In honour of International Kissing Day, we plant six of the most sensuously significant lip smacks to grace the big screen—and all the juicy collateral cooties that go along with them—on you.
1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
You really can’t get more romantic than the spell breaking power of love’s first kiss. Throw in Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey plus a Noah’s Ark worth of cuddly woodland creatures looking all weepy eyed before the prince’s peck and the anticipation is bases-loaded heart-thumping. Then Snow White slowly awakens from her poisoned-apple coma and the crowd goes crazy as the heroine and her hero ride off into the sunset.
2. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
After they each slurp down a strand from a shared plate of spaghetti the restaurateur enhances the mood by serenading the star-crossed pooches with Bella Notte on his accordion. While lost in the melody they find themselves munching on opposite ends of a long noodle. The brief snout on snout action is cut short by Lady’s shyness but then Tramp nuzzles over a meatball toward her and puppy love twinkles in both their eyes.
3. Planet of the Apes (1968)
“Dr. I’d Like to kiss you goodbye” Taylor says. “Alright…but your so damned ugly,” replies Zira before allowing Charlton Heston to peck her on the lips. It’s the last sweet interspecies moment in the sci-fi classic before the famous “damn you all to hell” denouement when the astronaut sees the remnants of the Statue of Liberty while riding along the shoreline and comes to the stunning realization that he’s not on an alien planet after all but on a post apocalyptic earth.
4. Ghost (1990)
The steamy potter’s wheel scene with Patrick Swayze placing his hands over top Demi Moore’s clay covered fingers and nibbling on her neck while the Righteous Brothers saccharine Unchained Melody playing in the background jumpstarted a glaze craze that is still with us over twenty years later. The scene has been paid homage to and parodied ad nauseum, most recently in an episode of NBC’s Community where the Beginner’s Pottery teacher adopts a zero Ghost tolerance policy of both “ironic” and “sincere” reenactments.
5. Spiderman (2002)
“You have a knack for saving my life. I think I have a superhero stalker,” a rain soaked Mary-Jane (Kirsten Dunst) teases before pulling away half of Spider Man’s (Tobey Maguire) mask to access his lips. The ensuing dangling upside down smooch-athon between the crime fighting webslinger and his sexy girlfriend inspired thousands of couples to try the move out on jungle gyms and other inversion apparatuses. Home-gamers recreating the tender Spidey moment, here’s a tip: the horizontal version is a lot safer.
6. Twilight (2008)
“Just stay very still…don’t move,” Edward warns while leaning in. A breathy make-out session is always more exciting when there’s a small chance, a vampire’s hormones will go out of control and the affair will turn into a bloodletting. The chaste passion between Bella and her overly sensitive bloodsucker boyfriend (they wait four movies and until marriage before going all the way) stirred up a sanctimonious uproar in some circles with debates raging about whether they should condone or condemn the fictional relationship.