The views on censorship in the mainstream media have definitely evolved over the years and it has come to the point where almost anything can be seen or heard. From excessive violence to straight-out sex, it's safe to say that the values of yesteryear are long gone. With this being said, not all acts of love are there solely for shock value nor are they actually happening between the actors. However, there are definitely exceptions to both.
While the reasons for the intimacy may vary, there are those actors out there who are willing to dive into the deep end, so to speak, and truly connect with their counterparts. That commitment is the one that will be celebrated today because not everyone is willing to go that far for the sake of the movie or show, especially since there are many ways around performing the actual act when a dash of movie magic gets involved. This can vary between using a sock to vaginal pads or even a straight up piece of cloth between them so that there is no real contact and it can honestly look as good, if not better, than the real deal. However, for those who decide to go all-in there will forever be a closeness that can never be replaced. So, if you're looking to see some actors who weren't afraid to perform the deed for all to see read on but, be warned, some of the choices may surprise you.
20 Factory Girl
Revolving its story around the failings of a socialite who goes by the name of Edie Sedgwick, played by Sienna Miller, and her relations with Andy Warhol and a musician, things start to heat up as relationships begin to develop. While the truth behind the intimate scenes between Sienna Miller and Hayden Christensen may never be told since Miller denies that it wasn't real and never could be considering that there were five people in the room at the time, there has been nothing to explicitly state that there was no penetration involved. However, the question of whether or not she was just saying that to protect her image is a debatable one.
19 Don't Look Now
Don't Look Now is one of the sexiest movies out there because of the on-screen chemistry that Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland had. As noted by the creators of the television show Masters of Sex, this film explores not only the sexual relationship between the characters but the intimacy that they have as a couple even after the act is done and that's what makes it so erotic. The buildup itself is enough to make your toes curl while the truthfulness behind their acts is beyond the realm of realism. However, there are debates as to whether or not the movie actually demonstrated them having real coitus due to the conflicting accounts made by Christie and Peter Bart who was apparently visiting the set. While only those involved will know the truth, the fact still remains: this movie is hot!
18 Little Ashes
Little Ashes depicts the untold story of Salvador Dali and his lovers, both male and female. The truth behind the extremely believable sex scene that involved Robert Pattinson playing Salvador Dali will be forever remembered as the time where he literally pleasured himself on screen for the sake of the scene. Wanting his finishing reaction to be as real as possible, he took one for the team and did, what he calls, a very embarrassing thing that almost made him quit the acting scene altogether. However, he thankfully didn't and has learned to accept the fact that you can learn this, and more, about him over the Internet.
17 Brown Bunny
While the sex in the film Brown Bunny starring Chloe Sevigny and its director and writer, Vincent Gallo, may not be overabundant, but the acts that are demonstrated are authentic. The ending scene where Sevingy performs fellatio on her male co-star is a famous example of this. The two have been completely open and honest about what happened between them and he has been as candid as to state that there was an obsession revolving around her since she was a preteen which brings some aspects to light. However, he was considerate and rightfully so by drinking lots of pineapple juice to improve his finale's taste and tried to remain as clean as possible.
While Gaspar Noe's film Love may have some of the weakest sex, simulated or not, in film history, period, the actors were proud to announce that they actually did perform the act in front of the camera. A lot of it happens between two characters, Murphy and Electra, and while there may be a lot of movie there the storyline is next to non-existent. Sure, they have sex... a lot... but other than that you are simply watching the couple crash and burn as their lives become revolved around drug use, swinging and arguing with one another which is, let's be honest here, basically the polar opposite of what the title suggests. While all of this may be blamed on the five-week shooting schedule and the decision to shoot all of the nude scenes first, the final product is less than a disappointing one.
Nymphomaniac may have an all-star cast including the likes of Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf and Stacy Martin, but the film is nowhere even close to your typical Hollywood blockbuster. Following the journey of a woman who would eventually become addicted to sex, it exposes the many situations that she can be placed in and how she deals with each and every single one. Anyway, it should be stated that while LaBeouf and Martin may not have had actual intercourse, their adult entertainment star body-doubles did and then the images were superimposed together to make it appear as if the penetration was taking place at that very moment. This being said, the sex may have had to be extremely calculated behind the scenes, but it appears to be anything but when you watch the film.
It may be weird to see an Al Pacino film on this list but, while it may be centralized over Pacino's character committing hate crimes on the gay community, there are legitimate sex scenes in there as well. By embedding sub-cultural references like the BDSM scene and AIDS, there is a strong emphasis on different sorts of relationships and how it effects that individuals interaction with the world that surrounds them. In this regard, all of the background action is the extras simply treating the scene as any other night at a club which means that all of the smoking, drinking and groping was actually going on during the filming of this movie.
Antichrist was viewed as the most controversial film of 2009, but still deserves all of the attention that it ended up receiving. Due to its complex plot which revolves around a couple who lost their son, end up in a forest and, as the unnamed man tries to psychoanalyze his wife he sparks what can only be called a violent reaction. Its distanced approach toward sex and violence may not be one taken by many directors but, in this case it works. Please be advised that the close-ups of the genitalia and their penetration were done by body doubles but it technically still counts considering that the intimacy, in whatever form it may be, is still legitimate.
12 Lie With Me
As the star of the film Lauren Lee Smith is unashamed to admit, she spends about half of the movie completely in the buff. But this nakedness is definitely pushed to the next level and that's what she loved about the role. Lie With Me follows the story of an emotionally unavailable girl who is viewed more as a sex kitten than anything else. That being said, the ability to tell the story of a woman from a woman's perspective was empowering for her, considering that a lot of tales revolve around a male's point of view and she's not afraid to state outright that she thinks that sexuality should be presented more openly. Apparently, her experience on set was a great one, since she felt like she was in a very safe environment, and that is one of the most important factors when it comes to creating a believable scene.
This film may follow the life of a gangster but the truth behind the intimate scenes is undeniable. The raunchiness that occurs between Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, who just so happened to be dating Jagger's band mate Keith Richards at the time, is completely legitimate and Richards could not help but want to keep his distance. So, while they were filming these scenes, he would literally leave the room. However, despite the slight awkwardness off-camera, this films still gives the viewers a glimpse into the life of rock n' roll, which is pretty cool! On top of that, its stand on major issues like gender and having a sense of identity were way beyond its time, thus making this film a must-see.
10 Pola X
Pola X blurs the lines between artistic and erotic due to its cinematography and interesting plot. While body doubles may have been used for the most graphic parts of the film, this happens in the industry all the time and since the act still occurred, it is technically still allowed on this list. Sure, this may sound like the makings of a bad adult film, but it never crosses as such due to the amount of thought that was put into the filming of it. Besides, the way that the camera moves around the dark, rolling bodies intertwined in the heat means that it can be titillating for the mind in more than one way.
9 9 Songs
While Margot Stilley may only really be known for her portrayal of on-screen acts of intimacy, 9 Songs still contains scenes of this nature which are still spoken about today. Having been dubbed one of the most explicit mainstream movies to date, it follows two people who just so happened to meet at a rock concert and the action that they take part in thereafter. There was no hiding from the camera for this actress, who was shown at almost every angle, and even has her legs widely spread at one point. But she was fully comfortable with what was happening and, if that's not a reason to watch it, then what is?
Featuring the talents of Kerry Fox, Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston, this ageless classic from 2001 is the one that, according to Kerry Fox's interview with Digital Spy, possesses her best performance in her entire acting career. Intimacy explores the possibilities of what happens when you get yourself involved with anonymous sex, no strings attached. That is, until their involvement becomes his obsession which leads to a whole new set of issues. While the middle-age relations may be less than erotic to watch, it demonstrates real human interaction: no filters, no preconceptions, just the act in its natural shape and form.
7 The Idiots
While the Lars Von Trier film may be distasteful in a lot of ways including its spotty camera work and mockery of the disabled, the willingness of the actors to partake in an actual orgy is pretty impressive. With the exclusion of body-doubles or prosthetic genitalia, you know that the actors are really getting penetrated by multiple people and signed off on the idea, too. If you decide that you want to watch this Norwegian film, you may want to note that the erect male member in the shower scene is also his own. Again, this may not be the most jaw-dropping revelation, but kudos for his confidence nonetheless.
6 Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
Sure, this film may have been released back in 1971, but this indie classic which featured no actors and an all-black cast paved the way for the future of independent films everywhere. Having made 60 times its budget in profits was shocking enough, but it also brought in the term blaxploitation, which is seemingly ambiguous but basically just revolved around the exploitation of blacks partaking in gratuitous sex and violence. However, while there may be many things to celebrate here, there is the underage sex present and the main actor even contracted a STD by partaking in the sexual acts that were present in the story! Participating in intercourse always has its risks, but it's safe to say that he didn't think that he would literally come off set a different man than he was when he walked on.
5 Interior. Leather Bar.
James Franco and Travis Mathew's interpretation of Al Pacino's 1980's film Cruising entitled Interior. Leather Bar. is there to show to the viewers what could have happened if those 40 minutes of gay BDSM footage weren't cut from the original feature in a half-documentary, half-scripted kind of way. Through the tedious task of finding actors who were willing to have authentic gay relations on-screen was difficult, they were able to bring forward a story told through the different usages of the act instead of just having it for the sake of being there, and it made a splash at festivals because of its raw eye-opening nature.
This highly controversial film may still be banned in multiple countries due to its highly erotic yet violent nature, but it still goes to show what can happen when two women have, simply put, reached their breaking point. After having been sexually assaulted, put down and witnessed murder, Manu and Nadine decide to take their lives into their own hands and go on a murderous killing spree - where they're not afraid to get physical. Needless to say, this film is not an easy one to watch, and even shows a graphic sexual assault scene, but it one that's worth watching if you care to see what all the fuss is about.
Shortbus may not have appeared in mainstream media, but there's a good reason for it. In this drama, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, the topic of sexuality and what it says about the human condition in all aspects acts as the foundation of the film - and there is a lot of fornication present as a result. While it may not be considered adult entertainment in the traditional sense of the term, Rolling Stone magazine described it as "hard-core with a soft-heart" due to its balance between the actual act and the ability to speak freely about troubles of the most intimate nature. To paint you a picture of what you can expect out of the film, the opening scene shows three separate rooms: one with a man expertly positioned so he can perform fellatio on himself, another where there's a couple doing it in whatever way comes to find and, lastly, students performing humiliating dominatrix. If that wasn't enough, this movie has been critically acclaimed and, while it may not be safe for work, has not caused any controversy despite its explicit nature.
2 Tell Me You Love Me
Sure, this 2007 HBO original may have only aired for one season due to the inability to decide on direction, but one thing's for sure, it was not due to the lack of commitment that the actors had to the story. In the pilot alone, one of the supporting actresses literally gives her partner a hand job until completion, and you even witness the main actress receiving oral sex from her husband! Given, the sexuality doesn't stop there, but you probably have a pretty good idea about just how much sexuality is explored on the silver screen.
Caligula was actually described as an adult film that featured big-name Hollywood actors and it's probably the go-to film if you're looking to see a lot of legitimate on-screen action. But, beware, a lot may be putting it a little too nicely. From the usage of hands, urination, fellatio and penetration, this film has everything that your mind can probably think of and more! You can't say that the writers weren't being inventive, yet probably somewhat historically accurate in their depictions of the acts. However, it would have probably helped if the actors seemed like they were enjoying it. Sure, it may be a biopic dedicated to Caesar, but there simply seems to be more heartless eroticism than plot!