I just saw He’s Just Not That Into You this past weekend, which so unlike me at all because I’m not into chick flicks generally, especially those with Jennifer Aniston in it. But it was the only title Redbox had at the moment that my girlfriend and I wouldn’t mind watching. It turned out to be better than I expected (but then again my expectation was preeetty low on such flix I couldn’t possibly be disappointed).
I’m just not into it enough to do a review on it (pardon the pun), but with all the interesting pairings on that flix, it made me think of my favorite on-screen romantic pairings and other actor/actress matchup I’d love to see. Premiere magazine had a list of their own, mostly from romantic movies/chick flicks, but my fave list isn’t limited to those. Some action or thriller flix might have a love story within it with believable chemistry, even if the couple in question doesn’t always end up together.
My Top Ten Fave On-Screen Couples (in no particular order):
1. Julia Roberts & Hugh Grant in Notting Hill
I’m no Hugh Grant fan, but he’s quite watchable in this one. Looks like he and Roberts had great fun making this together and it showed.
2. Gerard Butler & Emily Mortimer in Dear Frankie
They’re not on-screen all that much, but when they do, every little glance conveys their palpable attraction. One of the reasons I like Gerry is the way he looks at a woman—makes you wish you were the one standing opposite him. The rousingly s-l-o-w but worth the wait doorway-kiss still tugs my heartstrings like no other.
3. Russell Crowe & Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential
Crowe reveals his intense romantic side and Basinger is at her best here.
4. Christian Bale & Emily Watson in Equillibrium
This wasn’t exactly the best work of one of Britain’s finest thespians, but their short scenes together made my heart go pit-a-pat. There’s a scene when Bale’s character couldn’t save the woman he loved and realized he’d never see her again, the camera zoomed in on Bale’s tear-filled eyes as he watched her disappear from his sight. It made me cry every single time.
5. Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge
Fantastic art direction aside, this film works because we’re emotionally invested in these two torn lovers. Both actors had a beautiful voice and their musical duets are fabulous to watch over and over again.
6. Harrison Ford & Julia Ormond in Sabrina
Not exactly an ‘ideal’ couple at first glance I know, but I like Julia Ormond a lot and somehow she makes it work. I like the slow-burn romance in this one and how two unlikely people find love when they least expect it.
7. Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday
Audrey Hepburn is watchable in just about anything. Add dashing and noble gentlemen in the form of Gregory Peck plus undeniable chemistry, and you’ll get yourself a sublime duo.
8. David Duchovny & Minnie Driver in Return to Me
I love Duchovny’s dry humor and unconventional hunky-ness, and Minnie Driver is a talented but underrated actress. Kudos to Bonnie Hunt for such a well-written script and for pairing them together in one of my favorite rom-com of all time!
9. Heath Ledger & Julia Stiles in Ten Things I Hate About You
Even when he’s just starting out, we all know how talented Ledger was. I love how he could be romantic & vulnerable without losing his edge. Stiles proved to be a fitting match for him. I’d love to see more of her in films (perhaps as Burns‘ love interest with Gerry Butler?)
10. Michael Douglas & Annette Bening in The American President
Practically everyone’s fave movie prez, Andrew Shepherd is the epitome of a ‘perfect guy.’ Powerful, debonair, eloquent, with a touch of vulnerability. Douglas and Bening have such a heartfelt chemistry together that makes their ‘improbable’ fairy tale romance utterly believable.
Top Ten romantic pairings I’d love to see on-screen:
1. Gerard Butler & Eva Green
2. Russell Crowe & Amy Adams
3. Rufus Sewell & Aishwarya Rai
4. Christian Bale & Emily Blunt
5. Henry Cavill & Sophia Myles
6. Johnny Depp & Kate Beckinsale
7. Timothy Dalton & Emma Thomson
8. Eric Bana & Halle Berry
9. Edward Norton & Maggie Gyllenhaal
10. Daniel Henney & Rachel McAdams
You can read the rationale for each of my pick in a separate post. So what say you? I’m sure you have your own list in mind, so let’s hear it.