Sometimes real life is better than the movies – especially when it comes to seeing a romance blossom onscreen and then come true right before our eyes. It's what happens when actors who fall in love for the cameras actually begin dating once the shoot comes to a close, and if their chemistry in real life is anything like what unfolds on film, we can't help but feel like we had a front-row ticket to their courtships.
It's no surprise that actors who portray blissfully loved-up couples for a role begin to develop feelings once filming wraps (or even during). It's how one of Hollywood's most fabled love affairs began: screen legends Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart met just before filming To Have and Have Not together in 1944. One day on-set, Humphrey walked into Lauren's dressing room, kissed her and asked for her phone number; she was 19 and he was 45. They soon married and went on to produce two more films together.To celebrate the famous love stories that began or blossomed onscreen, we recount some of the best Hollywood couples whose romances got a cinematic start.