THE COUPLE: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
THE STORY: Playing out like Top Gun on wheels (and sharing the same producer-director team), Days of Thunder had its own smart-hot girl role: Dr. Claire Lewicki—a best-in-her-field brain surgeon who treats, and falls in love with, Cruise’s race-car driver character. Cruise reportedly lobbied hard to cast Kidman after seeing her memorable performance in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. The couple went on to make two more films together: Far and Away, in 1992, and Eyes Wide Shut in 1999.
WHAT BECAME OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP: Cruise and Kidman were married on Christmas Eve 1990. They adopted two children, Isabella and Connor. Citing “irreconcilable differences,” the couple divorced in 2001.
NICOLE KIDMAN: (in 1991) “Officially, we will be on our honeymoon the rest of our lives.”