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  • This is a eclectic collection of kisses. I was assuming romantic kisses but that certainly isn't the case.

  • Smooches Macgee

    These smooches are okay, but how could you miss the kiss from The Princess Bride, as the narrator said, it blew all the other kisses away. Interesting choice for #1.

  • Lips Pursed

    Ironically three of the top ten kisses are between the same sex: Peter Finch and Murray Head; Britney and Madonna; Jesus and Judas. Of course only two would be perceived as homosexual, Jesus and Judas was a betrayal kiss by a "brother".

  • Silver Screen Fan

    Princess Bride? I was always disappointed with that on screen kiss. What about Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious. Alfred Hitchcock got away with a long kiss (against the rules back then) by having the two stars kiss and then keep cheek to cheek and kiss again. It was the longest kiss at the time on film.

  • I don't want to seem a bore, but the French name for 'Sleeping Beauty' is 'La Belle au Bois Dormant' (i.e. 'a beauty in the sleeping forest'), while 'ois' is a kind of intake port 🙂

  • Helen, correcting mistakes should never be seen as being a bore. I have corrected the typo. Thank you.

  • Reg

    Pee Wee Herman's three minute screen kiss with Valeria Golino at one point was (supposedly) the longest kiss ever filmed (and a pretty good kiss is was, too!). A record that was held until Kids in America in 2005 (six minute screen kiss).

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    But in the 2005 independent film Kid in America, during the end credits, Holden explains that in 1941, the film You're in the Army Now boasts the longest onscreen kiss – 3 minutes and 5 seconds. Charlotte replies, "Are you ready … to rewrite a little bit of film history?" They then kiss, while the end credits roll, for 5 minutes and 57 seconds. (DVD version)

  • Reg

    Whoops, I forgot to mention the Pee Wee Herman movie's name – it was Big Top Pee Wee.

  • Sebastyne

    What happened to Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara's engagement kiss?! I was expecting it to be on the top but it never appeared! 🙁

  • Sebastyne – That kiss didn't quite make the list, but it was considered. It is difficult to choose only 10 kisses and I didn't want the list to be only movie kisses. That could be a list in itself.

  • Uberhack

    I think Michael kissing Fredo in Godfather 2 should get at least an honorable mention, don't you?

  • funkenforcer

    i was really shocked that best kiss of all time didn't make it into the top ten, hands down this is undoubtly the first place.

    "Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville" by Robert Doisneau
    for the first place in this top ten we should stick with reality, not with some fairytale of some roman occupied desert people from the ancient near east.

  • es

    I was going down the page to write the same thing as funkenforcer. After all, it is more well-known than most of the kisses on this list.

  • MulanLang

    Another honorable mention would be the first interracial kiss in a U.S. television drama preformed between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner in a Star Trek episode ("Plato's Stepchildren" 1968).

    It was controversial enough to not be aired in some Southern cities.


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    • Stephanie

      Actually, that is often mistaken for the first interracial kiss on US Tv. Robert Conrad kissed Pilar Seurat on Wild, Wild, West and Robert Culp kissed France Nuyen. Although Star Trek was the first to FILM the kiss, both WWW and I, Spy aired first.

  • Barb

    What a fab list! When you think 'kiss' you think of the movies and romance, but this was really interesting.

    I always thought that the Madonna/Britney kiss was probably the lamest thing I ever saw.

  • David Stewart

    Oh you Americans!

    Leave it to you to remark about a LIFE magazine photo -"Many people will think the world’s most famous kiss was captured on film in New York City."

    Are you serious?

    WORLD'S?????? And at number two??

    Before Rodin and Sleeping Beauty????

    Have you figured out yet why the world finds you so annoying?


  • Rachel Strickland

    OH SHUT UP! this is an OPINION!!!! Get over yourself Mr. Stewart.

  • Cheeky

    A kiss is but a taste of another soul….

  • NM

    and what about Gustav Klimt's masterpiece "The Kiss"? does not it deserve a place in top ten?

    • I actually have a print of it hanging in my home office. For those of you who don't know the piece, here it is.

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      • NM

        Thank you for the post 🙂

        well… The best you saved for yourself, as I understood from the answer 😉

        … btw I think famous Honecker-Brezhnev kiss also has a place somewhere in the list, especially now, when famous painting of Dmitri Vrubel has been erased from the Berlin wall's East Side gallery…

  • Steve

    Where's Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley's kiss at the 1994 VMA's????

  • fanatik

    I’m glad somone mentioned the kiss of death Michael Corleone planted on Fredo. It’s freaky because poor Fredo is too naive to figure out what it meant.

    The Michael Jackson/Lisa Marie kiss was probably the most contrived kiss in history.

  • akhil prakash

    kissing is great..

  • kiss lover

    i see that the two i was going to mention are already posted, but here they are again: gone with the wind should have definitely been in there, and the princess bride deserves an honerable mention. I appreciae that the list is not entirely film-related.

    • kiss lover

      personally, i’ve always loved the kisses in breakfast at tiffany’s (in the rain) and it’s a wonderful life (phone call), as well.

  • liplocked

    the notebook? I know – cliche. But still, ya gotta admit that was one of the best film kisses.

  • Scarlettb

    The first homosexual kiss on the silver screen was NOT Sunday Bloody Sunday. It’s in Wings, a 1928 silent movie about pilots in WWI. Yep, they were totally showing gay love in the 1920s.

    • Shell Harris

      Not quite, since romance was not intended.

      Wings was one of the first to show two men kissing: when several aviators are presented medals by a French general and are ceremonially pecked on their necks, and a fraternal moment between Rogers and Arlen during the deathbed finale. Marcel Danesi remarks that the Rogers-Arlen kiss was “really not a romantic kiss, reverberating more with the desperate love between two dear friends who are about to be separated by death.” Source

  • LilllyLovesKittens

    What about Frerard?