Film Kisses of All Time
in Cinematic History
|Film Title/Year and Description of Kiss in Movie Scene|
Cruel Intentions (1999)
'How to Kiss' Kiss
This dramatic film was a teenaged version of Dangerous Liaisons (1988), with the setting of modern-day New York City replacing the setting of France. It told of a complicated wager that involved seduction, revenge and manipulation, particularly evidenced in the "How to Kiss" scene between:
Kathryn demonstrated her manipulative intentions toward Cecile to destroy her reputation by teaching her how to slow- and wet-kiss in the park - as part of her scheme to provoke her to become promiscuous.
After a quick peck, Kathryn removed her sunglasses and proceeded to describe their next, more-involved kiss:
Following the tenderly-delivered wet French kiss, there was one strand of joined saliva stretched between them. Kathryn told Cecile: "Not bad," while Cecile assessed their lesbian smooch: "That was cool!"
[Note: Their kiss was spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie (2001).]
Many reviewers and critics viewed the many kisses in this techno-thriller escapist caper flick (with numerous plot twists) as predatory between the two main characters. There was almost a forty year age difference between the two stars, who were engaged in a very uneasy partnership:
She schemed to 'entrap' him into performing a few large heists, including a multi-billion dollar New Year's Eve Millennium heist at the tall Patronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
At one pont in the film, when they were about to kiss, he reminded her:
By the film's end, she joined him for another kiss on the train platform and they disappeared together, planning to execute another job.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Naked Mirror Kiss
The late Stanley Kubrick's last movie, about marriage and sexual jealousy, featured the highly sensationalized make-out scene before a dressing mirror table in the bedroom of a married couple, accompanied by Chris Isaak's "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing":
Alice was seen naked from behind, but nude from the frontal view in the mirror. Bill approached from behind, looked at her, then himself in the reflection -- then began passionately kissing Alice on her neck, touched her breast, and then kissed her (as she took off her glasses and watched their reflection), before the brief scene faded to black.
Also, during the notorious, often-edited orgy sequence as the masked participants stood in a circle, a kiss was passed around.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Alien Tentacled Kiss
In this comic parody of The Star Trek series in its tale of the stars of a cancelled sci-fi TV series that last aired in 1982, there was an unusual passionate make out scene between:
The kiss caused her to produce and expose purple tentacles that caressed and embraced him.
Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell) told them to "get a room" as they sank to the floor (and continued love-making off-screen), and he responded to what they were doing - beyond kissing: "Oh, that's not right!"
"The One" Reviving Kiss
In the Nebuchadnezzar hovercraft which was about to be assaulted by robotic Sentinels, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) revived a dead Neo (Keanu Reeves) who had just been shot dead by Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) within the Matrix.
She told him:
After kissing him, Neo's vital signs returned and she commanded him: "Now get up!"
After they were saved, they resumed kissing.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Baseball Mound Finale Kiss
Drew Barrymore starred in this romantic comedy 'chick flick' as 25 year-old undercover Chicago Sun-Times copy editor Josie Geller, who was reporting on high-school life at her old school South Glen South High School (where she was formerly a geek) for a newspaper feature article.
During her investigative reporting, she fell in love with her English teacher, Mr. Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan) who couldn't act upon his affection for his underaged student and was trampled in the process.
In the film's conclusion, Sam read the revised article she had written in which she said she would stand on the pitcher's mound (for five minutes, registered on the countdown clock) in front of the assembled crowd at the start of the State Championship baseball game in Municipal Stadium, prior to the first pitch. If a "certain teacher" accepted her apology, she would kiss him - her "first real kiss."
After the clock countdown ended with Josie despondently left standing there alone, Sam finally appeared and approached the mound to passionately kiss her (to the tune of the Beach Boys singing "Don't Worry Baby"), and then apologized for being late.
Their smooch caused a kissing frenzy among various couples in the stands.
Notting Hill (1999)
Abrupt Kisses for Mismatched Lovers
This popular romantic comedy about mismatched lovers was set in London, and told of the circuituous route of the ultimately successful romance between:
After a chance brief meeting in his bookshop, William literally bumped into her again on the street and spilled his container of orange juice. He offered to clean her up in his nearby apartment. As she left, he told her: "It was nice to meet you. Surreal, but nice." Almost immediately, she was back at the front door to retrieve her bookstore shopping bag, and before leaving a second time, she abruptly and spontaneously leaned forward and kissed him in the small front hall corridor before the door. William paused, and then apologized for his earlier rude comment about meeting her:
Anna replied about how his unusual offer of food (apricots soaked in honey) from his kitchen's refrigerator was even worse: "That's OK, I thought the apricot and honey thing was the real low point."
While walking around Notting Hill later during one evening, they both climbed a five-foot fence and William, after struggling to clamber over the fence into a garden, said: "Now what in the world in this garden could make that ordeal worthwhile?" Anna leaned over and kissed him - their second, more romantic kiss. William paused and then said: "Nice garden."
Before she left London after filming wrapped, she came to his bookstore and said goodbye (with a gift) and an apology (for behaving badly), and asked if they could see each other again. He explained how there were major disparities between them, although she claimed she was "just a girl" seeking love:
After the confession, she gave him a quick kiss on the cheek before leaving the bookstore. Later, when William realized he had made the wrong decision about her, he raced to her (she was in the midst of a press conference before flying back to America that evening), and asked, in public, if she would reconsider her relationship with "Mr. Thacker" (who had been a "daft prick"). She answered affirmatively ("Yes, I believe I would"), and then said she would remain in London "indefinitely" - and the film concluded with their marriage.
The Sex Monster (1999)
Sex Monster Kisses
In this lightweight, teasing sex comedy farce, businessman Marty Barnes' (director/star Mike Binder) wife Laura Barnes (Mariel Hemingway) was encouraged to become involved in a threesome. She didn't realize that being introduced to experimental sex would lead to much greater Sapphic desire, making her an insatiable lesbian sex monster.
She came onto Diva (Missy Crider) by stroking her leg under an outdoor dinner table, and then apologized, although they ended up secretively lip-locking in the kitchen together:
To excuse her behavior to her husband, she rationalized her feelings for Diva when they were discovered together in bed: "Don't be upset...Why are you doing this? This, this is for you. This is for you. We are warming up for you" - although their later sexual threesome essentially ignored him.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
An Unholy, Bloody Kiss
Director Tim Burton's stylized and Gothic R-rated version of the classic Washington Irving tale was set in late 18th century, post-colonial New York. The dazzling, visually-stunning film told about an awkward schoolteacher Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) who investigated a number of beheadings by a ruthless Hessian mercenary -- the Headless Horseman (Christopher Walken).
In the climactic scene, wicked Lady Van Tassel (Miranda Richardson), the stepmother of pretty Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci), Crane's bewitched love interest, insanely explained how she had offered her soul to Satan in return for raising the Hessian from the grave for vengeance.
The Horseman - now re-headed after returning his skull to his neck and becoming flesh and blood again in an amazing transformation - took the insane Lady Van Tassel on horseback and kissed her. the Horseman's jagged-toothed face hungrily kissed her - when he withdrew, her lips were smeared with blood.
He then dove (horse and all) into the twisted Tree of the Dead in the Western Woods, his grave and entry point to the beyond, where they disappeared, although the living Lady Van Tassel was unable to pass through - her body was crushed and disintegrated as it entered. Only her hand remained outside the gnarled tree, with the index finger curled in a beckoning pose.
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
"You Like Me?" Kisses
Writer/director Woody Allen's dramatic film told the story of self-absorbed and arrogant Depression-era American jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Sean Penn).
After meeting and spending a "wonderful evening" together with mute laundress Hattie (Samantha Morton), he told her: "I don't need a genius to have a good time." He removed her cap and expected her to be shy and demure, but she ardently helped him by removing her outer garment. He expressed surprise at her quick aggressiveness:
When she began to tear off his clothes, he became startled:
He then mused: "Just expected more of a fight. It's like shootin' fish in a barrel" - noticing how eager she was to help him remove his clothes. The scene dissolved as she gave him a torrid kiss.
After making love and she was dressing, he asked:
A Neck-Breaking Torturous Kiss
In this 19th Bond film, the major 'Bond girl' villainess Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) used an ancient Spanish torture device - a bench-chair with a neck-breaking garrotte, to restrain and hold agent 007 James Bond (Pierce Brosnan), her former lover. She began to tighten the screw-bolt of the neck garrotte:
She disclosed that she had mutilated her own right earlobe when past kidnapper and present co-conspirator Renard (Robert Carlyle) had refused to hurt her. And she argued that her father Sir Robert King (David Calder) had killed her ("He killed me the day he refused to pay my ransom"), and that was reason enough to kill him and fall in love with her captor Renard, due to the effects of the Stockholm Syndrome.
She then exclaimed how she was power-hungry to monopolize the oil empire inherited by her father:
She was deluded and assured of her own success: "You understand? Nobody can resist me."
As Bond was on the verge of death, she straddled him. He begged her to reconsider and call off Renard's nuclear launch: "It's not too late. Eight million people need not die." She doubted that he would kill her, especially since she was someone that he had loved:
And she came close for a kiss. He struggled to tell her: "You meant nothing to me." She tightened the garrotte again, as he strained to say: "One last screw."
A "Christmas" Kiss
The conclusion of this exciting action-packed Bond film was set in Istanbul, Turkey, where Bond was dallying with a second "Bond Girl':
They enjoyed champagne in fancy party clothes, and toasted themselves amidst fireworks and "Christmas" jokes (Bond: "I always wanted to have Christmas in Turkey"). She asked: "So isn't it time you unwrapped your present?"
They were spied upon enjoying intimacy in bed, by "R" (John Cleese) and M (Judi Dench) and other British Secret Service personnel in Scotland's castle. The couple was viewed via a thermal imaging camera (their bodies appeared orange in the image, and then turned redder as they had sex).
As Bond laid on top of Christmas and kissed her, he told her - with one of the cleverest, tongue-in-cheek Bondisms of all time:
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