Best of 2016

13 of 2016's Memorable Movie Reunions

9:13 AM 1/2/2017

by Hilary Lewis

Beyond 'La La Land's' Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the past year saw Diane Lane and Ben Affleck, Julia Roberts and George Clooney and even Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard once again share the big screen, reminding viewers of past film pairings.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in 'La La Land'
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in 'La La Land'
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La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling may be getting attention for their big-screen reunion in Damien Chazelle's acclaimed musical. But the duo — who formerly shared the screen in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad — weren't the only onetime movie pair to reunite in a non-sequel or franchise-continuation film in 2016.

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg and Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman starred opposite each other for the third and fourth times in Cafe Society and Office Christmas Party, respectively. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard had a Garden State reunion, 12 years later, in Jackie. Julia Roberts went from the ex-wife of George Clooney's lying thief in Ocean's Eleven to playing the TV producer to his Jim Cramer-like host in Money Monster. And Diane Lane went from romancing Ben Affleck's man behind the Man of Steel to sharing a scene with Affleck as Batman in Batman v. Superman.

Read on for more of 2016's memorable movie reunions.

  • Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender

    Earlier film: 'Macbeth' (2015); 2016 film: 'Assassin's Creed'

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    A year after they starred as Macbeth and his manipulative wife in Justin Kurzel's adaption of the Scottish play, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard joined forces again in Assassin's Creed, also directed by Kurzel. In the big-screen version of the video game, Cotillard helps Fassbender's career criminal connect with his ancestors.

  • Margot Robbie and Will Smith

    Earlier film: 'Focus' (2015); 2016 film: 'Suicide Squad'

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    Before they joined forces as two members of an all-star team of supervillains, Margot Robbie and Will Smith played con artists in love in 2015's Focus. This summer they were seen as Harley Quinn and Deadshot in the highly anticipated Suicide Squad.

  • George Clooney and Julia Roberts

    Earlier film: 'Ocean's Eleven' (2001); 2016 film: 'Money Monster'

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    Years after playing the ex-wife of a lying thief, Julia Roberts reunited with her Ocean's Eleven love interest George Clooney for a film with a different sort of financially motivated drama. In this summer's Money Monster, Clooney played a Jim Cramer-like TV stock pundit who's held hostage on the air by a disgruntled investor while the show's producer (Roberts) tries to save the day.

  • Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner

    Earlier film: 'American Hustle' (2013); 2016 film: 'Arrival'

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    In 2013's American Hustle, Amy Adams and Christian Bale's partners in crime work with Bradley Cooper's FBI agent to target Jeremy Renner's New Jersey mayor Carmine Polito. This year, Adams and Renner, playing a linguistics professor and theoretical physicist, respectively, team up to try to communicate with alien spacecraft in Denis Villeneuve's Arrival.

  • Ben Affleck and Diane Lane

    Earlier film: 'Hollywoodland' (2006); 2016 film: 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'

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    Before sharing a tender scene as Batman and Superman's mother in Batman v. Superman, Ben Affleck and Diane Lane got far more intimate when Affleck himself took on the role of the man behind the Man of Steel in Hollywoodland. In that film, Affleck plays George Reeves, star of the TV hit, The Adventures of Superman, in the movie about Reeves' mysterious death. Lane is the studio exec's wife, with whom Reeves had an affair before he broke it off prior to his death by gunshot.

  • Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

    Earlier films: 'Adventureland' (2009), 'American Ultra' (2015); 2016 film: 'Cafe Society'

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    Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg brought their third big-screen relationship to theaters this summer, starring opposite one another in Woody Allen's Cafe Society. After appearing together in Adventureland, the two stars joined forces again in 2015 for American Ultra, with Stewart playing the girlfriend to Eisenberg's stoner convenience store worker, who's also a CIA sleeper agent. This summer, Stewart slipped into a familiar role as Eisenberg's character's love interest in Woody Allen's 1930s-Hollywood film, Cafe Society. This time Stewart, as an agent's assistant, finds herself in a love triangle with Eisenberg's Bobby and his uncle Phil (Steve Carell), who's also her boss.

  • Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller

    Earlier film: 'Rabbit Hole' (2010); 2016 film: 'Bleed for This'

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    Miles Teller reunited with his Rabbit Hole co-star Aaron Eckhart in this fall's boxing drama, Bleed for This. In the earlier film, Teller plays a teen involved in a tragic accident that leaves a couple, played by Eckhart and Nicole Kidman, reeling and struggling with grief. In Bleed for This, Eckhart plays trainer Kevin Rooney to Teller's Vinny Pazienza.

  • Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard

    Earlier film: 'Garden State' (2004); 2016 film: 'Jackie'

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    In 2004, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard's Garden State characters both had ties to Zach Braff's lead character, with Portman playing his love interest Sam and Sarsgaard playing his grave-digger friend Mark. This year, as Jackie and Robert Kennedy, Portman and Sarsgaard take on the roles of real-life people with strong ties to John F. Kennedy in the movie about the days after the president's assassination.

  • Adam Devine and Anna Kendrick

    Earlier films: 'Pitch Perfect' (2012), 'Pitch Perfect 2' (2015); 2016 film: 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates'

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    After playing a capella adversaries in Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick and Adam Devine got friendlier in this summer's Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. In the 2016 film, wild brothers Mike (Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are ordered to find nice girls to bring as dates to their sister's wedding only to find two women even raunchier than they are in Alice (Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza).

  • Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig

    Earlier film: 'Bridesmaids' (2011); 2016 film: 'Ghostbusters'

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    Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig previously joined forces in Paul Feig's hit comedy Bridesmaids, with Wiig as the down-and-out maid of honor in her best friend's wedding and McCarthy in a breakthrough role as the groom's raunchy sister. This year, they reunited with Feig for his high-profile, female-focused Ghostbusters reboot, playing scientists investigating paranormal activity.

  • Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis

    Earlier film: 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' (2008); 2016 film: 'Bad Moms'

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    In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Kristen Bell played the titular ex-girlfriend that Jason Segel's lead character was desperately trying to get over, with Mila Kunis' Hawaiian hotel staffer helping him rebound. In this summer's hit comedy, Bad Moms, Kunis and Bell's characters rebel, along with fellow mom Carla, deciding not to worry about others' expectations of how they should behave and raise their children.

  • Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman

    Earlier films: 'The Switch' (2010), 'Horrible Bosses' (2011), 'Horrible Bosses 2' (2014); 2016 film: 'Office Christmas Party'

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    Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman continued what's become a frequent onscreen collaboration with December's Office Christmas Party. In The Switch, second movie from Party's writer-directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon, Aniston and Bateman appeared as long-time friends who, through some drunken bathroom antics on Bateman's character's part, end up accidentally having a child together. The pair went on to star alongside each other in Horrible Bosses and its sequel. In Party, Bateman played the CTO of the poorly performing Chicago branch of the company Aniston's character runs as CEO.

  • Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

    Earlier films: 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' (2011), 'Gangster Squad' (2013); 2016 film: 'La La Land'

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    La La Land marks the third romantic movie pairing for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone with the two actors previously getting close onscreen in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad.