13 Remarkable Kissing Scenes to Swoon Over This Summer

Romances have a special way of burrowing into our hearts forever. Read on to re-live some of the most memorable pop culture kiss scenes.

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A pink background with four stylistically arranged photos of people kissing in the center, broken up by cartoon flowers. On the left is a golden book cover that says "Fourth Wing" and on the right is a dark teal book cover with two dark figures on it that says "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

Everyone loves a good kissing scene! Whether it’s a heated and sexy first kiss between rivals, a sweet and romantic kiss between an established couple, or a passionate “there’s-no-one-else-in-the-world-but-you” kiss between the will-they-won’t-they couple of the century, this list has you covered. Check out this comprehensive list of kissing scenes to watch over and over this summer!

Warning – Potential spoilers ahead!

Patrick and Kat Paintball Scene – 10 Things I Hate About You

A man leans down to kiss a woman, they are both laying on the ground on top of a pile of hay. They are both covered in paint.

This one is a personal favorite; it’s just a classic. This couple has so much chemistry, and they have this fun, teasing relationship while also being sweet and romantic. The paintball scene kiss is an awesome example of this, how they run around together having fun and then just collapse into the hay like there’s no one else around. The fact that this is their first kiss and there’s no dialogue to accompany it, just a paintball montage, makes it that much more magical.

Jane and John Fight Scene – Mr. and Mrs. Smith

A man with blood running down his face is holding a brunette woman's head and kissing her. She is also grabbing the back of his head.

This is one of the most sexually charged kisses I have ever seen. After the two essentially destroy their entire house trying to kill each other, they realize they might actually still love each other. The moment he walks towards her, pushing the gun out of the way, is literally one of the hottest things I’ve ever seen. It still gives me shivers.

Percy and Annabeth Underwater Kiss – The Last Olympian

A man and a woman kiss underwater. You can only see about their torso and above. They are both brunette, the man is wearing a white shirt and the woman is clutching his face.

This one definitely is aimed more towards younger readers, but don’t deny it—this kiss gave us ALL butterflies. When Percy and Annabeth have that first kiss underwater, it is like the conclusion of a five-book-long slow burn. Of course, the books were about so much more than just their romance, but this was just a perfect way to end that first series. This scene had little old me giggling and kicking my feet.

We held hands right up to the moment they dumped us in the water… And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.

Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

Nick and Charlie’s Bedroom Kiss – Heartstopper

A teenage boy with wet hair and a maroon shirt grabs the face of another teenage boy with dark curly hair and a yellow shirt. They are kissing, and the frame cuts out below their shoulders.

Honestly, you can pick any scene between Nick and Charlie, and it would be a winner. However, the one I wanted to focus on is the one in the bedroom, their second kiss. I absolutely adore the classic miscommunication trope (when it doesn’t go too far), and this show does that really well. After their first kiss, Nick runs off and leaves Charlie to overthink what just happened. The next day, a rain-soaked Nick shows up at Charlie’s house in this big romantic gesture, and they share their second kiss!

Ginny and Harry – The Half-Blood Prince (Book Version)

A boy (Harry Potter) with round glasses wearing a black robe with a maroon collar sits at a table. He is looking at a redhead girl (Ginny Weasley) who is tending to an unseen wound on his face.

Another super slow burn, Harry and Ginny’s kiss was an extremely well-written heat-of-the-moment scene taking place right after Gryffindor won a quidditch match. Unlike the movie, which was a very calm and rational kiss in an anti-climactic scene, the book kiss displayed a lot of both characters’ personalities and even gave the reader a bit of a shock!

After several long moments—or it might have been half an hour—or possibly several sunlit days—they broke apart. The room had gone very quiet.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Bill and Frank in the Garden – The Last of Us

A man with greying hair and a grey beard holds and looks into the face of a man with chin-length brown hair. Behind them is a strawberry plant with sunbeams peeking through.

Before you get mad at me for including one of the most heartbreaking TV couples in here, just remember while technically this episode did not have a happy ending, it had a happy beginning and middle, which is all we can really hope for in a show like The Last of Us. Anyway, the kiss these two shared in the strawberry garden was so romantic and sweet and ultimately iconic. Two men having to fight for survival during a devastating apocalypse but still able to find joy over a couple of fresh strawberries? BRB – literally crying all over my keyboard.

Harry and Sally’s New Year’s Kiss – When Harry Met Sally

A man with brown hair looks into the eyes of a woman with curly blonde hair, who is grinning. She has her arms around his neck and their foreheads are touching.

This scene has recently gone viral on TikTok, and for good reason. Harry’s romantic speech, followed by Sally’s exasperated “I hate you”s, followed by Harry’s patient and gentle (and totally lovesick) gaze into her eyes, sets the bar SO high. When they kiss, it’s passionate and heated, but Sally is still smiling, and that’s just what love is!

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.

Billy Crystal as Harry Burns in When Harry Met Sally

Alex and Henry’s First Kiss – Red, White & Royal Blue (Novel)

A boy with black hair is kissing a boy with blonde hair, who is grabbing the other boy's face. Their bodies below the shoulders are out of frame, and you can see the blurry image of some trees behind them.

Their first kiss was so charged with emotion and realness that I knew that we were about to get a great relationship from these two. Late-night confessions, hurried kisses, and running away from your feelings? Sign me up!

Sally and Gary – Practical Magic

A man and a woman, both with brown hair, look at each other in a front yard. The man is holding the woman's waist with one arm.

This movie is my all-time favorite comfort movie. When Sally and Gary kiss at the end, you leave the movie feeling like no two people were ever more right for each other. I mean, they were literally made for each other. This kiss fits the heartwarming vibe of the movie so very well.

I wished for you too.

Aidan Quinn as Gary Hallet in Practical Magic

Joey and Pacey S3 E19 – Dawson’s Creek

A super close up on most of a teenage boy's face as he leans in to kiss a brunette girl who is mostly off screen.

I will not be taking constructive criticism at this time. This kiss is the BEST kiss in all of television. It is so charged and yet so gentle, and it’s the moment when you realize that Pacey and Joey might actually end up together. The way he cups her face with his hands will be swoon-worthy until the day I die.

Violet and Xaden’s First Kiss – Fourth Wing

A sunset background with a silhouette of people about to kiss.

Okay, yes, fine. I had to include this one. These romantasy novels were just so cute and steamy, and the author really did not disappoint with the romantic tension between the two love interests. Beginning as enemies-to-lovers, Violet and Xaden grew closer and closer until they finally gave in. This trope is one of my all-time favorites: when two characters know that kissing is a mistake but they just can’t help it.

I’ve never been this out of control over a single kiss. Never wanted someone the way I do him. It’s exhilarating and terrifying at the same time, because I know that in this moment he has the power to break me.
And I’d let him.

Rebecca Yarros, Fourth Wing

Damon and Elena S3 E10 – The Vampire Diaries

A man holds a woman's face while he kisses her, they are standing on a porch and in the background you can see a sidewalk, grass, and a car.

Damon and Elena have always had some will-they-won’t-they energy, but it isn’t until this scene that their chemistry is truly cemented in TVD history. When Damon confidently strides up to Elena after confessing he feels guilty for being in love with her, he says, “You know what? If I’m going to feel guilty about something, I’m going to feel guilty about this,” I just about fell off of my couch. Now, THAT is some good writing and some stellar acting.

David and Patrick S3 E13 – Schitt’s Creek

A man with dark brown hair holding the face of another man with light brown hair, kissing him. It is a close up but you can tell they are in the car, the lighter brunette is wearing a seat belt.

This couple really swept us off our feet, starting with their very first kiss in the car. Not the most romantic location, mind you, but both characters looked so in love in this moment it was hard not to include it. David and Patrick literally always look at each other like they hung the moon. Change my mind.

If your partner isn’t confessing their undying love to you in the middle of a New Year’s party or forming a magic bubble around the two of you so you can make out underwater, then what are they doing? If you’re anything like me, these adorable kiss scenes have raised your romance standards to impossible heights. But that’s okay! After all, you shouldn’t settle for someone who doesn’t at least make you feel like you’ve just won a quidditch game and ran straight into their arms.

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