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Masturbation Scenes in Mainstream Movies, 2000 to the Present

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Updated May 16, 2014

Masturbation Scenes in Mainstream Movies, 2000 to the Present
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American Pie 2 (2001)
A reader nominates Jim’s “gluing himself to himself and a porn VHS tape” as a classic masturbation scene, “not a sexy moment, just plain funny”.

Life as a House (2001)
A reader recommends this "excellent movie with or without the masturbation" but for this list points to the Hayden Christensen masturbation in a closet scene, and Hayden's use of some "very risky techniques" as well worth a look.

Mulholland Drive (2001)
Does anyone do spooky, disturbing, confusing and sexy like David Lynch? Naomi Watts masturbation scene is only one of the many real and implied sexual hot points in this film.

Y tu Mama Tambien (2001)
A reader writes: there's a scene when the two main characters (boys) are young, lying on adjacent diving boards over a swimming pool, suggesting sexy ideas to each other while they masturbate. The scene ends with an underwater shot of a cloudy splash into the water.

Auto-Focus (2002)
Greg Kinnear (playing Bob Crane of Hogan’s Heroes “fame”) and Willem Dafoe totally commit to this masturbation scene.

Secretary (2002)
If there were an Academy Award for best masturbation portrayal, Maggie Gyllenhaal deserves a lifetime achievement statute for her masturbatory turn in a bathroom stall.

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
From a reader: a semi-sexual encounter between Josh Harnett and Shannyn Sossamon, they can't even touch each other so they use flowers to caress each other, and she ends up masturbating in a sexy and beautiful kind of way.

In the Cut (2003)
Much was made at the time of Meg Ryan's turn in this dark erotic thriller, mostly because of her history of playing "America's Sweetheart" who, apparently, isn't supposed to be sexual. She's plenty sexual in this film, and thanks to an About.com reader who wrote in to give her a shout out for her masturbation scene.

Spun! (2003)
A reader shares: “you cannot have a complete list without including John Leguizamo's scene from "Spun"! The guy totally commits to the scene...naked but for a sock…it's the craziest masturbation scene I've seen in a long time."

Kinsey (2004)
The painful wedding night sex scene between Liam Neeson and Laura Linney so overshadowed the Kinsey solo sex scene that I had completely forgotten it, until a reader wrote in suggesting it could have been more graphic.

40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Masturbation the way Betty Dodson recommends, complete with mood music, candle light, and laughs.

Jarhead (2005)
A reader spotted the Jake Gyllenhaal masturbating looking at his girlfriend's picture scene; "you only see his shoulders and hear him breathe, but it's very well done."

Nine Songs (2005)
From a reader: Both male and female masturbation, and authentic. This was the first explicitly sexual movie to be approved for showing in Ireland, for some reason... The music is the best part!

The Squid and the Whale (2005)
A furtive high school masturbation scene starring Owen Kline. One warning, if you watch it it may forever change the way you look at and handle books at your local library.

Babel (2006)
A brief masturbation scene featuring a young Moroccan boy who had been spying on his sister.

Shortbus (2006)
Of the autofellatio masturbation scene in this film one reader writes "You can almost hear all the guys in the cinema thinking 'Oh so that’s how its done?'"

Smiley Face (2007)
One of the most under appreciated performances and films of 2007, Anna Faris is phenomenal in this hilarious stoner movie by Greg Araki. There’s nothing erotic about Danny Masterson’s masturbatory turn with a skull. Okay, maybe there’s something a little erotic about it.

Black Swan (2010)
The term "psycho-sexual thriller" sounds ridiculous, but it's a pretty apt description of Natalie Portman's masturbation scene...if you add the word "frightening" also.

Shame (2011)
How could a film all about sex addiction and sexual compulsion not feature more than a few masturbation scenes. If the sex addiction adherents are right, and porn is the "crack" for a sex addict, then surely masturbation must be the pipe.

Hope Springs (2012)
I had heard mediocre reviews of the representation of sex therapy in this film about a couple who are trying to rekindle their relationship, but an About.com reader had good things to say about Meryl Streep's hotel masturbation scene "where for the first time in a long time she pleasures herself and realizes what she has missed."

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