We gave you the best sex scenes from movies. Then we gave you the absolute worst ones (the less said of those, the better). But are you ready for things to get strange? In our latest deep dive into the wild world of cinematic sex, we’re ranking the 20 weirdest movie sex scenes — and when we say weird, we mean the stuff that’s downright bizarre and, obviously, very NSFW. Not just the sex scenes that are really silly (although there’s a little of that), or uncomfortable to watch with your parents (ditto), but the scenes that broke your fragile little brain.

After some highly scientific research in the ScreenCrush Labs™, we’ve come up with the 20 weirdest sex scenes in modern movie history. Now, “weird” can mean a lot of things. It can include scenes that are absurdly funny or disturbing or even a little gross, so when putting this list together, we tried to keep one thing in mind: Does the weirdness of the scene trump all the other components? That said, a handful of scenes didn’t quite make the cut (sorry, Naked Gun fans), but we think there’s a little something weird for everyone in this ranking.

20. The Rock (1996)
Directed Michael Bay

At some point every man and woman on this planet asks themselves the same question: “What do you think it’s like when Nicolas Cage has sex?” Well, if it’s anything like the act depicted in The Rock, it mostly involves him muttering about how the act of intercourse is “very compelling” and his girlfriend’s pig tails are “naughty… NAW-TAYYY!” They’re interrupted by a call from his work, and he isn’t the slightest bit perturbed about the whole thing. Directed with profound delicacy by Michael Bay, who is truly the most compassionate and sensitive erotic filmmaker of our generation, the whole thing maybe lasts a minute before Cage’s Stanley Goodspeed is off to Stan Francisco to stop Ed Harris and his terrorists from destroying the Bay Area with V-X gas. That Ed Harris, so naughty … NAW-TAYYY! — Matt Singer

19. Southland Tales (2006)
Directed by Richard Kelly

To be clear, this sequence is knowingly outlandish. This fake car commercial from Richard Kelly’s underrated satire of post-9/11 America is a deliberately provocative spoof of the way marketers use barely disguised sexuality to convince customers they need to buy beer or a new phone or, in this case, a gas-guzzling SUV in the midst of a war over oil. That said: It is still a graphic sequence where one car’s overtly phallic muffler extends into another car’s pulsating orifice. On an unrelated topic, does anyone know where I can get a Treer Saltair? I suddenly feel an uncontrollable urge to own one. — MS

18. The Fly (1986)
Directed by David Cronenberg

Leave it to David Cronenberg to, uh, find a way to make Jeff Goldblum disgusting. After Goldblum unwittingly merges his DNA with a fly while experimenting with teleportation, he notices some ... changes. Increased strength, aggression, sugar cravings, and sexual desire — putting a strain on his relationship with Veronica (Geena Davis). The actual sex isn’t that strange; it’s what comes after. Upon learning that she’s been impregnated by this mutant insect version of Jeff Goldblum, Veronica has a nightmare in which she gives birth to a maggot baby. A MAGGOT BABY. It’s the most horrific safe sex PSA I’ve ever seen, and I went to public school. — Britt Hayes

17. Pink Flamingos (1972)
Directed by John Waters

So you know that disclaimer “No animals were harmed in the making of this film” that runs at the end of almost every movie? Yeah, Pink Flamingos doesn’t have that. The most famous scene in John Waters’ button-pushing exercise in bad taste is the scatalogical finale, where Divine eats real dog crap onscreen. But for my money, that’s a walk in the park compared to the scene where two of the characters, Cookie (Cookie Mueller) and Crackers (Danny Mills) integrate a live chicken into their lovemaking. And by “integrate” I mean they crush it to death. (Afterwards, the cast and crew cooked and ate the remains.) In an interviewWaters said he felt no guilt about the chicken. “It was simulated chicken f—ing and it got killed but we ate it afterwards. And that’s much better … It got to be a movie star, and people still talk about that damn chicken.” Well, sure; it is very hard to forget such a truly clucked up scene. — MS

16. Damage (1992)
Directed by Louis Malle

Louis Malle may be best known for the controversial 1978 film Pretty Baby, but Brooke Shields playing a pre-teen prostitute who shacks up with Jeremy Irons has nothing on Damage. Malle’s 1992 drama centers on the insanely illicit affair between Dr. Stephen Fleming (Jeremy Irons) and his son’s girlfriend Anna (Juliette Binoche). The pair’s highly forbidden lust and devastating chemistry yields a series of increasingly bizarre sexual encounters, but one in particular takes the cuckoo cake. Their naked bodies merge in a writhing tangle of limbs, pushing their hands into each other’s faces and flailing about with all the grace of a drunk uncle playing pin the tail on the donkey at his niece’s sixth birthday. The way Binoche and Irons move in this scene cannot even come close to being described as human; it’s meant to be purely primitive, but it looks like we’re watching early man’s first sexual encounter. — BH

15. Bride of Chucky (1998)
Directed by Ronny Yu

With Anomalisa as the one and only exception, puppets just shouldn’t have sex — especially doll puppets. Leave it to the Child’s Play franchise to sour your mind with satirical puppet porn. In Bride of Chucky, after Tiffany violently murders a human couple mid-coitus, Chucky, in the first bit of childhood perversion, draws attention to the Pinocchio nose in his pants. (Why these dolls have genitals, I will never understand.) The two knock boots – er, plastic feet? – behind a curtain until Tiffany stops to ask for a condom. I mean, they did once make Cabbage Patch Dolls who could pee so ... no, don’t think about it, just don’t. — Oliver Whitney

14. The Shining (1980)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

There are a lot of bizarre moments in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining but none stranger than the one where Shelley Duvall’s Wendy stumbles upon a man in a bear costume performing fellatio on another man. (When she catches them in the act, they stop and stare at her, saying nothing.) As with just about everything else in The Shining, there are numerous interpretations of the scene and its supposed hidden meaning. The most interesting is the one that argues it is a heavily disguised clue that Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance is actually sexually abusing his son Danny; there are bears hiding in plain sight throughout the scenes involving Danny, and the angle of Wendy observing the two men in the act is nearly identical to a similar one earlier in the film of Danny getting ready for bed. But whatever the explanation — or even if there is no explanation — this image stands as one of the more baffling sex scenes in movie history. — MS

13. Demolition Man (1993)
Directed by Marco Brambilla

Even if you’re acquainted with his pornographic movie debut, the mere idea of watching Sylvester Stallone engage in any sexual act is weird. There’s just something inherently un-sexual about the iconic action star; maybe because so many of us still equate watching Stallone movies with our dads. But in Demolition Man, we are confronted with the concept of Stallone as a sexual being. When future-cop John Spartan is thawed from a decades-long cryo-freeze, the world is a much different place: Taco Bell is the only food, toilet paper has been replaced by three seashells, and sex just ain’t what it used to be. Stallone’s O-face during this virtual reality sex encounter with Sandra Bullock is haunting— BH

12. Lisztomania (1975)
Directed by Ken Russell

As with many of the auteurs on this list — Kubrick, Cronenberg, etc. — Ken Russell’s name is synonymous with some real weird s—. Lisztomania is no exception. This psychedelic rock musical biopic about Franz Liszt stars The Who’s Roger Daltrey (who previously appeared in Russell’s other psychedelic rock musical, Tommy) as the famous composer, who was basically the 19th century version of Elvis or The Beatles. His music was said to have driven the listener into a frenzy of sexual desire — a phenomenon known as Lisztomania. Russell’s film is packed with absurd erotic imagery and sexual encounters (it even opens with one), but none more delightfully bizarre than this hallucinatory interlude, in which Daltrey’s Liszt imagines that he’s seduced dozens of women in a royal court with his music. The figurative ego-stroking gives him a massive erection — and by massive I mean it’s a 10-foot long penis. —BH

11. Barbarella (1968)
Directed by Roger Vadim

There’s nothing about Barbarella that isn’t weird. Based on the comic book series of the same name, the 1968 sci-fi curiosity was fairly progressive for its depiction of female sexuality. Jane Fonda plays the title role of the sexually-enlightened futuristic hero who boinks her way through space until she’s captured by the evil Black Queen and her concierge — the latter of whom straps Barbarella into an “excessive-pleasure machine,” which basically f—ks people to death. But it’s no match for the tireless libido of Barbarella, who outlasts the machine and forces it to implode. — BH

10. Howard the Duck (1986)
Directed by Willard Huyck

Okay, technically — and thankfully — we never actually see Lea Thompson get it on with a duck. But the foreplay in the infamous Howard the Duck scene is enough to make you consider a lifetime of celibacy. I’m not sure how an anthropomorphic duck in flannel pjs who howls and boasts about his knowledge of the female anatomy could seduce any human woman, but alas, it’s enough to pique Thompson’s interest in bestiality. If ever you want to be utterly turned off, just recall the image of Howard softly cooing as Thompson caresses his feathery chest. *shiver* — OW

9. The Wayward Cloud (2005)
Directed by Tsai Ming-liang

Long before Timothée Chalamet was de-pitting a peach and Tiffany Haddish was teaching us how to grapefruit, Tsai Ming-liang’s The Wayward Cloud was exploring all the kinky ways to get off with fruit. The 2005 Taiwanese film, which mixes graphic sexuality with campy musical sequences, wastes no time getting its fingers dirty — literally. The film opens with a woman in a nurse’s outfit lying on a bed as a sliced watermelon rests between her open legs. Lee Kang-sheng’s Hsiao-kang performs oral sex on the melon before aggressively fingering it. There’s technically no body-on-body contact happening yet – that is, until he wears the shell on his head while the two go at it – but the whole thing is strangely real, from the squashy sound effects to the woman’s moans. Watching it, your mind struggles to comprehend just what the hell you’re seeing as you realize watermelon will never be the same again. — OW

8. Coneheads (1993)
Directed by Steve Barron

The Coneheads are complete weirdos, so of course their form of copulation is as bizarre (and funny) as can be, and of course it involves those pointy heads. The aliens who sleep standing up have a much simpler means of attaining orgasmic bliss that’s all about the mental over the physical. They just slip a decorative headband over their enormous skulls, touch palms, and go to Pleasure Town. Connie (Michelle Burke) loses her virginity to Ronnie (Chris Farley) when she puts on one of her parents’ senso-rings on her head – nope, not weird at all to use your mom and dad’s sex toy – and the psychic vibrations transfer between their hands. Actually, this looks a lot better than some of the sex us humans have. Where can I order a couple of these senso-rings? — OW

7. Splice (2009)
Directed by Vincenzo Natali

A man having sex with the grown woman he raised as his own child? Yeah, definitely weird. But how about when that grown woman is a genetically modified creature? There were a handful of incestuous movie scenes that made our initial shortlist, but Splice takes the cake for adding a freakishly disturbing sci-fi horror twist. After Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley’s scientist couple create a monster-baby by fusing human DNA with that of animals, their offspring grows up to become the eerily beautiful Dren, who’s now experiencing some very human sexual urges. She tries to kiss Brody’s Clive, the father figure who raised and co-created her, and though he at first resists, he much too quickly gives in for some creepy barn sex involving wings and a stinging tail. Watch this when you never want to have sex again. — OW

6. Enter the Void (2009)
Directed by Gaspar Noe

Gaspar Noe’s epic tale of life, death, love, and drugs climaxes (in more ways than one) with an extended sex sequence where the disembodied spirit of our protagonist floats from one hotel room to another, observing various couples having sex, before arriving at a room where the main character’s sister (Paz de la Huerta) is in bed with his best friend. Then, said disembodied spirit enters the friend’s head, to observe the sex from his point of view. If that’s not wacky enough for you, then the camera travels inside the sister’s vagina and follows the boyfriend’s sperm out of his genitals and up into her birth canal, where they inseminate an egg, which then turns into a baby which is then born to the main character’s mother. Call me a prude if you want, but I’d describe that as out of the ordinary. — MS

5. The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Directed by Brett Leonard

Damn, Ready Player One is weird. Okay, okay, the scene below isn’t from Ready Player One; it is an excerpt from The Lawnmower Man, a virtual reality picture from 1992, very loosely based on a Stephen King short story. It’s about a humble gardener who is chosen for virtual reality experiments that boost his intelligence. Eventually he takes his girlfriend into virtual reality with him and, in the sequence here, they make sweet love until he turns into a giant psychedelic demon beast and eats her brain. I know a lot of our readers weren’t really conscious of what was going on in 1992; some weren’t even alive yet. So they’re probably wondering how accurate The Lawnmower Man is in terms of reflecting what the internet and virtual reality were like 25 years ago. I am here to tell you: This is exactly what it was like. It’s basically a documentary. — MS

4. The Counselor (2013)
Directed by Ridley Scott

The Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller might be one of Ridley Scott’s more forgettable efforts if not for the Cameron Diaz car scene. You don’t even have to describe what happens; everyone knows what you mean when you say “the Cameron Diaz car scene.” But Javier Bardem describes it anyway, and the stunned look on Michael Fassbender’s face as he recounts the bizarre and unnerving sexual encounter with Diaz hardly does this hilariously surreal scene justice. The image of Cameron Diaz humping a car is an indelible one, to say the least. — BH

3. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Directed by Werner Herzog

It’s times like these when the written word pales in comparison to the power of an image — or, in this case, images. You should just watch the scene for yourself, but allow me to try and encapsulate the jaw-dropping strangeness of Nic Cage in the Werner Herzog crime drama. Operating at perhaps his most Cagiest as an unhinged, drug-addicted detective, Cage tries to shakedown a couple to get his hands on some crack. Then, high as a deranged Nic Cage kite, he starts having sex with the woman, in the middle of the street, while the boyfriend watches, firing a gun in the air. But the true WTF-ery of the scene comes from Cage’s contorted face and baffling line deliveries – he rattles off a list of daddy issue cliches to the woman while, you know, inside of her: “Did he beat you? Mmm-olest you?” he grumbles, turning himself on more and more with each one. As both this and The Rock (earlier on our list) prove, there’s sex, then there’s that supremely odd thing Nic Cage does to mimic it on screen. — OW

2. Possession (1981)
Directed by Andrzej Żulawski

Possession takes the psychological terror of a dissolving marriage to new heights. In this horrific portrait of jealousy, madness, and possessive desire, Sam Neill plays Mark, a man unable to cope when his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani in an absolutely unhinged performance) asks for a divorce. The notion that your significant other has evolved into someone unrecognizable is the thematic basis for the film’s spectacularly surreal narrative, which sees Mark following Anna on a psychotic, distraught odyssey through her own sense of self — and leads him to discover his wife making passionate love to a grotesque tentacled monster. Weird doesn’t even begin to cover it. — BH

1. Crash (1996)
Directed by David Cronenberg

Of course David Cronenberg’s meditation on car crashes and symphorophilia is number one on our list — what else? While every sex scene in Crash exists in the realm of the outré, from James Spader and Holly Hunter breathlessly humping after dodging an accident to the coital roadside finale, the infamous “leg scene” trumps them all. After some tension-building foreplay at a car dealership, Spader’s James and Rosanna Arquette’s Gabrielle duck into a parking garage to unleash their desire. When James spots the deep flesh wound on the back of her thigh, it’s as if he becomes possessed, yielding to an inexplicable compulsion as he feverishly rips her fishnets and starts penetrating her leg. It’s repugnant and squirmy, but so startling that you can’t quite tear your eyes from it. Only Cronenberg could make a moment so grotesque and uncomfortable this fascinating. — OW

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