Six Years…Any Great Kisses???

Six years ago I wrote a blog called Killer Kisses.  Some  of y’all won’t remember it, but you can click on the title if you want to read it. It was about amazing kisses in film, in books…and in real life.  My real life in particular. 

I’m not telling about the real life kiss in this blog.  If you want to know you’ll have to go back and read the old one. 

BUT…in gone-with-the-windthat tell-all post of November, 2007, I listed  a couple of kisses I’d seen in movies that couldn’t be topped. I asked for YOUR picks for best kisses, not only  in film, but also in books.

I’m updating that.

Shhhhh…..Okay I’ll tell you…I need inspiration for my current project, which, hopefully, you’ll get to read soon.  I want to know whether the kisses in my book measure up.  I need a marathon of great book and movie kisses to set the tone.

So…a lot of film has flowed under the proverbial bridge in six years.  A lot of books have been published and read. 

A lot of lips have been kissed, leaving a lot of audiences hot, breathless and…

. . .

Yeah…Anticipation is a lot of what makes a kiss great.  Maybe even what makes it epic.

So I need to know if I’ve seen the best ones out there.practical magic

I will take your suggestions and I promise…I pinky swear….that for research,  I’m going to watch said movies and read said books.****

**Those asterisks are to say that if the movie ends really badly, or one of the characters I love will die, you have to tell me that right now, or I will watch it without knowing  and I will drown in a pit of depression.  Then I will die and never write a blog–or a book– again.

Seriously.  Now YOU have to pinky swear.

If it doesn’t end in a Happily Ever After, tell me now. I’ll set it aside for a time I can cope with such a travesty.

But assuming we’re going to get an HEA…

There’ve been some awesome superhero films lately.  Any super-kisses?

kiss spidermanAny epic longing stares in the past six years?  Ones that can compete with the upside down Spiderman kiss? 

Or is it akin to the Great Cavern of Lack since the black and white flicks of the previous century?…You know how it is…the present-day producers can’t quite get it right–they can’t quite make us care–so they pay a fortune for special effects but they miss the point entirely?

Ahem…I digress..sorry.

To understand the basis of my criteria…the “I want you more than I want my next breath” longing stare and the glorious, desire-filled “This is the thing I’ve waited for forever” hesitation before lQuigley_down_underips meet lips….*fans self*…you’d have to read the old blog.  I know you don’t have time to do that, and it’s okay.…But understand, that this full experience, start to finish, is what I believe makes a kiss really ZING.

  Six years ago, I mentioned only two movie kisses, because I had so few that would make the list of “best kisses of all time”.  Now the list has morphed a little, so I’ll put my current top five list here:

 #5: Quigley Down Under—Okay, I know y’all probably haven’t seen this, and you’d have to know what they’ve been through, but when they get to the end, and he says, “What’s my name?” and she says, “Mathew Quigley” and he kisses her…

Oh, yeah.  That’s a really satisfying kiss. And it’s Tom Selleck, which is probably enough all on its own. 


#4:Practical Magic—Y’all get tired of hearing me talk about this movie but there are two amazing kisses in this one.  The first one is when she kisses her husbandMOHICAN large-to-be in the prologue(WARNING***husband dies two minutes later in prologue).  The second one is when she kisses the hero of the film. *heavy sigh* It’s a hot kiss and we are SO ready for it at that point.

#3: Spiderman –Are you kidding me? The man was hanging Up. Side. Down. From a web.  He’d  just saved her life and he’d loved her forever. Yeah.

#2:Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King—You know when Arwen shows up for Aragorn’s coronation ceremony at the end of the film…she’s not sure he still wants her, and he lets her know with…THAT KISS?

Yeah.  That’s a really good kiss.

#1: Last of the Mohicans–  Still number one after all these years. 

 “What are you looking at?”

“At you, Elizabeth.”  

*fans self* It just doesn’t get any better than that. 

But  I’m afraid I’ve missed some really good ones in the past six years. I need some serious romance.

 So tell me, Bandits and Buddies…

What have I missed?

Do you have films you princessbridewould nominate–from any time period– that would give my picks a run for their money? 

Any kisses that should go down in history as swoon worthy?

 Give me your top five kisses from movies or from books, and I promise, if I haven’t seen them (and they end with an HEA) I’ll watch.  OR I’ll read…AND I’ll report back.

What are the top five kisses of all time?  And why do you think they rate?

If it’s a novel, tell me the author.  It might take me some time, but I promise, I’ll bump these to the top of my TBR list!



  • Helen Sibbritt says:


    I so love reading your posts and I know I have watched some wonderful kisses and read many but for the life of me at the moment my mind is a total blank I have not long got home from work and it was a bad day, so let me think and get back

    Have Fun

    • Helen, congrats on the rooster!

      I’m sorry your day was rough, and I hope tomorrow will be better.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Helen, I’m so glad you were able to post! This is the first time I’ve been able to get on all day. We’ve been doing maintenance on teh blog, but…evidently it’s blocked a lot of us out! :>

      Congrats on the rooster, by the way…

  • Cassondra, I’m really looking forward to reading your project!

    The movie I’m suggesting is a superhero flick, one from some years ago that I own but haven’t watched lately. I took the boy to it. Soon after the credits, I was regretting not having dropped him off. And then…the movie got interesting.

    The film is Hancock, starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and the often underrated Jason Bateman. Smith plays the title character, who starts the movie as a crass, self-centered, obnoxious super-powered being. Note that I do not say “hero.” For the first quarter to third of the movie, Hancock completely lacks the selflessness essential to a superhero. The movie is about his journey to real heroism. But there is an astonishingly powerful romantic arc

    The love story, more SRE than romance, is part of Hancock’s personal journey. Y’all know I love superheroes and superhero movies (the ones played straight, not the spoofs). I make a point of seeing them. They’re potentially great escapist fare, but I seldom find them deeply emotionally engaging. To my great shock, Hancock turned out to be heart-wrenching, and it was the SRE that made it so. I cried at Hancock, the only action movie to ever evoke that response except for Superman II when Superman and Lois talked, at the end, about how they could never be together. And then the amnesia moment invoked a power Superman does not actually possess and ruined it. But I digress.

    I don’t want to say too much about the love story in Hancock and spoil it, and I don’t remember the details of any kiss. You have to endure the first part of the movie, but it truly does get good after that. And I think you do have to endure it, not fast-forward through, to fully appreciate what comes after.

    The movie is definitely HEA, not in the conventional sense we use in romance, but it’s definitely happy for all concerned, and it felt right to me. I got the movie for my birthday and watched it with the dh, who also felt the romantic arc was very powerful and the resolution satisfying.

  • Cassondra – I love this kind of research! I’ll be back to read the responses because I LOVE major league kisses.

    That said – I can’t think of any noteworthy liplocks in recent movies. I think that’s because the kiss itself isn’t the memorable part for me (heck – I’m probably too busy cheering in my seat) it’s the whole romance and falling in love that preceeds it. So for a feel-good romance, I’m going to suggest watching SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOKS. It’s feel good on many levels and it has the sort of HEA that makes you grin ear-to-ear. But there’s one scene – a dance scene – when Bradley Cooper looks at Jennifer Laurence that made my heart sigh and think – Da@# that man is sexy!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Ahh great subject, Cassondra! I agree with you on Practical Magic (one of my all-time favourite films!) and Last of the Mohicans.

    I have to throw in Cary Grant and Ingird Bergman’s kiss from Notorious – Hitchcock got around the 3 second kissing rule in such a wonderful way!

    My other favourite is from Brat Pack Movie Some Kind of Wonderful – the whole build-up to the kiss and the way it’s shot is awesome!

  • Joanie says:

    There have been some wonderful, poignant, HOT kisses during STARZ Spartacus series.


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  • Hellion says:

    Actually I have seen QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER (nice use of Alan Rickman as villain, btw). It’s GOOD! I agree with all your picks but Spiderman, but only because I can’t stand any of the Spiderman movies. *shrugs* Everything else, yes, yes, yes.

    My favorite kiss: Elizabeth and Will in the third Pirate of the Caribbean movie when they marry–I think it’s the music, but also because it’s raining and they’re fighting for their lives.

    OH, and in North & South (BBC’s version with Richard Armitage)–THAT kiss on the train. *sighs* BEST, BEST, BEST kiss ever.

    • Hellion – I forgot about North & South. Yes – that’s a great kiss.

      I have a weakness for urgent kisses – like “I must have you or I’ll die” kisses.

      And yes – that surge of music certainly helps. We need that in real life. 🙂

  • catslady says:

    You named a lot of good ones but my all time favorite kiss in a movie is First Knight with Richard Gere and Julia Ormond. When Lancelot kisses Guinevere for the last time it just makes my toes curl lol.

  • Cassondra, what a fun post. I love kissing scenes in books or movies. In fact, in books I sometimes think the kissing scenes have more wow factor than the love scenes. I think because the kiss scenes are really the declaration that this is going to go further whereas usually by the time they’re in bed, the writing is on the wall that this is going to happen. But the kiss can be a delightful surprise. I know I love writing kissing scenes – as anyone who’s read my books would know because they tend to go for PAGES!!! Definitely going for LAST OF THE MOHICANS as a classic and like Hellion, I can’t go past that beautiful kiss at the end of NORTH AND SOUTH. I still watch that on YouTube for inspiration sometimes! Sigh!

  • By the way, apologies to anyone having difficulties with the site today. We’re having some technical troubles but hopefully the long-term result with be things working a lot more smoothly here.

    It’s a bit like a romance novel – a bit of suffering before a blissfully happy ending!

  • Tawny Weber says:

    Mmmm, kisses. I like kisses 🙂

    You’ve mentioned some of my favorites!! The Aragorn and Arwen kiss always inspires deep sighs, and I adore the Princess Bride for all it’s sweetness! I think the kiss that makes me smile most, though, is the one between Ron and Hermione *g*

  • Hey Cassondra!


    Well there’s the one on the train between Meg Ryan and Kevin Klein in the movie French Kiss. His reaction is stunning!

    Love that one!

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Hi, Cassondra,

    There was a kiss between Beckett & Castle,
    can’t say when it was shown. I saw it when
    it was rerun. It began in the eyes and pro-
    gressed from there! BTW, do you watch
    soaps? I have seen some pretty fiery kisses
    in daytime dramas. Especially last week between DOOL’s E.J. & Sami and B&B”s
    Bill & Brooke !

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Pat! I saw that Castle/Beckett kiss. SMOKIN!” :>

      The one between Bones and Booth on Bones was pretty hot as well. :>

      I never got into the soaps, but have seen some fiery stuff on there when I’ve caught it. Grins.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Cassondra! I know we’re having problems on the blog today, which is too bad, because this is a GREAT post! I remember the other one too. Grins. I ended up watching all kinds of movies and reading a bunch of books after that one!

    My faves are that scene you mentioned from Practical Magic with Aiden Quinn…OMG. I love Princess Bride too, but it’s not steamy. Tawny mentioned Ron and Hermione, that was a good one.

    I love the kiss in Pretty Woman – they’ve made love and done “the deed” but she won’t let him kiss her. Then when she does…Whew!!

    THere’s this almost-kiss in Iron Man 1 between Pepper and Tony, then at the end of Iron Man 2 they kiss – wonderful!! :> And there’s great sexual tension between Black Widow and Hawkeye in Avengers, but no kiss, alas. Also great sexual tension between Peggy and Steve in Captain America too. Very sweet, which makes the ending really a bummer, since they don’t get an HEA.

    Mr and Mrs Smith, when they’ve been tearing up the house trying to kill one another, then realize they don’t want to…whew!!! Hawt!!

    My fav is still the train station scene in BBC’s North and South.

  • Becke says:


    Great question! Since I’m married to a wannabe cowboy, of course I’ve seen Quigley, probably more than once.

    There’s a good kiss in “The Far Country” with Jimmy Stewart and there’s a movie for the not so young! Actually he had quite a few good kissing scenes. That was before they did the open mouth liplock scenes that are almost a little “goss” as my grandson says.

    There was a great one in “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.

    Sometimes, I like that hard sensual gaze and a touch of the cheek as well as a liplock, but it’s kind of hard to get across on the page.

  • Becke says:

    Ooooo, what about Zorro with Banderas and Catherine Z-J?

  • Ahhh, kissing! I love kisses. Lovely post, Cassondra. I’m a real sucker for on-screen kisses, especially those electric moments just before it happens. Sigh!

    I know North and South has been mentioned many times and that’s one of my favourite tender kisses ever. Love the kiss between Henry Cavill and Gabrielle Anwar in the Tudors on the ship. They are such a fiery couple, together they absolutely sizzle.

  • Great post, Cassondra!

    The train station kiss at the end of the North and South miniseries (the one that stars Richard Armitage!) SIGH !! Amazing kiss!

    An oldie but goodie – The scene in Star Wars The Empire Strikes back where Han is about to be frozen. Leia kisses him and says “I love you.” and Han says “I know.” THUNK !!

    Dain and Jessica’s first kiss in Lord of Scoundrels. It is one helluva kiss that takes a lightning strike to break it up!

    When Christine kisses the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera (the Gerard Butler version) Not hot, but OH! so poignant.

  • Hey – this must be where all the cool kids are!

    I mentioned on that blog in the alternate universe that I loved the hot looks on SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. I can’t remember if they ended in a kiss – they sure should have, but that dance scene was hot.

  • Hey, Cassondra–

    Great post. I was with Donna in the alternate universe this morning.

    A movie that has a great love story in it–not a romance in the conventional sense but with a happy ending that felt right–is Hancock, starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and the often underrated Jason Bateman. Sorry, but I don’t remember details of any kiss. But it was the romantic arc that made the movie.

    Hancock is a super-hero film with SRE. Now y’all know I love super-hero films (the ones played straight, not the spoofs). I make a point of seeing them. They’re great escapist fun but seldom emotionally wrenching. I cried in Hancock, and I rarely cry at movies and almost never at action flicks. Except Superman II, at the end, when Superman and Lois talked about how they could never be together. And then the amnesia moment arose from a power Superman does not actually possess and ruined it. But I digress.

    Anyway, I took the boy to Hancock and soon found myself wishing I had dropped him off. And then, about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way in…the movie started getting good. In the beginning, Hancock (Will Smith) is a crass, self-centered, obnoxious super-being. You note I don’t call him a hero. That’s because he isn’t one when the movie opens. The film is about his journey to heroism, and the love story is critical to that journey.

    I liked it so much, I asked for it for my birthday and made the dh watch it with me. He also agreed that the romantic arc made the movie and that even though it isn’t a conventional HEA, the ending was happy and satisfying.

    I don’t want to say more lest I ruin it.

  • Chelsea B. says:

    In the movie The Holiday, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law share the best. Kiss. Ever. It’s long, it’s lingering, there’s talking… YUM!
    The movie is really funny, really sweet. HEA? Yes, ma’am! 🙂

  • MJ Fredrick says:

    Damon and Elena on Vampire Diaries, their first kiss. DAMN. Smoking.