10 Movies Where the Actors Have Actual Sex

Here's the thing. People have sex. Movies have sex scenes. Wouldn't it be intriguing if a movie featured two actors having actual, consensual sex, instead of just mimicking sex in a way that looks great onscreen but is almost certainly very, very awkward in real life? Yes, obviously, we're aware that porn exists, but we are not talking about porn here. No, we're talking about actual, mainstream (or, at very least, as the level of "mainstream" achieved by arthouse foreign films and indies) movies with actual plots that also happen to feature actual humans engaging in actual sex acts. Don't roll your eyes—these movies exist. And, not only do they exist, but there are, honestly, way more of them out there than you probably realize—and we're just highlighting some of our favorites.

You read that correctly: This list contains movies that have answered your prayers and made all of your sex-obsessed dreams come true. They all feature plenty of sex, and, unlike most of the sex you see onscreen, the moments of hotness in these movies is all completely, totally, and one hundred percent real. It's intense and kind of hot to see people have sex in a movie and know it's actually real, and that's what you'll get with these movies. As you might expect, a lot of these movies are indies and foreign films—realms where pushing the envelope, especially in the realm of carnal pleasures, is more accepted.


This 2006 comedy is one of the better-known movies of this particular subgenre. The film centers on the happenings at an artsy sexual salon in Brooklyn, and chronicles one woman's very explicit adventures in trying to achieve orgasm (FYI, actress Sook-Yin Lee was almost fired from her radio because of this movie, but kept her job thanks to the support of A-listers like Gus Van Sant, Francis Ford Coppola, and Yoko Ono.

9 Songs

If you like your unsimulated sex with a side of hipster angst, look no further than 2005's 9 Songs. The film is essentially about a couple who (a) attend concerts by aught bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Dandy Warhols, and (b) have a ton of sex. and it's very, very real.

The Brown Bunny

Remember when The Brown Bunny came out in 2003 and no one could stop talking about the oral sex scene between Vincent Gallo and Chloe Sevigny? It remains one of the most notable unsimulated moments in film.

The Idiots

Expect Lars von Trier's name to pop up several times on this list, starting with 1998's dramedy The Idiots, about a group of friends who release their inhibitions (feel the rain on their skin) and get their orgy on. The sex is mostly simulated by actors, but one scene features actual sex enacted by stand-ins from the porn industry.


This circa-1980 thriller by William Friedkin stars Al Pacino as a cop who's trying to find a serial killer targeting gay men. The film's original version featured footage of gay sex, and while some frames remain visible in the final cut, a lot was deleted to nab an R rating. (Upon its release, this movie caused quite a bit of drama, and was protested by gay rights activists who felt stigmatized.)


Intimacy is a 2001 British film about a man who falls in love with the woman he's having casual sex with—only to realize she's married and has no plans to leave her husband (sorry, spoiler). The sex is real, which is pretty rare for a mainstream movie that won Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival.

Lie with Me

Lie with Me is a 2005 indie drama about a man and woman's affair—and stars two pretty well-known actors: Eric Balfour (who plays Milo Pressman in 24) and Lauren Lee Smith (who plays Riley Adams in CSI). The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, but wasn't exactly a critical success.


Lars von Trier strikes again! The director's 2009 film Antichrist stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg—and while they reportedly used body doubles, the sex is most definitely unsimulated. (Gainsbourg won Best Actress at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.)

Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now (a true gift from 1973) has a very intense, very au natural sex scene between Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland, and it was all kinds of controversial for (a) featuring oral sex on a woman, and (b) maybe being unsimulated. Basically, some people say they did, some say they didn't, and no one will ever know the truth. What happens on the set of Don't Look Know stays on the set of Don't Look Now.


Yup, Lars von Trier is back at it. This 2013 film starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skargard, Shia LeBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, and Willem Dafoe (among others) featured unsimulated sex per usual—but there's a catch. The actors simulated sex, and the body doubles had IRL sex, and their genital area was superimposed on the actors. #normal

From: Marie Claire

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