It is a well-known fact that lead actor-actress pairings have not always resulted in good height matches. What was the biggest actor-actress height mismatch in a romantic feature film? (comedies/farces do not count)

To get this question started I submit the following still:

Tom Cruise with Kelly McGillis

Notice that in the shot Cruise is standing one inch higher than McGillis, even though in reality he is two inches shorter than her.

(Note that by a "mismatch" I am referring to the situation where the man is shorter than the woman. When men are taller, that is the normal situation.)

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    Based on your example, I'm assuming you mean where the female is shorter? Also, I'm having trouble not voting to close this as "trivia"... can you explain why you think it's anything other than trivia?
    – Catija
    May 19, 2015 at 13:56
  • Female is taller... sigh trying to do too many things at once.
    – Catija
    May 19, 2015 at 14:11
  • "Cruise is standing one inch higher" All thanks to the magical Hollywood prop called an apple crate. ;)
    – Walt
    May 19, 2015 at 14:47
  • @Walt Apple box, you mean :P And he's probably standing on a quarter apple, honestly... though it could be even a pancake.
    – Catija
    May 19, 2015 at 14:50
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    Now I've got the song "Take My Breath Away" stuck in my head. May 19, 2015 at 17:40

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One example would be the Prince movie Under the Cherry Moon. He (1.58) is 10 cm smaller than Kristin Scott Thomas (1.68) (I am not American, but that must be about 3 inches). I guess there are bigger differences, but this is an example for a romantic (musical) film to start with...

If you count the relationship in Game of Thrones between Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage 1.35) and Shae (Sibil Kekilli 1.63) you would have 28 cm, that's about 9 inches, but not sure if you could call this romantic ;)

I was only thinking about examples where the actress is bigger, the other way around I guess there are bigger mismatches.

  • While it wasn't a romantic relationship either, Sophie Turner is 16 inches taller than Dinklage - though she may have been shorter than her current 5'9" when they were a "couple"
    – sirjonsnow
    Apr 18, 2017 at 12:17

I'm nominating Tommy Tune as Ambrose Kemper (6'6") and Joyce Ames as Ermengarde (4'10") from the 1969 production of Hello Dolly!, for a whopping difference of 1'8" (almost half a meter!) between the star crossed lovers.

Tommy Tune and Joyce Ames

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    @TylerDurden But is it a romantic pairing? If yes than it should apply, since any other totally artificial and undefinable constraints based just on general genre (which isn't even clearly classifyable) would seem utterly nonsensical. Afterall Top Gun isn't a downright romance either really.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    May 19, 2015 at 22:58
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    @TylerDurden - Well it's a romantic comedy musical. Though perhaps you should fine tune what you expect by "romantic feature" in the question. May 20, 2015 at 2:17
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    Actually, my main problem with this is that the OP's looking for a lead actor-actress pairing. But @TylerDurden, a lot of romantic movies are comedies. Rom-com is one of the biggest genres out there. If you're only looking for romantic dramas\tragedies, I'm not sure I get why.
    – Walt
    May 20, 2015 at 17:02
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    I think the point is, if the actors were actually cast like this for comedic effect. So a romantic comedy "my dwarf boyfriend" would probably not in spirit of the question. I think the OP searches for movies where the height difference is not on purpose but rather accidental.
    – Falco
    Feb 15, 2016 at 16:43
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    Good one, but fyi that's actually more than half a meter.
    – sirjonsnow
    Apr 18, 2017 at 11:55

Nicole Kidman was/is 5'11" and Cruise's real life wife when they appeared together in Far And Away, which is considered a Romance film. That bests Kelly McGillis by an inch, thereby making the biggest height difference ~3 inches.

Beyond that, it begins getting more difficult to mask the height difference, and as a taller female is not "the norm", it then turns farcical. Any movie where Jack Black is the leading man, or Danny Devito for that matter, is more comedy than romance, and they're two of the shortest men in movies.

  • Well, the fake accents create a comic atmosphere, but this counts anyway. Apr 10, 2019 at 19:56
  • And don't forget they met on Days of Thunder and worked together one last time in Eyes Wide Shut! Apr 10, 2019 at 20:14

Amitabh Bachchan (6'2") - Jaya Bachchan (5'2") with a height difference of one foot.

Yet, this pair didn't look like a mismatch. This is the reason they acted in sixteen films together. As the question asks for a romantic film, then here it is.

Ek Nazar, Bansi Burji are some of the romantic films they acted together.

They are a real life pair too.

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Above is the image of them in the film Guddi.

  • This is also wrong because the man is taller than the woman. A mismatch is when the woman is taller, as in the question. Nov 14, 2017 at 12:19

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