20 Wild and Completely Iconic Vintage Porn Films

Don't worry, 2069: A Sex Odyssey made the list.

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There are many categories of porn (choose your own adventure, everyone!), but there's just something special about vintage movies from pornography's Golden Age. Maybe it's the hair, maybe it's the grainy film, maybe it's the good acting, or maybe it's the fact that the plots are often completely and totally deranged. Either way, vintage porn is a sometimes wonderful and often weird world, and these are the 20 wildest and most iconic movies from the genre.

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Graffiti Productions
'Mona the Virgin Nymph' (1970)

If the Madonna-Whore Complex was a movie, it would literally be this. Mona is a sexual woman, but she's promised her mother that she'll stay a virgin until marriage. Which means that if you're very into watching oral, you're in for a treat.

The film isn't readily available for purchase, but it's easy to watch online.

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Realité
'A Dirty Western' (1975)

We're not saying this movie paved the way for Westworld, but it is set in a Western town where people can't seem to stop doing it. It's also one of the few Western pornos made.

The film isn't readily available for purchase, but it's easy to watch online.

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VCX
'Debbie Does Dallas' (1978)

Debbie Does Dallas is the classic story of a small town girl who dreams of making it as a professional cheerleader. When her parents won't foot the bill to send her to Dallas for an audition, Debbie and her cheerleader friends start a sex service to pay for the trip. As you do.

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Cabellero Home Video
Insatiable (1980)

This movie follows Sandra Chase, a wealthy model who has an insatiable sexual appetite. The film is notable for having almost no plot—it's basically just sex scene after sex scene loosely strung together.

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'A Night at the Adonis' (1978)

This Jack Wrangler film is considered part of the Golden Age of gay pornography. The movie is very plot-driven, and follow's Wrangler's night at the Adonis Theatre—which was a well-known theater in Times Square where sexual activity took place.

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VCA Pictures
'Café Flesh' (1982)

Years before The Hunger Games made dystopian fiction the hottest thing around, Café Flesh arrived to eroticize the genre. Set after a nuclear apocalypse, the movie takes place in a world where 99 percent of the population are "sex Negatives" who become violently ill if they try to have sex. But watching doesn't make them ill—so the remaining 1 percent perform sex acts at, you guessed it, Café Flesh.

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Dart Enterprises
'Taboo' (1980)

Taboo launched a series that includes 23 films to date. The film was criticized for an "unrealistic" portrayal of incest, but Kay Parker received wide praise for her performance.

The film isn't readily available for purchase, but it's easy to watch online.

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General National Films
'Alice in Wonderland: an X-Rated Musical Comedy' (1976)

That's right, a musical comedy. So if you enjoy your porn with random bouts of song, this is your jam. Obviously, the Humpty Dumpty segments write themselves, but fun/horrifying fact: Tweedledee and Tweedledum engage in incestuous sex. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Konstantine
'Andy Warhol's Blue Movie' (1969)

Also known as Fuck (way to get right to the point, Andy Warhol), this classic film is less "porn" and more "erotic film"—and is considered one of the most important works in the Golden Age of Porn. Interestingly, Blue Movie was advertised as, "a film about the Vietnam War and what we can do about it."

The film isn't readily available for purchase, but it's easy to watch online.

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Wakefield Poole
'Boys in the Sand' (1971)

Another Golden Age classic, Boys in the Sand is an important work of gay pornography, and is said to be the first gay film to achieve critical relevancy. It takes place at a Fire Island beach resort, and stars highly prolific and iconic porn actor Casey Donovan.

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Burbank International Pictures
'2069: A Sex Odyssey' (1974)

Mostly on this list due to its hilarious name (hahah, 2069) and even more hilarious concept, 2069: A Sex Odyssey is about women from Venus who are looking to have sex with (and extract sperm samples from) a bunch of men to preserve their kind. Alien sex, guys. Help.

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S.N.D Distribution
'Flesh Gordon' (1974)

This movie falls under the "sexploitation" category of porn films (meaning max nudity and a low budget), and is obviously based on Flash Gordon. The plot (or..."plot") takes place on Planet Porno, the bad guy is named Emperor Wang the Perverted, and there are nefarious "sex rays" at work making everyone obsessed with doing it.

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Mitchell Brothers Film Group
'Behind the Green Door' (1972)

Another important film in the Golden Age of Porn, Behind the Green Door was a huge success, earning $1 million despite a relatively small budget. The movie (about a woman's time at a sex club) was appreciated for its artsy vibes. In other words: Porn, but make it fashion.

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Ribald
'Naked Came the Stranger' (1975)

As you can see in the poster, this film was a favorite of critics. If we can consider 1975-era Playboy to be "the critics." The plot is pretty thin, though, and is essentially about a woman who has sex all over New York City—including on a bus.

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Jer Pictures
'Nude on the Moon' (1961)

Okay, so Nude on the Mood isn't technically a porn film (people don't have tons of crazy sex in it), but it is straight-up about a nudist colony on the moon, so it definitely qualifies as vintage erotica.

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Quality X
'The Opening of Misty Beethoven' (1976)

This is probably the single most iconic movie from The Golden Age of Porn, and is an absolute classic. The film is based on Pygmalion, was filmed all over the world (including in Paris and Rome), and is about a sexologist on a mission to give a woman an epic sexual makeover. Also, it co-stars Casey Donovan, who you'll remember from Boys in the Sand.

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Radley Metzger
'The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann' (1974)

If you like your porn with a side of voyeurism, this movie is for you. The acting is decent, and it basically follows a woman (Pamela Mann) whose husband hires a private detective to follow and film her sexual encounters. The movie has a major twist at the end, which (years later spoiler alert!!!) is that Mann and her husband actually hired the detective together and the hookups were staged.

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Distribpix
'Sex Family Robinson' (1968)

In case it's not obvious, this is the porn version of Swiss Family Robinson, which is so hilarious we had to include it. Guys, it's a wildlife adventure.

The film isn't readily available for purchase, but it's easy to watch online.

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Quality X
'The Tale of Tiffany Lust' (1979)

Filmed in New York City, this film is about a "housewife" who spices up her life by checking out a show where people have sex in front of a live audience. More importantly, can we please talk about how chic this poster is?

The film isn't readily available for purchase, but it's easy to watch online.

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'The Devil in Miss Jones'

Another *total* classic (look at all those review—from Variety, Newsweek, and New York Magazine, no less!), The Devil in Miss Jones isn't just a good porn movie—it's a good movie-movie. Plot-wise, TDIMJ is insane: A woman kills herself, gets stuck in limbo, and agrees to return to earth and have a ton of sex if she can get a place in Hell. When she eventually arrives, she discovers that Hell is being trapped in a room with someone who refuses to have sex with her. Plot twist!

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