The Hottest Actresses Who Have Played Strippers

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List of sexy celebrities and movie stars who have taken it off on film. There is a long, proud history of hot strippers and striptease scenes in movies and television. In fact, some of the most infamous and celebrated nude and erotic scenes in film and TV history are set inside strip clubs. Several series have even made strip clubs a central location, from "The Sopranos" famed Bada Bing club to Orlando's from "The Wire." This list collects photos of some of the hottest stripper performances in film and TV history, from some of the sexiest actresses of today and yesteryear.

For modern audiences, there are really 3 stripper performances that - good or bad - have been elevated to an iconic level. The first is Demi Moore's turn in "Striptease," an adaptation of Carl Hiassen's novel about a struggling single parent whose temporary stripper job leads her into a web of political corruption. The film became notable mainly because of Moore's record-shattering $12.5 million salary for the role - at that time, the most an actress had ever been paid to make a single film. Elizabeth Berkley also famously starred in "Showgirls" only one year earlier for director Paul Verhoeven. This role in the notorious movie - which had developed a considerable cult following in the ensuing years - totally upended the actress' previous teen starlet image from years starring on "Saved by the Bell," and essentially killed her career. And speaking of dead careers, Lindsay Lohan's turn as a stripper suffering some sort of mysterious split-personality/amnesia disorder in "I Know Who Killed Me" also stopped her career dead in its tracks. These are without a doubt some of the hottest strippers to ever grace the silver screen! Who do you think are the sexiest strippers in movie history?

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    There are two things you need to know about the 2009 film Powder Blue: 1) It marks Patrick Swayze's last time on the big screen, 2) It features Jessica Biel working the pole in black lacy lingerie, a white corset, a sassy pink bobbed wig, and all sorts of crazy gravity-defying positions.

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    Dish Dogs (2000) is a direct-to-video rom-com that stars Matthew Lillard. Is that all you need to know about it? Well, yes, except that Shannon Elizabeth is also on the cover of the DVD in a black bikini. She does a James Bond-style striptease in tall boots, and while she doesn't show any more of her naked body than she did in American Pie (because there's nothing left), there is something to be said for leaving a little to be desired.

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    How did the guys of Dogma (1999) know that Salma Hayek was my muse? Celestial Serendipity got herself a corporeal body so she could get credit for her work. Then she put on a mix of hot-for-teacher horn-rimmed glasses and girl-next-door pigtails and satin underwear and danced around for me and the boys. It was nice.

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    Closer (2004): In one of the most uncomfortable movies you could ever watch with your parents, Natalie Portman, in only a metallic thong and fringey bra thing, squats all spread-legged in front of luckiest-man-alive Clive Owen. Oh, to be the dollar bill in that garter belt. This is exactly what I imagine the little girl in The Professional grew up to be.

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    Ever since she skated around naked in Boogie Nights (1999), the world waited with bated breath for Heather Graham to shed her clothes again. Twelve years later, The Hangover delivered... kind of. Though a stripper and escort by trade, Graham's character exposes nary a nipple as she breastfeeds that mysterious baby - but a few hot shots of her in her work attire make up for it at the end up the film.

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    In the movie Sin City (2005), Jessica Alba gyrates in slow motion for what feels like a whole minute. She doesn't take off her clothes, and this is the only time you see her do this in the movie, but still, every man on the planet went apesh*t. What else do you expect from graphic novel nerds? This is one of the hottest scenes in any movie ever. I'm no expert (yes I am), but I think Jessica Alba could probably be an IRL stripper.

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    Long before she posed for Ashton Kutcher's Twitpics / divorced him, Demi Moore shocked critics and won the Golden Raspberry for the 1996 "sex comedy" Striptease. Wait, who cares about her acting? She was HOT. A former FBI secretary (lol), Moore's character's best act involves stripping from a full business suit down to just about nothin but sequins.

    The more you know: This was the sixth time Moore was topless on film.

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    In 2009, Eva Amurri appeared in "Californication" as a young sexy stripper named Jackie. Despite the pleas of Hank Moody (David Duchovny), Amurri gets topless on screen as she works the stage, and for that, I am grateful.

    Did you know that Eva Amurri is Susan Sarandon's daughter? 

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    In one of the highlights of her career - no, seriously - Marisa Tomei stars in The Wrestler (2008) as Pam by day, Cassidy by night. She appears basically nude in many scenes, wearing an open-weave mesh top, a silver thong, fishnet tights, red sequined panties, or basically nothing at all except nipple rings and massive back tattoos. It's a seriously great movie, and congratulations to Marisa Tomei for being that hot well into her forties.

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    Looks like Jessie Spano was right: She never would get into Stanford. After Elizabeth Berkley disappeared from Bayside, she popped up on the big screen in the one movie that I lied to my friends and said I'd seen years before I actually saw it... Showgirls (1995). But holy lord, what a movie. It's got feathers, fire, glitter, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan, betrayal, violence, menstruation, and insanely over-the-top swimming pool sex: in short, everything I look for in a film. Rent it today. Makes such a great drinking game that the DVD literally came with shot glasses.

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    The plot of City of Industry (1997) is so forgettable that no one has even bothered to outline it on Wikipedia, but that's OK: Lucy Liu's topless stripper scene is still available online. Teaser: She's wearing a shiny black leather dog collar.

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    Looking very much like how Wonder Woman still looks in my dreams, Rose McGowan in Planet Terror (2007) writhes around on stage in a red leather something lined with gold. This is, of course, before her leg gets ripped off by zombies and she replaces it with a grenade launcher. Why do none of my lady friends ever want to watch this movie?

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    What is it about strippers and short bobbed wigs? In The Last Boy Scout (1991), Halle Berry dons a blonde bob as she dances at an apparent Tron-themed club. Bonus: She's in full sexy cowgirl attire, including a hat, cowhide chaps, and holsters with steamy silver pistols.

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    Though she plays the feminist hardass on "Community," Gillian Jacobs goes tits out in Choke (2008), the second film from the guy who wrote Fight Club. She strips in lacy black underthings as Cherry Daiquiri, but that's not her real name.

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    In Welcome to the Rileys (2010), Kristen Stewart finally gives us guys all we ever really wanted: A nice long shot of her in a tiny little Catholic schoolgirl skirt. Turn down the sound on this one.

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    Nikki Ziering's scene in American Wedding lies somewhere right between my dream come true and my biggest nightmare that I don't even want to think about. (That's because it's a bachelor party, which implies that in the dream, someone is getting married, possibly me.) The stripper Officer Krystal has a black leather police hat, a riding crop, massive tatas, and a hot blonde nurse friend. How those guys managed to screw that one up is beyond me.

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    I Know Who Killed Me (2007) was a big deal because Lindsay Lohan played twins in it (again), but you know what that movie was not? Good. No matter. I'm willing to forgive any movie where that features a mostly-nude Lohan sliding around a silver pole. Say, is that younger sister of hers 18 yet? (because she looks older than Marisa Tomei)

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