Many '90s movies' unclothed scenes can be categorized as some of the best. In some cases, it was in-your-face and over-the-top. In others, a cis woman's form was veiled in artistic trappings. Indeed, not all of the bare-chested cis women of the silver screen appeared in R-rated action films; in fact, many of the movies that featured your first glimpse at a breast were either made for adolescents or as prestige pictures, likely because of the men directors who saturated the film scene with their male gaze, even in "family friendly" pictures.
Whether you were allowed to watch whatever you wanted as a child or your parents wielded the VCR with an iron fist, there’s a movie on here that gave your nascent sexuality a jumpstart with a surprise appearance by a breast or two.
Who doesn't remember the moment you first saw a breast onscreen? Were you surprised? Embarrassed? And did you make the viewing of the film a regular thing in your household? If you were a child of the '90s, think back on simpler times as you read about all of the '90s movies where you probably saw your first human breast.
Release Date: December 19, 1997
Ideal Birth-Year Range: 1983-87
The Breast Situation: According to box office receipts, you and everyone you know likely saw Titanic at least once in theaters and watched Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) draw Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) like one of his French girls. It was a lovely surprise to delight in the romance and sensuality of the scene, to bask in the allure of Rose's confidence and chuckle at Jack's awkwardness.
#45 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
Release Date: November 7, 1997
Ideal Birth-Year Range: 1983 - 1987
The Breast Situation: Between this and Titanic, fall 1997 was a great season for first breast in cinema contact. The breast situation in Starship Troopers comes out of nowhere. If memory serves, after Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) is sent to army camp with the rest of the dum-dums, he ends up in a mixed-gender shower filled with women and Jake Busey's teeth.
Breasts in a co-ed shower is lot for a pre-teen to take, especially when seeing the movie in the theater with their family. If you somehow managed to miss that scene, later in the film, Johnny Rico hooks up in a pleasure tent with his friend Dizzy Flores, played by Dina Meyer, who seems to have waived her rights to not show her breasts every 30 minutes.
Release Date: June 1, 1990
Ideal Birth-Year Range: 1978 - 1983
The Breast Situation: If you watched any early '90s science-fiction or action films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, you definitely saw a breast or three. Total Recall's got fantastic action, a twisting narrative that never takes itself too seriously (thanks in part to the mad mind of director and satirist Paul Verhoeven), and a mutant space harlot with three breasts (played by Lycia Naff) who probably rearranged concepts of sexuality in your developing brain.
#6 on The Best Movies of 1990
Release Date: October 20, 1995
Ideal Birth-Year Range: 1982 - 1987
The Breast Situation: For many people who came of age in the '90s, Mallrats was their first introduction to the world of Kevin Smith. It's likely the film's near-constant run on Starz that had something to do with this, and with many catching their first glimpse of a breast when perverts Jay and Silent Bob crash through a changing room in which Joey Lauren Adams is trying on a '90s baby tee — of course, without consent. If you managed to miss that shot (it's pretty quick), later there is a topless, three-nippled fortune teller later in the film.
#52 on The Funniest '90s Movies
#24 on The Best Movies of 1995