The rowdy comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, starring Jason Sudeikis and opening in theaters this Friday, earns its hard ‘R’ rating with an orgy sequence. Later this year, the Robert Pattinson period film Bel Ami reportedly will feature an explicit orgy scene with the star. From Christian Bale’s three-way in American Psycho to the illuminati sex party in Eyes Wide Shut, watch the 10 best movie group-sex scenes.
'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy': With a Little Help From My Friends
In the aptly titled raunchy comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Jason Sudeikis stars as a reckless thirty-something who has achieved local legend status for his rowdy theme parties he throws every summer at his father’s Hamptons pad. However, when man-child’s father puts the home on the market, he decides to gather his close-knit group of friends for the party to end all parties—an orgy. While the men aren’t much to write home about, the orgy participants on the female side include the curvy Lake Bell, and Michelle Borth, who is no stranger to onscreen sex, having starred in the short-lived
HBO series Tell Me You Love Me.
American Psycho: Hired Help
In this film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ twisted satire of 1980s Wall Street powerbrokers, Christian Bale plays Patrick Bateman—a Wall Street yuppie with a massive inferiority complex that causes him to go on murder rampages. After killing a woman, and a homeless man and his dog, he enlists the services of two prostitutes for a kinky ménage a trois in his tacky bachelor pad, set to the tune of Phil Collins’ “Sussudio.” The result is one of the most vainglorious sex scenes in movie history, as Bateman is more interested in checking out his perfectly-sculpted abs, flowing hair, and fine bone structure in the mirror than looking at either of his conquests.
'A ClockWork Orange': On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
When Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of novelist Anthony Burgess’ dark dystopian satire was released in 1971, it was rated ‘X’ in the U.S. for its extreme scenes of violence and sexuality. The movie centers on Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell), the leader of a gang of “droogs” who get hopped up on “milk plus” and then engage in mindless acts of violence around London. In an early scene, the smooth Alex meets two impressionable young women at a record store and persuades them to go back to his parents’ flat. There, the trio engage in a speedy threesome set to Gioachino Rossini’s "William Tell Overture.”
'Eyes Wide Shut": East Coast Elite
Apparently, the late great Stanley Kubrick was into capturing group sex on film (See: A Clockwork Orange). Released posthumously, 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut is a masterful—and criminally underrated—examination of marital fidelity through the eyes of Dr. Bill Harford (Tom Cruise), who goes on a nightmarish journey to escape from his conflicted wife, Alice (played by Cruise’s then-real life spouse, Nicole Kidman). His portentous travels take him to a mansion out in the suburbs hosting a lavish costume party. Bill soon discovers that it’s a ritualistic orgy featuring dozens of masked men—later revealed to be the power players of New York—engaged in various sexual acts with a bevy of naked, masked women (later revealed to be prostitutes).
‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’: Irresistible Love Potion
Set in 18th century france, director Tom Tykwer’s (Run Lola Run) dark drama about olfactory virtuoso Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), who embarks on a murderous quest for a flawless scent, made just over $2 million in the U.S. but was a hit overseas, grossing an additional $133 million. Following his killing spree, Grenouille eventually is captured and sentenced to death. On the day of his public execution, he administers a single drop of his perfect scent on himself, and when the onlookers catch wind of it, they indulge in a massive orgy. The sex-fest was so huge, 750 extras were brought in to participate.
‘Y Tu Mamá También’: Muy Caliente
Helmed by the brilliant Alfonso Cuarón, this bildungsroman follows two teenage boys—played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna—who set off on a road trip across Mexico to a mythical beach called la Boca del Cielo (“Heaven’s Mouth”) with twentysomething Luisa (Maribel Verdú), after her husband admits to cheating on her. After they find the beach, the trio gets drunk and before long retires to the bedroom, where Luisa pleasures both boys simultaneously, while the pals kiss each other.
‘Shortbus’: Hipster Free-For-All
Directed by celebrated cult filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), this 2006 film centers on a group of sexually diverse bohemians in Brooklyn looking for love and acceptance. The artistes all get together at a weekly underground meeting. The film was unrated by the MPAA for several scenes of unsimulated sex, including the orgy scene during the film’s finale, where all the friends have sex, and Sofia (Sook-Yin Lee), the film’s main character, finally achieves an orgasm. In the orgy scene, even Mitchell got into the act. The openly gay director performed oral sex on a woman for the first time, as a “gesture of solidarity,” according to the film’s DVD extras.
‘Wild Things’: Breaking the Law
Who can forget the infamous three-way that fast-tracked a generation of horny kids to puberty? In this deliciously seedy thriller, Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon), a high school guidance counselor in Florida, has been accused of rape by two of his students—wealthy high school socialite Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) and pariah Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell), who lives in a trailer by the swamp. When the case goes to trial, Suzie buckles under the pressure and admits that the whole thing was an elaborate ruse orchestrated by her and Kelly, and Lombardo eventually settles with the Van Ryan family to the tune of $8.5 million. In addition to cheeky supporting turns by Bill Murray and penis-flashing Kevin Bacon, the film is best remembered for its hot, champagne-covered ménage a trois between Dillon, Richards, and Campbell, in a dingy motel
‘Caligula’: When in Rome
Written by Gore Vidal and produced by Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, this bizarre 1979 costume drama about the rise and fall of hedonistic Roman Emperor Gaius Caesar Germanius, a.k.a. Caligula, was the first film to boast an A-list cast—John Gielgud, Peter O’Toole, Helen Mirren, and Malcolm McDowell as the titular ruler—in a movie with unsimulated sex scenes. Director Tinto Brass and Vidal eventually left the production over disagreements concerning the filming of the notorious orgy sequence, so Guccione, along with friend Giancarlo Lui, re-edited the film and shot six minutes of hardcore sex featuring Penthouse Pets—including several close-ups of fellatio—that they inserted into the movie. While the orgy sequence is a bit too pornographic for The Daily Beast, you can make do with this steamy three-way scene featuring Caligula, his sister (played by Teresa Ann Savoy), and his future bride, a courtesan played by the breathtaking Helen Mirren. A critically mauled punch line, Caligula was banned in the U.K. until 2008.
‘Savage Grace’: Keeping It in the Family
Never one to shy away from a little onscreen sex, Julianne Moore starred in this story based on the life of heiress and socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland, who allegedly had an incestuous relationship with her gay son, played by Eddie Redmayne, in order to “cure” him of his homosexuality. In the film’s raciest scene, Moore engages in a ménage a trois with her son, and her lover, Sam Green (Hugh Dancy). The portrayal prompted the real-life Green to pen a piece for The Daily Mail saying, “I did have an affair with Barbara, but I certainly never slept with her son, and nor did she, to the best of my knowledge.”