Film Kisses of All Time
in Cinematic History
|Film Title/Year and Description of Kiss in Movie Scene|
Dream Lover (1994)
Final Remembrance Kiss Before Strangulation
Writer/director Nicholas Kazan's suspenseful erotic thriller was his directorial debut film, about a scheming and seductive "dream lover" who went on to completely destroy a man.
Upon meeting the beautiful and sensual Lena Mathers (Madchen Amick), successful architect and recent 27 year-old divorcee Ray Reardon (James Spader) was spellbound by her beauty after sex and dream dates. A storybook romance ensued, they married - and soon had children. Afterwards, however, his mysterious wife's past became questionable and suspicious - and he realized that he had been duped by the femme fatale. She had deliberately gotten close to him to hastily marry him and acquire his money.
He accused her of stealing his house, his children, and of being a psychopath, intent on having him declared insane. After he slapped her, she was able to have him committed in an institution for six months of observation - where he faked insanity and sedation, and schemed to get revenge.
In the film's twist ending, Lena visited him at the institution for his birthday party, and he lured her away to talk alone, unseen by attendants. He told her: "This is the last time we're gonna see each other, right?" He described how he felt "alive" and "inspired" finally - and grabbed her. She threatened to scream, but he cautioned her that she wouldn't get what she wanted or deserved. He suggested that he wanted to help her by telling her the flaw in her plan, so that she wouldn't repeat her error the next time around. He first demanded a real kiss:
After he kissed her, he stated: "Who are you, Lena? Who will you be when you die?" Before strangling her to death, he told her there would be no consequences for his actions. He claimed that since he had been declared insane, he couldn't be held accountable for her death:
He strangled her, and then laid her body on the lawn.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994, UK)
An "I Do" Kiss for a Non-Proposal
Mike Newell's highly-successful British romantic comedy finally brought together a couple who were repeatedly meeting each other at weddings and funerals:
In the film's concluding scene in a rainy London downpour after a funeral and a 'fourth' marriage ceremony involving Charles (that was abruptly aborted), the black-eyed Britisher admitted:
But then he professed his total and utter love for Carrie who was "the person standing opposite me now in the rain." They spoke together as they revealed their true romantic feelings for each other. Charles made an awkward request to 'not be married' to Carrie for the rest of his life:
They kissed, as the camera panned up to a bolt of lightning sparking in the cloudy sky.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Against picturesque landscapes and Montana skies in this cinematographically-gorgeous sweeping, romanticized melodramatic epic from director Edward Zwick, there was a tumultuous love affair and doomed romance between:
Unfortunately, she was the fiancee of his younger brother Samuel (Henry Thomas). The luminous Susannah, although betrothed to Samuel (and later marrying eldest brother Alfred (Aidan Quinn)), found her passions ignited with Tristan. Eventually, Susannah committed suicide over her love for Tristan.
The Mask (1994)
Kissing the Mask
This wacky, hyperactive superhero fantasy film was based upon a Dark Horse comics character.
During a physically-impossible dance sequence in the Coco Bongo nightclub, a yellow zoot-suited wolf with a green head - dubbed The Mask (Jim Carrey), held Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz in her feature film debut) in his arms.
He leaned her down, gave her a toothy and lascivious grin, and descended for a smooch, shot in close-up.
Her shoes literally shot off her pointed feet in response, and when he came up for air, her eyes were closed. However, she gave him an appreciative smile for the fabulous kiss.
Reality Bites (1994)
The romance in this definitive Generation-X comedy-drama (the directorial debut feature film for Ben Stiller), set among a group of college graduates in Houston, Texas, was between:
However, a love triangle developed with career-minded, yuppie cable TV executive Michael Grates (Ben Stiller). Troy was able to reassure her and begin a relationship with her when she was disillusioned about life, and disappointed over changes made to her documentary:
Toward the film's conclusion, Troy and Lelaina broke up, but were reunited and made amends to each other after he returned by taxi from his father's funeral.
He apologized, and professed his love for her:
They passionately embraced and kissed.
During the film's credits, two characters 'Laina' and 'Roy' (based upon the two leads) talk about their relationship, in a film within a film (directed by Michael as a new show).
The Specialist (1994)
Steamy Hotel and Shower Kisses
Two of the sexiest box-office superstars of the decade were featured in this explosive, body-conscious, 'guilty pleasure' thriller-tale of murder and revenge against the underworld set against the neon backdrop of Miami. The two ultra-buffed stars were featured as:
They appeared in a number of sex scenes, including a lengthy, exhibitionist shower scene that featured their taut and toned bodies - his biceps and pectorals and her breasts. The scene began in a Fontainebleu Hotel bedroom where they kissed. He let her hair down, and told the alluring female that she had a "beautiful face."
To the tune of bluesy jazz music, they undressed and caressed each other and made love on the bed - the scene then segued into the shower where they kissed under the steamy showerhead. They sank to the shower floor where they stretched out and made love.
After Skinny-Dip Threesome Kiss
Writer-director Andrew Fleming's debut feature was an R-rated fairly crude, blatantly-stereotypical romantic sex comedy about a coed triangle. It took the unlikely premise that there was a mix-up in Freemont University (UCLA?) dorm assignments. The mistake placed three unlikely individuals together in a dorm suite:
This post-modern coming-of-age film dabbled with whether Alex's studious, reluctant, stand-offish and "sexually-ambivalent" love interest Eddy Howe was gay, while jock Stuart was ardently and sexually pursuing her (the film's plot was summed up early on by Alex: "You have the hots for me, I have the hots for him, and sooner or later he's gonna have the hots for you").
After skinny-dipping, the three-some sat on a blanket by the water's edge and began to kiss each other, again breaking a "sacred vow" that they had made to only be friends. Alex kissed Eddy while Stuart kissed her cheek, and then she switched to kiss Stuart but went back to Eddy, until they were abruptly interrupted by the arrival of a group of laughing young hikers led by a priest.
Eddy (in voice-over) described the significance of their kissing:
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