To come up with a list of greatest movie kisses of all time is a difficult task, but not for the reasons you might think. “Kiss” in a movie context is not just a kiss. It has a great significance from a story point of view — it represents a confession or acceptance of love (or attraction) in most cases. So, when deciding on this list, the challenge was to not technically judge a kiss — for e.g. the position of tongue or lips etc — but in the contextual sense how passionate or significant it is.
With that said here’s the list of 10 greatest movie kisses of all time.
10. Gone With the Wind (1939)
It was another era .. another time. “You need kissing badly,” Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) tells Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh). “You should be kissed, and often. And by someone who knows how.” Later on, while proposing to the twice-widowed Scarlett, he proves he’s the man for the job.
9. Love Actually (2003)
This has to be the sweetest of the kisses on the list. Mark (Andrew Lincoln) secretly loves Juliet (Keira Knightley) and he finally confesses to her his feelings, she returns the favor by a sweet peck on his lips (that’s how far she could have gone considering she’s already married to Mark’s friend).
8. Notebook (2004)
In this scene Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Ryan Gosling (as Noah) finally come together and share a passionate kiss in the rain. I might be crucified for saying this, but this kiss is better than the whole film.
7. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Another of those films where despite the plot, this kissing scene holds up and how. When Johnny (Patrick Swayze) finally took Baby into his arms, women everywhere swooned.
6. Pretty Women (1990)
In this beautiful and happy climax, Edward (Richard Gere) “rescues” Vivian (Julia Roberts) on her fire escape and she promises to “rescue him right back”, they both share a lovely passionate kiss. One for the ages.
5. Ghost (1990)
Technically, in this kissing scene Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) is making out with Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg). But because Oda Mae is channeling Molly’s late boyfriend Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze), it’s Sam that Molly (and the viewers) get to see. Whatever it is, it’s just beautiful.
4. Spider-Man (2002)
The upside-down kiss that Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) shared with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) in this 2002 flick is breath-taking to say the least. Unbelievably, one of the best kisses of all time features in a superhero film!
3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958)
One of the best climaxes a romantic film can have. Holly (Audrey Hepburn) and Paul (George Peppard) make a rainy New York City alley seem to be as romantic as the most beautiful place on earth could be.
2. From Here to Eternity (1953)
Boldly conceived and shot for a 1953 film, this kissing scene is iconic for good reasons. Deborah Kerr, playing a disaffected army wife, tells her lover (Burt Lancaster), “I never knew it could be like this. Nobody ever kissed me the way you do.” Kisses don’t come in more passionate form than this.
1. Titanic (1997)
Is there a need to say anything about this iconic kiss shared between Rose and Jack on top of Titanic’s deck?