Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic

Their rich girl, poor boy dynamic wasn’t new, but Titanic took the classic dynamic to the most soaring highs to the most crushing depths, turning a story about a doomed ship into a critique of class division, snobbery, and the idea of some having so much while others have so little.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet handled their roles with boundless grace and aplomb, and it was their chemistry, even more than the film’s stunning sweep and visual effects, that made Titanic one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Talk about playing a wide range of couples: They also played sad marrieds losing their passion for life in Reservation Road, released just over a decade after Titanic.

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