Thursday, September 27, 2012


The 42 Best Movie Couples of 1993

42. Made in America – Sarah (Whoopi Goldberg) and Hal (Ted Danson)

41. Addams Family Values – Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston)

40. The Age of Innocence – Ellen (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Newland (Daniel Day-Lewis)

39. Robin Hood: Men in Tights – Robin (Cary Elwes) and Maid Marian (Amy Yasbeck)

38. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – Gilbert (Johnny Depp) and Becky (Juliette Lewis)

37. Poetic Justice – Justice (Janet Jackson) and Lucky (Tupac Shakur)

36. Benny & Joon -  Benny (Aidan Quinn) and Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson)

35. The Man Without a Face – Justin (Mel Gibson) and The Memory Of His Former Face (Itself)

34. The Fugitive – The Memory of Helen (Sela Ward) and Richard (Harrison Ford)

33. Grumpy Old Men – John (Jack Lemmon) and Ariel (Ann-Margret)

32. Heart & Souls – Anne (Elizabeth Shue) and Thomas (Robert Downey Jr.)

31. Indecent Proposal – Diana (Demi Moore) and A Pile Of Money (itself) 

30. What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner (Angela Basset) and Triumph (itself)

29. Sleepless in Seattle – Annie (Meg Ryan) and Insanity (Itself)

28. Manhattan Murder Mystery – Larry (Woody Allen) and Carol (Diane Keaton)

27. Mrs. Doubtfire – Stu (Pierce Brosnan) and Miranda (Sally Field)

26. Philadelphia – Andrew (Tom Hanks) and Miguel (Antonio Banderas)

25. The Piano – Ada (Holly Hunter) and George (Harvey Keitel)

24. Dazed and Confused – David (Matthew McConaughey) and High School Girls (themselves)

23. Rudy – Rudy (Sean Astin) and Notre Dame (Herself)

22. The Good Son – Henry (Macaulay Culkin) and The Devil (Beelzebub)

21. Sleepless in Seattle – Sam (Tom Hanks) and Annie (Meg Ryan)

20. The Sandlot – Hercules/“The Beast” (a male English Mastiff) and the baseball (itself)

19. Short Cuts – Doreen (Lily Tomlin) and Earl (Tom Waits)

18. Son in Law – Crawl (Pauly Shore) and Becca (Carla Gugino)

17. So I Married an Axe Murderer – Charlie (Mike Myers) and Harriet (Nancy Travis)

16. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and The Watertower (itself)

15. Rudy - The Audience (Us) and That Obscenely Uplifying Score (Jerry Goldsmith)

14. The Remains of the Day – Mr. Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) and Total Despair (itself)

13. Beethoven’s 2nd – Beethoven (a male St. Bernard) and Missy (a female St. Bernard)

12. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit – Rita (Lauryn Hill) and Skepticism (Itself)

11. The Sandlot – Squints (Chauncey Leopardi) and Wendy (Marley Shelton)

10. Groundhog Day – Rita (Andie MacDowell) and Phil (Bill Murray)

9. Addams Family Values – Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Joel (David Krumholz)

8. Dave – Dave (Kevin Kline) and Ellen (Sigourney Weaver)

7. Jurassic Park – Ian (Jeff Goldblum) and Chaos Theory (Itself)

6. The Piano – Ada (Holly Hunter) and The Piano (herself)


6. The Piano – Ada (Holly Hunter) and Her Fingers (themselves)

5. True Romance – Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette)

4. The War Room – George Stephanopoulos (Himself) and Bill Clinton (Himself)

3. Sleepless in Seattle – Sam (Tom Hanks) and A Weird Public Outlet For His Grief (Itself)

2. Dazed and Confused – Darla (Parker Posey) and Hazing (itself)

1. The Fugitive – Samuel (Tommy Lee Jones) and Not Caring (itself)


Previously: Why 1995 Was Probably the Best Year Ever for Movies.

Bobby Finger doesn't know why you're not watching 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' right now.

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maybe partying will help

David Krumholtz is in an Addams Family movie??

That man's life choices please me.


@maybe partying will help It doesn't matter what else he does, whenever I hear his name, I think of "I have a penis on my face, don't I?"

That's not a bad thing at all, though.

maybe partying will help



My brain oscillates between that and "You can't stop the signal." :B


@maybe partying will help As the two favourite movies of my childhood, it took me an embarassingly long time to work out that that was David Krumholz in both 10 Things and AFV


@maybe partying will help
Wednesday Addam's boyfriend is MR. UNIVERSE?!


omg seriously I love this @v


Ahh, just thinking about #14 makes me want to wear a blanket and weep. The scene where Emma Thompson's Miss Kenton tries to take the book from him?? Why must Kazuo Ishiguro write such soul-crushing stories?

Mad as a Hatter!

@yeah-elle Didn't he write Never Let Me Go? Oh lord THE TEARS. Though I bawled this morning watching a movie about Beatrix Potter, so I may not be emotionally reliable.


@Mad as a Hatter! Yep, he wrote that too! I feel like he specializes in writing books where people are slowly crushed by emotional repression and misguided senses of duty. Waughhhh.

Anna Jayne@twitter

I just realized my longstanding crush on David Krumholtz pre-dates my longstanding crush on Paul Rudd.


Weren't Benny and Joon siblings? Is that the point? I'm confused.

Also Gomez and Morticia belong at the top of every 'best' list, damn it. They are kind of my domestic ideal.


@BattyRabbit Yesssss, Gomez and Morticia totally have one of the most loving and functional relationships in all of fiction. So great.


@BattyRabbit They were, but not all the couples on the list are romantic.
And yes - Gomez and Morticia should've been in the top 5, AT LEAST.


@BattyRabbit I came down here without even reading the rest of the list to make this same complaint. 41 out of 42? Is this a joke?


Mon Cher!

Barry Grant


"Tish! You spoke French!"


@BattyRabbit Oh thank glob someone else said it!


Wednesday and Joel 4 ever: "I'll never forget you...you're too weird."

ALSO, Cary Elwes is my very favorite Robin Hood. (Well, tied with the Disney cartoon fox version) Actually 1980s/early 90s Cary Elwes is my favorite anything.


I am in love with Cary Elwes. I want him to fall in love with me and for us to have a long farcical marriage.

This is Cary Elwes as Robin Hood. Other Cary Elwes need not apply. Especially 'Kiss the Girls' Cary Elwes. *shudder*

oh! valencia

@teaandcakeordeath What about Princess Bride Cary Elwes? No good?

@royaljunk, I think the Disney fox wins for me. what a FOX.


@teaandcakeordeath I'd accept Princess Bride Cary Elwes but otherwise, COSIGNED.


@oh! valencia
You bring up a very pertinent point. Yes, very very good.


@teaandcakeordeath Oh, I'm so sorry, but PBCE is MY imaginary husband, so I am afraid he cannot be yours. I was seeing MiTCE on the side, but I suppose I could give him up for you. As you wish, etc.


@royaljunk To quote Carey Elwes as Robin Hood, "Unlike all the other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent."

I watched Robin Hood: Men in Tights so often growing up that I can quote the entire movie. I am unashamed of this fact. My favorite scene to quote is when they run into the rabbi:

"There's trees here, there's rocks. There's boids, there's squirrels...Come on! Let's bless them all until we get farshnikit (sp?)!"


@olivebee You are all correct. Men in Tights is the best Robin Hood movie, and Carey Elwes is the best Robin Hood.


@teaandcakeordeath UHHH or Liar, Liar Cary Elwes. That was my first post-RHMiT/PB exposure. Trauma.


@olivebee I was going to be concerned if somebody hadn't yet pulled out the English accent quote.
It is so fun that Dave Chappelle is in that movie.
Also, submitted for your approval:
44. Prince John (Richard Lewis) and his roving mole (itself)
43. The Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees) and Latrine (Tracey Ullman)


@HeyThatsMyBike Twister-Elwes is the worst. Witnessing that the first time required a Princess Bride/RHMiT marathon recovery.


@HeyThatsMyBike I have a MOLE??


If your love is a grain of sand, my love is a whole beach. It's settled! MiTCB is MINE! (Swapsies one weekend a month?)

"Lend me your ears ... [pelting with ears]... that's disgusting."

The Claaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!


@teaandcakeordeath CARY ELWES NEVER BLINKS

oh! valencia

Benny and Joon! such a great movie.

oh! valencia

@oh! valencia This list was really funny.

Oh, squiggles

Aaaand my adolescence just came flooding back. I'm blaming you.

sarah girl

The best couple in Men in Tights is clearly Blinkin and the naked, armless statue.


@Sarah H. "You've lost your arms in battle! ...But you grew some nice boobs."

ETA: I think this whole comment section is going to wind up being me quoting movies. That was the last one, I swear.

dj pomegranate

Ack, they are all great. #8 though, for real. Kevin Kline is welcome to sing Oklahoma! at my house any day of the week.


I recently rewatched Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally and both are still EXCELLENT.


@aliceandstuff When Harry Met Sally remains excellent throughout multiple hundred-thousands of watchings. I know because... because I know.


These are great, but I must object to #33. Lovely as Ann-Margaret is (and she is very, very lovely), the best couple in that movie is OF COURSE Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@Bebe Yes. This is what I came here to say. Bromance to the highest power.

fondue with cheddar

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Old man bromance, especially.

Anne Helen Petersen


6.) The Piano: Ada (Holly Hunter) and The Soundtrack (Michael Nyman)

Aspiriationally Natalie

Psh, everyone knows the main couple in The War Room was George Stephanopoulos and James Carville! (Or at least Mary Matalin and James Carville...)


#11...Yes. If I were not flat as a board and dark-haired, I would have gone as Wendy Peffercorn for Halloween at some point in my adult life. I cannot hear This Magic Moment without thinking of that scene.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@olivebee "Oiling and lotioning, lotioning and oiling...I just can't take it anymore!!!!" I use this quote more than I should in everyday life.

Reginal T. Squirge

Moral of the story: If you like a girl, fake like you're dying and when she comes to your rescue, assault her. Then you will get married, have lots of babies and live happily ever after the end.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@Reginal T. Squirge Pretty much. Works every time!


I was 6 in 1993, so I did not discover the absolute awesomeness that is Dazed and Confused until 2003, when I watched it over and over till the Blockbuster clerk was like, "Oh, you're here. Looking for Dazed and Confused?"

My vote for best couple of that movie is Slater and weed because that couple came up with the best quotes. "Martha Washington... she was a hip, hip lady."

fondue with cheddar

@olivebee I saw it when it came out in theaters! And it's actually what made me decide to start smoking pot. I was already hanging out with people who did but I'd always refrained. After a year of observing others doing it and realizing they were all okay (except the ones who did it A LOT), seeing it depicted in a movie was just what I needed to tip me over to the other side of the fence, weirdly enough.


@olivebee Have you ever looked a dollar bill, man? There's some spooky shit goin' on there. And it's green.

Chesty LaRue

@olivebee All those girls up there can have Cary Elwes, but Rory Cochrane is my boyfriend forever.
Also, I used to work with a guy who got the on-air nickname Slater and everyone was always like, Like Slater from Saved By The Bell? And he was always disgusted. Except I was always like, "Check ya later, man." And then he started using that on air. He and I GOT each other, you know?


"Darla (Parker Posey) and Hazing (itself)"

You love us. Smile! You love us.

bobby finger@twitter

@Brunhilde The best line. Obviously.


@bobby finger@twitter "You're doing great. Now fry like bacon, you little freshman piggies!"


@Brunhilde Wipe that face off your head, bitch.

fondue with cheddar

I've never seen the Addams Family movies, but I know I should. I adore Anjelica Huston.

Valley Girl

@fondue with cheddar (formerly jen325) You MUST. The best part is seeing how Morticia gets awesome mood lighting independent of the rest of the scene.


@fondue with cheddar (formerly jen325) Do it! She's so perfectly arch and imperious!


@fondue with cheddar (formerly jen325) Yes, you should - watch the movie AND continue to adore Anjelica Huston because she magnificent, and I want to be her when I grow up.

I even sort of like the 2nd Addams Family movie, because Joan Cusack is amazing. Please be gentle in your mocking.

fondue with cheddar

@Valley Girl I've seen that in stills! So great.

@Amphora I will!

@Bebe She is SO magnificent. And the queen of the sly smile. Joan Cusack is wonderful, too.


@Bebe The second is by far the best. It's certainly the most quotable.

"I was a ballerina! Graceful! Delicate! They had to go."


@meetapossum Cosigned right down to your example quote, which I say more often than is strictly necessary. It's worth the price of admission for the summer camp scenes alone.


@TheLetterL If you have Thanksgiving without singing "Eat Me!", there's something wrong.

My cousins and I quote Addams Family Values constantly.

"Let's not forget our cheery little Chippewas! Mordecai, Yang, Esther, Consuela, Erwin...and...I'm not sure how to pronounce this one. Jay-mul? Jam-ul?" "Jamal?" "Whatever."


@meetapossum F'real. "You have placed Fester under some strange, sexual spell. I respect that. But please - may we see him?"



"I'll be the victim!"

"All your life."

God I wanted to be Christina Ricci so very badly when I was a kid.

Or this one:

Wednesday: Your work is puerile and under-dramatized. You lack any sense of structure, character and the Aristotelian unities.
Gary: Young lady, I am getting just a tad tired of your attitude problem.


@Bebe What? Why would I ever mock that? Wednesday goes to CAMP; it's great.


@meetapossum Absolutely. I cannot wait for ABC Family to start playing this around the clock!


@Bebe The Thanksgiving Pageant scene is the best thing ever.

"Years from now, my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs."


@meetapossum Malibu Barbie. The Horror!



I talked about this in another post months ago, but my great aunt is a serial killer/black widow and when my family found out, I won't lie, we started making Debbie jokes. I keep thinking I should go as Debbie for Halloween, but is that just tempting the fates a little too hard?


Not only do we agree on Cary but we agree on Adams Family Values! My best birthday party was going to see that at the cinema. All the other girls complained as they thought it was too scary but I knew they were just wimps.

fondue with cheddar

@Diana Wow, that's so cool! I mean...it's cool in the sense that you have an interesting family story to tell. Not so cool for the men she killed, obviously. Do you remember what the post was where you talked about it? I missed it and I want to know!

Valley Girl

Saw the headline, knew it had to be written by Bobby Finger and clicked SO FAST. No one writes on 90s movies better!


@Valley Girl Right?? I've missed you, Bobby Finger!

bobby finger@twitter

@frigwiggin @Valley Girl That's really kind and I'm super flattered. I'VE MISSED Y'ALL, TOO.


#17: So I Married An Axe Murderer is the most underrated movie of Mike Myers' career. His hobby is bad beat poetry!


@Amphora Harriet! Sweet Harriet. Hard-hearted harbinger of haggis.

I love that movie soooooo much. So very, very much. It is perfection.

Reginal T. Squirge

Jane, stop this crazy thing. Called love.


@Amphora can't choose:



She stole my heart and my cat. Betty, Judy, Josie and those hot Pussycats.


oh! valencia

@Bebe "Beautiful Bemused Bellicose Butcher
I am lonely! It's really hard! This poem sucks!"


@Bebe "I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare."

oh! valencia

@Amphora Great movie, but not a super-functional relationship!


@Amphora YES. I love, love this movie. It is very much underrated. I mean, how can you not love the Pentaverate speech? It's comic gold


@Amphora I can't tell you the number of times "You know what this place needs? A really big oversized poster of Atlantic City" is germane to a conversation.


Heart & Souls - Thomas Life Merge (Robert Downey Jr and Child Actor)and Editing That Still Impresses Me So Much (Itself)


I came down here to yell, until I remembered that (a) My Cousin Vinny was released in 1992 and (b) Bobby would never leave out Vinny and Mona Lisa Vito.


I always felt like Phil and Ned Ryerson were the best couple in Groundhog Day.


@Bittersweet Watch out for that first step. It's a doozy.


@Bittersweet I have missed you SO much. I don't know where you're headed but... can you call in sick?


Son-In-Law!!! That movie defined 6th grade for me. I thought Becca was the height of cool. Probably the only movie with Pauly Shore that I love unabashedly.

Reginal T. Squirge

You forgot Encino Man.

fondue with cheddar

@Reginal T. Squirge Don't forget Pauly Shore Is Dead.


Revisiting Bobby Finger's Uncastable audition and crying with laughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geWzpfBXHe8&feature=relmfu




Also apparently 1993 was my golden year for movies I have watched ten thousand times.


Thanks for such a great post and the review, I am totally impressed! Keep stuff like this coming. Linda


I love old movies and have watched almost every movie you included in this list, my favorite ones are Manhattan Murder Mystery and Son in Law with Carla Gugino in the main role. I have watched the House at the end of the street movie the last week-end and I enjoyed it a lot, if I would make a list with the best movie couples of 2012 this movie would be at the top of the list. The Box Office movies that were released this year are not so interesting like older movies, the storyline is so predictable.

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ibcbetAw, this was a very good post. Finding the time and actual effort to generate a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don't manage to get nearly anything done.

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