The nude female body has fascinated men for centuries. Without wishing to come across as sexist, it is a truth that female nudity is more sought after in film than male nudity. Some see it as a form of objectification of women, while others see it as a form of artistic expression.
The films’ nudity is certainly one of their strongest selling qualities. Only a few movies have managed to make nudity appear more artistic than disgusting. Despite the no-nudity rule in some of their contracts, numerous celebrities, from top Hollywood actresses to up-and-coming stars, have dared to show it all. Furthermore, the nudity is usually merely indicated or a body double is used. Frontal nudity, on the other hand, necessitates greater tact. The use of prosthetics and body doubles has surely made filming nude sequences easier, and is perhaps one of the reasons why we now see more of the naked in movies.
Since the dawn of time, devoted moviegoers (particularly men) have sought out films and sequences in which ladies are completely naked. Here’s a rundown of the greatest of them. This isn’t meant to be a definitive or best-to-worst list. It’s only to give you an idea that all of these incredible women braved to show their true selves on camera in front of a camera team and still managed to get a flawless photo.
Table Of Content
- 1 Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color)
- 2 Adrienne Corri (A Clockwork Orange)
- 3 Alexandra Daddario (True Detective)
- 4 Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
- 5 Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine 3D)
- 6 Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones)
- 7 Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades)
- 8 Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls)
- 9 Eva Green (The Dreamers)
- 10 Heather Graham (Boogie Nights)
- 11 Helen Mirren (Savage Messiah)
- 12 Jennifer Connelly (Shelter, Requiem for a Dream)
- 13 Juno Temple (Killer Joe, Horns)
- 14 Kate Winslet (Jude, The Reader)
- 15 Kelly Preston (Mischief)
- 16 Léa Seydoux (Grand Central, Blue is the Warmest Color)
- 17 Liv Tyler (The Leftovers)
- 18 Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary, The Deuce)
- 19 Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris)
- 20 Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)
- 21 Marion Cotillard (Une affaire privée, La Guerre Dans le Haut Pays)
- 22 Monica Bellucci (Irreversible, Malena)
- 23 Olga Kurylenko (L’annulaire)
- 24 Olivia Wilde (Vinyl)
- 25 Rachel Weisz (Stealing Beauty, I Want You)
- 26 Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol)
- 27 Rosario Dawson (Alexander)
- 28 Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
- 29 Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)
- 30 Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct)
- 31 Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac)
- 32 Tilda Swinton (Female Perversions)
Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color)
With the notorious lesbian sex scene with Lea Seydoux in ‘Blue is the Warmest Color,’ arguably a career-defining film for Adele, the sexy French actress grabbed all the attention. ‘Blue is the Warmest Color,’ a controversial film that is recognized as one of the most passionate lesbian love sagas ever created, tells the story of Adele and Emma, two teens who fall in love. ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ was clearly Adele’s stepping stone to possible success, even though she has yet to break through to the public and appear alongside Hollywood’s bigwigs.
Adrienne Corri (A Clockwork Orange)
This name was added to the list on purpose. The lone entry on the list in which the actress becomes completely naked isn’t remotely sexy. Adrienne Cori has had a number of important parts during her career, but she is best recognized for her brief appearance in Stanley Kubrick’s unsettling dystopian A Clockwork Orange. Alex strips her down to her underwear and rapes her in a shocking incident (Malcolm McDowell). Kubrick commended Adrienne’s patience and comfort when filming the sequence in which she had to stand on a guy’s shoulders entirely naked for weeks and was repeatedly slapped by Malcolm to obtain Kubrick the perfect shot, after two actresses fled the job because it was too embarrassing.
Alexandra Daddario (True Detective)
The 32-year-old actress began her career as a youngster in films such as the ‘Percy Jackson’ franchise, horror films such as ‘The Attic,’ ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D,’ and thrillers such as ‘Bereavement,’ ‘San Andreas,’ and others. However, she appears to specialize in romantic comedy films such as ‘Baywatch,’ ‘When We First Met,’ and ‘The Choice,’ among others. ‘True Detective,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘The Last Man on Earth,’ ‘American Horror Story,’ and ‘White Collar,’ to mention a few,’ have all featured Daddario in critically praised television shows. Her explicit nudity, on the other hand, was only seen in one episode of Woody Harrelson’s ‘True Detective,’ in which she was seen stripping naked. Daddario has appeared in over 45 films and television shows in a career that has lasted less than ten years.
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
If any actress has to have a “rising from the ashes” narrative, it has to be Alicia Vikander. In the ten years since she began acting, Vikander has appeared in over 35 films and television shows, with nearly every one of them being a commercial and critical success. Before landing her ground-breaking part of Ava in ‘Ex Machina,’ Vikander acted in historical dramas such as ‘A Royal Affair,’ ‘Anna Karenina,’ and ‘Testament of Youth.’ Although there is frontal nudity in ‘Ex Machina,’ given the fact that Ava is a robot with human skin, it cannot be labeled explicit. Following the success of ‘Ex Machina,’ Vikander has starred in a number of films in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, drama, romance, and fantasy. Her performance as Lara Croft in the reboot of ‘Tomb Raider’ was praised and panned for being gritty, realistic, and exhilarating.
Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine 3D)
This slasher revival sells itself through sex and nudity. It’s your usual teen-camp-party-gone-violent movie. Betsy Rue, who is probably most remembered for this part, has a full-fledged sex scene as well as a couple of long shots of her fully naked as she chases after her boyfriend. Rue looks unbelievably attractive, despite its crassness, and provides a much-needed watching opportunity for the film.
Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones)
Carice van Houten, who played the “Red Woman” in the critically acclaimed British television drama “Game of Thrones,” was also known for her appearances in films such as “Dorothy Mills,” “Valkyrie,” and “Jackie,” to mention a few. Van Houten is a well-known and well-liked Dutch actress who, aside from her Game of Thrones nudity, has appeared in a number of other Dutch and European films. Regardless, ‘Game of Thrones’ has increased her status as a formidable actress who has no qualms about expressing herself artistically – a fact for which she deserves all of our respect and admiration.
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades)
Despite the fact that many viewers argue that the ‘Fifty Shades’ franchise never featured any frontal nudity to begin with, there are many uncut versions that do have ample frontal nudity, although fleetingly. Dakota Johnson first gained no toriety for a brief role in ‘The Social Network,’ which was followed by her big break in ’21 Jump Street.’ Following her ‘Fifty Shades’ breakout, which rocketed her career and recognition to new heights, she has subsequently acted in films such as ‘Black Mass,’ ‘A Bigger Splash,’ and ‘Suspiria,’ to mention a few, though the majority of them were met with mixed reviews. Only a few people are aware that she is the daughter of actresses Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson from the past.
Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls)
Men are enthralled with strippers for a variety of reasons. It makes no sense to just sit there and watch girls go naked in front of you while you are forbidden to do anything. But watching the stunning Elizabeth Berkley undress, tease, and eventually get completely naked in front of a couple is a whole different story. Despite the fact that the picture was a box office flop, it has now attained cult status, and her performance has been praised widely.
Eva Green (The Dreamers)
Dreamers (2003) offers plenty of nuance, as does any Bernardo Bertolucci picture. Theo and Isabelle (Eva Green) are twins who bond and entangle erotically with an American student Matthew in the film. Green has a scene in which she performs oral sex on one of her co-stars and has supplied many full frontal nude pictures. Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For(2014), in which Eva Green plays a deceitful seductress who has bared it all in multiple moments, is another recent example.
Heather Graham (Boogie Nights)
An exception would be a film about the pornographic industry that lacked nudity. Rather of hiding the nether regions with creative camera angles and object placements, we see Graham strip down to her underwear and climb into bed with Mark Wahlberg. Though Julianne Moore appears in the film, she is not seen entirely naked, at least not in this one. The film Shortcuts might be a good spot to locate Julianne Moore naked (1993).
Helen Mirren (Savage Messiah)
Helen Mirren isn’t afraid of a little nudity. Despite the fact that she has appeared in numerous nude scenes, her speech in Savage Messiah stands out as she poses naked for a painter. You’d be hard pressed to find someone giving a short talk without their clothes on! She is so at ease taking off her clothing, even at her advanced age, that she admits she no longer cares what guys in the audience think of her naked body beyond a certain point.
Jennifer Connelly (Shelter, Requiem for a Dream)
Jennifer Connelly, an Academy Award winner, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Jennifer Connelly, best renowned for her work in horror and thriller films, has come a long way since her debut (horror) film ‘Phenomena’ to her 2017 film ‘Only the Brave.’ There isn’t a movie where her performance hasn’t been acclaimed or appreciated, including “A Beautiful Mind,” “Requiem for a Dream,” “Hulk,” “Dark Water,” “Blood Diamond,” “Winter’s Tale,” “Aloft,” “Noah,” and “Shelter,” to name a few. Although Connelly hasn’t shied away from displaying on-screen nudity, her frontal nudity scenes were limited to ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and were mostly creative in nature. Connelly is married to Paul Bettany, who plays Jarvis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Juno Temple (Killer Joe, Horns)
Juno Temple, who is best known for her frontal naked appearances, whatever fleeting they may have been, is also a well-known character actor who has often provided ground-breaking yet underappreciated performances. Juno Temple began her acting career with her father Julien Temple’s film ‘Pandaemonium.’ She’s had smaller and larger roles in nearly fifty films and counting, which is an incredible feat for an actress who hasn’t even turned 30. Despite her many on-screen nudity appearances, her portrayal of full-frontal nudity alongside Matthew McConaughey in ‘Killer Joe’ was the buzz of the town.
Kate Winslet (Jude, The Reader)
There are far too many films in which Kate Winslet does not remove her clothing to mention. In fact, she has gotten naked in four of the six roles for which she has received Academy Award nominations. Her famous drawing room scene in Titanic will live on in the imaginations of moviegoers forever, but few people are aware that she bared her entire body for her role in Jude (1994), in which she enables a man to take her virginity. The Reader is another important mention in which she is fully clothed.
Kelly Preston (Mischief)
Mischief is a fun teen comedy-drama about three teenagers dealing with their raging hormones. In one scene, Kelly Preston goes all out when it comes to nudity as she seduces the young and shy Jonathan. Although Preston is topless for the majority of the sequence, as the camera zooms out, you can see her entirely naked.
Léa Seydoux (Grand Central, Blue is the Warmest Color)
Léa Seydoux is well-known for her roles in films such as ‘Inglorious Basterds,’ ‘Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ ‘Grand Central,’ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and ‘Blue is the Warmest Color.’ Her role as the Bond Girl in the film ‘Spectre’ is regarded one of her biggest professional breakthroughs. Léa Seydoux is widely regarded as a rising star who has received numerous award nominations and wins. She is also known for her bold appearances in most of her films, particularly her frontal nudity scenes in films such as ‘Blue is the Warmest Color,’ ‘Grand Central,’ and others, which caused quite a stir back in the day.
Liv Tyler (The Leftovers)
Although Liv Tyler has never been known for her frontal nudity, she appears to have put her inhibitions aside for ‘The Leftovers,’ a television series about an apocalyptic catastrophe that causes 2% of the world’s population to vanish. Liv Tyler has a 20-year career and has made cameo roles in a number of films, including ‘Stealing Beauty’ and ‘The Ledge,’ to mention a few. Tyler has a long way to go as an actress and a future superstar, having appeared in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie, ‘Armageddon,’ ‘Reign Over Me,’ and now ‘The Leftovers.’
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary, The Deuce)
The critically acclaimed picture ‘Secretary,’ which is perhaps one of Gyllenhaal’s most cherished films, featured her frontal nudity as well as a ground-breaking performance. The story follows Lee, a socially shy girl who applies for a secretary position with an attorney but ends up in an intimate physical relationship with him. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s other prominent works include ‘The Deuce,’ ‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,’ ‘Stranger than Fiction,’ ‘Hysteria,’ and ‘White House Down.’ Her most recent Netflix film, ‘The Kindergarten Teacher,’ is currently generating a lot of hype.
Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris)
Another Bertolucci picture, Maria Schneider goes entirely naked with Marlon Brando in this highly contentious film. Following that is a brutal rape scene in which Marlon Brando assaults Schneider. Schneider was apparently under the age of legal drinking at the time, and the picture as a whole is full of questionable scenes.
Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Margot Robbie, the new chic on the block and perhaps Martin Scorsese’s best blonde bombshell discovery yet, starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ When you see a Scorsese picture, you may expect some sexual behavior in an unusual way. However, right before she and Leo have sex, Robbie appears entirely naked in one of the sequences. Robbie was only 23 when she did it, so it was a bit of a shock, but wow did she pull it off.
Marion Cotillard (Une affaire privée, La Guerre Dans le Haut Pays)
Marion Cotillard, an Academy Award-winning actress, is widely regarded as one of the best French actresses working today. Cotillard is still one of the most well-known actresses today, with more than $3 billion in box office receipts and more than 50 English, French, and other language titles to her credit. In Hollywood, she is known for her roles in films such as ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Macbeth,’ ‘Contagion,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Big Fish,’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ among others. Her nudity in films like ‘A Private Affair,’ ‘War in the Highlands,’ and a few others reflects the actress’s commitment to artistic independence.
Monica Bellucci (Irreversible, Malena)
The Italian model-turned-actress is recognized for her sensual roles in many Italian and Hollywood films, as well as her numerous naked appearances. Bellucci is also noted for certain pivotal parts she has portrayed throughout the course of her 30-year career. ‘Malena,’ ‘The Matrix’ franchise, ‘Under Suspicion,’ ‘Irreversible,’ ‘Tears of the Sun,’ ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ and ‘Spectre,’ among others, are among her significant films. Bellucci was regarded as one of the sexiest women alive today, and her parts in sexual romances such as ‘Malena’ and psychological thrillers such as ‘Irreversible’ were well-received. Bellucci has made frontal naked appearances in both films, albeit fleetingly.
Olga Kurylenko (L’annulaire)
The French actress has long been noted for her on-screen presence as well as her lovely looks, which she inherited from her modeling days. Kurylenko began her film career with L’Annulaire, in which she played Iris, a young factory worker who has lost her ring finger and is between jobs. For her portrayal in the film, Kurylenko won the Brooklyn International Film Festival Best Actress prize, and she also shot frontal nudity sequences. Kurylenko rose to prominence after starring alongside Timothy Olyphant in ‘Hitman,’ and filmmakers began to see her as a viable character actress, with roles alongside Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Rowan Atkinson, to name a few. She rose to prominence after landing the part of Bond Girl in the film ‘Quantum of Solace,’ with Daniel Craig. ‘Johnny English Strikes Again,’ her most recent film, was recently released in theaters.
Olivia Wilde (Vinyl)
Not only is Wilde one of today’s most daring actresses, but she’s also one of Hollywood’s most attractive ladies, a source of jealousy for everybody. Wilde was a series regular on the television show ‘House,’ in which she played Dr. Remy Hadley, and she also starred in films such as ‘The Girl Next Door,’ ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ ‘Tron: Legacy,’ ‘In Time,’ ‘Rush,’ ‘Her,’ and ‘Meadowland,’ to mention a few. When she starred alongside Liam Neeson in the film ‘Third Person,’ her nudity became increasingly well-known, followed by her explicit frontal nudity in the television show ‘Vinyl.’ Wilde has appeared in over 50 films and television shows to date.
Rachel Weisz (Stealing Beauty, I Want You)
Rachel Weisz, like Jennifer Connelly, has had a storied and successful acting career from the start. Weisz, a British actress, began her career in minor roles before starring in the 1999 fictional action-horror film ‘The Mummy,’ which received critical acclaim. There was no turning back for Weisz after that, and she appeared in a slew of critical and commercial successes, from ‘Enemy at the Gates,’ ‘The Mummy Returns,’ ‘Constantine,’ ‘The Constant Gardener,’ ‘The Fountain,’ ‘Definitely, Maybe,’ ‘The Deep Blue Sea,’ and so on, to her most recent film, ‘Disobedience,’ in which she was seen in an Weisz debuted her frontal nudity in the film ‘Stealing Beauty,’ although her performance was overshadowed by Liv Tyler’s. Her passionate, sensual performance in ‘I Want You,’ which included sexually graphic moments, created headlines and helped the film win a couple of prizes.
Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol)
Despite several accolades for her work over the years, David Fincher’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is by far Rooney Mara’s most critically lauded film, for which she was also nominated for Best Actress at the Academy and Golden Globes, among other awards. With a long list of critically praised films under her belt, including ‘The Social Network,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Side Effects,’ and ‘Her,’ to name a few, Mara has progressed from glamorous roles to character-driven roles, solidifying her position as a seasoned Hollywood actor. The terrible rape scene in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ as well as multiple sex scenes in which Mara has appeared, only serves to highlight the actress’s artistic individuality, which is not only impressive but also worth remembering.
Rosario Dawson (Alexander)
Rosario Dawson has always been known for her strong, dramatic performances, whether in films or on television. Dawson has conquered most of the cinematic genres with her talent and prowess, having appeared in over 70 different films and television shows, many of which turned out to be major blockbusters. From Marvel’s Defenders franchise to character-oriented roles like those in ‘Seven Pounds,’ and for her rare comic portrayals like the one in ‘Top Five,’ Dawson has conquered most of the cinematic genres with her talent and prowess. Despite not being recognized for her on-screen nudity, one of her few nudity appearances was in the film ‘Alexander,’ in which Colin Farrell played the titular role. She portrayed Roxana, the wife of Alexander the Great, who was a rumored homosexual.
Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
The comedy-drama ‘Happy-Go-Lucky,’ which garnered Hawkins multiple prizes, was the veteran British actress’s first break. ‘Blue Jasmine,’ which became more famous for Cate Blanchett’s performance, ‘Jane Eyre,’ ‘Godzilla,’ ‘Paddington,’ and ‘The Shape of Water,’ to mention a few of her other important works. Her first and only frontal nudity role was in ‘The Shape of Water,’ a fantasy drama that included ground-breaking performances from Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon and went on to win Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Direction, Production Design, and Original Score. Sally Hawkins was nominated for her performance as a mute girl stationed in a high-security research lab who falls in love with an Amazonian amphibian humanoid. Hawkins’ next appearance will be in ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters.’
Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)
From the beginning of her acting career, all of her contracts included a no-nudity provision, which is a fascinating truth about one of the most gorgeous women on the globe. ‘Under the Skin,’ a thriller starring Scarlett Johansson that depicted an alien (played by Scarlett Johansson) who lured single men into a mysterious space called “void” and harvests their organs, was an out-of-the-league film by many measures. Although there are a few sequences in which Johansson is entirely naked, the idea is that because she is playing an extraterrestrial, this isn’t the same as human female nudity. Regardless, ‘Under the Skin’ is Scarlett Johansson’s first film in which she performed a fully nude sequence, albeit not sexual in nature, and it also features an exceptional performance, possibly her best acting performance to date. Do I need to tell you about Scarlett Johansson’s other films?
Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct)
I don’t think I need to say much more here. Surprisingly, there isn’t a single scene in this film in which Sharon Stone shows her entire frontal naked body. We can see Stone rolling around in bed naked with Michael Douglas in a number of moments, but the reason I included her name on this list is because of one memorable scene. She is interviewed by the detectives as a suspect, and as she crosses her legs, the spectator gets a full glimpse of what’s below the white dress.
Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac)
‘Nymphomaniac’ is widely recognized as one of the most sexually explicit mainstream films ever made. Stacy Martin, who made her cinematic debut in ‘Nymphomaniac,’ played a young Joe in the film, while Charlotte Gainsbourg played the elder version of the role. Joe, a nymphomaniac, and her sexual exploits through the ages are the focus of the film. Stacy Martin’s other notable films include ‘Taj Mahal,’ a film based on the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, ‘Redoubtable,’ a French comedy about Jean-Luc Godard’s life and times, and ‘Vox Lux,’ in which she starred alongside Natalie Portman, Jude Law, and others in a story about two teenage sisters who are also aspiring singers. Aside from the film ‘Nymphomaniac,’ Stacy Martin has failed to find success in her acting career.
Tilda Swinton (Female Perversions)
Tilda Swinton, a British actress, is widely regarded as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived. Swinton, an Academy Award winner, has acted in a plethora of films and television episodes, the most of which have gone on to become cult classics with the passage of time. Eve, an attorney in Los Angeles, has an unsatisfying sex life and seeks relief from the romantic nightmares she suffers on a regular basis in her film ‘Female Perversions.’ Despite the fact that Swinton has made naked appearances in a number of films, ‘Female Perversions’ is the only one in which she has donned frontal nudity. Swinton has appeared in over 70 films and television shows to date.
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