Make them too steamy and you run the risk of veering into porn territory. Hold back and your leads may end up looking like cold fish. But there are some films which somehow manage to set the perfect tone.
Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie: Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney Out Of Sight Out Of Sight was the film which introduced many to the talents of Jennifer Lopez and cemented George Clooney as a bona-fide movie star, and this sizzling sex scene undoubtedly played a big part. Heavily inspired by the above, this particular scene intercuts the impossibly attractive couple — playing a federal agent and bank robber, respectively — during a flirtatious bar-room encounter with effortlessly sexy footage of them undressing and then writhing around.
The fact that both parties are on opposite sides of the law only makes the whole thing even more titillating. Ryan Phillipe and Reese Witherspoon: Cruel Intentions The fact that Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon were dating at the time, eventually marrying and then divorcing sob , explains why they ooze such great chemistry in this teen-movie classic.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams: The Notebook There was also a case of life imitating art in The Notebook, the romance that sparked a whole wave of increasingly corny Nicholas Sparks adaptations.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams: Silverwood Films Six years later, Ryan Gosling starred in an altogether darker love story, but one in which among all the unremitting bleakness still managed to feature an incredibly sexy shower scene.
Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez: Unfaithful Erotic thrillers are usually neither erotic nor thrilling — see every Sharon Stone film in the early 90s for proof — but this release is one of the few exceptions. And as she remembers their tempestuous sexual encounter while travelling back home on a train, her expressive face makes it clear how exciting she found the whole thing.
Naomi Watts and Laura Harring: The result is a surprisingly touching and intimate scene that blurs the boundaries of sexual identity. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara: The pair take the majority of the film to consummate their relationship, but that makes their beautifully tender first sexual encounter in a local hotel room all the more rewarding.
Tom Cullen and Chris New: