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One-Scene Wonders

Shortest sex scenes -- ''Cool Hand Luke,'' ''Thelma and Louise,'' ''Atonement,'' and more are still hot even though they contain small amounts of sex

Shortest sex scenes

Sometimes, all you need is a few minutes — or even seconds — of sex. On screen, of course. Below, six films that prove short can definitely be sweet.

Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Voluptuous Lucille (Joy Harmon) knows exactly what she's doing, sudsing her car — and her scantily clad self — to tease a chain gang of convicts. No failure to communicate here.

Witnessss (1985)
Unable to express their forbidden urges, Philly cop John Book (Harrison Ford) and his Amish damsel (Kelly McGillis) swing in a gaslit barn to ''(What a) Wonderful World.''

No Way Out (1987)
In a limo-set wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, he (Kevin Costner) undoes her garter straps, she (Sean Young) fishes into his drawers, and when they finish, they introduce themselves.

When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Sex is never a laughing matter, except for Sally's deli faux-O. Meg Ryan's ''performance'' was so real that men didn't mind the joke was on them.

Thelma & Louise (1991)
Wolfish J.D. (Brad Pitt) and his washboard abs show sheltered Thelma (Geena Davis) ''what all the fuss is about'' with a motel fling that steals more than her innocence.

Atonement (2007)
After Robbie's crude letter to Cee (Keira Knightley) punctures the bubbling tension, their passions erupt in a library encounter where he (James McAvoy) literally sweeps her off her feet.

Originally posted Nov 21, 2008 Published in issue #1023 Nov 28, 2008 Order article reprints
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