Romance has been a captivating theme in cinema for decades, with on-screen couples etching their love stories into the hearts of audiences around the world.
From timeless classics to contemporary gems, certain movie couples stand out for their chemistry, passion, and unforgettable moments. Ahead of Valentine's Day, here's five who left their mark on us...
1. Romeo and Juliet (Romeo + Juliet, 1996):
Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic tragedy brought the iconic characters of Romeo and Juliet to life with a unique and vibrant twist. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes portrayed the star-crossed lovers against a visually stunning backdrop. Their passionate and ill-fated romance is not only a testament to timeless love but also an exploration of the challenges that come with it.
2. Jack and Rose (Titanic, 1997):
Leo just knows how to fall in love on screen! James Cameron's epic romance, set against the tragic sinking of the Titanic, introduced audiences to the unforgettable love story between Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet). The film's grand scale and heart-wrenching narrative, coupled with the undeniable chemistry between DiCaprio and Winslet, made Jack and Rose one of the most iconic and beloved couples in cinematic history.
3. Allie and Noah (The Notebook, 2004):
Based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, The Notebook tells the poignant love story of Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) and Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling). The film, directed by Nick Cassavetes, alternates between the couple's passionate youth and their enduring love in old age. Allie and Noah's unwavering commitment to each other in the face of societal expectations and personal challenges makes them an iconic and enduring cinematic couple.
4. Westley and Buttercup (The Princess Bride, 1987):
Rob Reiner's cult classic, The Princess Bride, features the fairy tale romance between Westley (Cary Elwes) and Buttercup (Robin Wright). Filled with wit, humour, and swashbuckling adventure, their love story is a delightful blend of fantasy and true love conquering all obstacles. The film's memorable quotes and unforgettable scenes have solidified Westley and Buttercup as one of the most beloved couples in cinematic history.
5. Ennis and Jack (Brokeback Mountain, 2005):
Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain tells the heart-breaking and poignant love story between Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), two cowboys who form a deep and passionate connection in the 1960s American West. The film explores themes of societal expectations and the challenges faced by a love that defies conventions, leaving a lasting impact on audiences with its powerful portrayal of forbidden love and the enduring emotional bond between the characters.