Watching The Break-Up take in a respectable $38.1 million this past weekend -- thus proving that audiences love to watch a solid relationship self-destruct right before their eyes -- I found myself pondering the ingredients that make up the perfect movie couple.
Like in real-life relationships, on-screen chemistry is probably the most important ingredient in a successful movie couple. In just an hour and a half, you're expected to feel for these people, connect with them and relate to their situation. While it's always great to see a happy ending, some of the more memorable movie couples parted ways at the end. Rick and Ilsa did so in Casablanca. Rhett Butler frankly didn't give a damn about Scarlett O'Hara, and told her so in Gone With the Wind. Alvy Singer and Annie Hall couldn't find their way to a happy relationship if they were provided a road map and directions. These couples stick with us because they were real -- another important ingredient. If, at any point throughout a film, you are able to see yourself inside one of the characters, it immediately draws an emotional side of you in. A side that, ultimately, finds you examining your own relationship.
So, I ask you: In your opinion, what ingredients are needed for the perfect movie couple? Oh, and how about telling us your favorites of all time.