This Thursday, April 13, is celebrated the Kiss day internationally. Legend has it (very curious) that this story began with a certain Enrico, a very charming and kissing Italian who would have kissed all the girls in the commune back in 1882. Tired of the rumors about this story, a priest would have offered an award for some woman who hadn’t been in the boy’s favor — and apparently no one showed up and the treasure is lost to this day.
Whether this story is true or not, we will owe you this one! But the fact is that a kiss is elemental in almost all movies (even the ones that aren’t even about romance), and having that scene brings an ‘air of weekend coziness’. That’s why we’ve separated a list of romantic comedies and other titles, with classic and iconic kisses for you to see, review or, who knows, even marathon over the weekend in celebration of Kiss Day.
Then don’t forget to let us know in the comments which movies you’ve already watched, or if you have any other favorites that should have made the list!
Selection of movies and series to watch on Kiss Day
My First Love, 1991
This is a classic of Brazilian television (at least, in my time #cringe) and it is practically impossible not to think of the soundtrack “My Girl”, by The Temptations, when talking about this feature. The film, as the title suggests, tells the story of a first love (which, apart from some dramatic parts, you could say is similar to a lot of people out there). The central adventure stars Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky), an 11-year-old girl who became obsessed with death after her mother died after giving birth to the girl. among the dramas of entering a pre-teen phase, the film shows the classic first kiss between her and her best friend, Thomas J. Sennett (Macaulay Culkin).
Where to watch? on Netflix.
Romeo + Juliet, 1996
“From my lips to yours, my sin was forgiven […] Oh, what an unexpected misfortune, give me back my sin!”. William Shakespeare’s famous phrase, one of the best-known tragedies in American literature, was also what sealed the kiss between Romeo and Juliet in the film by Baz Luhrmann. The novel set in a more current moment takes Leonardo DiCaprio to Claire Danes as the love interest.
Where to watch? At the Star+.
Titanic from 1997
And speaking of Leonardo DiCaprio, this is the second on the list that has the actor as the protagonist. Titanic is one of the most acclaimed films globally, being nominated at the time for 14 Oscars (and taking home 11 statuettes) and the first in history to gross a billion dollars at the box office (something unusual for the time). The feature revolves around the forbidden and fleeting romance between Rose and Jack and, despite being fictional, the film uses as a backdrop the true story of the eponymous ship that actually sank in 1912. Written, directed, co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron, this was the feature that gave notoriety to actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Where to watch? At the Star+.
There are those here who believe that the real Spider-Man is the one played by Tobey Maguire (and there are those who, of course, are #teamTomHolland or #TeamAndrewGarfield). Whether you like it or not, the fact is that the kiss given by the web-slinger and Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) became quite famous at the time of the film’s release and that’s why the title made our list. If you want to see Uncle Ben saying that “with great power comes great responsibility”, this is the movie.
Diary of a Passion, 2004
An irresistible drama, narrated by Noah (Ryan Gosling). It tells the story of the biggest romantic adventure of his life, a passion lived with Allie (Rachel McAdams), as well as the encounters and mismatches they had over the years, after their first date one summer. The scene of the classic kiss given in the rain is considered by many to be one of the most moving in cinema.
Call Me By Your Name, 2017
The acclaimed drama film that premiered in 2017 at Sundance Cinema and was nominated in the same year for the Golden Globe as Best Drama Film. Starring Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg, the feature tells the story of teenager Elio Perlman (Chalamet), who falls in love with academic assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer), an American who goes to Italy during his summer vacation.
The Kissing Booth, 2018
This is one of those very ‘papaya-and-sugar’ movies. It tells the story of Elle (Joey King) who has her first kiss with her best friend’s brother – who is the typical older brother and heartthrob at school, played by Jacob Elordi (if you died of anger at him when bringing the Nate Jacobs in Euphoria, here’s your chance to see the actor’s sweet side – showing just how flexible the art of acting can be). The romantic comedy basically shows the teen drama that this kiss caused.
Where to watch? At Netflix (and it is worth mentioning that there are two other sequels, also available on the same platform)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, 2018
Following in the footsteps of cute romantic comedy movies, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before tells the story of Lara Jean, a dreamy romantic who writes letters to the boys she once loved – but never got around to. But that changes when the girl’s younger sister, after a fight, decides to send them to the recipients.
Where to watch? At Netflix (also with continuation).