You Must Remember This
Maybe a kiss is just a kiss, but some lip-locks go down in history. Click through for 25 of them.
"The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968)
No, this isn't a still from the movie. It's Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen between takes, practicing for what director Norman Jewison promised would be "the longest kiss in screen history."
Adrien Brody and Halle Berry
Right after hearing he had won the Best Actor Oscar for 2002's "The Pianist," Adrien Brody gave a passionate kiss to stunned presenter Halle Berry. He then turned to give his acceptance speech, saying first: "I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag."
"Splendor in the Grass" (1961)
It's said that French kisses in American movies began with the make-out scenes in this film, which co-starred Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, a real-life couple at the time. In her diary, Wood described their romance as a "five-alarm fire."
The Vancouver Riot Kiss
In a 2011 photo that went viral, Scott Jones kisses his girlfriend, Alexandra Thomas, during a riot that followed the Vancouver Canucks' Stanley Cup loss. Knocked to the pavement, Alexandra had begun "to get really frightened," she later said. Scott explained: "Alex was on the ground and I was trying to protect her ... I kissed her to calm her."
"Some Like It Hot" (1959)
"It was like kissing Hitler," said Tony Curtis about his smooching scene with Marilyn Monroe, who had made enemies on the set of the Billy Wilder comedy by showing up late, flubbing lines and battling with the director. Curtis later dismissed his remark as a joke and, in his 2009 memoir, claimed that he and Monroe were having an affair while making the movie.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
That kiss in the rain.
"V-J Day in Times Square" (1945)
Here's the story behind Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photo: The sailor, George Mendonça, was on a date with his future wife, Rita Petry, when they heard the war was over. Having had a few drinks, he impulsively kissed a nurse—a complete stranger—with his date looking on. In 2012 Rita, by then George's wife of 67 years, said the kiss never bothered her. Whether it bothered the nurse is another story
"The Godfather Part II" (1974)
"I know it was you, Fredo—you broke my heart," Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) tells the brother who betrayed him (John Cazale) before giving Fredo the mafia kiss of death.
"The Kiss" (1889)
Rodin's marble masterpiece depicts adulterous lovers from Dante's "Inferno."
Madonna and Britney Spears
Madonna predictably strived to shock when she locked lips with Britney Spears during the 2003 Video Music Awards. The Material Girl then turned to kiss Christina Aguilera, but it was her smooch with Princess of Pop that everyone remembers.
"To Have and Have Not" (1944)
You could tell they were already thinking about it when she made that earlier remark: "You know how to whistle, don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley
The newlyweds' public display of affection at the 1994 MTV Awards sparked a lot of talk. Skeptics remained skeptical.
"Love Story" (1970)
Asked what made her co-star Ryan O'Neal so attractive to women, Ali MacGraw said, "First of all, he's a great kisser."
"Lady and the Tramp" (1955)
It's an iconic Disney moment—the accidental kiss between the uptown Cocker Spaniel and the downtown mutt while they're sharing a plate of spaghetti.
"La Dolce Vita" (1960)
It's the most famous moment in the Fellini film—journalist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) almost-but-not-quite kissing the tantalizing actress played by Anita Ekberg in Trevi Fountain. Performing this sequence was less fun than watching it. The water was so cold that Mastroianni wore a wetsuit under his street clothes and guzzled a bottle of vodka just to get through the scene.
"Plato's Stepchildren" (1968)
The first kiss between a white and an African-American on a TV series in the U.S. appeared in this episode of "Star Trek." But the sci-fi drama wasn't the first to televise an interracial kiss: White and Asian characters had kissed on both "I Spy" and "The Wild Wild West" about two years earlier.
"All in the Family" (1972)
Sammy Davis Jr. planting a big wet one on Archie Bunker, the blue-collar bigot played by Carroll O'Connor, became one of the most talked-about moments in TV sitcom history.
In one survey, Jack and Rose's Titanic lip-lock was named the best movie kiss of all time.
"Romeo and Juliet" (1968)
Franco Zeffirelli's film caused a stir with its sensual love scenes and teenage stars, who were closer than usual in age to the lovers in Shakespeare's play. (This wasn't the original plan—the director later revealed that his first choice for the part of Romeo was Paul McCartney, who was 26 when the movie was made.)
John and Yoko (1981)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in this famous embrace, captured by Annie Leibovitz just hours before Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan.
"From Here to Eternity" (1953)
"No one ever kissed me the way you do," Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr) tells Sergeant Warden (Burt Lancaster) in the World War II drama's iconic beach scene. It caused such a sensation that projectionists at some theaters snipped frames out of the film and kept them as souvenirs.
Strictly special effects, but it worked.
There's a popular theory that Hershey's Kisses—first introduced in 1907—got their name from the sound the chocolate makes on the conveyor belt during the manufacturing process.
"Gone With the Wind" (1939)
"You should be kissed, and often—and by someone who knows how," says Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) to feisty Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in the Civil War epic. But the legendary chemistry between them was a big-screen illusion. "Kissing Clark Gable in 'Gone with the Wind' was not that exciting," Leigh said. "His dentures smelled something awful."
"Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."
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