32 Actresses that have appeared Full Frontal Nude on Movies

32 Actresses that have appeared Full Frontal Nude on Movies

The man has forever been enchanted by the naked female body. Without any intent of sounding sexist, it is, however, a fact that female nudity is more sought after than male nudity in cinema. Some call it an objectification of women while others call it artistic freedom.

Nudity is arguably one of the best selling points of the films. However, only a handful of filmmakers have succeeded to make nudity appear artistic than vulgar.

From some of the top Hollywood actresses to downright rising potential stars, many have dared to bare it all, despite the no-nudity clause in some of their contracts.

Moreover, most of the time, nudity is only implied or a body double is used. Frontal nudity, however, requires more tactfulness.

The usage of prosthetics and body doubles has undoubtedly made it easier for filming nude scenes and is perhaps one of the reasons why we see more of the bare in the movies nowadays.

Since time immemorial, ardent cinema goers (especially men) have sought out films and scenes where the actresses go fully naked.

Here is a list of best of them. This is by no means a definitive list or a best to worst list. It is just to give you a teeny-tiny idea that all these exceptional women dared to bare it all on-screen in front of a film crew and yet were comfortable in giving a perfect shot.

 

32. Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls)

There is something about strippers that enthralls men to no end. Logically, it makes no sense to just sit there and watch girls get naked for you, and you are not allowed to do anything.

But watching the beautiful Elizabeth Berkley stripping, teasing, and eventually getting fully naked in front of a couple is a different ballgame altogether.

Though the film was box office bomb, it has gained a bit of a cult status in recent times and her performance was lauded all over.

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31. Betsy Rue (My Bloody Valentine 3D)

Not content with repeatedly hurling pickaxes into the faces of audiences, My Bloody Valentine 3D also boasts an energetic, fully nude sex scene between Betsy Rue and actor/writer Todd Farmer – but whilst Farmer gets dressed afterward, Rue doesn’t bother and proceeds to be stalked around a motel by the masked killer before finally leaving the world much as she came into it: stark naked and covered in blood.

Quite the eye-opener – and it also seemed to give Farmer a taste for being naked on camera, as he would bare all a second time in his next film with Lussier, Drive Angry.

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30. Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol)

Despite many applauds for her performances in a scintillating career so far, David Fincher‘s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is by far Rooney Mara‘s most critically acclaimed flick, and incidentally, she also received nominations for Best Actress at the Academy and the Golden Globes, among others.

With a wide range of critically acclaimed works to her credit, including ‘The Social Network‘, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, ‘Side Effects’, ‘Her‘ to name a few, Mara has come a long way glamorous roles to character-based roles, thus defining her stance as a seasoned actress in Hollywood.

The brutal rape scene of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, along with multiple sex scenes Mara has featured in, only shows us the artistic independence the actress roots for, which is not only admirable but is worth remembering.

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29. Liv Tyler (The Leftovers)

Liv Tyler burst onto the scene with a stunning performance in Bernardo Bertolucci’s coming of age classic, ‘Stealing Beauty.’

Following her breakout role, Liv made an indelible impression in the cult hit ‘Empire Records’ and drew international acclaim in the blockbuster trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings.’

She followed up with notable turns in ‘That Thing You Do!,’ ‘Inventing the Abbotts,’ ‘Armageddon,’ ‘The Strangers’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk.’

She also found success with the cult indie ‘Robot & Frank,’ which debuted to rave reviews at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the space romp ‘Space Station 76’ and Carter Smith’s film debut, ‘Jamie Marks is Dead.’

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28. Olga Kurylenko (L’annulaire)

The French actress has always been known for her on-screen exposure and her charming beauty which is reminiscent of her modeling career.

Starting her film career with L’Annulaire, in which she played Iris, a young factory worker who has lost her ring finger and is in between jobs, Kurylenko was awarded the Brooklyn International Film Festival Best Actress award for her role in the film, incidentally in which she also shot sequences with frontal nudity.

After ‘Hitman’, alongside Timothy Olyphant, Kurylenko came into the limelight and filmmakers began to recognize her as a potential character actress, which followed with her appearances alongside the likes of Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Rowan Atkinson to name a few.

She shot to fame when she landed at the role of playing the Bond Girl for ‘Quantum of Solace’ alongside Daniel Craig. Her latest venture, ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ has recently hit theatres.

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27. Léa Seydoux (Grand Central, Blue is the Warmest Color)

We all know Léa Seydoux from movies like ‘Inglorious Basterds’, ‘Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol’, ‘Grand Central’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and ‘Blue is the Warmest Color‘ to name a few.

Her one of the biggest career breakthroughs, however, is considered as her appearance in ‘Spectre’ as the Bond Girl.

Widely considered as a rising star and bestowed with several Award nominations and wins, Léa Seydoux is also known for her bold appearances in most of her movies and notably, her scenes of frontal nudity for movies like ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’, ‘Grand Central’ etc. had created quite a buzz back in the day.

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26. Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac)

Landing a role in the most infamous movie of the past decade—Lars von Trier’s four-hour epic, Nymphomaniac—isn’t a bad way to start your acting career.

In her screen debut, 22-year-old British model Stacy Martin spends the majority of her time groaning, moaning, and doing weird things with a set square.

Dark, depressing, and funny all at the same time, it follows the often brutal sexcapades of a woman (played by both Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg) from birth to the age of 50.

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25. Rosario Dawson (Alexander)

Rosario Dawson has always been known for her intense, dramatic portrayals – be it a movie or a television series.

From Marvel’s Defenders franchise to character-oriented roles such as those in ‘Seven Pounds’, and for her rare comic portrayals such as the one in ‘Top Five’, Dawson has conquered most of the cinematic genres with her talent and prowess, while having featured in more than 70 different films and tv shows, many of which turned out to be major blockbusters.

Although not known for on-screen nudity, one of her rare nude appearances came up in ‘Alexander’, wherein we saw Colin Farrell play the titular role.

She played Roxana, the wife of otherwise alleged homosexual Alexander the Great.

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24. Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades)

Johnson famously showed it all in the big-screen trilogy that was based on E.L. James’ kinky page-turner. The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith had to know that because of the S&M and heavily sexualized subject matter, she might just have to take her clothes off frequently.

Johnson portrayed Anastasia Steele for three films — Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed.

There was a lot of sex shown in the films and much of its lead actress shown … including full frontal nudity. She tackled it like a champ, but Johnson admitted that one scene in the final film of the series was especially difficult.

It was hard — not simply because she had to bare it all head to toe — but because of the nature of the scene itself. “Ana’s chained to a drop-down gate that is in the red room and blindfolded, and she’s handcuffed by her wrists and feet,” Johnson recalled to Elle.

“That was difficult because no matter how much you know that the environment is not real and how much you are protected and safe and can work at your own speed, your senses are deprived.”

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23. Juno Temple (Killer Joe, Horns)

And now to an actress who’s mostly known for her frontal nude appearances, however momentary they might have been, Juno Temple is also a widely recognized character-actress, having oftentimes given pathbreaking yet underrated performances.

Juno Temple began her acting career with ‘Pandaemonium’ – a film directed by her father Julien Temple. Thus far, she has appeared in smaller and larger roles in close to fifty titles and counting – an impressive feat for an actress who’s yet to reach 30.

Although she’s given a lot of nude appearances on-screen, her depiction of full-frontal nudity in ‘Killer Joe’ beside Matthew McConaughey was the talk of the town.

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22. Kelly Preston (Mischief)

Mischief is a lighthearted teen comedy-drama where three teenagers are shown dealing with their raging hormones.

Kelly Preston has gone the distance when it comes to nudity in one of the scenes as she seduces the young and shy Jonathan.

Though most of the scene is with Preston being topless, you can see her fully naked as the camera zooms out.

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21. Adrienne Corri (A Clockwork Orange)

In the scene, the movie’s antihero, a thug played by Malcolm McDowell, barges into her home with three of his cronies before they assault her husband and trash their house as Mr. McDowell belts “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Mr. McDowell cuts off Ms. Corri’s clothes, then tells her helpless husband to watch before he rapes her. Kubrick insisted that Ms. Corri appear naked for multiple takes.

That scene and other violent and sexually explicit material initially earned the film an X rating in the United States.

It remained controversial for years after its limited British release, drawing protests and news reports of alleged copycat crimes.

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20. Heather Graham (Boogie Nights)

A film about the porn industry without any nudity would be an exception.

But instead of relying on tricky camera angles and object placements to hide the nether regions, we can see Graham take off all her clothes and jump in bed with Mark Wahlberg.

Though there is Julianne Moore in the movie she isn’t seen fully naked, well at least in this movie. The appropriate place to find Julianne Moore naked would be the film Shortcuts (1993).

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19. Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones)

The “Red Woman” of the critically acclaimed British Television Drama ‘Game of Thrones‘, Carice van Houten was otherwise famous for her roles in movies like ‘Dorothy Mills’, ‘Valkyrie’, ‘Jackie’, to name a few.

A revered and widely respected Dutch actress, van Houten has, apart from the GoT nudity, has given frontal nude appearances in several other Dutch and European flicks.

Regardless, ‘Game of Thrones’ has elevated her stature as a powerful actress who knows no inhibitions in exploring her artistic side – a fact for which she deserves all the respect and applause.

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18. Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color)

The sultry French actress grabbed all the attention with the infamous lesbian sex scene with Lea Seydoux in ‘Blue is the Warmest Color‘, essentially a career-defining movie for Adele.

Controversial, yet regarded as one of the most intense lesbian love sagas ever made, ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ is the narrative of Adele and Emma, two teenagers who fall for each other.

Although Adele is yet to come mainstream and appear alongside the bigwigs of Hollywood, ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ was definitely her stepping milestone to potential success.

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17. Jennifer Connelly (Shelter, Requiem for a Dream)

Often known to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly needs no introduction.

Prominently known for her roles in horror and thriller flicks, Jennifer Connelly has come a long way from her debut (horror) movie ‘Phenomena’ to her 2017 flick ‘Only the Brave’.

Known for her award-winning performances in movies like ‘A Beautiful Mind‘, ‘Requiem for a Dream‘, ‘Hulk’, ‘Dark Water’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Winter’s Tale’, ‘Aloft’, ‘Noah’, ‘Shelter’ to name a few, there isn’t a movie wherein her performance wasn’t praised or appreciated.

Although Connelly hasn’t been averse to showcasing on-screen nudity, her frontal nudity scenes began only with ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and were mostly artistic in nature.

A lesser-known fact about Connelly – she’s married to Paul Bettany, our beloved Jarvis from MCU.

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16. Rachel Weisz (Stealing Beauty, I Want You)

Just like Jennifer Connelly, Rachel Weisz has had a decorated and outstanding acting career right from the beginning.

Weisz, a British actress by origin, appeared in smaller roles till the 1999 fictional action-horror film ‘The Mummy’ which made heads turn.

For Weisz, there was no looking back afterward and she appeared in a host of critical and commercial successes like ‘Enemy at the Gates’, ‘The Mummy Returns’, ‘Constantine’, ‘The Constant Gardener’, ‘The Fountain’, ‘Definitely, Maybe’, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ et al to her latest movie ‘Disobedience’ wherein she could be seen in an intense lesbian relationship (alongside Rachel McAdams), perhaps her one of the firsts.

Weisz first sported frontal nudity in the film ‘Stealing Beauty’ but was mostly shadowed by Liv Tyler’s role.

Her intense, sensual role in ‘I Want You’, along with sexually explicit scenes made all the news and also won the film a couple of awards.

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15. Helen Mirren (Savage Messiah)

Helen Mirren isn’t someone who is averse to nudity. Though she has done umpteen nude scenes, her monologue in Savage Messiah stands out as she poses nude for a painter.

Seldom you would find anyone delivering a short monologue without their clothes on! She is so comfortable taking off her clothes even in her ripe old age that she herself confessed that beyond a certain, one really stops caring what men in the audience think about your naked body.

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14. Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris)

Another Bertolucci entry, this very controversial film has Maria Schneider go fully nude with Marlon Brando.

A very graphic rape scene follows where Marlon Brando assaults Schneider. Apparently, Schneider was not of legal age then and the film as a whole is full of debatable moments.

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13. Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)

The seasoned British actress’s initial breakthrough was the comedy-drama ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ which won Hawkins numerous awards.

Her other notable works include ‘Blue Jasmine‘, which came out to be more famous for the role of Cate Blanchett, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Godzilla’, ‘Paddington’, ‘The Shape of Water’ to name a few.

Her first and only frontal nudity portrayal was seen in ‘The Shape of Water’ – a fantasy-drama that witnessed groundbreaking performances from Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, and also went ahead to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Direction, Production Design and Original Score.

Sally Hawkins received a nomination for her role as a mute girl who falls in love with an Amazonian amphibian humanoid while stationed in a high-security research laboratory. Hawkins will be next seen in ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’.

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12. Olivia Wilde (Vinyl)

Not only Wilde is one of the boldest actresses working today, but she’s also one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood for everyone’s envy.

A series regular in the television show ‘House’ in which she played the role of Dr. Remy Hadley, Wilde also appeared in numerous diversified roles in movies such as ‘The Girl Next Door’, ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, ‘Tron: Legacy’, ‘In Time’, ‘Rush’, ‘Her’, ‘Meadowland’ to name a few.

Her nude appearances came to be known more when she played a role alongside Liam Neeson in ‘Third Person’, followed by her explicit frontal nudity in the television show ‘Vinyl’.

So far, Wilde has appeared in more than 50 film and television titles.

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11. Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary, The Deuce)

The critically acclaimed film ‘Secretary’, which arguably is also one of the most cherished movies of Gyllenhaal, also featured her scenes of frontal nudity along with a pathbreaking performance.

The movie revolves around a socially awkward girl Lee who applies for the job of a secretary for an attorney but gets into an intimate physical relationship with him.

Other notable works of Maggie Gyllenhaal include ‘The Deuce‘, ‘The Dark Knight‘, ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’, ‘Stranger than Fiction’, ‘Hysteria’, ‘White House Down’ among others. Her latest Netflix movie ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ is generating the buzz nowadays.

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10. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

The 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) continued its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting one of this year’s Virtuosos awards to Alicia Vikander for her stand-out work as the A.I. humanoid Ava in Ex Machina and as Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl.

The films are drastically different in their subject matter but allowed Vikander the opportunity to display a wide range of emotions, both subtle and intense, and everything in between, and left audiences utterly compelled and wanting to see what she does next.

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9. Alexandra Daddario (True Detective)

The 32-year-old actress started her film career as a teenager in various teenage fantasy movies like the ‘Percy Jackson’ franchise, horror flicks like ‘The Attic’, ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’, and thrillers like ‘Bereavement’, ‘San Andreas’ etc.

But her primary forte appears to be romance comedy flicks like ‘Baywatch’, ‘When We First Met’, ‘The Choice’ among others.

Apart from mainstream movies, Daddario has also appeared in critically acclaimed television shows such as ‘True Detective‘, ‘New Girl’, ‘The Last Man on Earth’, ‘American Horror Story‘, ‘White Collar’ to name a few.

Her explicit nudity, however, was seen only in ‘True Detective’ alongside Woody Harrelson in which she could be seen stripping naked in one of the episodes.

Within a less than 10-year career span, Daddario has made appearances in more than 45 film and television titles.

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8. Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin)

The premise is deceptively simple: Michel Faber’s 2000 science fiction novel “Under the Skin” follows an alien tasked with kidnapping earthlings and selling their bodies for consumption back home.

Adapting the material into his first feature since 2004’s “Birth,” music video director Jonathan Glazer only borrows half that scenario, following the extraterrestrial seductress (a virtually unrecognizable Scarlett Johansson) as she repeatedly nabs hapless male victims while her motives remain mysterious.

A totally wacky head-trip with midnight movie sensibilities and a daring avant-garde spirit, Glazer’s movie meanders aplenty but owes much to Johansson’s intense commitment to a strangely erotic, unnerving performance, unlike anything she has done before.

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7. Kate Winslet (Jude, The Reader)

There are too many movies to mention where Kate Winslet hasn’t taken her clothes off. In fact, she has gotten naked in 4 roles out of the 6 for which she was nominated at the Academy Awards.

Her famous drawing room scene in Titanic would forever be etched in the minds of the average cine-goer but few would know that she bared her entire body for her role in Jude (1994) where she allows a guy to take her virginity.

Another notable mention where she is fully naked would be The Reader.

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6. Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct)

Well, I don’t need to say much here. Surprisingly though, I don’t remember a single scene in this film where Sharon Stone has shown her full frontal naked body.

We can see quite a few scenes with Stone rolling in bed naked with Michael Douglas but the reason I included her name on this list is for the one iconic scene alone.

As a suspect, she is interrogated by the cops as she makes a changeover of her crossed legs and gives the audience a full view of what lies underneath the white dress.

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5. Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street)

The new chic on the block and probably Martin Scorsese’s best blonde bombshell discovery yet, Margot Robbie appeared in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘ along with Leonardo DiCaprio.

While watching a Scorsese film, you are bound to expect some sexual activity in a weird sort of way. But Robbie appeared completely naked in one of the scenes just before she and Leo have sex.

It was a bit of a shocker as Robbie was just 23 when she did that, but boy has she pulled that one-off.

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4. Tilda Swinton (Female Perversions)

British actress Tilda Swinton is often considered as one of the greatest artists that ever walked this planet.

An Academy Award winner, Swinton has appeared in a countless number of films and television shows, most of which turned out to be blockbusters and have by far attained a cult status with the passage of time.

Her movie ‘Female Perversions’ is the narrative of Eve, an attorney in LA, who has an unsatisfactory sex life and seeks respite from the erotic nightmares she has on a daily basis.

Although Swinton has given nude appearances in many films, ‘Female Perversions’ stand out as the only Swinton’s film in which she has sported frontal nudity.

By far, Swinton has appeared in more than 70 film and television titles.

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3. Eva Green (The Dreamers)

A Bernardo Bertolucci film has to have nudity and Dreamers (2003) has no dearth of it. The film follows twins Theo and Isabelle (Eva Green) and an American student Matthew who bond and entangle erotically among one another.

Green has given multiple full frontal nude shots and the film even has a scene where she performs oral sex on one of her co-stars.

Another fairly contemporary mention would be Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For(2014) where Eva Green plays a conniving seductress and has bared it all in many scenes.

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2. Monica Bellucci (Irreversible, Malena)

The Italian model-turned-actress has been known for her sensuous portrayals in various Italian and Hollywood flicks, including her nude appearances that are dime a dozen.

Bellucci is also known for some extremely central roles she has played in her career spanning 30 years.

Her notable movies include ‘Malena’, ‘The Matrix’ franchise, ‘Under Suspicion’, ‘Irreversible‘, ‘Tears of the Sun’, ‘The Passion of the Christ’, ‘Spectre’ among others.

Considered one of the sexiest women alive today, it is no wonder that Bellucci was liked by many for her roles in erotic romances like ‘Malena’ and psychological thrillers like ‘Irreversible‘.

Even though momentary, Bellucci has given frontal nude appearances in both the movies.

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1. Marion Cotillard (Une affaire privée, La Guerre Dans le Haut Pays)

Actress extraordinaire and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard is widely known as one of the best French actresses working today.

With her films have garnered more than $3 billion in revenues at the box office and with more than 50 English, French and other language titles credited to her name, Cotillard remains to be one of the most celebrated actresses even today.

As far as Hollywood is concerned, we know her for her appearance in movies like ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Contagion’, ‘Inception‘, ‘Big Fish’, ‘Assassin’s Creed’ among others.

Her nude appearances in ‘A Private Affair’, ‘War in the Highlands’, and a few other titles are reflective of the artistic freedom the actress has always rooted for.

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