Their top five films about virginity, which include "Splendor in the Grass" and "Elizabeth," prompted us gals at Trixie HQ to make our own list of faves:
The Moon is Blue (1953) This is the first post-code film to use the word 'virgin' on screen. The Catholic League of Decency tried to get it banned, but thanks to director Otto Preminger's clout, it was not only shown but earned several Oscar noms. We wrote about it at length here.
Stealing Beauty (1996) Bernardo Bertolucci's gorgeous film starring Liv Tyler as a young woman who spends the summer with some free-spirited artists in Tuscany - who spend a great deal of time fretting over the fact that she's still a virgin. The film has a very open and lovely attitude to female sexuality that never feels exploitative but is bursting with sensuality.
American Pie (1999) Yeah, yeah. We know the film is about four horndogs trying to lose their virginity before their high school graduation. We've seen that a million times (including in the hideous sequels), but what we rarely see are the experienced girl who is considered wise and not slutty, the nerdy girl who turns out to be very sexual, and the strong positive message of pleasing your woman through oral sex. We could have done without totally gratuitous foreign student publicly getting off on dirty magazines, though.
Real Women Have Curves (2002) Although virginity loss isn't central to the plot, this coming-of-age story allows a kick-ass Latina with a full figure to fall in love, have excellent sex, not get punished or pregnant and get a scholarship to boot. Plus it stars a gorgeous pre-Ugly Betty America Ferrera.
Saved (2004) The Trixie Films interns picked this wicked satire of evangelicals as their favorite. It tells the story of a good Christian girl named Mary who is told by Jesus to have sex with her boyfriend to cure him of his gayness. He's sent off to a "degayification" center and she finds herself pregnant.