11 Super Realistic Movie Sex Scenes You Can Stream Right Now

By | December 5, 2018

Before there was easy access to Netflix porn, most people learned how ~SeX sTuFf~ works by watching people do it on the big screen. The ingredients for Good Movie Sex are: dramatic kissing, flashes of skin in the dark, a sexy musical overture, the art of implication, and walking around draped in a sheet afterward (which I am convinced nobody has ever done).

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Truly realistic sexual imagery is, unfortunately, hard to come by in mainstream film, which almost always lacks the nuance, communication, and awkward clean-up that inevitably happens in real life sex. But there are a few sexy diamonds in the rough. To help you find them, here are 11 movies (that you can stream right now) with better depictions of sex than you probably saw in your sex ed class.


Blue is the Warmest Color

Streaming on Netflix

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Though it comes hand-in-hand with heartbreaking drama, Blue is the Warmest Color also includes some of the sexiest, most honest depictions of lesbian sex. Some critics were wary of the film’s borderline pornographic, unusually long sex scenes—it definitely looks like Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos are having sex for real. But Seydoux told the Daily Beast in 2013 that while most of the snotty, tearful, and even violent scenes in the film were real, the sex scenes (shot over a grueling 10 days) featured “fake pussies that were molds of our real pussies.”


Juno

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Don’t act like you don’t know which one: Michael Cera’s frail bod perched on a La-Z-Boy, the explicit orange Tic-Tac product placement, “it started with a chair.” The sex in Juno is, for so many, one of the most formative sex scenes, if not also a cautionary tale. Ellen Page and Michael Cera’s chair scene definitely isn’t the hottest sex scene in cinematic history—but it definitely keeps it real when it comes to the dangers of skipping a condom.


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Don Jon

Streaming on Amazon Prime

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No one asked to see an angry, porn-addicted Joseph Gordon-Levitt after swooning over him in 500 Days of Summer, but we got one anyway. Don Jon features ~a lot~ of sex—mostly little blips of, well, graphic pornography. But it’s the sex scenes between Gordon-Levitt and Julianne Moore, who plays an older woman who teaches Jon about real intimacy, that make the film truly something.


Don’t Look Now

Streaming on Amazon Prime

You’d think that sex scenes in older films (this was was released in 1973!) would be either too heavily censored or too blatantly pornographic, but the iconic sex scene in Don’t Look Now (between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) changed the movie sex game forever. It was one of the first mainstream films that depicted a man going down on a woman—a major pioneering move at the time. And it’s just as realistic today as it was back then.


Love

Streaming on Netflix

Spoiler: This movie has, like, a ton of very realistic sex scenes, but they are also very sad. The film follows the main character (Karl Glusman) as he recounts the dissolution of his relationship through fragmented flashbacks. The sex in Gaspar Noe’s 2015 3D release doesn’t just look shockingly real—it is all totally real. Although the reportedly unchoreographed scenes intentionally shocked the film world, you can easily access Love today on Netflix.


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Duck Butter

Streaming on Netflix

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The Orchard

In a spontaneous effort to experiment with the boundaries of intimacy and romance, Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa) agree to be together for 24 hours, having sex on the hour. As you might guess, fast-tracking true intimacy is a messy business, and all does not go according to plan. But you can expect recurring, emotionally charged, realistic lesbian sex scenes.


Rust and Bone

Streaming on Hulu

Marion Cotillard is the queen of emotional, raw performances, and Rust and Bone is one of her greatest hits. The film is in French, but you won’t need subtitles for the steamier 😉 scenes. Cotillard’s sex scenes paint a really beautiful picture of sex as a person adjusting to a differently abled body, something we rarely catch an explicit glimpse of in any film, much less multiple times over.


Tiny Furniture

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Tiny Furniture is the film that was Lena Dunham’s precursor to the HBO series Girls. So it should come as no surprise that it features graphic, realistically awkward, unprotected sex with a practical stranger in a concrete pipe at a construction site. Haven’t we all!?


Bridesmaids

Streaming on Amazon Prime

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Look, I’m just gonna say it: nobody likes being jackhammered. “I think maybe we’re on different rhythms here,” Kristen Wiig (very kindly) tells a frantic Jon Hamm in a scene that brilliantly highlights the importance of effective communication during sex. It’s rare that a sex scene in a comedy plays so well on something that is absolutely *the worst* that also happens far too often in real life. Bravo, brava.


Nymphomaniac

Streaming on Netflix

Want to see Shia LaBeouf have sex, but like, not really have sex? Congratulations, here is a very explicit four-hour art porn film for you. Lars Von Trier’s controversial two-part Nymphomaniac left many critical of where to draw the line between film and pornography. Because, well, the sex scenes featured real body doubles having real sex. The actors’ faces were then CGI-matched onto the body doubles. So, it’s not really Shia LaBeouf’s dick. But it is a dick. As long as you’re prepared for X-rated scenes and occasionally violent content, you’ll see some of the most realistic sex in film history.


The First Time

Streaming on Netflix

Please recall the last time you had a conversation unsettlingly similar to the one Dylan O’Brien’s character has with Britt Robertson: “Maybe you weren’t turned on enough or something? I mean, I don’t know how that shit works. Or what’s, like, normal. I mean, with guys the equipment’s pretty self-explanatory.” The First Time’s plotline is predictably kitschy and G-rated, but the film’s depiction of first-time sex will take you back to some of the most heart-racing and mortifying days of your youth.

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