The best movie sex scenes of all time—and how to recreate them at home

Starring in one of the best movie sex scenes can be easier than you think with our simple tricks and tips...

A still from one of the best movie sex scenes featured in The Notebook
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Whatever genre you love, there’s one big thing that the best movie sex scenes all have in common – they will inspire you to get more creative in bed. From iconic films, such as Dirty Dancing, The Notebook and Titanic, to more recent steamy hits, including Fifty Shades Darker, the best movie sex scenes have the power to stir something inside you, that makes you want to keep watching them again and again. 

Perhaps it’s a uniform that ignites a secret sexual fantasy you have. Or maybe it just offers you steamy escapism from daily life. Either way, these are some of the best sex positions (with some conveniently lazy sex positions) that can help inspire you to try something new. A great part about recreating the best movie sex scenes of all time is that you can add your own spin, and still keep things spicy. After all, not all of us have Ryan Gosling on hand at home. So, whether you want to recreate these sex scenes just with your imagination and one of the best vibrators, or you and your partner would love to act them out together, then you’ll still come away satisfied. 

The Notebook

Year: 2004
Starring: Rachel McAdams (Allie) and Ryan Gosling (Noah)

We’ve watched enough of these films to know that when a poor guy like Noah falls in love with a rich girl like Allie, things won’t be plain sailing in Seabrook Island, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be as sexy as hell. After being separated by war, Allie and Noah finally reunite in the house they failed to make love in years before. Not only do the pair finally consummate their relationship, but they spend large portions of the film kissing in the rain, leaving most viewers simply dreaming of being swept away by Ryan Gosling. In fact, the chemistry between the lead actors is spectacular, as is Noah’s ability to carry Allie all the way upstairs with one hand.

How to recreate at home: While kissing in the rain may seem romantic, relying on the weather can be problematic. Having sex in the shower is the next best thing. Don’t want to go from Marilyn Monroe to Marilyn Manson in minutes? Without a behind-the-scenes makeup artist on hand to keep you looking your best, it’s a good idea to wear waterproof mascara to stop the streaks. Standing doggy is a position that works well in such a small space, but don’t splash water directly into your vagina and make sure that all sex toys, including the best rabbit vibrators which both of you will really enjoy, are fully submersible.

Dirty Dancing

One of the best movie sex scenes from Dirty Dancing

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Year: 1987
Starring: Patrick Swayze (Johnny) and Jennifer Grey (Baby)

It’s the summer of 1967 and things are going from PG 13 to adults only very quickly at the Catskills resort. Baby’s already carried a watermelon, balanced on a wet log, and spent several montage sequences practicing gyrating before her and dance captain Johnny finally spend the night together. With rich kid Baby planning a career in the Peace Corps, and Johnny living each day as it comes as a smoldering dancing escort, this love scene is all about living in the moment, because everything may be different tomorrow. After dancing together with Johnny’s favorite vinyl playing in the background, Baby becomes a woman, and the rest, as they say, is history.

How to recreate at home: Even if your partner hasn’t got the same Swayze hip moves on the dance floor, the right music can still help set the scene to make sex in the bedroom go from fizzle to fabulous by the time you reach the chorus. Spend some time working out a sultry playlist beforehand, or consider using a sex toy, such as the We-Vibe Sync or The Wand by We-Vibe, which can be controlled by an app to vibrate in time to the songs that help you get in the mood. Even if you're going solo, unleash your inner Baby and prioritize your own orgasm. She knows what she wants, takes a risk against all odds, and just goes for it—and so should you.

Pretty Woman

One of the best movie sex scenes of all time is in Pretty Woman

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Year: 1990
Starring: Richard Gere (Edward) and Julia Roberts (Vivian)

This modern-day Cinderella story follows working girl Vivian as she’s hired by corporate guru Edward to pretend to be his girlfriend for a week of business events. After a faulty start, cue Vivian living out every girl’s fantasy with a spending spree on Rodeo Drive, and being wined and dined at the best restaurants. The good news? There’s not one, but two, best movie sex scenes that really stand out here. The first is when Vivian finds Edward playing the piano late one night in an empty ballroom. But, the one that really gets pulses racing is when Vivian breaks her “no kissing” rule, and wakes Edward up in bed. The scene finishes with Vivian declaring she loves him. And while the thread of social status throughout the movie makes the viewer realize that their future may not be so clear, at that moment nothing else matters.

How to recreate at home: In a survey (opens in new tab) by OnBuy's Adult Division, a staggering 65% of people want to try the piano scene out for themselves. One of the reasons this scene is so sexy is how the couple could be caught by a member of staff at any moment. While you need to keep things legal, having sex outside could spice things up for you if you like the idea of this kind of thrill. Want to stay inside? If you don’t have a piano, try recreating this on the kitchen counter instead. It’s one of the best sex positions for G-Spot stimulation. Plus, never underestimate how much a new outfit can boost your self-esteem, and sex drive, in an instant. So, go on, get shopping!

Top Gun

Top Gun features one of the best movie sex scenes

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Year: 1986
Starring: Tom Cruise (Maverick) and Kelly McGillis (Charlie)

This iconic 80s romantic action movie has it all. Not only do the fighter jets going full throttle get blood pumping to all body parts, but throw in US Navy uniforms, Berlin’s stirring Take My Breath Away playing on loop, and plenty of semi-naked locker room scenes. Trust us, this flick will leave you truly exhausted with the number of sexual fantasies it includes. But forget Goose, it’s the tricky trainer-and-pilot relationship between Maverick and Charlie that really steals the show. The back-and-forth fighting about flying rules between the pair soon becomes less about regulations and more about love. After a row, Maverick storms off on his motorbike, and Charlie follows. They kiss and then comes possibly the most romantic-yet-sexy scene of all time with billowing curtains in the background and Berlin cranked up to the max.

How to recreate at home: One word: uniform. Your partner doesn't have to be a fighter pilot to recreate this one – you can simply buy the costume instead. Dressing up together can help keep the daily grind out of your sex life. Forget about the chores or worries, and be in the moment. And, if you find you love to roleplay and sexy films and want to try watching more together, exploring porn for women could be the next best step.


Titanic has one of the best movie sex scenes of all time

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Year: 1997
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack) and Kate Winslet (Rose)

Another tale of lovers divided by class but, this time, with a sinking cruise liner and huge iceberg thrown into the mix. Despite the cold seas, things on board RMS Titanic are getting steamier by the minute as poor artist Jack takes out a pad and pencil and draws upper-class Rose like one of his French girls. With just a rare diamond necklace covering her modesty, things between the pair culminate in a steamy romp in a car in the cargo hold. 

How to recreate at home: Despite the tragic ending to Titanic, the same survey found that a huge 83% of people chose this as one of their best movie sex scenes, and 79% want to recreate it. While sex in the car can definitely be a turn-on for some, for others a lack of space can just be annoying. Instead, get the creative juices flowing between you and your partner by stripping naked and drawing each other. Simply staring into each other's eyes can help ignite a connection, and is a great way to start again, especially if you are in a sexless marriage or haven’t had sex for a while. Take penetration off the table, and build up slowly, exploring each other’s bodies, while holding back for as long as possible.


Ghost has one of the best movie sex scenes

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Year: 1990
Starring: Patrick Swayze (Sam) and Demi Moore (Molly)

If you’ve not seen this hit flick for a while, you may not remember the plot of the classic comedy drama, but you’ll certainly remember the pottery scene. This is where a pre-ghost Sam interrupts Molly working with clay late one night at her pottery wheel. With Unchained Melody playing in the background and a phallic-shaped pot spinning violently in front of them, a shirtless Sam is too much for Molly to resist, and the pair soon get clay in parts that are very hard to remove.

How to recreate at home: Don’t worry – you don’t have to be amazing at pottery to try this best movie sex scene at home. The reason this steamy scenario works so well is that it really focuses on the power of touch, and using all your senses when having sex. Clay can be messy, and pottery wheels are expensive to hire, so why not swap that for some tingling lube instead. Massaging your partner with lube which heats things up, cools things down, or simply tastes good, can be a great way to spice things up. Plus, if there’s ever a good example of how to seduce a man easily, then it’s with a sexy massage. If he likes it firm, adding in one of the best body wand massagers could be for him.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith has one of the best movie sex scenes

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Year: 2005
Starring: Brad Pitt (John) and Angelina Jolie (Jane)

There’s makeup sex, and then there’s the passionate sex that happens between John and Jane. Stuck in a stale marriage, after hiding their identities as highly trained killers, Jane and John are both ordered to kill each other. After an epic fight scene when they both realize they can’t go through with the order, the explosive sex that happens between these warring loved ones is so steamy that it’s obvious these Hollywood A-listers were once a real-life couple. It's definitely one of the most believable movie sex scenes we've seen.

How to recreate at home: If a relationship between two of the arguably best-looking people in the world can turn stale, then it may feel like there is not much hope for everyone else. But how to have good sex in a long-term relationship doesn’t have to involve being assassins and wielding guns. Instead, talking is key. Jane and John have therapy in the film. While it may not work well for them, it can help both partners to open up about sexual anxiety or sexual issues, which could be key to boosting your libido again.

Faye M Smith is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years experience in the magazine industry. Her continued work in the area of natural health won her the coveted title of the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) Journalist of the Year Award 2021. Currently Health Editor across several brands including woman&home, Woman and Woman’s Own, Faye specialises in writing about mental health, the menopause, and sex and relationships.