Kit Steinkellner
October 10, 2014 7:00 am

Love is a beautiful, fascinating thing. Famous love is a blindingly beautiful, endlessly fascinating thing. And do you ever stop in the middle of the street and wonder to yourself, Who are the 25 raddest famous couples of the last 25 years? I know, me too. Like, almost too often. That’s why I made a complete list, so no one ever has to wonder anymore. See below, also, you’re welcome.

1. Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash

THIS IS WHERE LOVE BEGAN. I don’t believe that love really existed until Johnny and June started singing together.

2. Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange

One of the best American playwrights and one of the best American actresses are were a couple for almost 30 years!

3. James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow

Yes, they are no longer together, acknowledged, but come on, you guys, we never get a FILM DIRECTOR POWER COUPLE so even if Bigelow won her Academy Award years after the split, we’re going to fudge those numbers and make it count.

4. Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder

Was their ever a love as beautiful and ’90s as Winona and Johnny’s?

5. Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani

Yes, yes there was, it was Gavin’s and Gwen’s. And unlike Winohnny (which would have been their celeb couple name if celeb couple names existed in the ’90s) Gav and Gwen have kept it going strong through the years.

6. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

Okay, here’s the deal, if you want to meet and marry your soulmate, go become a country music star.

7. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

SEE? IT WORKS.

8. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi

Two of the funniest ladies around, how do they manage to kiss? Aren’t they laughing too hard all the time? How can you kiss if you’re laughing all the time. How do you make your mouth do that?

9. Win Butler and Régine Chassagne

They’re in Arcade Fire, they won a Grammy, and thus proved that true love in the music world isn’t just for country music stars.

10. Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham

Oprah and Stedman have been together since the ’90s, but you never hear about them because the most famous lady on Earth is aces about keeping her personal life on the DL.

11. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

They won’t stop until they adopt every orphan on Planet Earth THE END.

12. Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann

The Hollywood Power Couple ushered in the Apatowian era of comedy, wherein women were allowed to be strong and men were allowed to be sensitive and there were at least twelve funny jokes a page.

13. Robert and Michelle King

They run The Good Wife (the best show on television), together. They’re so cool, I can’t even believe they’re real people.

14. Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss

Meet Brooklyn’s most beloved author couple. He’s responsible for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and she’s known for A History of Love. Don’t ever look directly at them, you’ll be blinded by their brilliance.

15. George Takei and Brad Altman

They were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood. (For people who don’t live in L.A., that’s kind of our Gay Capitol. The restaurants are out of control good and it boasts the best Halloween parade in the history of Western civilization.)

16. David Foster Wallace and Mary Karr

The late Wallace was one of the best essayists ever and Karr is one of the best memoirists ever, so of course they fell hard for each other.

17. Barack and Michelle Obama

“Power couple” wasn’t a real thing until the Obamas hit the scene. They set the bar sky-high and made this phrase actually mean something.

18. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita

The Modern Family star and his actor love are SO HANDSOME AND CUTE IT HURTS.

19. Tracy Letts and Carrie Coon

Playwright Letts blew up a few years ago when he won the Pulitzer for August: Osage County and now his also-super-theater wife is blowing up with big roles in HBO’s The Leftovers and Gone Girl which just goes to show you that THEATER GEEKS WILL INHERIT THE EARTH.

20. Lauren Graham and Peter Krause

These amazing times infinity actors have had to keep their love hidden for so long because they play siblings on NBC’s Parenthood, but the series is ending soon so now they can make out in public all the live-long day!

21. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

NPH and his hot chef hubs for ever and ever ad infinitum.

22. Prince William and Kate Middleton

Like The Royal Couple wasn’t going to be on the “25 Raddest Famous Couples of the Last 25 Years.” Like I was EVER going to let that happen.

23. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

I love that Handsome Movie Star/Director Clooney and Gorgeous WikiLeaks Lawyer Alamuddin have tied the knot, because it’s like the valedictorian and the star of all the school plays getting together. It’s beautiful in its craziness.

24. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

They made “marriage takes work” a completely fine and cool thing to say.

25. Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Because they are basically just Greek Gods pretending to be the most famous musicians ever.

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