In honor of the arrival of two things, Valentine’s Day and The Vow, Movie Fanatic is looking over recent Hollywood history to give you our Top 10 Movie Couples. Will Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams’ Leo and Paige make the list from this year's big Valentine's Day film? There’s some serious competition out there. It’s hard to say, you'll just have to read on! So, without further ado, here are 10 movie couples that put the love in loving.
10. Tom and Summer, 500 Days of Summer
In the hands of Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, Tom and Summer are a delight to witness in 500 Days of Summer. The romantic film is a charmer and a don’t-miss for those few who haven’t already seen their cinematic magic.
9. Guy and Girl, Once
One of the most romantic movies we’ve ever seen is Once. The story of an immigrant and an Irish musician who make glorious music together was a surprise hit in 2006. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova play Guy and Girl, respectively. And they are just that, a regular man and woman who are slowly falling in love, despite the obstacles that come their way.
8. Wall-E and Eve, Wall-E
Who would have thought that the affections of two robots would be so compelling? With Pixar making the movie, that honestly should not be a surprise for the studio capable of creating magic wherever they turn their creative juice.
7. Molly and Sam Wheat, Ghost
Sure, the molding clay scene is iconic, but it is the story of Demi Moore’s Molly and Patrick Swayze’s Sam that has made Ghost one of the romance genre’s top films. Their characters represent the romantic hope that love transcends death into the great beyond.
6. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, Brokeback Mountain
We have to have a tragic love story in our top 10! Ennis and Jack could never have believed that their love would be able to stand the test of time. But to the great joy of audiences everywhere, the journey of their caring love story is what made Brokeback Mountain one of the best films we’ve seen in the last decade.
5. Westley and Buttercup, The Princess Bride
Westley and Buttercup of The Princess Bride represent the royal love story quotient on our list. But, with Rob Reiner’s classic tale, this is not your usual princess and her prince story. Westley and Buttercup are brought together by forces greater than themselves and it is their journey to an everlasting love that makes The Princess Bride a perennial favorite each Valentine’s Day.
4. Sally Albright and Harry Burns, When Harry Met Sally
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan were the perfect pair to inhabit the title characters in When Harry Met Sally. The film set the standard for romantic comedies and has been imitated repeatedly over the last two decades, but never replicated. Harry and Sally embody the longtime-friends-who-become-life-loves angle on romance. In the film, also from director Reiner, the question of, “Can men and women be friends?” is answered with an emphatic no -- at least when it comes to these two! Each has their moments of insecurity, strength and it adds up to one of the greatest cinematic pairings ever.
3. Johnny and Baby, Dirty Dancing
Swayze appears on this list once again, this time as Johnny -- a man who famously said, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” In what could have been a mediocre story of star-crossed love, with Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny and Baby, Dirty Dancing became an entertainment legend.
2. Noah and Allie, The Notebook
Nicholas Sparks put Noah and Allie on the pages of his book The Notebook, and never could have imagined their power when they leapt from the pages to the screen in 2004. When two up-and-coming, super talented actors were cast as the roles… it became a pop culture earthquake of cinematic romance. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams sizzled as the young Noah and Allie and it is because of their stellar performances that the Gena Rowlands and James Garner performances, as the elder Noah and Allie, were so heartbreakingly tender.
1. Jack and Rose, Titanic
“What are you doing Rose?” -- Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack asks of Kate Winslet’s character when she passes on a life boat in favor of going down with the Titanic hand-in-hand with her love of a lifetime. Romantic beyond belief! The story of a man and a woman from different classes, anchored to live and die on that fateful ocean liner, produced a passionate explosion that landed Titanic to the top of the all-time box office list... that is until that movie Avatar bumped them to number two.