10 Famous Film Couples
The chemistry of the 10 famous film couples on this list is sometimes so intense that the romance carries off the silver screen and into real life. The actors' portrayal on screen is so convincing and powerful that it has permeated everyday life, transcending them into icons and their movies hailed as classics in the annals of cinema.
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor This famous film couple’s romance on camera transformed into a real life love affair marred with scandals and tragedy. They met on the set of "Cleopatra" in 1963, married a year later in Canada, divorced, re-married in Africa and finally divorced again in 1976. It was a marriage made by the movies and for the movies, with stories of alcohol abuse and illness.
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Both were propelled to stardom and iconoclast heaven in the blockbuster musical film "Grease." Newton-John playing the good girl Sandy and Travolta as the cool but bad Danny had the pair singing and dancing their way to stardom to become one of the most famous film couples of all time.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie The couple currently known worldwide as Brangelina first starred in Doug Limann’s film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Their on-screen romance as a married couple hired to assassinate each other turned into a real love affair full of both adopted and biological kids, a mini-United Nations.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet “Titanic,” one of the highest grossing films of all time, propelled this reel-life screen couple into stardom. DiCaprio as poor but adventurous Jack Dawson was paired opposite Winslet’s wealthy but engaged Rose DeWitt, both finding love amidst a sinking ship.
Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable A film classic, “Gone with the Wind” epitomized the class of old Hollywood, making Gable and Leigh one of the most famous film couples. Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara and Gable’s Rhett Butler was a doomed love affair set in the backdrop on the American Civil War and has one of the most unforgettable lines in cinema: “After all, tomorrow is another day.”
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger They are two of the most famous homosexual film couples in modern cinema. Set in Wyoming in the 1960s, these two cowboys meet and fall in love but never really end up together. In real life, Heath Ledger had a daughter with actress Michelle Williams before dying of drug-related causes at age 28.
Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis This famous film couple was best known for their pairing in Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” and Curtis' cross-dressing on camera. Both had a brief relationship years before the movie was filmed and enjoyed another tryst on the set.
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey “Dirty Dancing” is a 1980s coming-of-age classic. This famous film couple’s on-screen romance is timeless in its depiction of first love and summer romance. It also has one of the best soundtracks in movie history, reaching multi-platinum status and the single "I've Had the Time of My Life" becoming every teenage girl's anthem, at least for that era.
Johnny Depp and Wynona Ryder In “Edward Scissorhands,” the coupling of Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp depicted a bizarre world through the imagination of director Tim Burton. This famous film couple was engaged for several years before calling it quits in the 1990s, notable for Depp changing his "Winona Forever" tattoo into "Wino Forever."
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman “Casablanca” is a film classic that won multiple Academy Awards in 1942. Bogart and Bergman will always be remembered for their roles as star-crossed lovers and for some of the best dialogue in cinema history: “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid” and “We’ll always have Paris.”