10 Hottest Onscreen Couples

While Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway steam up our screens in Love & Other Drugs, we count down the 10 other sexiest onscreen couples of all time.

Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

Is it the scene where Julia straddles the piano? Welcomes Richard back to the room wearing only a tie? Or maybe when they’re having a bubble bath? Whichever scene is the sexiest, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s chemistry is what makes Pretty Woman one of the few romcoms that’s watchable over and over again.

Brad Pitt and Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise is such an amazing movie because of the girl power between Geena and Susan Sarandon. But don’t forget how smouldering Brad was as he whipped Thelma into a frenzy. In the words of Louise, Thelma “finally got laid properly.”

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain

Oh yes. You know it. It’s heart-breaking but my god are they sexy! And we’re not the only ones to think so: their kiss was voted Best Screen Kiss Of All Time in a poll by Lovefilm.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Thank goodness Penelope and Javier finally hooked up because we couldn’t take too much more of their smouldering chemistry on and offscreen. Stoking the fires even more, in Vicky Cristina Barcelona they play on again-off again lovers in true Latino style – screaming, love making, pouting – and it’s hot, even without Scarlett Johannsen as the sexy third wheel.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Romeo and Juliet

It’s all about that kiss. Baz Lurhmann’s oh-so-cool adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is just so lovely, thanks in part to the magnetic attraction between its two fresh-faced stars.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic

Leonardo again! Whether you loved Titanic or wish it had sank sooner, there’s no denying that the magic between Leonardo and Kate, as oddball as it seems on paper, just works (especially when he’s painting her picture…). So much so that they tried to do it all again with Revolutionary Road, which fell flat with the critics.

John Cusack and Ione Skye in Say Anything

The romance between the slacker and the class valedictorian may have been an unlikely one, but no one other than John and Ione could make Lloyd and Diane one of cinema’s great couples.

Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost

Enrolments in pottery classes went out of control when Ghost was released. Who didn’t want a piece of what Demi and Patrick were having, straddling that pottery wheel with the sticky clay between their fingers? The passion and longing made this an instant classic. Fewer onscreen couples have felt so sensual and so genuine.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray in Dirty Dancing

“No one puts baby in the corner” – and he meant it. Patrick is just so hunky and Jennifer adorably dorky, and when they’re together, they sizzle. No other dance movie has matched the steaminess between the leads as Dirty Dancing.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise/Before Sunset

Ethan and Julie define what it’s like to meet someone while travelling, that intense yet brief connection to a beautiful stranger. Then they do it all again 9 years later, this time pondering if true love escaped them. Ethan and Julie co-wrote the script and that intimacy reflects in their hypnotic onscreen chemistry.

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Who is your favourite onscreen couple of all time?