50 of the Most Romantic Movie Couple
You can’t beat a great movie love story – you know, the type that puts butterflies in your belly.
These best romantic movie couples can thaw the coldest of hearts and turn anyone into a believer.
Some of these iconic on-screen partnerships get their happily-ever-after, some don’t.
But they all deserve a place on our list of favorite romantic movie couples.
Rose DeWitt-Bukater and Jack Dawson
Played by: Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
Is there anything more romantic than unforbidden love? Or a relationship that’s doomed from the start?
The whirlwind love affair between elite passenger Rose and penniless below-decker Jack on board the Titanic gives us both — and might even remind us of the first time we fell in love.
Frances “Baby” Houseman and Johnny Castles
Played by: Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze
Movie: Dirty Dancing
It’s the holiday romance we never had (but wished we did). In this coming-of-age classic, teenager “Baby” falls for an older man who just happens to have killer dance moves.
Speaking of which, is there a more romantic moment than that epic lift?
Harry Burns and Sally Albright
Played by: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal
Movie: When Harry and Sally
The story of Sally and Harry’s evolving relationship over many years is funny, engaging and memorable.
In fact, “When Harry Met Sally” could possibly be the greatest romantic comedy of all time.
Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist
Played by: Heath Ledger and Jack Gyllenhaal
Movie: Brokeback Mountain
The all-consuming, forbidden love affair between Ennis and Jack over their lifetimes doesn’t give us a happy ending — but that makes it all the more heartbreaking and powerful.
Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis
Played by: Julia Roberts and Edward Gere
Movie: Pretty Woman
He picked her up on Hollywood Boulevard and the rest is history.
Have we ever rooted for a movie couple as much? A true Cinderella story for the modern age.
Ilsa Lund and Rick Blaine
Played by: Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart
Aside from all the unforgettable quotes (“Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time;” “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine?”), “Casablanca” is a classic will-they-won’t-they love story.
As Bergman herself said of this much-loved movie, “It has a life of its own. There is something mystical about it. It seems to have filled a need.”
Molly Jensen and Sam Wheat
Played by: Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze
Sam meets a tragic end when he’s killed by a mugger, but his love for Molly never dies.
And once you’ve seen that pottery scene, you’ll never forget it.
Emma and Adèle
Played by Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos
Movie: Blue Is the Warmest Color
The fact that it’s a lesbian romance is refreshing, but that plays second fiddle to the emotion experienced by Adèle and Emma as they discover themselves and the love they have for each other.
Jerry Maguire and Dorothy Boyd
Played by: Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger
Movie: Jerry Maguire
Jerry and Dorothy’s love story isn’t the most important part of the “Jerry Maguire” plot, but it’s one of the most authentic in movie history.
We might have doubts that Jerry and Dorothy will last forever, but that doesn’t make their union, which is cemented when Jerry bursts into Dorothy’s divorced women’s group to tell her that she “completes” him, any less romantic.
Allie Hamilton and Noah, Jr.
Played by Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
Movie: The Notebook
If you’re looking for an epic love story, look no further than “The Notebook.”
Allie and Noah’s romance was unbeatable, overcoming everything from distance and illness to even death. If you feel like a good cry, just watch the “It wasn’t over. It still isn’t over,” scene.
Maria and Tony
Played by: Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer
Movie: West Side Story
Forget “Romeo and Juliet” The most tragic love story has to be Tony and Maria in “West Side Story,” which is basically a modern twist on the Shakespeare classic.
The couple’s confession of love on the fire escape is an unforgettable moment for more than one reason – as much as we’re rooting for their love to endure, we know the odds are stacked against them.
Stella Payne and Winston Shakespeare
Played by: Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs
Movie: How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Based on Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel of the same name, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” charts Stella’s voyage of self-discovery during a trip to Jamaica.
Her love affair with handsome Quincy, who happens to be 20 years younger, helps her figure out what she really wants — and needs from life.
Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler
Played by: Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable
Movie: Gone With the Wind
Love stories don’t get much more epic than Scarlett and Rhett’s in “Gone With the Wind,” based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel.
We don’t know if Scarlett and Rhett end up together, but that’s beside the point. Their affair has all the drama and intensity expected of a classic movie pairing.
Katie and Hubbell
Played by: Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford
Movie: The Way We Were
We don’t get a happy-ever-after ending with “The Way We Were,” but sometimes the kind of love story we want to watch unfold on the screen isn’t the “forever” kind.
It’s sad that Katie and Hubbell’s fiery romance can’t survive their conflicting views and values, but it’s what makes the film so special.
Alabama and Clarence
Played by: Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater
Movie: True Romance
It may be an unlikely love story: prostitute Alabama is hired as a gift to comic book store clerk Clarence by his boss.
But it’s love at first sight and it’s certainly not short of action — the couple gets involved in a murder and unexpected drug deal.
Forrest Gump and Jenny
Played by: Tom Hanks and Robin Wright
Movie: Forrest Gump
You’ll struggle to find a purer love story than “Forrest Gump.”
Jenny stuck by Forrest through all the childhood teasing, and he repaid “his girl” with a lifetime of protection.
Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak
Played by: Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard
Movie: Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Holly isn’t the settling-down type, but that all changes when she meets her new neighbor, Paul.
Based on Truman Capote’s 1958 novella, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” gives us a sweet love story with a happy ending. Oh, and one of the best kiss-in-the-rain scenes of all time.
Princess Leia and Han Solo
Played by: Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford
Movie: Star Wars series
Released: 1977 onwards
Sometimes, the best couples are the unlikeliest ones. Han Solo and Princess Leia’s love story is timeless, and all you really need to remember are five words: “I love you.” “I know.”
Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy
Played by: Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth
Movie: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget and Mark face more than a few setbacks during the course of their relationship, making them one of the most relatable movie couples.
Ultimately, by the end of the third installment in the franchise, they’ve found their way back to each other — not even Jack (Patrick Dempsey) can keep them apart.
Mia Dolan and Sebastian Wilder
Played by: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling
Movie: La La Land
Just like their singing and dancing, Mia and Sebastian’s connection is nothing less than magical.
They might not have ended up together, but they did have their own theme song: Justin Hurwitz’s “Mia & Sebastian’s Theme (Late for the Date).”
Birdee Pruitt and Justin Matisse
Played by: Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr.
Movie: Hope Floats
It’s a tried-and-tested rom-com theme: handsome man picks up the pieces when a woman’s life falls apart.
But sometimes, it just works — and renews our faith in romance.
Jane and Jake Adler
Played by: Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin
Movie: It’s Complicated
The Adlers are proof that it’s ever too late to find love, no matter how complicated it is.
Their on-and-off-again relationship reminds us that love comes in all forms.
Lucy Whitmore and Henry Roth
Played by: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sanford
Movie: 50 First Dates
Two of the most familiar rom-com faces reunited for “50 First Dates” and the delightful story of Henry and his amnesiac girlfriend Lucy.
It brings back all those first date memories for sure.
Adrian and Rocky Balboa
Played by: Talia Shire and Sylvester Stallone
Rocky wasn’t just fighting for victory in the ring - he was fighting for true love.
And his relationship with Adrian proves that sometimes, love is stronger than anything else.
Melanie and Jake
Played by: Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas
Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
What’s a small thing like an engagement to stand in the way of true love?
Sometimes, there’s an unbreakable bond between two people, and they simply have to be together — even if they don’t always bring out the best in each other.
(And when a couple kiss in the rain, you know that means they’re meant to be.”
Patrick Verona and Kat Stratford
Played by: Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles
Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
Loosely based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” teen romance “10 Things I Hate About You” features Cameron, Bianca, Kat, and Patrick.
Cameron can’t date Bianca until her prickly older sister, Kat, gets a boyfriend. So Cameron pays Patrick to charm Kat.
It doesn’t quite go to plan, but — like all good romantic comedies — they get there in the end, and few other teen couples come close.
Edward Cullen and Bella Swan
Played by: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Movie: Twilight series
Released: 2008 onwards
An otherworldly romance between an overprotective vampire and a moody teenage girl? Yes, please.
The series of five movies, based on the bestselling books by Stephenie Meyer, entranced audiences.
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
Played by: Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen
Movie: Pride & Prejudice
The screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of the same name, “Pride and Prejudice” follows Elizabeth, who is facing increasing pressure — as the eldest sister — to marry.
An introduction to the handsome Mr. Darcy turns her life upside down.
Quincy McCall and Monica Wright
Played by: Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan
Movie: Love & Basketball
Quincy and Monica grow up together with a shared dream of becoming basketball players.
Love blossoms, but life events and career choices get in the way of a romantic relationship — until they realize they just can’t live without each other.
Jackson Maine and Ally Campano
Played by: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
Movie: A Star Is Born
So hot was the chemistry between famous musician Jackson and struggling artist Ally in the 2018 remake of “A Star Is Born” that people were convinced Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were involved IRL.
Jackson’s battle against his personal demons while Ally pursues her dreams makes for a tragic tale, but the raw emotion and vulnerability from both characters makes every scene captivating.
Augustus “Gus” Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster
Played by: Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woolley
Movie: The Fault in Our Stars
When death is all around you, you have to live every moment as if it’s your last.
At least, that’s what Gus and Hazel do in “The Fault in Our Stars,” based on John Green’s book of the same name.
This couple’s heartrending, life-affirming romance makes an impression that stays with you long after the movie ends.
Jamal and Latika
Played by: Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Movie: Slumdog Millionaire
“Slumdog Millionaire” took home several Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and the relationship between Jamal and Latika played a part in that.
Arguably, their reunion gives us one of the most touching on-screen moments when Jamal kisses the scar Latika is so ashamed of.
Rachel Chu and Nick Young
Played by: Constance Wu and Henry Golding
Movie: Crazy Rich Asians
Aside from the fact that it gives us Asian representation that’s been missing from Hollywood movies for so long, “Crazy Rich Asians” is a modern love story with age-old themes.
When two people from very different backgrounds fall in love, they have to overcome class differences and figure out their own identity struggles.
Kaz Nicol and Noni Jean
Played by: Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Movie: Beyond the Lights
Struggling superstar Noni has been molded into what the music industry expects a woman to be.
Meeting Kaz is instrumental to her journey of self-acceptance, and as a couple they come to the realization that beauty and self-worth both come from within.
Toula Portokalos and Ian Miller
Played by: Nia Vardalos and John Corbett
Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
When an obedient Greek daughter falls in love with a non-Greek, you can bet her relatives have a lot to say about it. But Ian and Toula’s love for each other conquers all, giving us a truly sweet, feel-good rom-com.
Su Li-zhen and Chow Mo-wan
Played by: Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung
Movie: In the Mood for Love
Su and Chow are neighbors in the same apartment building, but they’re in relationships with other people.
While their partners are away, they find themselves in the same places, leading to a forbidden love. “In the Mood for Love” is one of the greatest movies in Asian movie history.
Sara Thomas and Jonathan Trager
Played by: Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack
After meeting in New York City one night, Sara and Jonathan can’t forget about each other — even when they’re in relationships with other people.
But life has a way of bringing people who’re meant to be together back together.
Julia Sullivan and Robbie Hart
Played by: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler
Movie: The Wedding Singer
Wedding singer Robbie falls for Julia, who just happens to be married.
But true love conquers all, and the Barrymore/Sandler partnership is as sweet and irresistible as always.
Paige and Leo
Played by: Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum
Movie: The Vow
“The Vow” is based on the amazing real-life story of Kim Carpenter, who lost her memory after a car accident.
Her husband Krickett had to find a way to make her fall in love with him all over again.
Heloise and Marianne
Played by: Adele Haenel and Noemie Merlant
Movie: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Critically-acclaimed “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” follows a woman who travels to a remote island to paint a portrait of a woman as part of an arranged marriage.
Things take a romantic turn when they fall in love and embark on a forbidden romance.
Elio Perlman and Oliver
Played by: Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer
Movie: Call Me By Your Name
A beautiful love story set in Italy in the ‘80s, “Call Me By Your Name” is an intense portrayal of first love.
Based on the book by Andre Aciman, it follows the young son of academics who falls fast for one of his father’s grad students while on summer break.
Sam Baldwin and Annie Reed
Played by: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Movie: Sleepless in Seattle
For most of “Sleepless in Seattle,” Sam and Annie aren’t actually on screen together.
But that’s why the payoff when they do finally meet in person is so great. And of course there’s Sam’s adorable son Jonah making the story even cuter.
Oliver Barret IV and Jennifer Cavalleri
Played by: Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw
Movie: Love Story
The perfect box-of-tissues romance, “Love Story” is known for giving us the quote, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Whether you agree with that or not, you can’t argue with O’Neal and MacGraw’s chemistry.
Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly
Played by: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Movie: You’ve Got Mail
Online dating is the norm nowadays, but back in the late ‘90s, Joe and Kathleen were ahead of their time.
They fall in love over email, but the twist is that they hate each other IRL.
Celine and Jesse
Played by: Julie Deply and Ethan Hawke
Movie: Before Sunrise
Celine and Jesse’s unlikely relationship spans 16 years and three of director Richard Linklater’s movies, beginning with “Before Sunrise” in 1995.
It’s a wonderful study of how people — and love — evolves over time.
Nina Mosley and Darius Lovehall
Played by: Nia Long and Larenz Tate
Movie: Love Jones
Cult classic “Love Jones” follows photographer Nina and writer Darius, who fall in love after meeting at a jazz club.
“Romance is about the possibility of things,” Darius says in an early scene — just one of many lines that make you want to fall in love yourself.
Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid
Played by: Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood
Movie: The Bridges of Madison County
Based on the best-selling novella by Robert James Waller, “The Bridges of Madison County” is a moving love story, thanks to the chemistry between Italian housewife Francesca and photographer Robert.
This one isn’t about passionate kisses in the rain, but subtle, wonderful moments of intimacy between strangers.
Kate Forster and Alex Wyler
Played by: Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves
Movie: The Lake House
“The Lake House” may span years, but the story of star-crossed lovers Kate and Alex only features a few kisses.
Watch this if you don’t believe in soulmates (and you might just change your mind).
Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen
Played by: Robert Redford and Meryl Streep
Movie: Out of Africa
Romantic movies don’t get much more epic than “Out of Africa.”
Not only is it 2.5 hours long, but it also uses Kenya’s natural beauty as a backdrop and features two of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood.
Sara and Derek
Played by: Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas
Movie: Save the Last Dance
After aspiring ballerina Sara’s mother dies suddenly, she loses her passion for dance.
Then she meets Derek, who helps her work through her grief and get back on the stage.
This one won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.