Cheryl St.John: Those Marvelous Movie Kisses

It’s difficult to say exactly what creates an incredible onscreen kiss, but it has to be a combination of the chemistry between the actors, the tension that has led up to this point in the story—just like in a book—and the dialogue that accompanies the event. Everyone has his or her favorite movie kisses. Most popular in recent polls were the waterfall scene in The Last of the Mohicans, Twilight (honestly, I didn’t make it that far through the movie), Romeo and Juliet, Gone With the Wind, Katie and Hubbell (Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford) in The Way We Were, that famous upside down kiss in Spiderman, and Moira Kelly and D.B. Sweeney in The Cutting Edge.

Here are a few of mine:

notebook-3The Notebook – Ryan and Rachel in the rain

Allie: “Why didn’t you write me? Why? It wasn’t over for me, I waited for you for seven years. But now it’s too late.”
Noah: “I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year.”
Allie: “You wrote me?”
Noah: “Yes. It wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.”

Allie McGraw and Ryan O’Neal in Love Story

“Look, Cavalleri, I know your game, and I’m tired of playing it. You are the supreme Radcliffe smart-a[lec]. The best. You can put down anything in pants. But verbal volleyball is not my idea of a relationship. And if that’s what you think it’s all about, why don’t you just go back to your music, and good luck. See, I think you’re scared. You put up a big glass wall to keep from getting hurt. But it also keeps you from getting touched. It’s a risk, isn’t it, Jenny? At least I had the guts to admit what I felt. Someday, you’re gonna have to come up with the courage to admit you care.”

They stop walking and Jenny says: “I care”


Angie Dickenson and John Wayne in Rio Bravo

Gorgeous young Angie says, “I’m glad we tried it a second time. It’s better when two people do it”

body-heatBody Heat – Man oh man did Kathleen Turner and William Hurt ever have chemistry in this flick. Whew! He breaks the bay window with a porch chair and finds the sultry femme fatale waiting for him on the stairs. Wowzer, what a kiss.

“You’re not too smart, are you? I like that in a man.”

the-terminatorLinda Hamilton and Michael Biehn in The Terminator

“I came across time for you, Sarah. I love you. I’ve always loved you.”

What could be more romantic, eh?

notting-hillWilliam and Anna (Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts) after the press conference in Notting Hill.

ditry-dancingPatrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray after dancing to I’ve Had the Time of My Life in Dirty Dancing

05_Flatbed_2 - AUGUSTPrincess Bride – Robin Wright and Carey Elwes

The narrator says to his grandson: “Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind.”

Robin Wright actually has two great movie kisses. Besides her Princess Buttercup masterpiece, she ran through the pool at the Washington Monument to kiss Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump.

jerry-mcguireTom Cruise and Renee Zellweger in Jerry McGuire

“I’m looking for my wife…If this is where it has to happen, then this is where it has to happen. I’m not letting you get rid of me. How about that?…Our company had a very good night. A very, very big night, but it wasn’t complete. It wasn’t nearly close to being in the same vicinity as complete, because I couldn’t share it with you. I couldn’t hear your voice, or laugh about it with you. I missed my wife. We live in a cynical world, a cynical world, and we work in a business of tough competitors. I love you. You complete me.” (Earlier they’d seen a deaf guy sign these words to his girl in an elevator.)

Dorothy tearfully interrupts: “Aw, shut up. Just shut up. You had me at hello. You had me at hello.”

To see an incredible listing of famous film kisses, you can check out this website.

I don’t even know how long this collection of film kisses is, because I couldn’t get through them all, but here’s the most extensive listing of movie kisses I’ve ever seen:

Did I mention your favorite or did you see it in the video?

Can you name five of the movies in this video montage?