The road to fame is littered with those who failed to make a dent in the entertainment industry. For many performers, relying on pure talent alone is enough to get their foot in the door in Hollywood, and they are able to make the most of their opportunities. Others may elect to dive right in to more provocative roles, hoping that their willingness to bare it all will give them an edge on their competition. While many famous performers have been able to achieve massive fame and popularity in both avenues, nothing is set in stone for new talent. There is no blueprint for making it in the entertainment industry, and sadly, many dreams are left unfulfilled.
Looking at some of the biggest names in Hollywood, it is interesting to see how they got where they are, and how they have managed to keep their careers going after their big breaks. A number of these women refuse to do nude work in films, and I can't really blame them. I can't imagine my naked self being on display for the world to see. Though these aren't all nude scenes, they are incredibly provocative, and have left little to the imagination of viewers. Each entry on this list has become a force in the entertainment industry, and has left viewers astounded in the process. So, allow me to pollute your mind, and give you some pretty handy information on some of the hottest stars in Hollywood, and their roles that cranked up the heat.
15 Sofia Vergara, Soul Plane (2004)
As one of the stars of the hit show Modern Family, Sofia Vergara has been a household name for a number of years. Modern Family is one the most popular and well-received shows in recent memory, and Vergara is a huge reason why. Outside of her work on television, the Columbian beauty has also starred in a number of hit films, and one film in particular left viewers speechless.
In the comedy Soul Plane, Vergara has limited time on screen, but still left a major impression on audiences everywhere. For the most part, Soul Plane was a pretty forgettable film, but Vergara's cockpit scene with a few music legends is a thing you need to see to believe. If you think she's hot, do yourself a favor and watch the scene for yourself. As for the rest of the film, well, you can go ahead and act like it never happened.
14 Scarlett Johansson, Don Jon (2013)
Having done a recent article on this lovely lady, I can confidently say that Scarlett Johansson is as beautiful as they come. Very few people possess the beauty and the talent that she has, and her films are better for it. Her filmography is littered with huge box office hits, and over the years, she has become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Johansson's most successful roles have come in family-friendly movies like The Jungle Book and The Avengers, but that hasn't stopped the actress from spicing it up on the big screen, much to the delight of fans.
Back in 2013, Scarlett Johansson had men everywhere itching for more when she starred in the film Don Jon. Her sexually-charged performance as the character Barbara Sugarman really took me by surprise, and most men seemed to fall in love with the actress even more. Her character's use of seduction in the film was incredible, and she delivered a fantastic performance.
13 Charlize Theron, The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Having earned most every major award that an actress can achieve in her career, Charlize Theron has displayed her talents for a number of years, and she has had a hand in making some truly incredible films. Her filmography is the very definition of diverse, and the actress has shown that she is able to deliver a stellar performance regardless of the film's genre. While Theron does have a natural beauty that makes her easy on the eyes, her utilization of her sex appeal helped take her career to another level.
Though she had some films under her belt, Theron's role in 1997's The Devil's Advocate was a huge success, and helped the actress reach the next tier of fame. The film had an incredibly talented cast, and Theron was more than able to hold her own. The film made 152 million dollars, so I'm sure that most of you have seen it. For those that haven't, brace yourself for a whole new side of Charlize Theron.
12 Jennifer Aniston, The Break-Up (2006)
Ever since the 1990s, the world has had a near unhealthy infatuation with Jennifer Aniston. Her hairstyles while on the show Friends helped define the 1990s, and the actress has remained a sex symbol in Hollywood after all these years. After the conclusion of Friends, Aniston continued to find success in the film industry, and is one of the few actors from the show to do so. While her roles have fallen on varying sides of the spectrum, Aniston really set the world on fire with one in particular.
In 2006, Aniston starred in the romantic comedy The Break-Up with her then boyfriend Vince Vaughn. Rumors began swirling that the actress was doing a nude scene in the film, and the people were ready to feast their eyes on something they've only dreamed about. While Aniston is nude in the scene, I'm here to tell you that you merely get teased. Nevertheless, the film made 205 million dollars, and was pretty funny.
11 Angelina Jolie, Gia (1998)
As one of the most prolific and most respected actresses in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie is no stranger to being in the public eye. Photographers and media outlets jump on every chance they get to snap new photos of the actress, and for good reason. Jolie has maintained a level of beauty that most people don't even come close to. The polarizing figure has had an incredible career so far, and she continues to churn out films that are box office successes. While her biggest success came in the form of a Disney film, Jolie has quite the provocative past in her filmography.
Perhaps there is no better example of this than her work in the film Gia. Jolie has appeared semi-nude in a number of films, but Gia took things to a whole new level. Sure, and argument can be made that Original Sin is hotter, but I feel that Gia is in a league of its own. If you're going to give this film a watch, be sure to do it while you're alone, as I'm sure your mother wouldn't approve.
10 Megan Fox, Jennifer's Body (2009)
Megan Fox possesses a rare beauty that really helped her kickstart her career in Hollywood. Beauty aside, a performer needs talent to sustain a career, and Fox has shown more than enough talent in her films to keep her career going 16 years after her first film role. While the actress hasn't needed to utilize her sexuality to attract legions of fans to theaters, the times when she has have provided quite the buzz in Hollywood, and have kept her in the headlines. The actress has starred in a couple of huge movie franchises, and her films have made an incredible amount of money.
Fox is best known for her work in Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but her performance in Jennifer's Body really turned heads. Overall, the film did very little at the box office and was mainly ignored by critics. What made this film so enticing to those looking for a late night rental at Blockbuster Video was the insanely provocative performance by Fox. Needless to say, it does not disappoint.
9 Natalie Portman, Black Swan (2010)
As one of the most beautiful women to make her way through both the Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe, Natalie Portman is the ultimate beauty for nerds everywhere. The talented performer also happens to be an Academy Award winner, making her one of the most talented and respected performers in the entertainment industry. What amplifies her beauty is her intelligence, and Portman's studies at Harvard University are a major indication of just how smart she truly is.
If you're looking for some of the steamiest work in Portman's filmography, look no further than the role which netted her an Oscar. In the film Black Swan, she, along with Mila Kunis, dial up the heat on audiences, and deliver some of their raciest work to date. Though some of the film's scenes border on the line of being too much, people weren't complaining a single bit when the film was released, and both performers received some serious acclaim for their work.
8 Mila Kunis, Friends With Benefits (2011)
Having touched on her work in the film Black Swan in my previous entry, it may have been obvious that I would be including Mila Kunis on my list. After all, her work in that film was incredibly racy, and she is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. After breaking out on the television show That '70s Show, Mila Kunis has done an incredible job of delivering stellar performances, as well as starring in movies that have garnered some serious cash at the box office. While she isn't exactly known for her racy roles, there's one in particular that had the media buzzing.
Back in 2011, the subject of sexual relationships without emotional involvement seemed to be a popular topic, and there were a couple of films released that year about the subject. For Mila, she would star in the film Friends With Benefits, much to the delight of audiences everywhere. Now, some of the more provocative scenes in the film may seem tame when compared to Basic Instinct, but I assure you they are well worth the watch.
7 Jessica Alba, The Killer Inside Me (2010)
If we're being honest here, I've had a huge crush on Jessica Alba ever since I saw her in the film P.U.N.K.S. when I was a kid. As I grew older, she continued to act in a number of movies that I loved, and that did absolutely nothing to curb my crush on the beauty. Alba is another performer who found some success in comic book films like Fantastic Four and Sin City, making her a nerd's dream as well. Some of her best acting work can be found on her former series Dark Angel, which ran for a couple of years.
Though her most popular roles haven't included an abundance of provocative moments, her performance in The Killer Inside Me came as quite a shock to viewers in the best way possible. Sure, Alba has appeared in scenes that require some hot moments, but the work she did in The Killer Inside Me is on another level than that of her past work.
6 Jessica Biel, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
When I was younger and the world was still in front of me, I was a huge fan of Adam Sandler, and would rush to theaters to see his latest comedy films. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry was no different, especially because it was going to have Jessica Biel in it. It seemed that Biel could do no wrong in her earlier career, and the actress managed to compile an impressive list of roles in film and television. Her initial claim to fame was acting in the role of a religious character, and her performance in this film was nothing less than divine.
Now, do understand that I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is an Adam Sandler film, so don't expect any nudity. Sandler's films, while mainly for adults, can also be enjoyed by a younger audience. Having said that, Biel reveals quite a lot of skin in the flick, and I for one was all the happier for it.
5 Amy Adams, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Now that the DC Extended Universe is fully underway, fans everywhere are patiently waiting for the next film in the series to be released. Despite their poor receptions, the films have generated a ton of money, and have pleased a small number of fans in the process. Having made a splash in Man of Steel as Lois Lane, Amy Adams returned for the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to reprise the role, and to help further the overall story of the DC Extended Universe.
For the most part, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was ripped apart by critics, but most felt that Adams did an exceptional job (minus being the damsel in distress far too often). The film was a bit slow and dull, but Lois Lane and Superman having a bathtub rendezvous helped steam things up. It was a brief but memorable scene, and to be honest felt a bit out of place in the film which had a pretty dark tone.
4 Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
As one of the brightest new stars in Hollywood, Margot Robbie has been on fire the last several years. Her film choices seem to be netting a bounty while they are in theaters, and her performances in those films never fail to impress critics and audiences alike. Like Amy Adams, Robbie is part of the DC Extended Universe, and has helped Harley Quinn become one of the hottest properties in the entertainment industry. The Australian beauty is incredibly unique, and is blazing ahead in the movie business, leaving most of her contemporaries in her dust.
In 2011, the actress put the world on notice with her performance in the film The Wolf of Wall Street. Scene after scene, Robbie is able to captivate the attention of everyone watching, and she looked amazing in the process. While she does appear nude in the film, the Australian's semi-nude scenes were equally impressive, and she left the masses speechless in the process.
3 Halle Berry, Monster's Ball (2001)
At one point in time, Halle Berry was one of the biggest stars on the planet, and she delivered some knockout performances that garnered her some incredible acclaim and some impressive awards. She had very few women that could compete with her looks and talent, and was on top of the world, even becoming a Bond girl. Unlike most actresses on this list, Berry has a knack for appearing in some incredibly provocative roles, so choosing just one was a daunting task.
With all her roles considered, I would have to say that her performance in Monster's Ball erased what little you had left to imagine. Now, Swordfish (which also came out in 2001) was a close second, but Monster's Ball seems like the clear choice. I won't elaborate in detail about it, but you may want to use some discretion while watching that film. Sexuality aside, Monster's Ball is excellent, and Berry won an Academy Award for her amazing performance.
2 Amber Heard, The Informers (2008)
After appearing in the stoner comedy classic Pineapple Express in 2008, Amber Heard became an actress to keep an eye on. Her beauty alone was impressive, and her acting in the film was hilarious, as she made a great movie couple with Seth Rogen. Heard continued to act in a number of solid films, and established herself as a pretty popular performer in Hollywood. In 2017, Heard will appear in Justice League, which is one of the year's most anticipated films. Though she may seem like your girl next door, Heard delivered one of the steamiest performances to ever hit the big screen.
Released in the same year as Pineapple Express, The Informers was a far cry from her other film in 2008 both critically and commercially. The Informers was torched by critics, and made very little money at the box office. While she played an aloof high school kid in Pineapple Express, Heard found herself in some compromising scenes in The Informers, and it's hard to imagine that it's the same performer.
1 Jennifer Lawrence, Serena (2014)
Jennifer Lawrence may in fact be the biggest actress in Hollywood at the moment, and it's pretty easy to see why. She has shown the ability to be the face of an incredibly successful film franchise, and has proven to be more talented than the bulk of her contemporaries. Her critical acclaim at such a young age is nearly unparalleled, and each performance by the actress shows improvement from the last. While the actress has played some diverse roles, she has rarely been put in the position of utilizing her sex appeal, though that seems to be coming to an end.
2014 saw the actress star alongside Bradley Cooper in the movie Serena, and Lawrence was nothing short of fantastic. The duo has worked together on several projects, and the chemistry is undeniable. In Serena, the pair cranks up the heat, and gave viewers quite a show. Each of them is incredibly talented, and the movie didn't need to be tasteless for them to get their point across. Serena had very little to like about it, but each performer did a fantastic job in making it watchable.