Sex in movies is often reduced to mood lighting, soft pop music, a bed, partial disrobing and some hazy camera work. (On the other hand, of course, there's porn.) But when a movie gets a sex scene RIGHT, the result isn't just titillating; it can be tender, awkward, kinky or passionate, and frequently all of those things at once. With that in mind, we've done extensive research to come up with the 25 best sex scenes of all time. Hey, it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

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Desperado Movie Poster
Desperado
R1995
Based on 18 critics

Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) plunges headfirst into the dark border underworld when he follows a trail... Read More

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Bound
R1996
Based on 19 critics

Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the... Read More

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Out of Sight
R1998
Based on 30 critics

Meet Jack Foley (George Clooney), the most successful bank robber in the country. On the day he busts... Read More

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
R1988
In Theaters on March 11, 1997

Successful surgeon Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer... Read More

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Don't Look Now
R1973
In Theaters on October 16, 1973

Still grieving over the accidental death of their daughter, Christine (Sharon Williams), John (Donald... Read More

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Boogie Nights
R1997
Based on 28 critics

In the San Fernando Valley in 1977, teenage busboy Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) gets discovered by porn... Read More

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Wild Things
R1998
Based on 20 critics

When teen debutante Kelly (Denise Richards) fails to attract the attention of her hunky guidance counselor,... Read More

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American Pie
R1999
Based on 30 critics

A riotous and raunchy exploration of the most eagerly anticipated -- and most humiliating -- rite of... Read More

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Young Frankenstein
PG1974
Based on 10 critics

Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his... Read More

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Boys Don't Cry
R1999
Based on 33 critics

Young female-to-male transgender Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) leaves his hometown under threat when his... Read More

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Blow-Up
1966
In Theaters on December 18, 1966

Thomas (David Hemmings) is a London photographer who spends his time photographing fashion models. But... Read More

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Mulholland Dr.
R2001
Based on 35 critics

A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets... Read More

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Coming Home
R1978
In Theaters on February 15, 1978

The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) decides to volunteer at a local veterans... Read More

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Monster's Ball
R2001
Based on 32 critics

"Monster's Ball" is a hard-hitting Southern drama tempered by a story of powerful, life-changing love.... Read More

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Sex and Lucia
R2001
Based on 28 critics

After learning that her boyfriend, Lorenzo (Tristán Ulloa), a talented but troubled writer, may have... Read More

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Unfaithful
R2002
Based on 34 critics

Described by director Adrian Lyne ("Fatal Attraction") as "an erotic thriller about the body language... Read More

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Secretary
R2002
Based on 39 critics

Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a history of severe emotional problems, is released... Read More

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Betty Blue
1986
In Theaters on November 7, 1986

A would-be writer (Jean-Hugues Anglade) falls for an unpredictable woman (Béatrice Dalle), then he slowly... Read More

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Team America: World Police
R2004
Based on 38 critics

When North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il (Trey Parker) orchestrates a global terrorist plot, it's up to the... Read More

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A History of Violence
R2005
Based on 37 critics

When a pair of petty criminals attempt to rob his small-town diner, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) quickly... Read More

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Brokeback Mountain
R2005
Based on 41 critics

In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired... Read More

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The Big Easy
R1986
Based on 10 critics

Colorful drama, set in New Orleans, about the relationship which develops between a young police lieutenant... Read More

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Nine 1/2 Weeks
R1986
Based on 13 critics

Two strangers, Wall Street trader John (Mickey Rourke) and art gallery assistant Elizabeth (Kim Basinger),... Read More

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