15 Mainstream Movies That Are Almost Porn

Today we are going to list down movies that are almost porn. These movies — some of them made by great directors like Stanley Kubrick and Lars Von Trier — feature multiple explicit sex scenes. And to be honest, there is nothing wrong in that as long as filmmakers achieve the vision they are after. In the end, whether it be sex or violence, everything is just a tool in the hands of directors. It is just how they choose to use it that matters.

You will also find many famous actors and actresses on the list, including Chloë Sevigny, who performed oral sex on her real-life boyfriend in the movie Brown Bunny.

Some of you may feel the choice of having explicit sex scenes in the films as artistic, whereas other may feel these movies are pornographic. Ultimately, what matters is whether these so-called near porn films delivered the message home.

Here is the list of top mainstream movies that are almost porn.

15. Caligula (1979)

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An erotic historical drama film that focusses on the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Caligula and stars famous names like Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren and Peter O’Toole. Caligula was infamous for sleeping with his own sister and organising elaborate orgies. The film saw its fair share of controversies when the producer decided to film explicit unstimulated sex scenes that the director had refused to film.

14. Intimacy (2001)

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The film despite featuring some explicit sex scenes has a beautiful emotional core to it. It is story of Jay, a failed musician, who is visited by a woman every Wednesday afternoon at his house where they have graphic, almost wordless, sex. One day Jay follows her and finds out about the rest of her life. That changes their relationship. The film divided the critics, some thought it to be a masterpiece whereas others felt it was another exercise in eroticism.

13. Il Futuro (2013)

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A story of two orphans, Bianca and Tomas, who develop a scheme to rob an aging movie star and one-time Mr. Universe. The plan is to have Bianca seduce the now blind star so they can get access to his hidden fortune. Part psychological thriller and part erotic drama, the film has several sexually charged scenes.

12. The Dreamers (2003)

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‘The Dreamers’ has some of the most memorably beautiful and provocative sex scenes ever filmed. Actress Eva Green was pretty nervous about taking up the project because of the film’s graphic depiction of sex and her parents almost begged her to not take the lead role as they did not want her life to be destroyed the way Maria Schneider’s life had been after the hugely controversial ‘Last Tango in Paris’. However ‘The Dreamers’ is another cinematic gem that deepens the distinguished oeuvre of one of the most controversial filmmakers of all time.

11. 9½ Weeks (1986)

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The title refers to the duration of the relationship between self-absorbed Wall Street banker John (Mickey Rourke) and divorced art gallery owner Elizabeth (Kim Basinger). An arresting, sexy, provocative, and compelling erotic drama about relationships, dark sides to human beings, and exploring new sexual pleasures. It’s everything that Fifty Shades of Gray could have been. Even though ‘9½ Weeks’ flopped when it first released, since then it has acquired a cult following.

10. Secretary (2002)

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A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a twisted sexual relationship: a sadomasochistic one. Sadomasochism provides the backdrop for a very unusual erotic romantic drama. The film isn’t for everyone but it does have some funny and weird moments in equal measure. Maggie Gyllenhaal shines in a bold performance.

9. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

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‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ is a coming-of-age tale of Adele, an introverted high-school girl who discovers and explores her sexuality through Emma, an aspiring artist whose hair is the warmest shade of blue. But this film takes a more tender yet raw, passionate but not-too schmaltzy approach at telling its story. But it isn’t an indulgent film bringing only a unique gay relationship to light nor is it an ode to “coming out” with stockpiled clichés of “being different.” It shows how an interaction with a person, any person. can have a truly provocative impact. ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ is a touching ode to blossoming love, fiery passion and same-sex relationships.

8. Basic Instinct (1992)

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A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved. ‘Basic Instinct’ is famous for Sharon Stone’s leg-crossing scene, but that doesn’t mean that the film itself is not good. Without going too overboard, let’s just say that the film keeps you hooked till its climax (that’s masterfully left open-ended). And yes it is still regarded as one of the iconic sex movies.

7. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

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Paul (Marlon Brando), a middle-aged American, comes to Paris when his estranged wife commits suicide. Chancing to meet young Frenchwoman Jeanne (Maria Schneider), Paul enters into a sadomasochistic, carnal relationship with her. The sexual content in ‘Last Tango in Paris’ is uncomfortably explicit (the infamous “butter scene” is unforgettable). The combination of Brando’s acting, Bertolucci’s direction, Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography, and Gato Barbieri’s music create an exquisitely erotic piece of art.

6. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

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Perhaps there can’t be a more sickening and disturbing movie on misanthropy than ‘Salò’, which even surpasses the greatest extreme pornographic acts of sodomy, coprophagia and orgies combined. While flaying, leashing, anal intercourses, fondling, victimisation and objectification of men and women is ubiquitous in the movie, what is extremely disturbing is the questionable sanity of the filmmakers or the conjurers of ‘Salò’. How could a rational person even think of this? Nevertheless, watching a group of nine young men and women sodomised, mutilated, forced-fed with faeces, humiliated, tortured and killed is next to impossible. A film that is as much controversial as it is a memorable piece of cinematic art.

5. Love (2015)

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This is the only photo I could find of the three protagonists wearing clothes. Gasper Noe’s erotic 3D venture follows the lives of three eligible bachelors with a perennial penchant for adventures. The titillating drama opens up with a racy and sensual threesome amongst a pair of experienced ex-lovers, Murphy and Electra, and a fledgling novice exchange student from Denmark, Omi. The film ruffled feathers when it was premiered at Cannes.

4. The Brown Bunny (2003)

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The infamy that environs the lead actress of the movie was baffling. An A-list star at the time, Chloe Sevigny had her imminent acting career ruined because of some really controversial scenes in the movie ‘The Brown Bunny’. An uncensored and undiluted scene of Chloe performing fellatio on Vincent Gallo, the writer, producer, and director of the movie, who also starred in it, sent shockwaves through the industry. What made the issue more disturbing, was Gallo’s open confession of his obsession with Chloe, and his subsequent statement that he wouldn’t have done the movie if Chloe wouldn’t have been a part of it.

3. 9 Songs (2004)

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A passion for live music unites two longing souls to embark on a journey of simulated intercourse and oral sex. Sounds weird right? Well, because it purely is. Coming from the land of vestigial traditions and the Royal Queen, ‘9 Songs’ is a film that expectedly landed itself into controversies when it released. The visceral representation of the physical expression of love between the leads is refreshing and distinctive.

2. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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There is no denying that ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ has a fair amount of eroticism in it. While the film surely has themes that are complex in nature, it has a thrilling element of surprise where as audiences we don’t know what to expect next. It’s dream-like narrative fueled by stunning visual detail, a bravura performance from Nicole Kidman and a masterful use of Ligeti’s music, lend the film the ability to compel the audience to get lost in it, and believe me is it hard to recover. Cinema never remained the same.

1. Nymphomaniac (2013)

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Lars von Trier furthered his vague and alluring body of work with this European art-film. The two-part, five-hour long film is a vivid exploration of self-discovery, capitalistic greed, and the addicted nymphomaniacs. The embellished venture of the film’s interchanging leads into uncharted territory of sex addiction and subsequent finding of love is a treat to watch. The film has several explicit and unstimulated sex scenes that takes the film dangerously close to being a porn.

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