Ask any movie lover to list their favorite moments in cinema magic, and chances are, they’ll remember that big kiss. While on-screen kisses play a pivotal role in making our romantic characters come to life, it’s not always as steamy off-screen. Luckily, some celebrities have had the privilege to pucker-up to some amazing kissers. So who’s not just acting? Read on and find out.
1. Jake Johnson & Zooey Deschanel – New Girl
Zooey Deschanel’s character Jess on the sitcom New Girl may have popularized the term “adorkable” (adorable + dork) to describe herself, but her relationship with Jake Johnson’s Nick was anything but demure. In the show, the two start off as best friends sharing a loft with a slew of eccentric characters. Amidst a series of hilarious events, one thing became obvious: their chemistry.
After many hopeless dating mishaps over the seasons, the two characters realized that they were in love with one another. Audiences were excited to see the relationship blossom, even if they had to wait 15 episodes for it to happen. As for that memorable smooch? Audiences agreed that Deschanel delivered on her promise to surprise them with “a freakin’ hot kiss”!
2. Zac Efron & Zendaya – The Greatest Showman
In the film The Greatest Showman, audiences were not only mesmerized by the incredible performances, but also by the beautifully-choreographed scenes featuring Zac Efron and Zendaya. Despite the characters coming from wildly different backgrounds, the two fall deeply in love under the big tent.
The musical is based on the true story of showman and entrepreneur P.T. Barnum and his rise in the circus industry. For Zendaya, the kiss was special because it symbolized a turning point in the relationship between the two characters. Efron agreed with his talented co-star, remarking: “This might be my favorite kiss, I think ever.” That’s quite the declaration!
3. Bryce Dallas Howard & Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
Visitors to the island of Jurassic Park rarely leave in one piece, but Bryce Dallas Howard is special. Not only did she leave fully intact, but she managed to gain along the way a newfound appreciation for costar and fellow dinosaur wrangler Chris Pratt.
In Jurassic World, the two play dinosaur experts forced to work together after one of the dinosaurs escapes. Despite most of their scenes involving lots of teeth and running through mud, the two characters manage to spare some time to share a magical kiss. Howard gushed that Pratt is “a very attractive human being” and that she wished their kiss had lasted longer. It looks like the velociraptors weren’t the only ones under his spell.
4. Sarah Michelle Gellar & Selma Blair – Cruel Intentions
The 1999 teen drama Cruel Intentions features one of the most discussed kisses in cinematic history. The memorable scene shared between the manipulative Kathryn and naive Cecile left moviegoers speechless. Decades later, the actresses reminisce on the famous moment where Kathryn teaches Cecile how to kiss, in public no less. It let us know this movie and its characters were going to be anything but demure.
Selma Blair, who played the role of virginal Cecile, admits that kissing another woman initially terrified her. However, her co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Kathryn, raved about Blair’s kissing skills, cooing, “All I remember thinking was I could kiss Selma all day!”
5. Shia LaBeouf & Dakota Johnson – The Peanut Butter Falcon
In the 2019 indie film The Peanut Butter Falcon, Shia LaBeouf plays a troubled fisherman on the run. His world changes when he befriends a young man with Down syndrome, who ran away from his assisted living facility in order to pursue his dreams of becoming a wrestler.
LaBeouf soon meets the man’s social worker, played by Dakota Johnson, and the two strike up a relationship. If the kissing scenes seem authentic, it is because the actors genuinely enjoyed their love scene. When quizzed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the actor revealed he considered Johnson to be his best onscreen kiss.
6. Matthew McConaughey & Elizabeth Hurley – EdTV
Decades before reality television would dominate the media landscape, the satiric comedy EdTV focused on the dangers of blurring fiction and reality. While the movie was shot decades ago, its love scenes are still fresh in the mind of its lead actress Elizabeth Hurley, who shared a steamy on-screen moment with Matthew McConaughey.
While a guest on the show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Hurley revealed that McConaughey was her pick for best on-screen smooch. While McConaughey had no comment, the two shared an unmistakable chemistry that had audiences wishing their relationship had been more reality than fiction.
7. Gerard Butler & Jennifer Aniston – The Bounty Hunter
In the 2010 crime-comedy The Bounty Hunter, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston stole the hearts of audiences as ex-spouses brought together while solving a crime. The over-the-top comedy showcased the undeniable chemistry of the two jailbirds. But the question just begs to be asked: how good were those on-screen kisses the two shared?
The answer is one that let fans all shook up. Seeing as Butler had been in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life with Angelina Jolie, fans demanded to know which of the pair is the better kisser, Jolie or Aniston? The Scottish actor answered that it was Jennifer Aniston, hinting that rumors of their off-screen fling might have been true.
8. Tom Cruise & Paula Patton – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
It seems that spy caper films are just not complete without that alluring yet destructive femme fatale character. In Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise’s iconic Ethan Hunt locks lips with Jane Carter, played by Paula Patton. In a romance that sweeps through a variety of exotic lands, the two share quite a few passionate kisses.
So was kissing Tom Cruise a mission in and of itself? In an interview, the actress shared that she was pleasantly surprised by the actor’s kiss, and that it was “great”. Patton’s bashful reveal proves that the spy world still has room for some romantic action.
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9. Shia LaBeouf & Megan Fox – Transformers
Michael Bay movies are almost certain to deliver on several things: lots of explosions, lots of action, and lots of eye candy. His 2007 flick Transformers certainly delivered on all fronts. In the action-packed film, audiences were not only captivated by the impressive special effects; they were drawn to the love story featuring Shia LaBeouf’s character Sam, and Mikaela, played by then-newcomer Megan Fox.
According to gossip magazines, the movie set wasn’t the only thing heating up. LaBeouf confirmed to Details magazine that the pair dated while filming, saying: “I think you can see the chemistry on screen.” It seemed that Fox felt similarly — when asked by E!News who her favorite onscreen kisser was, she didn’t hesitate to name LaBeouf.
10. Penn Badgley & Blake Lively – Gossip Girl
Attention Upper East Siders: Which blonde was named Lonely Boy Dan Humphrey’s best and worst kiss? The answer would be the character Serena, played by Blake Lively. On the show Gossip Girl, the love story between Penn Badgley’s character Dan and Serena plays out in the glamorous world of the Upper East Side of New York City. So how was kissing Manhattan royalty?
Badgley, who dated Lively off-screen for three years, confessed to audiences on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that Lively was his best on-screen kiss. When pressed for who his worst kiss had been, however, the actor divulged: “And worst? Maybe Blake after we broke up.” Ouch!
11. Adam Sandler & Jennifer Aniston – Murder Mystery
In the film Murder Mystery, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston play American tourists caught up in an international criminal investigation. What follows is a series of hilarious and comedic situations of the variety that Sandler is famous for. Although the film was filled with mystery and intrigue, the two actors are very familiar with one another.
As long-time friends, Aniston even teased Sandler about their kiss, sending him a countdown until they would lock lips. She joked that she enjoyed kissing her long-time friend, but had only one request: “I did have him learn to oil up the beard a little bit.” Safe to say, we’ll likely be seeing more of their on-screen chemistry.
12. Heath Ledger & Kate Hudson – The Four Feathers
Like many epic war movies, actress Kate Hudson’s experience working on the film The Four Feathers was a bittersweet one. In the movie, she plays the love interest of a British general played by the late Oscar-winning actor, Heath Ledger. Their on-screen kisses were so memorable that Hudson still thinks fondly of them.
On an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the actress was asked to share her favorite on-screen kisser. Hudson revealed it was Ledger, saying that they were “pretty excellent” to boot. She also referred to the late actor as “just so beautiful, and sweet, and gentle.”
13. Milo Ventimiglia & Mandy Moore – This Is Us
Like most ensemble dramas, NBC’s This Is Us does not skimp on romance. The show centers around the lives of the Pearson family, shot across different time frames. While the show features many tear-jerking scenes, audiences were particularly drawn to the love story of parents Jack and Rebecca, played by Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore.
The two lovebirds keep audiences on their toes as they navigate current events, emotional drama, and parenthood. So how did Moore feel about kissing her fictional husband week after week? Moore admitted that Ventimiglia was her best on-screen kiss, and in true husband duty, he told E!, “I respect and I appreciate that [I’m her favorite] and she is mine.” Well-played.
14. Chace Crawford & Anna Kendrick – What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Having a baby for the first time can be an emotional experience for most parents, and the 2012 romantic comedy What To Expect When You’re Expecting explores the ups and downs of impending parenthood. In the film Chace Crawford and Anna Kendrick play young parents-to-be, and share quite a few sexy scenes between them.
In true comedic form, Kendrick joked that she was amazed at Crawford’s beauty and how masculine he was. Crawford wasn’t shy about his praise for his co-star either. When asked to rate Kendrick’s kissing skills on a scale of one to ten, the actor generously awarded her a nine.
15. Robert Pattinson & Christina Ricci – Bel Ami
In the sensual drama Bel Ami, Robert Pattinson plays a poor man trying to climb the ladder to success by using his charm. Naturally, the film is filled with plenty love scenes, as the charming Pattinson seduces the most influential women in Paris. Christina Ricci, who plays one of his many paramours, wasn’t shy to talk about her co-star.
In an interview with Rachael Ray, Ricci had only praise for her Bel Ami lover. The actress had been delighted to work with Pattinson because he didn’t take himself too seriously, allowing her to feel more comfortable during their love scenes. She also added that he was a “good kisser”.
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16. Ethan Hawke & Angelina Jolie – Taking Lives
Gory psychological thrillers aren’t usually synonymous with sexiness. The 2004 film Taking Lives, however, proves to be the exception to the rule. Leads Ethan Hawke and Angelina Jolie engage in some very sensual scenes while trying to thwart a serial killer. Just how smoldering was the chemistry between the two?
The pair’s undeniable chemistry led many to think they were engaging in an off-screen liaison as well. Hawke still has quite vivid memories of his love scenes with Jolie. In a candid interview on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Next with Andy Cohen, Hawke declared that not only was Jolie his best on-screen kiss, but that when “she kisses you, you don’t know your name.” Forget Taking Lives, it seems Jolie took his heart as well.
17. Ashton Kutcher & Lea Michele – New Year’s Eve
For many, the tradition of a New Year’s Eve kiss is a romantic way to kick-start the new year. The film New Year’s Eve chronicles the lives of single New Yorkers on the most important night of the year, as they look for love and happiness before the ball drops. One couple, played by Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher, light up the screen with their adorable chemistry.
In the film they play strangers who get stuck in an elevator, and after hours forced to get to know one another, sparks fly. Michele confided that while she was nervous initially, Kutcher helped her to relax with his trademark sense of humor. She blushed and called her onscreen beau a “sweetheart” and said that working with him was great.
18. Alexander Skarsgard & Margot Robbie – The Legend of Tarzan
He’s graced so many different forms of media across generations, and in the latest reincarnation of the classic Tarzan character to swing into theaters, Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie share a wild romance in the jungles of the Congo. The adventure film explores their love affair as they trapeze through the jungle, and what follows is only natural.
Against the beautiful backdrop of the Central African rainforests, the two share passionate kisses as they tap into their most primitive desires. When asked how she felt about kissing her loincloth-clad lover, Robbie laughed that it was “a tough job, but someone had to do it.”
19. Simon Pegg & Kirsten Dunst – How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
In the comedy, How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, Simon Pegg plays a British journalist who can’t seem to do anything right. While working at a prestigious magazine, he becomes infatuated with Kirsten Dunst’s character, a cynical editor forced to clean up many of his professional disasters. How did Pegg feel about sharing an on-screen romance with Dunst?
The British comedian bonded with Dunst, and their comedic chemistry was obvious in both the film and in its accompanying interviews. Dunst also shared that despite reading just a part of the script, she “really wanted to work with Simon.” What’s more, she confessed she was a huge fan of his comedy-horror movie Shaun Of The Dead.
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20. Johnny Depp & Keira Knightley – Pirates of the Caribbean
In Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Keira Knightley became the envy of many women around the world. As part of the swashbuckling action films, her character gets to kiss both Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp! How did she get so lucky?
It turns out that Knightley actually had to convince directors to let her share a smooch with Depp’s character Jack Sparrow. Though it was a brief peck, she says it was “really good”. As for Orlando Bloom’s kindhearted character, Will Turner, Knightley says that both of her pirate suitors were “great, really good kissers”. Talk about winning the smooching jackpot.
21. Taylor Lautner & Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
In a love triangle that can only exist in the movies, Kristen Stewart’s character, Bella, is torn between a werewolf played by Taylor Lautner and a vampire played by Robert Pattinson. The fantasy saga had fans divided between Team Jacob or Team Edward, after the names of the supernatural beings respectively. So which team was Stewart herself on?
While she may have been Team Edward in real life (the actress dated Pattinson for several years) she still had some very warm feelings for the werewolf. She revealed that their much-anticipated love scenes were fun to film because they were less serious than those with Pattinson.
22. Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick – A Simple Favor
Anna Kendrick has earned one of the most special bragging rights in showbiz. The actress has had the privilege of making out with both spouses in Hollywood’s most famous marriage, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Years after sharing a kiss with Reynolds in the horror movie The Voices, Kendrick teamed up with his wife Blake Lively in 2018’s A Simple Favor.
In the thriller, Kendrick and Lively play two mothers who find their worlds violently colliding after a few martini-fueled play dates. So which spouse was the better kisser? Kendrick jokes that Lively was the better kisser, and that they bonded over being the “mintiest, freshest two people to have ever kissed in the history of America.” How very considerate!
23. Keira Knightley & James McAvoy – Atonement
From pirate movies to war-torn romances, Keira Knightley has never met a period piece she didn’t love. In the drama Atonement, her chemistry with co-star James McAvoy adds a romantic element to the bleak reality of war. The star-crossed lovers exchange longing glances, creating palpable tension that results in what many consider to be one of the most erotic scenes in cinema.
It wasn’t just critics who were impressed by the couple’s chemistry seen in their famous racy scene in a library. Knightley herself didn’t shy away from dubbing McAvoy “the best kisser ever!” The feeling must be mutual, as McAvoy admitted, “I was blown away by Keira.”
24. Megan Fox & Amanda Seyfried – Jennifer’s Body
In the cult horror movie Jennifer’s Body, Megan Fox plays a confident teen who gets possessed by a demon in a sacrificial ceremony gone wrong. Her mousy friend, played by Amanda Seyfried, soon realizes that her friend is behind a string of killings. In an effort to appeal to the demon, the two spend what is one of the most memorable sleepovers on the silver screen.
While the rest of the movie was creepy, their love scene was far from it. Fox acknowledged that she felt more comfortable locking lips with her female co-star. Not to be outdone with the praise, Seyfried affirmed that “we have similar kissing styles! If I watch the scene, it’s actually really sexy!”
25. Jennifer Lopez & Josh Lucas – An Unfinished Life
As a bonafide film siren, Jennifer Lopez has shared the screen with many desirable leading men. Not only has she acted alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities, she has also dated her fair share off-screen as well. But which actor managed to surprise her with his kissing skills? The answer will surprise you.
Lopez revealed that her favorite kiss was with co-star Josh Lucas in the drama An Unfinished Life. The film may not have been memorable in the eyes of the audience, but for the two actors, their love scenes are still a cherished memory. Lucas not only called Lopez “phenomenal” — he even cheekily added that their love scene was so intense that it actually didn’t make it past the cutting room floor for fears it was too explicit!
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