You know how some people like to say "love scenes" as a euphemism when what they're really talking about is a hot, steamy, sex scene? If the phrase "love scene" actually makes you roll your eyes or cringe a little, hear us out, because sometimes it's actually the most appropriate pair of words in the world to describe what plays out on our screens. Yes, sometimes sex scenes are pure, carnal expressions of lust, but some of the best sex scenes in cinema history are actually tender, sensual, and—dare we even say it—romantic. If you're in the mood for movies that showcase the art of making love in the all-caps, L-O-V-E sense of the word, then your Google sleuthing has led you to precisely the right place.
We've dug deep into the annals of pop culture for examples of movies that truly illustrate the difference between "having sex" and "making love." You know, the kinds of movies that will make your heart flutter and your stomach fill with those middle school crush, first love butterflies. From obvious old school love stories like Dirty Dancing and From Here to Eternity to modern classics like Titanic and The Notebook with even a few under-the-radar (but still eternally worthy) indie picks thrown into the mix, we've compiled a definitive guide to movies with romantic AF (no pun intended), but still insanely hot sex scenes. Here are 22 of the most romantic, not cheesy, totally sensual sex scenes in movie history.