Top 10 semi-nude film scenes

Nudity is great (okay, it’s totally awesome), but sometimes the old adage is true: you really can get too much of a good thing. Oftentimes a film scene is enhanced by suggesting rather than showing, hinting rather than hammering. These ten notable sequences cut back on the graphic imagery for different reasons — to play a particularly lewd joke, to suggest the frustration of the characters, or to sneak around a pesky MPAA rating — but they all have one thing in common. They prove that sometimes less really is more.


The James Bond series has long set the standard for campy love scenes, but this sex-and-fight sequence between Pierce Brosnan’s 007 and Famke Janssen’s Xenia Onatopp (Russian, I’m told, for “Dopey Sexual Pun”) might represent the franchise’s all-time high-water mark for winking eroticism. Onatopp’s gimmick — a remarkable coincidence, given her name — is that she is a deadly assassin who kills her lovers by crushing them mid-coitus with her immensely powerful thighs. As you might expect, that leads to some kinda-hilarious, kinda-hot wrestling between Bond and Onatopp, and at least one great line (“No, no, no. No more foreplay.”). Photo credit:

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