Anyway, the results of these disrobing ladies has often made for cinematic immortality - which we felt the need to celebrate in some way. So, after plenty of research (some might say, a bit too much research) we reveal to you now the eight greatest movie strip scenes in movie history. Oh, and when we say 'strip scenes', we mean 'strip club scenes' really, just if you were looking for clarification on our selection. There's been a long history in Hollywood of actresses, at some point in their career, deciding that the next film they do... will involve less clothes. No one can explain this phenomenon, and not too many are complaining. It's just a shame that most actors aren't brave enough to do the same (although that doesn't include Ewan McGregor and Harvey Keitel, who are no strangers to revealing their best supporting actors, if you know what we mean).
Anyway, the results of these disrobing ladies has often made for cinematic immortality -- which we felt the need to celebrate in some way. So, after plenty of research (some might say, a bit too much research) we reveal to you now the eight greatest movie strip scenes in movie history. Oh, and when we say "strip scenes," we mean "strip club scenes" really, just if you were looking for clarification on our selection.
Please note: There's no nudity in the clips below but they are of an extremely racy nature -- so users with high blood pressure and heart problems should beware. (There is also graphic language.)
1. Rose McGowan in 'Grindhouse'
As movie intros go, they don't get much sexier than this turn from Rose McGowan in Robert Rodriguez's 2007 sci-fi horror flick. Of course the mood does change slightly when she does her weird mouth thing at the end, oh, and when you find out that she has a machine gun for a leg.
2. Salma Hayek in 'From Dusk Till Dawn'
Possibly the most classic strip club scene of all time. Miss Hayek appears on stage with a snake around her neck, sticks her foot into Quentin Tarantino's mouth and then turns into a vampire. "Now that's what I call a f***** show!" says George Clooney at the end, perfectly summing it up.
3. Natalie Portman in 'Closer'
Clive Owen's getting flustered, and it's no surprise why. Natalie Portman plays its surly with a fantastic pink wig and little else. This scene gets extra points for having The Prodigy and (just at the end) The Smiths playing in the background.
4. Jessica Alba in 'Sin City'
Any fans of the graphic novel will be aware that the scene where Nancy (played by Alba) first appears is when she dances completely nude on stage. The eagle-eyed amongst you may notice that Alba doesn't do that here -- but there probably weren't that many complaints afterwards.
5. Daryl Hannah in 'Dancing At The Blue Iguana'
Full marks on the fancy pole work performed by Daryl Hannah here, although she loses points on giggling half way through it. What makes this scene most fascinating though is when you think, my god, that's the mermaid from 'Splash'!
6. Demi Moore in 'Striptease'
Moore was paid $12.5 million to do this movie which, at the time (1996), made her the highest paid actress on the planet. So was she worth the money? Well, Ashton Kutcher probably thinks so. And her accountant.
7. Jamie Lee Curtis in 'True Lies'
This lady had a big male following after her 'revealing' display in the comedy 'Trading Places' in 1983. But it's to her credit that 11 years later, at 36, she still managed to make jaws drop with this incredible private dance for the governor of California aka Arnold Schwarzenegger. He gets hit over the head at the end of this scene by a phone, but he probably didn't mind one bit.
8. The Men of 'The Full Monty'
We know this is a token male effort, and we apologize in advance. But having said that, this classic Brit movie from 1997 does contain not one, but six strapping, er, middle-aged fellas. Which evens up the quota of women to men in this list don't you think? OK, maybe it doesn't, but it's a fun moment all the same - with the best finale of them all.