Some of these relationships appear healthy and fruitful. Others appear exploitative and harmful. There are probably shades of each in all of them. What is perhaps most notable, though, is just how prevalent this relationship is in the history of cinema.
See notes for links to director and actress pages, the nature of their relationship, and a list of works together. I am only listing one film per relationship, and for purposes of this survey am restricting my view to the heterosexual dynamic.
This will ever be a work in progress, and suggestions are more than welcome. To see the list with the latest additions sorted to the top, click here.