It's hard to get people to agree on the best movie love scenes. Everyone seems to have a different idea of what makes a great love scene. Is it passion? Does a great scene have to be graphic? Can a single kiss count as a love scene? It seems like everyone you ask will come up with a different list of the best scenes, but this is ours, culled from favorites lists from magazines, movie rental services and online forums.
1. Risky Business
-Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay
A popular choice for best movie love scenes lists, this scene involves Cruise and De Mornay, an empty Chicago train car, and the music of Tangerine Dream. It's a classic scene that I'm sure lots of people riding the El have wished they could replicate.
-Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
This tale of star-crossed lovers on the ill-fated ship is sure to set most women's hearts swooning. The love scene that takes place after DiCapro's character paints Winslet in the nude is a beautiful illustration of the powerful love the characters felt for each other.
3. A Walk on the Moon
-Viggo Mortensen and Diane Lane
In this movie, Lane plays a housewife on vacation without her husband who has a fling with Mortensen. Under a waterfall, the result is somewhat tender and very hot. Mortensen fans should also check out A History of Violence for a memorable cheerleader scene. If watery lovemaking is more your thing, you can find more in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
4. The Blue Lagoon
-Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields
It would just happen to work out that the only two people on this lush, deserted island are gorgeous. The love scenes from this movie have been fueling fantasies since it was released in 1980.
-Patrick Swazye and Demi Moore
Who can forget the classic scene with Swayze and Moore making love amid the pottery? This one is a great love scene because it shows the passion between a husband and wife, a rarity in love scenes on film these days.
6. The Hunger
-Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve
This 1980s vampire flick isn't watched a lot today, but the love scene between Deneuve as an experienced vampire and the inexperienced Sarandon is memorable because it turns the tables of power. Where you'd expect Deneuve to be the one doing the seducing, it's actually Sarandon who instigates the coupling by spilling wine on her shirt, a cliché that actually works well in this scene.
7. Mulholland Drive
-Naomi Watts and Laura Harring
Some people remark that this entire film by David Lynch could be considered for a list of the best movie love scenes, but a particular moment involving Watts and Harring gets viewers' attention. It's full of close-up shots that make the viewer feel like he or she is in the room, and the little bit of humor involved in this intense make-out session makes it all the more memorable.
8. Basic Instinct
-Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone
Most people remember Basic Instinct for the steamy interrogation scene, but one of the hottest love scenes out there is when Stone has her way with Douglas. It's great inspiration for take-charge women everywhere.
9. Cruel Intentions
-Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon
This movie, based on Dangerous Liaisons, not only features tons of longing stares and one explosive love scene between Phillippe and Witherspoon, but the kiss shared between Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar has been ranked by some as one of the best movie love scenes.
10. Rear Window
-Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelley
Old movies didn't show skin, and the unforgettable "love scenes" in classic movies don't involve more than kissing. The steamy kiss Kelley plants on Stewart in Rear Window is a beauty, and reminds us that you don't have to see everything to know when there is passion between two people.