6. Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, Wreck-it Ralph
It’s not a glitch: Wreck-it Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) formed one of the most emotionally uplifting connections on-screen, either in animated or live-action form. How, you might wonder, could a destructive villain and a bratty race-car driver touch our hearts without pushing our buttons (in typical Disney style)? Because director John Moore and his screenwriting team paint Ralph and Vanellope as misunderstood heroes trying to rewrite their narratives, and we root for their successes … even if it means the end of their respective games, as we know them. Ralph could have tumbled by overplaying any of the emotions at the core of the story. But the movie never wrecks it, and the story of Ralph and Vanellope is one we’ll happily hear over and over again.

5. Ezra Miller and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Emma Watson is the water. Ezra Miller acts as the sunlight. And they are the nourishing forces needed to help Logan Lerman’s Wallflower grow. Chances are, you knew someone like Milelr and Watson’s characters in high school – social outcasts who were far more comfortable on the fringes of the “cool-kid” cliques, passing harmless judgments but hovering close enough to catch the emotionally damaged students before they fell too hard. Writer-director Stephen Chbosky might have colored a little bit too inside of the lines of the textbook cinematic teen “savior” templates, but thanks to Miller and Watson, Patrick and Sam always felt warm, recognizable and real. Somewhere, John Hughes is looking down at Perks, and smiling.

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