- Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) gets a painful Christmas present in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.
When the lusting over shirtless teenage vampires and werewolves' abs finally started declining after The Twilight Saga wrapped up a couple years ago, bored, horny housewives worldwide were quick to gravitate to some form of cheap romance story that could pick up the slack. Enter E.L. James' erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which follows the sadomasochistic relationship between an innocent college coed and a tormented Seattle billionaire. Whatever it was that lured female readers into this realm of risqué literary escapism, the popularity of Grey, which initially started out as Twilight fan fiction, has erupted (tee hee) into something unstoppable. With 100 million copies sold, mommy porn aficionados now get to see their fantasies materialize on the big screen with the much-anticipated film adaptation starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, set to open February 13. Before you hit the theater and let your "inner goddess [do] the merengue with some salsa moves" (WTF?!), take a look at some of the more memorable movie sex scenes of the last decade that could give Mr. Grey a run for his money.
Tent scene in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
It wasn't so much the actual sexual act Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis (the late Heath Ledger) shared while bunking in a tent together in the Wyoming mountains that makes the outdoor scene noteworthy. Instead, it's the aggressive and reluctant way their characters come to terms with their bisexuality and their true selves in director Ang Lee's masterpiece.
Laundry room scene in Little Children (2006)
Sexual tension boils over in filmmaker Todd Field's drama when Sarah (Kate Winslet), a stay-at-home mom, meets Brad (Patrick Wilson), a stay-at-home dad, during outings to the park with their children. Both sexually and emotionally frustrated, the parents wait until their kids are napping before rendezvousing in a laundry room just in time for the spin cycle.
Swallow my cockachino scene in Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Honestly, it's not a great sex scene as much as it is awkward, but it's funny and once the title characters (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) get to business on a bag of coffee beans, it's sort of sweet. By the way, what's with Rogen getting to mount all these actresses over the last few years – Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), Anna Faris (Observe & Report) and Rose Byrne (Neighbors)? Is this becoming a trendy Hollywood fetish?
Artsy bathroom scene in Antichrist (2009)
Controversial filmmaker Lars von Trier shoots Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg's unnamed characters bathing and boning to British baroque composer G.F. Handel's aria "Lascia ch'io pianga." All the while, their unsupervised toddler falls to his death out of a window.
Lesbian hallucination scene in Black Swan (2010)
After a night of drinking and dropping ecstasy, Nina (Natalie Portman) ends up taking Lily (Mila Kunis) back to her bedroom (or does she?) to, er, practice their pirouettes. Nothing says psychosis more clearly than having a sexual encounter with yourself.
Chicken drumstick scene in Killer Joe (2011)
It'll either make you sick to your stomach or laugh at the absurdity of it all, but when a sleazy Joe (Matthew McConaughey) forces a bloodied Sharla (Gina Gershon) to fellate a piece of KFC chicken, you'll never think of Colonel Sanders the same way again.
Gay nightclub scene in Shame (2011)
There's a lot of explicit intercourse in filmmaker Steve McQueen's NC-17 drama, but no scene is quite as hard-hitting as when sex addict Brandon (Michael Fassbender) enters a gay night club and allows another man to go down on him in a dark cubicle. Brandon is straight, but is so desperate to feel something, he gives into anything.
Flogging scene in Nymphomaniac (2013)
Von Trier and Gainsbourg make another appearance here, this time alongside Jamie Bell who plays "K," a sadomasochist that ties Gainsbourg's character to his couch with rope, duct tape and a ratchet-style strap and strikes her 14 times ("the original Roman maximum," he says) with a flogger he bought her for Christmas.
First sex scene in Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Two young women, Adéle (Adéle Exarchopoulos) and Emma (Léa Seydoux), explore every inch of each other's bodies for six long minutes, a scene that took 10 days to shoot. Either director Abdellatif Kechiche wasn't getting what he wanted or their prosthetic vaginas kept falling off.
Box cutter scene in Gone Girl (2014)
Everyone was secretly hoping something terrible would happen to creepy Desi (Neil Patrick Harris), but we're not sure if he deserved getting his throat sliced open by Amy (Rosamund Pike) mid orgasm. Maybe Harris will sing something about it when he hosts the Oscars later this month. Note to Harris: "Hacks" rhymes with "climax."