Friday's Top Five: Buddy movies
September 30th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Buddy movies

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

Honorable Mention:

"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


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  1. zigwig

    What about Kurt russel and Sly Stallone in Tango and Cash?

    October 27, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. JBRO

    How does "Hangover" not make this list?

    October 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JBRO

    Dude Where's my car?

    October 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. T

    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
    48 Hours
    and....
    J.L.I.'s Booster Gold & The Blue Beetle – DC Comics (before the reboots)

    October 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jillmarie

    Some female buddy films deserve mention IMO-
    Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion

    The Sweetest Thing

    Thelma and Louise

    Bridesmaids

    October 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Smack-it-up-Flip-it-Rub-it-down

    Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan – "Rush Hour"
    Marlon & Shawn Wayans – "White Chicks", "Scary Movie", "Little Man"

    October 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Uninformed Liberal Stooge

    Brokeback Mountain.

    September 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. S Nashashibi

    Birdy with Nicholas Cage and Matthew Modine (circa 84/85).

    September 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mac

    How could you not consider older movies:

    The Road movies – Hope/Crosby
    Any Abbott and Costello movie
    Laurel and Hardy
    Martin/Lewis
    Silver Streak – Wilder/Pryor

    September 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • chiefjay4

      Mac,
      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...

      September 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jamilia

    Lean on me

    September 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaymo

      How about Stand By Me? Great movie!! And it's all about being buddies!

      October 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Woody

    Blazing Saddles!

    September 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    The Matador.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Newo

    kinda thought "Sideways" was a good buddy film but probably not popular enough to make the list. Yes to Frodo and Samwise mentioned above!!!

    September 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • chiefjay4

      Sideways??? Yeah me and my buddies usually take trips to wine country.....not

      September 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chiefjay4

    This should be the list...
    48 hours
    midnight run
    blues brothers
    animal house
    caddy shack

    September 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. trollio

    Schindler's List should have been #6.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  16. James

    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.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Joe

    A couple others to mention: dirty rotten schoundrals and plains, trains, and automobiles.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Chris

    I'm surprised....excellent list...all great movies as well.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Juan Velascez

    I concur our good professor !

    September 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  20. FictionFox

    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!

    September 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Bill

    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.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. National Book Review

    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!

    September 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Steve

    Tommy Boy!

    September 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Pliny

    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.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  25. James

    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.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Hold the phone

      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.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Chris

    What abot the Toy with Richard pryor and that kid?

    September 30, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  27. CP

    Are you seriously not including The Scarecrow w/Al Pacino and Gene Hackman?

    September 30, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  28. Sigma60

    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.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  29. wes

    I cant believe any movies with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder did not make the list

    September 30, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  30. Sara Bean

    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.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  31. Buster Box

    Shawshank redemption is 1 obv.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  32. Aesop

    Lord of the Rings – Frodo and Samwise.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  33. JT

    Pineapple Express? There are too many to list!

    Cable guy doesn't deserve a mention at all.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Yosh

      Cable Guy is a stalkerish twist on the buddy film but a buddy film nevertheless.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fixer2010

      Cable Guy is a classic. What doesn't deserve to be there is Dumb and Dumber - it was the most atrocious movie ever made.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Nick

    not sure how Step Brothers did not make this list

    September 30, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  35. Turner

    Try Running Scared (Billy Crystal & Gregory Hines). Classic.

    Cable guy? Really? They weren't even buddies.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • chiefjay4

      Terrible list...
      48 hours
      midnight run
      blues brothers
      animal house
      caddy shack

      September 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  36. cowboy bob

    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)

    September 30, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  37. jake

    Thelma and Lousy werent buddies. They were lesbeans.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  38. [lol]

    Bad Boys 2 (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence):

    "We ride together, we die together... Bad Boys For Life."

    September 30, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  39. gramma

    1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KId
    2 i dont know
    3 i dont know

    September 30, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  40. CEW

    Thelma and Louise should have made this list

    September 30, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • AKSean

      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.

      September 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junkpile

      Cheech and Chong :)

      September 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  41. albertini

    This blog always takes too long to download.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |

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