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Best Movie Kisses

Updated on February 8, 2017

Kissing Rules

We think nothing about it when we see two people kissing in the movies or on television today. However, it has not always been that way. There were rules for kissing scenes that might surprise you.

  1. No kiss could last over 3 seconds.
  2. The couple could not be lying down.
  3. If one was reclining the other had to keep one foot on the floor.

Before watching the videos of the top five movies with kissing scenes, see if you can rank them in the order of their popularity. Keep in mind that the kisses didn't come in the most popular movies. Instead, they are the most popular kissing scenes.

"Casablanca" Number 5

"An Officer and a Gentleman" Number 4

In the final moments of the An Officer and a Gentleman that was released in 1982, Zack Mayo played by Richard Gere walks through the paper factory where Paula Pokrifki, played by Debra Winger worked. He kisses her over and over and picks her up and carries her out of the factory.

It was said that the co-stars did not get along off the set. In fact, it was said that Richard Gere did the movie just for the money. However, when you see the two of them kissing, you never would have suspected this.

"Lady and a Tramp" Number 3

Lady and a Tramp that was released in 1955 is the only animation in the group, but it has been rated the most cherished in pop culture. This kiss is known as the shared spaghetti kiss because cocker spaniel Lady and mongrel Tramp go on a date to an outdoor Italian restaurant. \

While they are being serenaded by a waiter, they begin chewing on opposite ends of a strand of spaghetti and were startled to meet in the middle where they do the obvious thing. They kiss. (They got away with it, but don't you and your date try it in a restaurant).

"From Here to Eternity" Number 2

From Here to Eternity released in theaters in 1953 was at first considered unfilmable because the beach scene was considered too racy, The kiss is known as the illicit beach kiss. It was a forbidden one between Army Sergeant Milton Warden played by Burt Lancaster and the adulterous Army Captain's wife Karen Holmes played by Deborah Kerr.

The Hawaiian waves cover them on a summer night on a deserted sandy beach. Karen breathlessly speaks saying, "I never knew it could be like this. Nobody ever kissed me the way you do."

That beach in Hawaii is now named Eternity Beach after that kissing scene.

"Gone With the Wind" Number 1

Clark Gable who played Rogue Rhett Butler and Vivien Leight who played Scarlett O'Hara embraced and kissed a number of times in this Gone With the Wind that was released in 1939. Even though the move was and still is popular, it was what is known as the "conjugal rape" scene that is remembered mostly. Rhett Butler tells Scarlet, "Kiss me, Scarlett, this is what you were meant for."

It is reported that Vivien Leigh said Clark Gable had lousy breath. However, we wouldn't have suspected it because it was a steamy kiss with sexual tension and passion at a time when that was unheard of in films back in 1939.

See if you can correctly rank the movies with the kissing scenes


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    • revmjm profile image
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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      ruffridyer, you are absolutely right. Thanks for your comment.

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      ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      Kissing some one for the camera must be a very annoying task for many actors. It isn't something I would want to do.

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      Miss Capri 6 years ago

      :) You're welcome.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Oh yes, Miss Capri, you are right. That scene could be viewed as lust. Thanks for your comment about this.

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      Miss Capri 6 years ago

      Oh, I think there was lust in Lady and the Tramp too, thought not necessarily in the silly spaghetti scene. When Peggy and the other girl dogs were swooning over the Tramp, that could be taken for lust.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Betty, since you mentioned it, I agree with you that "Lady and the Tramp" was the best. I could feel the emotion between the two dogs as they slowly ate the strand of spaghetti from opposite ends and their mouths met in the middle of the strand to that magical kiss.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      Lady and the Tramp are the BEST. Their scene had romance. The others were just lust.

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      Miss Capri 6 years ago

      You're welcome, Revmjm.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Miss Capri, thanks for reading and responding to my article.

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      Miss Capri 6 years ago

      Exactly. The odd kiss is one thing, but now they just don't leave anything to the imagination. Yuck. Very interesting hub, though.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Marcella, you are absolutely right! The movies today would have no way existed a long time ago when there were strict rules about kissing on the screen. Unfortunately today anything goes!

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      Marcella Glenn 6 years ago from PA

      Very interesting hub. Now, many movies display acts that belong in real-life bedrooms.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dave, thanks for reading amd responding.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      revmjm: I Thank God for these regulations regarding kissing on screen. I further thank God that these regulations do not apply to real couples, husbands and wives in the real world who are in private and not before any camera. Amen!

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      WillStarr, I just finished watching the special "Best Movies" on tv, and I took notes so I could write this hub. Fortunately, every one of the best 5 picks had a video available.

      You told on yourself about 1956 in your Ford. Send me a video or picture and I will add it. I'm sure my ratings will go up then. (ha ha)

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool Hub revmjm!

      Of course the best kiss ever was in my 1956 Ford with...but that wasn't a movie was it?

      Never mind.