Sometimes onscreen couples have undeniable chemistry, so much so that the are cast oppostite eacch other in more than one film. With Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling receiving rave reviews for La La Land, I thought I’d take a look at them and some of my other favourite film couples who have starred together in multiple movies.
These two are currently the hottest duo in Hollywood thanks to their latest roles in La La Land. But this isn’t the first time they’ve appeared onscreen together. The pair first struck up an on-screen relationship in Crazy, Stupid Love where Gosling played the arrogant, but lovable Jacob, and Stone was Hannah, a law student who wanted more spark from a relationship. Little does she know, he’s teaching her newly single father how to get girls. They’re comedic pairing and chemistry was evident in the scene where Jacob takes Hannah back to his place and they try to recreate the famous Dirty Dancing lift and Hannah admires Jacob’s abs: “It’s like you’re Photoshopped!”
In Gangster Squad, she was the mol to his mobster, well actually her was a Seargent, but, you know. Oozing old school glamour, much like in La La Land, the pair worked their smouldering glares and the 1940s flick that unfortunately flopped, partly due to the cinema shoot-out ending being changed following a sad massacre in Colorado at a screening of The Dark Knight. But Gosling and Stone stood out, for all the right reasons in this film.
They are currently sweeping boards at awards ceremonies for their portrayal of a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress in La La Land, a homage to old school Hollywood. If you haven’t seen it already, what are you waiting for?!
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Speaking of old school Hollywood, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were the golden couple of the golden age of film, co-starring in 10 films together, making them the biggest repeat offenders on this list.
Top Hat is probably the most famous of their films, but let’s not forget Swing Time, The Gay Divorce, Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance, Flying Down to Rio, Roberta, Carefree, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle and the Barkleys of Broadway.
Some of their dance routines have gone down in history as the best in the business: Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Swing Time, Night and Day and Cheek to Cheek top the list and can make anyone nostalgic for vintage films – even if like me you weren’t around during their inception.
Although sadly, unlike other pairings on this list who seem to have a great friendship off-screen as well, Astaire and Rogers reportedly did not have such a fine romance and were consumed by “conflict, envy and mistrust” according to The Express and books published about the pair. What a shame.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper
Thanks mostly to David O. Russell, fan-favourites Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have had several film pairings, the first being in Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.
Unfortunately for Cooper, Lawrence always seems to come off better for these pairings, having won two Oscars for her portrayals of Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook and for Rosalyn in American Hustle.
In Silver Linings Playbook, they both play people struggling with past relationships and mental illnesses and who come together to enter a dance competition, learning a lot about each other and themselves in the process. Their antagonistic chemistry is hilarious and their quick-fire quips make for entertaining dialogue. A must-see.
Although they were not playing a couple in American Hustle, this was another play where their comedic timings and dry sense of humour shone through, thanks again to David O. Russell’s brilliant script. Lawrence is hilarious as the inept house wife of Chrisitian Bale’s con-man who blows up a microwave while wearing couture tracksuits.
Joy was Lawrence, but Bradley Cooper shone through as Neil Walker, the man a QVC who helps Joy to bring her invention of the Wonder Mop to the nation and turn her from a struggling mother of one trying to keep her father’s business afloat to a successful businesswoman.
One of the pair’s not-so-successful movie outings was Serena, set in Depression-era North Carolina about a forbidden love between a timber baron and his new wife, Serena. The film was met was poor reviews – perhaps the pair should stick to comedy with O. Russell.
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughy
Alright, alright, alright. This is a cute pairing if we ever saw one. Starting with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughy have great chemistry. It was fun to watch the sparks fly in the rom-com that saw Hudson try to ditch McConaughy as part of a column she was writing for Composure magazine, and McConaughy try to woo her to win a bit that would let him manage a diamond account at his advertising firm. Hilarity ensues.
They were such a popular pairing that the pair had a second, although not as successful, turn in Fool’s Gold. The film is stupid, but fun. And the scenery and the people – mainly Hudson and McConaughy- are beautiful as the exes who reunite to do some treasure hunting and go scuba diving, fly sea planes and take part in some hand to hand combat in the process. (Not so much) hilarity ensues.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
Ah, Leo and Kate. Since they first appeared opposite each other in Titanic, when everyone was rooting for the class-divided, star-crossed lovers, they have earned a place in the public’s heart.
When DiCaprio was cast in Titanic, he was already well-established as a young actor, having been nominated for awards for his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. But Kate was a relative unknown who has since said she badgered James Cameron to cast her and even sent him a rose from “His Rose”. Good job she did – she was excellent as Rose DeWhitt Bukater. Jack and Rose. It’s a shame he met such a sad fate, but no one will ever forget THAT drawing scene, nor them ‘flying’ at the helm of the Titanic. Sigh.
The pair were reunited in Revolution Road, which was directed by Winslet’s then-husband, Sam Mendes. She has also since spoken of how it was awkward filming love scenes with another man in front of her husband, and even worse, having her husband give pointers! Cringe.
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
The queen of 90s rom-coms and the king of, um, life, Tom Hanks are a great pairing. You’ve Got Mail is one of my personal favourite rom-coms with Ryan starring as Kathleen who struggles to keep her independent book store and her mother’s legacy alive when Hank’s book superstore opens up right over the road. What they don’t know is that while they despise each other in real life, the pair are falling in love over email after meeting in an anonymous chatroom as Shopgirl and NY152.
Prior to You’ve Got Mail, they coupled up in Joe Versus the Volcano, and another classic 90s film: Sleepless in Seattle. Like You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle was a film where the romantic leads didn’t actually share the screen at the same time much as recently widowed Sam (Hanks) called up a radio show, listened to by Annie (Ryan) until the pair had a romantic meeting up the top of the Empire State Building, echoing the classic film An Affair to Remember.
Other notable on-screen couples include: Al Pacino and Michelle Phifer, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson, Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves and John Hamm and Kirtin Wiig. Are there any that I’ve missed?