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40 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 40 wildest and most iconic movies from the genre.

barbara broadcast
Audubon Films
1 of 40
'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
2 of 40
'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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the image
Synapse Films
3 of 40
'The Image' (1975)

This movie (which was also released under two other titles—The Punishment of Anne and The Mistress and the Slave) is based on a 1956 sadomasochistic novel called L'Image. The film focuses on a middle-aged woman named Jean who is living in Paris and finds herself drawn into a world of sadomasochism with an old friend.

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memories within miss aggie
Inish Kae
4 of 40
'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
5 of 40
'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
6 of 40
'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
7 of 40
'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
8 of 40
'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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IMDb
9 of 40
'Blonde Ambition' (1981)

This hilarious (in the best, most intentional way) porn classic is a patterned after the MGM musicals of the ’30s. It tells the story of two women trying to make it in show business in New York City and comes complete with a choreographed, Gone With the Wind "burning of Atlanta" group sex scene.

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

IMDb
10 of 40
'I Like to Watch' (1982)

As the title suggests, I Like to Watch is pure voyeuristic fantasy and proves that watching can be intense on its own.

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

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Amazon UK
11 of 40
'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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12 of 40
'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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Amazon
13 of 40
'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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IMDb
14 of 40
'Trinity Brown' (1984)

If you like a little action with your, well, action, then Trinity Brown is for you. It's a cop drama with, you know, sex.

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Graffiti Productions
15 of 40
'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.

Realité
16 of 40
'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.

VCX
17 of 40
'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
18 of 40
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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19 of 40
'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
20 of 40
'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
21 of 40
'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.

Poster, Advertising, Vintage advertisement, Flyer,
Amazon Prime
22 of 40
'Taboo II' (1982)

In the second installment in the Taboo franchise, a sister has to fend off the sexual advances of her brother, who is also seducing their mother.

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General National Films
23 of 40
'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
24 of 40
'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.

Wakefield Poole
25 of 40
'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
26 of 40
'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
27 of 40
'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
28 of 40
'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
29 of 40
'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
30 of 40
'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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