10 Oldest Porn in the the World

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With the rise of the internet over the past few decades, porn has become much less taboo. People are no longer ashamed to admit that they watch porn and it’s become so normalized that it’s many people think it’s weird when someone says they have never seen porn before. Although it might be seen as a positive that porn is no longer stigmatized, several people believe that porn addiction is on the rise. The most recent statistics said that one of the most biggest porn streaming sites in the world, Pornhub received 2.5 billion visits in 2017.

With the abundant availability of porn, many young people can’t even imagine a time when porn had to be shown in underground theaters. The first pornographic films emerged in the 19th century and were met with charges of public obscenity. Some of these early films have survived and are included on this list. However, the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex Gender and Reproduction is believed to own a majority of only existing copies of the earliest pornographic films, but they plan on keeping them locked up and away from prying eyes.

10. Deep Throat

Release Date: June 12, 1972
Country of Origin: United States of America
Directed By:  Gerard Damiano
Produced By:  Louis “Butchie” Peraino
Starring:  Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Dolly Sharp, and Carol Connors

Deep Throat photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Of all the pornographic films on this list, Deep Throat, is the most famous. It was one of the first hardcore feature films to have a plot, character development, and high production values. Deep Throat was at the forefront of the “porno chic” movement of the 1970s and was widely seen by many people in the United States. Several mainstream celebrities of the time even admitted that they had seen Deep Throat, including Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Jack Nicholson, Frank Sinatra, and Barbara Walters.

Although Deep Throat was popular at the time, several U.S. communities deemed the movie obscene and it was banned in numerous locations. In a few states, the producers, directors, and production company were were indicted for conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines. Despite all the lawsuits, Deep Throat cemented itself into popular culture. The title of the film was even used as a pseudonymn by Bob Woodward, who was a secret informant during the Watergate Scandal.


9. Boys in the Sand

Release Date: December 29, 1971
Country of Origin: United States of America
Directed By:  Wakefield Poole
Produced By:  Wakefield Poole and Marvin Shulman
Starring:  Casey Donovan, Peter Fisk, Danny Di Cioccio, and Tommy Moore

Boys in the Sand photo source: Wikipedia

Boys in the Sand is considered a landmark American pornographic film. The 1971 film achieved many firsts in the porn industry including including being the first gay porn. It was also the first to include on-screen credits, parody the title of a mainstream movies (The Boys in the Band), to be reviewed by major news publications such as Variety and the New York Times, and gain mainstream credibility.

The film stars Casey Donovan, one of the first major porn stars, in three separate segments that all take place at a gay beach resort community called Fire Island. Boys in the Sand was produced for about $8,000 and within the first hour of release it made almost all of it back. Within six months, the film grossed $140,000 and continued to show in American and international theaters. A sequel to the movie was released in 1986, but it did not achieve the same success as the original.


8. Mona the Virgin Nymph

Release Date: August 6, 1970
Country of Origin: United States of America
Directed By:  Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm
Produced By:  Bill Osco
Starring:  Fifi Watson, Orrin North, Judy Angel, Gerard Broulard, and Susan Stewart

Mona the Virgin Nymph photo source: Wikipedia

Although Blue Move came out first, Mona the Virgin Nymph is generally considered the first explicitly pornographic film with an actual plot to receive a wide theatrical release in the United States. Although Mona did have a plot, there was more emphasis on the sex. The film featured several unsimulated sex scenes, which helped make these types of films socially acceptable. Mona’s wide release allowed other pornographic films from the “Golden Age of Porn” to be shown in theaters.

As the name of the movie suggests, Mona the Virgin Nymph, is about a girl who is technically a virgin even though she has non-penetrative sex with her fiance and other people. Mona says that she can’t have have intercourse because she promised her mother that she would wait until after she was married.


7. Blue Movie

Release Date: June 13, 1969
Country of Origin: United States of America
Directed By:  Andy Warhol
Produced By:  Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey
Starring:  Viv and Louis Waldon

Blue Movie photo source: Wikipedia

Andy Warhol’s Blue Movie was the first erotic film to be widely released in mainstream theaters in the United States. The film helped usher in the “Golden Age of Porn” of the 1970s. It stars actors Viva and Louis Waldon, who play themselves in the film.

The film is 105 minutes long and features dialogue about the Vietnam War, various everyday tasks, and finally the couple having sex in their New York apartment. The sex scenes featured in Blue Movie were unsimulated, meaning the actors were really performing all the sex acts themselves. When speaking about making the movie, Warhol said that he always wanted to make a movie that was “pure f***ing”, which is why the alternative title of the film is F**K.


6. Hideout in the Sun

Release Date: 1960
Country of Origin: United States of America
Directed By:  Doris Wishman and Lazarus L. Wolk
Produced By:  Doris Wishman and Martin Caplan
Starring:  Dolores Carlos, Greg Conrad, and Earl Bauer

Hideout in the Sun photo source: IMDB

Hideout in the Sun was the first in a series of nudist films created by Doris Wishman. The film takes place in a nudist camp and features male and female nudity, but no sex scenes. It was one of the first pornographic films shot in color.

Unlike other early pornographic movies, Hideout in the Sun is a feature length film. The film’s running time is approximately 70 minutes and it is structured like a true movie. The plot involves two bank robber’s whose plans go awry when they kidnap a woman. They force her to hide them at her nudist camp and one of the men falls in love with her and the nudist lifestyle. The other robber eventually dies and the other tells the woman he loves her, while waiting for the police to arrest him.


5. A Free Ride

Release Date: 1915
Country of Origin: United States of America
Directed By:  Unknown – listed as “A Wise Guy”
Produced By:  Unknown – listed as “Gay Paree Picture Co.”
Starring:  Unknown – listed as “Jazz Girls”

A Free Ride photo source: Wikimedia Commons

A Free Ride is widely considered to be the oldest existing American hardcore pornographic film. Everything about the film’s creation was purposely kept anonymous to protect the reputations of everyone involved. Some film scholars believe that the actors were people with a lower social status, i.e. prostitutes, drug addicts, and the homeless. However several other scholars argue that there is no historical evidence for the claim and actors may have actually had higher social status.

Like a few other early hardcore pornos, A Free Ride includes voyeuristic elements. The film features a man who offers two young women a ride. When they stop for a break, one of the women goes off with the man to have sex and the second woman joins them later. They have a threesome, which is probably one of the first times one was captured on film.


4. Am Abend

Release Date: 1907 – 1910
Country of Origin: Germany
Directed By:  Unknown
Produced By:  Unknown
Starring:  Unknown

Am Abend photo source: Youtube

Along with El Satario and A Free Ride, the German film Am Abend (also known as In the Evening) is considered one of the first hardcore pornographic films. It was produced in German between 1907 – 1910 and is one of the “stag films” collected by the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

At ten minutes long, Am Abend is a little longer than other early pornographic films. The film opens with with a man peeping through a keyhole into a woman’s bedroom. There is a woman in the room lying on a bed masturbating. After this goes on for a few minutes, the voyeur enters the woman’s room and the two engage in various sex acts, including fellatio.


3. El Satario

Release Date: 1907 – 1912
Country of Origin: Argentina
Directed By:  Unknown
Produced By:  Unknown
Starring:  Unknown

El Satario photo source: thebubble.com

Not much information exists about who created El Satario. The film supposedly came from Argentina and was produced between 1907 – 1912. Some researchers believe that the film may have been from 1930s Cuba. By that era’s standards (and probably today’s), El Satario is extremely graphic and most likely features the first extreme close-ups of male and female genitalia.

The film opens with three nude women frolicking in a river. As they start to fondle one another, a man dressed as a horned devil emerges from the woods and captures one of the women. The rest of the short film features the devil character and the kidnapped woman having oral sex as well as penetrative intercourse.


2. The Kiss

Release Date: 1896
Country of Origin: United States of America
Directed By:  William Heise
Produced By:  Thomas Edison
Starring:  May Irwin and John Rice

The Kiss photo source: Wikimedia Commons

No one alive today would considered The Kiss to be a “pornographic” film, but at the time of its release it was considered shocking and obscene. As the the name implies, the movie depicted the very first kiss on film. It was a re-enactment of the kiss between stage actors May Irwin and John Rice from the final scene of the musical The Widow Jones.

Although the kissing scene was very chaste, just a short peck on the lips, it caused widespread uproar. The Roman Catholic Church even called for censorship and moral reform becausse kissing in public could lead to prosecution. Several newspapers published disapproving editorials and police presence was requested in many places were the film was screened. Today, The Kiss is preserved in the United States National Film Registry for its cultural significance.


1. Le Coucher de la Mariée

Release Date: November 1896
Country of Origin: France
Directed By:  Albert Kirchner
Produced By:  Eugène Pirou
Starring:  Louise Willy

Le_Coucher_de_la_Mariée photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Le Coucher de la Mariée (Bedtime for the Bride or The Bridegroom’s Dilemma in English) is widely considered the oldest existing porn in the world. It was one of the first erotic films ever made in the late 19th century. The film was directed by Albert Kirchner, produced by Eugène Pirou, and starred French actress Louise Willy.

By today’s standards this pornographic film is quite tame. It features a newlywed couple on the night of their wedding. The husband looks on as his new bride performs a striptease behind a folding screen. Although the film was considered risque at the time, actress was never fully nude. The original short film was about seven minutes long, but only the two minute undressing scene has survived.


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