Movies with Good Love Scenes

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Movies with good love scenes are an excellent source of entertainment for those of us who are romantics at heart. In addition to appealing to our softer side, great love scenes also satisfy our inner pervert. After all, who doesn’t get at least a little worked up while watching Naomi Watts, Tom Cruise, or Salma Hayek make love on the big screen? There are plenty to choose from, as movies with good love scenes have been popular for decades in one form or another.

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The next time you’re in the mood for love, be sure to check out one of the following:

Ghost (1990) – The pottery wheel scene. Need I say more? The romantic music, the beautiful bodies of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, plus lots and lots of wet clay. Modern movie love scenes just don’t get any better than this.

The Blue Lagoon (1980) – Star Christopher Atkins was 18 when this film was made, and Brooke Shields was 14, but their young age doesn’t stop them from displaying all kinds of nudity in a tale of two youths who find themselves stranded on an island in the South Pacific. With no adult to guide them, they slowly begin to grow and mature, and it’s not long before nature takes its course. Some might feel a bit uncomfortable watching the two teen stars roll around naked on the beach, but there’s no denying the powerful emotions conveyed in the film’s lovemaking scenes.

Risky Business (1983) – The movie that propelled Tom Cruise to stardom, Risky Business centers on a high school student’s fling with a beautiful call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) and all the naughty misadventures that arise. While the movie is most famous for the scene in which Cruise dances around in his underwear and dress shirt to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll,” fans of good love scenes will also recognize it for the steamy interlude between the two leads on the Chicago L train set to the music of Tangerine Dream. Ah, the ‘80s.

A Walk on the Moon (1999) – Trapped in a lower middle class existence as the wife of a television repairman in New York City, Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) longs for something more. That’s exactly what she finds in Walker Jerome (Viggo Mortensen), a blouse-selling hippie who she meets while vacationing in the Catskills. The couple make sweet, sweet love beneath a waterfall, and only a monk (or a Republican) could deny the sheer physical beauty of the earthy Mortensen and always-radiant Lane.

Mulholland Drive (2001) – Naomi Watts and Laura Harring engage in numerous steamy lesbian make-out sessions, but the one with all the close-ups is easily the most noteworthy. You’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of the action, and director David Lynch moved up a couple of notches in my book for daring to create such a steamy sapphic coupling. Naomi Watts should be contractually obligated to have a lesbian scene in every movie she does (it would’ve certainly made King Kong more interesting).

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983) – This love scene is included more for its comedic value than any kind of eroticism. Taking place during “Part II: Growth and Learning,” a group of bored English schoolchildren (played by Python members, naturally) look on as their teacher (John Cleese) demonstrates sex education by mounting his wife (Patricia Quinn) on a bed at the front of the class. As he clinically thrusts away and engages in a bit of small talk with his wife, he pauses to scold inattentive students and keep the kind of firm-handed discipline that’s always depicted in scenes dealing with the British educational system.

Desperado (1995) – This was the first time that American audiences got a look at the curvy Salma Hayek, and the image would be burned into their collective brains for years to come. Besides causing a traffic accident during her first on-screen moment, Hayek also heats up the screen by appearing in a naked romp with co-star Antonio Banderas. Women will be fascinated by Antonio’s smoldering looks and tangle of raven hair, while guys will be breaking out the hand lotion over Hayek’s seemingly impossible proportions.

The Notebook (2004) – When they’re not sharing a passionate kiss in the rain, stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are getting down and dirty as only people in 1940’s South Carolina can do. The film’s second love scene is the best of the bunch, and it’s surprisingly intense for a film rated PG-13. It’s not often you see a movie like this written and directed by a man, so who says guys can’t be romantic when they want to?

Titanic (1997) – If you want to get a woman in the mood for some lovin,’ try sketching her in the nude with only a priceless diamond around her neck. Of course, it also helps if you’re Leonardo DiCaprio. This all-time box office champ features one of cinema’s most famous love scenes, as Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) slip into the cargo hold of the Titanic and make love in the backseat of a Renault. I never cared much for this glorified chick flick, but it’s hard to deny the romantic energy of the aforementioned scene.

Top Gun (1986) – Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis heat up the screen to the strains of Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away.” In case you’re wondering why the scene is tinted blue, it’s because the filmmakers added the steamy interlude after test screenings in which audiences complained about the absence of any love scenes. But by the time they filmed it, actress Kelly McGillis had dyed her hair for her next film, so the blue tint was used to disguise this fact. For once, the test audiences got something right.

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Now that you’ve read this list of movies with good love scenes, why not get close to the one you care about, pop one of the above into the DVD player, and get ready to break out the scented oils? And if that doesn’t work, you can always cool down by reading one of the following:

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