The Sunday Snog: Film Edition

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | July 19, 2009 12:47 pm

Arguably the best kissing movie of our time…


What are some of readers favorite on-screen snogs?


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  1. Rich

    (not sure if your blog code allows embedding in comments, so if the above doesn’t look like a YouTube video, then here’s the URL: (Rick and Ilsa kissing in Casablanca)

  2. Pete

    What about Gone With The Wind?

  3. Oh, gosh, just one? I loved when Marty finally got to kiss Jennifer in Back to the Future 3. The latest, between Harry Potter and Ginny, was very sweet. In Body Heat, William Hurt and Kathleen Turner had a nice one . . . I just can’t choose! Looking forward to “The Time Traveler’s Wife” — it’ll be interesting to see how they handle some of those scenes.

  4. JMW

    How about…Theresa Russell and Debra Winger in “Black Widow”. Not because it’s two women, but because of what it says about Theresa Russell’s character and what she plans to do…

  5. John Kwok

    I still regard “Casablanca” as my classic “kissing” film, though “Cinema Paradiso” ranks high on my list too.

    Anyway, I am saddened and quite upset about this news:

    I consider myself lucky to have studied with him, and I know that many of my fellow alumni from his classes are in mourning too.

  6. Angela

    The ending kiss between Westley and Buttercup in “The Princess Bride”!

  7. Erasmussimo

    I second Angela’s nomination of the ending kiss in “The Princess Bride”.

  8. Amos Zeeberg (Discover Web Editor)

    If I remember correctly, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure has the longest on-screen kiss in history. That counts for something.

  9. Greg Peterson

    Upside-down Spiderman kiss.

  10. @8 Angela and @9 Erasmussimo

    Great suggestion! As a matter a fact, I chose that very image for Twitter…

  11. QUASAR

    I hate yank movies!

  12. Sven DiMilo

    I hate the word “snog.”


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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