Most movies introduce some kind of couple on screen in order to capture the viewer’s attention. Some couples are romantically involved, others are just friends or struggling somewhere in between. Yet there are couples that are none of that, representing some really weird relationships, like that of agent Clarice and the infamous Hannibal Lecter. Here’s a list of unusual couples that you will either love or hate. It’s impossible to stay indifferent when you see them on screen!
Benjamin and Daisy – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Benjamin and Daisy are among the most unconventional couples that have ever existed. How would you feel dating a guy that’s getting constantly younger? It may be fun for a while, but it’s the same as with getting old – all things will end one way or another. Their story is heartbreaking and their relationship is truly sweet and touching.
Lolita & Humbert Humbert – Lolita (1997)
Love it or hate it, but the romance between Lolita & Humbert Humbert is real. It may be ominous, deviant, wrong on so many levels, but real at the same time. It’s a story of weird love, seduction and manipulation based on Nabokov’s novel ‘Lolita’. The much older Humbert Humbert gets obsessed with the 12-year-old Lolita who reminds him of his long lost childhood love.
Patrick and Kat – 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Patrick and Kat are not your average teenage couple in love, although the script is pretty straightforward. Patrick tries to win over Kat because he lost a bet. But sometimes good things happen for all the wrong reasons, and the two really fall for each other. Until the truth comes out, that is. This couple is sweet, yet unconventional in the way they interact.
Leon and Mathilda – Léon: The Professional (1994)
Another story about a grown-up man traveling with a little girl, yet with a twist. Leon picks up the 12-year-old Mathilda after her family gets murdered. She gradually becomes his protégée and learns the tricks of the trade, which is killing people. The story of amazing relationships between the hitman and a sweet girl has become legendary over the years.
Sang-hyeon & Tae-ju – Thirst (2009)
Koreans also know a thing or two about love and deviancy. In this movie a Catholic priest falls in love with his friend’s wife and the three of them end up in a love triangle. To make matters worse, Sang-hyun, the priest, turns into a vampire due to the failed medical experiment. From this point in the script things continue to escalate with Sang-hyun having an affair with Tae-ju, his friend’s wife. He even turned her into a vampire!
V & Evey – V for Vendetta (2005)
Let’s talk about the infamous Stockholm syndrome. At some point in their relationship V has rescued Evey, but then imprisoned her in order to ‘free her from her fears’. Having suffered torture and embarrassment, Evey first hates him, then leaves him, but still comes back in the end of the movie.
Mickey and Mallory – Natural Born Killers (1994)
Killer couples are not new, but Natural Born Killers were already cool before murderous duos became a trend. Mickey and Mallory love each other, but they love killing even more. These two passions combined create one of the most bloodthirsty couples of all times. They embark on a killing spree and become famous for their gory crimes.
Clarice and Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs (1991
The deviant and intellectually sensual relationship between the murderous Hannibal Lecter and the angelic agent Clarice is almost romantic. It’s the classic game of catch-me-if-you-can with a little bit of mutual respect and weird kind of admiration thrown in for good measure. Clarice needs to get closer to Hannibal to find out the identity of the Buffalo Bill killer, but Hannibal is not so easy to crack. The two play each other and their story is beautiful. In a murderous way.
Jack and Ennis – Brokeback Mountain (2005)
As far as unconventional couples go, Jack and Ennis definitely top the list. Their story is about a forbidden and secretive relationship between two men – two sheep herders actually – in a place where you might get tortured and killed for being homosexual – cowboy-infested Wyoming. Their story is a tragic one with other people getting involved and suffering from the overall drama of the situation.
The Narrator and Marla – Fight Club (1999)
Marla’s definitely one of the biggest catalysts in the movie. Her relationship with the Narrator is probably what made him even crazier that he already was. The ‘three’ main characters – Tyler, Marla and the Narrator end up in a sort of love triangle. Although, we have to remember that Tyler is just a part of the Narrator’s imagination. Well, kind of.