When it comes right down to it, our list of the 100 best movie sex scenes really told only half of the story. Cinema is an inherently visual medium, but so much of its power them stems from the things we don’t see. Basic Instinct may have been groundbreaking, but a quick flash of the goods isn’t especially hot. Showgirls may have earned that NC-17, but none of it is as steamy as the cut from a kiss to a train plunging into a tunnel at the end of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Movies, like sex, exist first and foremost in the imagination, so it’s no surprise that many of their most memorably erotic moments do away with the deed altogether. Here are 15 of the sexiest film moments that didn't need sex to go all the way.
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