Try hard. In film, sexuality and desire are still mostly coded as male. Mainstream film is a reflection of the language our culture has around sexuality.
You want your favorite characters to get a happy ending, and a lot of the time they do, just not on screen. Below are some of the most memorable orgasms that have ever graced the big screen. Some of them are just as steamy and surprising as you would expect.
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Jennifer Aniston — Bruce Almighty. We can only imagine that an orgasm created by the power of God would be all types of awesome, and Jennifer Aniston did a great job channeling the pleasurable surprise from above in in Bruce Almighty. Kim Cattrall is no stranger to on-screen orgasms but before Sex and the City, she gave a brilliant performance as Lynn "Lassie" Honeywell.
We may live in the era of Fifty Shadesbut Hollywood movies haven't always been so liberal when it comes to depicting sex. Still, for as long as there have been moving images, there have been directors pushing the proverbial envelope—and bythe world of cinema had what's generally considered to be the first true movie sex scene. Let's break it down, shall we?
Jane Fonda's campy sci-fi comic-book heroine is placed in the Excessive Machine, meant to pleasure her to death. She survives. The gold standard of on-screen orgasms, Meg Ryan's performance in a New York City deli proved to every guy in America that, yes, women fake it.
We all know that movies don't always do such a great job of accurately representing real life, but that has never been more obvious than when you're watching an on-screen sex scene. In film, women often seem to orgasm at the drop of a hat -- or an orchid petal in the case of "40 Days and 40 Nights" -- and do all sorts of yodeling while they're at it. Most of us know that in reality, a woman's body usually doesn't work that way.
Douglas Trumbull is best known as the special-effects guru behind A Space Odyssey and Blade Runnerbut he also followed both films with his own directorial efforts that, in their way, refracted and built upon those more widely acclaimed masterpieces. Trumbull intended it as a showcase for a new technology that would display wider images at 60 frames per second, but logistics forced him to scuttle those ambitions. If the idea was to make VR seem expansive and mind-blowing, the inverse happens here, turning the real world into something disorienting and claustrophobic.
Skip navigation! Story from Movies. It was instantly controversial, and the film was condemned by American censor Joseph Breen as "highly — even dangerously — indecent.
Here, we look at the films behind some of the best on-screen orgasms, from the earnest and authentic to the down-right ludicrous. When Harry Met Sally David Thomson: "If Deep Throat was designer porn, this was the mass-market version of the orgasm and evidence that the topic could be talked about at smart parties and at the deli. Everyone knows Sally's act, as delivered by Meg Ryan, the pretend orgasm, and the glorious onlooker's remark 'I'll have what she's having'.