We live in a world where real-live sex of every description can be watched on the Internet at any time for free. Given that fact, why would any man sit through the entire length of a feature film just for a few fleeting minutes of female flesh?
There's basically two reasons. The first is that the movie has some redeeming artistic value. It may be a total snooze without the nudity, but is worth seeing, or is at least worth being able to tell people you've seen it. Maybe you wouldn't have seen it if it wasn't for the promise of a good sex scene or two, but you're willing to stick around for the more enlightening parts.
The second reason is that the feature film can bring a good, possibly full-frontal look at a real Hollywood starlet. True, you could wait a couple months and see the key scenes on the Internet, once the DVDs, Blue-Rays and/or bootlegs hit the web. But there's some value to the full theater experience, especially since the quality of the movie is giving you some cover ("yes, the cinematography in that three-way lesbian scene was quite evocative"). Some of the movies on this list are very good (some certainly aren't). But the key question is: how likely is it that a man would go see these movies in the theater on his own, if all the sex and nudity were cut out? If the movie's a hard-pass without the sex, then it makes this list.
12 Mulholland Drive (2001)
11 Under The Skin (2013)
10 Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
9 Cold Mountain (2003)
8 Monster's Ball (2001)
7 Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)
It is a nearly three-hour-long French (meaning subtitles) teen coming-of-age movie, the absolute definition of an art-house bore. But Blue Is The Warmest Colour also contains something like 20 minutes of graphic, lesbian sex scenes. The sex scenes eventually caused a controversy - not because they appeared in the movie (by 2013, graphic sex in a mainstream movie wasn't that headline-inducing), but for the way they were shot.
6 Love & Other Drugs (2010)
5 Nymphomaniac (2013)
4 9 1/2 Weeks (1986)
A classic in the genre of boring movies with a sexy draw, 9 1/2 Weeks was nearly two hours of overwrought cinematography and dull romance. But it has some of the most famous sex scenes of its time. The movie turned Kim Basinger into one of the top sex symbols of the era and solidified the reputation of Mickey Rourke as a Hollywood bad boy. Or maybe it sent his career down the road of ruinous erotica. It depends on your point of view, but 4 years later he would release Wild Orchid, the absolute peak/through of the only-has-sex-going-for-it genre. He also starred in 1997's Another 9½ Weeks, but probably the less said about that the better.
3 The Brown Bunny (2003)
The Brown Bunny was one of the most controversial movies of 2003. It drew significant critical ire, including a well-publicized feud between star/director Vincent Gallo and famed movie critic, Roger Ebert. Ebert lambasted the film, declaring it the worst movie in the history of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and calling it "so unendurable boring that when the hero changes into a clean shirt, there is applause." Gallo in turn called on evil forces to give Ebert cancer of either the colon or the prostate (there was later some controversy about what body part the director had attempted to hex).
2 Showgirls (1995)
1 50 Shades Of Grey (2015)
50 Shades Of Grey is a terrible movie made from a terrible book (any story that starts out as Twilight fan fiction has a steep road to climb, even if its goal is mediocrity). The novel (and its sequels) earned best-seller status and the movie became a box office sensation by exploiting both aspirational fantasies and a taboo subject. In the movie, the mysterious tycoon Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) introduces the shy, innocent Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) into the world of sado-masochism. It's a weird subject for a global blockbuster and an excruciatingly long movie at over 2 hours in running time. But it does feature prominent nude scenes from Johnson, one of the most promising up-and-coming actresses on the Hollywood scene.
Sources: imdb.com, rogerebert.com, yahoo.com, huffingtonpost.com
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