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The 17 Hottest Movie Scenes of All Time


The 17 Hottest Movie Scenes of All Time

Explore the 17 hottest movie scenes to ever sizzle onscreen, from films like Ghost, Brokeback Mountain, Moonlight, and Blue Valentine.


Some movie nights are comfy and cozy. You dim the lights, get under a blanket, and — let’s be real — fall asleep. But while some evenings end in Zs, others end in Os. 

If you’ve ever found yourself endlessly scrolling for the perfect steamy movie night pick, you’re in for a treat. This round-up of flicks features the hottest movie scenes of all time, from the pottery scene in Ghost to the tense lesbian hookup in Black Swan. Whether you like old or new movies, consider this your go-to guide when you're feeling a little adventurous. 

17 sexy movie scenes  

Everyone’s idea of “sexy” in movies is different. You might prefer realistic scenes that border on awkward, while your partner might like scenarios more akin to porn. Whichever mood you’re in, these scenes will make you blush (and then some):

1. Blue Valentine (2010) 

This raw, realistic, and erotic portrayal of a disintegrating marriage was directed by Derek Cianfrance. It stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple falling apart. One of the sexiest movie moments of all time is this film’s raw, intense, and realistic oral sex scene — which almost earned it an NC-17 rating.

2. Brokeback Mountain (2005)  

Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee, stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as two cowboys who fall in love. This film, also on our Valentine’s Day list, broke barriers with its sensual yet tumultuous depiction of gay sex and love that spans several decades. The characters’ first sexual encounter in a tent is unexpected, genuine, and moving. 

3. Call Me By Your Name (2017)  

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star as Elio and Oliver in this steamy romance movie. It’s set in the sun-drenched backdrop of 1980s Italy, and the film’s hottest scene is Elio’s first time with the older guy Oliver, who takes his virginity. It’s sweet, clumsy, vulnerable, and funny — a notable exploration of authentic desire. 

4. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)  

In this controversial French coming-of-age story, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux star as Adèle and Emma, young women who fall in love. This film portrays a sexual awakening and the intense love affair that follows, and its seven-minute depiction of an encounter between the two is one of the most famous sex scenes out there. 

5. Body Heat (1981)  

In Body Heat, William Hurt and Kathleen Turner play lovers Ned and Matty. One of the best sex scenes in movies is when these characters first start an affair during a heatwave, resulting in some incredible sexual tension and leading to a surprising plot twist. This neo-noir erotic thriller was directed by Lawrence Kasdan. 

6. Moonlight (2016)  

Moonlight is an LGBTQ+ movie that tells the story of Chiron, a young man coming of age and struggling with his identity and sexuality. Directed by Barry Jenkins and starring Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, this film is celebrated for its portrayal of Black, queer characters. It even won Best Picture at the Oscars. The beach scene between teenage Chiron and his friend Kevin is a sensual, pivotal moment of self-discovery you won’t forget. 

7. Black Swan (2010)  

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis star as rival ballet dancers in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller. The scene where their characters' competitive tension culminates in a passionate sexual encounter blurs the lines between reality and hallucination as the protagonist’s psyche unravels. If you like steamy sex shows like Obsession, you’ll love this. 

8. Basic Instinct 2 (2006) 

The nude movie scenes in Basic Instinct 2 are borderline mindblowing. In this sequel to Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone returns as seductive novelist Catherine Tramell, who becomes involved with the law and psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass, played by David Morrissey. This film, set in London, mirrors the psychological chess game of the first installment — but with an orgy scene and a masturbation scene. 

9. Atonement (2007)  

Atonement is a poignant WWII drama directed by Joe Wright. It stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy as star-crossed lovers Cecilia and Robbie. The sexy scene that stands out is the lovers' rendezvous in the library. It’s urgent, passionate, and profound because the pair are about to be separated.

10. Pretty Woman (1990)  

This 1990s fairy tale flipped the script on traditional romances. It stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere as Vivian and Edward, an escort and a businessman who fall in love unexpectedly. Among the film's many sweet moments is when Edward serenades Vivian in his hotel suite — iconic in how it captures the characters’ evolving relationship. 

11. The Notebook (2004) 

In The Notebook, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams bring Noah and Allie’s love story to life. If you’ve seen it, you definitely remember the rain-soaked reunion scene, where the characters release years of pent-up emotion. This emotionally charged scene — with the raw intensity of a kiss in the rain — is undoubtedly one of the most memorable scenes in romantic cinema. 

12. Unfaithful (2002) 

Unfaithful, which stars Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, and Richard Gere, examines the consequences of a suburban wife's affair. In this erotic thriller, Lane's character Connie is swept up in passionate and destructive infidelity, and the scene on the bus that follows her first encounter with her affair partner is a masterclass in acting. Steamy doesn't even begin to cover it, and it’s not even a sex scene.

13. Monster's Ball (2001) 

In this film by Marc Forster, Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton give us a deep emotional and physical connection between their characters, Leticia and Hank. The pair finds comfort and escape in each other’s arms, leading to a scene where Hank famously asks, “Can I touch you?” Monster’s Ball offers an intimate and intense portrayal of female sexual pleasure set against a backdrop of injustice.

14. Secretary (2002) 

This dark and quirky film tackles the unconventional BDSM relationship between a boss (James Spader) and his secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal). It's a fascinating examination of power and submission dynamics as the characters’ interactions err outside standard office protocol. The sexiest scene is when Edward bends Lee over his desk and spanks her as punishment for typos in a letter. 

15. The Handmaiden (2016)

The Handmaiden is a visual feast. This historical thriller revolves around a con man's plot to seduce a Japanese heiress, Lady Hideko, who ends up in an unexpected romance with her handmaiden. The lesbian sex scenes in The Handmaiden are beautifully shot and filled with tension, tenderness, and deception. It stars Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, and Ha Jung-woo, and takes place in 1930s Korea.

16. Y Tu Mamá También (2001) 

Alfonso Cuarón's Mexican road film is a coming-of-age story about sexuality, friendship, and becoming an adult. It stars Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdú as Tenoch, Julio, and Luisa — a trio with electric chemistry. The movie’s threesome scene is a masterclass in desire and discovery.   

17. Ghost (1990) 

Ghost is a sexy romance movie with a touch of the supernatural. The film stars Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze as Molly and Sam, who are deeply in love. Their lives change forever when Sam is murdered and becomes a ghost determined to warn Molly about what’s to come. Watch it for the pottery wheel scene, which is steamy, emotional, and set to the hauntingly beautiful "Unchained Melody.” 

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