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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • When: 2005
  • Who: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
  • Relationship Ruined: Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston

Anybody who was alive in 2005 knows about the scandal that was Mr. & Mrs. Smith. There we all were, basking in the beauty and love that was Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s marriage, until Friends ended and Brad went off to meet and star in the film with Angelina Jolie. And we all know how the story ends...

Jen and Brad divorced quickly—the same year the film was released—and Brad got with Angelina, they had a bunch of kids, etc. etc.—then in 2008, Angie blabbed to The New York Times that their children would get to see where "their parents fell in love" when they watched Mr. & Mrs. Smith one day. Jen didn't take kindly to her words (and who would???); she later told Vogue, "I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss. That stuff about how she couldn't wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool."

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To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not
  • When: 1944
  • Who: Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall
  • Relationship Ruined: Humphrey Bogart & Mayo Methot

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were the original Hollywood royalty couple, but many don’t realize the scandal their relationship caused in the ‘40s that allowed them to come together. Not only was Bogart 45 and his young costar only 18 at the time, but he was also already married to actress May Methot. Divorce was not a very socially acceptable norm in those days, and so Bogart’s divorce and eventual remarriage to Bacall made all the entertainment headlines.

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The Outlaw Josey Wales

The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • When: 1976
  • Who: Clint Eastwood & Sondra Locke
  • Relationship Ruined: Clint Eastwood & Maggie Johnson

Clint Eastwood has never really been known for being faithful in his relationships, even before his affair with Sondra Locke on the set of The Outlaw Josey Wales. However, it's the one affair that the public remembers most because of the scandal it caused in the ‘70s. Eastwood was already married to Maggie Johnson, but while shooting Outlaw, he began living with Locke. Eastwood and Locke remained in a domestic partnership until a very public and ugly breakup took place in 1989.

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Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder
  • When: 1989
  • Who: Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman
  • Relationship Ruined: Tom Cruise & Mimi Rogers

Many people forget, but Tom Cruise was married BEFORE he married Nicole Kidman. That’s right, folks. Katie Holmes was Cruise’s third marriage. His first marriage was to actress Mimi Rogers, but the moment Cruise and Nicole Kidman met on the set of Days of Thunder, they knew they had a connection. Not surprisingly, Cruise was divorced from Rogers by the end of the year, and Kidman had a nice, new, shiny engagement ring by Christmas.

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The Misfits

The Misfits
  • When: 1960
  • Who: Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller
  • Relationship Ruined: Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller

Marilyn Monroe’s final finished film, The Misfits, was written by her legendary screenwriting husband Arthur Miller. Although the role could have been a pivotal one for Monroe, her continued drug and alcohol abuse throughout filming made her erratic, and Miller had to constantly rewrite the script. The two were openly cheating on each other and were divorced by the beginning of 1961. Monroe died of a drug overdose in 1962 and Miller was conspicuously absent from her funeral.

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Daredevil

Daredevil
  • When: 2002
  • Who: Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck
  • Relationships Ruined: Jennifer Garner & Scott Foley, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez

When Daredevil began filming in 2002, Jennifer Garner was married to actor Scott Foley, and the world thought "Bennifer" was still going strong. However, allegedly the chemistry between Affleck and Garner we all saw on-screen must've translated itself to real life—because shortly after the film debuted in February of 2003, Garner announced her impending divorce from Foley. Affleck and Lopez broke up in early 2004. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were spotted as a couple for the first time in October of 2004, and by 2005, had married. 

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Green Lantern

Green Lantern
  • When: 2011
  • Who: Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
  • Relationship Ruined: Ryan Reynolds & Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds were one of Hollywood’s "It" couples even though they tended to keep their relationship as private as possible. In 2011, both of their careers started to heat up, with Scar-Jo playing The Black Widow in the Avengers and Reynolds scoring the lead role in the Green Lantern. However, Ryan’s co-star Blake Lively may have allegedly had something to do with the reason Reynolds and Johansson suddenly divorced in July of 2011—because Reynolds was remarried to Lively by September of 2012.

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Dream House

Dream House
  • When: 2011
  • Who: Rachel Weisz & Daniel Craig
  • Relationships Ruined: Rachel Weisz & Darren Aronofsky, Daniel Craig & Satsuki Mitchell

Rachel Weisz had been in a relationship with director Darren Aronofsky for more than nine years, and Daniel Craig was engaged to Satsuki Mitchell, when they began the filming for Dream House. Weisz and Craig had actually been friends since they did a small play together in 1994. However, sparks must have flown on that screen stage because when Weisz left Aronofsky, Craig broke it off with Mitchell. And by June of 2011, Craig and Weisz were married to each other instead, and have been happy together ever since.

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Stage Beauty

Stage Beauty
  • When: 2004
  • Who: Billy Crudup & Claire Danes
  • Relationship Ruined: Mary-Louise Parker & Billy Crudup

In 2004, Billy Crudup and Mary-Louise Parker had been together for seven years and were pregnant with their first child together when Crudup began filming Stage Beauty with young costar Claire Danes. Parker was seven months pregnant when she got the news that Crudup was leaving her for a woman 11 years younger than him. Danes and Crudup were together for just two years, and Parker still named their son William, after his father.

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House of Wax

House of Wax
  • When: 2005
  • Who: Chad Michael Murray & Paris Hilton
  • Relationships Ruined: Chad Michael Murray & Sophia Bush, Paris Hilton & Nick Carter

Chad Michael Murray was relatively new to show business when he landed a role on the teen horror flick, House of Wax, costarring Paris Hilton. He had just found popularity and love while starring in the CW network’s hit One Tree Hill. Murray, married to his One Tree Hill costar Sophia Bush, apparently forgot his vows while on the set of House of Wax, because he reportedly hooked up with Paris Hilton—who was then dating Backstreet Boy band member Nick Carter. Bush found out about the alleged affair four months later and tried to have the marriage annulled as a fraud.

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights
  • When: 2009
  • Who: Leann Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
  • Relationships Ruined: Leann Rimes & Dean Sheremet, Eddie Cibrian & Brandi Glanville

When country music’s sweetheart Leann Rimes decided to start acting, fans everywhere got excited. In 2009, she landed a role on Lifetime’s Northern Lights, based off the book by Nora Roberts, costarring Eddie Cibrian. The two had great on-screen chemistry, but the off-screen chemistry must have been even hotter because the two were caught in a full-blown affair, effectively ending both marriages. Ciprian and Rimes have since been happily married ever since.

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Titanic

Titanic
  • When: 1997
  • Who: James Cameron & Suzy Amis
  • Relationship Ruined: James Cameron & Linda Hamilton

When James Cameron and Linda Hamilton worked together on Terminator 2: Judgement Day in 1991, Cameron swore he had found his muse in Hamilton. The pair dated for several years and married in 1997, during the filming ofTitanic. Neverthelessaround the same time, he would meet and fall in love with actress Suzy Amis. However, Amis herself swears that nothing happened between her and Cameron until they were completely finished filming. Still, Hamilton filed for divorce in 1998 and it was finalized in 1999.

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Proof of Life

Proof of Life
  • When: 2000
  • Who: Meg Ryan & Russell Crowe
  • Relationship Ruined: Meg Ryan & Dennis Quaid

In 2000, when the thriller Proof of Life appeared on screens across the country, fans were in awe of the on-screen chemistry of the lead actors, Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe. Rumors abounded about Ryan and Russell’s alleged off-screen romance—so much so that the news reached Ryan’s then-husband, Dennis Quaid. And regardless of the fact that Quaid had been caught cheating publicly several times, he divorced Ryan almost immediately upon learning of the affair.

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Mind Over Murder

Mind Over Murder
  • When: 2005
  • Who: Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott
  • Relationships Ruined: Tori Spelling & Charlie Shanian, Dean McDermott & Mary Jo Eustace

Tori Spelling is a familiar face on television. After all, she’s been gracing our screens for more than 30 years since she first appeared on Beverly Hills, 90210. So, it didn’t come as any surprise that she had landed the lead role in Lifetime’s thriller Mind Over Murder, starring opposite Dean McDermott. What was surprising was the alleged three-week affair that followed, considering both actors were married to other people. However, the two were married less than a year after the ink had dried on their divorce decrees and they’ve been together ever since—they even stayed together after Dean publicly cheated with multiple women in 2014.

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The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary
  • When: 2009
  • Who: Johnny Depp & Amber Heard
  • Relationship Ruined: Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis

Johnny Depp has had his share of high-profile relationships, but none as highly publicized as his relationship with Amber Heard, which—if the rumors are true—allegedly started scandalously on the set of The Rum Diary when it began filming in Puerto Rico in 2009. The problem here was that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis had been domestic partners since around 1998 and had two children together by then. The Rum Diary was released in theaters in 2011, and Paradis and Depp announced their split in 2012, just days later Heard was spotted boarding a private jet to Vegas with Depp.

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Stop-Loss

Stop-Loss
  • When: 2006
  • Who: Ryan Phillippe & Abbie Cornish
  • Relationship Ruined: Ryan Phillippe & Reese Witherspoon

Even though Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon got married at an early age, most of their fans were pulling for them to succeed, and for seven years, it seemed they would. However, in 2006, Phillippe began filming Stop-Loss with costar Abbie Cornish and soon rumors were flying around Austin, Texas, where they were filming, about an on-set and off-set attraction between the two. It is rumored that Witherspoon found out about the affair by reading texts from Phillippe’s phone and filed for divorce by November of 2006.

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman
  • When: 2012
  • Who: Rupert Sanders & Kristen Stewart
  • Relationships Ruined: Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart, Rupert Sanders & Liberty Ross

For Twilight fans everywhere, the day they found out that Robert Pattinson (aka Edward) and Kristen Stewart (aka Bella) were in a real-life relationship was the best day of their lives. K-Pat was everything—until a leaked photo ruined it all. Apparently, Stewart couldn’t resist the charms of married director Rupert Sanders and was photographed smooching her boss by the paparazzi. Stewart and Pattinson broke up amid the scandal, a marriage was ruined, and unfortunately the director's now-ex-wife and two children got caught in the crosshairs.

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • When: 1994
  • Who: Kenneth Branagh & Helena Bonham Carter
  • Relationship Ruined: Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh were a popular British couple who made films together such as Much Ado About Nothing and Dead Again. However, when Branagh started directing Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Frankenstein’s wife while playing Dr. Frankenstein in 2004, apparently a whole different game of doctor was being played behind the scenes—because Emma Thompson filed for divorce in 1995. The reason given for the divorce was conflicting schedules, but that seems fishy because Branagh and Carter carried on for another five years together.

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Pushing Tin

Pushing Tin
  • When: 1999
  • Who: Billy Bob Thornton & Angelina Jolie
  • Relationship Ruined: Billy Bob Thornton & Laura Dern

Pushing Tin was a comedy starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, with a then-unknown Angelina Jolie playing Thornton’s wife. According to the rumor mill, Thornton and Jolie had a steamy off-screen relationship during filming. Normally, that wouldn’t be such a big deal. However, at the time, Thornton was engaged to actress Laura Dern. As a matter of fact, the biggest part of the scandal was that Thornton and Pitt eloped without alerting Dern, first. She found out like the rest of us—in the tabloids.

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Gigli

Gigli
  • When: 2002
  • Who: Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck
  • Relationship Ruined: Jennifer Lopez & Chris Judd

Jennifer Lopez was still considered a newlywed when filming began on the set of Gigli, having married her backup dancer Chris Judd in October of 2001. Just eight months later—and several months after meeting Affleck—Lopez filed for divorce. The most scandalous part was that the ink wasn’t even dry on the divorce decree before J-Lo and Ben were shouting their romance from the rooftops. Indeed, they were in the media so much, that by the time Gigli actually made its theater debut in 2003, it bombed at the office. Overkill, much?

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The Last Face

The Last Face
  • When: 2015
  • Who: Sean Penn & Charlize Theron
  • Relationship Ruined: Sean Penn & Charlize Theron

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron had been friends for at least 18 years before they began dating in December of 2013. By December of the following year, Penn had proposed to Theron on a trip to Paris. Everything seemed like it was going swimmingly until filming on The Last Fence began. Rumors of rough production and the couple’s arguments regularly interrupting filming arose, and they broke up a year later right after shooting had wrapped.

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Gone Girl

Gone Girl
  • When: 2014
  • Who: Ben Affleck & Emily Ratajkowski
  • Relationship Ruined: Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck, who was married to Jennifer Garner at the time, showed such interest in actress Emily Ratajkowski during the making of Gone Girl, he even went as far as arranging a bigger role for her in the film. Also, rumors on the set suggested that Ratajkowski and Affleck shared some private time together during production. Was this the catalyst that drove the separation between Affleck and Garner, or the cherry on top that led Garner to finally file for divorce in 2017? His struggles with alcoholism and rumors of an affair with their nanny surely didn't help their marriage either. 

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Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary’s Baby
  • When: 1968
  • Who: Mia Farrow & Frank Sinatra
  • Relationship Ruined: Mia Farrow & Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow were an unlikely pair from the beginning because the couple had a 29-year age difference between the two of them. Farrow was just getting her career started, while he had been Hollywood royalty for years. What Sinatra wanted was a housewife, and apparently Mia was not down for that - especially after she landed the lead role in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. When filming was extended an extra four weeks, and Farrow refused to leave the project to come home, Sinatra had her served with divorce papers on set.

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Silence

Silence
  • When: 2016
  • Who: Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone
  • Relationship Ruined: Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone

Now this is one for the books! These actors didn’t even appear in this film together! Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield actually met and fell in love on the set of The Amazing Spiderman in 2012. However, after Garfield starred in Martin Scorcese’s film Silence, the relationship seemed to go south. He became so dedicated to the role that he did everything to get into character, such as losing a scary amount of weight. Even Academy Award-winning actress Emma Stone found this to be too much and broke up with him.

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Nymphomaniac

Nymphomaniac
  • When: 2013
  • Who: Shia Labeouf & Mia Goth
  • Relationship Ruined: Shia Labeouf & Karolyn Pho

We’re sure we don’t need to explain this film’s content to you, but just in case, 2013’s Nymphomaniac is definitely an adults-only film. In the film, Mia Goth makes her debut in a particularly intense scene with Lebeouf, and apparently, he got carried away because he soon ended his long-term relationship with stylist Karolyn Pho to begin a romance with Goth, whom he eventually married in 2016.

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mother!

mother!
  • When: 2017
  • Who: Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky
  • Relationship Ruined: Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky

People always say it’s a bad idea to date your coworkers, and if that’s true, then it certainly doesn’t bode well when you date your boss. Soon after filming began for mother!, so did  Jennifer Lawrence’s relationship with director Darren Aronofsky. The relationship lasted through filming but was cut short after the film was released. The word on the street is that Aronofsky became so obsessed with the reviews for the film, that it proved to be too much for J-Law and she broke things off.

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Layer Cake

Layer Cake
  • When: 2004
  • Who: Sienna Miller & Daniel Craig
  • Relationship Ruined: Sienna Miller & Jude Law

Now, before we start slinging mud, let’s all take a moment to remember that long before Sienna was caught cheating on Jude Law, Jude Law was caught cheating on her with the family nanny in 2003. However, having said that, the couple had tried to repair their relationship and move on—that is until Miller started an off-screen romance with her Layer Cake costar Daniel Craig. Miller and Law eventually tried to rekindle their relationship in 2009, but were done again by 2011.

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By the Sea

By the Sea
  • When: 2015
  • Who: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
  • Relationship Ruined: Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Although Mr. & Mrs. Smith wrapped in 2005, the power-celebrity couple continued to live together but didn’t get married until August of 2014—right before they began filming By the Sea, a romantic drama that centers around a troubled marriage. And although we assume the couple in the film can make it through the worst of their troubles, Brangelina went downhill and the couple separated soon after with the divorce finalized in 2019.

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Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes
  • When: 2001
  • Who: Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter
  • Relationship Ruined: Tim Burton & Lisa Marie

When they began filming Planet of the Apes in 2001, Tim Burton was involved in a relationship with actress Lisa Marie (Smith), who was given the role of Nova in this film—and several other Tim Burton films while they were together. However, it was on this same movie set that he would meet and fall in love with actress Helena Bonham Carter and break things off with Lisa Marie to pursue and eventually capture Bonham Carter’s heart. Burton and Helena Bonham Carter would have two children and remain together until 2020.

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The Break-Up

The Break-Up
  • When: 2006
  • Who: Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn
  • Relationship Ruined: Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn

Shortly after her divorce with Brad Pitt was finalized, Jennifer Aniston starred in a romantic comedy titled The Break-Up. The movie costarred Vince Vaughn, who ironically enough costarred with Brad Pitt on Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Aniston and Vaughn began dating while filming, but the relationship soon fizzled out, mainly due to the attention that was still focused on the Aniston/Pitt/Jolie scandal.

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