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12 Most Infamous Nude Scenes In Cinema History

Nude scenes aren't particularly unusual for Hollywood actors.  Academy Award winners who have given the world memorable performances still aren’t above bearing it all if the part calls for it. Of course, some actors began their careers a little more loose and free with deciding to disrobe before eventually gaining enough success so that they could chose not to take more risqué parts that might make them uncomfortable.

Many actors and actresses seem to appear nude in films, but often what you're actually seeing is a body double and some clever editing.  However, the actors seen here all decided to take the risk and bare it all, without the use of a body double.  The results have gone on to live in film infamy - these are the 12 most memorable nude scenes in mainstream film history.

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12 Boogie Nights/Heather Graham

It’s not hard to imagine that a film revolving around the adult film industry will have its fair share of nude scenes.  But Boogie Nights had quite a few, involving famous Hollywood names.  One in particular, involving Heather Graham, ended up boosting the actress’s career.  Graham starred as the adult film star “Rollergirl,” and in the film she is the one who introduces a young Mark Wahlberg into the world of “erotic film”.  The particular scene we have in mind is memorable for her character’s refusal to ever take off her roller skates - even when everything else comes off. She went on to have roles in Austin Powers, The Hangover, and other Hollywood blockbusters.

11 Basic Instinct/Sharon Stone

This movie’s most iconic scene has been etched into film lore forever.  Sharon Stone’s famous interrogation scene likely had more teenagers hitting the pause button than any other film in history.  In the film, Sharon Stone wore that white dress while being questioned by police and at one point she crosses her legs in a suggestive way.  After the film came out, this particular scene became a definitive pop culture moment and has lived on in infamy ever since.  Sharon Stone has said she didn't even realize that she was going to show what she showed in the film.  She admitted to smacking the director of the film in the head when she saw the first cut of the movie.

10 Blue Velvet/Isabella Rossellini

9 Swordfish/Halle Berry

8 The Dreamers/Eva Green

7 Eastern Promises/Viggo Mortensen

The scene is memorable for its visceral nature and is one of the most aggressive nude scenes ever put on film.  Viggo Mortensen plays a Russian gangster and he gets into a fight for his life trying to defend himself against a rival.  He ends up naked during the scene and what ensues is a daring piece of drama that Viggo Mortensen does entirely in the nude.

6 Taking Lives/Angelina Jolie

5 American Pie/Shannon Elizabeth

One of the most popular teen comedies of all time features many memorable scenes - some involving inappropriate uses for home cooked desserts.  However, the most famous scene involves foreign exchange student Nadia, played by Shannon Elizabeth.  She get’s interrupted while in a very personal situation, and Jim (Jason Biggs) tries to put the moves on.  She accepts his proposal and makes him strip to get even.  What happens next is unfortunate for Jim, and is one of the most awkward moments in film history.

4 Take this Waltz/Sarah Silverman

Comedienne Sarah Silverman isn't known for doing dramas or for taking part in any type of nudity.  But in this indie film Silverman disrobed for a decidedly non-sexual shower scene featuring three female friends at the gym.  The internet started heating up and creating rumors when it was confirmed that Silverman would appear nude in the film.  However, the final result was a relatively tame affair that was more about the bonding between friends than any sexual connotations.

3 Shame/Michael Fassbender

2 Titanic/Kate Winslet

One of the biggest box office hits of all time featured Kate Winslet’s first nude scene and probably one of the most parodied scenes of all time.  Innocent Rose disrobes for Jack (played by Leonardo Dicaprio) and gets an intimate portrait drawn by him.  The scene helped bring attention to the two stars of the film.  It also left teenagers swooning over the romantic scenario and helped bring in repeat moviegoers to the theaters.  This scene among others made Titanic one of the most popular films ever.

1 Fast Times at Ridgemont High/Phoebe Cates

The pool scene involving 80’s icon Phoebe Cates will probably go down as one of the most re-watched scenes in film history.  Teenage boys went out in droves to buy the VHS of this classic film after it came out.  This scene goes down in film lore, but in the film it's actually dream sequence:  When she famously exits the pool, drops her top and kisses Brad (Judge Reinhold), it is all going on inside his imagination.  Can’t blame the man in the slightest, Phoebe Cates was one of the most popular teen idols of the 1980’s.

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