They can be funny, they can be intense, they can be romantic. They can involve puppets, or multiple people, or pools. Cinema has been around for more than a century, and throughout the course of filmmaking history, skilful directors have elevated the sex scene to new heights. Here are some truly over-the-top sex scenes that have pushed boundaries and titillated audiences throughout the years.
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Actors: Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman
Fun Fact: This psychological thriller is one of just six horror films to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
Actor: Tiffany Haddish
Fun Fact: Though not an actual sex scene, this bonkers grapefruiting demonstration got the crew on Girls Trip to start sending Haddish love letters and jewelry for her performance.
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Actors: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Mackenzie Davis
Fun fact: None of the characters in this scene were actual humans.
Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Actors: Jason Statham and Amy Smart
Fun fact: The extras' reactions to the scene? Totally real.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Actors: Cameron Diaz and a 2013 Ferrari California HS.
Fun fact: Angelia Jolie turned down the role of Malkina. Wonder why?
9 1/2 WEEKS
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Actors: Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger
Fun fact: Basinger used a body double for all of her sex scenes.
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Actors: Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aviva Baumann
Fun fact: Christopher Mintz-Plasse's mom had to be on set during the filming of this sex scene because he was only 17 at the time.
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Actors: Michael Fassbender and Amy Hargreaves
Fun fact: The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District is notorious for couples having sex against the floor-to-ceiling windows.
MR. AND MRS. SMITH
Directed by: Doug Liman
Actors: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Fun fact: We all know that Brad and Angie hooked up on set because their chemistry was so palpable. A decade and a break up later, maybe the two's fiery romance shouldn't have come as a conclusion of suburban property damage.
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Actors: Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan
Fun fact: It's the highest-grossing NC-17 movie of all time.
DON'T LOOK NOW
Directed by: Nicholas Roeg
Actors: Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie
Fun fact: The scene still seems so natural and real that rumours abound that Sutherland and Christie weren't really acting.
Directed by: Gaspar Noé
Actors: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, and Klara Kristin
Fun fact: The unsimulated sex scenes were inarguably more exciting during the film's 3D theatrical release.
Directed by: Marco Brambilla
Actors: Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock
Fun fact: The film predicted Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming a politician a decade before he became governor of California.
Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
Actors: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Fun fact: The oral sex scene was so realistic that it earned the film an NC-17 rating—which Gosling himself appealed.
Directed by: Lee Daniels
Actors: Nicole Kidman and John Cusack
Fun fact: This is the movie in which Nicole Kidman peed on Zac Efron. And yet that's not the most shocking scene of the film.
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Actors: Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas
Fun fact: The stars used no body doubles, and it took five days to film.
Directed by: Paul Feig
Actors: Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig
Fun fact: Jon Hamm just tried to enjoy the scene. And he told Kristen Wiig to pinch him if he was hurting her.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR
Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche
Actors: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos
Fun fact: One of the many sex scenes took ten days to shoot.
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER
Directed by: David Wain
Actors: Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black
Fun fact: This sex scene was all improv. They also kept their socks on.
Directed by: Mike Judge
Actors: Gary Cole and Ron Livingston's brain
Fun fact: Those probably aren't Jennifer Aniston's feet.
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Actors: Malin Akerman and Patrick Wilson
Fun fact: Snyder actually thought it would be a good idea to set a superhero sex scene to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
Directed by: David Fincher
Actors: Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris
Fun fact: Pike practiced this sex scene using a Dora the Explorer doll. She also requested that she and Harris spend two hours alone on set preparing.
Directed by: Jerry Zucker
Actors: Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore
Fun fact: Moore secured her role because she could cry on command from both eyes. Swayze was cast after the writer saw him cry over his father in an interview.
Directed by: John McNaughton
Actors: Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, and Neve Campbell
Fun fact: The crew found a dead body before filming a river scene. The police simply anchored the corpse to the shore out of site until filming was completed.
Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Actors: Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Ana López Mercado
Fun fact: Luna is not circumcised. That penis you see is pure prosthetic.
Directed by: David Lynch
Actors: Naomi Watts and Laura Harring
Fun fact: Watts, facing eviction and the loss of her health insurance, almost quit acting after filming wrapped. Nicole Kidman talked her into staying, and here we are today.
Directed by: Tony Scott
Actors: Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis
Fun fact: Cruise forgot his line after the car chase scene, so he kissed McGillis instead. It stuck.
Directed by: Rowdy Herrington (real name)
Actors: Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch
Fun fact: Ronda Rousey will star in a remake of the film. Hopefully the new version will not include a painful-looking sex scene against a brick wall.
Directed by: Trey Parker
Actors: Two puppets voiced by Trey Parker and Kristen Miller
Fun fact: After showing an initial version of the film to the Motion Picture Association of America, the board gave it an NC-17 rating for the sex scene. After at least nine edits with different sex scenes the film finally got an R rating.
BRIDE OF CHUCKY
Directed by: Ronny Yu
Actors: Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly
Fun fact: Another puppet sex scene, sure, but this one's for anyone who smashed their Cabbage Patch dolls together as a kid.
SHOOT 'EM UP
Directed by: Michael Davis
Actors: Clive Owen and Monica Bellucci
Fun fact: This film had a body count of 151—nine during this sex scene.
Directed by: Mary Harron
Actors: Cara Seymour, Guinevere Turner, and Christian Bale
Fun fact: Bale based his Patrick Bateman off Tom Cruise, as he called it "this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes."
Directed by: Paul Brickman
Actors: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay
Fun fact: This movie, in which Cruise wears Ray-Ban Wayfarer, boosted sales of the model by 50 percent.
Directed by: Jorma Taccone
Actors: Will Forte and Maya Rudolph
Fun fact: Rudolph was eight months pregnant while shooting her scenes.
EYES WIDE SHUT
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Tom Cruise and a lot of naked people in scary masks
Fun fact: Many of the orgy guests are computer generated figures that obscured the sex acts, allowing the film to get an R-rating.
This article originally appeared on Men's Health US.