A Match Made in Heaven: 5 Great Movie Couples
Around last year, I decided to compile a list of the five best (or possibly worst) movies to watch on Valentine’s Day. The idea was that we’re constantly bombarded with rom-coms and they’re generally just not very good.
It seems like a waste to do something similar this year. This is especially true since this weekend doesn’t really see a traditional rom-com (unless, of course, you count Fifty Shades of Grey, which I don’t). Therefore, I decided to recount some of the best cinematic couples I can remember.
Here are five couples and you’ll see some of the common themes that connect the best movie couples.
As far as iconic movie couples go, Danny and Sandy may only lose out to one couple (we’ll get there, don’t worry). The 1978 musical rom-com definitely has staying power because of the infectious soundtrack and complete likability of Danny and Sandy (and, of course, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John). Overall, I’m not head-over-heels for this movie but I can’t deny this couple a shot at the top 5.
You’ll also see your fair share of dissension on this list because, let’s face it, love isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) perfectly illustrate this with their semi-adorable, semi-doomed relationship in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. The two eventually embrace what makes them who they are and you have to love them for that. Plus, they’re involved in one of the most underrated scenes I’ve ever seen.
I alluded to this earlier but when you think of iconic movie couples, how can you not think of Titanic’s Jack and Rose? Plenty of people think James Cameron’s Titanic is highly-overrated but that’s bound to happen when a movie goes on to take the all-time box office crown. To be honest, I think the movie is technically sound and packs a pretty decent punch when it comes to plot. Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) anchor the movie with their, I’ll have to use it again, doomed romance that makes them worthy of the attention.
Along the same lines as Silver Linings Playbook, there’s got to be some reality involved with each “good” couple. In the case of Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet, again), the harsh realities of romance are put on full display. I’ve never been a believer in soul mates but of all the movies to influence me, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind succeeds the most. Sure, they aren’t exactly soul mates in the traditional fairy tale sense but Joel and Clementine have the most moving romance, perhaps ever.
I’ll continue on the vein of reality with my final couple – Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy). The two meet in the best circumstance of all the couples on this list and embark on a three-film journey that continually gets more introspective, more demanding, and more painfully realistic. Movies can be blamed for giving us unfair expectations of the real world but movies like Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight do a great job of disproving this notion. When it comes down to it, there’s no denying both the chemistry and the product put forth.
There were plenty of honorable mentions to include. Besides Alvy & Annie (Annie Hall), Westley & Buttercup (The Princess Bride), Forrest & Jenny (Forrest Gump), Neo & Trinity (The Matrix), Barry & Lena (Punch-Drunk Love), Maverick & Charlie (Top Gun), Clarence & Alabama (True Romance), Shrek & Fiona (the Shrek franchise), Carl & Ellie (Up), which couples did I miss? Chime in below.
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