History of Sex in Cinema:
The Greatest and Most Influential
Sexual Films and Scenes

(Illustrated)

2017



The History of Sex in Cinema

The year 2017 - and the many years before - have demonstrated that the most rampant and explicit nudity have not been on the theatrical big-screen, but has appeared in a myriad number of TV/cable shows. Although the collection of stars and shows below seems to be comprehensive, it barely scratches the surface of the many stars and cable series and shows that have featured lots of sex scenes and bare skin - always pushing the envelope of what is acceptable.

The sheer number of new shows on premium TV cable channels - to escape the FCC's rules on indecency, is astonishing. It has become commonplace and frequent to see bare breasts, butts, and some glimpses of genitals (and even some full-frontal male views) - and these instances are not blurred out. On-screen nudity and sexual scenes have boldly saturated the market.

Rogue
DIRECTV
The Fall
BBC, NETFLIX
Kingdom
DIRECTV
Game of Thrones
HBO

The Young Pope
HBO
Ashley Greene
Gemma McCorry
Lina Esco
Emilia Clarke
Olivia Macklin
 
Girls
HBO
Vinyl
HBO
Bloodline
NETFLIX
House of Lies
SHOWTIME
Z: The Beginning of Everything
AMAZON
Jemima Kirke
Olivia Wilde
Andrea Riseborough
Anastacia McPherson
Christina Ricci
 
Game of Thrones
HBO
G.L.O.W.
NETFLIX
Masters of Horror
SHOWTIME
Berlin Station
EPIX
White Famous
SHOWTIME
Nathalie Emmanuel
Kate Nash
Cinthia Moura
Fernanda Diniz
Elizabeth Ruiz
 
The Dark
NETFLIX
Easy
NETFLIX
Easy
NETFLIX
Gomorrah
SUNDANCE TV
Godless
NETFLIX
Gina Alice Stiebitz
Karley Sciortino
Lindsay Burdge
Boryana Krumova Manoilova
Michelle Dockery
 
The Girlfriend Experience
STARZ
The Girlfriend Experience
STARZ
Good Girls Revolt
AMAZON
Red Oaks
AMAZON
Comrade Detective
AMAZON
Riley Keough
Louisa Krause
Genevieve Angelson
Alexandra Turshen
Bianca Pintea
 
Babylon Berlin
NETFLIX
The Deuce
HBO
The Deuce
HBO
The Deuce
HBO
The Deuce
HBO
Liv Lisa Fries
Margarita Levieva
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Emily Meade
Jamie Neumann
 
Outlander
STARZ
Outlander
STARZ
Tin Star
AMAZON
Get Shorty
EPIX
Suburra
NETFLIX
Hannah James
Caitriona Balfe
Kaycee Clark
Sarah Stiles
Carlotta Antonelli

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Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description
Screenshots

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Director David Leitch's formulaic, twisting and complex espionage-thriller and mystery story was - in part - based upon Oni Press's 2012 graphic novel series The Coldest City. The stylishly-filmed effort (with neon tones) that was peppered with 80s tunes was the director's solo directorial debut. The slightly-cartoonish movie was noted for multiple over-the-top scenes of martial arts hand-to-hand fighting and intense action sequences (especially in one apartment stairwell fight), car chases, and the requisite number of double-agents and double-crosses. Many weapons or lethal tools came into play at various times: a red stiletto, firehose, a cooking pot, a hot-plate, a corkscrew, a lampshade, and a rope.

The badass female-centered film, told mostly in flashback, was set during the last year of the 80s decade, during the waning years of the Cold War and at the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. It starred Charlize Theron (the film's producer!) as the bruised action heroine Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent who had just completed a 10-day mission in Berlin, and was being debriefed in London by her agency head Eric Gray (Toby Jones), along with MI6 representative Chief 'C' (James Faulkner) and CIA chief Emmett Kurzfeld (John Goodman). Before the debriefing, vodka-swigging Broughton emerged from her blue-tinged icy bathtub, exhibiting her many combat wounds before a mirror (black eye, sore muscles, facial bruises).

With Lorraine, British agent David Percival (James McAvoy) (working and residing in Berlin as a station chief for the British) was assigned by MI6 to acquire a list of undercover double agents operating in the Soviet Union and in the West. The list (found on microfilm in a wristwatch), considered an "atomic bomb of information," had been stolen from another assassinated MI6 operative named James Gasciogne (Sam Hargrave). The thief and murderer was corrupt KGB agent Yuri Bakhtin (Jóhannes Jóhannesson). The list was very crucial, because the identity of one of the double-agent KGB-Stasi villains named Spyglass (Eddie Marsan) was on the list. [Note: Spyglass had also memorized the entire contents of the secret agents list.] One of Lorraine's other goals was to uncover and kill a duplicitous double-agent known as Satchel.

Upon her arrival in Berlin, Lorraine was immediately ambushed by Russian agents associated with arms dealer and KGB associate Aleksander Bremovych (Roland Møller). During the mission with her partner Percival to retrieve the list and its contents, she eventually realized that he was a rogue libertine allied with Bremovych, and that he had strangled her French co-hort Delphine to death. Vengefully, she shot him in the torso as he admitted:

"So, what have I learned after all this time? After all the sleepless nights, lying to friends, lovers, myself? Playing this crooked game in this crooked town filled with backstabbers and four-faced liars? I'll tell you what I've learned. One thing and one thing only. I f--king love Berlin!"

As he gasped for some final breaths, he told her: "I've read that list, Lorraine. And you feature heavily. Turns out you've been a very naughty girl...It's en route to MI6, where it belongs....Truth and lies. People like us don't know the difference..." She corrected him: "No, we know the difference, David. We choose to ignore it. Isn't that right, Comrade Satchel....It's a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver." He congratulated her: "Well played" - before she ended his life with a shot to the head. To her superiors, Lorraine identified Percival as Satchel.

In the film's ending twist, however, Lorraine was revealed to be a CIA 'triple-agent' working with Kurzfeld at the CIA - she was Satchel - and the film concluded with her point-blank bloody killing of Bremovych and his agents in a Paris hotel suite.

During her time in Berlin, Lorraine engaged in a very graphic relationship with artistic lesbian French spy-agent Delphine Lasalle (Sofia Boutella). After meeting in a raucous nightclub bar where music played (and a sign read: "EVERYTHING YOU WANT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR"), Delphine seductively suggested: "I've been dying to ask you a question" before kissing her, and then urged: "Let's go someplace quiet." In a hallway, they began to have sex by hungrily kissing some more, but then, Lorraine felt Delphine's gun, grabbed it and questioned her at gunpoint:

Lorraine: "Why the gun, Delphine?"
Delphine: "You're not as well-disguised as you may think. I know who you are. You're Lorraine Broughton, MI6, and you're here because of the death of Gascoigne."
Lorraine: "What do you know about Gascoigne?"
Delphine: "Nothing, but if someone is killing Allied officers, shouldn't we all care? Whatever is in that list has people willing to kill for it. This is my first assignment with the French intelligence. I've only been here a year. I'm scared, okay? I got into this because it was exciting. But it's never been like this in Berlin."
Lorraine: "You should have become a poet. Or a rock star."

After they realized they were fellow agents, although Delphine was a rank rookie, they kissed some more, stripped each other down, and engaged in a same-sex lesbian tryst.






Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) Emerging from Icy Bathtub






Lesbian Tryst Between Lorraine and Delphine

Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

This erotic, glittery drama sequel directed by James Foley, following after Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) (directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson), again starred Dakota Johnson as assistant literary editor Anastasia 'Ana' Steele and Jamie Dornan as charismatic Seattle billionaire sadist Christian Grey. Both films were derived from British author E. L. James' 2011 novel. A sequel would follow: Fifty Shades Freed (2018).

Its taglines were: "Every Fairy Tale Has a Dark Side" and "Slip into Something a Shade Darker." It had abundant nudity, mostly the breasts and buttocks of its main female star (with no male genital nudity). In terms of time frames, the couple spent about 8 minutes of the film having sex, and almost 3 minutes making out.

Box-office receipts for the voyeuristic R-rated film were quite successful, but it was panned for its acting and storyline. On a budget of $55 million, the film made $114.4 million (domestic) and $381 million (worldwide). To bring in mostly female crowds, it was released - as before - on Valentine's Day weekend.

Ana was submissive, naive, and innocent in the first film, but in this installment, she took more caution and control over her relationship with Grey. They were reacquainted when he strangely (and obsessively) bought six giant pictures of her at a photography show. Over dinner, she insisted on renegotiating their terms if they were to rekindle their passions: "No rules, no punishments and no more secrets" - what she called "a vanilla relationship."

Becoming more of a personal issue this time around, Christian's troubled childhood accounted for many of his current difficulties, his recurring nightmares, his problems with past partners, and his painful inner demons - told as cheap psychology:

  • his birth mother was a crack-addicted prostitute, who committed suicide when Christian was four years old; he was later adopted by stepmother Grace Trevelyan Grey (Marcia Gay Harden)
  • he was expelled from four different schools for brawling
  • he had become sadistic to get back at his birth mother

Other female characters in this film included Christian's former disturbed girlfriend Leila Williams (Bella Heathcote), a submissive who was stalking and threatening the couple. And there was Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger), Christian's former dominant lover-partner (a "Mrs. Robinson" type), the owner of a beauty salon and Christian's current business partner. There were also problems with Ana's pushy, insanely jealous and lecherous employer, editor Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), who would presumably figure prominently in the third installment.

Rear Entries

The requisite glossy sex sequences between the couple occurred in Christian's swanky Seattle bedroom, shower, and on his pool table. After she lost the game of pool, they seductively wagered for the reward:

Christian: I hope you're not a sore loser.
Ana: That depends on how hard you spank me.
Christian: I want to be very rough with you.
Ana: So be rough with me.

Before the shower scene, Ana (with a tube of red lipstick) had drawn a guide map on Christian's hunky abdomen to indicate his boundaries (where he couldn't be touched). Sex play also occurred at a swanky masquerade charity ball ("I don't know whether to worship at your feet or spank you"), in a restaurant (he ordered: "Take off your panties - Do it now"), in the back of a crowded elevator ("Don't come"), and in other public places.

By the end of the film, after Ana had accepted Christian's marriage proposal with a ring ("Be mine. Share my life with me...Marry me"), she was treated to a fireworks display.







Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)

Pop singer superstar Lady Gaga (Herself) appeared in director Chris Moukarbel's Netflix documentary - the 30 year old's real name was Stefani Germanotta. The candid, behind the scenes biographical film was shot mostly in 2016 - previous to the release of the singer/dancer/songwriter's fifth album in 2016, Joanne (dedicated to Gaga's aunt who died of lupus at the age of 19), and her spectacular half-time appearance at 2017's Super Bowl in Houston, Texas.

The film followed her around in various settings - her Malibu home, recording studios, the set of American Horror Story (2011), video shoots for her new album, her grandmother's house, a doctor's office, and a baptism. It also chronicled her struggle against chronic pain following a hip injury in 2013.

There was partial nudity when she removed the top of her green bikini while sunbathing outdoors in her backyard and having a business conversation.


Lady Gaga

Snatched (2017)

Director Jonathan Levine's raunchy buddy comedy (with a mostly unfunny script by TV writer Katie Dippold) - with a slightly-dirty title - told about the filial bond between two dumb blondes - a daughter and her mother:

  • Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) - a self-involved, bawdy-mouthed, irresponsible young millennial female (addicted to Instagram), recently fired from her NYC job (at a retail clothing store) and dumped by her band-member boyfriend (Randall Park); completely directionless
  • Linda Middleton (Goldie Hawn) - uptight and judgmental, introverted divorced suburban mother, with a love of cats

The film opened with an explanatory title:

In the spring of 2017 two American women were abducted fifty kilometers outside of Puerto Cayo, Ecuador. What followed was a tale of violence, mayhem, and the reckless disregard for human life. The kidnappers did bad stuff too.

On a pre-booked, non-refundable tropical vacation in Ecuador, now traveling with her mother, the two were kidnapped during a sightseeing trip by local crime boss/gangster Morgado (Oscar Jaenada), to be ransomed. They were helped, in some madcap slapstick sequences set in the jungles of South America, in being rescued by two oddball tourists they had met at the posh resort: "platonic" friends" Barb (Wanda Sykes) and Ruth (Joan Cusack) (who had past Special Ops experience), and by additional aid from Emily's agoraphobic brother Jeffrey (Ike Barinholtz).

One of the scenes in Snatched was voted the # 10 Top Nude Scene of 2017 by a popular celebrity nudity site - it was a poor choice, because the scene in question was unsexy, unflattering, and unfunny. During their time at the resort, Emily was romanced by handsome James (Tom Bateman), who hinted that she was accidentally revealing herself (a nip-slip) from her low-cut dress:

James: Your tit's out.
Emily: Your tit's out, too.
James: No, your tit is actually emerged.
Emily: I thought I felt a breeze. Will you excuse me?
James: Oh, no. Yeah, absolutely. (She tucked her breast back into her dress)

In the epilogue of the film set in Kuala Lumpur where the mother-daughter duo was happily vacationing a year later, Emily told a handsome male at the bar that she was with her mother (Emily: "She's f--kin' awesome"). He watched as her mother was twerking on the dance floor and noted: "Her tit's out" - signifying the bond between the two. The film's ending credits were intercut with views of the two females dancing together, to the tune of Billy Idol's Dancing with Myself, performed by Generation X.

The Boob-Nip Slip Scene

"Your tit's out...Your tit is actually emerged"


"Will you excuse me?"

Adjusting Herself

Sex in Cinematic History
History Overview | Reference Intro | Pre-1920s | 1920-26 | 1927-29 | 1930-1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934-37 | 1938-39
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