10 Famous Movie Character Couples

Sunday, February 27 by Tom Gordon

To name 10 famous movie character couples means reaching into the best of romantic comedies and tear-jerking dramas to find those worthy of inclusion on this list. Some may be well known to you and others may get you searching for the movies that brought them together. 

  1. Nick and Nora Charles. Played by William Powell and Myrna Loy in "The Thin Man" and its five sequels one of the most famous movie couples ever swilled martinis, flirted and, oh yeah, solved crimes usually among the upper classes in New York. The first film came out in 1934, but they remain very funny even today.
  2. Harry and Sally. At the start of Meg Ryan's reign as the ridiculously cute queen of '90s romantic comedies, the 1989 classic "When Harry Met Sally" found her opposite Billy Crystal in a movie that posed the question: "Can a guy and girl be friends without being sexually attracted to each other?" Well, this is the movies, so, of course not.
  3. Jennifer and Oliver. Played by Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal in the 1970 weeper "Love Story," Jennifer Cavilleri and Oliver Barrett IV are among the most famous movie character couples who don't wind up together at the end of the movie.
  4. Jack Colton and Joan Wilder. In "Romancing the Stone" and its sequel, "Jewel of the Nile," Michael Douglas and a then-hot Kathleen Turner play an adventurer and adventure writer, respectively, in two hugely successful movies from the '80s.
  5. Tarzan and Jane. A variety of actors and actresses have played the King of the Jungle and his main squeeze through the years. Given the dozens of "Tarzan" films that have been made in the last 100 years or so, they may comprise the most famous movie character couple of all.
  6. Rocky and Adrian. Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire played boxer and wife in five films together (Okay, she was his girlfriend in the original and best of the series, but you get the idea.). As the movies got more over-the-top and Rocky's challenges grew and grew, he and Adrian still managed to keep it together in a nicely enduring relationship, solidifying their status as one of the most famous movie character couples of all time.
  7. WALL-E and EVE. Who says robots can't find love? In "Wall-E," another Pixar classic, this famous movie character couple melted more than a few hearts as audiences cheered for them to survive in space and back on Earth.
  8. Rose and Jack. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starred in James Cameron's beloved 1997 movie, "Titanic."
  9. Thelma and Louise. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play friends who get into trouble and are soon on the run from the cops in 1991's "Thelma & Louise." Though maybe not a couple-couple, they were at least best-looking buddies in one of the all-time classic buddy road movies.
  10. Oscar and Felix. While also not technically a romantic duo, "The Odd Couple's" funny, neurotic and eternally entertaining movie character couple (Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon) deserves a spot on this list.