Time to make some popcorn, light a few candles and fire up the flat screen — to celebrate National Kissing Day on July 6, travel website Travelzoo has released a list of the world’s top 10 romantic movie locations.
There will plenty to quibble with, of course, especially given the absence of cities traditionally associated with romance — San Francisco, Venice and the entire continent of South America got snubbed.
Unspoiled scenery, natural beauty and the Oscar-winning “Out of Africa” helped Kenya’s Ngong Hills grab the top spot on the list.
Paris ranks second after Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy made sparks in “Before Sunset.”
The setting for the ultimate smooch scene between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in “Sleepless in Seattle,” New York takes third.
The movie’s title town didn’t get the call — sorry, Seattle, Travelzoo apparently likes you, just not in that way.
10 most romantic movie locations (according to Travelzoo)
1. Ngong Hills, Kenya — “Out of Africa”
Ngong Hills, Kenya. With its African backdrop, award-winning soundtrack and still-debated Redford-Streep chemistry experiment, Academy Award Best Picture winner “Out of Africa” put Ngong Hills in Kenya on top of the list.
2. Paris — “Before Sunset”
Paris. Couples can experience the romantic atmosphere of Paris, as Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy did in the Oscar-nominated “Before Sunset,” by strolling through the streets or taking a sunset boat ride along the Seine.
3. New York — “Sleepless in Seattle”
New York. Star-crossed lovers Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan finally meet in New York in “Sleepless in Seattle.” The famous rendezvous was set at the Empire State Building.
4. Rome — “Roman Holiday”
Rome. Trevi Fountain was a worthy co-star in “Roman Holiday,” the first American film to be shot entirely in Italy. From the Spanish Steps to the Pantheon, couples today can still follow in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck
5. Wicklow Mountains, Ireland — “P.S. I Love You”
Wicklow Mountains, Ireland. Rolling green hills and flowing rivers made for exquisite backdrops in romantic comedy “P.S. I Love You.” A serenading Gerard Butler didn’t hurt either.
6. Halona Cove, Hawaii — “From Here to Eternity”
Halona Cove, Hawaii. Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr shared a passionate kiss in “From Here to Eternity” in Halona Cove on the island of Oahu. The steamy scene was shot more than 60 years ago, but the cove’s white sand and clear blue water are as gorgeous as ever.
7. Atlanta — “Gone With the Wind”
Atlanta. Around Atlanta and nearby Clayton County, you can still visit some of the homes, plantations and museums attached to “Gone With the Wind,” which scored Vivien Leigh an Oscar for Best Actress in 1939.
8. Tokyo — “Lost in Translation”
Tokyo. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson did some soul searching — not to mention flower arranging and whiskey shilling — in “Lost in Translation.”
9. Bakewell, UK — “Pride & Prejudice”
Bakewell, UK. Fancy living your own Jane Austen fantasy? You could head to the historic Chatsworth House in Bakewell, UK, where Matthew Macfadyen brought Mr. Darcy to life in “Pride & Prejudice.”
10. Burgundy, France — “Chocolat”
One of France’s biggest wine producing regions, and the location of Johnny Depp film “Chocolat,” Burgundy comes in 10th place on Travelzoo’s list of romantic movie locations.