From spine-tingling kisses to unforgettable romantic gestures, these are the most memorable duos to ever be captured on film
Everyone remembers their first love – but we’ll also never forget the love stories we learned about from some of the most iconic movie couples ever. No doubt about it, they captured our hearts from the very beginning.
Whether we spend our lives searching for a romance to match up to theirs, or just love to let them melt our hearts, we all have our favourite on-screen love affair that we could watch all day on repeat.
Remember being swept up with Rose and Jack’s whirlwind affair on board Titanic (and bawling your eyes out), or watching Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s real-life love story unfold before our very eyes in Mr & Mrs Smith? And of course, that Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst upside down Spiderman kiss we all wished we could try?
Of course, we don’t need to tell you how iconic the line ‘If you’re a bird, I’m a bird’ is – or which film it’s from, for that matter. That was the very moment that our undying love for Ryan Gosling first began, all thanks to The Notebook. The story of Allie and Noah, who enjoy a fast-paced summer romance, is both exhilarating and heartbreaking. And the 1930s fashion makes for an extremely iconic backdrop to an utterly convincing romance while we watch them lose themselves in giggles and smiles throughout.
Twilight’s Bella Swann and Edward Cullen, of course, have to win the award for the most romantic modern-day couple – (spoilers) she literally becomes a vampire for him, after all. And when it comes to the black and white greats, who can forget the classic love affairs, such as Scarlett and Rhett in Gone With The Wind? Or Isla and Rick from Casablanca?
Read on for the best on-screen romances (and Hollywood hook-ups) of all time. Did your favourite movie couples make the cut?
There’s nothing better than the moment when the irresistible leading male falls for the unassuming female. In a spin on traditional rom coms, Notting Hill portrays the bumbling Hugh Grant to be the object of beautiful actress Anna’s affections when she finally gives in to his adorable advances.
An unlikely fairytale Pretty Woman may be, but when Vivian is rescued by her suitor she rescues her man right back with all the guts and valour of an independent woman. Empowering and moving.
In Pirates of The Caribbean, Will Turner played by Orlando Bloom falls for Kiera Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann but he must first break down the barriers of their class difference. How many lotharios save their leading lady from pirates? Unforgettable.
Iconic movie couples don’t come much more memorable star-crossed movie couple try to deny their feelings as a cosseted Rose DeWitt-Bukater meets penniless third-class passenger Jack Dawson aboard the Titanic. Their romance is forbidden due to their class differences and her imminent engagement but they nevertheless give in to a wild, passionate romance.
On and off screen, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) have kept us guessing about their back and forth relationship. You can’t deny the chemistry between these two characters and although we can only assume they’ll live happily ever after when the fifth film finishes, we totally believe they will.
Watch an epic love story played out as a truly captivating screen romance when head-strong Scarlett is wooed by brazen Rhett.
The film opens with a childhood romance divided by circumstance when the pair are forced to flee the Bombay riots. As an adolescent, Jamal tries to seek out his love Latika across India in the hope of reuniting and rekindling their romance. The culture and vibrancy of this film make it a thrilling love story with lots of twists and turns.
Despite their age gap, the romance in Dirty Dancing is played out by the sexy older man Johnny who frees the ‘Baby’ from the restraints of her innocence when he touches her some dance moves she definitely doesn’t know.
The youngest couple in our film run down, Thomas J and Vita offer an innocent glimpse at young friendship and love. Thomas J is besotted with his best friend Vita though the sad tale is rather more one of unrequited love.
What happened when Harry met Sally? Well the scene was set for one of the most memorable love stories of all movie time – Harry and Sally continue to meet in a series of chance encounters and set out to redefine what a ‘relationship’ actually is.
How many times have we wanted a man to waltz into our workplace and whisk us up in his arms? Add to that, it’s Richard Gere. Is there any luckier woman than Paula Pokrifki in An Officer And A Gentleman?
Kat and Patrick are a refreshing portrayal of accidental love where neither character is drawn to eachother by affection but when they realise their similarities, they’re totally besotted.
A former flame rekindled, Isla Lund reappears in her lover Rick’s life a married woman, yet the couple can’t fight their desires. This tale of lost love is imprinted on our memories with some very quotable lines like, ‘Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine?’ and ‘Kiss me. ‘Kiss me as if it were the last time.’
Gah, just brilliant!
Responsible for some of the most romantic works in history, Shakespeare becomes the lead character in his own love story as the plot unfolds in Shakespeare In Love. We can only sit back and imagine that this kind of wonderful romance helped to inspire his incredible works.
Originally made for the small screen, the movie adaptation of Sex and the City’s Big and Carrie gives us Carrie’s happily ever after that we’d been looking forward to.
An unorthodox protagonist, Edward Scissorhands conquers true love when the object of his affections Kim – who at first is afraid of Edward – falls in love with him.
Romeo and Juliet touches down in the 1950s when two members of rival gangs the ‘Jets’ and the ‘Sharks’ fall prey to a forbidden love. The film features one of the most iconic movie couple kisses of all time and some of the catchiest tunes in musical history.
Which one will she choose? We can all see the bad guy coming a mile off but hopeless Bridget Jones continues to ‘fanny around with the press releases’ and get herself into all sorts of man drama across the two cult films. Will she still be with the wonderful Mark Darcy when the third tale roles around? We’ll have to wait and see.
They were a little on the young side for us at the time of release but considering how fanceable a grown-up Zac Efron became, it totally still counts. This movie is the epitome of childhood sweethearts – a modern-day reawakening of Grease’s Sandy and Danny.
We love Mr & Mrs Smith about as much as we now love Brangelina. Both highly skilled assassins in the film, keeping their true identities under wraps from one another, this movie couple realise their perfect Mr & Mrs relationship has all been a facade when they are assigned the same secret mission. We only hope their real life together is this exhilarating.
Mary Jane falls for Peter Parker in more ways than one as he – under the guise of Spiderman – continues to rescue her from danger. Excitement builds to a romantic climax when she unmasks her hero as Peter Parker.
Beautiful, strong and smart Charlie becomes the love interest for Maverick as she presents a challenge for the macho trainee pilot. The 1980s looks are iconic, the lines are memorable and it features one of the most unforgettable movie songs of all time, Take My Breath Away. What more can you ask from a movie couple?
We love a happy ending! The best thing about this movie couple? They realise they don’t have to be anyone else but themselves when they’re together. Aww!
`This movie couple are not what they seem. Unlike any other love story, Molly Jensen is left widowed by her fiance Sam yet the romance plays on from beyond the grave as ghost Sam continues to intervene and protect his Molly. An utterly heartbreaking couple.