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Why is it so groundbreaking?Intimacy caused a storm for featuring unsimulated oral sex—the first nonpornographic British film ever to do so. But it was Von Trier’s decision to co-opt the characteristics of the disabled that ultimately proved most controversial—regardless of your opinion on the ethics of the project, The Idiots was proof that the director would stop at nothing to get a rise out of his audience (and his cast).—David Ehrlich, Director: Ken RussellBedfellows: Oliver Reed, Alan Bates. 30. But for all the nudity on display, it never feels gratuitous. Why is it so groundbreaking?There are not enough films that portray transgender protagonists with respect and fullness of character. Why is it so groundbreaking?Russell’s defenestration of the church remains one of the most ruthless attacks on organized religion the cinema has ever seen. A meditative and intentionally opaque musing about art, life, and the effects of aging, Youth is Paolo Sorrentino’s very self-aware “testament” to the human experience. Glover’s film is divisive, crude and arguably misogynistic, but it’s also deeply affecting and sympathetic to its subject: Stewart died from his illness barely a month after principal photography wrapped, and never got to see the finished product.—Tom Huddleston, Director: John McNaughtonPoolfellows: Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell. But in 2015, it was hard to go more than a few steps without hitting something major, something essential. Mounted in the jarring contrast of handheld photography and inner-monologue shattering artifice, the film is less a morality tale than a history lesson about how the housing bubble so egregiously burst in the mid-2000s… and how Americans have allowed this fraudlence to continue to happen to this day. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! The psychological warfare and emotional brutality from that point on is all one bundle of flesh and philosophy. Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Amazon. Hollywood Movies. In most films, the pain that Sada experiences would immediately classify the act as sexual assault, but In the Realm of the Senses renders our judgments irrelevant. The filmAt just 18 seconds long, “The Kiss” (sometimes known as “The May Irwin Kiss”) is one of the earliest films to be shown to the public. Try another? But in what is likely the smartest genre movie of the year, writer-director Alex Garland happily fears it. The sex sceneWith hubby away, the yearning intensifies in the moments before the wife decides to cross the line with her houseguest. The sex sceneNo sex here, just a tricky situation: Colbert and Gable are forced to spend the night together in a hotel room (pretending to be husband and wife) when their bus breaks down. Why is it so groundbreaking?It’s not just the sight of an unmarried couple making out like a pair of slippery sea otters. Hank is going to make Leticia feel good. But he quickly discovers that he might be the actual guinea pig in this quietly hypnotic trip into madness. The sex sceneThree sexy actors get up to a number of scantily clad—and fully nude—encounters in a book-lined hothouse apartment. Even at its 1972 debut at the New York Film Festival, there were screams, walkouts, calls for banning and weeks of media handwringing on TV and in print. The sex sceneIn the midst of a citywide power outage, everything comes together in a final climax of togetherness. A tale that literally will take place in the battleground of a child’s mind, the next Pixar project ambitiously aims to explain from a fresh perspective why people’s emotions act the way they do. The sex sceneAmid the film’s labyrinthine not-exactly-plot, Hollywood wanna-be Betty (Watts) and amnesiac Rita (Harring) find a dead woman in a stranger’s apartment. And more crucially, Blanchett and Mara give captivating performances that illuminate a bygone age of femininity, as well as oppression since their romance is so forbidden by all those around them. (Watch out for that cactus! But more than a coming of age story, this is a heartfelt reflection on maturity, as well as the immigrant experience. By Richard Lawso n. December 7, 2015. The duo that worked together on consecutive Best Picture nominated films Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, which garnered both double nominations (and a win in Lawrence’s case), are going for the hat trick in this Christmas Day release. (We won't poop on anyone's pleasure by ruining it.) The sex sceneFrom the latter cut, naturally, comes the famous lesbian scene, starring Penthouse Pets Anneka di Lorenzo and Lori Wagner, who engage in a three-minute romp with zero relevance to the plot. The filmThis hugely popular slice of 1970s French erotica tells of Emmanuelle (Kristel), an expat living in Thailand who liberally sleeps with men and women—mostly for our pleasure, of course. The sex, Antonio’s first time with a man, is a lighthearted affair that sets in motion a much tenser series of events. This specific scene both complicates that tension and drives it home, forcing us to rethink the boundaries of all relationships.—Daniel Walber, Director: Andreas DresenBedfellows: Ursula Werner, Horst Westphal. They freak out and return home, where eventually the mood changes and they have sex for the first time. Ours is reversed and somehow it's perceived as pornographic.”—Cath Clarke, Director: William FriedkinClubfellows: Al Pacino, Richard Cox, James Remar. So, his odds are still pretty high going into The Martian, his big screen adaptation of the 2011 bestselling Andy Weir novel. When Glass is mauled by a bear and left to die in the woods by his companions, who rob his grisly body, he survives his injuries against all odds, just so he can have his vengeance. “Was it too much for you?” asks Gerald at the end. Gender and sexuality are different things, after all. The filmOsamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and a true legend of Japanese animation, cowrote this epic Arabian Nights fantasy tracing the misadventures (mostly sexual) of happy-go-lucky Aladdin, who tangles with a bodaceous slave girl, a clothes-shedding redheaded female warrior, and a whole island of naked nymphs. Director Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel is a triumph in finding unlikely emotional uplift and even the sheen of optimism in the darkest corners of a human’s experience. When, at the point of orgasm, a tree outside the window bursts into vividly colored flames, it’s as thrilling a metaphor for sexual liberation as cinema has to offer.—Tom Huddleston, Director: Paul VerhoevenBedfellows: Rutger Hauer, Monique van de Ven. Read our review of Part 2 here. The sex sceneVoight is hustling in Times Square when he picks up a nerdy kid (Bob Balaban) and the two disappear into a seedy cinema. Beyond its pedigree, the film just looks very promising in its high concept premise of survival about an astronaut who accidentally gets marooned on the planet Mars. It really is the definition of a must-see. So, there’s a movie with Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, and Tom Hanks attached. Arguably pornographic and indisputably grotesque, the scene is only acceptable (if at all) because of Van Peebles Sr.’s dedication to making the most rebellious, confrontational film he could get away with.—Tom Huddleston, Buy, rent or watch Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Director: Patrice ChéreauBedfellows: Kerry Fox, Mark Rylance. Amy Schumer provides the best comedy of the summer in Trainwreck. The scene itself is also surprisingly steamy for classic-era Hollywood, with those skimpy costumes and all that crashing metaphorical surf.—Tom Huddleston, Director: John WatersBedfellows: Cookie Mueller, Danny Mills. With even its own director admitting to guilt over the scene, it’s understandable for the sexual violence to be a deal-breaker for even the most open-minded viewer. Impressively, though, Secretary does double duty: It celebrates the occasionally violent intimacy between two partners while somehow launching the career of a fully empowered female actor, Gyllenhaal, who's never less than confident. sight gags.—Cath Clarke, Director: Trey ParkerBedfellows: Two puppets. For another, Monster’s Ball convinced Berry to go fully topless (and then some) in an indie film only a few months after she was paid $500,000 to briefly show her breasts in Swordfish. You’ll never look at cinema sex—or read the word “unsalted”—the way same again. Case in point, you probably could not stand a single one of the three previous Star Wars prequels. Gorgeously shot on 16mm film, this is also Haynes’ most visually impressive effort to date as it evokes a sense of desire and yearning, as felt by a young department store clerk (Rooney Mara) upon the sight of a married New York socialite named Carol (Cate Blanchett). The sex sceneThere are several sex scenes between Inge and Karl, and they’re presented simply: no music, no coyness, no nonsense. And soon, he is coming for the “friends” that left him out in the woods, including Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. Yet it is still the most culturally prominent portrayal of a transgender man in American cinema. By unabashedly avoiding the star-crossed heart-string pulling we’ve seen before, this comedy plays with familiar tropes about coming of age with a sense of self-referential bemusement since the main character of Greg (Thomas Mann) is the eternal high school loner/movie snob that never truly connects with his peers, much less romances them. He’s a chef and has a girlfriend. But that’s the point: The effect of this early success is not simply to entertain and titillate, but to take fetishes and naturalize them, tossing them up against the fading Americana of Santa Monica Boulevard as good, filthy fun.—Daniel Walber, Director: Lars von TrierBedfellows: Stacy Martin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, many others. But there is still reason to be optimistic beyond Spielberg lending it his name as executive producer. Why is it so groundbreaking?Eva Green is such a once-in-a-generation screen siren that mere close-ups of her face can feel like the best sex scenes ever committed to film. Over the years, that tide has somewhat turned: The movie is a landmark of gay representation, despite the plot’s more formulaic gestures. It’s a wonder the screen doesn’t steam up. The sex sceneThe whole film can be seen as one long sex scene. According to, , it’s the most accessed movie in Netflix history. But it’s a celluloid milestone of sorts for eavesdropping on their sexual exploits. A list of horror films released in 2015. By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions. Russell gave us the ultimate movie bromance before anyone had even invented the word.—Dave Calhoun, Director: Michelangelo AntonioniBedfellows: David Hemmings, Jane Birkin, Gillian Hills. Even the actual movie star has changed from the controversial Mel Gibson to the far more box office friendly Tom Hardy, who is on the edge of a Hollywood moment, breaking out in celebrity almost as big as his already impressive range of talent. 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While the first part of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay has already come to pass, the real grand finale is still almost a year away. Best of Rotten Tomatoes. She’s hired by Cary Grant’s slippery agent to seduce another Nazi (Claude Rains) in Rio. And when was the last time you saw a movie that treated the sexual desires of a woman over 60 as something other than the butt of a joke?—Cath Clarke, Director: Abdellatif KechicheBedfellows: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux. If so, know that Bridge of Spies is a Cold War era film based on the true story of attorney James Donovan, who will be played by Tom Hanks, and his journey into Soviet Russia to negotiate the release downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers. The filmA hard-charging lawyer (Spader) hires an unstable young assistant (Gyllenhaal) who turns the tables on him in a sadomasochistic relationship conducted after hours. “If only you weren’t so cold,” he says, breaking the spell. Slap and tickle. It even features a penis-shaped spaceship. Vera informs Sergei that she told them she was pregnant, and continues riding him while he tries to suss out whether or not Vera was lying to her family. Jessica Chastain also stars in this journey through the fog and moors. According to the rules of the time laid out in the Hays Code, no screen kiss could last longer than three seconds. (To French ones, it might have just been another Tuesday.) The filmMarried Claire (Fox) and divorced Jay (Rylance) embark on a sex-heavy, chat-free anonymous relationship on a weekly basis in Jay’s seedy London flat. The filmAn ’80s version of Fifty Shades of Grey, Lyne’s soft-core erotic classic chronicles the brief relationship between a wealthy Wall Street arbitrator (Rourke, still human) and the young art-gallery employee (Basinger) he bends to his will. That certainly sounds like a must-see to us. La whoopsy-daisy. The filmMichael Pitt falls in love with future Bond girl Eva Green, but her brother (Louis Garrel) is part of the deal, in a romance set in the tumultuous Paris of May ’68. His deeper idea, still provocative, is that we’d come to enjoy those perversions and not hold them at arm’s length. This honest, unprotected sex midway through the film, between two HIV-positive men, is the high point of Araki’s furious commitment to reckless liberation. Why is it so groundbreaking?Luke and Jon don’t use a condom. Yet Wild Side breaks ground beyond simple representation. The filmGregg Araki’s first hit is a major watermark in New Queer Cinema, a gay riff on Thelma & Louise with an AIDS-era fire in its belly. 2015 is tied with 2018 for the greatest number of films to gross more than $1 billion with five, surpassing 2012's record of four, but later was surpassed in 2019 to have nine films with that milestone. The filmOshima’s 1976 masterpiece—the crown jewel of a career hell-bent on upsetting the establishment—recounts the true story of the all-consuming sexual obsession that blossomed between a hotel owner and his new employee in 1936 Tokyo. Be that as it may, apparently there was still too much sex for the MPAA, who slapped the film with an NC-17. The sex sceneWell aware of what might be going on between her free-spirited adopted daughter Cay (Charbonneau) and the uptight Vivian (Shaver), Frances (Audra Lindley) kicks the older woman out of her ranch and into a hotel. Why is it so groundbreaking?Buckley’s not-unimpressive member became the first ever to make it through the British film censors, though the film’s one and only U.K. TV showing two decades later saw his manhood hilariously masked by superimposed animation.—Trevor Johnston, Buy, rent or watch WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Director: Derek Jarman and Paul HumfressBedfellows: Ken Hicks, Janusz Romanov. Movies; 30 Best Movies of 2015; Features 30 Best Movies of 2015. The story of a dark and mysterious new husband with a dangerous past, Crimson Peak will likely be a lot more literal in its namesake when young charismatic author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) discovers the truth hidden by her new husband, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). So without further ado, here are the 30 of the Must See Movies of 2015. The filmA slapstick comedy starring Claudette Colbert as a spoiled heiress running away to elope with the wrong guy. However, it’s not the sex scene that’s important here, but the aftermath: Following a frank discussion about bodily fluids, Eric zips up a bit too quickly, with alarming and painful consequences. March 13, 2015. Why is it so groundbreaking?Crafty old Alfred Hitchcock pulled a fast one over the censors. The sex sceneLena (Nyman) dips her head and offers tender kisses to her boyfriend's sleeping member. Warner Bros.’ solution? This is a frightening concept pursued perfectly in this disturbing must see. The sex is not only a manifestation of the desire shared by two women, but a celebration of lesbian community as well.—Daniel Walber, Director: Melvin Van PeeblesBedfellows: Mario Van Peebles, an unnamed woman. The filmIt’s 1983, the shorts are short, and the music is by the Psychedelic Furs. Title Director Cast Country Notes The Abandoned: Eytan Rockaway: Jason Patric, Louisa Krause, Mark Margolis: United States: Alena: Daniel di Grado: Amalia Holm Bjelket, Felice Jankell, Rebecka Nyman: Sweden: The Atticus Institute: Chris Sparling: The filmItalian maestro Antonioni’s first English-language film, about a photographer who stumbles on a murderous conspiracy, defined Swinging London for audiences around the world. The filmDetermined to make a place for sex in cinema outside of pornography, John Cameron Mitchell created this panorama of sexual problems and possibilities centered around an underground salon in New York City. It’s even based on another comic book property, this time from the bottomless “big idea” machine that is Mark Millar. Eligible movies are ranked based on their Adjusted Scores. This form of franchise Rorschach-testing in an age where installments in all other series are mandated to maintain a sameness for what came before makes Mission: Impossible downright daring in its big screen espionage. Normally a movie about Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the miracle mop, would not be one of the most anticipated movies of any given year. We count down the 30 movies you must see in 2015, from the very best dramas you've missed to those rare blockbusters that match their hype. It Is Fine! He takes a peach, crushes his thumb into it, removes the pit, and finds a cathartic use for the fleshy cavity he’s made. However, this wonderful little Sundance comedy-tragedy manages to subvert all of those expectations while offering something thiat is both witty and heartbreaking in the best possible way. The sex sceneIt’s become infamous: Rupert (Bates) and Gerald (Reed) sit in a drawing room next to a roaring fire. But for two actors to be in a single bed together was, in its own way, a quiet revolution in post–Hays Code Hollywood. When Riley is forced to move from Minnesota to San Francisco, a cornucopia of new emotions boil to the surface of her mind, effecting every single action she makes. Netflix’s Polish erotic thriller may be largely terrible, but within a few days its explicit sex was all anyone could talk about. The sex sceneProfoundly embarrassed by their wayward spouses, Elena (Allen) and Jim (Sheridan) take matters into their own hands, fleeing a key party and attempting to have some revenge sex in the front seat of a skidding car. The result is an ensemble piece that accumulates the combined talent into a quiet tour de force. Obscure much of the iconic orgy sequence with dark CGI silhouettes. According to Forbes, it’s the most accessed movie in Netflix history. Now, continue on to discover critic-approved quality films, and be reminded of the ones you want to rewatch, with our list of the very best movies of 2020. While that was a blessing after lesser efforts like John Woo’s Mission: Impossible II (2000) and J.J. Abrams’ TV-scaled Mission: Impossible III (2006), it is a bit of a shame after Brad Bird’s kinetic Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Wachowski’s breakthrough film unites two women, a convicted thief and a mobster’s trophy girlfriend, in a high-wire plan to grab $2 million of mob money and head off into the sunset. The filmSwank won an Oscar for her portrayal of Brandon Teena, a transgender man murdered in Nebraska in 1993. Shot from above, sprawled out on the ground with their heads together, the two men become a strikingly fired-up image of throbbing sexuality in a closeted time. Why is it so groundbreaking?The burden of representation has long been a problematic topic in queer cinema: Do we want gay criminals and murderers onscreen? In the end, a less-explicit version was released to cash in on the gimmick. This version of the Scottish play should have filmgoers ready to line up around the block, because to date this has remained one of the most difficult tragedies of the Bard for filmmakers to tackle. The filmBroomfield’s HBO documentary is a profile of Pandora’s Box, one of New York City’s premier S&M establishments. The filmPossibly the most famous X-rated film of all time, comedic sex-romp Deep Throat stars 23-year-old Lovelace as a woman who discovers her clitoris is in her throat. It all looks so proper on paper, with literary heavyweight Gore Vidal writing the script and British thespians Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, Peter O’Toole and Sir John Gielgud starring. The filmThis was the Spanish director’s second feature film and came at the height of La Movida, the cultural explosion in Madrid that followed the death of Franco. More than anything, it’s the casualness with which Vera treats the encounter that shocks people most.—David Ehrlich, Director: The WachowskisBedfellows: Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly. Needless to say, the film was produced by Lee Daniels. Nobody is showing off, and thus everyone is able to convey this horrible story with the appropriate shock. All three thespians are likely up for major award consideration, and Caine is especially perfect as a modest and taciturn composer coveting heartbreaking secrets. Why is it so groundbreaking?It goes without saying that a film about homosexuality in Iran is by definition controversial—both Circumstance and its director are banned from the nation. It doesn’t matter; everyone is there to see the Girl on Fire engulf a nation—and not just Panem. The sex sceneBefore anything untoward happens to the bewildered straight-boy lead, Friedkin features explicit sex in the leather clubs of NYC’s then-infamous Meatpacking District. has stalked many of them. The filmUp there with Some Like it Hot and Annie Hall, this is one of the all-time rom-com greats. Her marriage has lost its spark, so she starts an affair with Karl (Westphal), a man a decade older. Thus enter Ex Machina, a perfectly insidious con game that gets under the skin as viewers do not know if the characters are undergoing a Turing test…or if the audience is. The characters arrive one by one, wordlessly smiling at each other and approaching one last sexual burst. Dramatically, the scene is hard to swallow, but it sure ties the film together. ... (2015) 372: 21. Theater Date. But most of all, Mad Max: Fury Road just looks cool. The filmTwo teenage girls, growing up in upper-class Tehran, experiment with sex, alcohol and politics in Keshavarz’s Sundance-winning feature. Séverine is in ecstasy. Shot for $25,500 (of mob money), it made an estimated $500 million at the box office. We’ve put together 101 of the most groundbreaking sex scenes of all time to chart how the movies have chosen to put the moves on. Follow-up question: Remember The Change-Up?—David Ehrlich, Director: Adrian LyneBedfellows: Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez. The sex sceneFor his first sex scene, Diggler (Wahlberg) is paired with veteran porn icon Amber Waves (Moore). Okay, fine: Cronenberg has always concerned himself with perversions of the flesh. The moment was often cut from prints by concerned censors. Don’t you think we should kiss?”, Why is it so groundbreaking?Marked by a bold and direct approach, the film is about the intersection of gender, race and sexuality. While the director claims 40 minutes were cut (including footage taken in real sex clubs), the finished film does include shots lifted from gay pornography. Then she awakens: The entire scene is a daydream. (Read our full review here.). Inevitably, he gets in too deep. For her sensitive portrayal, Lane got all the way to a Best Actress Oscar nomination.—Joshua Rothkopf, Director: Russ MeyerBedfellows: Edy Williams, David Gurian. BuzzFeed News Reporter Director Tom McCarthy turns his lens to the investigative arm of The Boston Globe, and what “Spotlight” uncovered during a horrifying investigation in 2001 and 2002: the systematic cover-up and abuse of the Catholic Church in Boston, which allowed over 80 priests to molest children or worse without serious repercussion. The sex sceneToday, the kids call it “sploshing.” Revisiting a foodie motif from earlier in the film, Rourke sits Basinger at the foot of his refrigerator and begins feeding her all sorts of squishy, gooey foods (anything that you wouldn’t want to eat in bed is fair game).

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