Movies for Grownups

10 Unforgettable Movie Couples

They steamed up the screen and warmed our hearts

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (9 films)

From their first pairing, in 1942's Woman of the Year (pictured), the two crackled with chemistry and electricity — on-screen and off-. Name your fave, but I'm partial to Adam's Rib (1949), with the two as married opposing attorneys. And their last scene together, in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), will break your heart.


Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (4 films)

He was 44. She was 19. Bogie had never fallen for a leading lady before, but on the set of To Have and Have Not (1944), he tumbled hard. When they married and had a son, they named him Steve, the nickname of Bogie's character in the film that brought them together. One of their most famous films is Key Largo (pictured).

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (10 films)

Poor Dolores Del Rio. She was the star of the 1933 musical Flying Down to Rio, but newcomers Astaire and Rogers were all anybody remembered. Forehead to forehead, their carioca stole the movie, and moviegoers' hearts. Paired together off and on for 15 years (they're pictured here in Follow the Fleet), they always left audiences wanting more.


John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara (5 films)

They first costarred in Rio Grande (1950), but it was in 1952's The Quiet Man that the two became indelibly paired. Their kissing scene in a rainy graveyard — she can't keep her hands off the Duke's soaking-wet torso — created a romantic template that film couples have cribbed for decades. As Wayne lay dying in 1979, it was O'Hara (pictured with Wayne in Wings of Eagles) who went before Congress to plead for his Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (3 films)

If you could look up "cute couple" in Webster's, the example you'd likely find is twinkly-eyed Hanks and dimpled Ryan in either Sleepless in Seattle (1993, pictured) or You've Got Mail (1998). Even in their first movie, the somewhat dark and sadly overlooked Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), they're simply irresistible.

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Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (8 films)

There's probably never been a better-looking screen couple than delicate de Havilland and flashy Flynn. A couple of their films are classics — Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) stand out — but she was too good an actress to be satisfied playing eye candy, and Flynn was too mercurial to be tied to a single leading lady.


William Powell and Myrna Loy (14 films)

He had the slick hair, long handsome face and deadpan delivery; she had the wavy locks, perky nose and coquettish comebacks: Together, they had it all. As Nick and Nora Charles in their six Thin Man mysteries, they defined smart-and-sassy detective couples for all time.

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Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland (9 films)

Romance wasn't always on the menu when these two headed to the malt shop, but their well-scrubbed looks and let's-put-on-a-show optimism made them a favorite with audiences for nearly a decade. They're pictured in Strike Up the Band.

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Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher (3 films)

They hated each other … they loved each other … they hated each other again! As Han Solo and Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, Ford and Fisher (pictured in the second movie) seemed to battle each other more often than they did the Empire. By the final fade-out, though, one of the great screen romances was a done deal.

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Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy (7 films and counting)

They're from two different worlds — two different species, in fact — but the globe's most famous frog and pig seem to have become the poster critters for romantic diversity. It's not easy being green, of course, but green and pink? If they can make it, anyone can.

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