Every year when Valentine’s Day rolls around, couples scramble to buy gifts, flowers, chocolates, jewellery, things that make their loved one feel special.
But it’s the couple’s bond – their chemistry – that really determines if Valentine’s Day is a success or not.
Naturally, this chemistry has been captured on-screen with celebrity romantic pairings over the last 80 years of cinema.
So that got us thinking. Who are the best couples of the silver screen? Who has the most chemistry that is forever captured on celluloid?
In true Sunday Observer fashion, these are the top three on-screen couples (in no particular order):
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Bogie and Bacall… Bogie and Baby… They weren’t the first couple who sizzled on-screen and off, but they certainly did it better than anyone before them.
When they first met on the set of To Have and Have Not, Bogart was 45 years-old and Bacall only 19.
But that didn’t stop their romance from blossoming – they filmed three more movies together in the following years – Dark Passage, Key Largo and The Big Sleep.
They are the classic screen pair that embodies love and passion.
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
In 1993, writer/director Nora Ephron cast Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed in the feature film Sleepless in Seattle.
Audiences flocked to this movie and found out that Hanks and Ryan spend only two minutes of time on-screen together.
That if the brilliant stroke here. The more Ephron kept them apart, the more we fell in love with them individually and rooted for them to meet and fall in love with each other.
Hanks is the average Joe, and so is Ryan. That’s their appeal. They’re us.
The core of Ephron, Hanks and Ryan reteamed in 1998 with You’ve Got Mail.
It didn’t replicate the excitement of Sleepless, but what could?
You’ve Got Mail ended up being a timely, simple, and ultimately sweet romantic comedy starring this perfectly ordinary pair.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
They only starred in one film together – 2004’s The Notebook – but they left an indelible mark on film fans everywhere.
The love story between Noah (Gosling) and Allie (Adams) was a simple and common one in films – working class man falls in love with rich girl.
But these two did it best and with the most chemistry and naked passion.
Gosling and McAdams, before this film, were relatively unknowns, and that’s what made the pair work.
They were falling for each other on and off-screen, becoming real-life partners.
When they were in scenes together, it was only a matter of time before they hugged, kissed, made love.
The Notebook is one of the sweetest films to ever come out of Hollywood.
It’s a story of two lovers – an old-fashioned tale told with fresh new faces.
And it gave us one of the best movie couples in history.
Other notable couples:
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
Clarke Gable and Jean Harlow
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton
James Stewart and Jean Arthur
Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore