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20 of the Best Sex Scenes from the Past Decade

January is arguably the most cold and boring month of all, which also makes it a perfect time to stay in, curl up and make every night a movie night. To save you from endlessly scrolling through Netflix, we picked out 20 films that will turn the heat up and get you in the mood.

Atlantics (2019)

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At first, this may seem like your typical Romeo and Juliet story, but it soon reveals itself to be much much more than that. The film follows the lives of Ada, and her partner, Souleiman, as they face challenges from class to grief.

Atonement (2017)

That library scene!

Back in 2019, Keira Knightley told Vulture it was the best sex scene she’s ever done...

What made it so great, she explained, was the fact that director Joe Wright “choreographed the scene within an inch of its life. It was absolutely, ‘Foot goes up there, hand goes up there.’ So both me and James [McAvoy] felt utterly comfortable and not exposed, and like we could deal with it. It’s never gonna be fun, but we could deal with it.

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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger star in one of the most famous depictions of sex between men in film. This one’s raw, real, and will probably make you cry (no matter how many times you’ve already seen it).

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Black Swan (2010)

Darren Aronofsky’s dark drama follows the life of a ballerina who starts to unravel. In 2015, the sex scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis was voted a favorite by UK fans. It also features a hot first time masturbation scene.

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Don Jon (2013)

Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this romantic comedy revolves around Jon Martello, JGL’s character who is addicted to porn. He also has a ton of sex on his quest for true love, and winds up with Scarlett Johansson.

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The Dreamers (2014)

Bernardo Bertolucci’s film set in 1960s Paris centers around Matthew (played by Michael Pitt) and his new twin friends, Theo and Isabelle (played by Louis Garrell and a smoldering Eva Green, respectively).

Plot twist: these aren’t your average twins...they also have sex with each other. Matthew, intrigued by their intimate connection, ends up being drawn in. Ménage à trois?

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

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No way this film was getting away without a mention. Sure, the plot isn’t exactly stellar, but the sex scenes will give you some inspiration on ways to spice up your sex life. The best thing about it? You can turn it into a movie marathon and watch the sequels.

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Friends With Benefits (2011)

Feeling let down by a number of failed romances, Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) decide that they are ready to quit looking for love, and instead play friends with benefits. Lots of casual sex which (spoiler) inevitably leads to the fairytale ending.

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Her (2013)

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This is a soulful performance from Joaquin Phoenix, playing Theodore, an Angelino who ends up falling for his operating system, Samantha (played by Scarlett Johansson).

Sex between man and operating system? Yep. In fact, it’s quite amazing (depending on what you’re into).

Catherine Keener described it as “All play. It doesn’t matter if the scene’s funny or if it’s tragic or it’s heartbreaking or erotic. Approach it with that same sort of play.”

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Gone Girl (2014)

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Gillian Flyn, this film is all about the dysfunctional relationship between a young couple. And when we say dysfunctional, we mean really dysfunctional.

Ben Affleck’s character, Nick, is having a hot affair with Andie (played by Emily Ratajowski) and Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) finishes sex with her creepy white knight (Neil Patrick Harris!) by murdering him. According to Rosamund Pike on Late Night with Seth Myers, she and NPH had to practice this gory sex scene for two hours on an empty sound stage. Awkward!

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The Handmaiden (2016)

This romantic arthouse thriller by South Korean director Park Chan-Wook is all about a plot to seduce a Japanese woman out of her inheritance. It’s full of some very explicit sex scenes, and more sex positions that you can imagine (plus some foreign objects).

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The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Writer and director Lisa Cholodenko's acclaimed and compelling comedy romance about two children conceived by artificial insemination and their journey bringing their biological father into the mix. You can imagine what happens next.

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Lust Stories (2018)

Lust Stories features four short stories put together by some of India’s leading directors Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Dibakar Banerjee. The film sheds light on modern relationships from the female perspective. The bonus: lots of sex to feast your eyes on (solo and partnered).

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Love & Other Drugs (2010)

A similar plot line to Friends With Benefits, Anne Hathaway (Maggie) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Jamie) star in a film about having sex without catching feelings. It perfectly captures the honeymoon phase of a new relationship (i.e. lots of sex). Notably when Hathaway appears in the doorway of Jamie’s house naked under her coat to find the housemate sleeping on the sofa. The things you do for sex!

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Moonlight (2016)

Barry Jenkins's Oscar-winning Moonlight is a coming-of-age drama about a young Black man growing up in Miami. This film certainly isn't about sex, but it depicts love and sex in a delicate and profound way.

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Maps to the Stars (2014)

David Cronenberg’s film is infamous for its threesome between Jennifer Gibson & Julianne Moore & Sarah Gadon. Not one to sit down and watch with the family!

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The Mountain Between Us (2017)

Being stranded in the Utah mountains after a plane crash is the opposite of sexy- but if you can wait it out, there’s a steamy sex scene between Idris Elba and Kate Winslet.

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On The Road (2012)

This adaptation from Jack Kerouac has its fair share of thrilling scenes. There’s the one where Marylou masturbates while Sal and Dean give each other a hand-job, and then there’s a three way sex scene in the car. Juicy!

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Tangerine (2015)

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After completing her 28 day prison sentence, Sin-Dee Rella (a transgender sex-worker) finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her. The film documents the drama unfolding, and it should be mentioned, all filmed on iphones 5S’s. Buzzfeed described the sex scene as “‘the most provocative sex scene of the summer” in 2015.

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Hedonistic financial cheater, Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), lives the life of excess, including sexual debauchery, drugs and orgies (even on planes). It’s rumoured Margot Robbie landed the role of Naomi Lapaglia after she slapped Leonardo DiCaprio over the face in the audition. Ouch.

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