Casting directors don’t get enough credit for their difficult job! When it comes to on-screen couples, not only do actors need to look the part, but they must have natural chemistry too, like Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in The Silver Linings Playbook. The same goes for comedy, as Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider play off each other with perfect timing in more than 18 films!
Which dynamic duo is your favorite to watch?
Amy Adams & Christian Bale
Both Amy Adams and Christian Bale are two of Hollywood’s top celebrities and the pair have starred in three films together. The actors made The Fighter in 2010, American Hustle in 2013, and Vice in 2018.
Adams knew Bale was the right leading man for her during the making of American Hustle when he stuck up for her and Jennifer Lawrence after the director treated them poorly.
Adam Sandler & Rob Schneider
Anyone who is familiar with Adam Sandler movies should know that he loves to work with his friends. One of his most frequent collaborators is fellow actor Rob Schneider.
Sandler and Schneider have made at least 18 films together such as Big Daddy, 50 First Dates, and Grown Ups. The two met at Sandler’s first comedy show in the ’80s and have been friends ever since.
Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper
One of the most powerful acting duos in Hollywood is Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The pair have acted in four films together such as Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Serena, and Joy.
Lawrence thanked Cooper in her Critics Choice Awards speech, “Bradley, the first time we ever did a scene together, you took my breath away…”
Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have been paired up three times in films such as Crazy, Stupid, Love, Gangster Squad, and La La Land.
The stars still have a soft spot for each other after working together for over a decade. “[He’s] a dear, wonderful friend. I can’t even imagine what my life would be without Ryan,” said Stone.
Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly
There’s bound to be a bunch of laughs when Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly collaborate on a project. The men have made several films together including Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
“The first time Will and I met, we knew we had something in common, and it wasn’t until we actually got together to work we thought, oh, this is why we were put on this Earth, to make hijinks together,” said Reilly.
Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet
While Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have only starred in two films together (Titanic, Revolutionary Road), their projects soon became legendary because of their great on-screen chemistry.
After 25 years, the actors are still good friends. “I’ve known him for half a life…He is my friend, my very close friend. We are connected for the rest of our lives,” said Winslet.
Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader
Audiences first saw the dynamic duo of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig during their time on Saturday Night Live.
They went on to make several projects together such as Adventureland and The Skeleton Twins. While making The Skeleton Twins, Hader shared, “Oh yeah, Kristen, you’re like a huge part of my life.”
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
Two of the fiercest women in comedy happen to love working together. Both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got their big break on Saturday Night Live and went on to have their own successful sitcoms.
Fey and Poehler have a blast working together on projects such as Sisters, Mean Girls, and Baby Mama. The two are best friends in real life and have bonded over being both moms and comediennes.
Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter
If there’s a Tim Burton movie out there, it’s likely that both Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are in it. The pair have starred alongside each other in films such as Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
They both bonded over the fact that they never watch their own movies because they hate seeing themselves on screen.
Kristen Stewart & Jesse Eisenberg
One pair audiences have been able to see grow on screen together are Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. Their first project was 2009’s Adventureland and went on to make a couple more films including American Ultra and Café Society.
Both admitted they are very comfortable around each other, which is rare because they consider themselves awkward people.
Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans
Marvel fans will recognize famous actors Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans for their roles in the Avengers films, but they’ve actually made several other films together.
Both can be seen as co-stars in The Perfect Score and The Nanny Diaries. “Any excuse to get close to Chris Evans is delightful,” said Johansson.
Steve Martin & Martin Short
Steve Martin and Martin Short have been working together for several decades. Most recently, they can be seen in Only Murders in the Building, but have been in iconic projects such as Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.
The pair met in 1984, but bonded a year later during the making of Three Amigos!.
Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are known for their frequent comedic collaborations in projects such as Zoolander, Starsky & Hutch, and Night at the Museum.
Wilson gushed over the nice letter he received from Stiller in the 1990s after completing Bottle Rocket. Stiller wrote that he wanted to work with him one day.
John & Joan Cusack
Brother and sister John and Joan Cusack didn’t need to work for their on-screen chemistry because they are real-life siblings. The two have done about 10 movies together including War, Inc., Sixteen Candles, and High Fidelity.
“My brother does not let me look bad. I believe in John and his passion,” said Joan.
Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
Not only have friends and co-stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon appeared in nine films together, but they’ve also written, directed, and produced many more together.
Some of their most well-known movies are Good Will Hunting, Jersey Girl, and Chasing Amy. The men met when they were young kids and lived two blocks away from each other growing up.
Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan
Two of the most iconic romantic comedies of the 1990s were Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. Both had Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as the romantic leads.
The two later made a couple more films together and have continued their friendship to the present day. “He’s just so easy. He listens; he roots for other people,” said Ryan.
Julia Roberts & Richard Gere
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s chemistry flew off the screen when Pretty Woman was released. They knew they needed to work together again, so they made Runaway Bride about a decade later.
Gere was hesitant to make Pretty Woman, but Roberts convinced him he would do great. “He changed all of our lives forever by agreeing to do this movie,” she said.
Anne Hathaway & Jake Gyllenhaal
Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway played a couple in two films (Brokeback Mountain, Love and Other Drugs).
While filming Love and Other Drugs, Gyllenhaal joked about how easy it was for him to have Hathaway as his love interest. “I’ve had a pretty illustrious career at this point, but the hardest thing has been pretending to be turned on by Anne Hathaway,” he said.
Eugene Levy & Catherine O’Hara
Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara met in the 70s performing in the Second City improv theater and have continued working together ever since.
The pair have appeared in Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Schitt’s Creek, and many more. It’s clear that about 50 years of friendship leads to dynamite onscreen chemistry.
Keanu Reeves & Winona Ryder
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder have a long history together. They first starred in Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992 and later made A Scanner Darkly in 2006 and Destination Wedding in 2018.
Ryder claims that she and Reeves may actually be married in real life because Francis Ford Coppola used a real priest to marry them in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.