Rachel Orvino
July 06, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

1. Showgirls (1995)

There are sexier stripteases (think Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks) and more powerful performances that include, you know, acting (see: Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler), but no discussion of cinematic peepfests would be complete without the camp classic that is Showgirls. Elizabeth Berkley’s cringe-inducing shimmies at the Cheetah Club earns this cruddy film the top spot on our list — and a permanent place in the catalog of pop culture punchlines. —Rachel Orvino

2. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

At a vampire-infested south-of-the-border nudie bar called the Titty Twister, voluptuous neck-biter Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek) turns the clientele into slack-jawed boobs with her…sultry dancing and outsize snake. (Also, her boobs.) To quote the bar patron played by George Clooney: ”That’s what I call a f—in’ show!” —Clark Collis

3. Gypsy (1962)

Groomed since childhood to be a movie star, Natalie Wood was a classy choice to play the title role in Gypsy, about American burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee, who was herself pushed into show business by her mother. Wood conveys the essence of Lee’s ladylike playfulness as she drops the strap of an evening gown — the perfect tease before the strip. —Lisa Schwarzbaum

4. True Lies (1994)

She’s not a professional, but when Jamie Lee Curtis’ demure housewife — who’s on a ”mission” for the CIA — attempts to seduce a mysterious darkened figure she thinks is an arms dealer, it’s still pretty impressive work for a civilian. Of course, she’s actually performing the slinky show for her husband (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in a bit of cinematic role-play where it’s difficult to tell who’s playing whom —Keith Staskiewicz

5. The Full Monty (1997)

These down-on-their-luck blokes make bad Chippendales-like dancers — they’re flabby, creaky-jointed, and rhythm-free — yet by the end of this sleeper hit, we are rooting for them to bare their butt cheeks. The final number, set to the bump-and-grind favorite ”You Can Leave Your Hat On,” might not get us hot, but these lovable average Joes certainly warm our hearts. —Stephan Lee

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