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Top 10 Historic Hugs

We’ve rounded up 10 of the most historic hugs caught on camera to inspire everyone to spread a few more of them around.

You love a good hug. C’mon, admit it. We know you do, because we all do.

It makes sense, since hugging has been shown to not only affect our happiness, but our health as well. The nurturing touch of a warm embrace teaches us to be present in the moment, builds trust and a sense of safety, instantly boosts serotonin levels and strengthens the immune system (yes, you read that right!).

At Bearaby, we take hugging seriously. That's because the science behind why hugs make you feel healthier and happier is also the reason why our weighted blankets help you feel (and sleep!) better.

This all comes down to the power of Deep Touch Pressure, which has been proven to lower stress levels, reduce anxiety, and help promote relaxation and better sleep, naturally.

Whether between family, friends or lovers, hugs are truly an undervalued gift. Virginia Satir, a renowned family therapist, says: “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

So we’ve rounded up 10 of the most historic hugs caught on camera and the big screen to inspire everyone to spread a few more of them around.

1. Frozen

Disney’s Frozen became a pop-culture phenomenon that took the world by storm. Even if you haven’t seen it, you know you’ve heard of it. Adored by children and adults everywhere, the movie’s soundtrack even gained international recognition. We still can’t seem to “let it go”.

Aside from being genuinely entertaining, the story of Frozen teaches the importance of family. Anna sacrificed herself for her sister Elsa, and this epic hug captures them rekindling their love for one another.

Elsa and Anna hugging in Frozen

2. Spike Lee

Spike Lee made headlines at the 2019 Oscars. But it wasn’t just for his first non-honorary win in three decades. Instead, it was for one of the most legendary hugs that stage has ever seen.

Samuel L. Jackson presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman to Lee, who literally jumped into his arms in an adorable and truly genuine moment of celebration.

Spike Lee hugging Samuel L Jackson

Did you know?
When going in for the hug, most people lead with their right arm. That’s probably because most people are right-handed. Not to discount the Southpaws out there.

3. Titanic

The ‘I’m Flying’ scene of Titanic with Jack’s gentle hip-grabbing hug is one of the most iconic out there. Right next to the Notebook kiss with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. In case you live under a rock, or were born after the year 2000, *SPOILER ALERT* ahead.

This is where Jack encourages Rose to break free from her stifled lifestyle by standing on the railing of the ship. Romantic? Afterwards, they share their first kiss…and the Titanic sinks later that night.

Rose and Jack on deck in a famous scene from The Titanic

And here are both actors hugging after winning a SAG Award for the critically acclaimed movie.

Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet both actors hugging after winning a SAG Award award

4. Ghost

The steamy pottery scene from Ghost is the one everyone remembers best from the romantic-thriller blockbuster. In fact, many have dubbed it the ‘sexiest scene in cinematic history’. Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze play the clay-spattered couple, and the ceramic-making night takes place early on in the film, before Sam’s tragic death. It shows genuine passion between the two, before he comes back to communicate with her beyond the grave.

Funny enough, part of this scene, the collapsing pot, was completely unplanned! The movie went on to be nominated for several Golden Globes, and, by most counts, it’s the highest-grossing supernatural-themed film of all time.

Famous pottery scene from Ghost

5. Noah Schnapp & Millie Bobby Brown

At the 2017 SAG Awards, child actors Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp shared a very emotional hug backstage after winning the Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series award for Stranger Things. The Netflix original series became hugely popular when it aired in 2016, full of binge-worthy science fiction horror.

This was a breakout role for both of them, and they’ve been all smiles ever since (minus this particular moment). The fact that there’s talk of season 4 being the last has our hearts feeling completely “upside down”.

Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp sharing a very emotional hug backstage at SAG awards

6. Forest Gump

Of course, we can’t leave the man behind the beard and chocolates off of this list. Although it never worked out for Forest and Jenny in the end, the love they had for each other was apparent. In this scene, Forest sprints over from the Vietnam rally to passionately embrace Jenny, who he hadn’t seen in many years. Later in the movie he refers to it as "the happiest moment of his life."

Forrest and Jenny hugging in Washington D.C. in the movie Forrest Gump

7. Ariana Grande & Ian Somerhalder

During the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, Ian Somerhalder went in for a kiss but was seriously (and very awkwardly) denied by Ariana Grande. We’re not sure what the Vampire Diaries star was thinking, but a simple hug would have probably sufficed. All he ended up with was a left hand on his shoulder and an epic meme he’ll probably never live down.

Ariana Grande and Ian Somerhalder having awkward moment at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards

8. Godfather II

"I know it was you Fredo. You broke my heart!" Another epic movie scene, it's probably the most memorable out of the entire three-film Godfather series. Throughout their time in Cuba, Michael realizes it was Fredo, his brother, who sided with his enemies. Confronting him in the middle of a New Years Eve party, he hugs him and plants a giant ‘kiss of death’ on his lips.

Michael hugging his brother Fredo in The Godfather 2

9. Tom Brady

NFL superstar Tom Brady’s fifth Super Bowl win was obviously an emotional one. The quarterback broke down in tears after a heart-wrenching game where he led the Patriots to a 25-point comeback. The waterworks intensified (and rightly so) when hugging his mother, Galynn Brady, who had been going through radiation and chemotherapy as a result of an undisclosed illness, following his historic W.

Tom Brady and wife Giselle, after hugging his mother, Galynn Brady

10. Good Will Hunting

In 1997, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's movie Good Will Hunting hit theaters. It made us laugh, it made us cry, it made us try our best attempt at a Boston accent (you know you did). This particular hugging scene was an emotional and pivotal point in the film, a magical bonding moment between Will and Professor Maguire.

After countless counseling sessions, Robin Williams' character finally breaks through and taps into Will’s emotions. He repeats "It's not your fault", which causes him to break down and make peace with who he is. “It’s not your fault” is probably one of the most quoted lines from the movie, along with "How do you like dem apples" and "Gotta go see about a girl".

Will and Professor Maguire hugging in the movie Good Will Hunting

So, go ahead and give someone a squeeze today. The hug is here to stay. Which is your favorite on this list? It may be too hard to choose!

And remember, if you're in need of the same bodily benefits a good squeeze can give, but don't have a hugger within arm's reach, you can always pull on one of our chunky-knit weighted blankets, The Napper.

The weighted weaves of our unique design wrap around and cocoon your body, placing evenly-distributed weight that triggers all the right feels. Happy hugging!

Black teenager holding up a handmade sign that reads Free Hugs


• Bearaby counts down the top ten most HUGstorical moments in history—from Anna & Elsa in Frozen to Matt Damon & Robin Williams in the Oscar-winning flick, Good Will Hunting.

• Studies show that hugging is good for our happiness AND our health. A warm embrace (much like a weighted blanket) gives a sense of safety, instantly boosts serotonin levels, AND strengthens the immune system. Facts.

• Hugs come in many different forms, which is part of what makes them so great. From bro hugs to romantic, hip-grabbing hugs and of course child-like, full body hugs (see Spike Lee), it’s about what feels right for both parties in that particular moment.


Did you know?
When going in for the hug, most people lead with their right arm. That’s probably because most people are right-handed. Not to discount the Southpaws out there.


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