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Top 10 Married Couples Who Starred in Movies Together

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Tiffany Ezuma
Script written by Tiffany Ezuma Working with your spouse doesn’t come easy, or maybe it just might be the best marriage counselling for these hollywood celebs. For this list we’re taking a look at married couples who starred in movies together! We’ve included couples like Kirsten Bell and Dax Shepard in Hit and Run, Courteney Cox & David Arquette in Scream 3, Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor in Zoolander, Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan Tatum in 10 Years, Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut and more!

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Top 10 Married Couples Who Starred in Movies Together

These couples make working with your spouse look easy. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Married Couples Who Starred in Movies Together.

For this list, we’re only looking at couples that were married by the time the movies they were in came out. So we’re not counting movies where the actors met on set and were married later, like “Mr and Mrs. Smith”.

#10: Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard

“Hit and Run” (2012)

Kristen and Dax both have the girl or boy next-door quality that makes them one of Hollywood’s most relatable couples. They brought that charm to the big screen with “Hit and Run” a zany relationship comedy about a roadtrip to Los Angeles gone horribly wrong. Written and co-directed by Dax, the movie shows off their natural chemistry. Some of the best moments occur when they’re just hanging out and riffing with each other, like when they banter about a “driving parrot.” Their natural goofiness plays well, and we’d love to see a straight rom-com starring them.

#9: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

“By the Sea” (2015)

Everyone knows about Brangelina meeting on the set of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” but “By the Sea” is the far more interesting collaboration between the two. A brutal portrayal of a marriage on the rocks, the whole movie is little more than their two characters airing out their frustrations with one another in a gorgeous hotel room by the sea. It’s clear to see that they’re are at the top of their game acting wise but the movie didn’t make much of a splash when it was released, and was later eclipsed by rumors about their divorce. However, it’s definitely worth a watch because of the topics it explores, which range from grief to infidelity.

#8: Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward

“Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” (1990)

With one of the longest marriages in Hollywood, it’s no surprise that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are one of the most natural couples to watch on screen. First appearing alongside each other in 1958’s “The Long, Hot Summer,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge,” marked their tenth and last feature film together. In this Merchant Ivory produced movie, they are equally matched as an aging couple grappling with changing times. Their ease with one another is captured on-screen as their chemistry shines through. We only wish more Hollywood couples collaborated this well together.

#7: Courteney Cox & David Arquette

“Scream 3” (2000)

The “Scream” franchise has given us so much, but the coupling of Courteney and David has to be one of the best things it produced, even though they’re no longer together. The duo met each other on the set of the first movie, and were married by the time the threequel came out. Their characters, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley, really shine in the third entry, which had a significant plot about them trying to stop a killer on the set of “Stab 3,” the movie within the movie. They’re dynamic is fun to watch and fits in perfectly with the film’s tongue-in-cheek, self-referential style.

#6: Annette Benning & Warren Beatty

“Love Affair” (1994)

Both Annette and Warren are considered to be two of Hollywood’s finest actors, so it’s surprising that “Love Affair” wasn’t the critical or commercial success everyone expected. Nevertheless, at its core it’s a chance to watch this couple fall in love in a remake of 1957’s “An Affair to Remember,” which itself was a remake of 1939’s “Love Affair.” Despite the movie not hitting home, the scenes featuring just Annette and Warren playing off of each other really show off their natural chemistry. A chemistry that’s evidently still going strong, since they’ve now been married for almost 30 years.

#5: Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor

“Zoolander” (2001)

When they were together, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor were definitely one of Hollywood’s funniest couples. “Zoolander” came out a year after they were married, and the fashion satire was a smash success when it hit theaters. With Taylor playing the straight woman to Stiller’s wacky, over-the-top Derek Zoolander, it’s fun to watch the couple bounce jokes and hilarious lines off of each other. Their partnership on-screen was a success, and lead to plenty more including a sequel film, “Dodgeball”, and “Tropic Thunder.” A third “Zoolander” isn’t likely, but at least we’ll always have this one.

#4: Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan Tatum

“10 Years” (2011)

Channing and Jenna’s on-screen magnetism is hard to beat. It was obvious in “Step-Up”, but even more apparent in “10 Years,” a movie that came out 2 years after they were married. In it, they play a couple who have to decide if they’re ready for marriage after spending a night with high school friends. Their scenes together feel completely natural, which makes it easy to root for their characters to stay together. There’s an obvious spark between them that makes it clear that no matter what the film throws at them, they’ll stay by each other’s side.

#3: Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman

“Eyes Wide Shut” (1999)

While “Far and Away” was the couple’s first film released during their marriage, “Eyes Wide Shut” was far and way their best. Telling the story of a couple that gets involved in a sex cult, it’s a deeply sensual and unusual film that was a creative risk for both of them. Directed by Stanely Kubrick, the risk paid off and the film was considered both a critical and commercial success. The power of their performances can be considered career bests for both of them, which isn’t always the case when married actors work together.

#2: Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

“Ali” (2001)

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are one of those Hollywood couples who truly seem to not only love each other but actually like each other, so we’d love to see them star in more things together. But to date, “Ali” is the only collaboration we’ve gotten from the duo. In it, Jada plays Sonji Roi, Muhammad Ali’s first wife. It’s a small role for her but boy, does the film heat up when they’re on-screen together. They really get to the root of the problems in the marriage, and it’s remarkable how much convincing work they do in so little time. Why can’t we have a whole movie of them doing the same?

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

“The Big Sleep” (1946)

Emma Thompson & Kenneth Branagh

“Much Ado About Nothing” (1993)

Ethan Hawke & Uma Thurman

“Tape” (2001)

#1: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966)

Liz and Dick have one of the most well-known, tumultuous love affairs in Hollywood, and they brought that same fire to the 1966 film, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Based off of a play of the same name, they star as a married couple who host the most uncomfortable dinner party ever when they proceed to rip each other a new one in front of their guests. Both take a no holds barred approach to their roles, and give the performances of a lifetime as they belittle and berate one another. The movie was a success, winning five Oscars, including Best Actress for Taylor.

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