They can be funny, they can be intense, they can be romantic. They can involve puppets, or multiple people, or pools. Cinema has been around for more than a century, and throughout the course of filmmaking history, skillful directors have elevated the sex scene to new heights. Here are some truly insane sex scenes that have pushed boundaries and titillated audiences throughout the years.
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Mackenzie Davis
Fun fact: None of the characters in this scene were actual humans.
Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Actors: Jason Statham and Amy Smart
Fun fact: The extras' reactions to the scene? Totally real.
9 1/2 WEEKS
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Actors: Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger
Fun fact: Basinger used a body double for all of her sex scenes.
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Actors: Michael Fassbender and Amy Hargreaves
Fun fact: The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District is notorious for couples having sex against the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Directed by: Gaspar Noé
Actors: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, and Klara Kristin
Fun fact: The unsimulated sex scenes were inarguably more exciting during the film's 3D theatrical release.
Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
Actors: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Fun fact: The oral sex scene was so realistic that it earned the film an NC-17 rating—which Gosling himself appealed.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche
Actors: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos
Fun fact: One of the many sex scenes took ten days to shoot.
Directed by: Mike Judge
Actors: Gary Cole and Ron Livingston's brain
Fun fact: Those probably aren't Jennifer Aniston's feet.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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