Film Kisses of All Time
in Cinematic History
|Film Title/Year and Description of Kiss in Movie Scene|
Amélie (2001, Fr.) (aka Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain)
Tender and Sweet Reciprocal Kisses
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's charming romantic comedy/fantasy told of the life of a whimsical French cafe worker in Montmartre who often attempted to bring happiness to the lives of others.
In this film's romantic climax, painfully-shy Amelie (Audrey Tautou) finally met quirky Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz), a lonely adult video store clerk, at her apartment's door. She knew he had the strange habit of collecting discarded passport photo strips from photo booths and putting them into a photo album. She silenced him and pulled him inside.
After they stared awkwardly at each other for a few moments, she surprised him with a tender and slow kiss near his lips, on his neck, and a kiss above his left eye -- making it a child-like kissing game.
She then pointed to her lips to instruct him to follow suit -- he replied reciprocally by kissing her in the same three locations.
In the next scene after she drew the curtains, they were viewed in bed together where she held him close to her as he slept and rested his head on her.
Angel Eyes (2001)
Apres-Swim Naked Kisses
This emotional melodramatic thriller by Mexican-born director Luis Mandoki was about the tough life of cops working in Chicago's precincts. It told about a romantic relationship that developed between one of the cops and a do-gooder:
Sharon's life was saved during a violent shooting by guardian-angel "Catch," returning the favor from a year earlier when she saved him after a gruesome and traumatic car accident that killed his wife and son. (The movie was falsely marketed as having a Sixth Sense type of supernatural plot twist.)
Inevitably, their relationship grew and intensified at a swimming hole in a state park during a picnic, where they went swimming (in their underwear).
While kissing him in the water, she whispered to him:
Then shortly afterwards, the camera panned across their picnic blanket to where they were seen kissing and embracing naked (without revealing anything).
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Platonic Kisses, Then Intercourse ASAP
Director Ron Howard's Best Picture-winning biopic was about the life of an Economic Sciences Nobel Laureate who also suffered from delusions, erratic behavior and paranoid schizophrenia.
Brilliant genius John Forbes Nash (Russell Crowe), a mathematics instructor, expressed his love for one of his MIT students, Alicia Larde (Jennifer Connelly), while they shared an outdoor picnic together. When she urged him to share his thoughts ("Try me"), he agreed. He bluntly explained how he really wanted to have sex with her:
She leaned forward and kissed him, then asked: "How was that result?"
He responded by taking her for a second kiss.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Pursuit for a "Nice Boys" Kiss
Director Sharon Maguire's romantic comedy told about the disastrous love life of the thirty-something, always embarrassed, ever-single Londoner, plump title character Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), an adaptation based upon Henry Fielding's novel. Her romantic dalliances occurred with two other major characters:
She had many times earlier avoided the kisses of Mark, thinking he was arrogant, and he had thought that she was foolish.
In the film's conclusion, Mark told Bridget that he wasn't planning to go to America, although he had come to kiss Bridget goodbye. She invited him into her apartment and told him "keep yourself busy, read something" while she was changing her clothes in her bedroom, and promised: "I'll be right with you." She expectantly told herself: "Definitely an occasion for genuinely tiny knickers." He happened to scan through her diary and discovered a series of insults that she had written about him. She thought that he was boring and dull:
He left and went out into the snowy night without saying goodbye. Realizing why he had left, she ran after him into the snowy street, wearing only running shoes, a purple lingerie top, an ill-fitting beige sweater and leopard-striped panties.
She caught up to him in the street as he left a store, and she told him that her diary was foolish:
During her ranting, he was silent, but then he replied:
He revealed a new diary from his coat pocket, bought for her to begin a new diary. She embraced him as they hungrily kissed, while passers-by watched in amusement on the street corner. In the midst of a series of kisses during snow flurries, she pondered:
Moulin Rouge! (2001, US/Australia)
"All You Need is Love" Kiss
In Baz Luhrmann's dizzying and hyper-real spectacle - a conglomerate of pop songs in a post-modern musical, a star-crossed romance developed between:
Although Satine could save the nightclub and its owner Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent) from financial ruin by giving herself to wealthy, smitten Duke of Monroth (Richard Roxburgh), she risked everything for a tragic love affair with Christian, who assured her during a magical duet of Elephant Love Medley: "All you need is love."
In the tearjerker ending, she died in Christian's arms, with her reassuring words: "I'll always be with you."
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
"Have You Ever Done This Before?" Exploratory Lesbian Kissing
Best Director-nominated David Lynch's surreal, mystifying, mind-twisting dream-like work was a modern-day film noir about Hollywood fame.
It told about the twisting and turning dual characterizations of the two female protagonists:
In the film's first half - it was basically Diane's romanticized dream sequence (later learned) in which she imagined herself as successful blonde ingenue and wannabe LA actress-newcomer Betty.
In the first of their two steamy, topless, hesitant and exploratory lesbian love scenes, 'Rita' removed her robe, and slipped naked into Betty's bed. Betty mentioned: "It's more comfortable than the couch, isn't it?" Rita leaned over and kissed Betty innocently on the forehead:
Betty looked up longingly and kissed Rita on lips - followed by more hungry kisses.
When they started touching each other sexually, they spoke further, and Betty admitted her love for Rita:
This was accompanied by more kisses and the sexual touching of each other's breasts.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Yucky Spoof Kiss
In an unfunny parody-spoof film of teen comedies of the previous decade, the main copycat scene duplicated the same-sex kiss between Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions (1999). The scene of learning how to kiss was replayed with:
After a first quick-peck ("That wasn't so scary"), Catherine removed her sunglasses and told her subject:
The sopping-wet, open-mouthed, tongue-tasting, spit-joining kiss (lasting about 20 seconds) ended with the lady thinking: "That was cool!"
Another line was added to the original, offered by Catherine after she replaced her sunglasses:
Save the Last Dance (2001)
This cliched, dramatic dance film produced by MTV Films also won MTV's Movie Awards Best Kiss honors for the kiss in the discreetly-filmed, inter-racial love scene between two teenaged Chicago-area dancers after they had become romantically involved:
They undressed each other and tenderly kissed each other while making love.
Shallow Hal (2001)
Inner Beauty Kiss
In this Farrelly Brothers' romantic comedy, "Shallow" Hal Larson (Jack Black) always had a reputation for superficially wanting physical beauty and ignoring other qualities of the females he dated.
After being experiencing hypnotherapy with self-help guru and coach Tony Robbins (as Himself), Hal began to see everyone's inner beauty.
He first met extremely overweight 300 lb. Rosemary Shanahan (Gwyneth Paltrow) in a department store trying on large-sized underwear, not realizing that his unappreciated compliments about her beauty and fitness were thought to be sarcastic rather than truly genuine - she called him a "jackass."
In his eyes, she was beautiful (she performed a striptease for him - and he called her "Houdini" for the trick of making her purple slim-fitting thong grow in size) - but in others' views of her, she was morbidly obese.
In the film's finale at Rosemary's bon voyage (going-away) party, after dating and then avoiding Rosemary after becoming unhypnotized, Hal decided to reconcile with Rosemary and tell her of his true love before she left the country for 14 months:
To her surprise, he announced that he was joining her in the Peace Corps - he kissed her as everyone applauded.
True Love's First Kiss
Pretty Princess Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) was imprisoned by diminutive Lord Farquaad (voice of John Lithgow) in a castle, and cursed with a witch's spell from childhood that could only be broken by true love's first kiss.
[Note: In the film's plot twist - she was a human by day and an ogre by night.]
When loveable green ogre Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) rescued her from a tower in a castle protected by a fire-breathing Dragon, she objected: "You should sweep me off my feet out yonder window and down a rope onto your valiant steed" - when Shrek later removed his armored helmet, she was expecting Prince Charming instead of an ogre ("You're not supposed to be an ogre").
Later in the film, Donkey and Shrek arrived just as Fiona's forced wedding ceremony to Farquaad commenced - Shrek burst in to interrupt, crying out: "I object" as he ran to the altar, where Farquaad was about to kiss Fiona to seal the forced marriage. Shrek asserted that Farquaad wasn't her true love - and that instead he had feelings of love for her. As the sun set, Fiona turned into an ogress -- and revealed her true identity to Shrek, Farquaad and the entire congregation.
As he declared himself king with the binding marriage, Farquaad ordered his men to kill Shrek and imprison Fiona back in the tower for the rest of her life. The Dragon was summoned with a whistle, and it burst through the stained-glass window and devoured Farquaad with one gulp. Perched on the Dragon's head, the Donkey quipped: "Celebrity marriages. They never last, do they?"
Shrek and Fiona both declared their love for each other and kissed - true love's first kiss. The assembled audience was cued to say: "Awwwww!" Bathed in golden light, Fiona was freed from her life-long curse as it was broken, resulting in a glorious explosion of light, shattering the church's stained glass windows. and in another twist, Fiona remained an ogre permanently -- love's true form.
Unsure of herself when she stated: "I'm supposed to be beautiful," Shrek reassured her: "But you are beautiful." Donkey added: "I was hoping this would be a happy ending." Shrek covered the camera as they kissed a second time.
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