#Movies & TV
The Greatest Movie Couples of the Last 10 Years
by Jennifer Lafferty
When it comes to romance in movies, the chemistry between the lead actors is just as significant as their characters, since the appeal of their characters is everything. We want to like them as individuals but more importantly as a pair. When a pair gets it right, they can be so perfect on-screen that it’s truly magical. Here are our favorite movie couples from the last 10 years.
When a movie couple has chemistry on-screen, you can feel the sparks from your couch at home. You can see it in the way the characters look at each other, the way they touch each other, and even the way they fight with each other. True chemistry is unmistakable and very difficult to fake. These seven movie couples really get it right.
1. The Vow: Paige and Leo
In the romantic drama The Vow, Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams portray a young couple whose happy marriage is threatened by Paige’s amnesia, which has wiped out her memory of the previous five years and made Leo a stranger to her. Of course, the eye candy is undeniable, but even more impressive than the good looks and charisma of these two actors is their ability to convince the audience that their characters are true soul mates.
2. The Twilight Saga: Edward and Bella
The imaginative and passionate love story at the heart of the vampire fantasy-film franchise The Twilight Saga kept fans coming back again and again. Sensitive performances by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson coupled with the couple’s undeniable on-screen chemistry makes this strange romance believable albeit fantastical.
3. Hitch: Hitch and Sara
The 2005 romantic comedy Hitch stars Will Smith as professional date doctor Alex “Hitch” Hitchens and Eva Mendes as gossip columnist Sara Melas. The two have plenty of reasons to be a little cynical about romance, but despite a lot of resistance, love finds its way into their jaded hearts.
4. Barefoot: Daisy and Jay
The offbeat dramedy Barefoot was not a commercial hit when it premiered last year, but this tender romance starring Evan Rachel Wood as an abused young woman who breaks out of a mental hospital has a special charm all its own. Wood’s costar Scott Speedman plays a lovable rogue who enlists Daisy’s help in a scheme to get money from his rich family. The sweet, wide-eyed Daisy is just what the slick, world-weary Jay needs, and vice versa.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man: Peter and Gwen
Romance may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the fantasy adventure movie The Amazing Spider-Man, but along with all the superhero action, the sparks between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) are some of the best things about this film.
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Sam and Charlie
In the coming-of-age dramedy The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the free-spirited Sam, played by Emma Watson, complements the shy, brainy Charlie (Logan Lerman) and helps open up a whole new world to him. Thanks in part to good casting, Charlie and Sam are as adorable as they are endearing.
7. Silver Linings Playbook: Pat and Tiffany
Silver Linings Playbook, centering on the struggles of mentally ill Pat Solitano and the recently widowed Tiffany Maxwell, is definitely not your typical romance flick, but that’s part of what makes it so great. Of all the Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence collaborations, this one—with an Oscar award–winning performance from Lawrence—is probably the best. As always, their chemistry is perfect, first as friends helping each other through a difficult time and, later, after they realize they’re in love.