Chemistry.  Some couples got it.  Some don’t.

We were all reminded of this fact during Sunday’s Oscar broadcast — for three plus painful hours.   Co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were oil and water on stage; no casting director is going to be beating down their doors any time soon to pair them up in a movie.

But what about the truly great film couples?

I pondered this very important question as I vegged out in front of the TV last night, re-watching City of Angels. (I was tired, okay?  Plus, that movie was made back in the days when Nicolas Cage was a good actor.)

Here’s my list of great film couples (in no particular order):

  • Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, The Notebook
  • Vivenne Leigh and Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
  • Matthew MacFadyen and Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
  • Colin Firth, Renee Zellweger (and Hugh Grant), Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
  • Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing
  • Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
  • Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
  • Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally
  • Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, Love Story

It’s not an exhaustive list.  In fact, I’m sure I’ve missed one of your favorites.

What couple would you add to the list?

Remember — you can’t win if you don’t play.

10 responses to “Coupling

  1. Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn – On Golden Pond
    Richard Gere and Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman (total guilty pleasure)
    Belle & The Beast – Beauty and the Beast
    Cher and Nicolas Cage – Moonstruck
    Michael Douglas and Annette Benning – The American President

  2. You’ve covered most of my favorites. But I’m gonna have to add:
    Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, Star Wars
    Yeah, it was awkward. But “I love you/I know” redeemed it.

  3. OH, and (to redeem myself):
    Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, Bringing Up Baby

  4. I haven’t seen The Notebook and sort of refuse because the auras of Nicholas Sparks and I don’t mesh, but I have to add here, Richard Gere and Debra Winger in Officer and a Gentlemen. Come on now, right? Right?

  5. Oh yes! your soo right!
    all the above.. the office and a gentlemen! is beauty!
    pride & predjudice is just heart breaking perfection!
    I also have to add a walk to remember ( mandy & shane)
    I really miss that in movies now a days.. chemistry is so hard to fake and really difficult to create.
    But whem chemistry so strong that you as a viewer can feel it, im talking about looking into each others souls.. not eyes. it makes the movie…
    i’m really looking forward to the vow when it opens and i would have to recommend ‘ last night’ for overal movie chemistry and the love between guillaume canet and keira!

    but until those movies come out… i’ll just have to survive on shows..

  6. after thinking and checking imdb….
    sabrina.. ( harrison ford & julia ormond) is one for the books!
    gigi (audrey)
    titanic (leo & kate)
    sleepless in seattle ( meg & tom)
    shakespear in love ( gwyneth & joseph)
    dear john (channing & amanda)
    the english patient (julliet & ralph)
    legends of the fall (brad & julia)
    love actually ( the movie as a whole)
    notting hill ( julia & hugh
    four weddings & a funeral ( hugh & andie)

    Spoiler alert! ……

    ‘ and there is was standing in the church.. realizing i totally and utterly loved one person. only it wasn’t the person standing opposite me in the veil.. it’s the person standing opposite me now.. in the rain..’

  7. oh… 6 days 7 nights.. its a comedy but the chemistry is worth it! 🙂

  8. and to finish it off.. ps i love you

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