Top 10 Taboo-Breaking Love Scenes on Films

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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016

With the recent release of the very first 50 Shades of Grey trailer, a lot of conservative groups in the US were outraged maybe because of either of the two reasons: it’s a trailer of an erotic and tantalizing film too hot to handle on TV, OR it was shown all over America while everybody’s eating breakfast. How many pancakes were burnt over the, do you reckon?

It was in 1896 when the very first sexual scene was shown on screen and the journalists back then were scandalized. It was a scene from the movie The Kiss. It was a less than a minute smooch. Over the years, Hollywood’s appetite for sex has increased. Film storytelling has a greater need to show lascivious acts that are rich and flaming, with some specific borderlines of course. When the review for Blue is the Warmest Color came out, it was mentioned that the writer of the graphic novel walked out because he became too ‘uncomfortable’ with the female-to-female sex scenes. Yet the highest award in the Cannes Film Festival 2013, the Palme d’Or, were both awarded to the director and the lead actresses.

However, modern the society has become, however liberal people have turned into, the moral judgement always hangs on the edge when it comes to arguing about how ready people are for wicked entertainment to be shown on the big screen, much more on TV.

Here are the biggest taboo-breaking movies when it comes to love scenes:

1. The Abyss. This 1910 film shows relationship consummation with full clothes on. The lead actress gyrated and grinds her hips against the actor and it radiated sexual heat. But people reacted mainly because the woman was the sexual aggressor. 

2. Notorious. this 1946 Alfred Hitchcock film showed the very first long kiss broken apart by other irregular intervals. The two actors were locked in each other’s arms, embracing, and kissing every time each other gives a wonderful idea.

3. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. This 1971 film featured a lot of unsimulated sex as the actor (also the director) makes love to several women while running from the law. What’s more controversila baout this film is when the director also included his young son to play his younger self and depict the moment when he lost his virginity to a courtesan. 

4. The Devils. This 1971 French film is too controversial even to this day’s standard. It showed an group of nuns having an orgy while they are surrounded by different religious icons. It also had Jesus as he was taken down from the cross, after which, sexually devoured by a lusty woman. 

5. In the Realm of the Senses. This 1975 Japanese film depicts sexual violence where both man and woman damaged each other through various forms of sexual violence such as erotic asphyxiation. In the end there was murder and castration.

Honorable mentions:

  • Blue Velvet (1986)
  • Howard the Duck (1986)
  • Kids (1995)
  • The Brown Bunny (2004)
  • Team America: World Police (2004)

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