There must be something awfully romantic about starring in a movie together because loads of real-life couples have done so. And while some of these films have been pretty abysmal vanity projects (looking at you, Gigli), a few of them have been big hits thanks largely to their stars’ real-life chemistry coming through on the screen. So if you’re feeling romantic, take a look below at seven real-life couples who starred in hit movies together.
1. Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep (1946)
Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood at the time, “Bogie and Bacall” tied the knot for real the year before this noir classic was released. Public interest in the couple helped the movie soar at the box office, while its iconic detective storyline and style have kept it relevant as a cinematic touchstone.
2. Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Taylor and Burton are remembered for their rather tumultuous marriage (well, marriages, since they wed twice), and their acclaimed portrayal of a troubled and erratic married couple in this film is a rather wild example of art imitating life.
3. Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn in Overboard (1987)
Hollywood relationships are infamous for being short-lived, but not Kurt and Goldie. The pair have been an item since 1983 and are still going strong today, but they were never more adorable than when they starred together in this classic ’80s rom-com.
4. Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
A real-life couple starring in an erotic thriller that’s actually critically-acclaimed and a box office success seems like an impossibility, yet that’s exactly what Cruise and Kidman managed to pull off in this steamy and stylish Stanley Kubrick mystery.
5. Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillippe in Cruel Intentions (1999)
Yet another erotic thriller from ’99 (Y2K angst must have had people feeling particularly amorous), this one skews considerably younger and remains an icon among many Gen-Xers and older Millennials. The chemistry between Witherspoon and Phillippe, who were dating during filming, is so intense at times that your TV set is liable to melt while you’re watching them.
6. Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor in Zoolander (2001)
The couple that laughs together, acts together — at least in this hit comedy. Stiller and Taylor brought plenty of chuckles to the big screen in this cult-favorite where he played a male model and she was the journalist tasked with writing a story about him. This movie is so hot right now.
7. Emily Blunt & John Krasinski in A Quiet Place (2018)
The most recent addition to the list is one of the most successful horror films of the decade. Krasinski co-wrote and directed the film, and he also made the very wise decision of casting his wife, Blunt, as the female lead. There’s already a sequel due out in 2020, with Blunt again starring and Krasinski behind the camera. Who knew silence and horrifying monsters were the keys to a successful Hollywood marriage?
If this list has got you feeling all warm and fuzzy, then be sure to catch Overboard on THIS at 5 pm/4C on Monday, Dec. 23. See our schedule here for more listings.