The most anticipated (and not to mention, sexiest) award of them all has some serious contenders this year, including Shailene Woodly and Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), James Franco and Seth Rogen (The Interview), Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Rose Byrne and Halston Sage (Neighbors).
We won’t find out which smooching duo will join the ranks of MTV Movie Awards history until Sunday, so we decided to honor the previous winners that paved the way for them. From seriously steamy kisses to romantic pecks to hilariously over-the-top make-out sessions, we’ve ranked the best and worst Best Kiss winners all the way from 1992 until now. Get your chapstick ready.
20. Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott in American Pie 2 (2002)
The gay panic in this scene is not only juvenile, it’s also wildly outdated. Besides, the needlessly played-for-laugh kiss beat out actual great movie kisses like Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’s Diary and Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge! and that is simply blasphemous.
19. Owen Wilson, Amy Smart, and Carmen Electra in Starsky & Hutch (2004)
We will take your word on it that this is a thing that actually happened in this movie. And sorry, but we’ve already got a threesome kiss on this list that’s much more memorable.
18. Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman in Step Up 2 the Streets (2008)
This isn’t even the best kiss in the Step Up saga! Alas.
17. Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen in Talladega Nights (2007)
Really, all Ferrell make-out scenes should be set to the sounds of Pat Benatar’s “We Belong.”
16. Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter in We’re the Millers (2014)
Hey, if you’re gonna get make-out teachers, you could do a lot worse than Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts. (Then again, it’d be far less creepy if they’d do it when they’re not pretending to be your mom and sister for a heist scheme.)
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15. Christian Slater and Marisa Tomei in Untamed Heart (1993)
The ’90s ruled.
14. Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson in Indecent Proposal (1994)
No, like, they really ruled.
13. Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas for Save the Last Dance (2001)
Honestly, who didn’t make out to this movie and soundtrack back in the day?
12. Will Smith and Vivica A. Fox in Independence Day (1997)
Now, don’t get us wrong here, this was a hot kiss between two hot people, but hotter than Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet? We doth protest!
11. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer (1998)
Same goes for these two. We adored them in The Wedding Singer and their sweet, sexy practice kiss still makes us catch our breath. This totally would have ranked higher on this list, but they somehow beat out Kate and Leo’s kiss in Titanic, and that just ain’t right. (Hey, MTV Movie Awards, what do you have against Leo’s kissing style?!)
10. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love (1999)
That, kids, is what we call passion.
9. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart for the Twilight saga (2009-2012)
Don’t get your fangs out, but the ever-faithful Twi-hards helped Edward and Bella—er, Pattinson and Stewart—win for four consecutive years for their on-screen lip locks. The echo of “Woooo!”s that followed these kisses still ring in our ears.
8. Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly in Dumb & Dumber (1995)
Admit it, when you watched this as a youngster in the ’90s, you thought this was how people made out. (Thankfully, they do not. At least, we hope not.)
7. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook (2013)
After all, who hasn’t fantasized about having a big screen kiss while the camera swirls around you and the music swells? (Especially if you’re making out with Jennifer Lawrence or Bradley Cooper!)
6. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions (2000)
The spit swap that launched a thousand puberties.
5. Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin for My Girl (1992)
The first-ever recipients of the Best Kiss award is, by far, the most innocent on the list, but it still makes hearts flutter with joy even after all these years. You never get over your first love, or your first MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.
4. Natasha Henstridge and Anthony Guidera for Species (1996)
If the My Girl kiss made you go “Awwwww!” then the Species kiss made you go “Ewwwww!” Still, pretty damn unforgettable, if you ask us.
3. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst for Spiderman (2003)
Their upside down kiss is about as iconic as they come on the silver screen.
2. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain (2006)
Pure passion. Their on-screen romance in this film broke so many boundaries, as did their win in this category. While it wasn’t the first male-on-male kiss to win, it was the first one that mattered. The only other recipients, to date, are Biggs and Scott for American Pie 2 and Ferrell and Baron Cohen for Talladega Nights.
1. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams for The Notebook (2005)
Well, obviously. Not only was their passionate, long-awaited kiss in the rain in The Notebook one of the hottest kisses ever captured on screen, but then the stars went and upped the ante and did it live during the MTV Movie Awards. A decade later and it’s still as smoldering as ever.
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