My Top Ten Favorite Movie Couples & Wish List

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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.

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17 thoughts on “My Top Ten Favorite Movie Couples & Wish List

  1. Kris

    Of your top 10 – Heath Ledger & Julia Stiles are my #1 pick, mostly because that that is one of my all time favorite movies and I love the story, as cliche as it may be (I’m a very simple movie watcher)

    In that same teen movie genre I’d also pick Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook in She’s All That (if we have a girl we are even naming her after Cook’s charecter!)

  2. Marlene

    I’m with you on the Mimi Driver /David Duchovny pairing. Return to Me was a wonderful little film and a throw back to a nicer time. No sex or nudity just a film from the heart.

    1. rtm

      Hi Marlene, thanks for your comments. Yeah, I can watch Return to Me over and over again. I wish there were more well-written films like this that’s clean and romantic without being corny.

  3. im

    How ’bout Daniel Craig & Eva Green in Casino Royale? Just for the scene on the train when they first met… Leave it to the Brits to make a no-touching bantering scene actually pretty hot.

  4. The only couple movie I have seen from your list is Nothinghill…and it’s because it was showed in localTV hehehe I realize that I am not really into romance both in book and movie

    1. Actually, a lot of the pairings here aren’t even in romance movies. L.A. Confidential and Equillibrium are crime drama and thrillers respectively, and Dear Frankie is an indie drama. But yeah, Notting Hill is one of my fave rom-coms of the few I’ve seen.

  5. It’s definitely hard for me to do something like this given my tendency to dislike the overly predictable structure that most romantic comedies seem to follow.

    Most rom-coms have severely flawed characters that are almost immediately crazy for each other, or that hate each other. No matter what sorts of feelings are there, they are definitely strong from the get-go. After the initial stage has passed, there are obstacles for their love to come full circle, some of which are extremely silly and they just seem to be put in there to drag out the films. Following, they choose to get over their problems, not before we notice that they have been through an incredible process of maturation within two or less hours of film, which usually translates to not more than a few weeks, if not days on the movie.

    All in all, very few romantic comedies have actually gotten me truly interested as I can probably name around 10, if not less, that I truly enjoyed.

    Having said all this, I understand their universal appeal and I certainly see a lot of merit on the ones you have been covering in the past few days.

    Beyond romantic comedies, I would much rather see something that is more strictly romance and less comedy. It does not have to be a romantic drama, but I’m referring to strictly romantic movies that are not overly comedic or dramatic. A great example that comes to mind is “Lost in Translation”, which also happens to be one of my favorite films ever.

    I’ll probably make some sort of list before Valentine’s Day that includes anything romantic, whether it is a drama, a musical or a rom-com.

    Interesting topic though and entertaining read as always!

    Niels

    1. I totally agree that straight romance works just as well as a lot of rom-coms are often NOT comedic nor particularly romantic. I do like Lost in Translation, perhaps the only movie of Scar-Jo I like.

  6. What?!? No Hugh Jackson and Kate Beckinsale from ‘Van Helsing’ on your list! 😉 Fine list you’ve put together, Ruth. Here would be mine:

    1. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, ‘Casablanca’
    2. James Stewart and Donna Reed, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
    3. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, ‘Charade’
    4. Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, ‘Roman Holiday’
    5. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, ‘Notorious’
    6. Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn, ‘Sabrina’ (sorry, but I hated the remake)
    7. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, in just about anything they did together
    8. David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, ‘Return to Me’ (good call)
    9. Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, ‘The Bridges of Madison County’
    10. Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, ‘The Princess Bride’

    1. Oooh, I LOVE a lot of your list, Michael! I think if I had seen all the classic stuff, they’d be my fave, too. I LOVE that you include the Roman Holiday couple, you know I adore those two. I see you’re a fan of miss Ingrid and Audrey, two lovely ladies who are my favorite amongst Peck’s leading ladies 🙂

    1. If I had made this list after I saw Wall-E, I’d have included them too! Unfortunately I’m not into Zooey so she won’t be on my list 🙂

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