With any romance film or romantic comedy, there will always be some nice romantic gesture or “aww” moment. Those are nice and all, but what I personally always look forward to is the big kiss moment. To me, that’s what is the selling point of the movie (I mean look at all the movie posters that are them almost or are kissing). Some movies feature the kisses (usually the first kiss) partially through the movie, and then there’s some that save the big kiss for the ending. Some of the scenes are really basic and boring, but some are set up, written, and filmed to perfectly, and some of the effectiveness can be in thanks to the actors who really make it look real. There are five movie kiss scenes that really stand out to me the most.
5) The Duff
After helping Bianca (Mae Whitman) shed her title of the class DUFF by helping her become beautiful, she and popular guy Wes (Robbie Amell) develop a spark. But caring more about his reputation, Wes breaks Bianca’s heart by going back to his wench of an ex-girlfriend Madison (Bella Thorne). Once Bianca decides she doesn’t care what people think about her, she attends the school homecoming dance with her two best friends and she makes amends with Wes. However, right when Wes and Madison are about be crowned king and queen, Wes blows off Madison (and the crown) and chooses Bianca instead and kisses her in front of everyone. It’s genuinely sweet moment and features an even sweeter quote prior to the kiss. Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell had amazing chemistry throughout the movie and it all pays off during this scene.
Bianca: “Aren’t you gonna go get your crown?”
Wes: “No, I’m gonna get the girl.”
*walks towards Bianca and kisses her*
4) The Phantom of the Opera
In the film’s climax, Christine (Emmy Rossum) is caught in love triangle between the Phantom (Gerard Butler) and her fiancé Raoul (Patrick Wilson). Both men have a piece of her heart. The Phantom has Raoul strung up, ready to kill him and making Christine choose between them. It’s clear at this point she does love Raoul more, but after seeing the tortured soul of the Phantom, she walks towards him and provides him with the only expression of love and kindness he’s ever received and gives him a kiss of love and compassion. The Phantom is touched by her love and allows Christine to leave with Raoul, despite knowing he can’t have her. It’s a beautiful moment in the film, despite the situation she finds herself in she is willing show him this amount of heart that he’s never had, and the Phantom puts his selfish love aside and lets his selfless love come forth by letting Christine go. The beautiful score by Andre Lloyd Webber and the lyrics make the scene even better and more powerful.
Christine: “Pitiful creature of darkness, what kind of life have you known? God give me courage to show you, you are not alone.”
*Christine kiss Phantom*
3) Never Been Kissed
After revealing her secret of being an undercover reporter and posing as a high school student and breaking the heart of the teacher she was falling for (and him for her) due to her lie, she makes one last attempt to win him back. She writes an article in the paper she works for explaining her past, her actions, and her apology. She ends it by saying that she will stand on the pitcher’s mound of the high school’s baseball field on the night of their big game with a clock timing. If he shows up before the time ends and kisses her (her first REAL kiss), she’ll know he forgives her and still loves her. At the game she stands on mound waiting anxiously as everyone attending the game and supporting her also waits. The clock runs out and Josie (Drew Barrymore) is left broken hearted, knowing he doesn’t love her and she blew it with him. But wait…the crowd begins to cheer. They see Sam (Michael Vartan) running down the stairs of the stands and out onto the field to a shocked up happy Josie, takes her in his arms and kisses her. I will admit this moment still gets me teary eyed occasionally. Drew Barrymore’s performance in this scene is sweet but heartbreaking when she thinks she’s lost him, but when she sees him coming towards her, you can literally feel the happiness she’s feeling in that moment. The addition of The Beach Boys song “Don’t Worry Baby” is a great addition to the scene as well.
*after Sam kisses her upon arrival*
Sam: “Sorry I’m late. It took me forever to get here.”
Josie: “I know what you mean.”
*the two kiss again*
2) The Notebook
You can’t have a favorite kiss list and not include this one. While there have been rain kisses in film’s prior, there’s something about this one that stands out way better than the others (and other films after it, mostly other Nick Sparks films copy it). After being reunited after seven years, past lovers Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) go out for a canoe ride and he shows her an area where swans gather and Allie is in awe. The two then get caught in a downpour and laugh at the situation. But in that moment Allie realizes she still has feelings for him, when they dock she immediately leaves before anything comes out of it (she’s engaged). But she turns back and confront him about why he never wrote her. When she realizes that he still loves her as well, they share a passionate kiss where he pull her to him and lifts her up in his arms and they kiss in the down pouring rain. Gosling and McAdams have such amazing chemistry and passion in this movie, and all of that is ignited in this scene. And there’s something about down pouring rain that adds more to the scene than if it were bright and sunny. Maybe that they don’t care what’s going on around them and they lose themselves in each other and forget about everything else.
Allie: “Why didn’t you write me? Why? It wasn’t over for me! I waited for you for seven years, and now it’s too late!”
Noah: “I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you every day for a year!”
Allie: “You wrote me?”
Noah: “Yes! It wasn’t over…it still isn’t over.”
*Noah pulls Allie to him and kisses her*
1) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
At this point in the story, shy, quiet, lonely, and sort of awkward freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) has been welcomed into the group of the care free step siblings Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller) and their friends. Charlie has developed feelings for Sam even though she’s dating someone else. It’s Christmas time and the group has done their Secret Santa. Sam then brings Charlie up to her room to give him her present for helping her with her SAT’s. She knows Charlie’s dream of being a writer and she bought him a typewriter, asking to write about her sometime, he says he will. They then discuss their first kisses. Sam’s was by a perverted friend of her dad’s, Charlie reveals he’s never kissed a girl. Not even from a “second grade valentine.” Even though she has a boyfriend, she asks Charlie to forget about that for a moment. She wants to make sure that the first person who kisses him, loves him. After their kiss Sam says she loves Charlie, Charlie replied he loves her too (but obviously in the real love way in his case), the two then hug. This one will ALWAYS make me emotional and tear up because it’s such a beautiful and tender moments, and anyone who watches it will always have that thought where they wish their first kiss was that meaningful and special. And it’s so well acted out by Emma and Logan, we see Emma’s sincerity as Sam caring for Charlie that much, not knowing how he really feels about her, and Logan’s capturing of how much Charlie genuinely loves Sam. These two actors really expressed the characters’ emotions perfectly here.
Sam: “Charlie, I know that you know, that I like Craig. But I want to forget about that for a minute, okay?”
Sam: “I just want to make sure that the first person who kisses you, loves you.”
*Sam moves slowly in towards Charlie, and just as slowly the two come together and kiss*
Sam: “I love you Charlie.”
Charlie: “I love you, too.”
*the two hug*
11 year-olds Veda (Anna Chlumsky) and Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin) are sitting beneath the willow tree at the hangout spot. Veda is upset because her dad is marrying a new woman after her mother died. She questions why people even get married and the two talk about the topic for a while. The two then decide to kiss to “see what the big deal is.” They practice on their hands and get ready for the real thing. She tells him to close his eyes as she counts to three. She begins to count and closes her eyes right as they kiss. It’s a very brief kiss, but it’s still a cute moment between the two, and they realize how awkward that was afterwards. Everyone will remember their first kiss as a child, and this scene really captures that memory we all have, the excitement, but also the weirdness that comes after it. However, after you’ve seen the movie once (and then over and over), the scene is really quite sad because you know the fate of these characters very soon after this happens.