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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Coming Home
R2001
In Theaters on November 9th, 2001

A Marine's (Bruce Dern) wife (Jane Fonda) loves a Vietnam vet (Jon Voight) in a wheelchair. Read More

Monster's Ball
R2001
Based on 32 critics

A racist prison-guard (Billy Bob Thornton) has an affair with a black woman (Halle Berry). Read More

Y Tu Mama Tambien
Not Yet Rated2001
Based on 36 critics

Two friends (Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna) take a road trip with a married woman (Maribel Verdú). Read More

Sex and Lucia
R2001
Based on 28 critics

A woman (Paz Vega) meets two people with connections to her dead boyfriend (Tristán Ulloa). Read More

Unfaithful
R2002
Based on 34 critics

A man (Richard Gere) discovers his wife (Diane Lane) is having an affair. Read More

Secretary
R2002
Based on 39 critics

A woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and her boss (James Spader) enjoy sadomasochism. Read More

Desperado
R1995
Based on 18 critics

Man (Antonio Banderas) seeks drug dealer (Joaquim de Almeida) who killed girlfriend. Read More

Betty Blue
Not Yet Rated1986
In Theaters on November 7th, 1986

A writer (Jean-Hugues Anglade) realizes his new romance may be doomed. Read More

Team America: World Police
R2004
Based on 38 critics

Puppet commandos protect the planet from fiendish terrorists and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. Read More

A History of Violence
R2005
Based on 37 critics

Vicious criminals harass a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife (Maria Bello) and family. Read More

Brokeback Mountain
R2005
Based on 41 critics

Two cowboys (Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal) have a secret romance over many years. Read More

The Big Easy
R1986
Based on 10 critics

Detective (Dennis Quaid) and prosecutor (Ellen Barkin) probe New Orleans corruption. Read More

Bound
R1996
Based on 19 critics

A mobster's disgruntled girlfriend steals $2 million from him with the help of her lesbian lover. Read More

Out of Sight
R1998
Based on 30 critics

A federal marshal (Jennifer Lopez) and a robber (George Clooney) fall for each other. Read More

9 1/2 Weeks
R1986
Based on 13 critics

A SoHo art dealer (Kim Basinger) gets kinky with a stockbroker (Mickey Rourke). Read More

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

Czech surgeon (Daniel Day-Lewis), wife (Juliette Binoche), mistress (Lena Olin) form triangle. Read More

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

A drowned child's parents (Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland) meet a blind psychic. Read More

Boogie Nights
R1997
Based on 28 critics

A producer guides a man to success in the porn industry, but greed and egotism lead to his downfall. Read More

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Wild Things
R1998
Based on 20 critics

Florida teens accuse a school counselor (Matt Dillon) of rape. Read More

American Pie
R1999
Based on 30 critics

Four teenagers nearing graduation make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. Read More

Young Frankenstein
PG1974
In Theaters on May 27th, 1992

Absurd Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) makes a monster (Peter Boyle). Read More

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Boys Don't Cry
R1999
Based on 33 critics

Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank) lives as a man and falls for a girl (Chloë Sevigny). Read More

Blow-Up
Not Yet Rated1966
In Theaters on December 18th, 1966

A fashion photographer (David Hemmings) develops proof of a murder in mod London. Read More

Mulholland Drive
R2001
Based on 34 critics

An actress (Naomi Watts) helps an amnesiac woman (Laura Elena Harring). Read More

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