Sometimes the flesh-to-flesh contact onscreen looks so real, you might wonder if the actors are really doing it. But sometimes we have more than an inkling. Here are several examples through the years. Viewers watching the hit romance An Officer and a Gentleman back in might have felt there was a certain authenticity to the lovemaking between Richard Gere and Debra Winger.
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Here's the thing. People have sex. Movies have sex scenes. Wouldn't it be intriguing if a movie featured two actors having actual, consensual sex, instead of just mimicking sex in a way that looks great onscreen but is almost certainly very, very awkward in real life? Yes, obviously, we're aware that porn exists, but we are not talking about porn here. No, we're talking about actual, mainstream or, at very least, as the level of "mainstream" achieved by arthouse foreign films and indies movies with actual plots that also happen to feature actual humans engaging in actual sex acts. Don't roll your eyes—these movies exist.
Both mainstream and art house cinema continues to blur the line of what is acceptable to show on screen. Forgetting that Blue is the Warmest Color opens with a ten-minute sex scene, the actresses draw attention during a heightened six-minute scene when they are shown actually masturbating to help create arousal in the moments building up to sex. The anatomy may have been prosthetic, but the actions performed were nothing short of authentic.
In the film industry, unsimulated sex is the presentation in a film of sex scenes where the actors engage in an actual sex act and are not just miming or simulating the actions. At one time in the United States such scenes were restricted by law and self-imposed industry standards such as the Motion Picture Production Code. Beginning in the late s, most notably with Blue Movie by Andy Warhol , mainstream movies began pushing boundaries in terms of what was presented on screen.