We can’t really blame actresses for choosing not to bare all in their movies and going their entire careers without showing the merest hint of a nipple on the big screen. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate those who are much more liberal with their nude scenes. Here are some of our favourite Hollywood actresses who aren’t shy about flaunting it all in the name of art.
10. Anne Hathaway
Who would have thought that the star of Ella Enchanted and Disney’s the Princess Diaries series would turn into a serious actress who had no qualms about participating in nude scenes? Anne Hathaway shocked fans when she followed up the Princess Bride 2: Royal Engagement with a role in the heavy going gang drama Havoc (2005). Her first taste of onscreen nudity helped her break free from the possibility of being forever typecast in family-friendly fairytale fare and she’s done other nude scenes in the likes of Brokeback Mountain (2005), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and Love & Other Drugs (2010).
9. Natasha Henstridge
It would be pretty easy to fill this list with B movie actresses as, let’s face it, the genre relies just as much on female nudity as it does any other element of the filmmaking process. However, Natasha Henstridge very nearly shot to the top of the A-list thanks to her starring debut role in Species (1995) before she steadily slipped into straight to video movies and TV work. The leggy blonde actress certainly made an impression playing the alien femme fatale Sil who used her body to seduce male victims after having sex with them. It was one of the hottest movies of the 90s and she happily reprised the role of the extraterrestrial praying mantis for Species II (1998). She also continued her nude streak in the likes of Maximum Risk (1996), Bela Donna (1998) Caracara (2000) and Power and Beauty (2002)
8. Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore has being stripping off in front of the camera for more than 20 years – and we’re still not sick of seeing her. Moore’s first nude scene was in the dodgy erotic thriller Body of Evidence (1993) where she had some seriously sweaty sex with Willem Dafoe. Later that year she starred in one of the most famous full frontal scenes in movie history thanks to her performance in Short Cuts (1993). In one scene she walks around for almost 3 minutes with absolutely nothing covering her bottom half and taught us that the carpet does match the drapes. Since then the fiery redhead has never been hesitant about showing it all off and some of her other nude scenes include Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Savage Grace (2007) and The Kids Are Alright (2010). However, the highlight is definitely the lesbian love scene between her and Amanda Seyfried as seen in the titillating drama Chloe (2009).
7. Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei’s history of onscreen nudity proves that sometimes it’s worth the wait. Although she appeared in a brief topless scene in Untamed Heart (1993), Tomei used a body double for Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) just a few years later. However, she finally flashed us a peek at her naked body again in Factotum (2005) and since then she’s been making up for lost time with nude scenes in the likes of Loverboy (2005), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) and The Wrestler (2008).
6. Heather Graham
It’s been almost 18 years since Heather Graham starred in one of the best nude scenes of all-time. The bubbly blonde went completely nude (well, apart from a pair of roller skates) in porno drama Boogie Nights (1997) and, although she hasn’t done a full frontal scene since, she’s shown off plenty of her body in the likes of Killing Me Softly (2002), Broken (2006), Adrift in Manhattan (2007), Boogie Woogie (2009) and, if you’re into breastfeeding, The Hangover (2009).
5. Milla Jovovich
Although she’s long left her professional modelling days behind, Milla Jovovich still can’t resist flaunting her assets on the big screen. She made a name for herself appearing in the cheesy and risque teenage castaway movie Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) at the age of just 15, but it was her role in the Fifth Element (1997) which got her noticed in Hollywood. Spending most of the cult sci-fi movie wearing skimpy outfits and flashing brief glimpses of nudity, Jovovich went on to bare it all in notable nude scenes in He Got Game (1998), No Good Deed (2002), .45 (2006) and Stone (2010).
4. Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman was quite the nude-happy actress before she turned to heavy-going, Oscar bait movies in the latter part of her career. The redheaded Aussie has done plenty of onscreen nudity over the years, first showing off breasts and butt in one of her early roles in Windrider (1986) and following up with memorable topless scenes in TV miniseries Bangkok Hilton (1989) and the suspense thriller Dead Calm (1989). The success of Days of Thunder (1990) pushed her into the bigtime, but that didn’t stop her from going full frontal in Billy Bathgate (1991) and showing off her body in the likes of Malice (1993), Birthday Girl (2001), Cold Mountain (2003) and Australia (2008), to name a few. However, her most memorable nude scene actually came in the form of a trailer. In a red band trailer for Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Kidman dances nude in front of a mirror before being groped by her-then husband Tom Cruise. It was an ingenious piece of marketing which definitely made more people want to see the movie.
3. Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone proved that she was an actress who was happy to take risks when she starred in Basic Instinct (1992). The infamous, leg-crossing interrogation scene showed that Stone really wasn’t wearing any underwear to set that day (although she later claimed that she didn’t know that the shot would actually show everything) but she had already done plenty of nudity – albeit, much less graphic – before the release of the classic erotic thriller. Stone had already been topless in the likes of Cold Steel (1987), Total Recall (1990) and Scissors (1991), to name a few. She kept up with her nude reputation after her breakout performance in Basic Instinct thanks to roles in Sliver (1993), The Specialist (1994), Gloria (1999), A Different Loyalty (2004) and Fading Gigolo (2013). Although she also reprised the role of Catherine Tramell in the long-awaited sequel Basic Instinct 2 (2006), her nudity was surprisingly modest compared to that of the first one.
2. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet has never been shy about shedding her clothes for roles. The full-figured English actress stole the show in Titanic (1997) thanks to a very classy and iconic nude scene where she participated in a spot of still life painting during her ill-fated romance with Leonardo Dicaprio’s stowaway character. However, Winslet had already been turning heads years before she starred in the the big sinking ship blockbuster. She flashed some brief nudity in a bathtub scene during her cinematic debut Heavenly Creatures (1994) but it wasn’t long before she was went full frontal for the depressing period drama Jude (1996). She’s also been completely nude in Holy Smoke (1999), Iris (2001) and The Reader (2008), but Winslet was happy to take it down a notch and just flash her breasts in the likes of Hideous Kinky (1998), Quills (2000), and Little Children (2006). Although she’s said in interviews that she doesn’t think her body is perfect, we’re glad that she still has no hesitation in showing it all off.
1. Angelina Jolie
Sadly, Angelina Jolie seems to have left her ‘bad girl’ past behind her. Years before she became a firm fixture on the A list, Jolie enjoyed her role as a Hollywood outsider and wasn’t shy about showing some flesh in a stream of pretty crappy movies. Jolie flashed her breasts in forgettable fare like Cyborg 2 (1993), Hackers (1995), Foxfire (1996) and Mojave Moon (1996) when she was first starting out in the industry. However, although she never went full frontal, some of her more memorable nude scenes included some girl on girl action in TV movie biopic Gia (1998), a crazy scene with Antonio Banderas which bordered on softcore pornography in Original Sin (2001) and a confusingly sexy, CGI motion capture performance in Beowulf (2007). She most recently treated us to a shot of her butt in Wanted (2010), but the scene was just a teasing reminder of the days when she wasn’t shy about showing us much more.