Everyone likes to watch the occasional feel-good romantic comedy. The genre offers the best of both worlds to couples who can't decide if they're feeling passionate, goofy, or a little of both. While everyone can think of a few duos who frequently share the rom-com screen, it can be easy to forget that some of these romantic co-stars have acted together in other films, too.
Some rom-com actors who were in multiple movies together actually make better duos in their non-romantic films. Familiarity breeds naturality, and more than a few performances have been bolstered by the inclusion of an actor's bff.
While it can be a little jarring to see rom-com stars in other movies, once you get past the initial shock, you might just find that seeing your favorite on-screen couple acting platonically doesn't diminish the feelings inspired by their more passionate performances.
Anyone who had a pulse during the '90s remembers Joey Lauren Adams. One of her first notable appearances came when she played Simone in the cult-classic Dazed and Confused. In the film, her unique look and rad personality is matched only by her co-star, the paddle-wielding, Ben Affleck.
In 1997, Kevin Smith cast the two in his alt '90s love story, Chasing Amy. Adams and Affleck play Alyssa and Holden, two comic book artists who come together for a brief, star-crossed romance. Adams and Affleck also starred in a few other Kevin Smith films together, most notably, Mallrats and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
In the movie How Do You Know, Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon meet at a time when both are dealing with great disappointment. Neither character has much success in love, and their relationships with their significant others feels uncomfortably dormant. In the end, Rudd and Witherspoon hit it off, and it's implied they end up together.
While How Do You Know ended up being the duo's last romantic foray, both went on to star in the 2009 animated movie, Monsters vs. Aliens. Additionally, the pair got their start as an on-screen couple in the late-'90s film, Overnight Delivery.
In 1983, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Aykroyd joined forces in the comedy Trading Places. The actors met again in the 1991 film My Girl and its 1994 sequel. In the first film, Aykroyd's character develops a crush on Curtis's character, and in the follow-up, Aykroyd and Curtis are married and expecting a child.
The pair's love story is secondary to the main plot of the films, but is nonetheless an important and memorable component of the narrative. While Aykroyd and Curtis never starred in another film as a couple, the two teamed up again in the 2004 Christmas favorite, Christmas with the Kranks. In that film, Aykroyd plays Curtis's neighbor, and saves the day by helping Curtis prepare a Christmas party at the last minute.
Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson first appeared together in the 1981 film Reds, wherein Keaton's character has an affair with Nicholson's character. 22 years later, they teamed up again for Something's Gotta Give, a romantic comedy about a former playboy who falls for Keaton, despite her actually being his age.
While Nicholson's character almost reverts back to his sleazy ways, the time he spends with Keaton's character makes him realize that he wants to settle down and find someone to spend the rest of his life with.