With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we here at Indiewire thought it best to share with you some of our personal favorite on-screen couples to grace the big screen over the past 30 or so years. This list is by no means definitive (like we said, personal picks), so please tell us in the comments section below what movie couples you heart.
"Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight," Jesse and Celine
With the third film in Richard Linklater's "Before" series having just gone over extremely well in Sundance and Berlin, it's time to rewatch "Sunrise" and "Sunset" before "Midnight" hits theaters this May. Together, they represent a sincerely unprecedented trilogy featuring one of cinema's most fully formed couples, Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke). From that night in Vienna when they met at 23 to that afternoon in Paris when they were 32 to the entire day and night we get with them in Greece when they are 41, the collaborative force of Delpy, Hawke and Linklater (who co-wrote the films together) has given us an increasingly legendary onscreen pair. Celine and Jesse Forever. [Peter Knegt]
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Joel and Clementine
"Meet me at Montauk" is the refrain that is intent on reuniting the offbeat couple in Michel Gondry's romantic sci-fi "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind" with an Oscar-winning script by Charlie Kaufman. Sure the place holds a meaningful place for the couple, but when you've attempted to erase your memory of your relationship from your mind completely, perhaps you don't want to head there at all. In Montauk, Celementine and Joel consummate their unlikely love (he is straight laced; she dyes her hair silly colors) and meet (but maybe not for the first time). When the film is over, it's clear Clementine and Joel may not have been a match made in heaven, but they sure enjoy falling in love with each other (a few times over). [Bryce Renninger]
"Garden State," Andrew and Sam
You know it's real love when it happens over a few days and begins with a song by The Shins. One of the best self-discovery-meets-indie-romance stories, "Garden State" gives us two people that any one who's terrified of falling in love can connect to. Natalie Portman's quirky Sam, a pathological liar that guilty admits to her false stories and wears a helmet to work is the perfectly weird, charming character a great indie film needs. Zach Braff's drug-numbed Andrew, searching for something meaningful in his life, finally learns how to let go, and jump in. The endearing couple reminds us that romances don't need to be overly dramatic and of the beautiful sentiment that finding yourself can happen through finding love. [Erin Whitney]