Whether you call it having a BFF or being in a bromance, everyone needs that one person they can count on. This is especially true when life gets rough, as it does in the new movie "50/50."
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Seattleite and Seth Rogen as his well-meaning but immature best friend, this comedic look at battling cancer includes another spin on a timeless movie genre, the buddy film.
The buddy genre is part of a long Hollywood tradition of dynamic duos. Some famous pairings that should immediately come to mind include Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and Matt and Ben. And what would Batman have been without Robin, or Bert without Ernie?
For this week’s list, we’ve compiled memorable buddy movies and the films that showcased their onscreen chemistry. Who and what are your favorites? This trope may often be dominated by the bromance, but your list doesn't have to be gender specific - Thelma and Louise, anyone?
1. "I Love You Man" (Paul Rudd and Jason Segel): “I love you bro Montana.” – Sydney Fife
2. "Lethal Weapon" (Mel Gibson and Danny Glover): Have you ever met anybody you didn't kill?” – Roger Murtaugh
3. "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (Paul Newman and Robert Redford): “You never met a pair like Butch and The Kid.” – movie tagline
4. "Dumb and Dumber" (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels): “According to the map we've only gone 4 inches.” – Harry
5. "Superbad" (Jonah Hill and Michael Cera): I just wanna go to the rooftops and scream, "I love my best friend, Evan." – Seth
"The Cable Guy" (Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick): “Once you let him into your house, you'll never get him out of your life!” – movie tagline
What about Kurt russel and Sly Stallone in Tango and Cash?
How does "Hangover" not make this list?
Dude Where's my car?
Best Buddies ? Let see..................
Thelma & Louise
Abbott & Costello Films
The Blues Brothers
Rush Hour Films
Troy and Abed – TV's Community
Leonard, Raj, Howard and Sheldon – TV's Big Bang Theory
Laurel & Hardy Films
J.L.I.'s Booster Gold & The Blue Beetle – DC Comics (before the reboots)
Some female buddy films deserve mention IMO-
Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion
The Sweetest Thing
Thelma and Louise
Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan – "Rush Hour"
Marlon & Shawn Wayans – "White Chicks", "Scary Movie", "Little Man"
Birdy with Nicholas Cage and Matthew Modine (circa 84/85).
Thought i was only person who ever saw Birdy...good one
How could you not consider older movies:
The Road movies – Hope/Crosby
Any Abbott and Costello movie
Laurel and Hardy
Silver Streak – Wilder/Pryor
As a fan of older movies (casablanca/citizen kane ect) I would normally agree. But when it comes to drinking beer and watching a movie with my buddy, I think we would have a hard time relating to jumping into a model-T or a packard...
Lean on me
How about Stand By Me? Great movie!! And it's all about being buddies!
kinda thought "Sideways" was a good buddy film but probably not popular enough to make the list. Yes to Frodo and Samwise mentioned above!!!
Sideways??? Yeah me and my buddies usually take trips to wine country.....not
This should be the list...
Schindler's List should have been #6.
Cable Guy ABSOLUTELY belongs on this list. That movie was completely misunderstood and underrated. It's the dark underside of buddy-ism, how male bonding can suffer the weight of insecurity and aggression.
But Robert Altman's CALIFORNIA SPLIT belongs on this list. It's such a bromance it's almost a courtship. Amazing movie.
A couple others to mention: dirty rotten schoundrals and plains, trains, and automobiles.
I'm surprised....excellent list...all great movies as well.
I concur our good professor !
Sweeeet! Another Liquid City fan! Hopfenbeck is so freeeeeking funny. In fact his books remind me of all those great buddy movies where 'beat'em-up and shoot'em-up' is the order of the day! Plus, I like his whole "Urban-Bond" thing that he has going on with the cool pad and the hot dames. I read where it got named one of the 10 Books You Must Read In 2011, so that's why I picked it up! It was hilarious! 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon definitely need to be on this list, plus I love anything with Eddy Murphy!
I don't know if this qualifies, but The In-Laws w Alan Arkin and Peter Faulk was very good. Certainly better than Cable Guy or Dumb and Dumber.
I just read in the NYTimes that The Liquid City by Curtis J Hopfenbeck was going to be turned into a movie. It's about damn time! That's the best 'buddy' book every written and the funniest action/suspense fiction I've ever read. I think the guys who did Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours are backing it. It should be HUGE!!! Can't wait, I love that author. I think GQ Magazine named Hopfenbeck's book one of the 5 best books of the year. There's a no-brainer!
Buddy movie that needs to be made: "Traci and Portal-Pottie"
Tagline: The boring and disengaging story of two of the biggest loosers on the internet.
Scientific research suggests you are a doo doo head.
Agree, Cable Guy does not belong on the list.
Lord of the Rings does not, just because a movie has two guys being friends does not make it a buddy movie.
Easy Ride and Stir Crazy should have been on the list.
Bing Crosby and Bob Hope's "Road" movies deserve an honorable mention.
LOTR def belongs here. Frodo and Sam weren't "just friend." Sam was a committed friend, who could have said, "dude, this is a little much, you're on your own." Sam was there when Frodo needed him at the end. He's the kind of friend we'd all like to have – who's there even when we tell them to F off!
As for the list, Cable Guy and Dumb/Dumber should have been removed by the story editor. There's a lot of better buddy movies that deserve mention more, as listed by ithers.
What abot the Toy with Richard pryor and that kid?
The kid's name was Master Bates
Are you seriously not including The Scarecrow w/Al Pacino and Gene Hackman?
How can you omit the seminal modern buddy movie "48 HRS." with Nick Nolte and a star-making turn from Eddie Murphy? I only hope Eddie Murphy is half this sharp and funny when he hosts the Academy Awards next year.
I cant believe any movies with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder did not make the list
The Cable Guy was awful...borderling stalkerish. I would hardly call that a buddy movie.
Another lame-ass article/attempt by CNN to promote (good?) news.
Other than that, go see 50/50...definitely takes a delicate subject and treats it with humor and respect.
Shawshank redemption is 1 obv.
Shawshank should absolutely be on this list....they were robbed
"I guess I just miss my friend." – Red
Lord of the Rings – Frodo and Samwise.
Pineapple Express? There are too many to list!
Cable guy doesn't deserve a mention at all.
Cable Guy is a stalkerish twist on the buddy film but a buddy film nevertheless.
Cable Guy is a classic. What doesn't deserve to be there is Dumb and Dumber - it was the most atrocious movie ever made.
not sure how Step Brothers did not make this list
I second that confusion.
Try Running Scared (Billy Crystal & Gregory Hines). Classic.
Cable guy? Really? They weren't even buddies.
1 Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
2 Young Guns I
3 Young Guns II
4 The LIfe and Times of Judge Roy Bean (roy and his bear)
5 Grizzly Adams (adams and his bear)
Thelma and Lousy werent buddies. They were lesbeans.
Bad Boys 2 (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence):
"We ride together, we die together... Bad Boys For Life."
1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KId
2 i dont know
3 i dont know
Thelma and Louise should have made this list
I couldn't agree more. A much better film than several on their list. Dumb and Dumber??? The Cable Guy??? Two movies not even worth watching let alone mentioning.
Cheech and Chong :)
This blog always takes too long to download.
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