3. Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct (1992)
Take another look at the sixth and seventh words in the above headline: “Female Nudity.” What immediately comes to mind? A woman’s breasts, right? It’s all good, because we’re right there with you. That’s why we almost forgot to include one scene that should’ve come to mind before anything else in this countdown—we’re referring to Sharon Stone’s infamous crossing-of-the-legs bit in Basic Instinct’s now-iconic interrogation sequence.
In one of cinema’s all-time great I-can’t-believe-they-went-for-it moments, the fearless Stone made the “crotch shot” shockingly erotic and sexy. Sadly, though, that’s a thing of the past, thanks to those embarrassing paparazzi photos of celebs like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan unknowingly (or more likely intentionally) flashing their nether-regions.