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53 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. Also known as "porno chic" (a.k.a best nickname ever), this period in porn history began in 1969 with the release of Andy Warhol's Blue Movie and continued through roughly 1984. By the mid-'80s, seeing porn in theaters had become less popular, thanks to the rising popularity of VHS players. At this point, the porn industry turned away from striving to be art of any kind and started its journey to its current state: short, increasingly hardcore clips on Pornhub. But, back in the Golden Age, art was most definitely the goal. These films had higher budgets, higher production values, and intricate (honestly, sometimes a bit zany) plots.

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. Whatever the x factor (or, should we say, "xxx factor") is, vintage porn is a sometimes wonderful and often weird world, and these are the 53 wildest and most iconic movies from the genre.

9 lives of a wet pussy
Navaron Films
1 of 49
'9 Lives of a Wet Pussy' (1976)

Released in 1976, this pornographic film was actually the first movie directed by controversial filmmaker Abel Ferrara — albeit under a pseudonym ("Nicholas George"). As for the plot, it focuses on Pauline, a wealthy, married New York heiress who sets out on a sexual adventure made up of encounters with several different people (aka the plot of 98% of porn from the '70s).

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aphrodesia's diary
Audubon Films
2 of 49
'Aphrodesia's Diary' (1983)

This 1983 film is part of the Golden Age of Porn and tells the story of a woman named Adrianne, who reminisces about some of her greatest sexual exploits while reading her diary in a hotel room.

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angel of heat
Monterey Video
3 of 49
'Angel of H.E.A.T.' (1983)

This 1983 soft-core sex comedy stars porn legend Marilyn Chambers and combined sci-fi action and sexy time.

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love toy
Doris Wishman
4 of 49
'Love Toy' (1968)

This 1968 sexploitation film was directed by Doris Wishman (although she was credited as Louis Silverman for the film). In the movie, a man named Marcus loses everything he owns to a man named Alex in a very high-stakes game of Gin Rummy. Alex offers to forgive the debt—for a night with Marcus' teenage daughter. The film gets increasingly weird before its final twist ending.

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the bite
Olympic International Films
5 of 49
'The Bite' (1966)

This 1966 Japanese pink film is about a gigolo who rich, older women pay to seduce young girls—while they watch the encounters from behind a two-way mirror. Eventually, the young man has enough and tries to break free, but that's easier said than done.

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

bat pussy
Something Weird Video
6 of 49
'Bat Pussy' (1970s)

Bat Pussy is thought to have been made during the early 1970s (although the exact time of its release and production isn't totally clear). The movie is a parody of the old Batman TV show and is quite possibly the first example of pornographic parody ever. That distinction makes up for its less-flattering reputation as one of the worst porno movies ever made. Still, it's worth a watch.

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adam  yves
Hand in Hand Productions
7 of 49
'Adam & Yves' (1974)

This 1974, X-rated film was geared toward gay male audiences and followed a French man named Yves and his pursuit of a an American, Adam in Paris. The movie was also notable for technically including the final screen appearance of film legend Greta Garbo, although the footage used in the film was unauthorized.

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24 hours of explicit sex
José Mojica Marins
8 of 49
'24 Hours of Explicit Sex' (1985)

This 1985 sexploitation B-film from Brazilian director José Mojica Marins follows three men who bet on who can have sex with the most women in a 24-hour period. As you do.

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

black throat
VCA Pictures
9 of 49
'Black Throat' (1985)

This 1985 interracial pornographic movie was directed by Gregory Dark, who was one-half of the Dark Brothers team. The film has a controversial past. Traci Lords originally had the starring credit in the film, but investigators later discovered that she was underage during filming and her scenes were, of course, immediately removed from the film.

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banned book flesh futon
Nikkatsu
10 of 49
'Banned Book: Flesh Futon' (1975)

This 1975 Japanese pornographic film is part of Nikkatsu's Roman porno series and was based on a 17th-century Chinese erotic novel by Li Yu. The movie follows Mio, a struggling writer whose book, Flesh Futon, becomes a best-seller. With his success, Mio starts getting into the nightlife scene, only to find his luck change for the worse in every was imaginable.

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

come and blow the horn
Gebe Film
11 of 49
'Come and Blow the Horn' (1978)

This Swedish porno from 1978 has a delightfully whimsical premise: A group of friends gather for a celebration on a small islet and find an ancient, magical viking horn that makes everyone who hears its sound incredibly, well, horny.

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

barbara broadcast
Audubon Films
12 of 49
'Barbara Broadcast' (1977)

This movie's tagline—"a film in four courses"—perfectly sums up the delightfully quirky nature of films from the Golden Age of Porn. The titular Barbara Broadcast is a world-famous, best-selling author and the movie follows her as she's interviewed by a journalist for a piece about her impressive career. The interview goes down at an upscale restaurant in Manhattan and the menu includes amazing gourmet food and sexy activities.

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inside jennifer welles
Evart Enterprises
13 of 49
'Inside Jennifer Welles' (1977)

This allegedly autobiographical pornographic film is based on the life of real-life, famous porn actress Jennifer Welles (who also stars in the film and received a directing credit on the project).

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memories within miss aggie
Inish Kae
15 of 49
'Memories Within Miss Aggie' (1974)

In this movie, the titular Miss Aggie tells the stories of her sexual past to her lover and the memories play out on screen for our viewing pleasure.

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the cheerleaders
Cinemation Industries
16 of 49
'The Cheerleaders' (1973)

The plot of The Cheerleaders almost feels like a modern teen raunchy comedy. It's literally about a group of cheerleaders who have sex with the members of opposing football teams to tire the players out before games and make sure their own team wins. The movie spawned several sequels.

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candy stripers
Arrow Productions
17 of 49
'Candy Stripers' (1978)

This '70s porno comedy is about the sexcapades candy stripers volunteering at a hospital have with the hospital's patients and staff. A going-away party for one volunteer on her last day on the job even turns into an orgy. Classic.

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kansas city trucking co
Joe Gage Films
18 of 49
'Kansas City Trucking Co.' (1976)

Kansas City Trucking Co. is the first film in Joe Gage's gay porn "Working Man Trilogy." It's a road movie and a porn movie—everything you could want.

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centurians of rome
Bijou Video
19 of 49
'Centurians of Rome' (1981)

Centurians of Rome is one of the most expensive gay porn films of all time. It follows the lives of two Romans—Demetrius and Octavius—who are sold into slavery for not paying their taxes during Emperor Caligula's reign. And it's sexier than it sounds like a movie with that basic plot could be.

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Poster, Text, Advertising, Movie, Romance, Smile, Flyer,
Amazon UK
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'Nothing to Hide' (1981)

Nothing to Hide is lauded as having something most porn infamously lacks: good acting and a good story.

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Nose, Human, Joint, Colorfulness, Beauty, Muscle, Fashion model, Model, Eyelash, Poster,
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'Scoundrels' (1982)

Scoundrels has the distinction of being the first film ever to win the AVN Best Picture Award. The movie, about a philandering psychiatrist, is also said to contain Ron Jeremy’s best porn performance ever. So there's that.

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Movie, Poster,
Amazon
24 of 49
'Roommates' (1981)

Roommates has been called the first mainstream porn film from a female perspective, which makes it worth a watch in and of itself, right?

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Vintage advertisement, Poster, Magazine, Flesh, Advertising,
Graffiti Productions
26 of 49
'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.

Human, Poster, Fiction, Illustration, Advertising, Animation, Vintage clothing, Fictional character, Photo caption, Publication,
Realité
27 of 49
'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
28 of 49
'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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Photo caption, Magazine, Flesh,
Cabellero Home Video
29 of 49
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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