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Sex tapes go to the movies: THE ORGASM DIARIES, HARDCORE, and more!

How far are you willing to go for a role? Shia LaBeouf claims he sent a sex tape to notorious director Lars von Trier to secure his role in NYMPHOMANIAC, a film that promises to be so wild that it will come in both a hardcore and a softcore version. He says he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make the film a success… and we started thinking about the long and illustrious history not just of sex tapes, but sex tapes as cinematic devices. Luckily for us (and you), THE ORGASM DIARIES airs Saturday at midnight, and we assembled a little list to, ah, get you in the mood.

THE ORGASM DIARIES

Who hasn’t dreamed of a hot, sweaty summer documenting the throes of young love? When a couple starts documenting their sex life for their private edification and a pornographer discovers their work, can their relationship weather the storm? Make sure you have ice water on hand for this intimate, steamy, and raw celebration of sexuality, love, and the ties that bind us.


HARDCORE

George C. Scott just wants to find his missing daughter, but she turns up in a place he wasn’t expecting: a pornographic film. The strict Christian gets involved in a tangle of people, emotions, and places when he travels to California in the hopes of rescuing her from the people he thinks abducted her, only to learn that her story is a little more complicated than that.


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Lisbeth Salander’s shown up here before, and here she is again, with her chilling scene where she films her rape and uses the video for blackmail. The smart, sharp, and determined heroine will stop at nothing to get vengeance on her tormentors, and bringing her own brand of justice to her rapist is just the beginning.


SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE

This 1989 classic and indie film must-watch says it all in the name: sex tapes are an integral part of the story, but so are the lies the characters tell themselves and each other. Steven Soderbergh catapulted into the public eye with this look at a man who loves to record women talking about their sexuality and what happens when he interacts with a couple in a troubled marriage.


THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

We confess that this is the odd one out on this list, but some of us have a soft spot for teen movies, and this one is pretty delicious. When a high school student falls in love with the girl next door and she turns out to be a porn star, of course the next logical thing to do is make a sex education film in the school library, using actual porn stars! Some of us would have paid more attention in sex ed if the movies had been this exciting.

Photo credit: IFC Films

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