A memorable love scene is like dinner at a fine restaurant: it all comes down to a perfect match. In a dining room, it's a stellar dish and a complementary wine. With remarkable cinematic love-making, it all comes down to the pairing of two people.
Like wine or food, these characters may be good on their own, but together — sharing an intimate kiss or chemistry under the covers — these actors become beloved couples. Who will ever forget about Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams? What about Mandy Moore and Shane West? Or how about James Franco as Mike Myers playing Leonard DiCaprio and James Franco as Dana Carvey channeling Kate Winslet?
Okay, so you might need to let that last one sink in a bit but if you're curious to what it would look like, check out the video above.
And if you're hankering for some of the sultriest love scenes between cinema's greatest fictional couples, check out the list below. Needless to say, there's some NSFW content ahead.
10. Sharon Stone In "Basic Instinct"
Sharon Stone's leg cross was just the pre-show of things to come in "Basic Instinct." Her sex scene with a young Michael Douglas was the stuff of raw, unadulterated passion long before "50 Shades of Grey" became a thing.
9. Pretty Much All Of "The Dreamers"
Remember all the fuss behind Eva Green's poster for "Sin City 2"? Well, that's nothing compared to her scenes in The Dreamers" where Green gets it on with not one, but two brothers before having a threesome with them both.
"Brokeback Mountain" may be famous for its tent sex scene with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger but try finding a kissing scene between two men that showcases this much passion.
7. The Pool Scene From "Wild Things"
On the other spectrum of cinematic same-sex love making comes Neve Cambell and Denise Richard's steamy pool scene. Yes, a creepy Kevin Bacon makes an appearance, but this moment belongs to these two actresses.
6. The Rain-Soaked Kiss From "The Notebook"
Be honest: who among us hasn't imagined a rainy boat ride with Rachel McAdams or Ryan Gosling evolving into a romantic romp across multiple floors of a house.
5. The Food Scene From "9 1/2 Weeks"
There's plenty of times Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger get hot and heavy in "9 1/2 Weeks" but in terms of the most playful (read: kinky) scenes, you can't overlook their sex scene by the fridge. You'll never look at honey the same way again.
4. The Piano Scene From "Pretty Woman"
What's sexier than Richard Gere and Julia Roberts getting it on in a five-star hotel room? Richard Gere and Julia Roberts getting it on top of a piano in the lobby of a five-star hotel.
3. The Stairwell Scene From "A History Of Violence"
Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello's aggressive sex scene will come across as rape to some but watch it and you'll find it tough to deny their on-camera lust for each other.
2. The Portrait Scene From "The Titanic"
Apparently the trifecta of sex appeal back in the 1912 required nude sketches, fancy jewelry and steamy sex in the back of the car. Not too much has changed a century later.
Patrick Swayze + Demi Moore + a whole lot of wet clay = one of cinema's most iconic moments.
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"Making a Scene" is an AOL On Originals series featuring actor, director and film-buff James Franco. Each week, Franco will take his passion for movies and mash up two of cinema's most iconic flicks in a way only he can imagine.
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