Top Five… Sex Taboos in Movies

When one has an insatiable sexual appetite, it helps when you look like Michael Fassbender. With Shame hitting cinemas, Ross McD takes a look (strictly for research purposes of course) at the top five films to break sexual taboos.

5. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

'Everything, butter face,' thought Superman's da

Marlon Brando was the first major Hollywood star to play the lead in an x-rated film – who else, as the legend goes, would have requested his lines be written on co-star Maria Schneider’s rear? Many people felt the health benefits of switching from butter to margarine that year.

4. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

The Celtic and Rangers players finally decided to put their petty differences aside

But…. Heath Ledger’s a guy! And so is Jake Gyllenhaal! *gasps*! That it took until 2005 for a mainstream film to feature a love story between two guys is perhaps more shocking than anything on this list. Ledger wasn’t too fond of the in-laws though – he blows up Gyllenhaal’s sister in The Dark Knight.

3. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Sorry mate, but you look a right penis holding that

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel shocked many upon its release, probably no one more than Gene Kelly, who could never have imagined his tap-dancing ditty Singin’ In The Rain would be used as a soundtrack to rape. Malcom McDowell also achieves a first in sex crime by beating somebody to death with a giant penis sculpture.

2. 9 Songs (2004)

ET: The Extra dirty version

A film about a couple, nine songs they listen to and all the sex they have inbetween. Caused a huge stir on its release as all the sex scenes between both lead actors were real, as well as being the first mainstream film to show male ejaculation.

1. Crash (1996)

Racism is bad. Ludacris stole my car. Oh, wrong Crash

Not to be confused with the 2004 Oscar winner (especially if you settling on the sofa with your mum to watch a film). Depicts a group of people who are sexually aroused by car crashes, and features among its many notable scenes the improvised use of a gaping car crash wound as… well, you know.


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