Cinema's special relationship to eroticism, which places the viewer in the privileged position of voyeur, has been the subject of much academic theorising (notably by feminists). As the scandal that surrounded the 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Colour shows, it's a fine and ill-defined line that separates legitimate sex scenes from pornography. But let's leave theory aside for a moment and take a look at how lovemaking—straight, gay, bi, surrealist—has been portrayed on the silver screen. Read on for our, uh, blow-by-blow account of the best bonking in film.
The best sex scenes in cinema
Outside of porn flicks, these are the lustiest lovemaking scenes on film