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These Celebrity Pairs Have Insanely Good On-Screen Chemistry

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    Chemistry! It’s not just that science class we painfully stumbled with in high school. It’s also that indescribable spark between two people that — when it’s the right two people — you can actually feel through a screen. That’s why some co-stars are coupled up time and time again (and what a Joy to see you reunited, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper). Even when they’re playing different characters, there’s just no denying the chemistry between them.

    Take, for example, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. They made us laugh, cry, and root for them as a modern-day couple in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Then, they sizzled in 1949 L.A. as a star-crossed gangster’s girlfriend and the police officer tasked with taking said thug down in Gangster Squad.

    The countdown is officially ON until we see Gosling and Stone crackling opposite one another, once again, on the silver screen. Still, we need to get our jollies somehow. In the meantime, enjoy this compilation of stars throughout the ages whose on-screen chemistry is undeniable. In some cases, it even translated into off-screen relationships or subsequent on-screen pairings. Hubba hubba.


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    Amy Adams & Christian Bale, American Hustle (2013)
    Sometimes it's hard to believe that one half of a couple would continue to support the other half, despite his or her unappealing actions. But these two convince us that they'll never walk away from each other, no matter how tough things get.

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    Rose Byrne & Seth Rogen, Neighbors (2014)
    These two seem to be comically inspired by each other in every scene, and they make ideal improv partners.

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    Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise, Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    Sometimes the best way to play a convincingly exasperated couple is to be one in real life.

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    Natalie Portman & Jude Law, Closer (2004)
    This has to be one of the rawest, most moving breakup scenes of all time. And it only works because we honestly believe these characters are broken up inside. The dialogue is melodramatic, but it doesn't matter; they cry, we cry.

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    Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Nate Parker, Beyond the Lights (2014)
    She’s an overly sexualized world-famous pop star who’s allowed her domineering mother and Svengali-esque producer to shape her career thus far. He’s a straight-laced police officer and aspiring politician who’s never even been on a plane. Together, they join the Mile High Club and help each other in so many other ways.