17 Mainstream Movies With as Much Nudity as Actual Porn

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Looking for a movie that's almost porn, but technically not? Here are 17 movies that will get you turned on with their almost nonstop nudity. And yet, they're still totally mainstream with great plots and talented actors. Consider it sex with a side of sophistication.

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'Elles' (2011)

This French film is one step away from being soft core porn. The movie stars Juliette Binoche as a journalist who takes on an assignment that requires her to enter a prostitution ring run by college students. It's like an overtly sexual Never Been Kissed.

'Tokyo Decadence' (1992)

This Japanese pink film is a tells the story of Ai, a submissive prostitute who is struggling with her romantic relationship with a married man. Warning though: The scenes depicting Ai's sex work explore some of the darker aspects of BDSM relationships.

'The Canterbury Tales' (1972)

Sex, nudity, slapstick humor, and literary clout? 1972's The Canterbury Tales truly has it all.

'Original Sin' (2001)

In 2001, Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas gifted the world with this sensual historical drama that totally lives up to its tease-y title.

'Henry & June' (1990)

Henry & June, starring Uma Thurman, was the first movie to receive an NC-17 rating and it definitely earned it. Based on Anais Nin's memoir of the same name, it takes viewers through Nin's affair with Henry Miller and her sexual awakening via his wife, June, in early '30s France.

'Showgirls' (1995)

This movie is famous for being just bad enough to gain a cult following, and for heavily sexualizing Saved By the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley, who spends a lot of the movie pole dancing in the nude.

'Boogie Nights' (1997)

This one isn't pornography, but it is about pornography. Set in LA's San Fernando Valley, this film stars Mark Wahlberg as a nightclub dishwasher who becomes a big adult film star during the Golden Age of Porn in the '70s.

'Eyes Wide Shut' (1999)

Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut, starred then-married actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a couple going through a rough patch in their marriage. Kidman's character admits that she's fantasized about having an affair and it throws Cruise's character into a crisis that can only be solved by attending a trippy, masked orgy.

'The Dreamers' (2003)

This 2003 movie based on the novel The Holy Innocents follows a love triangle between an American student in Paris in 1968 and the brother and sister—who have a, shall we say, unusal relationship—he meets there. The sister is played by a young Eva Green, who did a ton of full-frontal nudity for the film.

'9 Songs' (2004)

This art drama, screened at the Cannes Film Festival, featured unsimulated sex acts performed by its leads, Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley, who play lovers that attend a lot of rock concerts and have a lot of intercourse.

'Shortbus' (2006)

While some other movies on this list feature unsimulated sex, most don't show the real thing. Not Shortbus. This ensemble about gay and straight couples who all converge at an underground salon/sex club in Brooklyn featured plenty of nudity and unsimulated sex performed by the lead actors.

'Lust, Caution' (2007)

Directed by Ang Lee, this erotic thriller follows a group of young Chinese women who use seduction to trap an ally of the Imperial Japanese Army so they can try to assassinate him. The movie actually received some criticism for its excessive nudity and graphic sex scenes, but Lee (and many critics) found both integral to the plot. Lust, Caution earned an NC-17 rating in the United States.

'Antichrist' (2009)

Lars von Trier is infamous for pushing the envelope, sexually, in his films. In Antichrist, viewers witness a couple have unsimulated sex while their toddler falls out of a window to his death. The unsimulated sex was filmed using body doubles, not the film's mainstream stars, Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

'Sleeping Beauty' (2011)

Don't confuse this very sexy 2011 indie film with the Disney cartoon of the same name. *This* Sleeping Beauty stars Emily Browning as a college student who takes a part-time job working with a company that connects wealthy men with women willing to be voluntary sedated so said men can sleep next to them. And yes, it lives up to the weirdness of the premise.

'Nymphomaniac' (2013)

Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, the third film in his "depression trilogy," features way more nudity than Antichrist and a lot of mainstream stars, including Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, and Uma Thurman.

'Blue Is The Warmest Color' (2013)

This movie won the hearts of critics and audiences alike, as well as the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Blue Is The Warmest Color follows the romance between two women and features several realistic love scenes in which the stars are fully nude.

'The Wolf of Wall Street' (2013)

This Oscar-nominated (for Best Picture, amongst nominations) three-hour movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio (who won a Golden Globe for his performance) is based on the true story of stock broker Jordan Belfort and jam-packed with debauchery of all kinds—drugs, drinking, and a whole lot of nudity, including a prosthetic version of Jonah Hill's penis, if you're into that.

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