Want to enjoy a couple with chemistry without the soppy romantic plot lines? Here are 7 examples of love and relationships in films that don’t solely focus on romance. 

Up – Carl and Ellie

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The acclaimed opening montage of Pixar’s 2009 masterpiece explores the partnership of our focal character, Carl, and his childhood sweetheart, Ellie.

Together they triumph through endless hitches from growing bills to the loss of their unborn child. An animated feature has never shown the highs and lows of married life as poignantly.

The dreaded reality of life is that it comes to an end. When Ellie passes away, she leaves the elderly Carl bitter and alone which is where our story truly begins.

This ten-minute prologue (above) establishes one of modern cinemas greatest relationships from its beginning to its end.

 

Star Wars – Han and Leia

Han and Leia

Love on earth has never been simple, let alone a galaxy far, far away, but that didn’t stop the coupling of Han Solo and Leia Organa.

Whether it’s flying through asteroid fields at hyper speed or rescue missions in outlandish disguises, these two always go above and beyond the call of duty.

Reports from the late Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia, establish that her co-star Harrison Ford, Han Solo, had a brief affair off-screen, which may be why the chemistry feels so real.

In this tale the princess doesn’t want a prince, she wants the rogue and there’s no better rogue than Han Solo.

“I love you”

“I know”

 

Ice Age - Scrat and his acorn

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Relationships can be powerful, energizing, beautiful and wholesome experiences. This isn’t quite to that level.

Starting thematically in the original Ice Age and continuing throughout its various sequels is the love between Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel and his giant acorn.

Scrat’s adventures for his acorn are set parallel to the main story. Scrat risks his life through avalanches, against bloodthirsty dinosaurs and even into outer space to be reunited with his acorn.

If that's not love then I don’t know what is.

 

Easy A – Dill and Rosemary

The stand out relationship in this coming of age comedy, inspired by The Scarlet Letter, isn’t that of leading lady Olive (Emma Stone); it’s her wonderful parents, Dill and Rosemary (played by Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson).

This couple is the personification of cool, mixing strong parenting with subtle humour as they support Olive through her teenage drama.

A fun fact is that all the family members are named after food items—Dill, Rosemary, Olive and Chip. Creative parenting at its best.

 

Superman (1978) - Superman and Lois Lane

Superman

When Superman isn’t protecting the world he tries to live a normal life as a reporter, Clark Kent, but this job leads him to the love of his life, Lois Lane.

Superman’s passion for Lois is clear; he even flew around the Earth at an incredible speed to turn back time after she was injured. Now that’s a keeper.

Lois Lane and Superman first appeared together in Action Comics #1 in 1938, making their relationship nearly 80 years old.

 

The Truman Show – Truman and Sylvia

The Truman Show

Everybody knows the hit reality show The Truman Show, everyone but its star, Truman.

Truman was a television sensation before he was born; his life scripted to keep the lie alive. The only person to ever indicate that Truman’s life was fictitious was his college crush, Sylvia.

Sylvia and Truman’s first passionate kiss was cut short due to meddling TV producers, but he never gave up searching for the only honest person in his life.

 

The Addams Family – Morticia and Gomez Addams

The Addams Family

They’re creepy and, yes, they’re kooky but Morticia and Gomez Addams prove that there really is someone out there for everyone.

Here is a couple that has clearly been married for a long time, yet they are still madly in love. Not only do they keep the flame alive but they also never forget the values of family.

Together they attend their children’s social events from parent’s evenings to plays and they do it with pride. That’s effort that all parents should put in, spooky or not.

 

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