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Top 10 Most Iconic Movie Kisses

VO: Lisa Yang
Script written by George Pacheco Some kisses are forever immortalized in film history! Here are some of the most iconic movie kisses of all time. We’ve included kisses from movies such as Dirty Dancing, The Princess Bride, Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Gone with the Wind, Titanic, Gone with the Wind, The Notebook, Spider-Man. Sixteen Candles and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Top 10 Most Iconic Movie Kisses

Pucker up! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Iconic Movie Kisses!

For this list, we'll be ranking the most classic or enduring cinematic smooches which have gone on to enter the pantheon of pop culture. We're going to be omitting animated characters from this list, however, which means that the famous "Lady and the Tramp" spaghetti scene will have to be saved for another day.

#10: Dirty Kissing
"Dirty Dancing" (1987)

It's not so much the end result of this kiss that makes it so iconic, but the anticipation of what's to come. This is the secret behind the success of "Dirty Dancing" and the love story between dance instructor Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman. As Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine" plays softly in the background, Baby and Johnny start the scene passionately arguing back and forth. It isn't long before the pair shares a dance and finally give into their desires, as the soundtrack switches to Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me" for a sensually romantic finale.

#9: A Kissing Book
"The Princess Bride" (1987)

It's a case of mistaken identity with the next kiss on our list, as Princess Buttercup lashes out at the man who's kidnapped her, the Dread Pirate Roberts. Buttercup incorrectly assumes the Pirate has killed her beloved beau, Westley, but when it's revealed that Roberts is actually him in disguise, Buttercup tumbles after him down a grassy hill. It's at this time when the pair, finally reunited, shares a tender and emotional embrace that is sure to melt the hearts of even the most stubborn of audiences.

#8: The Only Chance at Real Happiness
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)

Sometimes, love is immediate. Other times, it takes a lot of drama and stress to make people truly understand what they mean to each other. This is part of the reason why the kiss at the end of 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" packs such an emotional punch. Audrey Hepburn's Holly and George Peppard's Paul have been through a lot together, yet it seems as if the pair might go their separate ways before the end credits. That's before a couple of emotional monologues, some heavy rain, and a lost cat bring the two humans and a very wet feline together for a classic Hollywood embrace.

#7: A Wish Come True
"Sixteen Candles" (1984)

It's a kiss that, for many, epitomizes the teen comedy scene of the 1980s. We're talking about the kiss between Molly Ringwald's Samantha Baker and Michael Schoeffling's Jake Ryan at the end of John Hughes' 1984 classic, "Sixteen Candles." The setting is nearly perfect, as the cute couple share a slow and romantic kiss over a cake celebrating Sam's sixteenth birthday right before the end credits roll. Some ‘80s comedies may come across as dated and anachronistic today, but somehow Jake and Sam seem to live on forever as one of the decade's sweetest couples.

#6: Do I Get to Say Thank You This Time?
"Spider-Man" (2002)

It may seem strange for a superhero movie to make this list of iconic kisses, but there's no denying the chemistry and charm contained within this upside down lip lock from 2002. "Spider-Man" stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst not only have the romantic rainstorm going for them here in this scene, but they also have ol' Spidey's "Man in Uniform" bonus, as well. Dunst's Mary Jane Watson slowly pulls down the web slinger's mask and plants a super sweet kiss on the costumed hero as raindrops fall on their head. Who said superhero movies didn't have a little romance?

#5: Kiss from Beyond the Grave
"Ghost" (1990)

This gives a whole new meaning to the term "ghosting." In this scene the spirit of Sam, who's killed during a mugging, gives Molly one last kiss and tells her he loves her, before ascending to heaven. While "Ghost" is best known for the chemistry shared onscreen between Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze during their famous pottery scene set to "Unchained Melody," it's the film's final goodbye that haunts us and earns the fifth spot on this list.

#4: Kiss on the Beach
"From Here to Eternity" (1953)

It was the kiss that caused audiences to swoon and censors to gasp. The film was a World War II drama called "From Here to Eternity," and the embrace was between legendary movie stars Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. Although the kiss appears tame by today's standards, the level of passion between Lancaster and Kerr was notable for the time, as their personal chemistry spills over, just like the waves on screen. Movies kisses during this time may have been largely chaste affairs, but Kerr and Lancaster bring a palpable passion to their performances, which lives on to this day.

#3: The Ultimate Rain Kiss
"The Notebook" (2004)

There's just something about sharing a kiss in the rain, right? Even if you've never seen director Nick Cassavetes' take on the Nicholas Sparks novel, "The Notebook," you're still probably aware of this iconic image which has graced promotional posters and DVD covers around the world. It's a passionate embrace between stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams at the film's pivotal moment, a skin-soaked lip lock which is made all the more interesting given the rumors that McAdams and Gosling actually didn't get along during the film's production. Guess that's why they call it "acting," folks.

#2: Scarlett, Kiss Me
"Gone with the Wind" (1939)

"You need kissing badly." These are the words Rhett Butler speaks to Scarlett O'Hara as they tease and taunt each other during their courtship. Although the pair doesn’t actually smooch in this scene, Clark Gable and Viven Leigh more than make up for it throughout this Civil War drama's epic length running time, especially when Rhett gives Scarlett a kiss before heading off to war. Sure, it's funny in hindsight knowing that Leigh apparently thought Gable's dentures smelled during their scenes of passion, but there's no denying that their "Gone with the Wind" chemistry is something which inspired legions of movie couples in the years to come.

Before we name our number one kiss, here are a few dreamy honorable mentions!

A Star-Crossed Kiss
"Romeo + Juliet" (1996)

Finally Kissed
"Never Been Kissed" (1999)

#1: I’m Flying
"Titanic" (1997)

Speaking of "epic," it wouldn't necessarily be out of place to describe James Cameron's "Titanic" as a spiritual successor of sorts to "Gone with the Wind." Both films utilize an important historical event as a setting for a love story, both feature immensely popular onscreen couples, and both feature an iconic movie kiss. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's kiss on the bow of the doomed ocean liner launched hearts a flutter when it debuted on screens back in 1997, becoming an instant movie moment. Like the film itself, the scene still holds up remarkably even today.

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