The sexiest foreign actresses on this list have definitely made a splash here in the states, but some of their sexiest movies might not be very familar to Americans. Violante Placido, for example, is an Italian actress who will likely make quite an impression on American moviegoers in ‘The American’, as she strips down for nude scenes with costar George Clooney, but I doubt many red-blooded American males saw her do the same in 2002’s ‘L’anima gemella’. So in honor of the likelihood that Violante Placido and her body of work are about to become a little more well-known in America, here’s a list of fifteen more of the sexiest foreign actresses and their sexiest movies:
Thandie Newton – This British-born beauty is one of the sexiest foreign actresses here whose body of work is more easily admired by American audiences (because they don’t have to read subtitles!). The ‘ER’ star also appeared as the female lead in ‘Mission: Impossible II’ and gained critical claim for her role in 2004’s ‘Crash’, however, when it comes to her sexiest movies, she’ll really seize your heart in Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘Besieged’ (if the story about a man’s obsession with her character doesn’t move you, Thandie Newton’s nude scenes probbaly will).
Eva Green – And here’s another of the sexiest foreign actresses on this list that Bernardo Bertolucci convinced to do nude scenes. However, this French femme fatale gained popularity in the U.S. by keeping her clothes on as Bond girl Vesper Lynde in ‘Casino Royale’. But Bertolucci’s ‘The Dreamers’ is one of those movies where you’ll find some of the sexiest scenes you’ll ever see, including Eva Green imitating the Venus de Milo statute. Just be forewarned: there are also a few disturbing scenes and some very controversial subject matter that sometimes overshadows this dream girl.
Marion Cotillard – She’s another of the sexiest foreign actresses here hailing from France, and another that can be considered a real dream girl after her role in mind movie ‘Inception’. Marion Cotillard first captured America’s attention by snagging an Academy Award for her role in 2007’s ‘La vie en rose’ for her portrayal of singer Edith Piaf, later starring alongside Johnny Depp in ‘Public Enemies’. But when it comes to this talented performer’s sexiest movies, her nude scenes in 2001’s ‘Pretty Things’ (where she plays twins) are pretty memorable.
Audrey Tautou – And here’s the last of the sexiest foreign actresses on this list from France. She can be seen with the actress above in ‘A Very Long Engagement’ and also starred in a film similarly titled to her sexiest flick, ‘Dirty Pretty Things’. However, the adorable Audrey Tautou’s sexiest movie might surprise you. We fell in love with her as the mischievous do-gooder in ‘Amelie’, but before she was too loveable to do anything lewd, she starred in the raunchy movie ‘Le libertin’, in which she does nude scenes with another actress in a bath full of milk (it does a body good, right?).
Salma Hayek – She’s one of the sexiest foreign actresses from south of the border, becoming a Spanish soap star before heading to L.A. in search of movie roles. Salma Hayek starred in some of the sexiest nude scenes you’ll ever see involving a spur in ‘Desperado’, but you’ve also got to love her early role as a stripper named Satanico Pandemonium in ‘From Dusk Til Dawn’. The stunning star eventually proved that she was more than just a pretty face and killer curves by earning an Oscar nomination for her role as the titular artist in ‘Frida’, but some fans might appreciate the movie more for its artistic nude scenes.
Penelope Cruz – One of Salma’s best Hollywood buds hails from Spain, and, like her friend, this sexiest of foreign actresses has had no problem with doing nude scenes throughout her illustrious career. For Americans into foreign movies, Penelope Cruz probably first landed on their radar as a nun in one hell of a predicament in ‘All About My Mother’, with the rest of America taking notice of her in movies like ‘Blow’ and ‘Vanilla Sky’. But when it comes to her sexiest movies, her nude scenes with hubby-to-be Javier Bardem in ‘Jamon, jamon’ are definitely some of the most explicit from an Oscar-winning actress you’ll ever see (she won her Academy Award for her passionate performance in ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, if you even care at this point).
Monica Bellucci – Sure this Italian actress was sexy in ‘The Matrix’, and she might have got a lot of attention for taking part in ‘The Passion of the Christ’, but before being involved in that controversy, Monica Bellucci was causing others with nude scenes in very heavy movies ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Malena’. However, if you want to see one of her sexiest movies that’s a little more light-hearted, check her out in ‘L’ultimo capodanno’ (if you can find it: it’s a rather obscure romp).
Franka Potente – This German actress first became well-known in America for her role in a German film, thanks to her bright-red ‘do and nonstop sprinting in ‘Run Lola Run’. Franka Potente would later star alongside another of the sexiest foreign actresses on this list, Penelope Cruz, in ‘Blow’, keeping her name well-known in America through the series of Bourne movies. However, some of her sexiest movies were made in her homeland, including a 1995 coming-of-age comedy with some pretty steamy nude scenes, ‘Nach Funf im Urwald’ (good luck asking your local video store guy if that one’s in stock).
Gemma Arterton – And now it’s time for a few more of the sexiest foreign actresses for Americans that prefer their movies subtitle-free. This English actress has become extremely successful in the U.S., starring as Bond girl Strawberry Fields in ‘Quantum of Solace’ and playing a princess in ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’, but it’s a movie inbetween these two that features her nude scenes, 2009 thriller ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’. The film itself is definitely not one of the sexiest movies you’ll ever see, but I don’t think anyone will forget Gemma Arterton’s performance in it.
Kate Winslet – Where do I start with the world’s favorite English actress? Beginning with ‘Titanic’, this beauty with a classically curvy body has become a legend for starring in artistic nude scenes. Besides her most well-known appearance in one of the sexiest movies you’ll ever see starring about a sinking ship, she’s also had memorable nude scenes in ‘Holy Smoke!’ and ‘The Reader’ (just to name a few; the question when it comes to Kate Winslet isn’t what movies she’s done nude scenes in, but what movies she hasn’t had them in).
Kate Beckinsale – As another great Kate becoming popular in the states, this butt-kicking babe made a name for herself by donning skin-tight leather and starring in a different series of movies involving werewolves and vampires. But before she was an action star, this Brit beauty filmed nude scenes in the appropriately-titled ‘Uncovered’ (which is actually a pretty interesting movie beyond Kate Beckinsale’s granny panties).
Emily Blunt – This is one of the foreign actresses on this list well on her way to becoming a big star in the U.S.A., with her success really starting after her role as Queen Victoria in ‘The Young Victoria’. Since then she’s been cast in the remake of ‘The Wolfman’ and a promising-sounding upcoming movie called ‘The Adjustment Bureau’, but before her success staying dressed, Emily Blunt did a few movies with nude scenes, including ‘My Summer of Love’, where the lovely lady soaks up the sun while showing plenty of skin.
Aishwarya Rai – And I think it’s important to end this list with a few of the sexiest foreign actresses who aren’t known for doing nude scenes, because you don’t have to strip in order to be considered sexy. This breathtaking Bollywood beauty became a star in the U.S. after her role in ‘Bride & Prejudice’, but she really heats up the silver screen in ‘The Mistress of Spices’ as seductive spice-selling sorceress with mystical abilities. It might not be one of the sexiest movies on this list, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy Aishwarya Rai in this tempting and tasty treat for a bit of a tease.
Famke Janssen – This hottie was born in Holland, but would move to Hollywood and become a star as another Bond girl in ‘GoldenEye’ (Xenia Onatopp). Famke Janssen continued to become popular with fanboys by playing Jean Grey in the X-Men movies, but her sexiest movies don’t involve her playing a mutant superhero; while she has no nude scenes in ‘Love & Sex’, I’m sure you can tell by the title that she’s still worth seeing in it.
Ziyi Zhang – This adorable Chinese actress took part in some amazing action sequences in movies like ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘Hero’, proving that the sex appeal of women, no matter how modestly dressed, can really shine through when they’re exhibiting great strength. A few of other Ziyi Zhang’s other well-known movies include ‘Memoirs of a Giesha’ and ‘Rush Hour 2’ (proof that she’s worth watching in anything).
So if you’re looking for the sexiest movies starring some of the sexiest foreign actresses, take a trip around the world with this diverse group of lust-inspiring ladies; they might leave you questioning your national pride and titillate your treasonous side.