The actress Mira Sorvino was quoted as saying that a well known actress in a well known film had sex with her co-star because she fancied him, Miss Sorvino who won a best supporting actress Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite did not name the actress so it's all open to speculation but i would imagine that it was not the first time something like that had happened while shooting a film.
Sex scenes in movies are usually choreographed meticulously and then shot slowly over the course of many days or even weeks, there is no chance of an actor or actress getting too turned on in these circumstances, for example when Basic Instinct was filmed, Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone both choreographed the moves that were to make up their sexual scenes, you end up with a shot being filmed for twenty seconds and the director yells cut, that's a take, then it may be a lunch break and then maybe a day later they film some more of the scene and in the end it's all edited to make it appear seamless, that's typical of a sex scene in a Hollywood production.
Hollywood films are usually very tame and reserved when it comes to explicit sex on film, the all important R rating only allows so much to be seen or done and theater chains in North America tend to not show NC-17 rated films thus studio's will not make a film too sexually charged as they need the all important R rating, there have been exceptions to this rule, Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls was an NC-17 release, it's sex scenes tend to be rather tame though, indeed the pool scene is funny when it should be sexy and daring, the film actually seems quite juvenile in the way it features sex and the human body, still it's a fun movie as long as you don't take it too seriously.
If we were to go back to the seventies though you can find examples of American films which do feature real sex, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is directed by and also stars Melvin Van Peebles, he had real sex in the film and contracted a sexual disease, don't expect to see anything too explicit though as it wasn't filmed that way, John Waters directed Pink Flamingos and it features drag actor Divine performing real oral sex on a male co-star and Caligula is notorious for it's real sex scenes although these scenes were shot by the producer and not by director Tinto Brass.
The Japanese film In The Realm Of The Senses had to be classified as a French film because of strict Japanese laws at the time it was made and for a short while it was banned in North America, it features real oral sex and other explicit scenes and in Japan it was optically censored so the more explicit sexual scenes were hidden, the film can now be bought fully uncut on blu ray under the Criterion label.
In 1980, William Friedkin who directed The French Connection and The Exorcist made the movie Cruising with Al Pacino, the film originally had 40 minutes of very graphic footage showing gay anal intercourse, fisting and oral sex, Friedkin wanted to restore this footage for the DVD release but could not find it, he thinks the footage was destroyed, in it's original form it's probably the most sexually explicit film featuring a leading actor to ever get made.
French director Catherine Breillat is no stranger to controversy and real sex/sexual acts have featured in a number of her films. In Sex Is Comedy, an actor spends most of the film with an erection, a prosthetic penis was used.
Devil In The Flesh was made in 1986, there is a brief scene of real oral sex involving Maruschka Detmers, i think Detmers was a good actress but perhaps because of that one scene she was ostracized in North America and unable to really find good quality film work over there, maybe she also said no to the casting couch and if so then good on her as too many untalented wannabes get great roles due to sleeping with the producers.
Larry Clark likes to feature actors who look under-age in his films and in Ken Park he filmed many explicit sexual scenes, he later said that all the scenes were simulated except one, i think he is full of shit myself and i think he has a very unhealthy obsession with youngsters.
In The Brown Bunny, Chloe Sevigny performs oral sex on Vincent Gallo, much was made of this scene but i think it was a prosthetic penis, he made sure it was a big one too, i'm also sure the guy looks in every mirror he passes. Sorry Vincent but it just didn't impress me much, you made a boring film.
The most explicit mainstream sexual film to ever get made in the UK is 9 Songs, the director Michael Winterbottom went on to make the impressive A Mighty Heart with Angelina Jolie, in 9 Songs, Margo Stilley performs oral sex on actor Kieran O'Brien, has real actual sex with him and basically lets him finger her, tongue her and screw her brains out, she used the money given to her for the role to pay off her student fee's, the film is very explicit but even so, most of the really explicit scenes were never seen and the BBFC declined to allow the additional sex scenes to be released as deleted scenes on the DVD many years ago, one day they will make a sequel and call it by a better name, maybe student prostitution, i'm so unkind.
More recently the likes of Shortbus features a well known Canadian tv personality, Sook Yin Lee performing real sexual acts and Antichrist has real sex taking place although it is body doubles being used for Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, that last film didn't actually need real sex and why use body doubles, either film the actors having real sex or don't but to insert hardcore shots is in my opinion amateur hour and something that should never be done.
Boundaries will continue to be pushed and films with real sexual content will continue to be made, in some instances there may be artistic reasons and sometimes it will just be a case that the director wishes to cause controversy, see Gasper Noe for the latter, it's unlikely mainstream Hollywood stars will ever really allow themselves to be filmed having sex for a film but European stars may do so and will not be so shy and retiring, one must also ask a question, why is it okay to show a guy getting his head blown off in graphic detail but showing his erect penis is considered by some to be obscene and unacceptable, why is the MPAA ( USA Censors ) so scared of naked flesh but they allow copious amounts of onscreen violence! Hopefully things will change and the future will see an end to this type of censorship.
A list of movies with real sex can be viewed below, i have also included some which are faked but look real, Tinto Brass films are an example of this where scenes are explicit but faked, Intimacy is another example of this although it does feature a mild fellatio scene, some movies such as Boxcar Bertha have real sex but are not explicit and Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange have a hot and heavy scene in The Postman Always Rings Twice, it's fake but they look to be having fun, i will update the list from time to time when more info is available.
A new book by Hollywood executive Peter Bart claims the sex scene between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in Don't Look Now was real, he claimed he was on the set when the scene was filmed, Sutherland has always denied it was real, it's interesting to note though that Mr Sutherland was in the editing room and that he apparently wanted some of the film footage destroyed, he got his wish, the conspiracy theorist in me would say the scene is real but maybe Mr Bart is trying to sell a book and controversy is good publicity. My suggestion is that you go watch the film and make your own mind up.
Some television shows such as Tell Me You Love Me featured very explcit sex scenes which left some wondering if they were real, they were not but they were filmed to make you believe they were real, Michelle Borth features in some highly explicit scenes and actress Sonya Walger appears to actually masturbate to climax her co-star, how they filmed that without doing it for real is a mystery as you see it onscreen but if television shows such as this can make the act of love look so real then why does Hollywood consistently fail to make the sex scenes interesting, probably due to that R rating which doesn't allow much to be seen and the NC-17 rating is prohibitive because theater chains won't show the movie.
You can buy using the links below from Amazon, where you see an coloured title you just click the film title to be transported to Amazon where you can choose to buy the movie. Right click the link if you wish to open it in a new window. Some films are on DVD and others on the Bu Ray format.
I will update the list below with further details in the future. To go back to page one click here.
Dom kallar oss mods aka They Call Us Misfits – 1967
*This is a Swedish documentary film
The Love Garden – 1970
*An erect penis is seen and the woman has a grip of it and she guides his penis into her, the film also features an explicit lesbian scene.
*A gory western which has a real sex scene between the director and star Alexandro Jodorowsky and Mara Lorenzio.
*Director and star Melvin Van Peebles contracted a sexual disease while performing real sex scenes in the movie, he later filed for worker's compensation, he wasn't happy about the film getting an X rating in America and labelled the decision as "Rated X by an all white jury, now remember the civil rights movement was still strong back in the seventies and a new type of film emerged called Blaxpoitation, it helped make stars of many, the sex scenes within this film are explicit but you see no penetration and there is nothing within the film which could not be faked, the film was later re-rated R in 1974.
*A very boring film exploring politics and sexuality, it contains mostly simulated sex but also contains a real scene where a woman gives a handjob to a guy but it's just to make a plastercast of his erect penis.
The Last Movie – 1971
*Dennis Hopper directed this film, he also stars and allegedly has real sex in a scene filmed next to a waterfall, it's explicit and looks real but might also be faked.
*Mainstream film in which the stars, Barbara Hershey and David Carradine, allegedly had real sex, it's not explicit by todays standards but its an example of actors who have real sex on film.
*In this John Waters "comedy" Divine gives a real onscreen blowjob to another actor.
I Jomfruens tegn – 1973
*A danish mainstream comedy film which also contained hardcore sex scenes.
*Explicit scenes involving Sharon Kelly and an actor may or may not be real, Quentin Tarantino is a fan of this film.
*As mentioned above there is debate on whether Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland had real sex.
I Tyrens tegn – 1974
*Also known as They Call Her One Eye. Hardcore closeup inserts were added to the film which makes it look like actress Christina Lindberg is having real sex, she isn't.
I Tvillingernes tegn – 1975
*This film comedy features real blowjobs and sex
La tête de Normande St-Onge – 1975
*Actress Carole Laure has some very real and explicit moments during a love scene in this French film, no explicit close-ups but its a hot and steamy scene.
The Image – 1975
*Also known as The Mistress and the Slave this film has some explicit scenes including a blowjob given by Rebecca Brooke in a car to Carl Parker.
Der må være en sengekant – 1975
Sømænd på sengekanten – 1976
I Løvens tegn – 1976
愛のコリーダ aka In The Realm Of The Senses – 1976
*This film by Oshima Nagisa features penetration by objects and real sex and blowjobs, it's filmed in an artistic way though.
Fantasm – 1976
Some real sex, some prints are cut, the UK edition has over eight minutes removed, i think the BBFC really should rename themselves the British Board Of Film Censors since they are a censorship body and not a classification body, they are less strict these days but they still censor some things.
La dernière femme aka The Last Woman – 1976
*Ornella Muti and Gérard Depardieu have some steamy scenes together, in one scene Depardieu looks like he has a full blown erection and he takes Muti into the bedroom where they have sex, its not a long scene but it's sexually charged and both Muti and Depardieu are not afraid to bare all.
L'ange et la femme – 1977
*The film contains real sex between husband and wife actors Carole Laure and Lewis Furey, it also contains a notorious scene of Furey ejaculating on Laure's tongue, shot in black and white it's a low budget arthouse French film, the sex scenes are shot in the dark and filmed in an artistic manner.
Agent 69 Jensen i Skorpionens tegn – 1977
Agent 69 Jensen i Skyttens tegn – 1978
Interno di un convento aka Behind Convent Walls – 1978
*Explicit penetration by a dildo with the face of Jesus on it, many prints censored this scene and no doubt it angered the censors and shocked those who are religious. Also features an orgy scene with blowjobs, penetration and lesbian sex.
*Tinto Brass was removed from the editing room for this film and Penthouse owner Bob Guccione had additional hardcore scenes filmed, this amounted to about six extra minutes and made the film infamous around the world, the hardcore version contains real sex, anal fisting, lesbian scenes, blowjobs, there was a version in the UK which supposedly got close to the vision Tinto Brass had for the film, that was created for network television and thus edits and different angles were used to hide the more explicit scenes.
Bacanal en directo – 1979
*Features an explicit orgy scene with blowjobs, handjobs and real sex.
Cruising – 1980
*The original print of this William Friedkin directed film featured Al Pacino watching gay sex acts such as fisting and blowjobs as well as anal sex, Friedkin tried to put this footage back in the film several years ago but could not find the footage, it's likely the footage was destroyed.
Spetters – 1980
*A brief scene where actress Renée Soutendijk fondles a limp penis and a two second scene featuring real oral sex between two men.
Fruits Of Passion – 1981
*Features a scene where actress Isabelle Illiers puts a rather limp penis in her mouth and also features a highly charged sex scene between Klaus Kinski and Arielle Dombasle, Kinski claimed they were not faking that scene.
The Postman Always Rings Twice – 1981
*Steamy scenes between Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange, it certainly looks realistic if at times violently so.
*Very explicit outdoor sex scene in the sand, the actor has a real erection, it's debateable as to whether the actual brief sex scene that follows the petting is real.
*Actress Maruschka Detmers gives an onscreen blowjob but the actor is rather floppy and limp, it's real though. Detmers is a good actress and this film may have damaged her attempts to launch a film career in America, or it's likely she turned down casting couch producers.
*Also known as 37.2 degrees in the morning, it's opening scenes where Béatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade make love is explicit and over the years many people have wondered if the scene was real, probably not but it's a good film and the scene is well filmed.
Shojo no harawata aka Entrails Of A Virgin – 1986
*Japanese horror film featuring the usual obsessions with strange creatures and rape, many explicit scenes, some of the touching up scenes look real, the movie was a success and spawned sequels.
Hotel St. Pauli – 1988
*Has some explicit sexual content
*From the director of Betty Blue, this is also known as L'amant and a brief scene shows penetration taking place in a sex scene between Jane March and Tony leung, it's their body doubles that you see in that scene.
Cosi Fan Tutte – 1992
*Also known as All Ladies Do It in this Tinto Brass directed film you see a lot of explicit scenes but it's fake, erect penises are likely to be realistic looking dildo's but actress Claudia Koll puts in a wonderful performance.
Tokyo Decadence – 1992
*Sadomasochistic in nature this film features some highly explicit scenes.
The Voyeur – 1994
*Tinto Brass again, the film features lot of nudity and sexual moments and of course the trademark prosthetic penises that Brass features in many of his movies. What is it with Italy and the obsession with seeing women pee!
A Single Girl – 1995
I Stand Alone – 1997
La Vie de Jésus aka The Life Of Jesus – 1997
*Shows real penetration taking place, this closeup scene is not actress Marjorie Cottreel but it is her body double being used for this scene.
*Some explicit moments one of which see's actress Alyssa Mulhern give real oral sex in two separate but brief scenes.
The Idiots – 1998
*In a group orgy some real sex takes place, this scene features body doubles and not the original actors.
Romance – 1999
*The film features erect penises, some real sex and finger penetration and bondage scenes and may also feature main actress Caroline Ducey having sex with Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi, possibly faked but maybe it's real.
Pola X – 1999
*Real sex scenes between Guillaume Depardieu and Yekaterina Golubeva were apparently body doubles, the scene is very darkly lit so that's highly possible, Depardieu was the son of Gerard and he died of complications due to Pneumonia in 2008, this film has also been shown in a longer version called Pierre ou les ambiguïtés on German and French television, that was three one hour episodes.
La Donna Lupo – 1999
*Actress Loredanna Cannata gets fingered and gives a real blowjob, her sex scene may be real or it could be fake, an explicit film and Loredanna is a capable actress not afraid of nudity or sex if the role requires it.
*Elisabetta Cavallotti is seen in some explicit scenes, the stage scenes look real but the blowjob scene may be fake, fake or not it features an explicit scene of either an prosthetic penis or a real erect penis.
Baise-Moi – 2000
*Highly controversial film due to its early rape scenes which have real sex, the film has many real sex scenes and is loosely based on Thelma and Louise although cheaply filmed.
Scrapbook – 2000
Mistress Frankenstein – 2000
Trasgredire – 2000
*Tinto Brass directs a sexually explicit film which has prosthetic penises and he also fingers Yuliya Mayarchuk and gets her to perform various sexual acts including the obligatory lesbian scene and faked sex scenes.
Phantom – 2000
Amorestremo aka The Dangerous Sex Date
*This film features full blown erections from porn star Rocco Siffredi, not a porn film despite Siffredi's involvement, Stefania Bonafede has an explicit scene with Rocco but i doubt it's real despite his erection, likely just clever editing.
The Pornographer – 2001
*Real blowjob and sex scene featuring porn actress Ovidie.
The Center Of The World – 2001
*Explicit sex and full blown erections but body doubles have been used for the sex scenes.
Intimacy – 2001
*Despite many sites claiming real sex takes place in this film it does not, Kerry Fox has a very brief blowjob scene where she sucks Mark Rylance, he is rather limp in this scene too, it's an explicit film but apart from the scene mentioned it's all fake and most certainly NOT real.
Monster's Ball – 2001
*Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton have an explicit sexual scene, despite reports claiming this scene was shot for real i believe it's fake, by having Billy Bob let it all hang out it gives the illusion of real sex taking place.
Ken Park – 2002
Spun – 2002
Choses Secretes aka Secret Things – 2002
*Explicit female masturbation scenes and real sex takes place during an orgy scene.
*Very explicit rape scene with actress Monica Bellucci, a CGI penis was used for the end of the scene.
Lazaro's Girlfriend – 2002
The Brown Bunny – 2003
*Blowjob scene between Chloe Sevigny and Vincent Gallo is most likely fake, it's probably a prosthetic penis being used.
In The Cut – 2003
*In the explicit blowjob scene they used a prosthetic penis.
The Principles Of Lust – 2003
*The actors were taken to a real swingers party and the director filmed it, we see a brief scene of real blowjobs and sex taking place.
Sexjunkie – 2003
Julia Ostertag directed and stars in this short film, she gives a real blowjob and gets fingered and has actual real sex.
Anatomie de l'enfer aka Anatomy Of Hell – 2004
*A body double was used for the more explicit scenes, that's not Amira Casar in those closeup scenes, clever editing makes it all look real.
Ett hål i mitt hjärta aka A Hole In My Heart – 2004
*Actress Sanna Brading features in some explicit sex scenes and an insertion scene.
Sindrome – 2004
*Male actor has a full blown erection onscreen.
Antares – 2004
Nacktschnecken aka Slugs – 2004
*Explicit blowjob scene, it is a prosthetic penis used.
*Real sex including much foreplay takes place between Margo Stilley and Kieran O'Brien.
*Explicit scenes, one of which may be real sex.
*Gry Bay has real sex with two different men and an explicit lesbian scene with porn actress Ovidie, she also masturbates but there is a body double used for a brief blowjob scene in this movie from Denmark although Eileen Daly also has a real blowjob and sex scene, producer Nicolas Barbano says on the DVD commentary that the actor Thomas Raft actually came inside Gry Bay during the boat lovemaking scenes and she was extremely annoyed about this.
*Lauren Lee Smith and Eric Balfour have many explicit scenes together, this includes a non-erect brief blowjob scene, clever editing makes it all look real but likely faked.
*Blowjob scenes have been confirmed as fake, prosthetic penis used.
*Explicit bondage scenes
* A french film which has explicit female lesbian and masturbation scenes and much nudity.
"Explicit sex scenes featuring actress Sook-Yin Lee and very explicit real sex in an orgy scene with Shanti Carson.
*Explicit blowjobs and real sex feature in this film.
*The usual prosthetic penises feature in this film from Tinto Brass, very explicit female nudity from actress Anna Jimskaia.
*Actress Kate Dickie and Tony Curran have an explicit sex scene together, Curran appears to have a full blown hard-on, the sex itself is simulated and looks real due to clever editing.
*Explicit sex scenes between actors Tang Wei and Tony Leung, these scenes are not real but are explicit.
*Very explicit television show that only lasted one season, features plenty of full frontal sex scenes.
El Bufalo De La Noche aka The Night Buffalo – 2007
*Features an explicit blowjob scene, might also feature real sex but no penetration is shown, the actors erect penis is seen after they have sex. The USA edition has an R rated version that cuts out all the sex scenes and runs 85 minutes.
*Body doubles were used for real sex scenes, that's not Willem Dafoe or Charlotte Gainsbourg.
*Many real sex scenes and various blowjob scenes in this Australian film.
*Shari Solaris has real sex, gives blowjobs and gets oral sex in this erotic German drama.
*Some real sex and blowjobs in an orgy scene, its debateable as to whether Paz De La Huerta has real sex in this film, i think not, she is naked a lot though.
*Director Rie Rasmussen also wrote and stars in this film, she has an exlicit scene where her co-star performs oral sex on her and he clearly has an erection, the sex scene that follows is likely faked.
*Lana Cooper and Mirian Mayet have very explicit scenes in this film, featuring actual blowjobs, handjobs, real sex and masturbation scenes.
Gandu aka Asshole – 2010
*This Indian film features a real blowjob scene as actress Rii Kolkata gives oral sex to Anubrata Basu, he returns the favour by giving her real oral sex back.
Whores Glory – 2011
*A film documentary that examines prostitution around the world and the experiences of the women involved, featuring real blowjobs and real sex.
Elles – 2011
*Joanna Kulig masturbates and has doggystyle sex and gets a golden shower.
Caged – 2011
*Features an actual blowjob and some sex scenes in this controversial film which is banned in the UK.
*Explicit scenes in this French film with Déborah Révy, Léticia Belliccini and Helene Zimmer including lesbian fingering, blowjob scenes, real erections and sex.
Hotel Desire – 2011
*Saralisa Volm has explicit scenes, features a real handjob and full blown nudity that shows everything, the actual sex scene may be staged, hard to tell but watch and judge for yourself.
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