The Top Three On-Screen Couples of 2011

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Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake play two friends who encounter complications with their no strings attached arrangement. Featuring an ensemble cast of Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Nolan Gould, Emma Stone and Bryan Greenberg.
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April 2nd, 2012

There are many on-screen couples who graced the silver screen in 2011. Many make the list of those who are admirable and ideal, but these top three have many audience members behind their love stories.

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits

Justin Timberlake plays Dylan Harper, an LA blog art director who is recruited to work with Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis), a headhunter for GQ in New York. The initial plot is that the two friends can add sex to their relationship without it having an effect on their feelings toward each other. The romantic adult comedy focuses on realistic love, even poking fun at the usual romantic plots of Hollywood romance. Over the course of the film, the two end up realizing that they have fallen in love.

This couple is one of the best of 2011 because of the realistic nature of their relationship. Like many couples, they learn to love each other over time and aren't prone to the "love at first sight" cliche that most Hollywood films aim for. The couple is easy to relate to, which makes the relationship popular with audiences. Aimed at older teens and adults, the movie focuses on the more adult aspect of a relationship, which is great for mature audiences.

Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The two Harry Potter actors are on the top-earning on-screen couples list, with the four movies of the series in the last five years earning over $4.2 billion. The two have a relationship that develops over the course of years, allowing for unresolved tension, verbal sparring, sacrifice for each other as friends, and eventually a long-awaited kiss that appealed to audience members.

Playing Ron and Hermione, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint develop chemistry over time that isn't as blunt as some romantic comedies or other Hollywood pairs. The two start as friends, with Hermione being partnered with Harry Potter more often, leaving Ron as the third wheel. The movies follow the "friends who become lovers" archetype, which allows the couple to be relatable, especially to teens and younger adults who may be in similar situations.

Once the couple is exposed in the series, the two become a major focus of the movies. They embody the "opposites attract" saying, which is something that many people can understand and relate to. All of the things that make this couple great come together to show a major rise in the sales of the movie, the audience support, and more.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Following behind the Harry Potter stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who play Bella and Edward in Twilight, have earned over $2.5 billion dollars for the franchise worldwide. The couple may be one of the more popular on-screen couples due to their media presence as a real couple on the red carpet.

The on-screen couple starts as a love at first sight duo that has a Romeo and Juliet-like problem. They cannot be together since Edward is a blood-thirsty vampire, and she is an attractive female (that he is immediately in love with). Over the course of the series, the two go through trials, such as Edward leaving to protect Bella, Bella learning about his life as a vampire, and eventually coming together to be married.

The on-screen duo goes through traditional teen heartbreak and romantic moments that make up any teen-romance film, but have an interesting relationship that depends on restraint and protection. The multifaceted couple earns third place for on-screen couples due to their never-ending love and personal sacrifice.