Sometimes actors are so believable in their roles, that we start to think they aren’t acting at all. During filming, they see each other every day, and may even spend some of their down time together, so it’s no surprise that romantic feelings develop on set. Famous couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, and Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, all met while filming together. But what about the ones who have so much chemistry on-screen, but inexplicably, remain platonic in real life?
Here is our list of on-screen couples with so much chemistry that they should really consider dating in real life.
10. Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth – Sex and the City
As Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her beloved Big (Chris Noth) , these two started on HBO’s version of Sex and the City. Their rocky relationship had audiences glued to their TVs to see what drama would unfold next. From Big’s infuriating aloofness, to Carrie’s tendency to always come back to him no matter what, it was clear they were meant to be. Their characters may have had their problems, but the actors’ chemistry lasted for 6 seasons on HBO, and then through two feature films. Even though they are both married to other people in real life, and were never anything more than costars, their roller coaster on-screen relationship was like watching a real couple.
9. Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet – Titanic
Their epic love story as ill-fated couple, Jack and Rose, on board the doomed Titanic, made both Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, household names. Who doesn’t dream of falling head over heels in love like those two did? Years later, their onscreen chemistry was rekindled in Revolutionary Road, where they again played a couple in for a tragic end. At a recent movie premiere, Kate called Leo the “love of her life,and no co star would ever compare” which is what we all suspected anyway, the couple have remained close friends since the filming of Titanic in 1997. Maybe he is a perpetual bachelor because he is waiting for her to become available. That’s what Jack would do.
8. Christina Ricci and Devon Sawa – Now and Then
Now and Then is the quintessential slumber party movie. The budding romance between Scott (Devon Sawa) and Roberta (Christina Ricci), portrays exactly what happens when girls and boys start to give in to increasing hormones. They started out hating each other, and end up sharing a kiss, realizing maybe their feud wasn’t worth it. The two costarred in Casper, also released in 1995, solidifying their “made for each other” status. Who can forget the line, “can I keep you?” That was one teen couple that we would all be ecstatic to see make it last in real life.
7. Richard Gere and Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts may play a prostitute Richard Gere’s character hires to show him a good time in Pretty Woman, but the happy ending and the chemistry between the two actors is what make it one of the best romantic comedies of all time. The couple joined forces again to costar in Runaway Bride, showing another version of a dysfunctional couple. While it may not have matched the obvious chemistry that the two shared in Pretty Woman, the two would still make a magical romantic comedy-inspired couple in real life.
6. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
In Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-winning role, she plays a young woman with psychological issues entwined with the death of her husband. Her unlikely friendship with Bradley Cooper’s character leads to a charming dance competition and the two professing their love for one another. Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for her role, and who wouldn’t love to see a new power couple in Hollywood to rival Brad and Angelina? They clearly work well together, since they co-starred again last year in American Hustle. Their chemistry may be the result of amazing acting skills, but we think there might be a little more there.
5. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan – Sleepless in Seattle
There was a reason Meg Ryan was the romantic comedy queen in the nineties. She was the beautiful, easy going girl every guy wanted. Her best movies, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail just happened to costar Tom Hanks. Coincidence? They might not meet until the end of Sleepless in Seattle, but they are so meant to be that the audience is rooting for them the whole time. Hanks may be happily married, but he and Meg remain friends, and are in talks to co star in another film in the near future.
4. Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Matthew McConaughey has recently solidified his status as a serious actor, but no one will forget his roots in romantic comedies. Often co starring fellow beautiful person, Kate Hudson. Not only do they make one of the best looking couples in the history of romantic comedies, but they have a comfortable, natural relationship complete with entertaining banter. They starred in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Fool’s Gold together, and have said recently that they are looking to make a third, but haven’t found the right script yet. Like a true couple, Kate has even hinted that her constant tardiness drives Matthew crazy, saying “every time I’m, like, 10 minutes late, he pulls this little face.”
3. Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington – Django Unchained
As a slave helping a bounty hunter track down three outlaws, Jamie Foxx was the undisputed star of Quentin Tarantino’s western, Django Unchained. But the chemistry between he and Kerry Washington, who played his long lost wife, was what really made audiences root for the character of Django throughout the movie. They may not have been reunited until the end, but they were completely believable as two people who would do anything to find their way back to each other. Foxx and Washington also costarred in 2004’s film, Ray, as Ray Charles, and his wife, Della Bea Robinson, which was the beginning of the on-screen chemistry we would love to see translate to the real world. Even though Kerry is married in real life, there is still a chance they could pair up again in another film, in the future.
2. Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler – The Wedding Singer
Love them or hate them, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore make successful romantic comedies. They co starred in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, and just finished filmed Blended, which comes out later this year. Their goofy senses of humor work well together, and they always portray a sweet, endearing couple that could totally work in real life. Unfortunately, Adam is married with 2 daughters, and Drew is also married with one daughter, and another on the way. So, maybe they will never be together for real, but their friendship still allows they to make movies together, exploring their chemistry on-screen.
1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling – The Notebook
This Canadian former couple has so many supporters that there are actually haters of Ryan’s current squeeze, Eva Mendes. When they co starred in The Notebook, their chemistry took the world by storm. And they weren’t just acting. They ended up dating for 2 years, and who can forget that re-enactment of their famous kiss after they won Best Kiss at the MTV movie awards? Even now, 6 years after they broke up there is still constant tabloid speculation that they may be getting back together. After they broke up, Ryan said, “Thank God for The Notebook. It introduced me to one of the greatest loves of my life.”