Even though this isn't about sex, it's about sexiness, so some content might not be suitable for work, or for young/impressionable/anti-sexual readers.



There's a vast sea of in-your-face sex on film -- close-up penile shots from the likes of Brown Bunny, real sex in Shortbus, porn penis in Romance -- and those are just the moments that capture the real deal. There's also all the simulated sex from the infamous prosthetic in Boogie Nights to the sexual addiction of A Dirty Shame.

Yet in this barrage of real and almost-real sex, there's tons of sexy scenes that do just as well without the actual act of copulation. And I'm not talking about a scene like Mulholland Drive, where the camera fades out before the heat begins to sear. This sexiness could be orchid tickling by a young man who gave up sex for Lent, Mark Hunter dancing with a fan to "Why Can't I Fall in Love?, " or even two people working on some clay. And that's just the beginning. In honor of Valentine's Day (which is tomorrow!), what follows are some of sexiest moments cinema has captured without the sex. Read on, and then weigh in with your favorites.

Career Opportunities | View It!

This is one of those scenes that went well beyond the movie, which is impressive since this flick is pretty damn low on the John Hughes totem pole. Jennifer Connelly's Josie McClellan is a rich, dissatisfied young woman stuck in Target. When some lame criminals interfere with her evening locked in with Jim (Frank Whaley), she gets creative. While the boys sit down for a bite to eat, she throws a long leg over a stationary horse, and calmly, seductively rides it while taunting the thieves with every mechanical bounce, and her statement: "I think I might need more than just a quarter."
Brokeback Mountain | View It!

Good Lord, before the movie came out, the buzz made it sound like Jake and Heath were going to give Vincent and Chloe a run for their risque money -- especially the bit about Heath bruising Jake during some especially rough lovin'. The actual result was still sexy, but much more suggestive than explicit. When Jack pulls up, and Ennis runs out, there's just something behind the look in Ledger's eyes. They hug, they gaze, and then Ennis pushes Jack against the wall for some manly smooching.

Perpetual Motion | View some pics from the scene!

Sometimes, creative sexuality is dire necessity. In the Chinese film Perpetual Motion, director Ling Ning wanted an erotic element, but knew that she'd have to get it past censors. So, she did it with food, having her characters wrap their tongues around chicken feet in a delicate and sexy oral dance. The camera would zero in on their lips and teeth as they devoured the feet. And, while it might seem strange to us here in North America, it's really no different than a chicken wing -- and I've seen many a person devour those like savage beasts.

Notorious | View It!

Creative sexuality was also employed back in the good ol' days, when even a gyrating waist was too shocking and incendiary. Back in 1946, Alfred Hitchcock's classic film was controversial, and all it had was some brief lip grazing. The production code for that time said that no kiss could last more than 3 seconds, so Alfred made a long, tantalizing scene where each too-brief meeting of the lips was broken up by looks, breath, and words. Nothing was done, but all of the attraction and longing was obvious -- from Bergman's nervous chatter, to Grant's almost-closed eyes and soft responses.

Interview with the Vampire | View It! -- The second brief clip in this collection.

This one might surprise you, or make me sound really weird, but it would be completely dishonest of me not to include it. While Louis and Armand are talking, Antonio Banderas runs his vampiric hand through a candle flame, gasping in painful ecstasy. It's one of the sexiest scenes in my memory banks, made all the more impressive by the fact that I'm not a big, lusting fan of Antonio's, and I was quite disappointed that he was going to play the young vampire Armand. Through all of that, the simple, all-too-brief scene said so much while being so sexy -- it tapped on the masochistic nature of these vampires, and the overall theme of the scene -- that while Louis loves Claudia, their happy home shouldn't exist.

Secretary | View It!

This one is almost too easy to pick, but it really can't be left off. The film just rocked the subtlety of passion -- showing more in a look or slight deed than in harsh language or obviousness. The later bathing scene is a little much for a general audience, but here is Lee getting punished for a typo. That one simple look after the first slap is Grey's invitation, and both characters find emotional release in this strange moment. But it's not just about the spanking. It's the looks, the breath, and the way their fingers almost interlace when it's over.

Not Another Teen Movie | View It!

The fact of the matter is that way too many people take Valentine's Day too stringently and seriously. It should be as light and fun as it is romantic, and sometimes a good laugh is better than some overly saccharine love. In this opening scene, Chyler Leigh (who now bides her time on Grey's Anatomy) decides to have a little ultra-dildo vibratory love one morning. Of course, since she's in spoof land, her door opens to her dad, her brother, her grandparents, her priest, and some local kids -- just a bit more damning than Jim's dad stumbling upon him and the pie. Yeah, it isn't sexy, but you have to give a girl credit for having a vibe that big.