Some films become critically acclaimed because of the incredible writing and phenomenal directing. Some beloved films are known for an actor’s memorable performance. Other films are known for the violent and impressive action scenes. Several unforgettable films were praised for the breathtaking cinematography and groundbreaking special effects. Then, there are the movies that are known for their "revealing" and intense steamy scenes.
There are several films that never won an Oscar but are remembered for one particular scene. These films received mixed or negative reviews yet people still flocked to theatres, video stores, or would download them. They did poorly at the box office or were a downright disappointment but still gained a place in cinema history. There is only one reason why anyone would ever spend time and money to watch these films—hardcore nudity. They featured one hot and steamy scene that had everyone talking. Most of these films would never be considered one of the greatest but those steamy scenes are as memorable as an award-winning scene. In fact, if it weren’t for some of these scenes, the films would probably fall into obscurity. However, these 'moments' will keep the films relevant for years to come. Here is a look at 15 Awful Movies You Watched For That One Steamy Scene.
There is only one reason anyone ever saw the film Jade, and it wasn’t because of David Caruso. The erotic thriller Jade was released October 13, 1995 and stars David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, and Chazz Palminteri. From beginning to end, the film was full of hot and steamy scenes. The film was promoted heavily for featuring several provocative moments. However, it was met with negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for several Golden Raspberry Awards. In fact, the film slightly hurt the career of Caruso who didn’t rebound until CSI: Miami. However, audiences were more interested in seeing those sultry and sensual scenes. In one popular scene, David Caruso and Linda Fiorentino get hot and heavy on a couch and had their hands all over each other. Despite the slight interest, the film was a massive flop and box office bomb.
14 Zombie Strippers
Judging from the title, it’s easy to see why men enjoy watching this film. It combines their two favorite things—strippers and zombies. Men just can’t resist a good stripper or zombie so it seems like a great idea to combine them. However, some zombie/stripper film won’t be mistaken for a critically acclaimed movie. The horror-comedy Zombie Strippers was released on April 18, 2008 and stars Jenna Jameson, Robert Englund, and Penny Drake. It was met with negative reviews and holds a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The true lure of the film was former adult film star Jenna Jameson and the highly erotic scenes. It includes several steamy dances with some featuring zombies. Jameson doesn’t disappoint and sends all her fans home happy. Well, that’s until she turns into a zombie and eats them.
13 Love & Other Drugs
Love & Other Drugs tells the story of a Viagra salesman that begins a relationship with a woman suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Due to the content, it’s safe to assume that this film includes some passionate and sensual moments. It was released on November 4, 2010 and stars Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. The erotic comedy-drama was met with mixed reviews from critics and currently holds a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Anne and Jake heat up the screen several times, and their involvement created some interest. Their characters can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other. In one particular scene, they engage in some conventional lovemaking that soon turns hot and steamy. It did gain a good amount of praise although it still failed with a wide audience. However, for those who want to see Anne and Jake get it on, it’s totally worth it.
12 9 Songs
9 Songs is known for featuring more erotic content and steamy scenes than any other movie. It’s extremely graphic in nature and is famous for the very real lovemaking scenes. It was released on May 16, 2004 and stars Margo Stilley and Kieran O’Brien. The film was controversial because Stilley and O’Brien engaged in unsimulated intimate scenes. The film is popular among those that appreciate art house films. However, the wider audiences rejected the film mainly because of the content. Most critics compared 9 Songs to an adult film and that the “lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.” It currently holds a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Several hot scenes are extremely graphic and detailed. The main characters just can’t resist tearing into each other. Throughout the film, there are nonstop steamy scenes between the stars of the film.
11 Barb Wire
It’s safe to assume that audiences didn’t watch Barb Wire expecting an Oscar-worthy film. They didn’t watch it for the directing or inspiring performances. Audiences got exactly what they wanted from this film—Pamela Anderson wearing very little clothes and dancing seductively. Barb Wire was released on May 3, 1996 and was met with negative reviews from critics. It was a major box office flop and holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is loosely based on the plot of Casablanca but obviously features more nudity. Pam Anderson was the biggest star in the world at the time. She gained a great deal of notoriety in her other major film, which featured Tommy Lee. Barb Wire gives the people what they want during the opening credits as Pamela gives a sultry and alluring dance that puts all of her Playboy pics to shame.
10 Wild Things
In 1998, an epidemic swept across the world when thousands of teenage boys passed out while watching the film Wild Things. Wild Things stars Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, and Kevin Bacon. It was released on March 20, 1998 to mixed reviews from critics. It currently holds a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes so it’s clearly not as awful as other movies. However, the film is best remembered for its nudity and steamy scenes. At the time, Wild Things featured more nudity and explicit scenes than any other film. Denise Richards heated up the screen every time she appeared, including washing a car in short shorts and exiting a pool in a gorgeous bikini. A steamy make-out scene between Richards and Campbell had everyone buzzing. However, it was the red-hot threesome scene featuring Richards, Campbell, and Dillon that was the reason why it was popular at the time. The sensual moment is one of the highlights of the film.
9 Poison Ivy Series
The Poison Ivy series is a set of erotic thrillers that are hugely popular with teenage boys. They often feature a popular actress that audiences want to see in steamy and provocative scenes. However, they all received negative responses from critics and audiences. The first film in the series was released on May 8, 1992 and stars Drew Barrymore. Poison Ivy II: Lily was released January 16, 1996 and stars Alyssa Milano. The second film generated a great deal of interest because of Milano’s involvement. She engages in several racy scenes that are borderline adult-rated. The third film, Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, was released May 20, 1997 and stars Jamie Pressly. The most recent film, Poison Ivy: The Secret Society, was released July 27, 2008 and stars Shawna Waldron.
8 9 ½ Weeks
At one time, half the world was in love with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. The idea of these two charming stars getting down and dirty created a buzz and intrigue. 9 ½ Weeks was released to mixed reviews, and it flopped at the box office. However, it features a plethora of steamy scenes between Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke that had audiences sweating profusely. In the ‘80s, Basinger and Rourke were regarded as two of the most beautiful Hollywood stars. It was released February 21, 1986 and was detested by critics. However, it did incredibly well overseas and later gained a cult following. It featured scene after scene of Rourke and Basinger getting hot and heavy. Initially, the film was considered a failure but has been re-evaluated by critics. However, those steamy scenes have always been critically acclaimed.
7 Basic Instinct 2
Basic Instinct was one of the highest-grossing films of 1992. It was met with mixed reviews but is famous for one particular scene. Sharon Stone became the biggest star in the world after the steamy leg-crossing scene. The sequel, Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, was a box office bomb. However, audiences were still intrigued to see Sharon Stone reprise her most famous role. Basic Instinct 2 was released March 31, 2006 and received negative reviews. It holds a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is considered one of the worst films ever made. The film wastes no time getting to the steamy scenes as it starts off with a highly erotic car ride. Throughout the film, Sharon proves that she’s still got it and is hotter than ever. Despite that, the film was a massive failure and none of the hot scenes could even come close to the famous leg-crossing scene.
Caligula was released on August 14, 1979 and starred Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, and Helen Mirren. The erotic historical drama revolved around the rise and fall of Roman Emperor Caligula. Upon its release, critics absolutely hated the film. At the time, Roger Ebert gave the movie zero stars, and it was one of the few times he walked out midway. The film has gained a cult following but still holds only a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was heavily criticized for the erotic content and off-the-chart steamy scenes. Caligula is the only film ever produced solely by Penthouse magazine and featured several Penthouse Pets. The film is famous for several unsimulated lovemaking scenes.
Even before Showgirls was released, it garnered a great deal of controversy and attention for the level of nudity and explicit scenes. Showgirls revolves around the journey of an ambitious woman who goes from stripper to showgirl. It starred Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, and Kyle MacLachlan. It was released on September 22, 1995 to negative reviews. It was a major box office flop and is considered one of the worst films ever made. However, the film contains numerous steamy and X-rated moments. Former teen star Elizabeth Berkley shed the image of Jesse Spano from Saved by the Bell with this role. She rarely wore any clothes in the film and if she did, she was quickly taking them off. In one scene, she gives Kyle MacLachlan a hot lap dance that would make anyone blush. The film has since gained cult status.
In 1996, Striptease won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture of the Year. Despite that, it was a success at the box office and became one of the top video rentals. It was released June 28, 1996 and starred Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds, and Ving Rhames. Audiences flocked to theatres in wild anticipation at the chance to see Demi Moore portray a stripper. Critics disliked the film and most gave it negative reviews. However, the film was truly successful because of the content and Demi’s role. She did extensive research for her role which included visiting strip clubs and meeting with strippers. She gave several memorable dances that left audiences speechless. In one scene, she danced playfully in her apartment wearing only a towel. In one particular scene, Demi wore a dress shirt and hat to start the performance and, by the end, had viewers in a daze.
3 Color Of Night
The erotic thriller Color of Night was torn to shreds by critics and bombed at the box office. However, it found a second life in video rentals and became one of the top rentals of all time. It wasn’t because of the acting or directing but because of the plethora of passionate lovemaking scenes. Color of Night was released August 19, 1994 and stars Bruce Willis and Jane March. The film received unanimous negative reviews and holds a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It won the Golden Raspberry for Worst Picture in 1994. However, video rentals were through the roof and a lot of that had to do with the provocative scenes. Willis and March roll around all over the place and constantly throughout the film. One scene that is a pretty good reason to watch the film features Willis and March tearing into each other in a pool. Maxim voted Color of Night for having the Best Lovemaking Scene in film history.
2 Fifty Shades Of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey is known for its intense sensual and steamy scenes. The film did incredibly well at the box office and broke several records. However, it received negative reviews from critics and holds a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It won several awards at the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards. It was released February 13, 2015 and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. A sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, has already been released and was met with similar reviews. A third film, Fifty Shades Freed, is due out in 2018. Audiences are not flocking to the Fifty Shades films for the special effects. The hot and passionate scenes will always bring fans back. This series covers every type of steamy scene from things getting hot and heavy on elevators to getting tied up.
1 Killing Me Softly
The erotic thriller Killing Me Softly currently holds a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It did not receive a wide theatrical release in the United States and instead went straight to DVD. For those that saw the film, it was for one reason and one reason only—to see Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes get down and dirty. Killing Me Softly was released in the UK on June 21, 2002. It was met with negative reviews and is regarded as one of the worst films of the 2000’s. However, it’s best known for the intensely erotic lovemaking scenes. When Graham and Fiennes' characters first meet, they immediately heat up the screen in one steamy moment. The scene that steals the show is when the characters meet up at a secluded cabin. The sight of Graham tied up and being slightly choked is the number one reason anyone bought this film.