Certain things are burned into our minds. Early childhood memories, presidential inaugurations, and of course, kisses. Whether they are your own, or something you saw on TV, kissing has a way of burrowing into our memories. In art, film and real life, the world is rife with iconic kisses. There were so many wonderful options that it was hard to narrow the list down, but we've done it! Read on to find the top 15 most iconic kisses of all time.
Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall) by Robert Doisneau has remained a symbol of young love in Paris since it was first shot in 1950.
This image was shot during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot, when Canadian woman Alexandra Thomas was knocked down and her Australian boyfriend Scott Jones came to comfort her. It is a most tender of scenes, which Sports Illustrated named "the most compelling sports image of the year".
The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. The title says it all. This painting, created between 1908 and 1909, was enthusiastically received for both its beauty and passion.
The famed kiss in From Here to Eternity. This scene, which was considerably cleaned up when compared to the book of the same title, still shocked the censors of 1953.
The kiss in the ending scene of An Officer and a Gentlemen, when Richard Gere sweeps Debra Winger off her feet. Enough said.
"I'm king of the world!" Who could forget this iconic moment from the 1997 classic? It symbolized love and freedom. Who doesn't fall for that every time?
Prince Charles and Princess Diana set the standard for royal wedding pictures on their special day in 1981 with this famed balcony kiss.
Strange it may be, but no list would be complete without the Annie Leibovitz portrait of John Lennon smooching Yoko Ono on the cover of Rolling Stone.
A big win was scored for the LGBT community when Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed. For Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, it was an extra special day when she won the lottery to be the first to leave her ship and greet her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell. Their kiss marked a first for the US Navy.
And of course, we must acknowledge the amazing kiss-in-the-rain from The Notebook. Don't you swoon just looking at them?
Then, there is the kiss that defined the act for us children. Lady and the Tramp!
Who didn't want to try out the upside down kiss from Spider-Man?
Everyone was swept away by Scarlett and Rhett's passionate love-hate relationship in this 1939 epic, and their kisses only added fuel to the fire.
Everyone loves a good balcony kiss, and there was none better than in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet.
And then there is the kiss to end all kisses, V-J Day in Times Square, by Alfred Eisenstaedt. A treasured piece of Americana, this photo will always be remembered as the most iconic of kisses.