40 Most Awkward Sex Scenes

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

The Sex Scene: Andy (Steve Carell) recalls the times he's tried to overcome his inhibitions and have sex.

The worst time? When at college, a girl tried to suck his big toe…

Most Awkward Moment:
…Andy ends up accidentally kicking her in the face, which results in a very bloody nose.

Scary Movie (2000)

The Sex Scene: Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris) finally agrees to give up her V-plates to her boyfriend Bobby Prinze (Jon Abrahams).

Cindy's come unprepared, though, meaning Bobby discovers a bush so wild he has to trim it with industrial tools…

Most Awkward Moment: Bobby's been waiting so long that his climax results in a torrent so explosive that it plasters Cindy to the ceiling.

Gigli (2003)

The Sex Scene: Lesbian Ricki (Jennifer Lopez) inexplicably goes straight (happens all the time) for mobster Larry (Ben Affleck) in one of the most disturbing sex scenes ever put onto film.

Most Awkward Moment: "It's turkey time," says Ricki. "Gobble gobble."

And just like that, something inside of us died forever. NO NOT LIKE THAT.

Braindead (1992)

The Sex Scene: Zombies getting it on… In Peter Jackson's splatter classic, a zombie nurse and a zombie priest give in to their carnal (carnage?) desires, doing the (really, REALLY) nasty while locked up in the basement.

Most Awkward Moment: Their unholy union results in a zombie baby.

Because nothing good can EVER come from a zombie nurse and priest having sex.

Female Trouble (1974)

The Sex Scene: Bad girl Dawn Davenport (Divine) has sex with fat guy Earl Peterson (Divine) on a filthy mattress by the side of the road.

(You'll want to have several showers after watching this one.)

Most Awkward Moment:
Public sex isn't exactly dignified at the best of times, is it?

Naked Gun (1988)

The Sex Scene: Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) and Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley) go back to Frank's place, where they quickly head to the bedroom from a little one-on-one time.

Most Awkward Moment:
The pair agree that they should practise "safe sex", which requires them to wear full-body condoms.

Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life (1983)

The Sex Scene: "Why not start with a nice kiss?" demands a schoolmaster (John Cleese) while teaching sex ed to his class.

"You don't have to go leaping straight for the clitoris like a bull at the gate."

Most Awkward Moment: The schoolmaster's theoretical discussions about sex suddenly become very literal - and visual - when his wife turns up and the pair do it in front of the (still bored) class…

Showgirls (1995)

The Sex Scene: Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) has sex with Zack Carey (Kyle MacLachlan) in his pool.

It's so bad and so ridiculous that it's forevermore been labelled the 'dolphin sex scene', because that's basically what this pair look like when they get going.

Most Awkward Moment: The thrashing just - doesn't - end.

Team America: World Police (2004)

The Sex Scene: Gary and Lisa tear aside their clothes for one of the funniest and most graphic sex scenes ever committed to celluloid.

And by the way, they're also puppets with no genitalia to speak of (apart from nipple-free boobies)…

Most Awkward Moment: The theatrical cut is pretty outrageous, but the uncut version includes a golden shower and a hilarious bit involving something brown…

Howard The Duck (1986)

The Sex Scene: Duck-like alien Howard (Chip Zien) goes to bed with his human, Earth girlfriend Beverly (Lea Thompson).

"I can't find the right man," she complains. "Maybe it's not a man you should be looking for," quacks Howie.

Most Awkward Moment: Howard's feathers get, um, 'excited'.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.