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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 April, 2003, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Gere and Roberts top romance poll
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
The pair have starred together in two romantic films

Pretty Woman stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere have been named the greatest screen lovers by a UK-wide poll.

The pair topped the romance category of the survey, which asked 4000 customers of a video chain to name their favourite screen pairings.

Roberts and Gere beat Titanic pairing Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio into second place.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers came third for their performance in the 1935 musical Top Hat.

The on-screen couple teamed up again in 1999 for romantic comedy Runaway Bride, about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.

Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin also pipped a classic comedy duo to the top spot in the comedy category.

The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars were named favourites above Laurel and Hardy for Sons of the Desert (1933).

Top screen lovers
1. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere - Pretty Woman
2. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio - Titanic
3. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - Top Hat
4. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman - Eyes Wide Shut
5. Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz - Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Source: Blockbuster Video

Their double act as professional con-men defrauding wealthy women in the south of France was a hit in 1988.

Martin also took third place for his partnership with the late John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Action movie fans voted for Sean Connery and Harrison Ford for their father and son pairing in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

The third instalment in the Indiana Jones series saw the archaeologist and his father search for the Holy Grail while fighting the Nazis.

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, the only female team to make the top five in any section, came fifth in the action/thriller category for road movie Thelma and Louise.

The pair play a waitress and a housewife who take a trip across America but things go wrong after they shoot a rapist outside a club and have to go on the run.

"It is clear to see that we are a nation of movie lovers and enjoy the old classics as much as the modern chart toppers", said Blockbuster Video executive Steve Foulser.

The survey, carried out for the video chain, also suggested that popcorn is the preferred snack choice when watching a video or DVD at home, followed closely by chocolate and ice cream.




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