Watching the recently released, box office phenomenon, Crazy Rich Asians, there were plenty of envious elements to the storyline – the insane amounts of wealth for one – but it was the relationship between co-stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding’s characters, Rachel Chu and Nick Young, that really tugged on our heart strings.
It got us thinking about all the iconic movie couples out there, brought to life by fairytale narratives mostly only possible in the movies, the kind we dream of being our realities one day.
Remember watching as Baby broke out of her corner booth to seal her romantic fate in that iconic dance scene with Dirty Dancing leading man, Johnny played by Patrick Swayze? Or that moment when Lon (James Marsden) proposed to Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) in The Notebook and she sees Noah’s face in her mind? Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or prefer to play it cool with a skeptical approach, there’s no denying that watching a couple fall in love on-screen makes you feel a little warm and fluttery inside.
From relationships founded on great friendships to those with a more turbulent love story, we’ve rounded up our favourite movie couples of all time.
1. Andrew Paxton and Margaret Tate
Movie: The Proposal
Actors: Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds
The Love Story: When faced with the possibility of deportation, high powered book editor Margaret Tate, calls on her assistant, Andrew Paxton to pretend to be her fiancé – the classic ‘I need a Green Card’ love story. Upon agreeing to the charade, Paxton makes the most of the situation by implementing a few of his own terms, including flying to Alaska as a ‘couple’ to meet his eccentric family. Despite numerous mishaps, Margaret and Andrew must keep up appearances and stick to their wedding plan due to the suspicious immigration official always lurking nearby.
2. Patrick Verona and Kat Stratford
Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
Actors: Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles
The Love Story: Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite frankly has a bit of an attitude. Said attitude means she doesn’t attract many boys, instead scaring them off. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can’t date until Kat has a boyfriend, so strings are pulled to set the dour damsel up for a romance. Soon Kat crosses paths with handsome new arrival Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) but is she willing to let her guard down?
3. Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton
Movie: The Notebook
Actors: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
The Love Story: Set in 1940s South Carolina, Noah and Allie fall desperately in love. The problem is, with Allie from a wealthy family and Noah a mere mill worker, her parents don’t approve – to the point where they ship her off to school at the end of the summer with the intention she would never see Noah again. As Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems as though the love story has come to an end. Until Allie returns to her small town years later, ahead of her wedding to another man (James Marsden) and it soon becomes clear their romance is anything but over.
4. Mr. Big and Carrie Bradshaw
Movie: Sex and The City
Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth
The Love Story: We watched as over the course of six series they were on again and off again more times than we can count but in the end love conquered all and they were finally in a committed relationship together. Ready to take the next step – or so they thought – they decide they should get married. But nothing is ever easy with these two.
5. Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis
Movie: Pretty Woman
Actors: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
The Love Story: In an unlikely set up, a prostitute and a wealthy businessman fall hard for one another – cue modern day Cinderella story (with a little more scandal). While on a business trip in L.A., Edward (Richard Gere), who makes a living buying and breaking up companies, picks up a hooker, Vivian (Julia Roberts), on a lark. After Edward hires Vivian to stay with him for the weekend, the two get closer, only to discover there are significant hurdles to overcome as they try to bridge the gap between their very different worlds.
6. Dominic Toretto and Letty Ortiz
Movie: The Fast and the Furious
Actors: Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez
The Love Story: Not your stereotypical rom-com couple, these two have been together throughout the series of movies. In the very first film from the franchise we meet the two thrill junkies who are in love with two things: cars and each other. Their relationship is full of passion, the unconventional kind that doesn’t just revolve around lust but they both have a complete understanding of one another in an inexplicable connection. They’re intensely loyal to one another with Letty travelling all the way to Mexico to find him when Dom goes on the run and in another instance goes undercover with a drug cartel to clear Dom’s name, during which time he believed she had been murdered. Even when Dom believed her to be dead, he continued to wear his wedding ring safeguarded around his neck on a chain. They may not be one of the first couples you think of when counting up most iconic couples but they certainly deserve a spot on the list.
7. John and Jane Smith
Movie: Mr & Mrs Smith
Actors: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
The Love Story: John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie), a couple in a stagnating marriage, live a deceptively mundane existence. However, each has been hiding a secret from the other: they are assassins working for adversarial agencies. When they are both assigned to kill the same target, Benjamin Danz (Adam Brody), the truth comes to the surface. Finally free from their cover stories, they discover that they have been assigned to kill each other, sparking a series of explosive attacks. They may have played a married couple trying to assassinate one another – not your stereotypical romance – but this film marked the beginning of the then very happy Brangelina love story.