Pucker up Butter Cup! It’s International Kissing Day! The first thing I think of when someone “rates” kisses is when Peter Falk reads The Princess Bride to a young Fred Savage. He says ““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.” He described the ultimate kiss as the kiss between Princess Buttercup and Wesley. Let’s talk about some Great Cinematic Kisses.

I remember while watching the Lord of the Rings, my wife was invested in these characters. She cried when Gandalf fell and needed reassurance that he would return in the next movie (which I was confident about since I read the books, nerd). But I was most surprised by the audible sigh of relief she experienced when Aragorn and Arwen finally kissed (which was not in the books but put in the movies for that Romance bonus).

How many romcoms have I endured and heard that same audible sigh since and before? Many. So many. From Harry Met Sally, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, to pick literally any movie with Jennifer Aniston! But she puts up with so much, she deserves to have this moment of kissing Zen.

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And what can one do to achieve that same kiss in life? Do I have to fend off hoards of monsters to save her before a raging villain kills us all? Perhaps I have to cross oceans fighting off sharks to finally find her after years of being lost? Or do I ignorantly pursue the hot girl who only cares for money and fame while the true love is that nerdy girl with glasses right next to me? And when she pulls those glasses off and unwinds that hair and she’s revealed to be Jennifer Aniston!

Since 1993, MTV has been giving out awards for Best Kiss. Check out all the winners here. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have the most wins, for the Twilight film series.

Here are some of those memorable cinematic makeout sessions: (Goldderby.com and Buzzfeed.com had a few)

  • Lady and the Tramp (1955)

    Hey, let’s start off light! Who doesn’t love two doggies finding out their love for each other while eating delicious spaghetti? Wild that this was released in 1955.

  • Gone with the Wind (1939)

    There are few movies that build up romantic tension like Gone with the Wind. The build-up to the iconic “I don’t give a damn” and a mix of love won and lost.

  • Spiderman (2002)

    Tobey Maguire definitely wins for most passionate and emotional Spiderman. So many moments of his mask torn off and tears flowing. But that passion also comes out romantically as he kisses Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) as Spiderman in the rain while hanging upside down from a web.

  • Star Wars Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    Hey if you got to be subjected to so much romance, at least let it be with the coolest scoundrel in space! Han Solo and Princess Leia finally let the romantic tension release until that tin nuisance C3PO shows up!

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

    While I am not a big fan of Orlando Bloom or Kiera Knighley’s “acting”, I did enjoy this scene. How can you beat Geoffrey Rush as Barbosa shooting and fighting off fish pirates while performing a marriage ceremony for Will and Elizabeth?

  • The Notebook (2004)

    Could this be MORE romantic? It’s like textbook romance. Rain, tension, and soaking wet clothes equal swooning. I mean come on, the cover of the movie embodies that! Another kiss in the rain.

  • ET (1982)

    While this is not on the romantic list, I think it shows the purity of that first kiss. The girl swoons and possibly falls in love with Elliot. More of a touching-the-heart moment than a romantic moment. And as a bonus that’s Baywatch’s own Erika Eleniak. Can’t ask for much better for a first kiss!

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