Did you know that there was once a time where the best porn movies were given proper theatrical releases?
A lot of them made bank at the box office too. This is known as the golden age of pornography.
A time where filmmaking techniques were blended with a bit of softcore porn.
Honestly, for many of the movies on this list, the focus is not the actual porn. It is the story. It is about cinematography. Some of these movies are absolute classics.
There are a lot of amazing porn movies out there, so we are going to split this list up into two.
This is part 1, and we have a ton of epic porn movies to introduce you to here.
These ones come from the golden age of porn too, so you will be able to see how the world of movies developed as you watch these!
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1976)
No. We don’t mean the classic Disney film. Back in 1976, perhaps one of the most unique porn films ever came out. Let us introduce you to Alice in Wonderland, a softcore porn extravaganza that somehow managed to clean up at the box office. A couple of years after, a proper hardcore version of the movie was released.
The history of Alice in Wonderland is odd. You see, this is a porn musical. Yep. You don’t get many of those nowadays, do you? Actually, we don’t think we have ever seen a serious porn musical. This is the _only _film that somehow managed to be turned into an off-broadway musical too. Although, we doubt there was any porn involved there.
While Alice in Wonderland is probably not going to be that brilliant for turning you on, it is a classic porn film and is 100% worth watching. This really did come from the golden age of porn.
BARBARA BROADCAST (1977)
If you watch Barbara Broadcast, you are going to be absolutely stunned by the filmmaking techniques this movie boasts. It is easily one of the most wonderfully shot porn films ever made.
We are not going to go into too much detail on the plot of Barbara Broadcast, because it is likely going to make it seem tremendously boring. The movie takes the guise of an interview where the title character goes through the history of her life. The movie mostly takes place in the heart of New York City, and there are some beautiful shots of the place when you are watching it.
A lot of reviewers at the time claimed that Barbara Broadcast was one of the best-written porn films at the time. It is tough to argue with this. The plot may seem exciting, but somehow it manages to keep you clinging on, wanting to discover what happens next. The porn ain’t too shabby either.
BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR (1972)
Behind The Green Door is famous for a number of things. You may love the fact that it boasts some of the best lesbian porn scenes in the world of softcore porn. However, back in the day, it was better known for the fact that it offers the very first interracial porn scene to ever happen on film. Well, at least with anything that got popular.
This movie doesn’t have a whole lot of plot. It is pretty much erotic from start to finish. It is a lot more hardcore than a lot of the porn that you will find on this list too. There aren’t many films that will dedicate a whopping seven minutes to cum shots, right? Oh, and the lead character doesn’t actually have any lines in the film. Behind the Green Door is more one of those films that you are going to be watching for the experience, as opposed for a movie you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the plot of.
BLUE MOVIE (1969)
Blue Movie was the very first porn film to be released during the golden age of porn. This isn’t too surprising either. It was directed by Andy Warhol who was a massive artist at the time (well, he still is, but back then people loved him a whole lot more)
Blue Movie is famous for not really having any sort of plot. In fact, Andy Warhol claimed that this was his intention with the movie. It is hard to describe what happens in Blue Movie, because not a whole lot happens. It is really just people living their day to day lives, having conversations, and then fucking at various times. This is proper hardcore sex too. None of the softcore stuff that happened in a few other movies that came later.
We won’t lie. There are a few people who will not like Blue Movie. However, it is still worth checking out. There is no other movie that has had such a big impact on the world of porn.
BOYS IN THE SAND (1971)
Boys in the Sand only features gay porn, so if you are not a fan of that, then this probably isn’t going to be a great movie for you.
Honestly, we are not 100% sure what goes on in Boys in the Sand. It is just a series of interconnected scenes, all featuring the same guy hooking up with various other men.
You got beach sex. You got pool sex. You got indoor sex. Hell, there may even be a bit of ‘magic’ in the movie, but we are not 100% sure.
What we can tell you, however, is that Boys in the Sand is wonderfully shot. It is also the porn movie that propelled Casey Donovan to international fame after he starred in this. We guess people loved his body and his acting skills (yep, they were positively reviewed)
CAFE FLESH (1982)
Cafe Flesh is a movie that somehow managed to spawn two sequels, which goes to show just how popular it was at the time.
While the other movies that we have listed so far are pretty focused on the more erotic set-ups and beautiful sex scenes with an amazing plot, that doesn’t really happen in Cafe Flesh. This is a movie that is more about having a bit of fun, and some people may regard the plot as a touch ridiculous. Although, it is great to watch.
In Cafe Flesh, you will be transported to a post-apocalyptic world where for some unfathomable reason, the bulk of the population can’t have sex. It kills them. The people that can have sex are forced to ‘do it’ for the people who can’t in Cafe Flesh. Beyond this, the plot isn’t all that heavy. There is a little bit of a love story, but it is mostly about fucking in that world. To us, it is a tremendous watch and it is a little bit of a break from the norm in a world of highly stylistic porn movies.
Caligula is an epic story set in the Roman Empire (we assume). This is a movie that was absolutely hated at the time but, to be honest, in hindsight, the movie is pretty damn good. It also starred Helen Mirren and Peter O’Toole. Yep. The very same famous actors, although if you are expecting to see either of these get banged, then you probably have another thing coming.
The plot of Caligula is quite complicated. Basically, think along the lines of fights for thrones, pregnancies, and a shit ton of violence. Hell, people complained more about the violence in Caligula than they did the porn.
This movie is available in both English and Italian, with the English being a dub BUT regarded as the ‘original’ version of the movie. Baffling. We know.
CANDY STRIPERS (1978)
We have a nice little comedy in this movie. A group of nurses spends their days having a good shag with their patients. Tons of sex scenes here and the movie caps off with a nice sex orgy. Honestly, this is a hospital that we absolutely wouldn’t mind being a patient of! We think that this one of the only movies on this list that boasts a proper hardcore fisting scene too. Although, if you want to watch that, you are going to need to get your hands on the DVD version of the film. It wasn’t in the original. We doubt it would have had a commercial release if it was!
CENTURIANS OF ROME (1981)
Yep. Another Roman Empire film. We guess there is something about that period that makes people love watching sex happen there? Centurians of Rome is a gay porno, though. It is also the most expensive gay porn that has ever been made. Although, we won’t get too much into the financing of this movie, because it is quite an epic story (involving the theft of some expensive gear)
All you really need to know is that this is a story of slavery and fucking. The Emperor just loves to fuck his slaves for some reason. The story is actually pretty damn decent. It is certainly a lot less complicated than Caligula.
THE CHEERLEADERS (1973)
There has been a lot of controversy around this film, mostly due to the subject matter (cheerleaders fucking High School Football Players), but it is still one of the most successful commercial porn movies of all times. There is even a good number of sequels to the movie, although none managed to hit the dizzying heights that the original was able to achieve.
The plot of cheerleaders is simple. The cheerleaders want their team to win the game, so they go and fuck the opposing team just before they play. This exhausts them, and they can’t perform to the standard they should be able to on the field. To be honest, the plot doesn’t go much beyond this, but the sex scenes are pretty damn hot.
DEBBIE DOES DALLAS (1978)
Even if you have never seen Debbie Does Dallas, you will almost certainly have heard of it. This is one of the most-famous porn movies of all time. The plot is pretty simple, but it is fun. Debbie (played by Bambi Woods) wants to go to Dallas to try out as a cheerleader. She can’t afford it, so the rest of her cheer squad help her out. They charge money for sex (and sometimes just have fun for the hell of it). You will love this movie, and due to its place in the best porn movie history, it is a ‘must-watch’.
DEEP THROAT (1972)
Deep Throat apparently gained $600 million at the box office but, to be honest, this is quite a dubious claim. If it did, this would make it the highest-grossing movie of all time (equating for inflation). However, one thing is for sure, Deep Throat made a shit ton of money, and was one of the most successful commercial pornos of all time.
The story is a bit crazy. Some woman can’t orgasm. Turns out her clitoris is in her throat. So, uhm, she needs to deep throat a lot. Honestly, the plot is a lot better than what we have written here. It is just a rather crazy concept to put into words. This is a movie that you should really be checking out for yourself, if you haven’t seen it already.
THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES (1973)
Legendary erotic movie that comes on every list.
Another crazy plot, but a fun one. The Devil in Miss Jones starts with suicide. This woman, after discovering she can’t get into heaven, heads to Earth and becomes ‘Lust’.
This is a movie that some people can struggle to stomach, mostly because some of the scenes can be quite violent. However, the plot is surprisingly good, and it is worth a watch if you want a porno that is a little bit different from the norm.
A DIRTY WESTERN (1975)
Surprisingly, in the golden age of pornography, there were not actually that many Western movies made.
This is one of only a few that ended up with a commercial release.
In a Dirty Western, a group of convicts fucks themselves through the west. They take people’s virginities, and there is a bit of lesbian sex along the way too.
Fun movie, if a little bit light on the plot side of things.
EL PASO WRECKING CORP (1978)
Another gay porno this one. It actually has a plot that we have no doubt is happening on the American roads every day. A couple of truckers just have sex on the road. That is pretty much the plot. The movie is apparently meant to be a journey of ‘self-discovery’, but it is really just a bunch of truckers having intercourse. Apparently, this is regarded as one of the best gay pornos ever made. Who are we to argue with that?
FLESH GORDON (1974)
Flesh Gordon is a parody of Flash Gordon (you probably heard of it). We are not even going to go into the plot of this movie because it is downright crazy. Think along the lines of sex rays blasting the earth at regular intervals, causing people to fuck. Oh, and aliens. Lots and lots of aliens. This was a wildly expensive movie to produce. However, it was well-reviewed. If you loved Flash Gordon (who didn’t?), you may as well check out Flesh Gordon. Is a surprisingly accurate parody.
THE IMAGE (1975)
This is Fifty Shades of Grey before Fifty Shades of Grey was a thing. Oh, but it doesn’t tone down the sex that the book and movie have. The Image goes really into depth on that sadomasochism. There are some seriously intense scenes here. There isn’t much of a plot, but hell, this is probably one of the best movies we have ever seen in this niche.
Again, there isn’t really any sort of plot here. It is just a woman who loves sex just having sex with tons of different people. There, honestly, isn’t that much to say about Insatiable. It is a classic porno, but it doesn’t bring a lot to the table beyond some wildly hot sex scenes. You have anal. You have hardcore sex. You have a bit of bating. Honestly, this movie has everything. Worth checking out.
INSIDE JENNIFER WELLES (1977)
This movie stars Jennifer Welles, who was already pretty big in the world of sex movies at the time. While this movie does have a good bit of shagging in, it is more of a biography of Welles’ rise to fame. This means that it is going to be pretty damn heavy on the plot, and you will be introduced to one of the big names in the business.
KANSAS CITY TRUCKING CO (1976)
Yep. Another gay trucking porno. This one apparently ties into El Paso Wrecking Corp. It is part of a trilogy of movies, although there isn’t really any overlap in terms of plot. In this movie, expect a ton of bating and a lot of orgies.
L.A. TOOL & DIE (1979)
This is the final movie in the said gay trucking trilogy. Once again, this movie features road trips. However, there is less pointless shagging in this movie. Here, it is all about two people falling in love. It is actually a pretty brilliant movie.
So, there you have it.
21 of the best movies from the golden age of porn.
Check them out a little bit.
You probably have time to watch them all, to be honest. These movies are fantastic.
Once you are done with all 21 of them, you can hop on over to PART 2 of this list and crack on with some even more brilliant movies.
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