24 Famous Couples Time Forgot (But We Never Will)

Wait, they dated? Those two people, who have totally different filmic trajectories and/or are currently in an established relationship that has come to define their public persona actually were together? We all know about the weird, now-legendary pairings of, say, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton or Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette, but there are heaps of other couples that time has forgotten about...but, thanks to the internet and our own personal torch-carrying, we haven't. And now you won't, either.
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Uma Thurman & Gary Oldman

First off, how handsome was Gary Oldman? He and Uma Thurman didn't just date...they were actually married in the early nineties. The 19-year-old Thurman, at the time, was rumored to be the reason Oldman split with his first wife. Yowza.

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Liv Tyler & Joaquin Phoenix

This couple met on the set of Inventing The Abbots, the couple dated for three years and even moved in together. The pair seems all but forgotten about, but makes sense, as they were a part of the young Hollywood rising stars of the mid-'90s.

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Meg Ryan & Russell Crowe

In retrospect, this couple just seems strange, especially since Ryan's good-girl image contrasted with Crowe's rugged persona. Yet, the pairing was pretty controversial: Crowe split up Ryan's beloved relationship with Dennis Quaid, and Ryan seemed to take the majority of the blame.

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Ryan Gosling & Sandra Bullock

Just take a moment to absorb this one: Canada's sweetheart Gosling and America's sweetheart Bullock were a thing, thanks to their shared film Murder By Numbers. The exes still both speak warmly about one another.

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Ted Danson & Whoopi Goldberg

Do you guys remember the early '90s? Back when Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg dated? And Ted Danson showed up in black face at a Friars Club Roast? Yeah, maybe we should forget that last part...

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Kristen Stewart & Michael Angarano

Twihards won't be surprised by this news because, back in '08, tabloids reported that K. Stew left child star Michael Angarano heartbroken when she ditched him for her costar, Robert Pattinson. Sigh. Were those two ever without drama?

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Matt Damon & Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder's dating history is pretty strange, and we all reminisce over the years that she and Johnny Depp were together. But the gal known for her intense relationships and wild antics managed to land one of Hollywood's lesser crazy guys, and the two dated for two years.

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Naomi Watts & Heath Ledger

Some people in our office thought this one was well-known, and others couldn't imagine a Naomi Watts without Liev Schreiber. But before Michelle Williams came into the picture, these two Aussies were a serious item. They split due to busy schedules and Watts has been very outspoken about how much she misses the actor.

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Jack White & Renee Zellweger

Okay, that mop of hair? That's Jack White. Right after they both filmed Cold Mountain, Zellweger and White got together, baffling tabloids and White Stripes fans alike.

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R. Kelly & Aaliyah

Not only were they together, but R. Kelly and Aaliyah were actually married. And the weirdest/creepiest part? Aaliyah was 15 at the time, so the marriage was annulled.

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Drew Barrymore & Edward Norton

Both Edward Norton and Drew Barrymore are poster children for the surprising Hollywood romance (Courtney Love and Tom Green, respectively, anyone? Totally bonkers). So it's no surprise the two were briefly an item. It appears the pairing wasn't serious.

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Kieran Culkin & Emma Stone

Though she is firmly entrenched with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone was briefly linked to Kieran Culkin in 2010. Those Culkin boys seem to do quite well for themselves, huh?

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Diane Keaton & Al Pacino

Throughout all three of the Godfather movies that Diane Keaton and Al Pacino filmed, the duo were dating. It's not the first Keaton relationship to come to mind since she was so famously linked to Woody Allen, but Pacino/Keaton were pretty long-term.

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Gwyneth Paltrow & Ben Affleck

A time before Gwyn and Chris Martin feels like an eternity ago, and the relationship most famous in Gwyn's past is certainly the squee-inducing Brad Pitt pairing, but yes, Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow dated, and it weirdly made sense.

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Topher Grace and Anne Hathaway
Yes, before she was an Oscar winner and back when he ruled primetime TV, these two were every theater kid's inspiration.
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Cat Power and Giovanni Ribisi
Before he got married to model Agyness Deyn (a relationship we didn't even know about until the wedding announcement came), Giovanni Ribisi dated Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, indie songstress. The break up apparently left her reeling, and she chopped off her hair and left LA right afterwards.
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Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette
One of the reasons that True Romance is such a convincing movie was that Arquette and Slater were actually falling for one another while it was happening. Though this is mostly hearsay, how good did they look together?
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Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher
In the early days of both of their careers, Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher were hot and heavy. They were fixtures in the NYC and LA nightlife scene in the early 2000s, but their love was short-lived. Kutcher has spoken on a couple of occasions how sad he was after she passed.
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Jared Leto and Cameron Diaz
Yes, this isn't the world's greatest photo. But the couple was incredibly low-key, dating while Leto was the bigger star and Diaz was on the rise. In fact, rumors even circulated about an engagement after Diaz was spotted with a ring. (Can you imagine that alternate timeline?)
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Russell Crowe & Jodie Foster
The second time Mr. Crowe appears on our list. The two apparently dated long before she came out, and have remained close friends ever since.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt & John Cusack
This was probably the most earnest, hand-holdy couple of all time. The two only shared a few dates, but they probably were filled with Goo Goo Dolls songs and lots of floral dresses.
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Photo: REX USA/Brian Rasic
Evan Rachel Wood & Marilyn Manson
For making a career out of being a freak, Marilyn Manson has been with some incredibly stunning women, like Rose McGowan, Dita Von Teese, and, yes, Evan Rachel Wood. ERW and Marilyn dated for quite some time, and she even took to creepily calling him "Manson" in their private life.
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Tyra Banks & Seal
First off, just revel in the forgotten face of Tyra. Secondly, allow yourself to imagine what might have been...
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Demi Moore & Emilio Estevez
Kind of an "It" '80s couple, Demi and Emilio starred in a couple of films together, including St. Elmo's Fire, which is when they started officially dating. On an unrelated note: young Emilio Estevez was super good-looking.