The 10 best movie couples of 2005? See which lovers we loved (including party animals, sheep herders, and a gorilla) and post your own list
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The 10 best movie couples of 2005

10. Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) and Gloria (Isla Fisher), Wedding Crashers. The only match for a player like Vaughn’s bridal-party animal is one who’s even wilder. Like Vaughn, audiences fell hard for newcomer Fisher, as Jeremy’s sweet, sex-crazed, slightly scary stalker. The fun couple of the year.

9. Terry (Joan Allen) and Denny (Kevin Costner), The Upside of Anger. Against her better judgment, newly single and bitter suburban mom Terry falls for seedy, over-the-hill ex-ballplayer Denny in this indie dramedy. Even moviegoers who are no longer Costner fans could understand why she’d fall for this unlikely charmer. It’s Costner’s best work in years, a counterpart to Allen’s awards-caliber performance.

8. Victor (Johnny Depp) and the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter), Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Sure, she’s deceased and he’s not, and their exchange of vows is a mistake. But c’mon, weren’t you secretly rooting for these two to get together, rather than Victor and his breathing but boring fiancée (Emily Watson)? Even with a maggot crawling around her eye socket, the undead bride is prettier and a lot more fun.

7. Bai Ling (Ziyi Zhang) and Chow Mo Wan (Tony Leung), 2046. The gorgeous couple in one of the year’s most achingly unattainable romances. He’s a writer, she’s the working girl next door, they have an affair. She loves him but he can’t love her back, because he loves another woman he can’t have — and because that’s how things work in Wong Kar-Wai’s dreamy, glossy, urbane movies.

6. Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) and June Carter (Reese Witherspoon), Walk the Line. Phoenix and Witherspoon are so convincing that you want to see the sequel, where the country-music legends live in perfect harmony, grow old together, and die just four months apart. But it probably wouldn’t be as much fun to watch as the tumultuous, adulterous, drug- and rage-fueled courtship depicted here.

5. John Smith (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie), Mr. & Mrs. Smith. For once, lookie-loos who bought their tickets to see if a famous couple’s offscreen sparks showed up on screen got their money’s worth. In real life, Brangelina may spend all their time changing diapers and embarking on humanitarian missions, but as a pair of married movie assassins, they shared a life of glamour and intrigue, proving that the couple that slays together stays together.

4. The penguin parents, March of the Penguins. The nuzzling! The trudging! The incredible devotion to each other and to that frail unborn chick! No wonder Ma and Pa Penguin became the poster couple of the religious right. Wait a minute — they’re monogamous only for a year at a time? Never mind.

3. Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), Pride & Prejudice. Yes, it’s the umpteenth remake of Jane Austen’s classic, but there’s a wonderful sequence at a ball in which the bickering Elizabeth and Darcy suddenly find themselves dancing alone together, as if everyone else has disappeared. Kudos to Knightley and MacFadyen (and to inventive director Joe Wright) for showing how it feels when you’re falling in love, even when it’s with the wrong person.

2. Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) and Kong (Andy Serkis), King Kong. Okay, they have their differences (species, language, height), but what couple doesn’t? Didn’t you hope they could find a happily-ever-after ending — buy a little house in the suburbs, Kong commuting to the city via the Long Island Railroad… No? Well, the ending Peter Jackson came up with was pretty good, too, even though it was kind of a downer.

1. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), Brokeback Mountain. Every love story is, on some level, about obstacles, separation, and loss. (Just look at the rest of this list.) The story of these two wranglers is no different and no less universal, but the spareness and grace of the film’s storytelling (especially in Ledger’s heartbreaking performance) help make the couple’s tale more cathartically tragic. Ennis and Jack may be stoic men of the West, but for audiences, the Brokeback mountaineers offer the year’s best cry.

Who’s on your list of the year’s best movie couples?

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