GIMME FIVE: Our Favourite Recurring Romantic Duos


Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are soon to be starring in the new film Blended, marking their third time together as an on-screen romantic couple. This wouldn’t be the first time that a pair of actors have tried to bank on their first-time success as a film couple by reprising similar roles years later. Check out our top five favourite recurring romantic duos.

1. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan

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At this point it should be no secret to anyone that I’m obsessed with the fictional love between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Whether you’re talking about Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail, it’s pretty obvious this duo has some serious on-screen romantic chemistry. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr may have made meeting on top of the Empire State Building a thing, but it was Hanks and Ryan who really clinched it as a traditional ridiculous romantic ending that every girl dreams of (regardless of whether or not she even lives in Manhattan).

2. Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey

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Yes, it’s true, most of us are still trying to push the terrible plot of 2008’s Fool’s Gold out of our memories. But just because the movie itself wasn’t good doesn’t mean that Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey didn’t work well as an on-screen couple! Who could forget the cheesy perfection the two of them shared in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? Ignoring the fact that I first saw the film as a 13-year-old girl wearing rose-coloured glasses, it’s clear that Kate and Matthew work well as a comedy team. It takes a special kind of team to make the word “Bullshit!” seem romantic.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

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Do I even need to provide an explanation for this one? Jack and Rose have one of the greatest (and most frustrating) on-screen romances of all time. I don’t entirely believe it is possible to watch Titanic without yelling at Rose afterwards for not understanding how two people can clearly fit on that floating door. DiCaprio and Winslet have such strong chemistry (demonstrated again in a somber relationship in Revolutionary Road) that it really makes you wish DiCaprio didn’t only date models half his age.

4. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere

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Not a lot of couples can make prostitution look like every girl’s dream come true, but Richard Gere and (a very young, very big-haired) Julia Roberts do it pretty well. The movie itself has classic moments (take that, snooty saleslady on Rodeo Drive!) and definite sparks between the duo. While Roberts and Gere’s next shot at a film together wasn’t as great (sorry, Runaway Bride), I’d still watch them in movies together until the end of time.

5. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore

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The best part about Adam Sandler romantic comedies is that you can guarantee as much ridiculous humour (usually thanks, in part, to Steve Buscemi or Rob Schneider) as there is romance. Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler make light-hearted love look fun, easy, silly, and somehow also cute. The Wedding Singer has evolved into a cult-classic, known as much for its Billy Idol cameo as for the rapport between Sandler and Barrymore. The duo even made 50 First Dates (a semi-ridiculous plot based around amnesic dating) look adorable.

KileyA student of Centennial’s post-graduate Book and Magazine Publishing program, Kiley enjoys spending most of her time crying over Tom Hanks romcoms, watching Downton Abbey and hoping that Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen continue making movies with only each other.


One response to “GIMME FIVE: Our Favourite Recurring Romantic Duos

  1. Tom and Meg are my favourite of this selection. Did you hear that they might be appearing on screen together for a fourth time? Tom is rumoured to have a role in Meg’s forthcoming directorial début Ithaca.

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