Lars von Trier of Denmark has included strong sex scenes in some of his films, such as Breaking the Waves (1996), The Idiots (1998), Manderlay (2005), Antichrist (2009), and Nymphomaniac (2013).
In countries with a film rating system, films containing love scenes typically receive a restricted classification.This Cinderella story and romantic drama from director Taylor Hackford paired US Naval officer candidate in training (Richard Gere) with the dedicated love of a local townie (Debra Winger), a blue-collar factory worker, who revealed his inner "gentleman."Alejandro Amenábar's plot-twisting, unpredictable Spanish film, remade as Vanilla Sky (2001), told of 25 year-old César (Eduardo Noriega), a car-wreck survivor with a disfigured face - who in flashback, told of his love for gorgeous Sofia (Penélope Cruz).The erotically-charged drama told of an 1880s Cuba coffee salesman (Antonio Banderas) who sought companionship with a mysterious, deceptive, and possibly-deadly American mail-order bride-fiancee (Angelina Jolie).French filmmaker Catherine Breillat caused controversy with unsimulated sex in her films Romance (1999) and Anatomy of Hell (2004).In Italy, nudity and strong sexual themes go back to the silent era with films such as The Last Days of Pompeii (1926).This provocative and steamy Adrian Lyne erotic thriller about sexual obsession between stars Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger was chopped up before release for its kinky, sadomasochistic, sexually-explicit scenes.
A very explicit and artsy film with abundant sex followed the evolving relationship in London between a Brit glaciologist (Kieran O'Brien) and a highly-sexual 21 year-old American student (Margo Stilley).
Sex scenes are the main feature of pornographic films. Erotic films are suggestive of sexuality, but need not contain nudity.
Pedro Almodóvar of Spain is a prolific director who has included eroticism in many of his movies.
This erotic story set in the 1930s in Paris had the dubious distinction of being the first film to ever receive an NC-17 (replacing the X-rating), for its steamy, literary-minded story of a ménage a trois between controversial writer Henry Miller (Fred Miller), his wife June (Uma Thurman) and diary writer Anais Nin (Maria de Medeiros).
The overheated, noirish, and lurid B-movie plot of dark blackmail (over skinny-dipping nude photos) involved a scheming drifter (Don Johnson) in a small Texas town, romancing two beautiful local women, promiscuous sexpot Dolly (Virginia Madsen) and gorgeous innocent secretary Gloria (Jennifer Connelly), while planning a bank heist.
Love scenes have been presented in many genres of film; while in other genres, sexuality is rarely depicted.