The Best Movie Kisses of All Time, From “The Notebook” to “Spider-Man”
As Cher once proclaimed in “The Shoop Shoop Song,” “If you wanna know if he loves you so, it’s in his kiss.” And since we’re big fans of romance around here – from iconic romantic comedies to sexy dramas – you might not be surprised that we’re also fans of big, bold onscreen kisses. From tentative first kisses that cement a growing love, to moments of deep passion that make our toes curl, to love declarations that make us cheer, there are so many types of movie kisses that we love.
Perhaps not surprisingly, there are some actors who come up on our list again and again. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams gave us some of the greatest movie kisses of all time in “The Notebook,” but Gosling also had some iconic smooches in “Crazy Stupid Love” and “Blue Valentine,” as did McAdams in “About Time” and “The Vow.” Other actors who made the list multiple times? Heath Ledger, Tom Hanks, Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth, Sandra Bullock, and many more.
Ahead, we rounded up some of our absolute favorite movie kisses of all time. See which iconic lip locks made our list.
– Additional reporting by Brea Cubit, Shannon Vestal, Quinn Keaney, and Victoria Edel
“Dirty Dancing”‘s Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny (Patrick Swayze) are one of the best movie couples of all time, but their best kiss comes when they spend a day dancing and fooling around.
Best friends Thomas (Macaulay Culkin) and Vada (Anna Chlumsky) share their first kiss by the water in this super-sweet “My Girl” scene.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Paul (George Peppard) brings Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) into a kissing embrace as the rain comes down.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
After crushing on her for several years, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) finally kisses Cho (Katie Leung).
After losing Sam (Patrick Swayze) in a tragic murder, Molly (Demi Moore) kisses him as a ghost.
It’s where their real-life love began! Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan share a kiss in the movie that brought them together.
"The Wedding Date"
After going on a golf-themed bar crawl, Kat (Debra Messing) feels the heat with Nick (Dermot Mulroney) – her hired escort.
Allen (Tom Hanks) kisses his mermaid love, Madison (Daryl Hannah), underwater.
"The Princess Diaries"
Mia (Anne Hathaway) shares a fairy-tale kiss with Michael (Robert Schwartzman).
In an “aw”-inducing moment, Gertie (Drew Barrymore) leans in to kiss E.T. on the nose.
"She's All That"
Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook) share an epic backyard kiss.
"From Here to Eternity"
In one of the most iconic movie kisses ever, Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster set the standard for the steamy, beach-set makeout.
They may not be Danny and Sandy, but Michael (Maxwell Caulfield) and Stephanie (Michelle Pfeiffer) have smoldering chemistry.
Rachel McAdams is a pro at great onscreen kisses, and this time around, she steams up the screen with Domhnall Gleeson.
"The Best Man Holiday"
It’s a sweet head kiss between Harper (Taye Diggs) and Jordan (Nia Long).
"The Fault in Our Stars"
Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) have their first kiss at the Anne Frank House, and fans have been divided on whether it was too weird or actually iconic ever since.
Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Hope (Diana Silvers) are initially at odds in “Booksmart,” but after a spat in the bathroom, they end up making out, and sparks definitely fly.
"Love & Basketball"
Things between Monica Wright-McCall (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) get pretty steamy.
"A Star Is Born" (1976)
Kris Kristofferson goes in for a passionate smooch with Barbra Streisand in the 1976 version of this film.
"Crazy Rich Asians"
Henry Golding and Constance Wu’s lip-locking action had us swooning throughout the entirety of “Crazy Rich Asians.”