15 Movies That Are Fully Just About Sex and Not Much Else

'Fifty Shades' is just the tip of the sex iceberg.

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Not to be confused with movies featuring unsimulated sex scenes or movies with an abundance of male nudity, we're here to talk about a special category of film: movies about doing it.

This unsung genre runs the gamut of drama, to comedy, to porn disguised as mainstream (looking at you, 9 Songs). But one thing they all have in common is sex. Pure and simple. To quote The Bloodhound Gang: let's do it like they do on the discovery channel.

(P.S. I'd like to issue a public apology for use of the word "sex iceberg" in the dek of this article.)

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1 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin'

The entire plot of this movie is a 40-year-old male virgin attempting to lose his virginity. But if you prefer the Nerdy Male Virgin Trope with a slightly younger cast, stay tuned for....

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2 'American Pie'

Perhaps the most iconic movie about sex on this list, American Pie will forever go down in history as "that movie where a man literally has sex with baked goods."

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3 'Shame'

Shame is one of three movies about sex addicts on this list. It's pretty dramatic and serious, so if you like your sex addiction with a side of comedy, may we present....

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4 'Alfie'

This romantic comedy/drama is basically Shame with mild LOLs and Jude Law's charming grim. As you may have guessed, he plays a sex addict who has relationships with several women including Susan Sarandon and Sienna Miller.

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5 'Nymphomaniac'

Meanwhile, Nymphomaniac is also about sex addiction, this time centering on a woman who recounts her sexual dalliances to a man over tea. (Totally normal tea-time conversation.)

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6 'Shortbus'

Not only is Shortbus about an underground Sex Salon in Brooklyn, it includes unsimulated sex scenes. Meaning, people actually had intercourse with each other during the making of this movie.

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7 'Boogie Nights'

This movie is about the porn industry, so sex is the metaphorical bow that ties everything about the plot together. Fun fact: Mark Wahlberg had a prosthetic penis for the film, and it's the only prop he kept from set.

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8 '40 Days and 40 Nights'

This movie is literally about a guy (played by Josh Hartnett) who decides to abstain from sex—and masturbation—for Lent. Apparently it's really difficult for him to go slightly over a month without doing it given the hoards of women who love him, so many hijinks ensue.

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9 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno'

In case the title didn't make that clear, Zack and Miri Make a Porno is about friends named Zack and Miri who make a porno. Not so shockingly, they develop feelings for each other.

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10 'Sex Tape'

Sex Tape, the worst titled movie ever, stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz who film themselves ~making love~ and accidentally upload the tape to a bunch of friends' iPads. In other words, it's a movie about everyone's biggest nightmare.

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11 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Can you think of a more successful movie franchise that's fully just about sex? Didn't think so, though to be fair, Fifty Shades Freed tried its best to have an actual plot.

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12 '9 Songs'

You might argue that this movie is actually pornography, and you wouldn't necessarily be wrong. The plot basically revolves around a couple who watch a bunch of their favorite indie bands play shows, and have a bunch of sex while they're at it. The sex is unsimulated, and extremely graphic.

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13 'In the Realm of the Senses'

Another movie with unsimulated sex, In the Realm of the Senses is about a former prostitute who starts an affair with her employer, whose penis she ends up casually severing. We'll give you a moment.

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14 'Cruel Intentions'

In which an evil and vaguely incestuous brother-sister duo make a bet that one of them can't claim the virginity of the local "good girl." Honestly, no to this concept, but yessssssss to this movie.

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15 'Dangerous Liaisons'

Basically the '80s version of Cruel Intentions with unintentional LOLs.

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