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best onscreen couples

Margaret and David have taught film lovers many things, including the potency of a strong male/female dynamic on screen. Whether they’re killing together, singing together, or solving crimes together, here are five of the best onscreen couples.

Bonnie and Clyde | Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Perhaps most famous for its climactic massacre, Arthur Penn’s film reiterated cinema’s love of on-screen criminals, especially when the protagonists are as glamorous as Warren Beattie and Faye Dunaway. In a tale that had been told before Penn’s interpretation, the story of Bonnie and Clyde is one of the finest examples of an on-screen couple in love with not only each other, but with the thrill of notoriety.

Danny and Sandy | Grease (1978)

Catapulting Australia’s Olivia Newton John to stardom, and simultaneously suggesting that smoking cigarettes whilst donning skin-tight Lycra pants is the best way to secure a beau, Grease successfully captured audience’s imaginations and has refused to let go. Rydell High is home to some interesting characters, but Sandy and Danny (John Travolta) are arguably the King and Queen of movie musicals.

Hannibal and Clarice | The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkins’ mesmerizing performance as Hannibal Lecter is further heightened by the presence of Jodie Foster as FBI Agent Clarice Starling, who learns a thing or two from the Doctor. When she and Hannibal join forces to bring down another serial killer who likes to skin his victims, we are hauled along for the thrilling ride. Both Foster and Hopkins won Oscars for their performances, and their scenes together are truly electrifying.

Micky and Mallory | Natural Born Killers (1994)

In Oliver Stone’s riotous film, Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis play lovers, outsiders, and killers. Their harrowing childhoods render them irrevocably changed people, and the presence of the media in their murderous rampage adds fuel to the fire. With a story that came from the mind of Quentin Tarantino, paired with the always intriguing Stone, Harrelson and Lewis are unforgettably and impressively crazy in love.

John and Jane | Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

We all know this is the film that began the juggernaut that is Brangelina, but we should also appreciate the on-screen relationship of John (Brad Pitt) and Jane (Angelina Jolie). After spending the bulk of the film trying to kill each other, most notably at the dinner table, these trained killers join up to slay the bad guys – and reignite their love.

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