Before we light this 2016 canoe on fire and push it out to sea, let's take a quick moment to appreciate that not everything from the last 12 months was total agony. In fact, there were more than a few moments that made us smile and shed a happy tear, or just think, hey, it's great that those two weirdos found each other!
Here are the top 20 hottest love stories of 2016, as voted for by you, Movie Pilot readers. And just like Movie Pilot readers, this collection is eclectic, endearing, a little freaky, and full of heart.
1. Manny & Hank - 'Swiss Army Man'
Who would have thought that a movie about a farting corpse would wind up teaching us what love is? If you haven't seen the inspired performances from Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, make sure to add #SwissArmyMan to your must-see list of 2017.
2. Wade & Vanessa - 'Deadpool'
The R-rated comic book superhero movie #Deadpool was another surprising contender for Best Romance, but nonetheless, Wade and Vanessa had so much chemistry — and such a hot sex scene — they deserve their No. 2 status.
3. Queenie & Jacob - 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'
4. Lady Hideko & Sook-Hee - 'The Handmaiden'
Director Park Can-wook reimagines Sarah Waters's novel Fingersmith, changing the setting from the Victorian era to 1930s Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri star as the sultry Lady Hideko and her maid, Sook-Hee.
5. Steve Rogers & Bucky Barnes - 'Captain America: Civil War'
The bromance between these two superheroes is the stuff of legend, and #CaptainAmericaCivilWar did not disappoint when it came to portraying their on-screen friendship.
6. Blake Lively & The Shark - 'The Shallows'
There's no doubt that Blake Lively totally carried The Shallows, but she couldn't have done it all on her own. While she certainly had chemistry with that friendly Seagull, the fans have spoken, and they prefer their romance more on the Fifty Shades side, and so they chose her OTL as none other than the giant Shark that spent the movie trying to rip her limb from limb.
7. Lady Mormont & Her Fans - 'Game Of Thrones'
When #GameOfThrones first aired in 2011, fans were totally taken by the young sword fighter and girl warrior Arya Stark. Now that Arya Stark is a full-fledged grown-up assassin, there's a new badass little lady on the scene, who rules with an iron fist rather than a sword. Fans were quick to fall head over heels and vote #LyannaMormontForPresident.
8. Ruby & That Female Cadaver - 'The Neon Demon'
Jena Malone stole the show in #TheNeonDemon, the gripping and glamorous horror movie set in the cutthroat world of fashion, with the scene in which her character, Ruby, engages in necrophilia with a cadaver in the morgue where she works.
9. Sophie & Milo - 'AHS Roanoke'
Fans were fired up for #TaissaFarmiga's return to #AmericanHorrorStory, and luckily she didn't disappoint. She and her backpacker friend Milo (Jon Bass) were hardly Romeo and Juliet, but there's no denying that sparks were flying... as were people impaled on pikes and burned alive.
10. Bridget Jones & Mark Darcy (AGAIN) - 'Bridget Jones's Baby'
If anyone could make you believe Bridget Jones wasn't going to end up with Mark Darcy, it might have been Patrick Dempsey. But don't worry, #ReneeZellweger and #ColinFirth still make the cutest couple.
- The 20 Breakout Performances Of 2016, As Voted By Movie Pilot: Is It A Slam-Dunk For 'Stranger Things'?
- Fearing The Reaper: What Were The 15 Most Emotional On-Screen Deaths Of 2016? As Voted For By Movie Pilot!
- 20 Best TV Shows To Binge In 2016, As Voted For By Movie Pilot Readers
11. Batman & Superman - 'BvS: Dawn Of Justice'
Is there anything more erotic than two grown men in spandex engaged in an epic feud for justice? Probably, but people still voted for these two timeless heroes as one of the hottest couples of 2016. MARTHA!
12. Taylor Swift & Tom Hiddleston - Hiddleswift
Calvin Harris who? Just days after announcing her split from some DJ, Taylor Swift went public with her new beau, Tom Hiddleston. The pair may not have lasted for very long, but #Hiddleswift is a 'ship name for the ages.
13. Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor - The Emmys
The loving relationship between Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor is sure to bring a smile to your face any day, but the pair outdid themselves at this year's Emmy Awards. Although Taylor couldn't attend the ceremony to watch her girlfriend bring home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series, the couple nonetheless managed to convey their love and support across the continent via social media and Paulson's acceptance speech.
14. Harley Quinn & Joker - 'Suicide Squad'
These two iconic criminals have a sort of demented romance that no one should ever want to emulate, but damn they looked good in #SuicideSquad.
15. Paige & Walter - 'Scorpion'
Fans have been 'shipping Paige and Walter for a while now, and Season 3 of Scorpion was no exception, as Walter finally revealed his true feelings in Episode 3— even though he might not have been totally cognizant at the time.
16. The Sloth & His Mystery Woman - 'Planet Earth 2'
Love doesn't come easily in the animal kingdom. David Attenborough narrates the perilous journey of one sloth, desperately trying to find companionship in the wild.
17. Dolores & William - 'Westworld'
HBO's latest mega-hit #Westworld is giving Game of Thrones a run for its money. The sci-fi series has basically everything you could want from the genre: mystery, intrigue, robots, and — thanks to Dolores and William — romance.
18. Chiron & Kevin - ‘Moonlight'
Barry Jenkins's captivating new drama #Moonlight is generating a serious amount of #OscarBuzz for its deeply moving portrayal of Chiron, a gay, black boy growing up with an abusive and drug addicted mother. It's no surprise that the central romance of the story, between Chiron and his childhood friend Kevin found its place on this list.
19. Steve Rogers & Sharon Carter - 'Captain America: Civil War'
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is the only lover of 2016 amorous enough to appear twice on this list. As iconic as his bromance with Bucky Barnes is, someone was generous enough to give him credit for stoking the flames of passion with his recently deceased girlfriend's great niece (Emily VanCamp), because, well, why not?
20. Gidget & Max - 'The Secret Life Of Pets'
Max and Duke might have been the central pair of this Toy Story-style buddy flick, but how could you help but root for Max's smitten neighbor, Gidget, to win his affection in the end?
What's your favorite romance of 2016? Tell us in the comments below!