Dom and Letty kiss

Although "The Fast and the Furious" is first and foremost an action franchise, it probably wouldn’t have the staying power it does if not for its ensemble cast of endearing characters. With each film in the series, old and new characters alike have quickly raced into our hearts, making the stakes of each physics-defying caper feel that much higher and ensuring that audiences will keep on coming back for more "Fast and Furious" action year after year. After all, we want to keep checking in with our favorite fast-driving heroes.

With such a large cast and two decades worth of adventures in the rearview mirror, "The Fast and the Furious" films have seen their fair share of romances. Some have stood the test of time, becoming central to the characters and storytelling, while others have come and gone or fizzled out almost as soon as they started. As one might expect, with so many films to explore those relationships, characters have exchanged quite a few kisses in between quarter-mile street races and daring heists. Here are some of the most memorable "Fast and Furious" smooches, ranked.

15. Dom and Cipher’s coerced kiss

Dom and Cipher kiss

At the bottom of the list is one of the most frustrating lip-locks in the "Fast and Furious" franchise — the kiss between Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) in "The Fate of the Furious." The kiss happens when Cipher and Dom break into Mr. Nobody’s (Kurt Russell) home base to steal the God’s Eye tracking program. Their explosive entrance incapacitates the rest of Dom’s crew — including Dom’s wife, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Considering the film opened with Dom and Letty’s long-overdue honeymoon, it’s shocking and upsetting to both Letty and the audience when Cipher plants a slow kiss on Dom, right in front of his wife, after Letty pleads with him not to turn his back on his family.

Letty’s hurt is apparent in her expression, even though Dom doesn’t appear to be all that into the kiss. Later, it’s revealed that Cipher has been blackmailing Dom, holding his ex-girlfriend and infant son hostage in order to control him. It’s bad enough that she makes him betray his crew to help her start a nuclear war, but kissing him in order to mess with Letty’s head and establish just how powerless Dom is in this situation is particularly nasty.

14. Shaw and Madame M say hello

Shaw and Madame M kiss

When Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), and Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) realize they need to infiltrate terrorist organization Eteon headquarters in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw," they know they’ll need some serious equipment. Enter Deckard’s contact, Madame M (Eiza González), who has a high-tech arsenal at her disposal in her Moscow mansion. When they first arrive, Madame M, whom Deckard calls Margarita, greets Deckard with a steamy kiss before hooking him up with a host of weaponry.

This kiss lands toward the bottom of the list not because it’s bad but because it seems pretty meaningless. We don’t know anything about Madame M other than the fact that she’s the head of some sort of extremely well-armed organization, and her history with Deckard never factors into the rest of the movie. The kiss is just sort of there, with no context or emotion behind it, and it doesn’t add much, if anything, to the overall story. So while it’s not actively unpleasant, like the Cipher and Dom kiss, it lacks the emotional resonance that we’ve come to expect from "Fast and Furious" kisses.

13. Monica warns Brian

Brian and Monica kiss

When undercover U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) sneaks out of drug lord Carter Verone’s (Cole Hauser) house in "2 Fast 2 Furious" to warn Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) that Verone intends to kill him, the two share a quick kiss before she slips away. It’s far from a romantic moment. Verone’s goons are sniffing around outside the boat where Brian is staying — being distracted by Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) — and Monica knows she’s moments away from having her cover blown. So it’s not surprising that the kiss comes across as more perfunctory than meaningful, even though the two characters had spent the film flirting up to that point.

Additionally, the first film sees Brian falling hard for Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), Dom’s younger sister, and while they’re no longer together after the ending of that film, his flirtation with Monica pales in comparison to the romance he had in the previous movie. Monica may be a good character, but there’s just not a particularly strong connection between the two of them. Add to that the fact that she mostly disappears from the franchise following "2 Fast 2 Furious," save for a brief cameo in "Fast Five," and this kiss sinks close to the bottom of the list.

12. Gisele passes Dom information

Gisele kisses Dom

Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot) first appears in the fourth film as an agent of cartel leader Arturo Braga (John Ortiz), and she wastes no time in letting Dom know she’s interested. However, while he can’t help but reciprocate somewhat, he’s still grieving the loss of Letty, who he heard was killed earlier in the film. As a matter of fact, the main reason he infiltrates Braga’s operation is to track down and seek vengeance against Letty’s murderer. So although Gisele makes it known in no uncertain terms that she’s open to starting something with Dom, he’s not in the emotional place to go there.

Still, after Dom saves Gisele’s life, she returns the favor by passing Dom important information that will lead him to Braga. She warns him that going after the cartel boss is dangerous, but he’s determined to find the man responsible for Letty’s death. Once Gisele realizes that his mind is made up, she kisses him on the cheek and walks away, parting ways with a sad, "Vaya con Dios." Much more a goodbye kiss than a romantic one, this interaction is sweet but surpassed by the franchise’s more amorous encounters.

11. Dom and Elena say good morning

Dom kisses Elena

A few years after Letty’s supposed death, Dom is finally able to move on emotionally, and he settles down in the Canary Islands with Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), the Brazilian police officer he first met in "Fast Five." The two appear to have been together for about a year when we catch up with them at the beginning of "Fast & Furious 6." Dom gives Elena a sleepy morning kiss in the bed of their idyllic seaside abode before disentangling himself and heading outside.

It’s a sweet moment, and Elena is a great character worth rooting, even if she spent much of "Fast Five" working to apprehend Dom rather than help him. Still, we don’t get to see very much of them together since they don’t start a relationship until the very end of "Fast Five," and this bedroom kiss occurs at the beginning of "Fast & Furious 6," right before Dom learns that Letty is still alive and goes off to chase her. So while Dom and Elena are each likeable characters in their own right, viewers don’t get much time to invest in their relationship, making this kiss nice … but not particularly powerful.

10. Letty tracks down Dom

Letty and Dom kiss in car

If you haven’t seen the short film "Los Bandoleros," which serves as a prequel to the fourth film in the franchise, "Fast & Furious," you’re not alone. Released as a special feature on the Blu-ray edition of "Fast & Furious," "Los Bandoleros" isn’t nearly as widely watched as the other films in the franchise and doesn’t contain any earth-shattering revelations. However, it does fill in a few important parts of the narrative that the films skip over, including how Dom gets the idea to pull off the fuel heist that kicks off the fourth film and, more importantly, how Dom and Letty reunite after Toretto goes on the run at the end of "The Fast and the Furious."

It turns out that while Dom was running, Letty was chasing. She catches up with him in the Dominican Republic, several years after he disappeared. Despite the time that’s passed, the couple pick up right where they left off and take some time off from heist-planning in order to drive down to the beach and get reacquainted. It explains how Letty is part of the group at the beginning of "Fast & Furious," and it also helps show the strength of the couple’s bond. So while these kisses aren’t in the main feature films, they are still significant.

9. Dom and Letty on the beach

Dom and Letty kiss on beach

After reuniting in "Los Bandoleros," Dom and Letty waste no time in stealing tankers full of fuel down in the Dominican Republic. Although their crew manages to successfully make off with two of the tankers at the beginning of "Fast & Furious," they hit a snag with the third, which winds up careening off a cliff in a giant ball of flame. The incident draws the attention of the local authorities, who’ve been tracking Dom for the past five years.

Determined not to put Letty in harm’s way, Dom tells her he needs to leave, but she insists that they’ve always done things together, and she doesn’t intend to stop now. "We’ll figure it out," she says. "We always do." The two then share a passionate kiss on the beach, illustrating the "ride or die" bond they share with one another. However, the tender moment is undermined by the next scene, in which Dom leaves anyway while Letty is sleeping.

8. Hattie and Hobbs seal their promise

Hobbs and Hattie kiss

Although Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw spend most of "Hobbs and Shaw" at one another’s throats, the same can’t be said for the mercenary’s sister, Hattie, who gets along with both men better than they get along with each other. While Hattie and Deckard possess a sibling bond, Hattie and Hobbs share a simmering attraction to one another, although it goes largely unacknowledged throughout most of the film.

However, while the trio is in Samoa, waiting to make their stand against Eteon, Hattie confides in Hobbs that she regrets some of the past choices she’s made in her life, including buying into the narrative that her brother had turned villainous and then severing ties with him. Hobbs, in turn, confesses that he regrets cutting ties to his own family and that he’s never introduced his daughter to them. They both agree that, should they survive the coming battle, they’ll make things right with their loved ones and do better going forward. Impulsively, Hattie kisses Hobbs but then says it’s to seal their promise, playing the moment off as nothing more than an affectionate handshake. So while the moment is sweet, it’s not exactly one for the ages.

7. Dom and Letty in the garage

Dom and Letty kiss

The first film in the franchise, "The Fast and the Furious," did more than introduce main characters Brian O’Conner and Dominic Toretto, along with their love of fast cars. It also set up the two main love stories of the series, between Brian and Dom’s sister, Mia, and between Dom and Letty. The latter couple has been together since they were teenagers, and they’ve been partners in everything ever since, from love to racing to high-speed crime.

Those things all converge in a scene midway through the film, which intercuts between Brian participating in a police raid on a local crew he believes is responsible for a recent spate of robberies and Dom and Letty’s steamy hookup in Dom’s garage. Of course, it’s Dom, Letty, and their crew who are actually responsible for the robberies, which Brian realizes soon after. Splicing the two scenes together helps underscore the nature of Dom and Letty’s relationship, in which the romance is inextricable from the danger and action.

6. Brian and Mia get together

Brian and Mia kiss in bed

While Dom and Letty have been together since they were kids, Brian and Mia first meet in "The Fast and the Furious," and sparks fly almost instantly. However, it takes a little while for them to actually get together, and the film skips over their first kiss. Instead, it jumps from their first official date — after several chemistry-filled earlier encounters — straight to the two of them being awakened by a phone call while in bed together. Once Brian gets off the phone, we finally get to see them kiss, kicking off what would turn out to be a lifelong love story.

However, it’s undermined a little bit by the fact that Brian is still undercover, and he’s lying to Mia about his identity. As a matter of fact, the phone call he receives is about a police raid, although he tells her that it’s a wrong number. So although Brian and Mia evolve to become one of the "Fast and Furious" franchise’s strongest pairings, thus making this a seriously significant kiss, its basis in deception places it below some of their others.

5. Dom and Letty reunite

Dom and Letty kiss on ice

Dom and Letty go through all sorts of trials throughout "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, from Dom repeatedly leaving Letty to go on the run to believing that she’s dead to Letty having to overcome years of amnesia. But one of the biggest tests of their bond comes in "The Fate of the Furious," when Dom appears to turn on his entire family to ally himself with Cipher. Not only do Letty and the crew have to grapple with their feelings of betrayal once Dom sabotages them, but Letty also has to face the possibility that her life and marriage have fallen apart when Dom kisses Cipher right in front of her.

However, when Dom finally breaks free of Cipher’s control at the end of the film, Letty doesn’t need any convincing to welcome him back into the fold. In fact, when he’s about to be engulfed by a massive explosion, she doesn’t hesitate to swerve her car between him and the fireball, shielding Dom from the blast. Afterward, she rushes to his arms, and they share a relieved embrace, with Dom reassuring her that he never left her and never will. After Letty responds that she knows, they kiss, proving that there’s truly nothing that can come between them for long.

4. Brian and Mia’s reunion

Brian and Mia kiss in kitchen

After learning Brian was secretly an undercover cop investigating her brother in "The Fast and the Furious," Mia is understandably reluctant to ever trust him again. However, their paths cross again in "Fast & Furious" after five years apart, when both Brian and Dom take a personal interest in investigating Letty’s supposed murder. At first, Mia is in no rush to forgive Brian for his deception, even after he maneuvers for her to be released from FBI custody when she’s brought in for questioning.

Eventually, though, Mia’s curiosity gets the best of her, and she finally asks Brian to explain why he let Dom go at the end of the first film. At first, he says he doesn’t know, but eventually, he admits that he did it because he respected Dom and the code he lived by. Brian’s attempt to find his own code motivates him to go all-in on their mission to find Letty’s killer, even though it could be deadly. When he sees Mia crying over the dangerous situation Dom is about to put himself in, Brian kisses her, and she kisses him back. It’s a reunion that was a long time coming, and once it happens, both Brian and Mia are in it for the long haul.

3. Mia tells Brian she’s pregnant

Mia and Brian kiss

Dom and Letty may have been together the longest, but Brian and Mia are the first to expand their family by having a baby. Mia announces that she’s pregnant in "Fast Five," after she, Brian, and Dom are chased through the streets of Rio de Janeiro by Hobbs and his team. At first, Dom thinks the wisest course of action is to split up, with Brian and Mia heading south while Dom leads their pursuers away. But Mia insists that they all need to stay together, saying that she refuses to lose her family again and revealing to them both that she’s pregnant.

At first, both Brian and Dom simply look stunned, but after taking a moment to process, Brian kisses Mia excitedly and promises her he’s not going anywhere. Dom then embraces them both in a congratulatory hug, tearily saying that their family just got bigger. It’s arguably the moment in the franchise when the idea of "family" first crystalizes as the main theme of the films, and it’s definitely a moment that changes Brian and Mia’s relationship and the way they approach their high-speed lives forever.

2. Gisele and Han ride off into the sunset

Gisele and Han kiss in car

They may not be one of the "Fast and Furious" franchise’s two central couples, but there’s no denying that the tragic pairing of Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele gets some of the best moments. After meeting when the team first assembles early in "Fast Five," the two characters quickly develop eyes for one another and find they work well as a team. After successfully collaborating during several stages of the crew’s complex and lucrative heist, the two finally pair off at the end of the film, taking their multi-million dollar haul and going on the run together. We last see them in a car together, with Gisele sitting on Han’s lap, and the two of them kissing as he speeds down the highway.

Of course, the moment is made bittersweet by their talk of eventually making their way to Tokyo, where long-time viewers know is where Han will eventually meet his fiery end (or so it seemed until "F9"). And in the next film, Gisele is killed as well, sacrificing herself to save Han. Still, even though Gisele and Han only get two films to be together, seeing them hook up at the end of "Fast Five" feels undeniably romantic and satisfying. If they don’t get to be together for long, at least they make their time together count.

1. Dom and Letty get married

Dom and Letty wedding kiss

By the time we reach "Furious 7," Dom and Letty have been through the wringer numerous times, but it feels as though their long history may have all been for nothing when Letty still doesn’t have her memories back and breaks up with Dom early in the film. She doesn’t think it’s fair for either of them to be together when he remembers her whole life and she doesn’t. But at the end of the film, when Dom is injured and knocked unconscious, Letty says she finally remembered her life — including the bombshell revelation that the two of them got married in the Dominican Republic, somewhere between "Los Bandoleros" and the beginning of "Fast & Furious."

The wedding of the king and queen of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise is fittingly beautiful and ridiculous, with Letty in a floor-length white gown and Dom in his characteristic white tank top. Instead of rings, Dom gives Letty his cross necklace, and Letty’s vows include promises to ride, fight, and die together. They seal their vows to each other with a kiss, with Dom picking Letty up and twirling her around as he promises to love her forever. The reveal that Dom and Letty are finally husband and wife feels simultaneously hard-won and inevitable, making their first kiss as a married couple the obvious choice for the best kiss in the franchise.