Could “Terminator” be the most romantic movie ever?
I love romance, obviously. I mean, obviously. I make up romantic stories and try to get people to buy them.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day this week, I’d like to talk about romance, specifically the romantic kisses at the ends of movies that make me want to jump up and down and scream and rewind and watch them over and over again.
So, here is my list of most romantic movie kisses in no particular order. Most of these kisses are from more recent movies. I’m not as familiar with movies pre-1980. If you have others you would like to add to this list, please let me know. I am always looking for romantic movies to add to my collection.
My Favorite Movie Kisses
The Inheritance: This is a little known gem from a book by Louisa May Alcott.
One Night with the King: Again, not well known, but very romantic.
The Terminator: I love this movie! The action is exciting, but the best thing about it is the romance. Watch this movie (skip the bad parts) with the romance in mind and see if you don’t agree that’s it’s wildly romantic how the guy risks his life to come back in time for the girl. (Author’s note: I have this wonderful little device called ClearPlay. It cuts out all the bad stuff from movies and specifically makes “The Terminator” watchable.)
While You Were Sleeping: Sandra Bullock has such a girl-next-door feel about her. This is one of those kisses that leaves you thinking, “This could happen to me.”
Emma: Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam under that huge tree. What could get better than that?
North and South: Train station. Enough said.
Casablanca: Oh, man, I love this movie. It’s so romantic and redemptive. Rick and Ilsa love the cause of freedom even more than they love each other.
The Farmer’s Daughter: Loretta Young is a classic beauty and this movie is truly a classic–one of my favorite romantic movies and the kiss in the farmyard is uber-romantic.
Disappointing Movie Kisses (or lack thereof):
Wives and Daughters: This is a fabulous miniseries with a disappointing ending. They stand in the rain about six feet apart because he doesn’t want to give her scarlet fever. Okay, I can deal with that, but once everybody is healthy, show me a kiss!
Bride and Prejudice: Apparently onscreen kissing is considered indecent in Indian cinema, but when the lovers twice lean in for a kiss and settle for touching foreheads, it’s too ridiculous.
Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth version): I know it’s not true to the culture of the time or Jane Austen’s book, but I wanted to see him take her into his arms and kiss her because he just couldn’t resist any longer.
Persuasion (the new BBC version): Anne’s lips tremble for so long before Captain Wentworth actually kisses her that I want to slap them both.