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10 Most Controversial Sex Scenes

by Spout
April 10, 2009 5:42 AM
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by Christopher Campbell

Due to the criticism and controversy of an alleged date-rape scene in Observe and Report, we bring you yet another list of sex scenes, this one focused on cinematic moments that stirred protest, censorship, bans and boycotts. Whether groundbreaking for their time or still questionable today, these scenes could probably have been included in our past highlights of films sold on a sex scene and films remembered primarily for a sex scene. But these are not leftovers. Many of them have merits and memorability outside of their “upsetting” depictions of a sexual act, though many of their objectors wouldn’t know since they never actually saw the films themselves.

One disclaimer must be made, because we’re sure commenters will jump in otherwise asking why A Clockwork Orange and other films with controversial rape scenes have not been included. Besides the fact that many readers will argue that such scenes are not rightly labeled “sex scenes,” there’s also the matter that too many films feature gratuitous rape scenes, and most of the time these are met with criticism. Of course, there are also a number of controversial consensual sex scenes that we’ve had to leave out, so feel free to name any excluded titles after reading the list.

Hedy Lamarr’s Orgasm in Ecstasy (Gustav Machaty, 1933)

This notorious Czechoslovakian production wasn’t the first non-pornographic film to depict sexual intercourse, but it is considered the first theatrically released movie to feature an actress (Hedy Lamarr, in her star-making role) simulating an orgasm onscreen. Censorship, bans and denouncements of the film from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Adolph Hitler and Pope Pius XII were partly due to Lamarr’s infamous non-sexual nude scene, but the close-ups on the actress’ face as she expresses sexual pleasure were certainly as objectionable, if not more so, for the time.

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  • Angie | April 10, 2014 2:13 PMReply

    I do not feel that they are really controversial right now. Nude movie scenes are something that pop up all the time now. Maybe 30 years ago it was controversial but now I would not say it was.

  • tim | June 14, 2013 6:38 PMReply

    fuck offcwit your stupid list

  • amit | November 29, 2012 4:40 AMReply


  • AUSSIE! | November 10, 2012 9:12 AMReply

    I would have thought Bad Boy Bubby would have garnered a mention here.

  • quitiara | July 8, 2012 4:33 AMReply

    So is there a sex scene in Lolita that has nudity. Cause I watched the movie on the internet and never saw nudity. So if I buy the the DVD for it will there be nudity? Cause I prefer there not to be.

  • Alex | July 5, 2012 6:42 PMReply

  • Movies Online | July 5, 2012 6:41 PMReply

    Erotic movies

  • aismail | June 24, 2012 9:09 AMReply


  • emir | June 8, 2012 4:28 AMReply


  • Dave | April 10, 2012 1:10 PMReply

    Why are any of these controversial? What times are we living in here? People need to chill out about sex. Our society needs to evolve, fast.

  • JBO | April 28, 2012 12:43 PM

    I really can't tell if Leignheart is being satirical or if he's really that astoundingly ignorant.

    Turn on the TV and what do you see? Death, murder, blood, violence. The norm for American entertainment. One flash of a nipple, however, and you puritanical freaks are up in arms. Grow up and learn what communism is before you start tossing it out like an insult. Try reading a book for once in your life.

  • leignheart | April 14, 2012 12:56 PM

    thats the fool in you speaking, or maybe your all fool, i dont know you, but just because you want to see children have sex with adults doesnt mean other people do as well. you have a Hitler mind set, where everyone should agree with you and think the same exact way you do. i dont live in china, i live in the United States of America, and last i checked it was free. if you want sex in your face then so what, if your an adult i dont care, but dont tell me or anyone else that we should be okay with something just because you are. your a borderline communist judging from what you wrote.

  • Mark Davis | April 2, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    What about Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom by Pasolini? Though you could easily and rightly argue that these are not sex acts but torture.

  • sedikizaki | March 29, 2012 3:05 PMReply


  • salmi | March 16, 2012 1:43 PMReply

    i think that was so good. But some kinds of erotic scene should be added.

  • Tresix | March 4, 2012 8:19 PMReply

    How about Russ Meyer's VIXEN (1968)? One of the first movies to receive and X rating, VIXEN features an incest scene where Vixen (Erica Gavin) gets it on with her brother Judd (Jon Evans). A scene so shocking, it even grosses out Judd's friend, Niles (Harrison Page).

  • David | July 8, 2012 5:06 AM

    Yes, VIXEN may have featured incest in it, but it does not affect the "X" rating. Movies that were rated "X" were only rated that because the makers of the film would use a custom rating, not a trademarked MPAA rating.

  • lostintransaction | November 26, 2011 10:58 AMReply

    Kate Winslet's character in "The Reader" was NOT a Nazi at the time that she engaged in her romance with the young boy; she entered into the Nazi party only AFTER she lost contact with her young lover. This fact might seem like a small detail, but it played a large part in the dynamics between the two characters in the film.

  • Christopher Campbell | November 26, 2011 7:49 PM

    Actually she and the boy were lovers after the war, in the late 1950s. Later, she's convicted for her role as an SS guard.

  • Toto | November 24, 2011 7:07 AMReply

    Just a fun fact; when Lynch started blue velvet he was going to have Dennis Hopper inhale helium. It was Hopper's idea to have nitrous oxide.
    Lynch didn't know what it was. It's a little endearing.

    But I'd like to add the first of the evil dead trilogy in which one of the women is raped by possessed trees. It's very intricate, tearing her clothes off, tying her up, and seeing a branch jam itself inside her.
    She then becomes possessed herself. All very good and cheesy.

  • Dot-The-i | November 15, 2011 3:20 PMReply

    Fish tank, then Ken Park, the one that I've been looking for it streamed on Lifetime mid-upper 90's it was a scene whereabouts the Lolita kind of where a man was at firework show picnic with daughter and mother, and had his arm and the mother's affection on one side, and his other hand was in between the legs of the daughter or adolescent, unknowing to the older woman it was like dude that was imagery for a 13-15 year old boy, if u no what movie it is reply back tyvm

  • matti | November 12, 2011 10:29 AMReply

    very good directed excellent movies

  • sensible2 | October 18, 2011 8:48 AMReply

    butt butt ass butt ass ass ass butt butt ass

  • Ola | October 12, 2011 12:58 PMReply

    I want to be a porn star i can fuck for 3 hrs

  • haha | March 4, 2012 10:59 PM

    thats easy to do when your impotent ...........and gay!

  • pomi | October 11, 2011 8:04 AMReply

    hi anna like sex so want fuc u plz give me a chance i am powerful sexy young man

  • Charles | September 21, 2011 10:42 AMReply

    I'd say if i had to choose a most controversial sex scene it would either be the stabbing genitals with a crucifix scene in the exorcist or.... most of A Serbian film.

    There are some proper fucked up scenes in that.... a man having sex with a baby that's just come out of the womb (new born porn scene) and the scene where the main character is having sex with a woman whose tied to a bed, whilst he's hacking her head off spring to mind.... Oh and the scene where he's fucking his 8 year old son in the ass.

    It is a film I won't be watching again any time soon. i thought it was just a stupid attempt to shock and offend anyone who dares to watch it.

  • atomicdog | January 27, 2012 8:24 PM

    ..........or the scene where the main character skull-fucks his attacker.

  • lcpbeto | August 19, 2011 7:08 AMReply

    Anybody know the name of one movie where a woman strip in front of children? Its not porn... but was a very good scene, the kids for a moment stob beeing kids and watch very closely the full naked woman...

  • Noah | April 28, 2012 6:22 PM


  • david K | July 24, 2011 6:49 AMReply

    one that comes to mind for me is the "ass to ass" scene from Requiem for a Dream, it was the reason the movie was rated nc 17 and anyone who has seen the movie that scene will never leave their brain

  • nabeel | July 17, 2011 8:04 AMReply


  • Becareful | July 13, 2011 10:37 AMReply

    hahahaaa! you people are so lame. there is only one movie that can be called the most vile, despicable, frightening, horrifying, shocking and on and on with the descriptions. And that movie is called Irreversible. WARNING: DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO, which is available to view for free online by anyone if you go to a free movie site, if you are at all sensitive to brutal RAPE and MURDER and VIOLENT ASSAULT against female scenes. There is a rape scene that lasts for what, around 10 minutes where Monica Belucci is anally raped by a gay pimp. It appears that they actually have anal sex in this scene. Horrifyingly awful and scary and will never ever leave your mind. There is also a murder scene where a gay attempted rapist is beaten with a fire extinguisher to death and the entire beating to the face and head is shown in close up graphic detail with bran matter and facial bones and tissue and teeth and oral everything is shown in agonizing detail as the man dies slowly. This will haunt you forever. Again, please, this is a dire warning, do not view this film if you are at all prone to depression, anxiety, worry, obsessive thoughts.

  • danny | June 17, 2011 7:16 AMReply

    Fuck you you fucking retard virgin indian... give ur opinions on the entry or shut the fuck up... really stupid...

    yeah... sex scene in kids should be in the list... its quite disturbing watching how kids dont realised how dangerous HIV/AIDS is...

    so fuck you fucking curry!

  • neeneer neener neener | March 4, 2012 11:14 PM guessing you have aids and you have probably been to prison for some kind of sexual assault. ooooooorrrrrr someone assaulted you. just a guess

  • Larsen E. Whipsnade | April 27, 2011 1:59 AMReply

    Re Pink Flamingos: The chicken scene isn't even the most offensive scene!

    I'd nominate the women being held captive in the basement, forced to give birth to babies that are then sold. That's some harsh stuff, isn't it?

    Or how about when Babs ********** her son Cotton?

    The contortionist who performs to "Surfin' Bird" is pretty classic too, as is the dog**** scene.


  • sm in dallas | April 16, 2011 1:08 AMReply

    kids and sex is always going to be controversial. the religious crap means nothing to me because I'm not religious and neither is 75% of the Western world.

  • Chris | March 17, 2011 8:42 AMReply

    What about A Clockwork Orange?

  • BigBill's HalfwayInn | February 23, 2011 7:26 AMReply

    Several movies by Joe D'Amato depict cannabalistic sex; one of his torture scenes was so real that people thought it was. Some of Jess Franco's work is quite daring. The Government created all kinds of controversy when trying to ban Deep Throat. The Emmanuelle and Black Emmanuelle series usually include some kind of orgy. The Postman Always Rings Twice with Jessica Lange, Straw Dogs with Susan Day George, Death Wish with a young Jeff Goldblum, Jane March in 2 memorable movies and I Spit On Your Grave, the 1978 original and the new release to add another ten.

  • rakesh | February 21, 2011 7:16 AMReply

    good luck

  • stu thorn | January 30, 2011 2:14 AMReply

    Chris you are right. I can't stand grapefruit. The name is decieving, tastes nothing like grapes! I simply dont purchase them. I don't fuss about those who do. Shoot me a text

  • chris | January 30, 2011 2:05 AMReply

    If you don't like what you see then press the ^ button. I agree with the other chris

  • chris | January 30, 2011 1:55 AMReply

    I love good sex scene movies. The more controversial the better. If I was religious then I would dare to say that censorship is against god but since I'm not then I will just have to say that it is unamerican. There are certain types of music that I don't like and certain tv shows that I can't stand so I simply don't tune in, this is something that all the bitchers should try instead of doing what they do best.

  • anna | January 19, 2011 9:08 AMReply

    and if u do send me pictures in:

  • anna | January 19, 2011 9:07 AMReply

    i mean say 159 if u want to have sex with me

  • baba | March 13, 2012 2:17 AM


  • anna | January 19, 2011 9:07 AMReply

    say if u want to have sex with me

  • Lolo | August 9, 2012 5:42 AM

    I am ready to do sex with you. I am excited to fuck you

  • anna | January 19, 2011 9:06 AMReply

    im horny too

  • hotdog | March 4, 2012 11:24 PM

    id love to fuck the shit out of you. if you dont mind me being so bold and upfront

  • anna | January 19, 2011 9:06 AMReply

    who want to fuck me

  • saif | June 4, 2012 6:08 AM

    aana i fuck come her my home

  • same | May 7, 2012 7:57 AM

    i want to fuck u babay

  • suraj | January 23, 2012 12:50 PM

    yes i want to

  • i do | November 10, 2011 1:49 PM

    Your Commenti do

  • anna | January 19, 2011 9:05 AMReply

    i like to fuck

  • nick | June 13, 2012 10:47 PM

    i,ll fuck you right now

  • HARAMI | December 27, 2010 2:33 AMReply


  • olo | December 12, 2010 11:37 AMReply


  • ********* | December 7, 2010 9:22 AMReply

    fuck you all

  • jimmy12345 | December 4, 2010 9:23 AMReply

    When i saw ur nude scene i feel 2 bad u no. My friends n neibur like u how can we connect i dont understand this.kate please u dont give any type of nude or sex scean baby.i feel 2 bad we all respect u please please please please please…What about the movie American Psycho when Christian Bale has sex with two prostitutes, In the morning the prostitues are beaten bloody


  • newton | October 29, 2010 6:47 AMReply

    Helllo dear kate i just watch your movies because of your nude scenes and your hot body please please please just give maximum sex scenes i am fond of your movies.

    Mithon you need viagra buddy dnt be shy i will send you then you will like kate winslet nude scene movie.Kate this liar mithon have seen your movie many times he is lying i know nature of indians just use this tactics to impress girls.

    Kate plz just give max hot and sex scenes i just watch your movies only because of your hot body.

  • bhabani | December 25, 2012 6:27 AM

    hey hewton,i think u r doin 2 much reserch work in india on how 2 impress girls jst come 2 uk & research abt us.....dont be panic abt the center of gravity dude...the apple didn't fall on ur head..Mothrfuker....:p

  • john | October 22, 2010 9:31 AMReply

    In the movie "Blue Velvet" Dennis Hopper was not inhaling oxygen. It was nitrous oxide. He was a huffer.
    Notice that each time he used the gas mask he got wilder and wilder.

  • BREANNE | October 9, 2010 3:08 AMReply


  • jl | September 15, 2010 10:50 AMReply

    what about spanking the monkey?

  • Wahlbergcusack | September 15, 2010 10:43 AMReply

    What about the movie American Psycho when Christian Bale has sex with two prostitutes, In the morning the prostitues are beaten bloody

  • Mithun | August 18, 2010 3:01 AMReply

    Hi kate ii m mhthun 4m india m ur big fan u know or not i dont no but i 've not saw the film the reader if u give sex scene its 2 bad not good u dont like 2 able this type of scene bcause u like an angel . When i saw ur nude scene i feel 2 bad u no. My friends n neibur like u how can we connect i dont understand this.kate please u dont give any type of nude or sex scean baby.i feel 2 bad we all respect u please please please please please....

  • Mithun | August 18, 2010 3:01 AMReply

    Hi kate ii m mhthun 4m india m ur big fan u know or not i dont no but i 've not saw the film the reader if u give sex scene its 2 bad not good u dont like 2 able this type of scene bcause u like an angel . When i saw ur nude scene i feel 2 bad u no. My friends n neibur like u how can we connect i dont understand this.kate please u dont give any type of nude or sex scean baby.i feel 2 bad we all respect u please please please please please....

  • krishnakumar | August 9, 2010 2:55 AMReply

    i am 40 yrs old

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