15 Must-See Movies Starring Real-Life Lovers! Gigli is Not One of Them.

We’re kind of loving the new indie smash, The Place Behind the Pines — the acting’s top shelf, blah, blah, but what’s really fab is that it stars super-steamy, real-life couple, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes. Which got us thinking…what are our favorite flicks starring off-screen lovebirds?  The truth? It was a tough list to put together. Because, more often than not, actual lovers seem to have an awkward time reproducing their chemistry onscreen (Shanghai Surprise, anyone? Swing Shift? Maybe it’s just films with alliterative “S'” in their titles that suck).  But sometimes it works. And when it does, it’s like lightening in a bottle. The palpable tension, the timing, that effortless romantic “thing” that can only come from a couple that’s actually madly in love — it can translate into an epic screen pairing! When done right, you almost feel like a voyeur sneaking a peak at an intimacy that’s none of your business. Anyone who’s seen Mr. & Mrs. Smith — aka Aniston Never Stood a Chance — can attest to this.

From Annie Hall to The Notebook, check out our fifteen fave examples of art imitating love in the most convincing way.

  • Ali Macgraw and Steve Mcqueen in The Getaway

  • Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in The Amazing Spiderman

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr. and Mrs. Smith

  • Channin Tatum and Jenna Dewan in Step Up

  • Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire

  • Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in To Have And Have Not

  • Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in El Cantante

  • Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands

  • Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe in Cruel Intentions

  • Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Twilight

  • Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook

  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith in Ali

  • Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

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