Hollywood released Animal House in 1978, which was followed by a long line of teen sex comedies in the early 1980s, e.g.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Porky's, Bachelor Party and Risky Business.
In 1978, National Lampoon's Animal House success led to a string of raunchy gross-out and sex comedies in the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s.
Animal House featured many scenes that would become iconic and often parodied, such as the scene where John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi) acts as a "peeping tom" to spy on a half-naked pillow fight at a sorority.
In 1981, the film Porky's cemented the wide appeal of the sex comedy.
Although it would go on to become the fifth highest-grossing film of the year, it proved to be unpopular with critics, with many accusing it of being degrading to women as well as objectifying of them.
A third wave of American sex comedy emerged in the mid to late 2000s and into the early 2010s with a string of successful sex comedies films by Judd Apatow and his associates.
Other countries with a significant sex comedy film production include Brazil (pornochanchada), Italy (commedia sexy all'italiana) and Mexico (sexicomedias).
Although the ancient Greek theatre genre of the satyr play contained farcical sex, perhaps the best-known ancient comedy motivated by sexual gamesmanship is Aristophanes' Lysistrata (411 BC), in which the title character persuades the women of Greece to protest the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex.
According to David Mc Gillivray in his history of the British sex film, Doing Rude Things, Mary Had a Little... Bridging the gap between documentary nudist films and the later sex comedies was the film The Naked World of Harrison Marks (1965).
George Harrison Marks' love of music hall and slapstick found its way into this spoof documentary biopic.