actors of legal age, but many parts of the movie creep just past our comfort level. This film was so shocking that it was banned by many countries and didn’t have a theatrical showing until nearly 25 years after its release. One New York Post reviewer said that viewers “need a rather stronger word than ‘explicit’ to describe this long-unreleased, self-consciously provocative film.”
Stranger by the Lake (2013)
This French drama has been hailed as a “dreamlike thriller,” but make no mistake. The film shows extremely up-front and personal genital close-ups and explicit scenes. The action centers around a lake that becomes a hook-up spot each summer, drawing gay men for guiltless flings and anonymous encounters. But things take a sinister turn when one of the lake’s frequent visitors witnesses something he should have seen…
Stranger by the Lake was critically acclaimed and earned Alain Guiraudie an award for Best Director. The movie also won the Queer Palm award and has been nominated for many others.
Pola X (1999)
This film is a very loosely adapted version of a Herman Melville novel. Directed by Leos Carax, Pola X is a romantic drama that follows a wealthy young man who lives with his mother. One evening a mysterious woman appears to him and tells him that she is his half-sister. He becomes fascinated by her and the two develop a passionate affair despite being engaged to another woman. The film’s stars, Guillaume Depardieu and Yekaterina Golubeva, were replaced with body doubles for its most real and intimate scenes (of which there are several). The iconic alt rock band Sonic Youth contributed to the soundtrack.
This experimental horror film by Lars von Trier features an explicit scene of “p to v” interaction, and also includes graphically violent imagery. Body doubles for stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg were used to make the film, but the copulation between those two body doubles was real. Centering around grief, violence, and sadomasochism, the dark Antichrist became the first film in von Trier’s “Depression Trilogy.” At the film’s Cannes premiere several people fainted at the shocking scenes of violence while others walked out, but it did receive plenty of critical acclaim and awards.
A video game version of Antichrist was in the works but that plan was scrapped in 2011.
9 Songs (2004)
The film 9 Songs revolves around the love between an American college student named Lisa and a British glaciologist named Matt, played by actors Margo Stilley and Kieran O’Brien. Premiering at Cannes, 9 Songs received both praise and criticism. The many unsimulated scenes of intimacy between Matt and Lisa caused The Guardian to declare 9 Songsthe most explicit mainstream film in the United Kingdom. It received an X rating in Australia. The film is also notable for its footage of concert performances by nine (hence the title) bands, including Franz Ferdinand, The Dandy Warhols, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
The Idiots (1998)
Director Lars von Trier is a popular name on lists of directors who incorporate unsimulated lovemaking in their films. InThe Idiots, a group of anti-bourgeois adults seek to drop society’s trappings by finding their “inner idiots” in a suburban home. That, predictably, means a lot of wife-swapping and orgies. Many of the scenes feature real fornication acts and plenty of exposed body parts. Part of von Trier’s “Golden Heart Trilogy,” The Idiots is one of the first films ever to be shot purely digitally. During the movie’s Cannes premiere, one critic was so disgusted he yelled out “It’s [expletive]! It’s [expletive]!” before he was ejected from the theater.
Anatomy of Hell (2004)
This movie features some incredibly jarring images that could be disturbing to many audiences. Directed and narrated by Catherine Breillat, Anatomy of Hell was based on her novel Pornocratie and is said to be a sequel to Romance. In it, the female star (played by Amira Casar) hires a gay man (adult actor Rocco Siffredi) to indulge in four days of depraved acts of sensuality. All these erotic scenes were completely genuine and unsimulated by the film’s stars. Anatomy of Hell was lauded by some critics but panned by others, with Leonard Maltin calling the film “homophobic.”
Otto; Or Up with Dead People (2008)
This is an unexpected Canadian/German film, featuring zombies performing real, unsimulated sex scenes. It’s like “The Walking Dead” — if AMC decided to get a little too real and thought zombies were capable of real intimacy. The movie, starring Marcel Schlutt, Gio Black Peter, Jey Crisfar, and Nicholas Fox Ricciardi, was directed by Bruce LaBruce which means it is guaranteed to be twisted, artsy, and more than a little strange. Otto; or Up with Dead People did not receive critical acclaim, although it did win Best Queer Film at the Merlinka festival International Queer Film Festival in Serbia.
This film’s title and director (Lars von Trier) are clear indicators that there are plenty of acts of sensuality depicted throughout. With actors like Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, and Shia LaBeouf, Nymphomaniac is the final film in von Trier’s “Depression Trilogy” and was originally five and a half hours long. About the movie, actor LaBeouf said “[T]here’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real. Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening. … [V]on Trier’s dangerous. He scares me. And I’m only going to work now when I’m terrified.”
Directed by Abel Ferrara, Pasolini stars Willem Dafoe as the title character, film director Pier Paolo Pasolini, during his last days alive (he was murdered in 1975). Pasolini was himself a controversial figure who often tackled taboo subjects. Ferrara initially wanted a female to star as Pasolini, but the actress he selected (Tamerlis Lund) died before he was able to make the version of the film he had envisioned. Pasolini was known for being well-endowed, and it’s said that Dafoe and the other actors wore prosthetic “members” for the film. Pasolini competed for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2014.
Wild Orchid (1990)
In the 1990s there was no erotic thriller more popular thanWild Orchid. The movie arrived just as Cinemax was airing many adult-themed movies with improved Hollywood production techniques. Wild Orchid stars Mickey Rourke and Carré Otis started a romantic relationship when they were filming this movie together. That means that their real encounters translated into some very steamy scenes together! Both actors have denied that their love scenes were unsimulated, but director Zalman King has remained “ambiguous” on the subject. King had to remove one particularly hot scene in order for the film to receive an R rating from the MPAA.
Love Actually…Sucks! (2012)
Love Actually… Sucks! is a 2012 film that was released in Hong Kong. The movie, based on real events, was directed by Scud (Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung). The film explores some complex and failed relationships, and the director’s aim was to reveal that life itself, not just romantic relationships, is full of love. The film’s name was chosen as a play on words for the 2003 Christmas comedy romance movieLove Actually. One IMDb reviewer wrote about Love Actually… Sucks! “First, the [explicit] scenes are jarringly explicit, to the extent that they cross over from movie [intimacy] and often become pornography.”
Scarlet Diva (2002)
Scarlet Diva is a semi-autobiographical film that focuses on the life of Italian actress and director Asia Argento. Scarlet Diva was Argento’s first attempt at directing. A downward spiral of drugs and unhealthy adult situations filled much of her life, leading her to become a film director in an attempt to satisfy her own creative urges. Scarlet Diva was one of the first films ever to be shot exclusively in digital, and it earned Argento a three-way tie for Best New Director at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival Awards.The film received an R rating before its release, for graphic love and drug scenes.
Through the Looking Glass (1976)
This movie, directed by Jonas Middleton, most definitely has nothing to do with the “Alice in Wonderland” franchise. Directed in 1976, the avant-garde film stars Catherine Erhardt as a wealthy socialite named simply “Catherine” who is bored with her life and spends much of her time pleasuring herself in the attic in front of a mirror. One day a most unexpected visitor appears in the mirror and engages in explicit acts of sensuality with Catherine. The film was released in art houses throughout Europe and the United States, and was also screened at some festivals.
Sweet Movie (1974)
This avante-garde dramedy by Yugoslavian director Dušan Makavejev tells the stories of two different women. The first is a mute beauty queen who engages in increasingly depraved behavior until she goes completely mad. The second woman is a pedophile who travels in a boat, luring young men and boys with candy before eventually killing them. Only the first woman (the beauty queen) was initially planned for the film but that actress playing her, Carole Laure, became too disgusted by the acts required of her and she quit the production. The candy boat element was added to make up for lost screen time.
Gift / Venom (1966)
Censors in the United States have blocked some scenes from Gift, also known is Venom, which was one of the first Danish mainstream films. The movie features some very real and unsimulated scenes that could have given the movie a rating over NC-17. The movie, which was directed by Knud Leif Thomsen and stars Søren Strømberg, is about an unscrupulous young man who attempts to corrupt a young woman and her mother. Viewers in Japan, the United States, and Canada know the film as Venom. Gift was its original Danish title. Other credited actors include Sisse Reingaard, Poul Reichhardt, and Astrid Villaume.
Cry Uncle! (1971)
John G. Avildsen directed this film based on an earlier book called Lie a Little, Die a Little. Cry Uncle! is about a private detective who takes on a case that includes blackmail, murder, and adult situations. While the film doesn’t include actual penetration it does include many other unsimulated acts. Extensive nudity, orgies, drug use, graphic necrophilia, and other explicit acts are frequent, which led to the film being banned in Finland and Sweden when it was first released. It is now considered a cult classic. Director Allen Garfield claims that Cry Uncle! is Oliver Stone’s favorite comedy film.
The story of a serial killer who targets gay men, Cruising features murder scenes that are cut with explicit footage of men making love. The film’s sets were also liberally peppered with phallic symbols — everywhere. Starring Al Pacino, this film was widely dismissed for being homophobic. However, Pacino doesn’t think there’s anything homophobic about Cruising and insists that he would “never want to do anything to harm the gay community”. Tragically, one of the gay bars featured in the film was the setting of an attack conducted by a man with a sub-machine gun. The deranged person killed two of the bar’s patrons and wounding 12 others.
Gandu is a black and white Bengali movie that was directed by Qaushiq Mukherjee. Although it’s highly critically acclaimed, this film caused an uproar because of its use of foul language and scenes of a very adult nature. Some viewers left the theater because of the steamy scenes they witnessed. Gandu follows a young man of the same name, who is full of rage, as he spirals into a lurid world of drugs, rap, and porn. The film won the Jury Award for Best Film at the South Asian International Film Festival in 2010. Rituparna Sen, who plays one of Gandu’s acquaintances, is his real-life girlfriend.
El Topo (1970)
Alejandro Jodorowsky not only directedEl Topo, he also wrote a book about the making of the film. In the book he said the unadulterated scenes were not rehearsed to ensure they felt as real as humanly possible. The scenes were filmed only with the actors, a photographer, and a technician. According to Rotten Tomatoes, El Topo was initially released as an independent film but John Lennon stepped in and convinced Allen Klein of ABKCO to purchase the movie’s rights. For years the film was only shown late at night, at arthouse theaters. Its first DVD release was in 2007.
The off-Broadway play that included such stars as Sylvester Stallone was translated to the big screen by writer Jerry Douglas and director Radley Metzger. It’s an explicit adult film about a couple in the 1970s who seduce another couple, and is one the first mainstream movies to explore bisexuality in this manner. Score was released during the Golden Age of Porn, which was ushered in by Andy Warhol’s 1969 Blue Movie. There are hard-core and soft-core versions of the film. The hardcore version features full frontal nudity and unsimulated oral acts, and was released on Blue-Ray and DVD in 2010.
Immoral Tales (1974)
Immoral Tales is comprised of four short erotic stories, narrated by director Walerian Borowczyk. Each tale centers around a different theme: self-love, loss of purity, incest, and bloodlust. The stories are graphic in nature and feature some very risqué images, including one that involves a woman and her pet. The film opened to varied reviews. In 1973, it won the London Festival Choice award at the festival. But in Senses of Cinemamagazine, Immoral Tales was described as “an unsensational approach to the material and detached gaze of the camera make it closer to a surrealist text than a pornographic movie.”