9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

Are you ever watching a TV show or movie where the on-screen couple is so electric that you almost can’t handle it? Here are nine movies and TV shows where I felt that way (and I’d love to hear yours)…

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Have you seen the Before Sunrise triology? Sultry Julie Delpy and scruffy Ethan Hawke have such a natural connection, you’re rooting for them before they even get off the train in Vienna.

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9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

On the first day of rehearsal for Call Me By Your Name, director Luca Guadagnino asked stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet to flip to a page in the script, which happened to be a kissing scene in the grass. “So, then we started making out. And we’re making out, and making out, and making out, and no one’s saying stop,” Hammer explained on The Ellen Show. “All of a sudden, we both kind of stop and look, and Luca had just walked away and left us right there, rolling around in the grass.” It was definitely an icebreaker, laughs Chalamet: “It destroyed the ice.”


When, on Insecure, Issa and her ex Daniel start hanging out, you can cut the tension with a knife. They speak the same language and really get each other.



Fleabag. Two words: IT’LL PASS.


No matter how much Sharon and Rob argue in Catastrophe, they still laugh at each other’s jokes. You can see why they drive each other crazy and love each other madly. One example from season 2: Sharon and Rob are fighting, and when he gets into bed, she tells him not to touch her. He responds, “If you come anywhere near me, I’m going to scream.” Facing away from him, Sharon laughs, and boom, the fight is over. (I loved all four seasons of this show.)

9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

I watched Lion on a flight and was sobbing like a baby! Such an incredible movie, and the connection between Rooney Mara’s and Dev Patel’s characters was tender and beautiful.

9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

New Girl is such a light sitcom that I didn’t expect Nick and Jess to have serious on-screen chemistry. But the witty repartee! Those smoldering gazes! That first kiss in the hallway! Even the actors had to be held back. Says Jake Johnson, who played Nick: “Liz [Meriwether, the creator] has told us a lot of times in scenes, ‘Jake, don’t put your hand there. It’s too forward.’ They keep pushing us apart.”

9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

The thing that really got me about A Star Is Born is how close-up the shots were. During intense scenes, the camera was almost in their faces, and it made the chemistry feel extra fiery.

9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

9 Couples With the Best On-Screen Chemistry

Finally, although it’s not really sexual, the friend chemistry in Broad City was off the charts. Abbi and Ilana had a funny yet profound connection. “Here’s the truth: Friendships between women are often the deepest and most profound love stories, but they are often discussed as if they are ancillary, ‘bonus’ relationships to the truly important ones. Women’s friendships outlast jobs, parents, husbands, boyfriends, lovers, and sometimes children,” wrote Emily Rapp. Two other amazing friendships: Leslie and Ann in Parks and Rec and Maya and Anna in Pen15.

What would you add? The couple in the new movie Plus One had a great vibe, and I loved the kiss in A Room With A View. Please weigh in below, these are the important questions!

P.S. My forever celebrity crushes, and what are your top three movies of all time?

  1. jq says...

    What about Zoe and Wade in Hart of Dixie

  2. Helen says...

    YES to Amy and Molly and
    YES to Amy and Hope!

  3. Helen says...

    A bit random, here are my faves:

    Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) in ‘Friends’.​

    The eleventh incarnation of the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in ‘Doctor Who’.

    Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Hope (Diana Silvers) in ‘Booksmart’.

    ​Lou (Emilia Clarke) and Will (Sam Claflin) in ‘Me Before You’.

    Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) and Lee Adama (Jamie Bamber) in ‘Battlestar Galactica’.

    Rachel (Constance Wu) and Goh Peik Lin (Akwafina) as best friends in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’.

  4. movie lover says...

    what about Kate and Leo?

  5. John says...

    Yvonne Strahovski and Zachary Levi in Chuck.

    • Kv says...

      Absolutely agree .Their eyes literally light up on seeing the other. And love Strahovski’s microexpressions-says more than most words could!!

  6. Dee says...

    Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback mountain. I’m a straight woman, still I found their on screen chemistry strong, sexy and extremely convincing;) ?

    • Louise says...

      I agree 100%. I rewatched Brokeback Mountain recently and now can’t stop watching. I often fast-forward to the three or four most romantic scenes and get my fill.

  7. Melanie says...

    David Rose and Patrick Brewer played by Dan Levy and Noah Reid in Schitt’s Creek, such a sweet, loving, sexy vibe. If you haven’t watched the scene where Patrick serenades David in front of the entire town with a stripped down acoustic version of Simply the Best by Tina Turner, then you are missing the most romantic scene ever shown on TV. They truly have amazing chemistry!

    • Sharlyn says...

      I could not agree more!! I watch this scene whenever I need a good cry! It truly is, simply the best.

    • Anne says...

      Yes yes yes!

  8. Sara Rectenwald says...

    Claire and Jamie (Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan) in Outlander. Perfect!

    • Emily says...

      I literally hit comment just to chime in on Outlander. The very best sexual/romantic chemistry, with a VERY woman-driven POV. Very much recommend Season 1. It actually changed the way I look at my husband for the better!

  9. Why has no one mentioned Arthur and Guinevere in Merlin????

  10. Anna says...

    Keira Knightly and Matthew Mc Fadyen(?) in Pride and Prejudice. The scene in the rain when they first fight and then almost kiss…

    • YES!

  11. NKobransky says...

    One word: Booksmart