By Tory Kingdon
Chemistry is a complicated matter. There's no science behind what makes a couple spark but when two people do on film it can turn an average romance tale into a megawatt, what-dreams-are-made-of love story. We reckon these movie couples are cinematic soulmates, long may their love continue.
1. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling
We were sold the minute they appeared together in Crazy Stupid Love. They re-enacted scenes from Dirty Dancing, giggled together in bed, made cute faces at each other across liquor stores, and we believed they really were in love. Always. Forever After. Unconditionally. Clearly, so did the casting directors as the two went on to star together in Gangster Squad and most recently La La Land, where they tap danced their way from being 'the new Kate and Leo' (see below) to 'the new Fred and Ginger'.
2. Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio
Leo and Kate's on-screen love affair began on Titanic, to then be rekindled in Revolutionary Road. Their love affair off-screen, although purely platonic, has lasted for nearly 19 years with the pair constantly professing their feelings for each other. You can't fake that kind of chemistry and it shows on film.
3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
From the hot-as-the-sun tango to the iconic fight-followed-by-make-up-sex scene, it was clear that all that passion between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr and Mrs Smith wasn’t just happening on-screen. Shortly after the movie, Brangelina was born. Sadly we all know what happened next, but as Ange herself once said in interview, “Not a lot of kids get to see a movie where their parents fell in love.” Their first flirtations are forever immortalised in film.
4. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Before there was Emma Stone, there was Rachel McAdams. Equally doll-faced, similarly goofy and seemingly the perfect match for Ryan on-screen. When Noah (Ryan) and Allie (Rachel) fell in love in The Notebook we were with them through every heart fluttering (and heart wrenching) moment. Which is not surprising because their love story was in fact real: the pair dated for four years after filming ended.
5. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan might have been faking orgasms for Billy Crystal in the 80s (a When Harry Met Sally reference, kids) but in the 90s she was teaming up with Tom Hanks for cutesy romcoms like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. The screen chemistry may have been more sweet than sizzling but the connection was clear.
6. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
If it wasn’t for the clear chemistry between Roberts and Gere, Pretty Woman would’ve basically been a film about a seedy old business man and a prostitute. Instead it quickly became a movie classic, and its leading couple went on to make Runaway Bride together nine years later. Without quite the same magic, but still.
7. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Newman and Woodward were quite literally the dream, happily married for 50 years before Newman’s death in 2008. They met in 1953, were cast in The Long Hot Summer in 1957 and, because they were quite clearly the perfect couple on-screen as well as off, they were then cast in ten more films together.
8. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
Apparently there wasn’t supposed to be quite so many make-out scenes in The Amazing Spiderman but the directors could clearly see that this couple, who got together on-set, could sell the film through sexy on-screen chemistry alone.
9. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper
They’ve now been cast together in four movies - Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Joy and Serena - simply because they just look so damn good together on screen. Whatever the film, they laughed in all their press junkets, fooled around on the red carpet, and we really hoped they’d get together in real life. Sadly they never did.
10. Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto
The breathtakingly beautiful Frieda Pinto and the endearingly dorky Dev Patel might not have seemed like a classic match, but the final kiss in Slumdog Millionaire said it all. The couple became an item during filming and dated for six years afterwards.
Yay for love.