What Women Want: The 10 Steamiest Female-Directed Sex Scenes


When it comes to Hollywood, it’s no secret that men tend to run the show in just about every area. They get to decide when and how we look at women’s bodies in film, and while they’ve certainly directed their fair share of steamy scenes, there are more than a few sexy movies out there directed by women.

When women are behind the camera, steamy scenes featuring women are often done more authentically and less exploitatively, allowing things to really heat up. From sensual scenes from classics like Jane Campion’s The Piano to a comedic, sexy twist on erotic encounters from Leslye Headland’s Sleeping with Other People, these female-helmed sequences give off their own brand of steam.

To show off just how serious we are about what hot stuff ladies are capable of from behind the camera, we rounded up some of the steamiest scenes directed by women. Click through the gallery above to see what women really want on screen – and just how sexy the results can be.

The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola
There’s a lot that’s sexy about The Beguiled is an overall bananas (and wonderful film) but one of the most bewildering (and best) moments in the film comes when Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) and recent amputee John McBurney (Colin Farrell) have passionate sex on the floor after he freaks out on all the women in the house for taking his leg off.


Take This Waltz, directed by Sarah Polley
This fresh take on fidelity sees Michelle Williams play a woman who strikes up an affair with the hot neighbor across the street. There’s plenty of drama and depth to be had, but one extended, 360 degree sex scene in particular is too steamy not to mention.

Bound, directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski
This film from the Wachowskis sees two women – one the girlfriend of a violent gangster and the other an ex-con working on the apartment next door – fall into a passionate affair so steamy it might fog up your screen. This intense, authentic-feeling sex scene nearly landed them an NC-17 rating.

Thirteen, directed by Catherine Hardwicke
This explosive drama about adolescence follows innocent young Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) as she follows her super cool best friend Evie (Nikki Reed) down a path to sex, drugs, and petty crime. Tracy may have some questionable steamy encounters, but she learns a helluva lot in the process.

High Art, directed by Lisa Cholodenko
Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell star as a young intern and a drug-addicted photographer looking to exploit one another for their careers in this 1998 indie, and soon (unexpectedly) fall in love with each other. Evidently, this leads to a LOT of steamy encounters between the two ladies.

Jennifer’s Body, directed by Karyn Kusama
Boy-eating, demon-possessed Jennifer (Megan Fox) and Needy (Amanda Seyfried) may not end up having sex after their hot makeout sesh, but the scene is entirely too steamy not to mention.

The Kids Are All Right, directed by Lisa Cholodenko
Cholodenko brilliantly explores the complexities of long-term relationships and sexuality in this drama starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. To top it all off, there are plenty of authentic-seeming steamy scenes on display, including one particularly hot exchange between Moore and Ruffalo.

Better Than Chocolate, directed by Anne Wheeler
This Canadian romantic dramedy follows Kim and Maggie as they fall in love and move in with one another. This particularly memorable scene features them painting one another with chocolate, which is about as kinky as it gets.

Sleeping with Other People, directed by Leslye Headland
This brilliant rom-com starring Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis as friends attempting to reform themselves romantically explores the many facets of dating in the modern world. While on their respective journeys, the two get down and dirty – a lot.



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