The Worst Couple in Movie History Is…?

We laugh when we see Abbott and Costello; we’re charmed at the banter shared by Nick and Nora; we swoon at the thought of Rhett and Scarlett.

They’re all great screen couples…and moviegoers do enjoy watching the chemistry between two perfectly matched actors/characters…but what about the lousy movie match-ups?

Irv is back to offer his choice for “the worst couple in movie history.” First, see if you agree:

Now, take to the comments and submit your vote for the most intolerable pairing in cinema history!


  • jbourne5181

    Nick and Nora are my favorites but Abbott and Costello are right up there with them. And I agree with Irv part of the way. Adam Sandler is the most annoying person on the big screen. I don’t even find him funny. I do love Drew Barrymore and she’s a lot of fun to watch .

  • Masterofoneinchpunch

    I’ll take this in a slightly different direction. The film is a good film and the actors did quite well, but to spend time with them is like having dinner with Gosling’s mother in Only God Forgives. They are the worst couple who you wonder how they could have stayed together so long, though you wonder if anyone could take them separately. I’m referring to Martha and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. I don’t think I’ve ever told characters on the screen to Shut Up so many times. Do not accept their invitation to dinner.

    • GeorgeDAllen

      Love your spin on the question, MOIIP! Even though as I read it I could see how people could easily be confused into thinking you might actually be recommending people not watch this terrific movie of the brilliant play. (You’re not….right?)

      Your take made me try to think of more couples in this vein, even maybe taking it up a notch in some other perverse direction. The first pairings that popped into my mind were Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren from The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover , and– not, strictly speaking, a “couple,” but–Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page from Hard Candy.

      • Masterofoneinchpunch

        Any cinephile needs to see that film so I would recommend people to see it. But like the dysfunctional couple(s) in both Faces and A Woman Under the Influence (heck any Cassavetes’s film) it doesn’t mean you want to spend any extra time with them.

        Good pick from you as well.

        Worst brother and sister pairing: Jack and Jill. Jack’s OK, but Jill (uhhhhhhhhhg). Yeah the movie was hated and yeah Jill is that annoying, still there is some funny gags in the film. If only Jill wasn’t in it.

  • Antone

    I hate to kick sacred cows, but the Poitier/Houghton couple in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was one of the least believable movie pairings. Why would such a brilliant and gifted man fall for such an “empty dress”? She was easy on the eyes, but otherwise boring.

    Following up on the Punch Master’s spin—it’s hard to imagine a more dysfunctional [but hilarious] couple than Nicholson/Turner in Prizzi’s Honor.

    • Masterofoneinchpunch

      Good pick for Prizzi’s Honor. I think “worst couple” might apply to anyone who is trying to kill each other (though in some people’s opinion it might be normal.)

      • Antone

        Sharing a murder is also a prelude to a disastrous movie relationship [e.g. MacMurray/Stanwyck in Double Indemnity; Garfield/Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice; Hurt/Turner in Body Heat; Douglas/Stanwyck in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers].

  • badleg60

    Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren in “El Cid” . They could barely conceal their disdain for each other and their character’s love for each other doesn’t come across. As a matter of fact they seem to be constantly trying to upstage each other in all their scenes together. On the other hand, Lon Chaney Jr and Evelyn Ankers in “The Wolf Man”. They despised each other in real life but had an undeniable on screen chemistry which made their characters tragic romance believable

    • Antone

      El Cid was so bad that I had mercifully forgotten it. The blame went entirely to Chuck. He didn’t speak dialogue, he proclaimed it. His gestures were wooden. Any man who can’t fake an attraction to Sophia Loren is no actor.

  • Harvey Cedars

    Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort in “Harold and Maude”. Gordon is unwatchable

  • Cara

    There’s a movie with two stars I really like, but hate together, in this particular movie. It’s That Touch of Mink with Doris Day and Cary Grant. Grant, who almost never phones a role in, walked through this part as if he were sleep walking. He had absolutely no chemistry with Doris, and the movie itself was a dull version of the great comedies Doris did with Rock Hudson. Everyone annoys me in this picture. Gig Young, standing in for Tony Randall. Audry Meadows, who pilavers on about Grant ‘ruining’ Doris. All the ‘comedy’ bits. Almost every minute of this movie grates on my nerves, and I am indignant because Grant seldom turns in a bad performance, and Doris . . . well, Doris is who she often was during this period of her movie career, and the results weren’t pretty.

  • Butch Knouse

    The Wedding Singer was Drew Barrymore at her cutest.