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Basic Instinct

Published 06/01/2011 | 05:00

Sharon Stone's performance had her hailed by critics as a hot and sexy feminist icon for the 1990s. But the real reason most people flocked to the 1992 thriller -- which eventually took $352m -- was to catch a glimpse of the infamous Stone crotch shot as she crossed and uncrossed her legs in a police interview suite with a panache never seen before or since.

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Indecent Proposal

Robert Redford paid one million dollars for a night with Demi Moore in the 1993 film's storyline but cinema goers paid out more than $266m to catch a glimpse of the Ghost and A Few Good Men superstar's breasts.

This was before nipple slips were common fodder and seeing a major actress strip off was a big deal.

Brokeback Mountain

The notion of explicitly gay cowboys proved too intriguing to resist for millions of people.

The homosexual tryst in the tent was a much parodied cinema moment but the film's success was down to Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's sensitive portrayal of a complex but believable love story and the $178m it grossed at the box office was testament to this.

Eyes Wide Shut

The hype that preceded Stanley Kubrick's final film reached fever pitch thanks to the anticipation of the, then, most famous couple in the world getting naked.

The trailer to the 1999 movie promised a lot with a naked Cruise and Kidman canoodling in front of a mirror and was enough to hook a big enough audience to bring in over $160m.

Whether the movie, even with its masked orgies, managed to deliver on the erotic premise of its trailer is still up for debate.

Wild Things (1998)

Neve Campbell and Denise Richards as on-the-run schoolgirl lesbians in a champagne soaked threesome with Matt Dillon -- what male could refrain from taking a peek?

... and the ones that flopped

Showgirls (sex isn't always sexy), Jennifer's Body (even a seductive Megan Fox doesn't make up for a ludicrous plot) and Striptease (in just three years Demi's bosom lost its box office appeal).

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