The Six Best Movie Make Outs

Love it, hate it, or love to hate on it, The Notebook's iconic rain-drenched smooch is a contemporary classic.
Love it, hate it, or love to hate on it, The Notebook's iconic rain-drenched smooch is a contemporary classic.

​One of the first commercially successful films, screened to audience wonder and critical disgust in 1896, is a little, one-take moving picture called The Kiss

Produced and distributed by Thomas Edison's film company, this 47-second film showed a close-up of two stage actors performing the kiss they share at the end of the musical The Widow Jones. 

Edison's advertisement of the film made each second count in an almost gleeful summary: "They get ready to kiss, begin to kiss, and kiss and kiss and kiss in a way that brings down the house every time." (For more on those dirty, dirty voyeurs of La Belle Epoque, check out Seminary Girls, Edison's 30-second film of a naughty, after-hours pillow fight in an all-girls dormitory.)

As film techniques evolved over the following century, the kiss evolved too - from an awkward smush of two faces together followed by a pan to the curtains all the way to close-up spit-swapping. 

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It continues to be a moment rife with scandal: Remember when the American Pride and Prejudice release included an added scene of Darcy and Elizabeth locking lips? And you thought you were shocked when Jonny Lee Miller used tongue in Mansfield Park.

6. Gone with the Wind (1939)


Rundown:

If there's one thing we learn early on in this epic romance, it's that

Scarlett needs kissing badly, and Rhett's the one to do it

. Yet the strong-willed, stubborn Scarlett fights Rhett at almost every turn. Here, he pulls her in for a kiss before heading off to join the Confederate Army, delivering a

speech as memorable as the "hill of beans" farewell

at the end of

Casablanca

. Watch how the wartime blazes bathe the two in a warm orange glow.

5. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


Rundown:

Tall and lanky, Jimmy Stewart

plays up his loveable awkwardness

in the Christmas classic

It's a Wonderful Life

. Where Scarlett and Rhett are all fire, George and Mary (Donna Reed - who went on to be the quintessential housewife and mother in

The Donna Reed Show

) are

so sweet and straight-laced that the anticipation of their kiss becomes maddening

. Luckily, they get a little push - in the form of a shared phone call and the resulting physical proximity. Thank goodness they

didn't have speakerphone

in the '40s.



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