Sex scenes have a rich, varied tradition in the cinema. In the s, they were commodified in startling ways. These days, they tend to be relatively rare. Some of the scenes on this list are seminal moments in film history for better and for worse. Some are flash points that wound up changing our culture in interesting ways.
Do you remember the first time you were sexually excited by an image on a screen? We do! It might've been a music video to a teen-pop bop, or a particularly mushy episode of Buffy. Most likely, it was a movie of the PG persuasion, which you snuck a viewing of far from the eyes of your parents when you were nowhere near the age of Looking back, those scenes were cute.