There are many modern proverbs out there -- some of which are spot-on, others that are lukewarm to downright preposterous. Although I take many of the "old sayings" with a grain of salt, one seems to stick and bear out its weight in gold: sex sells.

There is place in the world that manifests this truism than in the movies, in particular on the big screen. For a long time, it appears Hollywood has depended on this strategy to bolster ratings when content and special effects were lacking. Don't worry; we've all been there before when you wanted to press an imaginary censor button when an erotic scene popped out of nowhere while you were sharing some buttered popcorn with your date -- worse, your mom.

Remember the first time that's happened? No worries, though; I've taken the liberty to compile a few flicks with 15 of the sexiest characters ever to appear in a wild mambo role. Perhaps, these smoking-hot scenes will jar your memory. Now is the time to turn on that rotary fan or crank up the AC.

In case you're wondering, scenes from "leaked" (yeah, right) celebrity sex tapes are not included in this compilation. Besides, that's not real acting, right? Honestly, does anyone recall any particular scene from former Teen Mom Farrah Abraham's skin flick? Case closed.

1. Salma Hayek (Frida, 2002)

The darling actress, who is celebrated for her timeless and ageless beauty, played the role of Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. Although the film was lambasted for its over sexualizing the character as a "sex symbol," supporters lauded Hayek for using nudity to reveal the character's inherent sensual side. The Motion Picture Association of America (or MPAA) gave the film an R-rating for sexuality/nudity and language.

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2. Teri Hatcher (Heaven's Prisoners, 1996)

Set in New Orleans, Louisiana, Erik Anjou's film stars Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson. The MPAA gave it an "R" rating for violence, drugs, language, but the most memorable moment is Hatcher, Claudette Rocque, a drug lord's super sexy wife, who is filmed in a full-frontal scene. The former Desperate Housewives actress earned a Golden Raspberry Award nom, but you can't unsee that hot movie scene -- and you may not want to.

3. Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs, 2010)

Anne stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in this too-hot-for-TV erotic romantic comedy drama. She plays the role of a free-spirited woman who is suffering from Parkinson's disease. Jake is a hotshot pharmaceutical salesperson that is a draw for the ladies. According to IMDb, the movie scores 8 out of 10 in profanity (48 references to the F-word) and is 9 out of 10 in nudity and adult situations. Hathaway is shown nude on several occasions, and with different men. This flick is definitely NSFW!

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