What would romance be on screen if not for the effervescent couples brilliantly portraying Romeo and Juliet with charm transcending the 70-mm? From the tales of Shakespearean passion to Modern ardour; cinema goers across the globe have been witness to scintillating chemistry between protagonists which turned lips dry; made hearts melt and tears drop. Yes; this article is about some great on-screen romantic couples who breathed life to love affairs on the big screen!
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson played Charlotte and Bob in the critically acclaimed and commercially successful movie ‘Lost in Translation’. The story of the rapport between an aging movie star and a young college graduate; both at uncertain and critical junctures of their lives; was brought alive by the actors. Charlotte and Bob was a wonderful couple that could very well be but were alas lost in translation!
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Love in Indian cinema resonates with just the mere mention of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’s Raj and Simran. Whether it is their epic Railway Station Climax; their fights while on a journey in Europe or the songs in the Mustard Fields in Punjab; all are etched in the memories of audiences. Yes, Shahrukh and Kajol have without a doubt epitomized love in the form of Raj and Simran from DDLJ.
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City Lights, a movie with one of the most moving endings in cinematic history, also boasts of an enduring bond depicted between the main characters; Chaplin’s Tramp and a blind girl. Undoubtedly one of the most successful and popular works of Chaplin, the duo of Tramp and the Blind Girl make for a moving tale and is one of the top ten greatest love stories ever played out on screen. So it is but natural for this couple to find space on this list.
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Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet starred in a one of a kind romantic science fiction film Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind as Joel and Clamentine respectively. One would have to watch the movie to realize how effortlessly they played an estranged couple drawn to each other even after targeted memory erasure!
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One could not have grown up in the 1990s and not been awed by Jack and Rose of the mammoth feature presentation Titanic. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet perfectly played the parts of two people belonging to different levels in the social hierarchy yet falling hopelessly in love. Their eternal love is something lovers swear by till today. They indeed are the one of the perpetual on-screen romantic couples!
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Noah and Allie are the lovable characters of the well-known feature adaptation The Notebook of Nicolas Spark’s best-selling novel of the same name. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams bring to live the characters with magnanimity and credibility. Spotless portrayals by them have undoubtedly earned them a place in the pedestal of one of the 100 greatest characters over the past two decades.
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The celluloid adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer winning novel of the same name Gone With the Wind is an epic which gave Cinema two of its favourite characters in love- Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. Without a doubt the brilliant chemistry between the two lead characters awes you and leaves a lasting impression as if the characters of the novel had actually come alive.
One of America’s sweethearts, Meg Ryan, featured as Sally along with Billy Crystal as Harry in When Harry Met Sally, a movie credited to have given birth to some of the connotations of modern relationships. The movie no doubt was applauded overall but it was the chemistry between the lead characters in particular that attained cult status.
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Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy played Jesse and Celine in feature presentations Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) enthralling audiences twice in a period of nine years. Fascinating acting by the two would make you connect to the characters. The rapport indeed is one of the most beautiful to have been ever represented on screen!
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Over eight decades ago came the movie Casablanca epitomizing romance. Timeless acting by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman have made the characters Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund the most lovable and praised on-screen romantic couples. They look exceptionally good together. It is a classic love story and undoubtedly brilliant in terms of casting!