By Deborah WeeMovies -
26 June 2015 11:13 AM | Updated 4:23 PM
There is nothing like sexual tension and fiercely loyal love to get people rooting for onscreen couples. We look at some standout pairings, excluding unbeatable ones such as Harry and Sally ('When Harry Met Sally') and Jack and Rose ('Titanic')
These two share a love-hate relationship. Who can forget their constant bickering throughout the original Star Wars trilogy?
One is a bad boy smuggler-for-hire and the other is royalty. From the moment Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) meet, they are at each other’s throats. They did everything from nonstop name-calling (Han repeatedly calls Leia “Your Worship”) to arguing over every decision made, and trying to make each other jealous (Leia went as far as to kiss her twin brother, Luke).
But it all works because the two are well aware that they are interested in each other, repeatedly dropping hints such as winks and kisses. When they finally become an official couple at the end of the trilogy, it is so satisfying because it is so meant to be.
Forrest Gump and Jenny ('Forrest Gump')
As cute as these two are, it was one of those relationships that was never meant to work out.
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) loves his childhood best friend, Jenny Curran (Robin Wright), but despite his lifelong devotion to her, Forrest is friend-zoned by Jenny and the status remains well into adulthood. Even after realising that Forrest is the one for her, Jenny's love for Forrest is more measured than passionate.
We would have preferred a happier ending for these two, but the couple's countless sweet moments make ‘Forrest Gump’ one of the most memorable love stories we have seen on film.
Aragorn and Arwen ('The Lord of the Rings')
Truth be told, elf-human relationships were nothing new in the fantasy genre by the time Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Arwen (Liv Tyler) hit the big screen. But their love story has still made them one of the most popular characters in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ franchise.
The pair were already a full-fledged couple in the first movie. And even though we do not get to watch them fall in love onscreen, their forbidden romance kept the relationship interesting. Aragorn is a mortal destined to be king and eventually die, while Arwen is an immortal half-elf, but she decides to forsake her immortality to be with him.
Yes, their relationship was only a small fraction of the larger plot, but the pair are certainly one of the most memorable characters in the trilogy.
Carl and Ellie ('Up')
Carl and Ellie made the first 10 minutes of the animated movie the most memorable in the entire show.
The pair start off as childhood best friends who get married when they grow up. In a moving montage, Carl (Edward Asner) and Ellie are shown to remain deeply in love well into old age. They encounter many challenges, including an inability to conceive, but they remain happily together. ‘Up’ is one of the few movies that will have you sniffling back tears right at the beginning.
Even though most of the show is about Carl’s adventures with young Russell, Pixar created such a successful couple out of Carl and Ellie that they are a big part of what everyone remembers from the movie.
Wall-E and Eve ('Wall-E')
Everyone’s favourite rubbish collector, the outdated cubical robot Wall-E, falls in love with the significantly more advanced Eve at first sight. But Eve is not exactly taken by Wall-E, and she is more determined to fulfil her mission of returning mankind to Earth. Of course, the hopelessly devoted Wall-E risks his life to help Eve accomplish the task, and love happens.
Who knew that a group of animated robots, who do not say much besides their own names, could be one of the most adorable couples onscreen? Given that these robots do not have mouths, their climatic expression of love is not exactly a kiss, but the affectionate gestures are still one of the most romantic around.
Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy ('The Amazing Spider-Man')
Andrew Garfield who plays Peter Parker, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy are easily everyone’s favourite off-screen couple as well. Peter and Gwen had a short-lived relationship that was ridden with teenage problems and danger, but the actors have so much chemistry that their characters sizzle when they are together.
Sure, the new Spidey couple did not have the legendary upside-down kiss that Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst shared in the previous trilogy, nor did they have a serious third-party contender in the form of James Franco’s Harry Osborn, but there is something about them that make them quite irresistible as a pair.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
One word: Brangelina. These were the characters that brought Hollywood’s power couple together in real life. Owing much to the onscreen (and off-screen) chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the lead characters instantly click and sparks fly at first sight. John and Jane Smith quickly get married, but neither is aware that they are both assassins working for different agencies.
When they are assigned to kill each other, their marital home end up being the "victim". Maybe it is because they look so confident together whether in black work gear or white bedroom apparel, but after that memorable “make love, not war” moment, how could we ever forget Mr. and Mrs. Smith?
Neo and Trinity ('The Matrix')
To this day, they remain one of the most kick-ass couples (literally) that we have ever seen on-screen.
Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) were destined to be together in this sci-fi thriller. After plenty of eye contact in the first movie and Trinity reviving Neo with a kiss, the two quickly become an official couple and repeatedly save each other’s lives in the second and third movies. They remain a tight couple throughout, sharing plenty of cool action scenes together, right to the very end.
Jamal and Latika ('Slumdog Millionaire')
A guy joins ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ just to find the love of his life. He did not even care about the money he won. Is that romantic enough for you?
The relationship between Jamal (Dev Patel) and Latika (Freida Pinto) can be a bit uncomfortable to watch at times, but when the going gets tough, the love gets going. In the Oscar-winning film, the two orphans meet as children in the slums of India, and consistently encounter criminals seeking to exploit them. They are separated and reunited multiple times.
As grown-ups, Latika is taken away from Jamal. With no way of contacting her, Jamal joins Latika’s favourite game show so that she might see him. All the effort and trials make the ending of them finding each other again incredibly moving.
Danny and Sandy (Grease)
This couple, brought to life by the legendary John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, make this them as timeless as ‘Grease’ itself.
Greaser Danny Zuko and conservative Sandy are the all-singing, all-dancing high-school sweethearts who struggled to reconcile their differences in background. After multiple ballads to express their longing for each other, Sandy joins the leather jacket club herself and the two proclaim their love for each other with the famous 'You’re the One that I Want'.
The unmistakable chemistry between Travolta and Newton-John make their youthful characters one the most famous couples in the musical genre.