Best and Most Memorable
Film Kisses of All Time
in Cinematic History


Best Movie Kisses of All-Time
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Film Title/Year and Description of Kiss in Movie Scene

Basic Instinct (1992)

Competitive Dance Floor Kiss

Director Paul Verhoeven's erotic thriller paired a police detective during his murder investigation with his own major suspect, as they experienced a torrid romance together:

  • Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), an ice-pick murder suspect/millionaire mystery-crime novelist, and bi-sexual
  • Nick Curran (Michael Douglas), a San Francisco homicide detective

She inflamed his lust, especially taunting him with her openly seductive nightclub dance with lesbian girlfriend "Roxy" (Leilani Sarelle). Nick watched her sensual body movements and the way she kissed Roxy.

When she became Nick's dance partner, she rubbed her butt against his crotch. He turned her, suddenly grabbed her ass, pressed her toward himself, and then started kissing her on her neck and lips. Feverishly, they consumed each other in the middle of the writhing, turning bodies of other dancers.

Bitter Moon (1992, Fr./UK/US)

Lesbian Dance Kiss

Roman Polanski's ultra-kinky, voyeuristic drama/thriller was set on a Mediterranean ocean liner bound for Istanbul. It featured a sexy dance and lesbian kiss during a shipboard New Years party between:

  • Mimi (Emmanuelle Seigner, the director's own 27 year-old wife), a sultry exhibitionist - married to wheelchair-bound, sexually-deviant husband Oscar (Peter Coyote)
  • Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas), previously-repressed and strait-laced - the childless wife (of seven years) of uptight Britisher Nigel Dobson (Hugh Grant)

Oscar commented to crestfallen Nigel: "Come on, stop sulking, man. You ought to be glad they're getting it on so well."

Candyman (1992)

Bee Kiss

This was an effective horror film by director Bernard Rose (from a Clive Barker story called "The Forbidden").

It told about a seductively strange encounter - and eventual lethal pairing up of an urban legend and his romantic interest victim:

  • 'Candyman'(Tony Todd), a maniac phantom, haunting and deep-voiced, with a hook-wielding right hand
  • Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen), a married graduate student (at the Univ. of Illinois in Chicago) and urban legends researcher

The vengeful supernatural spirit seduced her with the words: "Come with me and be immortal" - he then revealed buzzing bees swarming on his chest and pouring from his mouth before he kissed her.

The Cutting Edge (1992)

Make-or-Break-It Kiss on the Ice

A formulaic romantic comedy and sports drama (from director Paul Michael Glaser) was the genre type of this film about an opposites-attract (love-hate) relationship, set during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, between mismatched doubles skating partners:

  • Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney), a rough and arrogant working-class hockey player
  • Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly), temperamental, egotistical, and feisty

Next to the ice during the Olympic games, Doug told a stunned Kate, just before they were to perform:

"Kate, somewhere in the middle of all this, I fell in love with you...I'm saying I love you. I'm saying it outloud."

As she went towards the ice, he pursued and told his teary-eyed lover:

"Don't say we're not right for each other, because the way I see it, we may not be right for anybody else...It can't be any harder to stay together than it was to stay apart...Kate, I need you. I need you."

She then surprised him by informing him of a change in their routine "to win." After their stirring performance of the difficult routine (with a toss and twisting move high in the air), they held their final position as he told her: "You didn't have to do it," but she replied with her reason: "Because I love you." He replied: "Just remember who said it first."

Their lips came together for a kiss, as the audience cheered.

The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Cyber Kiss

There was one imaginative and surreal CGI sequence of virtual reality sex (or cybersex), the first of its kind, in director Brett Leonard's science-fiction horror-thriller, very loosely derived from Stephen King's short story. The two lovers experiencing VR sexual intercourse were:

  • Marnie Burke (Jenny Wright), a young rich widow
  • Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey), a slightly mentally-retarded lawnmower man

The two wore bodysuits, gloves, and head-mounted displays (HMDs), and were strapped into huge gyroscopes - all connected to a Virtual Space Industries computer.

After they kissed, the two intertwining lovers became swirling liquid metal, fusing with one another. The couple took the form of two metallic insects looking like a two-headed dragonfly - flying as one being.

Jobe took over the dual fantasy, claiming to know what was in Marnie's mind, but she became trapped in his scary world and then traumatized ("Oh my God, let me out") - causing her brain patterns to become irregular. The signals then communicated that she had become irreversibly changed into a brain-dead vegetable, insanely laughing.

Love Potion No. 9 (1992)

Magical Potion Kiss

Writer/director Dale Launer's romantic comedy told about the search for a special elixir (or love potion) that would enable its users to become attractive to the opposite sex. The two main individuals who became test subjects with the potion were both highly-educated and talented scientists:

  • Paul Matthews (Tate Donovan), a lonely, nerdy and shy biochemist
  • Diane Farrow (Sandra Bullock), a geeky co-lab worker and lonely psycho-biologist

Paul acquired "Love Potion No. 8" from Gypsy fortune-teller Madame Ruth (Anne Bancroft) so he could get lucky with Diane. However, complications arose when other rivals were attracted to Diane, and Paul was unable to find lasting love.

Paul used a stronger dose - labeled "Love Potion No. 9" - to prevent the effects of love from fading after four hours, and to manifest true love. He stole a kiss from Diane who was about to be married to Gary Logan (Dale Midkiff), but then thought he had failed, as he sat on a park bench waiting outside the church:

"Well, I'd like to tell you that five minutes after I kissed Diane, she came running out into my arms and that we fell in love forever, but that's not what happened. It took six minutes."

The potion worked and she dropped her wedding plans and ran into his arms. After he accepted her apology, he suggested: "Let's get out of here." The film's last line was delivered by Madame Ruth (off-screen), who saw the couple kissing in her crystal ball: "Ahh, that's nice."

Army of Darkness (1992/1993)

"Gimme Some Sugar, Baby," and "Hail to the King, Baby!"

Director Sam Raimi's fantasy (and comedy) horror film was the third film in the Evil Dead trilogy series. It was again set in medieval England ca. 1300 AD where the main protagonist had become trapped (in the ending of the second film).

After vanquishing a few Deadites in a pit, time-traveler Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) was being treated like a king. Sheila (Embeth Davidtz), the sister of one of Lord Arthur's (Marcus Gilbert) slain knights, fell in love with him. Although he was wary of her at first ("First you wanna kill me, now you wanna kiss me. Blow"), he found an excuse to kiss her with his request:

"Gimme some sugar, baby."

Later in the film, Ash's Deadite doppelganger (a repulsive zombie-resurrected version of himself known as Evil Ash) asked to kiss Sheila after she had been kidnapped by a Winged Deadite (Nadine Grycan). He used the same line before the kiss: "Gimme some sugar, baby" - the kiss from Ash's evil clone caused her to become a Deadite. (She bragged: "I may be bad, but I feel good.") The true Ash's victory over the Deadite skeletal army caused Sheila to revert back to normal, and she kissed Ash farewell before he returned to his own time.

Returning to his job at the S-Mart, Ash was relating his incredulous tale about his adventures in Medieval England to a bored co-worker (Ted Raimi) and to a sexy red-headed co-worker (Angela Featherstone):

"They offered me the chance to lead them, to teach them, to, to be king."

But presumably, he hadn't pronounced the words properly to return to his own time. Suddenly, a She-Demon Deadite (Patricia Tallman) attacked him in the Housewares Department. To save his pretty co-worker from harm, Ash threatened with his shotgun ("Lady, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to leave the store...Name's Ash. Housewares....") as she countered ("I'll swallow your soul!") before he killed the creature ("Come get some!").

The impressed co-worker embraced Ash, as he mused in voice-over:

"Sure, I could've stayed in the past. I could've even been king. But in my own way, I am king."

He then told his co-worker, before passionately kissing her: "Hail to the king, baby!"

Indecent Proposal (1993)

"Your Pants Are On Fire" Kiss

Director Adrian Lyne's drama proposed the premise of a one-night affair offered by a billionaire for a million dollars ("indecent proposal") to a married couple's wife.

In one of the film's more intimate moments, Diana Murphy (Demi Moore) made love on the kitchen floor with financially-struggling husband (Woody Harrelson) - before their risky transaction with jaded businessman billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford).

As they stripped each other's clothes off and kissed each other, she happened to mention: "Your pants are on fire" - referring to his casually-flung underwear starting to burn on the top of the kitchen stove, with his smiling reply: "You have no idea."

(Tim Burton's) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

A Halloween Kiss

Tim Burton's stop-motion animation was remarkably well executed in this musical fantasy film about the growing romantic attraction between two characters in Halloween Town:

  • "The Pumpkin King" Jack Skellington (speaking voice of Chris Sarandon and singing voice of Danny Elfman), who made a misguided and disastrous attempt to have Halloween Town denizens bring Christmas to the Christmas Town citizens
  • Sally (voice of Catherine O'Hara), a patchwork or rag-doll girl created and controlled by the town's mad scientist Dr. Finklestein (voice of William Hickey)

In its triumphant and sweet romantic finale, Jack spied Sally stealing away to pluck petals from a flower while on top of the curlicue hill, silhouetted by the full moon. He approached her, and while clutching his breast, he sang about his attraction to her:

Jack: "My dearest friend, if you don't mind, I'd like to join you by your side. Where we can gaze into the stars"
Jack and Sally (in union): "And sit together, now and forever, for it is plain as anyone can see, we're simply meant to be."

They embraced in the light of a full moon and kissed, as Jack's pet dog Zero flew into the sky to become a sparkling star.

Best and Most Memorable Film Kisses
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