10 passionate, heart-racing kisses that made their mark on history
Whether it’s in a Hollywood blockbuster or a work of art, we can’t resist a good kiss. From Kate and Wills to the Lady and the Tramp, click through our gallery for the most unforgettable, romantic embraces ever.
Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, 1950
Photographer Robert Doisneau’s famous picture might look spontaneous, but it was actually staged. Nevertheless the public loved it, and in 2005, it sold for £105,000 at auction.
“Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.” Possibly the corniest line ever uttered on film, but it was hard not to fall in love with this iconic scene from Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Annie Leibovitz captured Lennon’s devotion to Ono in this photograph, taken hours before he was killed.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William delighted onlookers by kissing not once, but twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding.
Austrian artist Gustav Klimt began work on what would become his most famous painting, The Kiss, in 1907. Using oil paint and gold leaf, he showed a couple kissing in a meadow of flowers.
After years apart, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar are reunited, and share what has to be one of Hollywood’s most intense kisses – witnessed by Ennis’s wife from an upstairs window.
Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt snapped several shots of this kissing pair on the day that Japan surrendered, bringing an end to the Second World War. The sailor and the woman were not a couple – it was a spontaneous moment in the crowd.
These two made sharing pasta look incredibly romantic (though messy spaghetti is, of course, a terrible choice for a first date).
“You need kissing badly,” Rhett Butler told Scarlett O’Hara. He wasn’t the nicest of husbands, but love it or hate it, that first kiss is unforgettable.