Some years ago, Entertainment Weekly did a story about the effect nude scenes had on a generation of young people growing up in the 80s. At its core was the idea that, unlike today, where you can just press a button and see boobs and butts any time you want, it used to be a lot harder to see that most 'holy of holies'.
There was a time when some of the scenes on this list were all that we had! As time has gone on, even with the proliferation of ways to see nudity, a really good nude scene still manages to get our hearts (and other things) racing. Even here in 2013.
So feast your eyes on (maybe not the best, or greatest but...) the Top 30 Most MEMORABLE Nude Scenes in motion picture history over the past couple of decades. Sorry ladies, this list is quite male specific...But we did throw in some guys just to make things interesting.
Are you ready? Set...Go!
1 Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
These few minutes of celluloid glory are the cream of the crop. You had the beautiful Phoebe Cates, the stuck-up hottie who stole every scene she was in, baring her perfect breasts in a slow motion crawl out of a pool! Set to The Cars "Moving In Stereo", this stylized slice of cinematic gold ranks right up there with such famous paintings as Arthur Hacker's "A Female Nude" and Paul Cezanne's "A Modern Olympia." Why is it our number one pick? Cause 9 out of 10 times, when both girls and guys between the ages of 14 and 79 were polled, this moment was always mentioned first! Way to go, Phoebe. Your contribution to cinema will live longer than most others.