11 Celebrity Sex Tapes, Ranked By Cinematic Value
I’ve watched a lot of celebrity sex tapes. Dozens of them. Rarely are they titillating—but more interesting is how much they do or don’t offer a glimpse into the private lives of those involved. They leave you wondering: Are they being themselves? Are they acting? Are they acting well? Why did they choose the kitchen? When you’re filming your sexual activities, self-presentation is paramount.
After watching a few of these, you can easily spot the frauds, whose construction is manipulated down to the last frame (see: Kim Kardashian, who now has the best-selling sex tape of all time). As in Kardashian’s case, a sex tape can skyrocket someone to fame (or at least infamy); on the other hand, a sex tape can ultimately bring ruin to an independent media company (*cough*Hulk Hogan*cough*).
Considering this is pornographic genre of great cultural interest, I’ve ranked 11 pivotal celebrity sex tapes here from best to worst—as measured purely by their cinematic qualities.
Note: Esquire does not endorse theft or unpermitted distribution of copyrighted material, but these have all been widely circulated, commented upon, and in some cases publicly approved and/or mocked by the participants.