When your day job involves acting as if you’re in love with someone else, you’re walking on thin ice. Sparks can certainly fly on set, and more often than not, actors find themselves developing actual feelings for their co-stars. Sadly, there’s usually someone waiting for them at home. And that someone is at risk of being dumped in favor of the new lover.
We’ve listed a string of movies for you that have destroyed previous relationships. Movies in which the co-stars couldn’t contain their lust for each other, leading them to split from their former partners. Movies that have created tight and seemingly indestructible bonds and have loosened all previous ties.
Tough times… but, hey, the heart wants what it wants, right?
Planet Terror’s Director Terrorized Rose McGowan
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, this racy horror flick was full of drama, drama, and more drama, both on and off set. Rose McGowan, who played leading lady Cherry Darling, was hand-picked by Rodriquez to play the heroine, but things went berserk behind the scenes.
In her autobiography entitled Brave, Rose McGowan wrote that she fell in love with Rodriguez during shooting. However, the director was married at the time. But that didn’t stop him from playing cruel mind games with her. He forced her to take a polygraph test after he suspected she had feelings for fellow director – Quentin Tarantino!
The Set of Star Wars Was Full of Rumors
Actor Harrison Ford is best known for his role as Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise. The part absolutely changed his life and boosted his status in the business to a global scale. As it turns out, when the cameras stopped rolling, Harrison reportedly had an affair with co-star Carrie Fisher.
Harrison never addressed or confirmed the rumors, because he was married to Mary Marquardt at the time. He didn’t want to let the idle chatter and toxic gossip ruin their marriage. Eventually, and despite their best effort, things fell apart for the couple, and they divorced in 1979.
The Last Picture Show’s Director Left His Wife for the Lead Actress
Peter Bogdanovich is known as one of the “New Hollywood” directors who brought something refreshing and invigorating to the silver screen. The director had been married to Polly Platt for nearly ten years when actress Cybill Shepherd came into the picture and changed everything.
Shepherd auditioned for his epic drama film, The Last Picture Show, and the duo fell for each other in a heartbeat. Shortly after meeting her, Bogdanovich left Polly Platt. They finalized their divorce in 1971. But as happy as the new lovers were, Bogdanovich and Shepherd also eventually separated several years later in 1978.
Ali MacGraw Fell for Steve McQueen While Filming The Getaway
Apart from being one of the most memorable stars of his generation, Steve McQueen is also remembered for being a charming man who was hit with the ladies. He came across actress Ali MacGraw on the set of the thriller The Getaway, and things started to heat up straight away.
Ali MacGraw was just a few short years into her marriage with Robert Evans, but after meeting McQueen, she felt like she couldn’t do it anymore. She divorced Evans in 1972 and married McQueen, only to break up with him five years later.
Woman of the Year’s Katherine Hepburn Was Irresistible
Spencer and Louise Tracy remained together until Louise’s unfortunate death in 1983. Their relationship remained intact for many years, unlike other couples on this list! That being said, their marriage suffered a serious blow after Spencer Tracy joined Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year.
According to several media outlets, the two had an affair that lasted for decades. It’s said that Louise was fully aware of the connection between the two stars but wasn’t willing to let Spencer go. She stood her ground, undaunted by Hepburn’s beauty, determined to keep her marriage with Spencer alive.
Eyes Wide Shut Ruined Kidman and Cruise’s Marriage
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were one of the golden couples in the business. Their relationship, however, was pretty much doomed from the get-go. According to several sources, the final straw that ended their marriage was Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film, Eyes Wide Shut.
While there weren’t any real cheating allegations involved, they had to cheat on each other in the film. And starring together as a duo struggling to remain loyal to each other didn’t do their relationship any good. They decided to divorce in 2001.
Tim Burton Fell in Love With a Rebellious Ape
Tim Burton is the master of creepy movies, and his 2001 film Planet of the Apes is the perfect example of his unsettling works. The film made waves in his personal life as he found himself torn between two women whom he loved dearly.
His girlfriend at the time, model and actress Lisa Marie, played Nova, while Helena Bonham-Carter starred as the rebellious ape, Ari. Tim Burton fell for Bonham-Carter, and he split from Lisa Marie shortly after the film’s premiere.
Layer Cake Had Sienna and Daniel Crushing on Each Other
Jude Law and Sienna Miller were Hollywood’s “It” couple of the early ‘00s. However, their love story was hindered by ongoing cheating allegations on both sides. Jude Law first hit the headlines in 2005 after he cheated on Miller, who was his fiancée at the time, with their nanny.
But Miller had also cheated on him a year before in 2004. She played in the British crime drama Layer Cake alongside Daniel Craig, and things heated up behind the scenes. Law and Miller tried to save their relationship and dated on and off until 2011, when they finally split for good.
The Break-Up Broke Up Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn
When it comes to Jennifer Aniston’s love life, most people remember her highly publicized split from Brad Pitt. But with all due respect to Pitt, Aniston had some other interesting men in her life. She dated co-star Vince Vaughn after they starred together in the comedy The Break-Up.
They soon began seeing each other, but their relationship wasn’t built to last for very long. As it turns out, Vaughn had also appeared in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the movie that started the whole Brangelina saga. So, Vaughn’s time with Brad and Angelina complicated things a bit, and Aniston decided she wanted out.
Mother! Exhausted Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky
Jennifer Lawrence rose to stardom after playing in hit blockbusters like The X-Men and The Hunger Games. After making a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s A-listers, she was able to branch out a bit and push herself creatively, taking on films like the psychological horror flick Mother!
Lawrence soon fell head over heels for director Darren Aronofsky, but their affair was pushed to its limits throughout the filming and promotional tour. The film was an exhausting undertaking, and they called it quits shortly thereafter.
A Silent End to Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s Relationship
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield seemed to have the perfect relationship. After locking eyes on the set of The Amazing Spiderman franchise, the couple fell for each other and had a steamy on and off relationship for four rocky years.
Ultimately, their relationship ended after Garfield starred in Martin Scorsese’s film Silence. He fully dedicated himself to the film, admitting how honored he was to be working with such an iconic director. He immersed himself in the process and shed a significant amount of weight for his role as priest Sebastião Rodrigues.
Jennifer Garner Nearly Took Off After Gone Girl
Ben Affleck is going to appear several times on this list. As a guy who isn’t afraid to mix business with pleasure, Affleck ran into some trouble on the set of the 2014 drama Gone Girl. Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel, the story centers on a husband who’s interrogated after his wife goes missing.
Affleck reportedly asked for actress Emily Ratajkowski to be cast as his missing wife, a request that made waves and completely rocked his relationship with his then-wife, Jennifer Garner. Garner wasn’t too pleased with the situation, especially because reporters kept asking Ben about Emily’s body.
The Last Face Was the Last Strike
Directed by Sean Penn, The Last Face was an absolute disaster. The drama was harshly criticized and booed during screenings. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the movie triggered Charlize Theron and Sean Penn’s breakup.
The couple got engaged in 2014, and the film’s production started later that same year. Tragically, the couple broke up right after filming wrapped up, when they were still out there promoting the film together, attending the same press meetings and interviews. Awkward, much?
Dream House Was a Nightmare for Darren Aronofsky
This is the second time we’re seeing Darren Aronofsky on this list. Before dating Jennifer Lawrence, the director was in a relationship with actress Jennifer Weisz. The two were together for nine years, during which they gave birth to a child and also worked on a movie together, The Fountain.
So, what ended their loving relationship? Well, the 2011 horror flick Dream House introduced Weisz to Daniel Craig. The two stars got along great and soon realized that they longed to be more than just friends. The couple said “I do” in 2011 and have been together ever since.
Nymphomaniac Ruined LaBeouf’s Relationship
Shia LaBeouf is known for taking his acting gigs seriously. It didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that his work in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac marked the end of his relationship with stylist Karolyn Pho. While working on the film, he came across English actress Mia Goth.
Over time, Shia and Mia’s steamy on-screen romance became a real-life love affair, and the two ended up exchanging vows in Las Vegas in 2016. Their marriage proved to be quite impulsive because they split that very same year after LaBeouf was pictured hanging out with actress Margaret Qualley.
Daredevil Sparked Bennifer
The film Daredevil proved to be the end of not one but two relationships. Jennifer Garner was married at the time to actor Scott Foley, and Ben Affleck was engaged to pop icon Jennifer Lopez. It’s pretty obvious what happened next, isn’t it?
Ben and Jennifer shared some intimate moments on set, and both stars ended up ditching their previous relationships to fulfill their love for each other. Alas! Bennifer 2.0 was born. They married and remained together from 2004 to 2018.
Marilyn Monroe Felt Like a Real Misfit
Marilyn Monroe is famous for being Hollywood’s iconic bombshell and one of the most beautiful women in the world. But her personal life was pretty tragic. The last role she starred in was Roslyn Taber in the 1961 film The Misfits, which, sadly, triggered the collapse of her relationship.
She was married to Arthur Miller, but things were rockier than ever. Both of them were constantly cheating on each other. It was an absolute mess of a time, with Monroe struggling to keep herself away from the bottle and Miller’s mistress moving in with them.
To Have and Have Not Pushed Bogart to the Edge
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were Hollywood’s adorable golden couple, and they were even given the nickname “Bogey and Bacall.” Their relationship, however, had its complications. They fell for each other on the set of To Have and Have Not, but at the time, Bogart was a married man.
Lauren Bacall was only 18 years old when she fell in love with Bogart. She didn’t care that he was married, and over time, neither did he. Humphrey Bogart ended up leaving his wife, actress Mayo Methot, who managed to bounce back after their widely publicized split.
Stage Beauty Tore the Family Down
Billy Crudup and Mary-Louise Parker were seven years together when everything broke down thanks to one little motion picture – Stage Beauty. Parker was pregnant with Crudup’s baby when the actor decided to leave her for actress Claire Danes.
Crudup and Danes met on the set of Stage Beauty, a drama inspired by Shakespearean theater. Mary Louise Parker was obviously devastated, but she still named her baby boy William after Crudup’s dad. She poured her heart out about their painful breakup in her moving memoir, Dear Mr. You.
Mind Over Murder Was a Dangerous Ordeal
It’s hard to deny the magical sensation of an instant flame. Sometimes you run into someone who changes your life forever. This is what happened to Tori Spelling when she came across Dean McDermott on the set of Mind Over Murder.
Over the years, their rollercoaster affair had its ups and downs. McDermott cheated on Spelling a number of times. But Spelling divorced Charlie Shanian to be with McDermott, so she struggled not to let another relationship end like that.
Pushing Tin Pushed Thornton to the Edge
Jurassic Park starlet Laura Dern was engaged to Billy Bob Thornton from 1997 until 1999. Their love story fell apart when Billy Bob starred in Pushing Tin alongside Hollywood’s notorious bombshell, Angelina Jolie. The co-stars hit it off, and Thornton ended up leaving Dern for Jolie.
What made the situation even worse was that Laura Dern found out that their engagement was over from other people, not from Billy. Dern heard a bunch of rumors about Thornton and Jolie hitting it on. What a startling surprise!
The Outlaw Josey Wales Led to a Turbulent Affair
Western icon Clint Eastwood had a reputation for being a womanizer, especially during the early days of his career. The good-looking star dated a string of beautiful women over the years, so his three-decade relationship with Maggie Johnson came as a surprise to everyone. No one expected them to last for that long.
That being said, their love was not without its faults. When Clint locked eyes with on-screen lover Sondra Locke on the set of The Outlaw Josey Wales, they ended up falling in love. Their tumultuous love affair lasted 14 years.
Days of Thunder Created Waves
Tom Cruise’s dating history is quite long. His love story with Nicole Kidman didn’t last for too long, as they broke up not long after shooting Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. But before calling it quits, they were deeply in love. Tom began falling for her while he was still with his previous lover.
Tom was married to actress Mimi Rogers when he met Nicole Kidman on the set of Days of Thunder. Shortly after filming wrapped up, Tom left Rogers for Kidman. He couldn’t hold back his love and asked for her hand in marriage.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Led to a Shocking Split
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is an intricate tale exploring the depths of human nature. It was on the set of a 1994 adaptation that Kenneth Branagh met the enchantingly quirky Helena Bonham Carter. At the time, he was in a relationship with British treasure Emma Thompson.
The Hollywood couple was loved by the public. And fans were terribly shocked to find out that Kenneth had had an affair with Bonham Carter. The betrayal broke Thompson down and added to her troubling depression.
Shia LaBeouf’s drama Honey Boy was inspired by the actor’s complicated relationship with his dad. Popstar FKA Twigs was hired to play his love interest, Shy Girl, and the co-stars ended up falling in love in real life as well. His infatuation with FKA Twigs proved to be the end of his previous relationship.
LaBeouf broke off his two-year relationship with Mia Goth, with whom he had worked while filming Lars Von Trier’s drama Nymphomaniac. Sadly, LaBeouf and FKA Twigs’s love story didn’t end well. The pop star took him to court, claiming he had put her through physical and mental abuse.
Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll
Glam rock musician Marilyn Manson once attempted to direct a movie inspired by one of his favorite authors, Lewis Carroll. Manson’s movie never saw the light of day, but it still had a serious impact on his life. How come?
Because he met actress Evan Rachel Wood, although he was married at the time to artist Dita Von Teese. His marriage didn’t stop him from wooing Wood. He left Dita to pursue his new love affair. But it didn’t end well. A while later, Wood came out with a statement claiming Manson had abused her.
Frank Sinatra Gave Mia an Ultimatum After Rosemary’s Baby
Age gaps between lovers is a controversial topic. Some relationships work. Others don’t. Sadly, Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra’s marriage was one that didn’t last. When they married in 1966, Mia was only 21, while Sinatra was 50 years old.
Mia’s acting career was on the rise, but Frank wanted her to settle down. One day, the singer showed up on the set of Rosemary’s Baby with divorce papers. He went up to Mia and gave her an ultimatum – acting or marriage. Mia chose the former.
Snow White and the Huntsman Separated Stewart and Pattinson
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson fell for each other after starring together in the famous vampire romance drama Twilight. However, fans of the franchise were devastated to see a paparazzi shot of Stewart getting intimate with Rupert Sanders.
Sanders was the director of Snow White and the Huntsman. He was also married at the time. The news shocked everyone. Stewart and Pattinson instantly ended their relationship, breaking the hearts of teenage girls worldwide.
Proof of Life Was Proof That the Marriage Was Over
Rom-com starlet Meg Ryan charmed the public throughout the 1980s and 1990s with her fantastic performances in Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. Off-screen, her love life was no less dramatic. Her life turned upside down when she met Russell Crowe.
They met on the set of the thriller Proof of Life and gradually grew closer and closer. Ryan’s husband at the time, actor Dennis Quaid, wasn’t pleased. They began fighting and ended up parting ways. Tragically, one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples fell apart.
Simpson Developed Feelings on Dukes of Hazzard
Back in the early ‘00s, Jessica Simpson was all over the media. She had a stunning girl-next-door look and was married to boyband hunk Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. However, things were far from picture perfect. She and Lachey split up in 2006 following cheating allegations.
As it turns out, Simpson reportedly hooked up with Bam Margera, whom she met while shooting Dukes of Hazzard in 2005. Simpson also developed an emotional connection with her co-star Johnny Knoxville, who was good friends with Bam.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
James Cameron has married a total of five times. The hotshot director clearly has a tendency of falling in love on set. Cameron was married to fellow director Kathryn Bigelow when he came across actress Linda Hamilton on the set of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
After finishing things with Bigelow, Cameron went on to date Linda Hamilton instead. The couple’s daughter was born in 1993, and Cameron married Hamilton several years later in 1999. Unfortunately, they didn’t last. They divorced just 18 months later. Hamilton received around $50 million in compensation.
Titanic’s Director Fell in Love With the Actress
Hollywood tear-jerker Titanic broke box office records and amassed a loyal fanbase from all over the world. James Cameron made a film about the power of love, but the things he directed were in complete contrast to his personal life.
When he started shooting Titanic, he was with Linda Hamilton. But after a few weeks on the set of Titanic, he couldn’t help but fall in love with another woman – actress Suzy Amis. Cameron ditched Hamilton and married Suzy Amis in 2000. They’ve been together ever since.
Dangerous Liaisons Was a Dangerous Affair
John Malkovich was happily married to Glenne Headley for nearly six years until he started working on the 1988 drama Dangerous Liaisons. That’s where he met Michelle Pfeiffer, and that marked the start of a steamy, problematic affair.
Malkovich and Pfeiffer broke up with their respective partners to be together, but sadly, their love story didn’t last. Malkovich moved on to Nicoletta Peyran in 1989 after working with her on the set of The Sheltering Sky. The couple have two kids together.
In 2009, musician LeAnne Rimes played in Northern Lights, a film about a Baltimore cop who moves to a small town in Alaska to start fresh after his partner is murdered. Rimes ended up falling in love with her co-star Eddie Cibrian, even though both of them were married at the time.
They ended up leaving their former partners, and got engaged in 2010. They married in April of 2011 in Los Angeles, California. According to E! News, the wedding was extremely private and kept on the downlow. They didn’t want to make a big fuss out of it.
House of Wax
The horror movie House of Wax marked the beginning of a new Hollywood relationship, but also, the ending of two others. Paris Hilton starred in the film, and it was her first attempt at acting. Although her cinematic career didn’t take off, she still got something out of it – love (or maybe just lust).
She began dating co-star Chad Michael Murray, even though she was in a relationship with boyband star Nick Carter. Chad Michael Murray was also taken at the time. He was married to One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush. The affair ruined their previous relationships.
Elizabeth Taylor Fell in Love Filming Cleopatra
Elizabeth Taylor, Hollywood’s “serial bride,” walked down the aisle seven whopping times! Her most talked-about relationship was with co-star Richard Burton. Cleopatra was the first in a string of films they acted in together, and it was the film that sparked their relationship.
Their immediate connection charmed the public. At the time, Taylor was married to her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher, but her feelings for Burton got the best of her. She didn’t let her previous commitment stop her from pursuing her love for Burton. They married. And then divorced. Twice!
Made in America Led to a Pricey Divorce
High school sweethearts Cassandra Coates and Ted Danson thought their love was unbreakable, but one film changed it all. The couple was proved wrong when Danson starred in the comedy Made in America alongside Whoopi Goldberg.
Goldberg and Danson had incredible chemistry, and their bond led to a heartbreaking split for Danson and Coates. In 1993, they divorced. Their split is known as one of Hollywood’s priciest divorces. His relationship with Goldberg eventually ended too, and he went on to marry Mary Steenburgen in 1995.
Bergman Was Blacklisted After Stromboli
Ingrid Bergman was famous for her incredible acting, but also for her scandalous affairs. She had a reputation for dating married men, including Spencer Tracy and Gregory Peck. But it was her relationship with Roberto Rossellini that made the biggest waves.
When she first met Roberto on the set of Stromboli, Ingrid was married to Peter Lindstrom. Roberto was her director, and the more they worked together, the more they fell in love. Their affair got so out of hand that it led to Ingrid being blacklisted in Hollywood.
You, Me, and Dupree (and a Breakup)
Kate Hudson’s dating life is a bit complicated. She married Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson when she was just 21 years old, and they remained tight as ever for over half a decade. Until she was cast in the comedy You, Me, and Dupree.
The film marked the beginning of the end, as she bonded on set with her co-star, Owen Wilson. She ended up dating Wilson for a little bit. And after they split, she met Danny Fujikawa with whom she has a daughter named Rani.
By the Sea Tore Brangelina Apart
Brangelina seemed like an indestructible couple. Fans assumed that their love would last forever, especially because Brad had walked away from his relationship with Jennifer Aniston to pursue his love for Angelina Jolie.
But working together in By the Sea proved to be the end of it. It completely tainted their relationship, putting a strain on a bond that was once lively and loving. They broke up a year later. Fans were devastated! Today, despite not being together, they’re still co-parenting and caring for their family.