Today, on Friendship Day, we look at the 10 greatest buddies in Hollywood films. We are talking only about fictional friendships – so Jordan Belfort and Donnie Azoff don’t make it to this list.
Iron Man and Captain America (The Marvelverse)
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Captain America: Civil War was a great story made excellent because of the unique friendship that Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man had with Chris Evan’s Captain America. This was a classic case of friends being friends even when they somehow end on the opposite sides in a feud.
Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne (Batman) (The DC Universe)
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This is more of a mentor/mentee relationship in the Netflix series but in the filmverse, Jim and Bruce are two people brought together with a common aim – to rid their beloved city of all the crime and grime that’s around.
This is not your run-of-the-mill friendship. One’s a super-billionaire who wears a cowl and beats up the baddies. The other is stuck in the system and doing his best to beat it from the inside. They have faced each other on the wrong side several times, but their unwavering confidence in each other has always saved the day.
Harry Potter and Ron Weasley (Harry Potter series)
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Harry Potter and Ron Weasley met as friends and became family by the time the franchise came to an end. Harry married Ron’s sister Ginny, but that’s not the only thing that connected them. The two have fought against the worst evil and have stood toe to toe with the one who shall not be named. Is there anything else that can forge a stronger friendship?
Dominic Toretto and Luke Hobbs (Fast and Furious Franchise)
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Two people who are destined to fight against each other end up joining hands to defeat the baddies. How can you justify a friendship between a US agent and a convicted felon? And yet, when Vin Diesel’s Toretto and Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs come together on screen, you know that these two cannot be anything else but the best of friends.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Sherlock Holmes)
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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are the most famous literary characters to strike a friendship. The characters were brought to reel life exquisitely by Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Even two films down the line, the friendship is still something that audiences would love to see. The third film in the franchise is confirmed and Downey and Jude will both be reprising their roles.
Danny and Rusty (Ocean’s series)
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The Ocean’s series is one of the rare films that is extremely entertaining film with friends avenging friends. The film is so entertaining because all the characters in the series are so well-written and fleshed out. And with some of the greatest acting talents in Hollywood, George Clooney’s Danny and Brad Pitt’s Rusty steal the show with their bromance right off the bat.
John McClane and Zeus Carver (Die Hard III)
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A cop with a devil may care attitude, John McClane is teamed up with Zeus Carver, a man who just wants the world to keep spinning without any untowardly incident. What begins as a coincidental saving of life turns into a mission to save countless lives and ends up with a bond of friendship rarely seen in films.
Riggs and Murtaugh (Lethal Weapon)
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Danny Glover and Mel Gibson were in crackling form in this series. Lethal Weapon is a famous buddy-cop film that re-ignited the cop film franchise in the ‘80s. The original 1987 film spawned three sequels. Surprisingly, 11 years after the original, Glover as Murtaugh and Gibson as Riggs retained the same magic that their buddy-play had in the original.
Seth and Evan (Superbad)
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Before Jonah Hill played best friend to Leonardo diCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, he played Seth, best friend to Michael Cera’s Evan in the raunchfest Superbad. The film was a surprise hit. The emotional context of the film hinged on the bonhomie between the two boys who were just about to leave college and go into the big, bad world.
Sarah Ashburn and Shannon Mullins (The Heat)
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Good cop-bad cop with men have become passé and in came Sandra Bullock and Mellisa McCarthey to break all stereotypes about females, friends and action comedies. Apart from Fargo, no other film spoke so much about females in uniform more than The Heat did. The chemistry between the level-headed Sarah and the foul-mouthed Shannon was just thing needed to have the cash registers ringing.
These are our ten most favourite buddy films from Hollywood. Tell us yours!
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