We studied the chemistry and measured the heat factor to bring you this countdown of the sexiest movie couples ever to grace the silver screen. What's the only thing better than a sexy movie star? Two sexy movie stars, engaging in meet-cutes, flirtations, first dates, love scenes and, occasionally, some good wholesome sadomasochism.
We studied the chemistry and measured the heat factor to bring you this countdown of the sexiest movie couples ever to grace the silver screen.
10. Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey in 'Dirty Dancing' (1987)
Sparks are bound to fly in a movie about sexually suggestive rump-shaking, and what girl didn't want to be Grey when the swaggering Swayze boldly proclaimed, "No one puts Baby in a corner!"? Though the two actors initially didn't get along off-screen, their chemistry in front of the camera is undeniable.
9. Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' (2004)
They're star-crossed lovers -- Allie (McAdams) is rich, Noah (Gosling) poor -- whose passion survives war, family betrayal, even betrothal to others. Gosling and McAdams make us believe in the young love that becomes the enduring bond able to bring them back from the abyss of Alzheimer's in their twilight years.
8. Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh in 'Gone With the Wind' (1936)
Frankly, my dear, Clark Gable didn't give a damn, and who doesn't love a strong man who puts a sassy woman in her place? These two Hollywood icons, who heated up the screen during a much more conservative time (talk about bringing sexy back), made the Greatest Generation swoon, and it's easy to see why.
7. Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet in 'Titanic' (1997)
Did anyone else need a drink of water after seeing Winslet's hand sliding slowly down a steamy car window as she and DiCaprio "got acquainted?" Their playful flirtations and aforementioned deal-sealing are unforgettable, but it's the couple's heartbreaking parting in icy waters that truly immortalized them in movie history.
6. Cary Grant & Grace Kelly in 'To Catch a Thief' (1955)
False identities, breathtaking diamonds, suspicion, deception, a glamorous masquerade party, the French Riviera -- now there's a mix to fuel the passions of even the most worldly sophisticates. Hitchcock's thriller found two great stars at the top of their form, just before Kelly went off to become Princess of Monaco.
5. William Hurt & Kathleen Turner in 'Body Heat' (1981)
In this film noir homage, Turner has Hurt at her beck and velvet-throated call as Matty, a sultry number who convinces her lawyer lover Ned to kill her husband. Every frame drips with sensuality as Matty keeps Ned steamed up throughout the film. Calling it 'Body Heat' almost seems redundant.
4. Burt Lancaster & Deborah Kerr in 'From Here to Eternity' (1953)
The affair between a captain's wife and a sergeant gave this classic drama an iconic scene of lust on the beach. Their horizontal frolic in the surf looked so enticing, it undoubtedly inspired honeymooners everywhere. Also inspired were Kerr and Lancaster, who began a romance during the production.
3. George Clooney & Jennifer Lopez in 'Out of Sight' (1998)
As bank robber Jack Foley, Clooney shows an unadulterated appreciation of J.Lo's sizeable, um, asset as he lies spooned against her federal marshal in a car trunk. Meanwhile, men panted to trade places with him (or at least be the spare tire), while women imagined all the possibilities that go along with Clooney and a pair of handcuffs.
2. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in 'To Have and Have Not' (1944)
The noir romance thriller has something that can't be found in a script -- the electricity of the hard-edged superstar and his 19-year-old newcomer leading lady falling in love for real. And then there's its famous line: "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You put your lips together ... and blow."
1. Mickey Rourke & Kim Basinger in '9 1/2 Weeks' (1986)
This erotic drama pushed the sexual envelope already stretched by Marlon Brando's 'Last Tango in Paris' in 1973 even further. Involved in an impersonal affair, the kinky games played by Rourke's investor and Basinger's art gallery assistant devolve into sadomasochism -- but above all, it's their pure sexual lust that sticks with you.