History of Sex in Cinema:
The Greatest and Most Influential
Sexual Films and Scenes


1996, Part 1

The History of Sex in Cinema
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Movie Title/Year and Film/Scene Description

Barb Wire (1996)

After her role in Raw Justice (1994) (see full description earlier), Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson Lee (February 1990) then attempted a comeback in her feature film career in the smarmy, energetic, futuristic, post-apocalyptic thriller Barb Wire. Its taglines were:

  • No Laws. No Limits. No Turning Back
  • Don't Call Me Babe

In this famous, guilty-pleasure exploitation film directed by David Hogan (his directorial debut), Pamela Anderson Lee took the role of the title character based on the Dark Horse Comics creation heroine, Barb Wire - the kick-boxing, bounty-hunting owner of the Hammerhead Bar nightclub in the industrial coastal city of Port Steel Harbor, California in the year 2017 AD. However, she was often quoted as speaking her trademark line: "Don't call me babe." Barb was a tough cyberpunk heroine actually named Barbara Kepitski.

It was a time of the "Second American Civil War" being fought between the freedom-loving Resistance and the fascistic, jack-booted, Nazi-like Congressional Directorate. Barb was unaligned with any political persuasion or the evil military regime.

It was obviously a complete gender-swapping, cyber-punk rip-off version of the classic romantic drama Casablanca (1942). Its story included similar elements to the early 1940s black and white film, such as an apolitical nightclub owner (the Rick Blaine character), a local police chief (on the take) (the Captain Renault character), some missing, bootlegged retinal identity contact lenses (the letters of transit), a black fat man Big Fatso (the Sydney Greenstreet character), and a young male Resistance fighter (the Ilsa character) accompanying a defecting, renegade female government scientist-biologist (the Victor Laszlo character), who needed the lenses to board an Air Canada airplane to escape. The female freedom fighter, Cora D. (Victoria Rowell), had an antidote in her blood/DNA to counteract a fast-acting HIV strain (a bio-weapon) used by the government. However, as in the original, Barb was conflicted because she and Resistance fighter Axel Hood (Temuera Morrison) were estranged lovers from the past, but he had abandoned her in Seattle.

The high camp film's most famous scene was curvaceous Barb's wet and wild opening topless trapeze sequence, when she was laced tightly and zippered into a black-leather outfit, while performing a Flashdance-like strip in the midst of water-spray that revealed her overflowing chest. At the end of the sequence, Barb removed one high heeled stiletto shoe and flung it into the head of a nearby male heckler in the audience who called her 'babe.'

Two other sequences briefly showed her bare body: in a bubble bathtub scene, and shortly later when she quickly flashed the right side of her naked body when her robe half-opened up.

Another infamous sequence was the torture of a naked woman (Mary Anna Reyes) strapped down on a table while interrogated and hooked up to electrical devices attached to her head, breasts and to her lower abdomen.

Barb's Wet and Wild Opening Title Credits Dance in the Hammerhead Nightclub

Torture Sequence

(Tales From the Crypt Presents:) Bordello of Blood (1996)

This satirical, gory horror-comedy film by director Gilbert Adler was the second of three films - spin-offs based upon the HBO TV horror anthology series Tales From the Crypt. The three films were:

  • Demon Knight (1995)
  • (Tales From the Crypt Presents:) Bordello of Blood (1996)
  • The Ritual (2001), a straight-to-video release in 2006 after the box-office failure of the 1996 film

The vampire spoof plot revealed a mortuary/funeral parlor that was a front for a whorehouse. When the funeral parlor was first entered by delinquent, heavy-metal rocker Caleb Verdoux (Corey Feldman) and his friend, Caleb exclaimed: "Oh my God, it's a necrophiliac's wet dream." They entered the lower brothel area by riding down inside a coffin, where a gigantic pair of breasts greeted them - they asked themselves: "Are we dead yet? I think we died and went to heaven." It was infested by mostly-naked/topless dominatrix vampires, including:

  • Tallulah (Juliet Reagh)
  • Patrice (Leslie Ann Phillips), with a third pierced nipple
  • Tamara (ex- Miss Canada Kiara Hunter)

Tallulah invited Caleb's friend upstairs for sex: "Hi, boys...How would you like to take the Skin Express to Tuna Town?" Caleb surveyed Patrice's chest with a third pierced nipple: "Well, I guess I finally found a girl with a little something extra." Patrice propositioned Caleb: "I want it fast and I want it dirty."

Tallulah came on strong to Caleb's friend by offering oral sex: "I want to taste every last bit of you" - when dark red-haired, fanged Queen Lillith (Angie Everhart), the immortal mother of all vampires, entered the room to cut in and explain: "She gets you ready, then I finish you off." With her elongated tongue during a kiss, Lillith extracted his heart and consumed it.

Blood-thirsty Lillith used the bordello filled with bare-breasted dancing girls as a means to lure men to her so that she could suck their hearts out and eat them. She also came upon Caleb with Patrice and asked: "Care for a little deep throat?"

It was revealed that World Ministries tele-evangelist Rev. J.C. Current (Chris Sarandon) was responsible for bringing back Lilith to slaughter all the sinners and fornicators of the world. The vampire spoof continued as disreputable, wise-cracking private investigator Rafe Guttman (stand-up comedian Dennis Miller) was hired to track down Caleb. Caleb was the brother of prudish born-again, TV producer Katherine Verdoux (ex-Baywatch and Playboy model Erika Eleniak), who worked as an assistant for Reverend Current. Rafe noted that young men went to the mortuary "to get stiff with the stiffs."

Rafe met up with S&M-loving Tamara who wanted to suck his blood. He tricked her by handcuffing her arms to a steel grating, then tipped the gate over to hold her captive. She screamed "You Bastard!" at him, as he complimented her and left: "You've been a super little host."

The blood-soaked film ended with a squirt-gun-and-holy-water shootout finale in which the naked vampire hookers were burned up and exploded when hit with super-soakers, wielded by Rafe and Rev. Current. Lillith survived after stabbing Rev. Current to death in the chest. In the TV studio, she angrily threatened Rafe after handcuffing him: "As far as I'm concerned, you and I are through...I want you to know I'm not happy...I'm through talking now, baby. First, I'll rip your dick off, then I'm gonna grind your balls into guacamole." He was saved when Katherine stabbed her heart out of her body with a trident (and called her a "heartless bitch") - Lillith was extinguished by flames that burnt her body to charred bones.

In the twist surprise ending, Katherine was revealed as a vampire (she had been bitten in the thigh by Lillith), and she lurched into Rafe's neck with her fangs - a repeat of the ending of Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967).


(Juliet Reagh)

(Leslie Ann Phillips)

(Kiara Hunter)

The Bite Ending

Bound (1996)

The Wachowski brothers' debut film was this clever thriller and stylishly sexy neo-noir film.

It starred two major stars who ultimately fell in love with each other in a titillating, Sapphic sexual liaison:

  • Violet (Jennifer Tilly), a breathy Chicago mobster's bisexual girlfriend
  • Corky (Gina Gershon), a butch lesbian and ex-con plumber

Corky met Violet while she was renovating the next-door apartment. They both plotted to abscond $2 million from Violet's boyfriend Caesar (Joe Pantoliano) while engaging in steamy girl-on-girl scenes.

In a sofa seduction scene with her bulging cleavage showing, black lingerie-wearing Violet asked: "Do I make you nervous, Corky?" and then admitted boldly: "I'm trying to seduce you" as she had Corky touch the tattoo on her breast. She then moistened Corky's finger with her mouth and placed it tantalizingly between her legs, as she confessed and proved her true feelings: "You can't believe what you'd see, but you can believe what you feel. I've been thinking about you all day" - and then begged for a kiss ("Please, kiss me") - with their mouths close to each other in full-closeup.

The Lesbian Love-Making Scene Between Violet (Jennifer Tilly) (on top) and Corky (Gina Gershon) (below)

Their first fully-nude, explicit consummation of love-making scene in Corky's dimly-lit apartment room was intimately filmed for a mainstream film with two female leads playing lesbians. The camera slowly circled counter-clockwise around the bed, as Violet (above) was manipulating Corky (below) with her hand and bringing her to orgasm. The camera viewed their breasts touching as they were engaged together.

Corky (Gina Gershon) and Violet (Jennifer Tilly)

Breaking the Waves (1996, Den.-Swed.-Neth.-Fr.-Norway)

In Lars Von Trier's melodrama, a couple experienced sex for the first time in the missionary position against a restroom wall during their post-marital wedding reception:

  • Jan Nyman (Stellan Skarsgard), a manly oil-rig worker-husband
  • Bess McNeill (Emily Watson), a sweet-faced, kind-hearted, pious and virginal Scottish wife

Bess' newly-wed husband became a paraplegic after a freak accident - she prayed for his quick return (after their honeymoon) to the Scottish coastal village in the early 1970s, and felt guilty and self-blaming - even more so when the paralyzed Jan pleaded with her that the only thing that would give him the will to live would be if she took lovers and then described the sex to him.

She slept with other men as a way to establish spiritual contact with her husband. Her first adulterous seduction experience was with Dr. Richardson (Adrian Rawlins) in which she laid nude on a bed in front of him and pleasantly entreated: "You can touch me now. You can have me now," although he turned away from her ("Bess, listen to me. We're not going to make love. Now put your clothes back on"). She was shocked: "Don't you like me? You said that you liked me." She later rationalized:

"I don't make love with them. I make love with Jan. And I save him from dying."

Her tragic rape/murder in a sacrificial, self-destructive martyr's death aboard a Russian freighter - where even prostitutes wouldn't go - ended the film. Bess was refused a proper burial as a transgressive cast-out from the community, so a miraculously-healed Jan stole her body's coffin in order to bury her at sea - as a giant pair of heavenly bells mercifully rang over the ocean and the oil rig in the film's cosmic ending, signifying that her soul was entering heaven.

Bess McNeill
(Emily Watson)

Conspirators of Pleasure (1996, Czech.) (aka Spiklenci Slasti)

Writer/director Jan Svankmajer's strange, weird dialogue-less romantic black comedy (partly stop-motion animated) (his third feature film) was about six unusual individuals in the city of Prague.

Each of them personally possessed bizarre, ritualistic, perverse and auto-erotic obsessive fetishes. And all of the characters were partially inter-connected in various storylines. There was no nudity and no sex, just sensual (auditory and visual) eroticism on display:

  • Mr. Pivoine (Petr Meissel) - a middle-aged man who wore an elaborate, papier-mache chicken costume (the chicken head mask was composed of glued-on cuttings from nudie magazines) with bat wings (from umbrellas), used for homicidal fantasies with his female neighbor, Mrs. Loubalova, seen as a plump doll surrogate
Mr. Pivoine Designing His Chicken Head Mask for the Costume
  • Mrs. Loubalova (Gabriela Wilhelmová) - Pivoine's frumpy older neighbor, who had designed a dominatrix costume for herself in a candle-lit dungeon, and her own surrogate doll of neighbor Pivoine
  • Mrs. Malkova (Barbora Hrzanova) - a mail carrier post-mistress who created tiny balls of bread picked from loaves of bread and used them to fill her nasal and aural cavities before bedtime; she delivered a two-word cut-out ransom note to Mr. Pivoine ("On Sunday") - a cue to begin his charade with his neighbor
  • Mr. Kula (Jirí Lábus) - a news-paper stand vendor/agent-operator who obsessively watched broadcasts of the news delivered by a beautiful newscaster (Mrs. Beltinska), and sold porno magazines to Pivoine; also he was building a strange sex automaton in his home to massage and masturbate himself while watching
  • Mrs. Beltinska (Anna Wetlinská) - a news anchor, stuck in a sexless marriage to Mr. Beltinska, who enjoyed stroking the scales of large, slippery, carp swimming in a tub of water
  • Mr. Beltinska (Pavel Novy) - the mustached police inspector husband of the female news anchor, who regularly scrubbed his naked body with auto-erotic stroking mechanisms of his own creation, including devices covered in tacks, brushes, nails, feathers and fur

Mrs. Malkova With Bowl of Bread Balls

Mr. Kula Watching the Newscaster

The News Anchor Stroking Carp in a Tub

Mr. Beltinska Scrubbing His Naked Body

Crash (1996)

David Cronenberg's coldly-erotic NC-17 rated drama was deliberately controversial and repulsive with slightly depraved, raw scenes exploring fetishism and a unique form of perversion and deviance. The entire film involved individuals who had survived gruesomely violent automobile crashes and explored their sex-tinged obsession with crashes, automobiles and injuries. This film was vilified in much the same way as Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960) was, and the Cannes Film Festival screening had people walking out in disgust, nausea and revulsion.

The film opened with three sexual couplings illustrating a couple's open-marriage and how they were turned on for their own love-making by casual talk about each others' extra-marital adulterous affairs:

  • Catherine Ballard (Deborah Kara Unger), an icy-cold blonde; she had sex while bent over a plane wing in a private aircraft hangar, to enjoy the pleasurable sensation of being in contact with cold-steel (she was taken from behind by her flight instructor as her naked breast and erect nipple pressed into a steel airplane wing)
  • James Ballard (James Spader), a TV commercial producer-director; he took his female camera assistant (Alice Poon) from behind in a camera supply room during a film shoot
  • the two unfaithful partners: wife Catherine (who displayed her bare rear through her skirt) was watched by husband James as she stood on their apartment balcony - and then he entered her from behind as she gripped the balcony rail above the busy highways below

Soon after, Ballard had a near-fatal head-on car accident with a car driven by surviving Dr. Helen Remington (Holly Hunter) whose passenger-husband was killed. She freed herself from her seatbelt and tore open her blouse to expose her breast to him as they stared at each other amidst the wreckage.

Ballard engaged in an extramarital affair with the widowed, surviving victim Helen - their first sexual encounter was in the front seat of his new car (same make and model) in an airport garage as a way to re-establish the 'eroticism' of the crash (and they continued their affair, always with love-making in his car in a public place). The experience caused Ballard to have increased sexual excitement toward his wife and their own rear-entry love-making.

James and Catherine Ballard (James Spader and Deborah Kara Unger)

Ballard and Helen joined a sexual cult of car crash enthusiasts or victims who would arouse themselves ("It's all very satisfying") by re-enacting (or recreating) famed auto accidents ("the ultimate in authenticity" - the noteworthy car accident of famous Hollywood legend James Dean (Sept 30, 1955)).

After purposely being tantalized on the road by reckless driving performed by crash-enthusiast leader Vaughan (Elias Koteas), Catherine became excited with homo-erotic sex-talk about how James might have anal sex with him, and she kept making statements about his bodily fluids ("Vaughan's semen must be very salty"). The fetishistic car-crash group were compelled to watch crash-test videos that functioned as pornography, to attend scenes of real car crashes, to photograph and collect pictures of crash victims, and to be sexually-stimulated by having sex in parked or moving cars (or during a car-wash!).

Physically-deformed impact victim Gabrielle (Rosanna Arquette) made love to Ballard in a car while braced or harnessed with a full-body support suit of black plastic and stainless steel - she offered him her vulva-like gash/scar ("neo-sex organ") on the back of her left thigh after he ripped off her black fish-net stockings. She fondled her own breast as he raised and kissed her leg and then made love to it.

Love-Making With Gabrielle's (Rosanna Arquette)
Car-Accident Scar

In the film's startling conclusion, Ballard deliberately rear-ended his wife's sports-car. She was thrown from the car onto the ground next to the wreck, where he caressed her and made love to her from behind, after she regained consciousness and he learned that she was all right (he promised her a more deadly crash the next time):

"Maybe the next one, darling. Maybe the next one."

(Deborah Kara Unger)

Camera Girl
(Alice Poon)

Catherine on Balcony

Dr. Helen Remington
(Holly Hunter)

Car-Wash Sex

Climactic Car Crash

The English Patient (1996, US/UK)

Director/writer Anthony Minghella's film was the winner of nine Academy Awards (including Best Picture) - it was a great romantic war drama about star-crossed lovers in a turbulent, illicit extra-marital love affair in the North African desert pre WWII.

The story (in flashback) was about how 'English patient' Count Laszlo Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) became involved with married and luminous Katherine "Kay" Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), the wife of fellow cartographer Geoffrey Clifton (Colin Firth).

It included various liaisons and love scenes between them, such as when her dress was torn off when Almasy hungrily kissed her, followed by love-making (implied) and an intimate and erotic bath scene (she shampooed his hair before joining him), although he warned her: "When you leave, you should forget me."

They also engaged in a sexual tryst during the Christmas season in 1938 when he told her: "I can still taste you... Swoon, I'll catch you" - she promptly fainted in the heat and then in the film's most sensual scene, they found a private place where, to the background sounds of Silent Night being sung, he slowly undressed her and they were consumed in passion with each other.

The adulterous, doomed couple also laid together in bed after another sexual encounter when he described, semi-personally and humorously, about how he fell "under the spell of a mysterious English woman" - he then stroked her bare skin:

"I claim this shoulder blade, no wait, I want... I want this place. I love this place. What's it called? This is mine."

The film was also noted for the heartfelt request she gave him in the cave after an airplane crash:

"Promise me you'll come back for me."

The film also featured a love affair between the English patient's Canadian nurse Hana (Juliette Binoche) and Sikh bomb expert Kip (Naveen Andrews).

Count Almasy with
Katherine (Kristin Scott Thomas)

Hana (Juliette Binoche)

Foxfire (1996)

This lesbian-leaning female bonding film from female director Annette Haywood-Carter was based on Joyce Carol Oates' novel. A similar girl-empowerment coming-of-age film in the same year was director Jim McKay's Girls Town (1996), and then followed in a few years by Jolie's Oscar-winning performance in James Mangold's Girl, Interrupted (1999).

Then-unknown Angelina Jolie starred as tough, wild, and rebellious Margret 'Legs' Sadovsky.

Unknown Angelina Jolie in Early Role as Margret 'Legs'

She helped four other fairly like-minded teenaged girls to overcome the sexual oppression and harrassment of their peers and a biology teacher at their Portland, Oregon high school:

  • Rita (Jenny Lewis), shy
  • Maddy (Hedy Burress), the girl next-door
  • Violet (Sarah Rosenberg), sexually-promiscuous
  • Goldie (Jenny Shimizu), a pot-head druggie

In one semi-exploitative erotic scene, the girls received a trademark flame tattoo emblazoned on their breasts by needle-wielding Legs. She assured a skeptical and fearful Maddy: "Don't be scared."

Tattoo Scene

(Hedy Burress)

(Jenny Shimizu)

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Robert Rodriguez' sexy and ultra-violent crime thriller was memorable for its musical number performed at the sleazy, vampire-infested Titty Twister roadhouse (open 'from dusk till dawn') in Mexico to a leering, cheering audience of mostly truckers.

The nudie dancer-stripper was voluptuous, maroon bikini-clad and caped Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek) on a fiery stage. Her name was derived from the character in the director Gilberto Martínez Solares' nunsploitation horror film Satanico Pandemonium: La Sexorcista (1975, Mex.). The foreign film was inspired by Ken Russell’s The Devils (1971, UK). She used her seductive human features (full breasts covered by a dark reddish bikini bra) to entice males.

She was introduced as "The Mistress of the Macabre," "The Epitome of Evil" and "The Most Sinister Woman Who Ever Danced on the Face of This Earth." When she removed her cape, she had an oversized white snake phallically wrapped around her.

After performing a sensual, entrancing snake-dance, the Queen Vampire descended (without her snake) into the South of the Border audience for more intimate and sultry dancing. She poured alcohol from a large bottle of booze down her bare leg and stuck her wet foot to be licked into the mouth of deranged criminal Richard "Richie" Gecko (actor/scripter Quentin Tarantino). She also took a mouthful of alcohol and dribbled it from her mouth into his. Richie's brother Seth (George Clooney) applauded loudly when she finished: "That's what I call a f--kin' show!"

Descending Into the Audience

When a fight broke out between some of the bar patrons and the Gecko brothers, Richie was stabbed in the hand. Soon, he became an undead victim of Santanico's destructive vampirish attack when she lustfully saw blood dripping from his wounded hand. She morphed into a vampire creature, jumped on Richie's back, and lethally directed her fangs into his neck. Seth fired at the vampire on Richie, and they both hit the floor.

A feeding frenzy was then initiated ("Dinner is served") when the bar employees came back as "undead" vampires and attacked the living. Seth eliminated Santanico, who was threatening to make him enslaved to her, by shooting down a chandelier from above to impale her. Richie also came back as an "undead" vampire, and Seth was forced to reluctantly kill him, by pounding a wooden pool cue into his chest.

Heaven's Prisoners (1996)

There were many stars in this notable noirish mystery crime-thriller, which was mostly noticed because of Teri Hatcher's brief full-frontal nude scene. The overwrought melodrama was originally to be released in 1994, but was delayed for two years - and then was resurrected when Hatcher rose to fame in TV's Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (and later on TV's Desperate Housewives):

  • Claudette Rocque (Teri Hatcher), as wicked New Orleans Cajun temptress and femme fatale, married to mobster Bubba Roque
  • Bubba Rocque (Eric Roberts), as a Southern-drawling, local mobster/drug lord (with corn-rowed hair), also Dave Robicheaux's old high school friend
  • Dave Robicheaux (Alec Baldwin), as ex-New Orleans rogue homicide detective, also a recovering alcoholic and bait shop owner with his wife
  • Annie (Kelly Lynch), Robicheaux's wife, a furniture stripper

It opened with Dave's long monologue about his past problems with drinking in a confessional to a Catholic Father:

I want a drink. I want a drink all the time. Sometimes I wake up in the mornin', my eyes pop open and I think, I gotta have a drink - beer, Bloody Mary, whatever. Even now, and I don't know why. I haven't had a drink in three years....Sometimes, I'll be talkin' with my wife and the whole time we're talkin', I'm thinkin' about this bar I used to go to. The whole conversation, I'm thinkin', I'd rather be in that bar than anywhere. The glasses all lined up, my seat right on the corner, all those colored bottles, the ice in my glass, that burn. Man, it felt real good goin' down. That'll never happen again. I can't drink. I know that. Drinkin' f--ked up my whole life.

Robicheaux began asking too many questions after a drug smuggler's plane crash, and he became a vengeful vigilante after his wife Annie was shot to death. Also added to the mix was exotic stripper Robin Gaddis (Mary Stuart Masterson), Robicheaux' ex-girlfriend who came to live with him after Annie's murder.

Bubba's Cajun wife Claudette, the power behind the scenes, strutted fully naked behind a railing on a veranda while drinking gin rickeys, often displaying her butterfly tattoo on her belly to guests, including Robicheaux, who arrived on the driveway.

In the plot-twist ending, Claudette was revealed to be plotting to take over her husband Bubba's drug business, and she was the one who had ordered the hit on Robicheaux that accidentally took the life of Annie. With a gun pointed at her face, she confessed to Robicheaux and then challenged him to kill her:

Claudette: "Bubba was never in charge. All that boxing macho bulls--t. The man's crazy as a f--kin' loon. You really think he could actually run anything for very long without f--kin' it up?...I bought the hit on you. What are you going to do now, Dave? You going to kill me? Go on. Go on, do it. Do it! Come on, Dave. Come on, blow me away so you can go home to the whore and the kid and pretend you're a good man."
Robicheaux: "Killin' a hundred of you wouldn't make up for one Annie."

Bubba overheard the betrayal and shot Claudette to death with three blasts.

In the film's last line, Robicheaux phoned the authorities to arrest Bubba, but then didn't give his name to the operator: "I'd like to report a shooting at Bubba Rocque's house out on the river...(turning to Bubba) Good luck, Bubba."

Claudette Rocque
(Teri Hatcher)

Robin Gaddis (Mary Stuart Masterson)

The Betrayal

Hotline: The Brunch Club (1996) (TV)

Catherine Bell (later, the star of TV's JAG from 1997-2005) helped to launch her career by appearing in a memorable episode (#17) of Season 2 of UK's cable TV, late-night, adult series Hotline in the mid-90s titled The Brunch Club.

The film told about four housewives who talked about their sex fantasies, affairs, and the subject of fidelity during a morning's brunch:

  • Kelly Andrews (Mimi Cochran), married, the host, with erotic fantasies about Jake, her teenage grocery delivery boy
  • Cat (Catherine Bell)
  • Maxine (Lesley Woods), the oldest one in the group
  • Roxanne (Karen Byers), the youngest one in the group, who admitted to experimenting with two other women

During the story told by recently-divorced Cat, she told how she was seduced during a late-night office flirtation that went all the way.

In the scene set in a darkly lit office (to the sounds of a wailing saxophone), Cat was standing topless in front of a doorway, then undressed (her navy blue skirt and white panties were removed), and she made love to her partner seated in a chair while still wearing her thigh-high white leggings.

Cat (Catherine Bell)

Jerry Maguire (1996)

In this intelligent romantic comedy by writer/director Cameron Crowe, charming, slick, high-pressure sports management agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) shared a wild sex scene with his stunning fiancee Avery Bishop (Kelly Preston).

The short scene included raucous stand-up coupling and pleasurable screaming next to a bookcase:

Avery: "Don't ever stop f--king me!"
Jerry: "Sooner or later, we'll have to stop."
Avery: "Never been better. Never better! Never better!"

She then suggestively proposed, as a way to express her 'intimacy':

"Open your eyes. If you ever want me to be with another woman with you, I would do it. I'm not interested in it. There was a time, yes, it felt normal for me. But it was a phase. A college thing. Like torn Levis or law school for you."

Afterwards, she went to the kitchen and hand-fed him helpings of fresh-fruit strawberries.

Avery Bishop
(Kelly Preston)

Jude (1996, UK)

Director Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Jude the Obscure was set in late 19th century Victorian England.

The two main protagonists in the doomed romance were unlikely lovers in the fictional university town of Christminster. Both of them were married to others:

  • Jude Fawley (Christopher Eccleston), a country boy and Wessex-born stone-mason (tricked and technically married to pig farmer's daughter Arabella (Rachel Griffiths) - she lied about her pregnancy and suddenly abandoned him)
  • Sue Bridehead (Kate Winslet), Jude's beautiful, sophisticated, independent, worldly, free-spirited intelligent and headstrong cousin (mistakenly married to older schoolteacher Richard Philloston (Liam Cunningham))

In an erotic, fully-revealing love-making scene between the two cousins, Sue stripped off her white gown and laid back fully nude on the bed next to Jude:

Jude: "You don't have to do this."
Sue: "I want to. But you have to help me. I don't know what I'm doing. I only pretend. Do I talk too much?"
Jude: "No."
Sue: "I'm doing it all wrong, aren't I?"
Jude: "No."
Sue: "I'm intellectualizing."
Jude: "You're not."
Sue: "Kiss me before I start talking again."

Without marrying and living out of wedlock, they both faced social scorn and were forced to move from place to place (for work and lodging), although they produced two children and remained together. A third child (son) was also conceived by Arabella from Jude, named Jude (or "Juey"), who came to live with Sue and Jude.

Other than the explicit nude scene, there was another one of Sue's very graphic (and bloody) child birth.

The conclusion of the tale of forbidden love was extremely tragic. Because the family had grown so large, they could not remain in their present location - and Juey (who feared for the future) killed his two half-siblings and then committed suicide by hanging. His suicide note read that he had hoped to solve the family's problem: "Becos we were to menny." In the belief that she was being punished by God for her extra-marital sexual affair, Sue broke up with Jude and reluctantly lived with her repugnant husband Philloston.

About a year later, Sue and Jude did meet coincidentally at the gravesite of their children. He asked: "Do you love me? Do you still love me? I won't come again if that's what you want, but I need to know." She replied: "You've always known." He requested that she come with him, but she refused: "No, Jude." After a passionate kiss, she walked away from him, as he delivered the film's final line:

"We are man and wife, if ever two people were on this earth."

Sue Bridehead
(Kate Winslet)

(Rachel Griffiths)

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1990 | 1991 | 1992-1 | 1992-2 | 1993 | 1994-1 | 1994-2 | 1995-1 | 1995-2 | 1996-1 | 1996-2 | 1997-1 | 1997-2 | 1998-1 | 1998-2 | 1999-1 | 1999-2
2000-1 | 2000-2 | 2001-1 | 2001-2 | 2002-1 | 2002-2 | 2003-1 | 2003-2 | 2004-1 | 2004-2 | 2005-1 | 2005-2 | 2006-1 | 2006-2
2007-1 | 2007-2 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022

Index to All Decades, Years and Features

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