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Top 10 Haters Turned Lovers in Movies

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Garrett Alden
It definitely wasn’t love at first site for these lovers! For this list, we’ll be going over characters whose initial hate or dislike turns to love during the course of their film or films. They don’t necessarily have to be characters that originate in film. We won’t be including any animated sources though, such as Belle and Beast of “Beauty and the Beast.” We’ve included ex haters like Phil Connors and Rita Hanson from “Groundhog Day”, Benedick and Beatrice from “Much Ado About Nothing”, John Bender and Claire Standish from “The Breakfast Club” and more!

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Top 10 Haters Turned Lovers in Movies

The line between love and hate was crossed by these movie characters. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Haters Turned Lovers in Movies.

For this list, we’ll be going over characters whose initial hate or dislike turns to love during the course of their film or films. They don’t necessarily have to be characters that originate in film. We won’t be including any animated sources though, such as Belle and Beast of “Beauty and the Beast.” Also, since we’ll be discussing the outcome of these relationships, a spoiler alert is in order.

#10: Phil Connors & Rita Hanson
“Groundhog Day” (1993)

A sarcastic weatherman, Phil Connors is not easy to get along with, as his producer Rita Hanson knows all too well. However, when the pair of them are stuck in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day, their animosity is destined for change; although it takes a while. Phil becomes stuck in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over. During his time spent in Groundhog Day, Phil falls for Rita and during several loops he romances her, but it isn’t until he finds true happiness and love for her, and she for him, that he’s able to escape and start a life with her.

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

The best friends of the titular character, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger thoroughly dislike each other at first, likely due to their differing personalities, until a fateful bonding moment involving a troll and the girls’ bathroom. After becoming friends, they still bicker back and forth, but with an element of sexual tension that rears its head every so often, even if both seem in denial about it. Ultimately, though, it takes another near-death experience for them to admit their feelings for each other and finally kiss in the last film, which leads to a long marriage and children together.

#8: Sebastian Wilder & Mia Dolan
“La La Land” (2016)

These two struggling artists definitely don’t get off on the right foot. Their first meetings occur during very stressful moments for each of them, causing them to feel negatively towards one another. However, Mia and Sebastian’s continued run-ins cause them to discuss their passions, acting, and jazz, respectively, and their passion for each other blossoms in turn. In the end, what brought them together serves to break them apart, though, as their pursuit of their dreams leads to their breakup - even if their love endures.

#7: Patrick Verona & Katarina ‘Kat’ Stratford

“10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)

Kat Stratford is an anti-social loner, whose father bars Kat’s sister, Bianca, from dating unless Kat dates someone too. This leads some guys to pay bad boy Patrick Verona to pursue Kat. They’re initially quite hostile to each other, verbally sparring with one another, despite Patrick’s efforts to win her over. Kat starts to warm to Patrick and he begins to genuinely like her, beyond the financial motivation. Although Kat breaks it off when she learns why Patrick started dating her, her feelings remain and they ultimately reconcile.

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

In fairness to these two, you don’t really expect to meet someone in detention. Each of them is guilty of judging the other, as well as their fellow students, by stereotypes: Claire is the spoiled, rich, popular girl and Bender is the delinquent. The latter lives up to the label by generally being a jerk to everyone around him, particularly Claire, whom he drives to tears several times. However, as the detention wears on, they get to know each other better, and come to understand why they are how they are, ultimately finding common ground and a budding attraction.

#5: Benedick & Beatrice
“Much Ado About Nothing” (1993-)

No matter the adaptation of this Shakespearean comedy, Benedick and Beatrice have plenty of animosity for each other. A lord and a governor’s daughter, the pair of them have a long history of engaging one another in insults, pranks, and other amusing embarrassments. When their friends conspire to get them together by causing them to overhear of their supposed feelings for each other, their witty barbs take on a greater undercurrent of affection and they eventually marry, though there are plenty of witticisms before they get there.

#4: Joe ‘NY152’ Fox & Kathleen ‘Shopgirl’ Kelly
“You’ve Got Mail” (1998)

Kathleen Kelly owns a small family bookstore while Joe Fox owns a larger chain of stores, one of which opens close to Kathleen’s. Although they hit it off well before she knows who he is, upon discovering his identity, they quickly become enemies, disagreeing with each other and trying to out-do the other through their businesses; with Kathleen eventually forced out of business. Yet, they’re also falling for each other while chatting online through anonymous emails, which Joe eventually discovers. After trying to improve her opinion of him, Joe reveals who he is, leading them to start a relationship.

#3: Harry Burns & Sally Albright
“When Harry Met Sally...” (1989)

When Harry met Sally… they didn’t get along at first. Harry’s bluntness and sarcasm clashed immediately with Sally’s proper and high maintenance nature. The duo argues nearly every time they encounter each other over a decade or so, though it becomes increasingly good natured, to the point where they become friends. However, Harry holds that it’s impossible for men and women to have true friendships. Despite dancing around one another, setting each other up with their friends, and even sleeping together, they take a long time to realize their love for each other, but Harry and Sally manage it, making for one of the better romantic comedy pairings ever.

#2: Han Solo & Princess Leia
“Star Wars” franchise (1977-)

She’s a princess and a leader of a rebellion against a tyrannical regime. He’s a smuggler, a rogue, and an all-around nerf herder. From the moment these two meet, they can’t help but bicker with each other, no matter how dangerous the situation they’re in. Yet, their attraction is equally as irresistible. The tension between them gradually leads to a kiss, as well as several memorable declarations of love. Despite separating sometime after having their son, it’s clear these two love each other quite a lot and their belligerent romance is among the most beloved in cinema.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Harry Sanborn & Erica Barry
“Something’s Gotta Give” (2003)

Ronny Cammareri & Loretta Castorini
“Moonstruck” (1987)

Ron Burgundy & Veronica Corningstone
“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004)

#1: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy & Elizabeth Bennet
“Pride and Prejudice” (1940-)

Any list of the greatest haters turned lovers needs these two on it. Other entries on our list reference them, and they’ve even directly inspired characters like Bridget Jones and her own Mark Darcy. (xref) Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy both dislike each other when they meet and harbor misapprehensions about the other’s character. Despite their growing attraction throughout the story, their pride prevents them from admitting it to anyone, especially themselves. Ultimately, Darcy’s selfless help in Elizabeth’s family crisis leads to them finally admitting how they feel, turning their hate into love and into one of fiction’s greatest romances.

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