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14 Of The Most Romantic On-Screen Smooches In Movies Based On Books

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Nikki VanRy

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Nikki VanRy is a proud resident of Arizona, where she gets to indulge her love of tacos, desert storms, and tank tops. She also writes for the Tucson Festival of Books, loves anything sci-fi/fantasy/historical, drinks too much chai, and will spend all day in bed reading thankyouverymuch. Follow her on Instagram @nikki.vanry.

On-screen smooches in movies based on books. Because we all need a little bit of love and lightness right now, yeah?

1. 10 Things I Hate About You

I can’t stop smiling. This movie kiss came to us courtesy of an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

2. Blue Is the Warmest Color

Easily one of the sweetest on-screen smooches, and adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Julie Maroh.


3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s 

I wouldn’t miss this classic kiss, adapted from Truman Capote’s novella.


4. Bridget Jone’s Diary

Based on Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jone’s Diarywhich is itself based on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. And, by the way, yes they f*cking do.

5. Brokeback Mountain 

Based on the story of the same name by Annie Proulx, this is a kiss I’ll never learn how to quit. (This is also Ledger’s second entry on this list. So deserved.)


6. Clueless

This spin on Jane Austen’s Emma was everything the ’90s needed. It’s also when we all realized Paul Rudd was kind of a babe.

7. Everything, Everything 

Adapted from Nicole Yoon’s novel Everything, EverythingSuch a sweet, nervous smooch.

8. Gone With the Wind

Classic and timeless and of course it’s on this list of the best smooches in movies based on books. The film is adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s novel of the same name.


9. The Handmaiden 

After all the crap the two women from this story go through, well, any moment of tenderness is made even sweeter. Adapted from Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith


10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II 

I wouldn’t hold back on you from this first kiss between Ron and Hermione. Are you cheering? I hear you cheering. (Also, this marks the third kissing in some type of precipitation on this list.)


11. The Notebook

Like, do I even have to explain this one? (Aaaand, we’re at four.)

12. THe Princess Bride

Based on the 1973 book by William Goldman. As if we could ever, ever get over this most passionate of kisses.


13. Romeo + Juliet 

Specifically the 1996 adaptation of the Bard’s classic, with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio. Let us sob together.


14. Slumdog Millionaire 

Did you know this movie was loosely based on Vikas Swarup’s book Q&A? And, seriously, this might be the most triumphant kiss in the bunch.



All right, give ’em to me. I’ve absolutely missed some obviously. What are your favorite on-screen smooches in movies based on books?