Sometimes when you’re an actor, getting down and dirty is just part of the job description. Sometimes a sex scene is integral to the plot and sometimes it’s just a frisky bonus thrown to the audience. There are a lot of reasons why a sex scene happens in a movie and there are a lot of different kinds of sex scenes–and there are some actors that just love doing a lot of sex scenes.
But which actors have spent the most time doing a little simulated bump and grind? Which ones have regularly stripped down and gotten busy for the cameras? To figure this out, we compiled a sexy database (those two words have never been put side-by-side) documenting over 200 of film history’s most outrageous, passionate, groundbreaking, frightening, and/or romantic sex scenes and kept track of who has fake-boned who (although the boning actually wasn’t always fake). After looking at the stats and crunching the numbers (oh, so sexy), we’ve come up with a top 10 list of the most frequent love-makers in pop culture history, the ones who won’t turn down the opportunity to advance a plot by doing the deed.
Before we get to the top ten, though, honorable mentions are owed to Patrick Swayze, Kate Winslet, Rebecca De Mornay, Richard Gere, and Willem Dafoe who all just missed the cut. Still, the top ten seen above know how to party.
Sexy Movies: Basic Instinct, Basic Instinct 2, Sliver, The Quick and the Dead, The Specialist, Total Recall, Year of the Gun
Sharon Stone is the queen of the sex scene-and with good reason! Even if you haven’t seen Basic Instinct, you definitely know the movie’s reputation. And after getting menacingly frisky with Michael Douglas in that erotic thriller, Stone shared intimate scenes with William Baldwin, Russell Crowe, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Sexy Movies: Gangs of New York, Revolutionary Road, Romeo + Juliet, The Beach, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic
As far as this list is concerned, Leonardo DiCaprio is the sex scene king. That’s not surprising considering Leo spent the ’90s as a teen heartthrob, hooking up with Kate Winslet and Claire Danes on screen. He then transitioned into serious adult superstardom, with director Martin Scorcese pairing him up with Cameron Diaz in Gangs of New York and Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street. He even reconnected with Winslet (herself no stranger to sex scenes) in Revolutionary Road.
Sexy Movies: Boogie Nights, Chloe, Don Jon, The End of the Affair, The Big Lebowski, The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore continually makes interesting career choices with the movies she picks-and a lot of them just so happen to include sexy scenes. Her varied partners include Ralph Fiennes in the World War II-era The End of the Affair, Amanda Seyfried in the erotic thriller Chloe, and Jeff Bridges in the seminal comedy flick The Big Lebowski. She even played the older woman to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his directorial debut Don Jon.
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Sexy Movies: Cocktail, Eyes Wide Shut, Jerry Maguire, Risky Business, Top Gun
Tom Cruise’s filmography proves that you’re never too big of a star to bare (nearly) it all. His ’80s blockbusters and ’90s Oscar bait all share one thing: sexy sexy Tom Cruise action. He got with Elisabeth in Cocktail and hooked up with his then wife Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut. No wonder he was cast as a slick AF sex guru in Magnolia. Tom Cruise just has that power!
Sexy Movies: Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Original Sin, Taking Lives, The Tourist
When Angelina Jolie turns on her charm, any scene she wants to be a sex scene is a sex scene. She even made Grendel’s mother smoking hot! On-screen, her sexy-time partners have included Antonio Banderas (more on him in a bit), Ethan Hawke, Johnny Depp, and-of course-Brad Pitt.
Sexy Movies: Blade Runner 2049, Blue Valentine, Gangster Squad, The Notebook
Whether he’s a futuristic detective or a poor quarry worker, Ryan Gosling brings smoldering appeal to every role he takes. And those movies capitalize on his inherent sexiness by hooking him up with his co-stars! Gosling’s sex scene with Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine was so hot that it initially earned the film an NC-17 rating.
Sexy Movies: Desperado, Law of Desire, Never Talk to Strangers, Original Sin
Antonio Banderas has no qualms about stripping down and getting busy on camera, whether it’s with a male co-star (Eusebio Poncela in Law of Desire) or a female co-star (Angelina Jolie in Original Sin). Banderas even has something in common with Tom Cruise: they both filmed steamy scenes with Rebecca De Mornay (Cruise in Risky Business, Banderas in Never Talk to Strangers).
Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan
Sexy Movies: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed
When you star in a film franchise that’s all about kinky sex, taboos, and forbidden affairs, you’re gonna spend a lot of time miming getting busy with your co-star. Because of their leading roles in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have quickly become some of the hardest working actors when it comes to nailing sex scenes. Whether or not they enjoyed those scenes, though, is another matter entirely.
Sexy Movies: A Dangerous Method, Anna Karenina, Atonement
If it’s a Keira Knightley period piece, then you bet she’s gonna get sensual on screen. She got frisky with Aaron Taylor Johnson in 1874 Russia in Anna Karenina, with Michael Fassbender in 1900s Switzerland in A Dangerous Method, and during World War II with James McAvoy in Atonement.