There is nothing like seeing a sizzling romance on the big screen. From Pretty Woman to Titanic to The Notebook, Hollywood knows how to make us swoon. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we are taking a look at the best couples to ever steam up a movie theater.
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, The Taming of the Shrew, 1929.
The original Hollywood ‘It’ couple, Fairbanks and Pickford were silent-film stars turned real-life spouses, whose estate paid homage to their two-as-one reputation: Pickfair was the social nexus of 1920s and 30s Hollywood.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not, 1944.
They fell in love while filming – so nervous was she in front of him, she trembled on-screen; off-screen, they affectionately called each other their characters’ names while courting. In May 1945, they were married – she was 20 years old, he was 45.
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Annie Hall, 1977.
Based on the stars’ real-life faded romance, Oscar-winning Annie Hall traced the relationship of Annie (Keaton) with a guy to whom this is a pick-up line: “You, you’re like New York, left-wing, liberal, intellectual, Central Park West, Brandeis University, the socialist summer camps, and the, the father with the Ben Shahn drawings, right?”
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 2003.
When it comes to on-screen chemistry, it is really hard to beat Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” The chemistry between the two of them was undeniable and it would be really easy to imagine these two in an actual relationship. In fact, rumours that these two have actually hooked up have been floating around for years…
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman, 1990.
A fresh Georgia peach meets a silver fox – and her heels proved just the antidote to his humourless cordovan loafers. Cue the Rodeo Drive fantasy-shopping sequences and tuxedo-ed wooing at the opera. Gere and Roberts’s chemistry was irresistible – they re-teamed for 1999’s Runaway Bride, but you never forget the first time.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, The Notebook, 2004.
Young, tow-headed newcomers Gosling and McAdams oozed chemistry on-screen. Their off-screen romance blossomed while filming, and continued for years, much to the delight of fans.
Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Pillow Talk, 1959.
Ah, the perils of a party line! She’s an icy blonde “career girl” with no man’s feet to rub. He’s a ladies’ man with legions of lithe ladies rotary-phoning him all day and night.
George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.
She was a yokel gone uptown; he was bland blond arm-candy for a ritzy Upper East Side dowager. Together, Hepburn and Peppard swan around the city in fabulous clothes, writing in library books, and slurping down mid-morning cocktails at swish cafés. When he declares his love in the back of a cab, she says, “So what?” His retort: “So plenty!”
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic, 1997.
Off-screen Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are good friends who have never been interested in each other romantically, which is surprising if you have watched them in Titanic! Their relationship on-screen is extraordinarily passionate, but it is all acting in spite of rumors floating around suggesting that there is something off-screen as well.
Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl, 2007
Whether they were plotting together or just casually walking by one another at school, the energy between the two of them was electric. Thankfully Blair and Chuck ended up together on the show. We don’t think either one of them would have been happier with anyone else!
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Lining’s Playbook, 2012.
During filming, their chemistry was so obvious that rumors began to swirl about these two hooking up off set! Cooper shut these down pretty quickly, but that didn’t stop people from hoping!