Hollywood Romances, From Bogart and Bacall to Newman and Woodward

There's a mood—a combination of glamor, chivalry, and sweetness—that permeates Old Hollywood. The films from the era are often considered among the most romantic of all time, and its stars have become the genre's prototypes. Every dashing leading man today requires a Humphrey Bogart swagger; each ingenue should be able to balance strength and grace as well as Katherine Hepburn.

But the undeniable quality that set that generation of silver screen stars apart from the rest was their magnetic chemistry—a palpable attraction that often continued when the cameras stopped rolling ... and sometimes even lasted until death did them part. The Golden Age of Hollywood birthed some of the most storied, passionate, occasionally even tumultuous romances of our time. In honor of Valentine's Day, here's a look back at some of the best:


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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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