Pulling Rank is a weekly column in which Kelly Stitzel ranks a variety of pop culture-related things with little to no commentary, but sometimes with audio or visual accompaniment. There’s no scientific method to the rankings — these are just Kelly’s opinions. You’ll probably disagree with her — just don’t be a dick about it.

Recently the great film podcast Filmspotting did a top 5 list of director/actor pairings they felt need to happen. Inspired by that, and a discussion I had with a friend recently, I decided to create a list of my top 5 male/female dream co-stars, ranked in order of potential awesomeness if they were (preferably dysfunctional) romantic leads. I know some of these actors have appeared in the same film, but not yet together as romantic leads.

1. Michael Shannon and Tilda Swinton









2. Michael Fassbender and Michelle Williams









3. Javier Bardem and Juliette Binoche









4. Daniel Day-Lewis and Cate Blanchett









5. Colin Firth and Helen Mirren

About the Author

Kelly Stitzel

After shutting down her own blog, Looking at Them, in mid-2008, Kelly migrated over to Popdose, bringing with her Soundtrack Saturday, the most popular column from her old site. Kelly makes a living as a fashion and marketing copywriter, which takes up a lot of her time. However, when she is able to write about things that have nothing to do with her day job, she contributes reviews and musings on music, film and a variety of other topics. In addition to Soundtrack Saturday, columns she's written include Filminism and Pulling Rank.

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