Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in The Empire Strikes Back

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

They became a real-life, secret couple during the first Star Wars, though Harrison Ford was married to someone else and significantly older. (Ford was 33 and Carrie Fisher was 19 during their dalliance.)

The two channeled the smoldering force of their past relationship into a passionate will-they-or-won’t-they galactic struggle that makes The Empire Strikes Back far and away the greatest Star Wars story. Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and wrote and directed Body Heat, released a year later, has a real knack for crackling couples dialogue.

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