Hot Damn! Top 10 Booty Calls in the Movies

Movies and romance have been intertwined since the art form began more than 100 years ago, but onscreen booty calls—you know, when someone unexpectedly calls or comes by just for sex—is a more rare and modern cinematic scene. Here are 10 movies that expertly capture what those one night stands (or attempts at having them) are really like.

1. Booty Call
How can you make an entire movie about one sexual encounter? By putting every obstacle possible in the way of the kind and upwardly mobile Rushon (Tommy Davidson) and his crude buddy Bunz (Jamie Foxx) as they try to procure prophylactics before their respective dates, and those dates—Nikki (Tamala Jones) and Listi (Vivica A. Fox)—lose interest.

2. Bridesmaids
This hit comedy from writer/star Kristen Wiig opens with one of the most cringe-worthy and hilarious booty-call scenes in cinematic history. Insecure Annie (Wiig) is so down on herself and her chances for a serious relationship, she’ll settle for occasional one-night stands with the cocky Ted (Jon Hamm)—a guy so inconsiderate, he even reminds her about their “rule” against spending the night together after sex.

3. Bridget Jones’s Diary
Like a true British gentleman, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) doesn’t call up the titular heroine (Renee Zellweger) so much as call on her, paying a visit to her flat in person just as she’s about to take off for a singles’ getaway with her friends. And while he never outright says he’s there for nookie, Bridget knows what she’s in store for when she sneaks off to her bedroom to change from her granny panties into a pair of sexy skivvies.

4. Easy A
Loosely based on The Scarlet Letter, this teen rom-com features nothing but booty calls. Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) convinces her entire school that she’s a slut, prompting all kinds of boys (especially the nerdy ones) to ring her up and ply her with gift cards and cash in exchange for the privilege of claiming they’d had sex with her.

5. Friends With Kids
Sensible Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) and ladies’ man Jason (Adam Scott) have been “just friends” since college, until they decide around the age of 40 to also platonically co-parent a child together. When Jason finally realizes he’s in love with Julie, he unexpectedly shows up at her apartment to prove that platonic love is now the last thing on his mind.

6. He’s Just Not That Into You
Everyone seems to be hooking up with everyone else in this hit rom-com based on the dating advice book of the same name (which was, in turn, based on a famous bit of dialogue from Sex and the City). But the one relationship that’s really based on casual sex and booty calls is the one between sultry aspiring singer Anna (Scarlett Johansson) and good-guy Conor (Kevin Connolly).

7. Love, Actually
While this modern-day classic actually is about love, there’s a smidgen of sex-for-sex’s-sake thrown in to boot(y). In one storyline, British bloke Colin (Kris Marshall) decides he’s done with women in his own country and is convinced that if he travels to America, loads of women will be turned on by his foreign accent. So in essence, he makes a transatlantic booty call, as a quartet of stateside girls (including January Jones, Elisha Cuthbert and Shannon Elizabeth) are happy to take him in.

8. Serendipity
You could argue that most of this movie is just one long, drawn-out booty call, as it recounts the efforts of meant-to-be couple Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) and Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) to somehow reunite against the odds. After all, people don’t fly across the country and back to meet someone they just want to have coffee with.

9. The To Do List
High-school valedictorian Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) is determined to get some sexual experiences under her belt (so to speak) before heading off to college. While spending the summer as a lifeguard, she also compiles a list of possible conquests—culminating with her dreamboat crush Rusty (Scott Porter). Her wish comes true after she asks him out and he takes her to a makeout spot.

10. When Harry Met Sally…
When longtime platonic pals Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) finally hook up in this classic cinematic rumination on the differences between men and women, it’s not due to a booty call per se. But when Sally calls Harry late one night to tearfully inform him that her ex-boyfriend is getting married, it might as well be a plea for some between-the-sheets company; after all, Sally’s already in her pajamas when he arrives.

If booty calls aren’t your thing, check out our list of the most realistic sex scenes of 2011.