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22 Moments Of Sexual Tension In Movies That Are So Real, People Believe The Actors Had To Truly Be In Love

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We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "If there was an Oscar given for 'Best Sexual Tension in a Film,' what scenes would've for sure won?" and, WHEW BUDDY, they did not disappoint! Here are just a few of the hottest scenes that would like to thank the Academy:

1. The hand flex scene, Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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Focus Features

"Nothing comes close to the moment when Mr. Darcy helps Elizabeth into the carriage and flexes his hand afterwards. It's peak cinema."

username913

2. The diner scene, Moonlight (2016)

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A24

"They haven't seen each other in years and it's very awkward between them, but the way they look at each other is still sooo loaded! Trevante Rhodes and André Holland invented sexual tension, but also, made me cry."

evelinamedina

3. The pool scene, Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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20th Century Fox

"Kissing underwater, their wet clothes clinging to their bodies, hiding from the security guard and nanny...that scene was my awakening."

foxerin64

4. The fire scene, Jane Eyre (2011)

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Focus Features

"After Rochester’s room was set on fire, he leaves and comes back to Jane, who was just waiting. They are soooo close, it's stirring. And the movie as a whole is an underappreciated period piece!"

dreacarmenc

5. The "Rewrite the Stars" scene, The Greatest Showman (2017)

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20th Century Fox

"Hands down! It's the tension as they're flying through the air together, and the sheer trust they have in each other!"

jordanaweiner1

6. The bird mating scene, Becoming Jane (2007)

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Miramax

"They're in the library and James McAvoy's character reads a passage about birds mating in flight and he says, 'Your horizons must be widened.' The first time I saw that, I melted off my seat!"

evaterranova

7. The first real look, You've Got Mail (1998)

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Warner Bros.

"When Meg Ryan sees Tom Hanks and realizes he’s the one she’s been waiting for (figuratively and literally) and starts crying. Their chemistry is just off the charts!"

rosienuttty

8. The tent scene, The Holiday (2006)

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Sony Pictures Releasing

"When Jude Law and Cameron Diaz are in the tent, and there's a tiny little finger touch between them. It was so small, but so sweet. Just perfect."

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9. The "Roxanne" scene, Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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20th Century Fox

"The Unconscious Argentinian and Nini have HEAT in that dance."

laraterryr

10. The "Shallow" scene, A Star Is Born (2018)

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MGM

"I mean....Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga? Their chemistry is just amazing. Plus, when they sang this at the Oscars, I really thought they were about to kiss, LOL."

iris19cc

11. The drag bar scene, Happiest Season (2020)

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Hulu

"I mean, I think the only acceptable answer for recent movies has to be Kristen Stewart and Aubrey Plaza. I've never rooted more for a relationship to end in a movie, just so these two could get together. I need a sequel with just the two of them immediately. When they scoot over to the same side of the booth? Kill me."

spenceralthouse

12. The absinthe scene, Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

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Columbia Pictures

"This one's a bit more old school and dark, but the scenes between Gary Oldman as the younger Dracula and Wynonna Ryder's character Mina when they are drinking absinthe. Their tension in that scene is palpable!"

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13. The tattoo scene, A Walk to Remember (2002)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

"My introduction to sexual tension was when Landon gives Jaime the shoulder tattoo in the car and BLOWS ON IT. It gave me goosebumps!"

ashtonmartin7

14. The dance scene, The Mask of Zorro (1998)

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Sony Pictures Releasing

15. Also, the dance scene, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

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20th Century Fox

"The one in Colombia."

angelajosborne

16. The fountain scene, Atonement (2007)

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Universal Pictures

"That is all!"

ashtonmartin7

17. The "Point of No Return" scene, The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

"The song by itself conveys the sexual tension, but add the gorgeous visuals and, WHEW CHILE, it’s hot as hell!"

antixdramaxllama

18. The romance novel scene, The Remains of the Day (1993)

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Columbia Pictures

"Anthony Hopkins plays a buttoned-up, all-business butler who can’t admit his feelings for Emma Thompson’s housekeeper. In this scene, she’s found him asleep with a book on his lap — a book that happens to be a romance novel. She tries to get him to show her what the book is, but he retreats, backing into a corner. She follows, trying to pry away the book held against his chest, and as she does he gazes at her with longing. It looks like something may finally happen between them…but alas, no. Gah!"

mikespohr

19. The bathroom scene, Booksmart (2019)

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United Artists Releasing

"Before they even start to do anything — just the way they're fighting and staring at each other is full of sexual tension."

fallon7

20. The first kiss scene, Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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Sony Pictures Classics

"Their sexual tension throughout the whole movie is just SO extra. I love it!"

austin137

21. The sidewalk scene, Shame (2011)

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Momentum Pictures

"One of my favorite scenes is between Michael Fassbender and Nicole Beharie. They go on the first date and it's a little awkward, but on their walk home they really start to open up and get personal. You can just tell there's something there. It's so subtle, but kind of like magic, all leading up to their goodbye before parting at the subway entrance."

spenceralthouse

22. And finally — the "scoundrel" scene, The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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20th Century Fox

"Just fire emojis."

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Now it's your turn! Which moments did we miss? In your opinion, if there was an Oscar given for "Best Sexual Tension in a Film," what scenes would've for sure won? Share in the comments below!

NOTE: Some entries were edited for length and/or clarity.

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