The Hottest Scenes of Sensuality

Our favorite steamy, on-screen love affairs
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 09, 2008

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Our favorite steamy, on-screen love affairs

The hot and heavy romance between Nina (Nia Long) and Darius (Larenz Tate) from “Love Jones” is legendary. Nina is convinced his body was saying her name after the creative souls consummate their relationship on the first night. If it’s right, why wait?

By Charreah Jackson

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The fact that she was a bank robber and he was a banker couldn’t stop the chemistry between Stony (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Keith (Blair Underwood) in “Set It Off.” Their love connection trumps his loyalty to his job when he realizes she has robbed his bank.

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Best friends made even better lovers for Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) in “Love & Basketball.” Her first time in their senior year of high school was extra special in her bedroom as Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work” set the mood.

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Stella (Angela Bassett) visits Jamaica to recapture her freedom of self. But she soon finds herself captured by lust turned love with sexy island native Winston (Taye Diggs) in the film adaptation of Terry McMillan’s “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.”

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The 20-year age difference isn’t enough to fan the flames of desire, as their hot loving sparked a new trend of cougars on the prowl.

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Don’t think this is an argument. For Yvette (Taraji P. Henson) and Jody (Tyrese Gibson), yelling at each other was just foreplay in “Baby Boy.”

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Yvette’s words of hate quickly morphed into giggles of love with a kiss. The two endured baby mama drama and still held on to their love.

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Witnessing Zora Neale Hurston’s story of sweet surrender is tantalizing when Janie (Halle Berry) finds the love she’s been searching for with the younger, streetwise Tea Cake (Michael Ealy) in the small-screen version of “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

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Rain only added to the heat between lounge singer Sallie (Paula Patton) and the shy piano player Percival (André Benjamin) during their first kiss, a prelude to a passionate night in “Idlewild.”

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The duo are ready to take over the world in their cocoon of love.