Top 10 Opposites Attract Movie Couples

Script written by Sean Harris Top 10 Opposites Attract Movie Couples Subscribe:  These couples may have different personalities but you know what they say, opposites attract! Love is weird isn’t it? In this countdown we take a look at the movies whose protagonists have different goals and polar opposite personalities but somehow make it work. For example, Sandy and Danny from Grease, John Bender and Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club, Captain Georg Von Trapp and Maria from the Sound of Music and Harry Burns and Sally Albright from When Harry Met Sally. Special thanks to our user Contributor101 for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at MsMojo's Social Media: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Snapchat:

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Top 10 Opposites Attract Movie Couples

Love is a strange and unpredictable thing! Welcome to MsMojo and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 opposites attract movie couples!

For this list, we’ve ranked cinematic couples with contrasting personalities or outlooks. We’re not focusing on class differences though, so check out our video counting down the ‘Top 10 Forbidden Love Movies’ for some financially affected entries!

#10: Ben Stone & Alison Scott
“Knocked Up” (2007)

They’re the perfect example of what happens when a one-night stand goes wrong. Alison is a determined professional who’s very focused on her job; Ben, on the other hand, is carefree and likes to smoke the… odd joint. They meet on an alcohol-fueled night out, hit it off, and have sex. After a slight but significant misunderstanding, the condom is tossed aside and pregnancy follows. Ben seems like everything a dad-to-be shouldn’t be, and after early encouraging signs Alison severely doubts his credentials. But the couple oddly complements each other, and even if they can’t see it at first, there’s a positive, happy relationship there. Somewhere.

#9: Harold Chasen & Maude Chardin
“Harold and Maude” (1971)

The terms ‘boy-toy’ and ‘cougar’ often float around in rom-com circles, to describe any relationship with an age difference between the male and the female. But there’s nothing quite like the generation gap between the spritely youngster Harold and his 79-year old lover, Maude. In this early-‘70s dark romantic comedy, the central characters meet through a mutual hobby – the attending of funerals – and their differing outlooks on life soon become clear. Even though she’s lived longer, Maude hasn’t become jaded, and maintains a positive view. Harold, however, is quite the opposite. By throwing all social norms out the window, the couple helps bring happiness and clarity to each other’s lives – despite the endless naysayers!

#8: Mark Darcy & Bridget Jones
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001)

These two are so different, you could write a book about it – and Bridget does just that. This twenty-first century woman has a heap of pressing – and painfully funny – problems on her plate – not the least of which is finding Mr. Right. And the titular writer and rom-com heroine is torn between two men: bad boy Daniel Cleaver and true gent Mark Darcy. She and Mark don’t exactly get off on the best foot, as Mark finds her quite the contrary to his eloquent self. But their relationship gradually grows amidst kitchen nightmares, clumsy street fights and dodgy Christmas jumpers. Bridget is then forced to rethink all she ever believed, because nice guys know how to make out too!

#7: Ronald Miller & Cindy Mancini
“Can’t Buy Me Love” (1987)

Nerds, jocks, and cheerleaders are age-old school divisions, but Ronald Miller is intent on bridging the gap – even if it costs him $1,000 to do so. Ronald spends his summer mowing lawns to earn enough for a high-tech telescope, but ultimately he gives his cash to high school cheerleader Cindy Mancini, who needs to hide an accident from her mother. Cindy agrees to be Ronald’s girlfriend for a month in exchange for the four-digit sum, and thus he gains entry into the popular crowd. Ronald quickly sees that life on the other side isn’t all that great, and Cindy’s surprised to find her nerdy financier is actually quite an interesting and even charming guy, flipping schoolyard social stereotypes on their heads.

#6: Beast & Belle
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

As the only animated couple to make this list, Beast and Belle are Disney’s interpretation of a seemingly impossible romantic dream. But as this classic film tells us, we shouldn’t be deceived by appearances: Belle may be a commoner, but her beauty is almost divine, and she could have her pick of any regular prince – or at least the town heartthrob. The titular Beast is a man cursed to be a creature, who carries more than a little emotional baggage. But somehow Belle and Beast bring out the best in each other, getting to know and love each other through snowball fights, books, and dancing. It’s a tale as old as time and a love story to enchant the ages.

#5: Joel Barish & Clementine Kruczynski
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)

Our next couple fits the ‘opposites attract’ bill by their very casting, with the famously frantic Jim Carrey and golden girl Kate Winslet taking the lead. But the Hollywood rulebook was completely thrown out the window, as it was Carrey who played the shy guy, while Winslet wowed as a free-spirited extrovert and the picture-perfect manic pixie dream girl. Joel and Clementine’s story is of an unexpected love encountered on a long distance train journey. Despite their many differences, the pair seems strangely right for each other. However, it isn’t until we delve into Joel’s memory that we find out exactly why that is, and learn that relationships – no matter how rocky – are always worth remembering.

#4: Harry Burns & Sally Albright
“When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)

There’s just something that always seems to draw these two together, no matter how hard they try to deny it. After Billy Crystal’s Harry and Meg Ryan’s Sally graduate in Chicago, they carpool to New York City, beginning what becomes a lifelong habit of discussing love, attraction and relationships with each other. The problem is, the two never seem to agree and countless arguments ensue – in fact, the one thing they have in common may be their stubbornness. Harry, ever the nonchalant smart aleck, knows exactly how to push the picky Sally’s buttons. But, circumstances continually reunite them for what seems like a fated romance. We just hope Sally’s really enjoying it, and not just faking!

#3: Danny Zuko & Sandy Olsson
“Grease” (1978)

Danny, a tough guy with a heart of gold, and Sandy, the shy girl who’s as wholesome as they come, share a fleeting summer romance. But then Sandy gets transferred to Rydell High where Danny’s reputation’s a little different. For T-Bird-turned-lovebird Zuko, it’s all about keeping his cool, but Sandy wants to see more of his romantic side. At times “those summer nights” seem very far away, but when all’s said and done, they’re willing to change to win each other back, with Danny turning jock and Sandy taking a page from the Pink Ladies’ book. Finding they definitely want each other, this relationship is so unlikely and so perfect they need to invent new words to describe it.

#2: John Bender & Claire Standish
“The Breakfast Club” (1985)

Claire and Bender are two of five high school students dragged into all-day Saturday detention and told to write an essay. Claire’s there for skipping class to go shopping; John’s being disciplined for causing a false fire alarm. As if that’s not different enough, wait’ll you get to know them. Claire’s the stereotypical ‘it girl’ who cares about how she’s perceived, and John’s the archetypal rebel who seemingly couldn’t care less. The whole group would never usually hang out, but in close quarters, Bender, Claire, and the rest break all the social rules. Even if we only get a glimpse of the blossoming love between “the criminal” and “the princess,” it’s something we’ll never forget.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

- Ronny Cammareri & Loretta Castorini
“Moonstruck” (1987)

- Ron Weasley & Hermione Granger
“Harry Potter” franchise (2001-11)

- Mike Chadway & Abby Richter
“The Ugly Truth” (2009)

- John Smith & Pocahontas
“Pocahontas” (1995)

- James Bond & Vesper Lynd
“Casino Royale” (2006)

- Indiana Jones & Willie Scott
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984)

#1: Capt. Georg von Trapp & Maria
“The Sound of Music” (1965)

When high-spirited Maria arrives at Captain Georg von Trapp’s villa to work as governess to his seven children, she’s a distinct anomaly in the household. The von Trapps lead a strict, disciplined, militarily-influenced way of life, but Maria shakes up the whole routine with music and positive attitude. The Captain doesn’t take too kindly to the changes at first, but soon softens when he hears his children singing. Even though the idea of love scares Maria, and Georg initially has other romantic interests, the couple works it out, and finds that what’s going on between them is something good. With a love like that, not even the Nazis can stand in their way.

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