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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. Films showing explicit sexual activity were confined to privately distributed underground films, such as stag films or "porn loops". Beginning in the late 1960s, most notably with Blue Movie by Andy Warhol, mainstream movies began pushing boundaries in terms of what was presented on screen. Although the vast majority of sexual situations depicted in mainstream cinema are simulated (in early pornography, the main actors engaged in simulated sex, with inserts placed in the film), on rare occasions actors engage in real sex. The difference between these films and pornography is that, while such scenes might be considered erotic, the intent of these films is not solely pornographic.
Notable examples include two of the eight Bedside-films and the six Zodiac-films from the 1970s, all of which were produced in Denmark and had many pornographic sex scenes, but were nevertheless considered mainstream films (they all had mainstream casts and crews, and premiered in mainstream cinemas). The last of these films, Agent 69 Jensen i Skyttens tegn, was made in 1978. From the end of the 1970s until the late 1990s it was rare to see hardcore scenes in mainstream cinema, but this changed with the success of Lars von Trier's The Idiots (1998), which heralded a wave of art-house films with explicit content, such as Romance (1999), Baise-moi (2000), Intimacy (2001), Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny (2003), and Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs (2004). Some simulated sex scenes are sufficiently realistic that critics mistakenly believe that they are real, such as the cunnilingus scene in the 2006 film Red Road.
In an interview after the release of his film Love, when asked why audiences want to see realistic portrayals of sex, Gaspar Noé suggested it's really about power structures: "In most societies whether they’re western or not, people want to control the sexual behaviour or to organise it in a precise context. Sex is like a danger zone. Sometimes class barriers fall down and it scares a lot of people. It’s about states controlling their systems, like religion."
- I've been a part of professional mainstream film for 17 years, and then in addition to that, I am a citizen of the United States and, you know, I am engaged with its mainstream culture, but I've also done a fair amount of studying queer theory or queer cinema classes. So I’ve found that my place, one thing that my position allows, is a way to bring these two worlds together and also question the rules of mainstream cinema or mainstream culture, to examine why things are made the way that they are, why some subject matter is presented in one way and not another, and how those things shape us as people, how it shapes our beliefs, how it shapes the way that we live. If we can question those things or introduce alternative ways of viewing lifestyles or whatever it might be in mainstream cinema or indie cinema or art cinema, I think it can only be for the good. If other voices or other kinds of discussions or storylines or narratives from different perspectives are introduced, it will only make us richer as a people.
A few directors have openly discussed or written about the technical problems inherent in filming of actual sexual acts, particularly with actors or actresses who have never performed such acts on film. In an interview with BlackBook, Gaspar Noé acknowledges that it is difficult for several reasons: an actor may not be able to get or maintain an erection in the presence of even a small crew, or on camera; either of the partipants may have a current partner. "So I've decided that the best way to show real sex is to cast two single people who used to be a couple."
Pornographic films re-edited for mainstream release
Prior to the advent of home video, a number of hardcore pornography films were released to mainstream cinemas. In most cases, scenes of penetration were either cut out or replaced with alternate shots. One exception to this was Deep Throat, which was released uncensored.
Examples of this type of hybrid release include Alice in Wonderland (1976), shot as X-rated, but first released as an R-rated version—afterwards, the uncut version was released; Café Flesh (1982)—the R-rated version of this science fiction porn film was released to mainstream cinemas; Stocks and Blondes (1984), originally available as Wanda Whips Wall Street; and Droid (1988), originally released as Cabaret Sin in 1987.
Films with unsimulated sexual activity
The following mainstream films have scenes with verified real sexual activity, meaning actors or actresses are filmed engaging in actual coitus or performing related sexual acts such as fellatio and cunnilingus. This list does not include documentaries about pornography, which may contain unsimulated sexual activity. For example, Inside Deep Throat contains approximately 20 seconds of unsimulated fellatio.
|Gift||1966||One of the first Danish mainstream films with explicit and unsimulated sex scenes, although key sex scenes were blocked by censors during showings at the time in the United States.||Danish|
|Blue Movie||1969||A 1969 film by Andy Warhol – the first film depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical distribution in the United States – a seminal film in the Golden Age of Porn (1969–1984) and, according to Warhol, a major influence in the making of Last Tango in Paris, an internationally controversial erotic drama film, starring Marlon Brando, and released a few years after Blue Movie was made.||English|
|99 Women||1969||There are two different versions of this film by Jess Franco: Director's Cut (released in 1969) and X-Rated "French version" which contains eight hardcore scenes that were shot by Bruno Mattei (released in 1974).||English|
|Double Face||1969||There is a French hardcore version of this film, directed by Riccardo Freda featuring an actress Alice Arno under the title Chaleur et jouissance.||Italian|
|Quiet Days in Clichy||1970||Film, directed by Jens Jørgen Thorsen, is based on the long-banned novel by Henry Miller and contains a graphic insert of hardcore sex early on.||Danish, English|
|Groupie Girl||1970||Groupie Girl, directed by Derek Ford is also available in hardcore "export" version.||English|
|The Deviates||1970||A film directed by Eduardo Cemano contains hardcore inserts which involve Harry Reems.||English|
|Bacchanale||1970||American film directed by John and Lem Amero contains some hardcore inserts. It focuses primarily on the "erotic surrealism" and "dream-logic". Actually, the whole film is a dream that mixes death, guilt, eroticism and incest.||English|
|Kama Sutra '71||1970||American film, directed by Raj Devi features hardcore scenes, involving an actress Ann Perry (died in 2015).||English|
|Cry Uncle!||1971||This film by John G. Avildsen shows unsimulated fellatio.||English|
|Slaughter Hotel||1971||A film, directed by Fernando Di Leo is also released in a version featuring hardcore inserts of female genitalia and lesbian intercourse. This version circulated in France under the title Les insatisfaites poupées érotiques du docteur Hitchcock.||Italian|
|A Lizard in a Woman's Skin||1971||There are three French versions of this film by Lucio Fulci: Carole (the original version released in 1971), and two versions released in 1976: Le Venin de la Peur (renamed original version) and X-rated version with hardcore inserts under the title Les Salopes vont en Enfer.||Italian|
|Luminous Procuress||1971||A film , directed by Steven F. Arnold, featuring some hardcore heterosexual sex.||English|
|Secret Rites||1971||British pseudo-documentary film by Derek Ford is also available in hardcore "export version".||English|
|A Clockwork Blue||1972||An American film directed by Eric Jeffrey Haims available in both softcore and hardcore versions.||English|
|Pink Flamingos||1972||This film by John Waters was banned in Australia in 1997. The Board unanimously noted a scene which included "close up real depictions of actual fellatio....which unambiguously contravene R classification guidelines.".||English|
|Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why?||1972||There is a version of this film, directed by Giuseppe Vari made for foreign market with hardcore inserts.||Italian|
|So Sweet, So Dead||1972||This film, directed by Roberto Bianchi Montero was released in the USA under the title Penetration with hardcore inserts.||Italian|
|The Red Headed Corpse||1972||There is the DVD Version of this film, directed by Renzo Russo with hardcore inserts taken from the French VHS Version under the title La peau qui brûle.||Italian|
|Commuter Husbands||1972||British film by Derek Ford exists also in a version with hardcore inserts, but there is no suggestion that any of the credited cast did HC.||English|
|Delirio caldo||1972||A German double DVD from 2014 entitled Das Grauen kommt nachts contains four different versions of this film by Renato Polselli (also known as Death at the Villa and Delirium) including the French hardcore version.||Italian|
|Cristiana monaca indemoniata||1972||Uncut version of this film, directed by Sergio Bergonzelli contains hardcore scenes.||Italian|
|I Jomfruens tegn||1973||First film in the Danish Zodiac-series of mainstream-comedies with hardcore scenes.||Danish|
|Thriller – A Cruel Picture||1973||The original Swedish cut of this film, directed by Bo Arne Vibenius, contains explicit hardcore inserts.||Swedish|
|A Scream in the Streets||1973||Film by Carl Monson and several other directors contains a few seconds of actual penetration.||English|
|The Devil in Miss Jones||1973||American Film directed by Gerard Damiano and reviewed favorably by Roger Ebert.||English|
|Fleshpot on 42nd Street||1973||This film, directed by Andy Milligan exists in two versions: The "hardcore version" titled Fleshpot on 42nd Street and The "softcore" version titled The Girls of 42nd Street (although this cut has also circulated under the "Fleshpot" title).||English|
|The Obscene Mirror||1973||A number of versions of this film exist. Each version contains unique scenes and was prepared for different markets: the Spanish version (Al otro lado del espejo), two French versions (Le miroir obscène), one with hardcore inserts, and the Italian version (Lo specchio del piacere) which restructures the film substantially and includes some different hardcore inserts to the French XXX version.||Spanish|
|Sinner: The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac||1973||This film by Jess Franco, also known as Le Journal intime d'une nymphomane exists in versions featuring hardcore sex.||French|
|A Virgin Among the Living Dead||1973||A Virgin Among the Living Dead is a film by Jess Franco and exists in many hardcore and edited versions.||French|
|The Sinful Dwarf||1973||There are at least two versions of this film directed by Vidal Raski: Unrated US theatrical version, titled The Abducted Bride and Danish hardcore version, titled The Dwarf.||English|
|The Devil's Plaything||1973||A film directed by Joseph W. Sarno, in its uncut version features many explicit scenes, including a close-up scene of female masturbation by dildo.||English|
|Anita: Swedish Nymphet||1973||Swedish film, directed by Torgny Wickman. "Because of its serious treatment of nymphomania as a disease, Anita is not at all erotic, despite the typically high bar for Scandinavian nudity". This film exists in many versions, including a hardcore version released in the United States in 1975 under the title Anita, Swedish Nymphette.||Swedish|
|The Sex Thief||1973||There is also a hardcore version of this British film by Martin Campbell, although there is no suggestion that any of the credited cast did hardcore scenes.||English|
|Emmanuelle||1974||A film, directed by Just Jaeckin contains a scene where the woman places the cigarette in her vagina and allows it to inhale and exhale the smoke.||French|
|Zelda||1974||For the French version, director Alberto Cavallone shot additional hardcore scenes.||Italian|
|I Tyrens tegn||1974||Second film in the Danish Zodiac-series of mainstream-comedies with hardcore scenes.||Danish|
|Score||1974||American film by Radley Metzger, based on an off-Broadway play that included Sylvester Stallone. It features a scene of unsimulated fellatio between Calvin Culver and Gerald Grant.||English|
|Riot in a Women's Prison (Prigione di donne)||1974||An erotic film, directed by Brunello Rondi was released in France in a version entitled Penitencier de femmes perverses containing additional hardcore scenes added by French distributor.||Italian, English|
|The Girls of Kamare||1974||A Situationist film, directed by René Viénet contains hardcore footage inserted by Viénet himself.||Japanese|
|La bonzesse (La bonzesse ou les confessions d'une enfant du siècle-long title)||1974||A French film by François Jouffa contains a scene of fellatio (non-simulated, performed during filming according to the source, but not very visible however). The penetration scene may or may not be real.||French|
|Sweet Movie||1974||This film by Dušan Makavejev contains some unsimulated sex acts.||English, French, Polish, Spanish|
|Flossie||1974||A 1974 Swedish erotic film, featuring an actress Marie Forså, exist in both original Swedish XXX version and edited R-rated version.||Swedish|
|Immoral Tales||1974||This film, directed by Walerian Borowczyk consists of four stories, titled La marée, Thérèse philosophe, Erszébet Báthory, and Lucrezia Borgia, respectively. In the third story, there is a close up scene of vaginal pearl insertion performed by an actress Marie Forså. The German Blu-ray edition of Immoral Tales contains a (pixelated) film clip from Borowczyk's A Private Collection that features an unsimulated bestiality between a woman and a dog.||French, Italian, Hungarian|
|Lorna the Exorcist (Les possédées du diable)||1974||A film, by Jess Franco exists in a number of versions, including French versions of different lengths and an Italian version with hardcore footage shot by another director/producer Robert de Nesle.||French|
|Countess Perverse||1974||Both the French theatrical version "Les croqueuses" and the Italian version (under the title "Sexy Nature") of this Jess Franco's film contain hardcore inserts.||French|
|Carnal Revenge||1974||A French VHS version of this film, directed by Alfredo Rizzo and titled Obsessions Charnelles contains hardcore scenes.||Italian|
|Keep It Up, Jack||1974||British sex comedy film directed by Derek Ford exists also in a version with hardcore inserts, however there is no suggestion that any of the credited cast did hardcore scenes.||English|
|The Hot Girls||1974||British film by John Lindsay has also hardcore export version; it is not clear if the credited cast performed in the extra hardcore sequences.||English|
|The Black Peacock also known as Il Pavone nero||1974||A film directed by Osvaldo Civirani exists in both softcore and hardcore versions.||Italian|
|I Tvillingernes tegn||1975||Third film in the Danish Zodiac-series of mainstream-comedies with hardcore scenes.||Danish|
|Der må være en sengekant||1975||Sixth film in the Danish Bedside-series of erotic mainstream-comedies, and one of the two to have hardcore scenes.||Danish|
|The Image||1975||This film by Radley Metzger, based on the novel L'Image by Catherine Robbe-Grillet, features many unsimulated sex scenes including S&M, fellatio and cunnilingus.||English, French|
|Number Two (Numéro deux)||1975||Numéro deuxis one of Jean-Luc Godard's most sexually explicit works, mixing pornography and politics. It contains at least one non-simulated scene (fellatio).||French|
|The Teenage Prostitution Racket [Storie di vita e malavita (Racket della prostituzione minorile)]||1975||Film, directed by Carlo Lizzani and Mino Giarda (also a co-writer) available in many different versions, including a version with 10 minutes of additional hardcore footage, shot by Giarda; this version may be found on Italian Raro Blu-ray released in 2018.||Italian|
|Black Emanuelle||1975||This film, directed by Bitto Albertini exists in both softcore and hardcore versions. Hardcore scenes were performed by body doubles. In Italy, it was released on DVD by Stormovie with the fully uncut hardcore print.||Italian|
|Emanuelle e Françoise le sorelline||1975||A German version of this film directed by Joe D'Amato, and titled Die Lady Mit der Pussycat contains hardcore footage featuring Brigitte Lahaie.||Italian|
|Felicia (Les mille et une perversions de Felicia)||1975||A film by Max Pécas shot as the softcore film and then due to Giscardian liberation and the creation of the X classification, Pécas was "forced" to shot the hardcore version. The both versions may be found on Italian DVD.||French|
|The Hot Nights of Linda||1975||There are two different versions of this film directed by Jess Franco: softcore version and hardcore French version.||French|
|Female Vampire||1975||There are at least three different versions of this film by Jess Franco (also known as Erotic Kill): a horror-version, a "Soft"-erotic-version and a Hardcore-version, which is actually the "Soft"-version with four additional hardcore scenes and may be found on the German DVD by Laser Paradise.||French|
|L'Éventreur de Notre-Dame||1975||A film by Jess Franco exists in many different versions, including a version titled "Sexorcisme" with hardcore scenes.||French, Latin|
|Justine and Juliette||1975||A film directed by Mac Ahlberg contains hardcore scenes.||Swedish|
|The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance||1975||This film, directed by Alfredo Rizzo was released in France under the title L’Insatiable Samantha. This version contains some hardcore scenes.||Italian|
|Lips of Blood||1975||Director Jean Rollin was "forced" to shoot a hardcore version of this film which was released as Suce Moi Vampire.||French|
|Rêves pornos (Le Dictionnaire de l'érotisme)||1975||Rêves pornos is essentially a compilation of scenes from erotic movies shot by Max Pécas between 1965 and 1974 with additional hardcore sequences. The scenes are taken from movies like la Nuit la plus chaude, Je suis une nymphomane, Comment le désir vient aux filles and some others from that period.||French|
|Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman!||1975||This film, directed by William A. Levey exists in both softcore and hardcore XXX version whereas the hardcore scenes were performed by body doubles.||English|
|Breaking Point||1975||The third film directed by Swedish director Bo Arne Vibenius features relatively numerous sexual acts. In this film all scenes are non-simulated (performed by the actors).||English|
|Rolls-Royce Baby||1975||A film directed by Erwin C. Dietrich. "The film stops short of hardcore, but not far short, with explicit masturbation and fellatio scenes often showing up".||German|
|Girls Come First||1975||There is also a version of this British film, directed by Joseph McGrath with extra hardcore sequences, but it is not clear if any of the credited cast was involved in it.||English|
|The Sexplorer||1975||British Sex comedy film by Derek Ford has also a version with hardcore inserts for foreign markets.||English|
|Barbed Wire Dolls||1976||This film by Jess Franco in its uncut version contains explicit scene of digital penetration which had to be removed from the UK DVD version by Anchor Bay in order to achieve an 18 classification.||French|
|Emanuelle in Bangkok||1976||Directed by Joe D'Amato this film, in its uncut Italian DVD version, contains hardcore shots of vaginal penetration by ping pong balls.||Italian|
|Luxure||1976||A film by Max Pécas exists in both original softcore version (Luxure) and hardcore version (Sweet Taste of Honey).||French|
|The Opening of Misty Beethoven||1976||American erotic film, based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (and its derivative, My Fair Lady), and directed by Radley Metzger, is regarded as attaining a mainstream level in storyline and sets, and is considered, by award-winning author Toni Bentley, the "crown jewel" of the Golden Age of Porn.||English|
|Alice in Wonderland||1976||American film produced by William Osco and reviewed favorably by Roger Ebert.||English|
|Sømænd på sengekanten||1976||Eighth and final film in the Danish Bedside-series of erotic mainstream-comedies, and one of the two to have hardcore scenes, including extensive clips from the short Color Climax #1283: Mail Order Sex (1973), watched on 8mm by the ship's crew.||Danish|
|I Løvens tegn||1976||Fourth film in the Danish Zodiac-series of mainstream-comedies with hardcore scenes.||Danish|
|In the Realm of the Senses||1976||This film has many experimental and avant-garde elements features hardcore sex scenes, showing genitals of actors. Based on the story of Sada Abe, features fellatio and other non-simulated sexual acts.||Japanese|
|Through the Looking Glass||1976||Film by Jonas Middleton with many experimental and avant-garde elements. Middleton shot three different versions of the film (two softcore, one hardcore) in order to market the film to different audiences.||English|
|A Real Young Girl||1976||This film is Catherine Breillat's first feature film, shot in 1975, but banned for the next 25 years, mostly due to hardcore nature of its content. Some controversial scenes show: full frontal vagina, bodily fluids, urination and masturbation.||French|
|Die Marquise von Sade||1976||This film by Jess Franco contains some hardcore scenes.||German|
|Girls in the Night Traffic||1976||German Blu-ray Edition of this Jess Franco's film contains both softcore and hardcore version.||German|
|The French Governess||1976||A film, directed by Demofilo Fidani exists in at least three versions: the erotic drama under the title Calde labbra, the hardcore version under the title Burning Lips and the Italian DVD of "Cine Sexy" which is a mixture of previous two versions.||Italian|
|Inhibitions||1976||There are both softcore and hardcore versions of this erotic film by Paolo Poeti: The Hardcore version contains a close-up scene of female masturbation.||Italian|
|Around the World in 80 Beds (In 80 Betten um die Welt, Mondo Erotico)||1976||Film by Jess Franco available also in hardcore version. However, authenticity of the film as a "real" mondo is highly debated (according to the sources).||German|
|Sex Express||1976||Also known as Diversions, this British film directed by Derek Ford is also available in hardcore "export" version.||English|
|Keep It Up Downstairs||1976||This British film by Robert Young also exists in a version with hardcore inserts that involved body doubles for the main stars.||English|
|Secrets of a Superstud||1976||Directed by Morton L Lewis and Alan Selwyn, this British film was also shoot in hardcore export version, entitled It's Getting Harder All the Time.||English|
|The Office Party||1976||British film , directed by David Grant has also a hardcore export version.||English|
|The Angel and the Woman (L'Ange et la femme)||1977||This film by Gilles Carle contains some explicitly unsimulated sexual activity between its stars.||French|
|Agent 69 Jensen i Skorpionens tegn||1977||Fifth film in the Danish Zodiac-series of mainstream-comedies with hardcore scenes.||Danish|
|Shining Sex||1977||This film by Jess Franco was released in two versions; the softcore version (as Shining Sex) for the English market and in a versions with hardcore scenes for the French market, under the title La Fille au sexe brillant.||French|
|Emanuelle in America||1977||A film by Joe D'Amato exists in both softcore and hardcore versions.||Italian|
|Emanuelle Around the World||1977||The hardcore European version of this film by Joe D'Amato, prepared for the French market contains penetration, oral sex, and the bestiality scenes with the snake and the dog.||Italian|
|Sister Emanuelle||1977||There is also the Danish DVD version of this film by Giuseppe Vari with hardcore sex scenes.||Italian|
|Nazi Love Camp 27 (La svastica nel ventre)||1977||Film by Mario Caiano, some versions of which contains hardcore inserts.||Italian|
|Under the Bed||1977||British film, directed by David Grant exists in a version with hardcore footage.||English|
|The Mark||1977||Greek film, directed by Ilias Mylonakos exists in both softcore version (The Mark) and hardcore version (Call Girl).||English|
|The Ceremony||1977||A film (also known as Erotiki Teleti) directed by the prolific Greek director Omiros Efstratiadis exists in many versions, including the hardcore ones.||Greek|
|Monsieur Sade||1977||A film, directed by Jacques Robin opens with one "truly pornographic scene", while the rest of the footage is mostly simulated.||French|
|Le calde notti di Caligola||1977||Erotic comedy directed by Roberto Bianchi Montero, shot in two versions, one of which was prepared for foreign market and contains hardcore scenes, including one penetration and several fellatio scenes.||Italian|
|Agent 69 Jensen i Skyttens tegn||1978||Sixth and final film in the Danish Zodiac-series of mainstream-comedies with hardcore scenes.||Danish|
|Behind Convent Walls||1978||The uncut version of this nunsploitation film by Walerian Borowczyk features hardcore scene of female masturbation by a wooden dildo with the face of Christ painted on one end of it; "the most graphic sexual scene in the film and what makes the film infamous".||Italian|
|Blue Movie||1978||This film, directed by Alberto Cavallone, also exists in uncut 8mm version with hardcore material that includes fellatio and intercourse scenes.||Italian|
|Sister of Ursula||1978||Sister of Ursula exists in both uncut softcore version and hardcore version that was later created by the producer using hardcore inserts. The existence of the HC version was also confirmed by director Milioni himself.||Italian|
|The Coming of Sin||1978||There are at least two versions of this film, directed by José Ramón Larraz: Sex Maniac and an Italian PAL VHS version Sodomia that contain hardcore inserts.||Spanish|
|Pleasure Shop on the Avenue||1978||Erotic triller film (also known as Il porno shop della settima strada), directed by Joe D'Amato was originally shoot as a softcore, and then at the request of the producers, some hardcore footage was added. The full hardcore version of the film can be found on the Italian DVD by Cinesexy, released in 2015.||Italian|
|You're Driving Me Crazy||1978||There is a hardcore version of this film by David Grant, but it is not clear if any of the cast participated in the hardcore inserts.||English|
|Immoral Women||1979||This film, directed by Walerian Borowczyk consists of three stories titled Margherita, Marceline, and Marie, respectively. In the first story, Margherita, there is an unsimulated intercourse scene.||French, Italian|
|Caligula||1979||The film's producerBob Guccione added six minutes of several hardcore inserts, including penetration, fellatio and ejaculation. The scenes shot by Tinto Brass are entirely softcore.||English|
|Images in a Convent||1979||This film by Joe D'Amato contains many explicit sex scenes including hardcore sex in the rape scene.||Italian|
|Play Motel||1979||A film directed by Mario Gariazzo. Blu-ray A America - Raro Video contains approximately 7 minutes of extra hardcore footage.||Italian|
|Giallo a Venezia||1979||A Brazilian VHS version of this film, directed by Mario Landi under the title Pesadelo em Veneza contains "XXX" scenes.||Italian|
|Malabimba - The Malicious Whore||1979||A horror film directed by Andrea Bianchi featuring hardcore scenes.||Italian|
|Bare Behind Bars||1980||A film by Oswaldo de Oliveira, features explicit sex scenes (mostly lesbian), and at least one hardcore heterosexual scene.||Portuguese|
|Beast in Space||1980||There is also a hardcore version of this film by Alfonso Brescia.||Italian|
|Erotic Nights of the Living Dead||1980||This Joe D'Amato's film exists in two versions: explicit version with hardcore scenes (Hardcore Version) and a rated general release that removes all the hardcore scenes (Original Version).||Italian|
|Exotic Malice (Sesso Nero)||1980||Both American DVD by One 7 Movies and German DVD by X-Rated Kult Video contain hardcore version of this film, directed by Joe D'Amato.||Italian|
|Flying Sex (Sesso profondo)||1980||An Italian film, directed by Marino Girolami contains several hardcore sex scenes.||Italian|
|Quando l'amore è oscenità (Oscenita)||1980||A film by Renato Polselli, according to the source "his most notorious, most offensive, most challenging film", shot in 1973 but not released theatrically until 1979/1980 due to censorship problems. The fully uncut version of the film contains both scenes of various kinds of sexual activities (some of which are hardcore) and scenes of strong violence/gore.||Italian|
|Hard Sensation||1980||A film by Joe D'Amato belongs to a rape and revenge genre and contains hardcore scenes.||Italian|
|Hotel Paradise||1980||Both of softcore and hardcore versions of this film, directed by Edoardo Mulargia can be found on the Danish DVD by Another World Entertainment.||Italian|
|Sex and Black Magic||1980||This, mostly softcore film by Joe D'Amato shows one brief hardcore insert.||Italian|
|The Porno Killers (Le porno killers)||1980||Film by Roberto Mauri available in both softcore and hardcore versions. The hardcore version contains inserts (made by body doubles) and exists under the title Le Porno Salamandre.||Italian|
|Spetters||1980||This film directed by Paul Verhoeven features explicit hardcore sex scenes, including oral sex.||Dutch|
|Taxi zum Klo||1980||A film directed by Frank Ripploh features hardcore gay sex scenes.||German, English, French|
|Fruits of Passion||1981||This film by Shūji Terayama contains unsimulated fellatio.||Cantonese, Japanese, English, French|
|Emmanuelle in Soho||1981||British film, directed by David Hughes is also available in a hardcore version with different performers, two female and one male.||English|
|Porno Holocaust||1981||In his book, assistant professor Danny Shipka of Louisiana State University gave both Porno Holocaust and Erotic Nights of the Living Dead negative reviews, criticizing the acting, gore, and sex scenes, and concluding that the merging of "hardcore sex and extreme violence is disturbing".||Italian|
|Caligula 2 - The Untold Story||1982||The uncut European version of this film, directed by Joe D'Amato contains hardcore scenes.||Italian|
|Scandale||1982||This film by George Mihalka contains both softcore and hardcore sex scenes.||French|
|Apocalipsis Sexual||1982||A film by Carlos Aured exists in both softcore (Spanish DVD) and hardcore (Italian VHS) versions.||Spanish|
|Aphrodite||1982||A softcore film directed by Robert Fuest (his last feature film), which includes a scene showing the partial insertion of a big toe into a vagina.||French|
|Satan's Baby Doll (La bimba di Satana)||1982||A hardcore version of this film by Mario Bianchi features scenes of fellatio and intercourse.||Italian|
|Il nano erotico||1982||A film directed by Alberto Cavallone, exists in two version: the softcore version titled Essere tenuto – Being Captured and the hardcore version titled Baby Sitter [released in France as Petites fesses juvéniles (pour membres bienfaiteurs)]||Italian|
|My Nights with Messalina||1982||Originally entitled Bacanales Romanas, this Spanish comedy film, directed by Jaime J. Puig, in its uncut version contains a hardcore clip with scenes of fellatio and penetration.||Spanish|
|Luz del Fuego||1982||This Brazilian film, directed by David Neves tells the liberal and romantic story about the controversial Brazilian vedette Luz del Fuego. Film contains a scene in which the main actress rubbing up against the penis.||Portuguese|
|Perdida em Sodoma||1982||This Brazilian film, usually translated as Lost Girl in Sodom, written and directed by Nilton Nascimento contains a several hardcore scenes of fellatio and penetration.||Portuguese|
|Killing of the Flesh||1983||This giallo film, directed by Cesare Canevari exists in both softcore and hardcore versions.||Italian|
|Taking Tiger Mountain||1983||A film by Tom Huckabee and Kent Smith, with Bill Paxton in the main role, contains several graphic scenes, including a brief hardcore shoot of fellatio.||English|
|Emmanuelle 4||1984||This film, directed by Francis Leroi and Iris Letans exists in at least two versions. The Canadian VHS contains 3 hardcore scenes, including oral sex and intercourse.||French|
|The Alcove||1985||Film by Joe D'Amato contains some real sex scenes.||Italian|
|James Joyce's Women||1985||This film, directed by Michael Pearce, is based on James Joyce's Ulysses and shows about twenty minutes of real, on camera masturbation by Fionnula Flanagan, the main actress.||English|
|Devil in the Flesh||1986||Features a short scene of fellatio, during which the man tells the woman about Lenin's return to St. Petersburg in 1917.||Italian|
|Emmanuelle 5||1987||This film, directed by Walerian Borowczyk, exists in at least three versions. A hardcore version was only released in France on VHS and contains scenes of intercourse, oral sex, masturbation and urination.||French, English|
|Emmanuelle 6||1988||A hardcore edit on VHS was released in France, making this version about 10 minutes longer than US DVD version.||French|
|Hotel St. Pauli||1988||This film by Svend Wam shows unsimulated oral sex.||Norwegian, Swedish|
|Kindergarten||1989||This Argentinian film, directed by Jorge Polaco was banned for 20 years (in Argentina) due to nude content involving minors, as well as because of a brief hardcore shoot of fellatio.||Spanish|
|Kinski Paganini||1989||Klaus Kinski's directorial debut. According to one reviewer: "[...] it is really extremely bizarre, in moments brutal and almost experimental film with plenty of softcore and hardcore scenes [...]"||Italian|
|トパーズ (Also known as: Tokyo Decadence and Topāzu)||1992||This film by Ryu Murakami about prostitution in Japan contains sexually explicit and graphic scenes, including explicit use of a vibrator and strap-on, as well as a urination scene. However, "Murakami didn't make this film to tickle people's libidos; he wanted to bring out the potential ugliness that can come through sex."||Japanese, English|
|The Soft Kill||1994||The DVD version of this film, directed by Eli Cohen, features penetration.||English|
|La Vie de Jésus (English title: The Life of Jesus)||1997||"In Life of Jesus, Dumont included extreme close-ups of penetration to emphasize the animal nature of the sex act."||French|
|Idioterne (English title: The Idiots)||1998||This film by Lars von Trier features extremely brief penetration and group sex.||Danish|
|L'Ennui||1998||A film by Cédric Kahn contains non-simulated sex scenes.||French|
|Fiona||1998||This film directed by Amos Kollek features a brief oral sex scene.||English|
|Jezus is een Palestijn (English title: Jesus is a Palestinian)||1999||Dutch film containing a scene of penetration.||Dutch|
|Romance||1999||Directed by Catherine Breillat, features male and female masturbation, fellatio, penetration, ejaculation, and sadomasochistic bondage.||French|
|Pola X||1999||"Pola X gained infamy world wide for its unsimulated sex acts between Guillaume Depardieu (Pierre) and Yekaterina Golubeva (Isabelle). Although body stand-ins were used for the most explicit parts."||French|
|The Man-Eater (La donna lupo)||1999||Film by Aurelio Grimaldi contains a scene of non-simulated fellatio.||Italian|
|Guardami||1999||Film, directed by Davide Ferrario contains non-simulated sex scenes, including fellatio by Elisabetta Cavallotti.||Italian|
|Vampire Strangler||1999||A film by William Hellfire shows non-simulated fellatio and some other hardcore scenes.||English|
|Baise-moi||2000||Several actual sex scenes, including penetration and fellatio.||French|
|Scrapbook||2000||This film by Eric Stanze includes non-penetrative sex acts (hardcore fellatio and an actor urinating on an actress).||English|
|Le Pornographe (English title: The Pornographer)||2001||This film by Bertrand Bonello shows many hardcore sex scenes, including penetration.||French|
|Lucía y el sexo (English title: Sex and Lucia)||2001||This film by Julio Medem contains several real sex scenes, including penetration and fellatio from the porn movie made by one of the film's characters as well as manual stimulation of an erect penis and cunnilingus performed by and on another film's character.||Spanish, English|
|Hundstage (English title: Dog Days)||2001||The first fictional feature film by director Ulrich Seidl contains a hardcore orgy scene.||German|
|The Center of the World||2001||Film by Wayne Wang contains non-simulated scene where a stripper inserts a lollipop into her vagina (performed by pornographic actress Alisha Klass).||English|
|Lazaro's Girlfriend (La novia de Lázaro)||2002||This film by Fernando Merinero shows real fellatio.||Spanish|
|Le loup de la côte Ouest (English title: The Wolf of the West Coast)||2002||A Hugo Santiago film with James Faulkner and Anna Mouglalis features unsimulated sex scenes.||French, English|
|Blissfully Yours (S̄ud s̄aǹeh̄ā)||2002||This film, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, contains a non simulated scene of manual stimulation of penis to erection.||Thai|
|Choses secrètes (English title: Secret Things)||2002||A Jean-Claude Brisseau film about female sexuality that shows many explicit sex scenes, including public masturbation by a female character and a hardcore orgy scene. The first film of a trilogy.||French|
|Ken Park||2002||Directed by Larry Clark, this film shows both simulated and unsimulated sex scenes, such as a male masturbation and ejaculation scene.||English|
|The Brown Bunny||2003||This film by Vincent Gallo features a scene of fellatio.||English|
|Private (Fallo!)||2003||Film directed by Tinto Brass was released in two DVD versions: Director's Cut (in Italian) that contains non-simulated oral sex scene, and alternate Producers Cut version (in English) that omits the non-simulated scene.||Italian, French, English, Spanish|
|Rossa Venezia||2003||This film by Andreas Bethmann features many hardcore sex scenes, mostly lesbian.||German|
|The Principles of Lust||2003||British film by Penny Woolcock which has an "x-rated orgy scene".||English|
|Anatomie de l'enfer (English title: Anatomy of Hell)||2004||By director Catherine Breillat, it features "actual sex, high-level sex scenes and high-level themes" according to the Australian Classification Review Board.||French|
|9 Songs||2004||Several non-simulated sex scenes, including penetration, fellatio, cunnilingus and ejaculation.||English|
|Story of the Eye||2004||Based on the novel Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille, this film, directed by Andrew Repasky McElhinney contains many hardcore sex scenes.||English|
|Kärlekens språk 2000||2004||A Swedish (fictional) sex educational film directed by Anders Lennberg shows some authentic sex scenes. It had limited theatrical release, was shown in schools and also has DVD version.||Swedish|
|Stupid Boy (Garçon stupide)||2004||A film by Lionel Baier contains "strong real sex". It was theatrically released in at least three countries, including France, Germany and Spain.||Franch|
|All About Anna||2005||A film directed by Jessica Nilsson, featuring intercourse performed both by Eileen Daly and Gry Bay and male actors, fellatio with ejaculation performed by Eileen Daly on Mark Stevens, cunnilingus performed by Ovidie on Gry Bay.||Danish|
|8mm 2||2005||A film directed by J. S. Cardone, featuring various erotic scenes that include complete nudity, group sex, female masturbation, oral stimulation, authentic pornography frames, and lesbian cunnilingus.||English|
|Kissing on the Mouth||2005||Film by Joe Swanberg contains a real scene of masturbation with ejaculation.||English|
|天邊一朵雲 (English title: The Wayward Cloud)||2005||This film directed by Tsai Ming-liang features fellatio and penetration.||Mandarin|
|Princesas||2005||This film by Fernando León de Aranoa contains a scene of explicit fellatio.||Spanish|
|Lie with Me||2005||A film by Clement Virgo, based on the novel of the same title, contains "medium-to-hardcore sex".||English, Spanish|
|Destricted||2006||This film is a compilation of seven short films made by artists and independent film-makers who were commissioned to "explore the fine line where art and pornography intersect". It "contains strong, real sex".||English|
|Shortbus||2006||Several actors perform real sexual acts including explicit masturbation, autofellatio, coitus, and fellatio.||English|
|Taxidermia||2006||This film, directed by György Pálfi contains two sequences of brief real sexual activity (male masturbation and vaginal penetration).||Hungarian, English, Russian|
|Les Anges Exterminateurs||2006||The second Jean-Claude Brisseau film that explores female sexuality. It shows unsimulated female masturbation.||French|
|Auftauchen (Also known as Amour fou)||2006||Felicitas Korn's feature film debut shows several authentic sex scenes.||German|
|Ex Drummer||2007||A Flemish film, directed by Koen Mortier; it contains "strong real sex". It was theatrically released in Belgium and Netherlands.||Dutch|
|It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.||2007||This film directed by David Brothers and Crispin Glover contains actual penetration.||English|
|The Story of Richard O. (L'histoire de Richard O.)||2007||This film by Damien Odoul shows some non-simulated sex scenes.||French, Finnish|
|Import/Export||2007||The second feature film by Ulrich Seidl contains images of non simulated sex such as digital penetration and oral sex.||German, Slovak, Russian, English|
|Serbis (English title: Service)||2008||Directed by Brillante Mendoza, it shows explicit fellatio.||Filipino, Tagalog|
|Tropical Manila||2008||This film, directed by Sang-woo Lee, contain several explicit sex acts, including real fellatio.||Filipino, Korean|
|Otto; or Up with Dead People||2008||A film by Bruce LaBruce contains "strong real sex".||English, German|
|À l'aventure||2008||The third film by Jean-Claude Brisseau about female sexuality contains many explicit sex scenes, including authentic female masturbation and orgasm.||French|
|Amateur Porn Star Killer 2||2008||This film by Shane Ryan includes explicit scenes of penetration and oral sex. The second film of a trilogy.||English|
|Gutterballs||2008||Canadian film, directed by Ryan Nicholson exists in at least two versions; Original Version that feature explicit shots of male and female genitalia, and so called Pin-Etration Edition, basically the same as the Original Version with added short h/c shots, including shot of vagina being penetrated by a (rubber) penis during the rape scene. Thus, Pin-Etration Edition is only 20 seconds longer then the Original Version and also has the advice Adults Only.||English|
|House of Flesh Mannequins||2009||Film, directed by Domiziano Cristopharo contains both real sex scenes and (at least some) real torture scenes performed by international porn stars and extreme body art performers, respectively. The US DVD release is Director's Cut (with warning).||English|
|Antichrist||2009||This film by Lars von Trier features a scene of penetrative vaginal intercourse, and also includes graphically violent sexual imagery. Body doubles were used to make the film.||English|
|Enter the Void||2009||This film, directed by Gaspar Noé contains long sequence of hardcore sex.||English, Japanese|
|The Band||2009||This film directed by Anna Brownfield features numerous sequences of unsimulated sex.||English|
|Dogtooth||2009||A film by Yorgos Lanthimos. "The brief real sex is used to establish the unusual and dysfunctional lifestyle that results from the isolation orchestrated by the dictatorial father, including incest."||Greek|
|Now & Later||2009||American independent film by French director Philippe Diaz, containing multiple simulated sex scenes and one unsimulated oral sex scene performed by Shani Solanis on costar James Wortham.||English|
|Bedways||2010||This film by Rolf Peter Kahl show real sex scenes, including two scenes of masturbation.||German|
|The Bunny Game||2010||This film directed by Adam Rehmeier contains lengthy unsimulated fellatio.||English|
|Año bisiesto (English title: Leap Year)||2010||Film by Michael Rowe features unsimulated sex scenes.||Spanish|
|Gandu||2010||An Indian film, directed by Qaushiq Mukherjee, that contains actual sex scenes.||Bengali|
|LelleBelle||2010||This film by Mischa Kamp contain images of unsimulated penetration.||Dutch|
|Q (English title: Desire)||2011||A 2011 French film, directed by Laurent Bouhnik, which features several graphic unsimulated depictions of sex.||French|
|愛很爛 (English title: Love Actually... Sucks!)||2011||A Hong Kong film, directed by Scud, features fellatio.||Mandarin, Cantonese, English|
|Caged||2011||A 2011 Dutch film directed by Stephan Brenninkmeijer, it contains several explicit hardcore sex scenes.||Dutch|
|Léa||2011||This film, directed by Bruno Rolland, contains an unsimulated scene of cunniligus.||French|
|Clip||2012||Début film by Maja Miloš about hypersexualized teenagers. Contains two unsimulated fellatio scenes, "though Maja Milos points out that the young cast were not involved and body doubles were involved. In fact the end credits start with the statement, "Underaged persons weren’t involved in scenes of explicit sex and nudity"". Prosthetics and visual effects were also used for other scenes.||Serbian|
|Starlet||2012||This film by Sean S. Baker contains a scene of penetration.||English|
|Paradise: Faith||2012||Paradise: Faith is a 2012 Austrian film directed by Ulrich Seidl, the second in his Paradise trilogy. It contains "strong real sex" including brief scenes of masturbation and fellatio.||German|
|They Call It Summer (E la chiamano estate)||2012||Film by Paolo Franchi contains non-simulated sex involving Isabella Ferrari.||Italian|
|I Want Your Love||2012||A feature-length film from 2012, directed by Travis Mathews contains "strong real sex" between men.||English|
|Sexual Chronicles of a French Family (Chroniques sexuelles d'une famille d'aujourd'hui)||2012||A film by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr exists in two versions: Sensual version (softcore) and Sexual version (hardcore).||French|
|Nymphomaniac||2013||A two-part drama by Lars von Trier, the third of his loose "Depression" trilogy. To produce scenes of simulated sex, von Trier used digital compositing to superimpose the genitals of pornographic film actors onto the bodies of the film's actors. Producer Louise Vesth explained during the Cannes Film Festival: "We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital impose the two. So above the waist it will be the star and the (sic) below the waist it will be the doubles." Gainsbourg and Martin further revealed that prosthetic vaginas were used during filming.||English|
|Pornopung||2013||A 2013 Norwegian film, directed by Johan Kaos, that features a scene of explicit fellatio.||Norwegian|
|Stranger by the Lake||2013||Directed by Alain Guiraudie, Stranger by the Lake contains scenes of unsimulated sex that were shot using body doubles.||French|
|Wetlands||2013||Film by David Wnendt contains a real scene of masturbation and ejaculation by four men on a spinach pizza. Porn actors were hired for shooting the scene.||German|
|Pasolini||2014||A film by Abel Ferrara, about the final day in the life of Pier Paolo Pasolini, shows extended, unsimulated fellatio sequence.||English, Italian, French|
|Diet of Sex||2014||Film by Borja Brun features non-simulated sex scenes.||Spanish|
|Angry Painter (Sungnan Hwaga)||2015||Film by Kyu-hwan Jeon contains "x-rated" sexual content, including unsimulated intercourse scenes between Moon Jong-won and Russian actress Natallia Bulynia.||Korean|
|Love||2015||This film by Gaspar Noé features scenes of unsimulated sexual activity and is notable as being a 3-D release.||English|
|Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo||2016||The film opens with an 18-minute unsimulated gay orgy scene at a Paris sex club.||French|
|We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne)||2016||Mexican film, directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter contains non-simulated sex scenes, including a scene of masturbation captured to climax.||Spanish|
|Needle Boy||2016||Film, directed by Alexander Bak Sagmo features non-simulated sex scenes.||Danish|
|Love Machine (Mashina Lyubvi)||2016||Somewhat controversial (regarding its real intention), sexually explicit film by Pavel Ruminov contains just a few h/c moments, including oral sex.||Russian|
|The Night (La noche)||2016||A film by Edgardo Castro features lengthy sequences of non-simulated sexual acts.||Spanish|
|A Thought of Ecstasy||2017||A film by Rolf Peter Kahl; it contains images of full-frontal nudity, erect penises, exposed vaginas as well as unsimulated sex scenes.||German|
|Ana, mon amour||2017||Film, directed by Călin Peter Netzer contains non-simulated sex scene.||Romanian, Russian|
|Picture of Beauty||2017||A film by Maxim Ford contains non-simulated sex scenes.||English|
|Marfa Girl 2||2018||A sequel to Larry Clark's 2012 film Marfa Girl, this film contains real sex scenes performed by non actors.||English|
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