Ingrid Bergman once said, "A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." Though the great actress says it much more eloquently than I, the message is clear: kissing is the quintessential expression of love. It is no wonder then that as human beings we put great emphasis on "the kiss". Whether it is the "first kiss" or the "last kiss", this display of affection plays an integral part in our lives.
Romantic, passionate, and always dramatic, kissing plays a huge role in many films. There are even entire movies based on the concept of locking lips. The year 1896 saw the release of The Kiss. It was the first silent film to ever portray a kiss. Over a century later in 1999, audiences enjoyed Never Been Kissed: a film that leads up to the moment when Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) waits in the middle of a baseball field in hopes of receiving her first kiss.
Like many things in life, kissing is even better in the movies. Take Titanic. The famous kissing scene isn't just a simple peck. The back stories of Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) increase the tension of their love. By the time they put lips to lips, the audience is practically bursting from anticipation. And not only do they kiss, but they do it just a few steps from death. Yes, it happens while the lovers are perched on the prow of the Titanic. In secret. At sunset. Try making that one happen in real life.
Below are Ten Great Kissing Scenes. As you will see, kissing scenes usually serve as pivotal moments in film. Whether they are out of lust, love, passion or revenge, these scenes are the pinnacle of drama. So get out your chapstick and pucker up.