5 Ridiculously Romantic Final Act Romcom Kisses
The meet cute, the third act misunderstanding, the montage of happiness–these are all romantic comedy staples that we have to get through in order to reach the sweeping final act kiss. It’s not that those other things aren’t fun, it’s just that they’re not as emotionally satisfying as watching the happy couple go in for their final (which sometimes doubles as their first) kiss. It’s the modern equivalent of a fairy tale ending. In most cases, that’s the last we’re going to see of the duo barring an ill-advised sequel (because no romcom in the entirety of film history has been improved upon by a sequel), and it’s nice to end on a happily ever after high, no matter how improbable their chances for a long term relationship may seem.
Not all romcom kisses are great, of course. The actors have to have real chemistry, the scene needs to be set just right and there should be an epic sweep to the proceedings, maybe even some rain. When it’s good though, there’s nothing better, and the five kisses on this list are definitely of the good variety.
Josie (Drew Barrymore) is a former nerd who gets a second chance at high school popularity when she goes undercover at her old school. Sam (Michael Vartan) is her sexy, yet soulful, English teacher. They fall in love while he still thinks she’s a student, which would be discomforting if they weren’t so adorable.
The hook of the movie is that Josie has never been kissed, which made the build-up to the big moment all the more intense. Josie writes the story of her painful high school years and publishes it in the paper along with her apology to Sam and a declaration of her love. She asks him to meet her on the pitcher’s mound before the start of a baseball game and the clock counts down the minutes as Josie and a stadium full of people wait for Sam to arrive. The clock runs out and there’s no Sam–then the crowd suddenly goes wild.
The tease that Josie might not get her kiss makes the actual music-swelling, triumphant moment all the more emotional…even if it did inspire one of those awkward chain of kissing scenes throughout the stadium.
It takes Harry and Sally years worth of arguments, hook-ups and delusional insistence that they’re just friends before they get to their New Year’s Eve kiss, but at least it was worth the wait. Billy Crystal sells the scene thanks to his flawlessly emotional, long-winded “I love you” to Meg Ryan’s Sally:
“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Who wouldn’t have kissed the guy after that?
I’m partial to Edward and Vivian’s first kiss when Vivian kisses him awake, but their final act kiss is straight out of a fairy tale thanks to the flowers, operatic backing and Edward’s balcony scaling skills. What makes it unforgettable though is Vivian’s answer to what happens after the prince rescues the princess: “She rescues him right back.”
Some Kind of Wonderful was John Hughes’s way of finally letting Ducky (Sixteen Candles) get the girl. Only this time around Ducky was a girl: Watts, the dutiful, tomboyish best friend of Keith who was too busy chasing after the popular girl to notice his best friend was in love with him. The long wait for Keith to figure out the drum-playing, tough Watts is a better fit for him than the superficial Amanda (who is smart enough to realize it before Keith does) is painful, but it all works out for the best though because we get to see Keith chase a crying Watts down the street and give her a proper kiss and put her pining to an end just before the credits start to roll.
Somewhere in the Hughes-verse, this is Ducky’s favorite movie.
“Nice boys don’t kiss like that.”
The kiss between Bridget and Mark at the end of Bridget Jones’s Diary should be shown in Romcom Writing 101 classes. There’s the requisite rambling declaration of love (delivered by a pantless Bridget), but it’s set on the snowy streets of London which increases the romance factor by at least 50%. Then there’s Colin Firth.
It’s impossible to compete with Colin Firth kisses. He’s the one nice guy that no one would ever believe could finish last. He gets extra points for not only wowing Bridget with his kissing skills, but also for attempting to wrap her up inside his jacket to keep her from getting frostbite mid make out.
I’ve shared the romantic comedy kisses that make me swoon, but I would love to hear which kisses are on your list! Tell me all about them in the comments.
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