Looking for a movie that's almost porn, but technically not? Unlike actual pornmainstream movies are saddled with things like "plot" and "coherent storylines," but that doesn't mean that those plots and coherent storylines can't be served by lots and lots and lots of nudity. And, over the years, many mainstream movies have taken advantage of their ability to tell beautiful stories full of beautiful bodies in various states of undress.
The lesson to be learned: You may need to rethink your preconceived notions of what excessive nudity in a movie says about that movie. Ready to dive in and explore the world of mainstream movies with nearly porn-levels of nudity?
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Here are 30 movies that will get you turned on with their almost nonstop nudity. And yet, they're still totally mainstream with great plots and talented actors.
Consider it sex with a side of sophistication. Erotic thrillers are the place to turn for mainstream movie nudity and no list of iconic erotic thrillers or iconic movie nudity would be complete without a nod to 's Basic Instinct and that interrogation scene.
Michael Fassbender stars as a sex addict forced to take a hard look at his life in this movie, which also brought audiences a full-frontal look at Fassbender. The fact that Blue Valentine was originally rated NC should give you an idea of just how far the movie goes when it comes to pushing the envelope and, yes, that includes plenty of nudity.
This South Korean drama is so hot it'll practically scorch you. The story takes place during the Joseon Dynasty, and focuses on a woman named Hwa-yeon, who is forced to become a royal concubine against her will and the triangle around her that involves the Prince Sung-won, who only has eyes for Hwa-yeon and Kwon-yoo, with a drive for revenge.
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This French arthouse film premiered at Cannes in and made headlines for featuring unsimulated sex scenes in—of all things—3D. It's like you can reach out and touch the copious amounts of nudity. Needless to say, the nudity levels are off-the-charts in this one.
This French film includes plenty of nudity and even some unsimulated sexual situations. The plot follows Cecile, a young woman who has recently lost her father and is on a quest to distract herself from her grief with a series of sexual encounters.
Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes costar as a troubled married couple in this sexy, sexy erotic thriller about a woman who becomes increasingly suspicious of her controlling husband as she learns about a woman from his past.
Jason Schwartzman and the late, great Brittany Murphy star in this black comedy about about hard drugs and harder to believe scenarios. No, we're definitely not talking about the Oscar-winning ensemble film. If you're looking for a mainstream movie that gets as close to the "actually porn" line as possible without crossing it, Room in Rome fits the bill. The Spanish erotic drama is about the emotional and sexual relationship between two women who spend a single night together in a hotel room in Rome.
An artist suffering from insomnia decides to get a job working the night shift at a local supermarket, where he develops a crush on a coworker and lets his imagination run wild. Is it any surprise that a movie about an insomniac artist's rich inner imaginary world would be heavy on nudity? This French film is one step away from being soft core porn. The movie stars Juliette Binoche as a journalist who takes on an asment that requires her to enter a prostitution ring run by college students.
It's like an overtly sexual Never Been Kissed. This Japanese pink film is a tells the story of Ai, a submissive prostitute who is struggling with her romantic relationship with a married man. Sex, nudity, slapstick humor, and literary clout? InAngelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas gifted the world with this sensual historical drama that totally lives up to its tease-y title. Based on Anais Nin's memoir of the same name, it takes viewers through Nin's affair with Henry Miller and her sexual awakening via his wife, June, in early '30s France.
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This movie is famous for being just bad enough to gain a cult following, and for heavily sexualizing Saved By the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley, who spends a lot of the movie pole dancing in the nude. This one isn't pornography, but it is about pornography. This movie based on the novel The Holy Innocents follows a love triangle between an American student in Paris in and the brother and sister—who have a, shall we say, unusal relationship—he meets there.
The sister is played by a young Eva Green, who did a ton of full-frontal nudity for the film. This art drama, screened at the Cannes Film Festival, featured unsimulated sex acts performed by its le, Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley, who play lovers that attend a lot of rock concerts and have a lot of intercourse. While some other movies on this list feature unsimulated sex, most don't show the real thing.
Not Shortbus. Directed by Ang Lee, this erotic thriller follows a group of young Chinese women who use seduction to trap an ally of the Imperial Japanese Army so they can try to assassinate him. The movie actually received some criticism for its excessive nudity and graphic sex scenes, but Lee and many critics found both integral to the plot.
Lars von Trier is infamous for pushing the envelope, sexually, in his films. In Antichrist, viewers witness a couple have unsimulated sex while their toddler falls out of a window to his death.
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The unsimulated sex was filmed using body doubles, not the film's mainstream stars, Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Don't confuse this very sexy indie film with the Disney cartoon of the same name.
And yes, it lives up to the weirdness of the premise. Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniacthe third film in his "depression trilogy," features way more nudity than Antichrist and a lot of mainstream stars, including Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, and Uma Thurman. Blue Is The Warmest Color follows the romance between two women and features several realistic love scenes in which the stars are fully nude.
This Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, amongst nominations three-hour movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio who won a Golden Globe for his performance is based on the true story of stock broker Jordan Belfort and jam-packed with debauchery of all kinds—drugs, drinking, and a whole lot of nudity, including a prosthetic version of Jonah Hill's penis, if you're into that.
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