Tim Dirks' The History of Sex in Cinema

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The following listing of these influential, memorable and classic sex scenes and films (chronologically by year) takes into account all of the available surveys of this type of material, and attempts to provide an informed, detailed, unranked grouping of the most influential and groundbreaking films and scenes. It also considers other films with sex-related scenes, including portrayals of sex and/or nudity, and factors in a film's (or scene's) notoriety and infamy and the stars involved. Some of the most notorious (or infamous) films are quite mediocre, usually made as an excuse to display nudity or eroticism of a star performer.

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    Fatima's Coochee-Coochee Dance

    1896, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Kiss

    1896 — a.k.a. The May Irwin Kiss, in 4 top lists Check
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    Après le bal

    1897 — a.k.a. After the Ball, the Bath, in 0 top lists Check
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    Annabelle Butterfly Dance

    1894, in 0 top lists Check
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    Annabelle Sun Dance

    1894, in 0 top lists Check
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    Annabelle Serpentine Dance

    1895, in 2 top lists Check
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    Serpentine Dance by Annabelle

    1896, in 0 top lists Check
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    Annabelle in Flag Dance

    1896, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tambourine Dance by Annabelle

    1896, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sun Dance - Annabelle

    1897, in 0 top lists Check
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    Birth of the Pearl

    1901, in 0 top lists Check
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    From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen

    1903, in 0 top lists Check
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    Peeping Tom in the Dressing Room

    1905, in 0 top lists Check
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    Traffic in Souls

    1913, in 2 top lists Check
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    Damaged Goods

    1914, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
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    A Fool There Was

    1915, in 1 top list Check
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    A Free Ride

    1915, in 1 top list Check
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    Hypocrites

    1915, in 0 top lists Check
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    Inspiration

    1915, in 0 top lists Check
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    Behind the Screen

    1916, in 1 top list Check
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    A Daughter of the Gods

    1916, in 0 top lists Check
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 22 top lists Check
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    Purity

    1916, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cleopatra

    1917, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Chief Cook

    1917, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tarzan of the Apes

    1918, in 2 top lists Check
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    Anders als die Andern

    1919 — a.k.a. Different from the Others, in 1 top list Check
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    Back to God's Country

    1919, in 2 top lists Check
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    Male and Female

    1919, in 4 top lists Check
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    Way Down East

    1920, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Queen of Sheba

    1921, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Sheik

    1921, in 3 top lists Check
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    Häxan

    1922, in 14 top lists Check
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    Manslaughter

    1922, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Ten Commandments

    1923, in 5 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    1925, in 6 top lists Check
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    Ella Cinders

    1926, in 3 top lists Check
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    Flesh and the Devil

    1926, in 8 top lists Check
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    Moana

    1926, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Son of the Sheik

    1926, in 5 top lists Check
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    Hula

    1927, in 1 top list Check
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    It

    1927, in 5 top lists Check
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    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    Pitfalls of Passion

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 32 top lists Check
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    A Wanderer of the West

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wings

    1927, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Mysterious Lady

    1928, in 1 top list Check
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    Our Dancing Daughters

    1928, in 1 top list Check