A jubilant American sailor clutching a white-unifo

Pucker Up: 12 Famous Kisses

Marvel at these very public displays of affection.

A kiss. It is both intimate and universal. To be kissed is to be loved. Or, at the very least, liked. It can be toe-curling or stomach-curdling, depending on the circumstance. And it is always something to behold. Here, in honor of International Kissing Day, some of the most famous smooches (good and bad) of all time. (Pictured: A sailor clutches a nurse in Times Square in celebration of V-J Day, 1945.)

MAY IRWIN AND JOHN C. RICE, 1896 John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images MAY IRWIN AND JOHN C. RICE, 1896 Behold the first-ever on-screen smooch: The stars of the Broadway show "The Widow Jones" reenact their musical's closing kiss for the Edison Company's cameras. The 18-second film, fittingly called "The Kiss" and directed by William Heise, was considered quite scandalous at the time. Oh, how far Hollywood has come... BURT LANCASTER AND DEBORAH KERR, 1953 John Springer Collection/Corbis via Getty Images BURT LANCASTER AND DEBORAH KERR, 1953 Nearly 60 years after "The Kiss," moviegoers were treated to arguably the most famous cinematic make-out of all time. Witness Lancaster and Kerr locking lips on the sand (and in the surf) in the film "From Here to Eternity."

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NICHELLE NICHOLS AND WILLIAM SHATNER, 1968 CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images NICHELLE NICHOLS AND WILLIAM SHATNER, 1968 As Uhura and Captain James T. Kirk, Nichols and Shatner made history, notching TV's first interracial kiss on "Star Trek." SOVIET LEADER LEONID BREZHNEV AND EAST GERMAN PRESIDENT ERICH HONECKER, 1979 Régis BOSSU/Sygma via Getty Images SOVIET LEADER LEONID BREZHNEV AND EAST GERMAN PRESIDENT ERICH HONECKER, 1979 Executing what was then known as the "socialist fraternal kiss," the two leaders embrace on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic. The moment has since been immortalized in a work of graffiti art on the Berlin Wall called "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" by Dmitri Vrubel. PRINCESS DIANA AND PRINCE CHARLES, 1981 Keystone/Getty Images PRINCESS DIANA AND PRINCE CHARLES, 1981 Following their nuptials, the royal couple kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, while thousands gather below to watch. Though post-wedding balcony appearances date back to Queen Victoria, Charles and Diana were the first royal newlyweds to pucker up on the perch. MICHAEL JACKSON AND LISA MARIE PRESLEY, 1994 -/AFP/Getty Images MICHAEL JACKSON AND LISA MARIE PRESLEY, 1994 Not all kisses are created equal: The King of Pop and then-wife Lisa Marie Presley awkwardly smooch at the MTV Video Music Awards, following this preamble from Jackson: "Just think, nobody thought this would last." AL GORE AND TIPPER GORE, 2000 Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images AL GORE AND TIPPER GORE, 2000 Vice President Al Gore not-so-artfully lays one on his wife after accepting the Democratic nomination for president. BRITNEY SPEARS AND MADONNA (AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA), 2003 Kevin Kane/WireImage BRITNEY SPEARS AND MADONNA (AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA), 2003 During a mash-up performance of "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood" at the MTV Video Music Awards, Madonna seemingly offered her blessing to the emerging pop princesses, bestowing each with a kiss. RACHEL MCADAMS AND RYAN GOSLING, 2005 Kevin Winter/Getty Images RACHEL MCADAMS AND RYAN GOSLING, 2005 Another MTV awards show, another memorable make-out: To accept their Best Kiss award for the romantic drama "The Notebook," McAdams and Gosling — then a real-life couple — reenacted the film's climactic, rain-drenched smooch, dropping jaws in the audience. PORTIA DE ROSSI AND ELLEN DEGENERES, 2008 Vince Bucci/Getty Images PORTIA DE ROSSI AND ELLEN DEGENERES, 2008 Since coming out more than 20 years ago, DeGeneres has been an important icon and advocate for LGBTQ issues. In 2008, she and then-girlfriend Portia de Rossi kissed at the Daytime Emmy Awards after DeGeneres won Outstanding Talk Show Host. SCOTT JONES AND ALEX THOMAS, 2011 Rich Lam/Getty Images SCOTT JONES AND ALEX THOMAS, 2011 Snapped mid-embrace during the Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver, Jones later told news outlets he was attempting to calm his girlfriend down during their frightening ordeal. As of 2016, the two were still together.



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