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Updated on May 5, 2020. Posted on May 1, 2020

People Shared Actors Whose Onscreen Chemistry Was So Real, They Deserved An Academy Award, And Yes

And the Oscar for "Making me believe in love again" goes to...

A while back, we asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "If there was an Academy Award for 'Best Onscreen Chemistry in a Motion Picture,' which movie pairings would've FOR SURE taken home the gold?" and their responses were so amazing, it sparked even MORE incredible examples. So here are just a few more of the couples who would like to thank the Academy:

1. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)


"This was literally one of the best onscreen relationships I've EVER seen."


2. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement (2007)

Focus Features

"They should also be added to this list. When I first watched the movie, I began to wonder if they actually did fall in love in real life!"


3. Tessa Thompson and Michael B. Jordan in Creed (2015)

Warner Bros. Pictures

"Such a beautiful, realistic couple. They should've given them some kind of award for sure!"


4. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in the Before trilogy

Columbia Pictures

"They are my favorite onscreen couple of all time. Their chemistry is so natural and effortless."


5. Robin Wright and Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride (1987)

20th Century Fox

"I know the movie is goofy, but the chemistry between them is so pure and sweet."


6. Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig in Cairo Time (2009)

Cinemien/Mongrel Media/E1 Entertainment

"I said this in the initial questionnaire and I'll say it again here:

Those two created smokin' hot chemistry in a movie with no kiss, no declaration of love, two (maybe three) non-sexual touches between them in the entire movie, yet every single scene they share is absolutely on fire with sexual tension. It's easy to make chemistry with a 30-second-long passionate kiss, but it takes incredible talent and craft to pull off that kind of chemistry without any of the traditional markers of onscreen romance."


7. Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner in The King and I (1956)

20th Century Fox

"It’s a classic, and the sexual tension between them — especially in the song 'Shall We Dance' — is fantastic."


8. Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson in Indecent Proposal (1993)

Paramount Pictures

"I die a little bit every time I watch this movie because their chemistry is SO good!"


9. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

20th Century Fox

"How did these two not make the first list?!"


10. Eva Mendes and Will Smith in Hitch (2005)

Columbia Pictures

"I always thought they were adorable together, and incredibly believable."


11. Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver in the Star Wars sequel trilogy

LucasFilm Ltd.

"I know this is going to be unpopular, but they were absolutely heartbreaking as Rey and Ben Solo. There's a reason why a whole fandom was created around it."


12. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

TriStar Pictures

"I mean, honestly, any film with those two is an instant classic!"


13. Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

RKO Radio Pictures

"I know it's an older movie, but I'd like to add these two to the nomination list. That phone scene? It makes me melt every single time."


14. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Focus Features

"That kiss?! PERIOD."


15. Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Focus Features

"Their chemistry was so damn believable that it actually broke me."


16. Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard in The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Warner Bros. Pictures

"Even though they were apart for most of the movie, the scenes they did have together were AMAZING."


17. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind (1939)


"Whenever there's a list like this, these two should absolutely get a mention."


18. And finally, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom in the Pirates of the Caribbean series

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

"How...HOW...could no one name these two? I know it's a Disney series, but their chemistry was INCREDIBLE."


Now it's your turn! If there were an Academy Award for "Best Onscreen Chemistry," who would you nominate? Share yours in the comments below, and be sure to follow the BuzzFeed Community for a chance to be featured in an upcoming post and/or video!

Some entries were edited for length and/or clarity.

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