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4 of the best romantic comedy couples
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail (1998) - photo by Sarah Binghurst
ROMANCEVILLE With Valentines Day approaching, its a safe bet that romantic comedies will dominate on movie and TV screens. We all know the predictable boy meets girl plot, so what sets a rom-com apart? Its chemistry, and here are four couples that have it repeatedly.

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks

There is one couple that dominated romantic comedies in the 90s. Indisputably, that couple is Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. It began with Joe Versus the Volcano in 1990 and, while its one of the strangest plots of any movie ever, the chemistry between these two actors is obvious and makes this movie memorable.

Thats probably why they reunited in 1993 for Sleepless in Seattle and the world rejoiced. Even though they share less than five minutes of screen time in Nora Ephrons romance revolving around a radio talk show, its impossible not to fall in love along with Ryan and Hanks, despite the obnoxious little girl and her acronyms.

Then in 1998, the journey of this couples on-screen relationships culminated in Youve Got Mail. Ryan and Hanks also reunited with Ephron for this romantic comedy but, instead of radio, the two unknowingly come together through e-mail.

Its hard to put a finger on what makes Ryan and Hanks such a great on-screen couple, but theres no doubt that their collaborations are some of the best romantic comedies around.

Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey

If the 1990s belonged to Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, then the early 2000s belonged to Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. Before his successful dramas, McConaughey teamed up with Hudson for two successful romantic comedies.

In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, McConaughey plays Benjamin Barry, a successful ladies man. He makes a bet that he can make any woman fall in love with him, and Hudsons character is assigned to write a magazine article about the ways women sabotage relationships. The ensuing tug-of-war between the determined couple only makes you cheer harder for their inevitable happy ending.

Fools Gold, on the other hand, is a different story. The attractive couple of treasure hunters are, in fact, married, but their relationship has sunk. As they race to find a Spanish treasure, the two rekindle their love and remember what brought them together in the first place.

Between McConaugheys southern drawl and Hudsons stunning smile, these two actors make magic on screen together.

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere have two of the most successful film careers in Hollywood, so its clear they work well with others. Surprisingly, these two work even better together.

Pretty Woman is a modernized version of Pygmalion, and Roberts and Gere breathe new life into an old tale. When a businessman picks up a prostitute on a whim, he gets more than he bargained for. The two quickly fall in love, despite their different lifestyles and worldviews.

Almost a decade later, the couple returned to the screen together in Runaway Bride. Gere is a reporter covering a story about a heartbreaker who leaves men at the altar. As he struggles to get the facts straight, the two people find more in common than they expected.

It must be the adorable dimples that bring Roberts and Gere together time and again.

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler might not be everyones cup of tea, but the two actors have appeared together in three romantic comedies that produce more than a few laughs, and by the time the credits start rolling, you cant help but like the pair more.

It all started at a wedding reception in 1980. Actually, thats just the setting of The Wedding Singer, which kicked off the on-screen romance between Barrymore and Sandler. Robbie and Julia fall for each other, despite the fact that Julia is engaged to someone else and Robbie is supposed to sing at the wedding.

The comedy is turned up a notch in 50 First Dates. Instead of stealing the girl away from another guy, this time Sandlers character must make her fall in love with him again every day when her memory resets. Its not as tragic as it seems. In fact, its rather endearing.

Last year, Barrymore and Sandler tackle even more drama in Blended. After a terrible first date, the two people find themselves on the same vacation in Africa with kids in tow. Their African adventure is almost as epic and exciting as the journey of parenting teenagers as a single mom or dad.

If Sandlers love ballad on the airplane in The Wedding Singer doesnt melt your heart, theres no way you can appreciate this comedic couple or their movies.
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