15 Best Buddy Movies

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 8, 2009 · 164 comments

in A Man's Life, Diversions

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The buddy movie represents an uniquely American genre of cinema. Instead of a male-female romantic couple being the focus of the story, buddy movies center on the relationship between two heterosexual males. Buddy movies are unabashedly about male bonding and friendship, and they all pretty much follow the same script.  Two or more men with different personalities or backgrounds are thrown together. At first they don’t get along because of their differences, but by the end of the movie they work through their issues and become best buddies.  For the most part, buddy movies have been comedies that use the contrasting personalities of the male leads to set up gags, but writers and directors have also used the buddy movie to explore issues of race, class, homosexuality, and religion as it relates to masculinity.

Below, we’ve listed 15 of the best buddy movies ever made. If you’re looking to do something on your next guy’s night, consider renting one of these classics that pay homage to male friendship.

Grumpy Old Men

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There are several sub-genres within the buddy movie genre itself, including the geriatric buddy film. Grumpy Old Men is arguably the best entry in this category. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon team up to play two grizzled friends who love to hate each other. They fought since they were kids. You never know why, you only know they despise each other. Things only heat up when an attractive older woman (played by Ann Margaret) moves into the neighborhood. Despite their outward disgust with each other, the two men deeply care for one another. Filled with great one-liners and lots of charming old music, Grumpy Old Men makes a great movie to watch with grandpa.

Swingers

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Swingers reminds you of why it’s so important for a man to have friends. Mike (Jon Favreau) is a comedian in L.A. who has hit a real rough patch in his life. His longtime girlfriend back in Queens dumped him, he can’t land any gigs, and he hasn’t a shred of self-esteem left.  Thankfully, Mike has a group of friends who rally around him and work to get him back on his feet. A svelte and young Vince Vaughn plays the fast-talking wise guy friend who peps Mike up and tries to convince him about how money he is. Mike’s friend Rob (Ron Livingston) offers more sage advice and acts as a sounding board for his downtrodden buddy. Thanks to his friends, Mike finally gets his act together and rebounds from his doldrums.

Road To Morocco

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During the late 30′s and early 40′s, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope starred in a series of road movies that didn’t include much in the way of plot. I think the films were basically an excuse to get Bing Crosby to sing and Bob Hope to crack some jokes. Despite their lack of depth, the Road to… movies are a joy to watch. They’re fun, lighthearted, and don’t take themselves very seriously. Out of all the Road movies, Road to Morocco is the best. The friendship and chemistry between Crosby and Hope is legendary. Check it out.

Lethal Weapon

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Lethal Weapon is a perfect example of another sub-genre of the buddy movie: the cop buddy movie. Mel Gibson plays Sergeant Martin Rigs, a loose cannon maverick cop that takes risks that verge on the suicidal. Danny Glover plays the veteran, risk averse cop. For some reason, the fates bring these two polar opposites together as partners. At first, they can’t stand each other, but as the film progresses, the two develop a bond and chemistry that’s both comedic and warming. This movie has it all- classic lines like Danny Glover’s “I’m getting too old for this sh**,” an albino villain played by Gary Busey, and of course, an example of a solid male friendship.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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Paul Newman plays Butch Cassidy, the fast talking wise guy friend. Robert Redford plays the Sundance Kid, the sort-of-serious friend. They were “outlaws with style in a class all their own.” Old Butch and Sundance did everything together: they robbed trains together, looted banks together, and ran away from Union Pacific security posse together. Heck, they even shared the same woman (we don’t recommend that-a clear violation of the man code). Yes, Butch and Sundance were like brothers. The final scene pretty much sums up the friendship between the two. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it. Rent it and watch it today with a bud

Shawshank Redemption

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Shawshank Redemption isn’t your typical buddy movie. While most buddy movies are comedies, the laughs in Shawshank Redemption are few and far between. Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne,  a white banker from Maine who is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. Morgan Freeman plays Red, a black man who’s been in jail for years for a crime he committed as a teenager. In normal life, the two probably would never have been friends, but within Shawshank’s old stonewalls, they form a friendship that will last a lifetime.

Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein

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Like Cosby and Hope, Abbot and Costello starred in a series of comedic buddy films during the 1940s. The Abbot and Costello Meet… films usually had Abbot and Costello confronting one of the monsters from Universal Studio’s classic monster films. Out of all of them, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein is definitely the best. Dracula and Frankenstein end up in the United States. Dracula needs to find a new brain for Frankenstein and decides that Costello’s would be a good one. Hilarity ensues. There’s nothing really deep about the friendship between Abbot and Costello; it’s just a good reminder that a best friend can make any situation fun, even when a monster is after your brain.

I Love You, Man

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Making friends is difficult for the modern man. Because of work, dating, and family commitments, guys often lose touch with their buds. In I Love You, Man, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a young real estate agent in LA who’s about to marry his dream girl. Problem is Peter doesn’t have any male friends he can ask to be his best man. But his lack of a best man is the least of his problems. With no other males in his life, Peter has lost touch with his manliness. All that changes when he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel). Sydney is honest, comfortable in his own skin, and relishes being a man. Sure, Sydney’s conception of manliness is a little oafish, but it’s exactly what Peter needs to shake of the wussification that has held him bound and reconnect with his masculinity. This movie is crammed with laugh out loud moments, lots of memorable quotes, and dialogue and situations that really ring true. Slapping the bass!

48 Hours

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Cue the awesome synth music. 48 Hours inspired the cop buddy movies of the 80′s and early 90′s (see Lethal Weapon). Funny thing is, only one of the lead characters was actually a cop. Nick Nolte plays Jack Cates, a gruff, chain-smoking, by the book cop who’s out for revenge after a notorious murderer kills several of his comrades. To help him track down the murderer, Cates enlists the help of a fast-talking con-man named Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy). The mismatch, like in every other cop buddy movie, creates a comedic gold mine.

The Man Who Would Be King

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This buddy movie has two things going for it from the get go. First, it’s based off a short story by Rudyard Kipling. And second, the two leading men are Sean Connery and Michael Caine, two bad ass actors in their prime. The story follows two British soldiers who decide to leave the army and become kings of a remote place in India that no white man has set foot in since Alexander the Great. They decide it would be easier to subdue the village if they convince the villagers that one of them is a god. Daniel (Sean Connery) takes on the god role, but the power quickly goes to his head and causes the ruin of him and his friend. The ending of the film is amazing and captures what friendship is all about: unwavering loyalty.

The Defiant Ones

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Two inmates get an unexpected shot at escape. But alas, they’re chained together. Oh, and one of them is black (Sidney Poitier) and one’s white (Tony Curtis). And it’s the late 1950s. Can somebody say “racial tension?” During the course of the movie, the two men are able to put aside their differences and work together to become free. They even become buddies by the end. At its core, The Defiant Ones is about the ability of a man’s heart to change and the loyalty among men when faced with dire circumstances.

Some Like It Hot

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Don’t adjust your sets-that ain’t a couple of broads

Two out of work musicians witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and have to flee for their lives from the mobsters who want them silenced. They don’t have the money to make it to Florida, so they do what any desperate man on the lam would: put on a dress and high heels and join an all woman’s orchestra. Jack Lemmon plays Jerry (aka Daphne) and Tony Curtis stars as Joe (aka Josephine). Of course with two red blooded American men disguised as women in an all women’s review, there’s bound to be some serious sexual tension going on, especially when one of the members of the group happens to be Marilyn Monroe. Zoinks! Some argue that Some Like It Hot is cinema’s greatest comedy. Whether the movie is worthy of such a title or not, it’s certainly a great buddy film.

The Odd Couple

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Why is that sometimes the person who irritates us the most ends up becoming our best friend? Well, that irony is at the heart of The Odd Couple.  Felix Unger’s (Jack Lemmon) wife leaves him, so he goes to live with his long time buddy, Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau). But tension sets in as the two quickly discover their opposite personalities clash like polka dots and stripes. Felix is an uptight neat freak who’s always cleaning. Oscar is a grumpy slob who revels in his filth. You can see where this is going. The chemistry between Lemmon and Matthau is fantastic; the dialogue is hilarious.  See the Grumpy Old Men before they were just plain grumpy.

Silver Streak

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While on a cross-country train ride, George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit. With the help of a thief (Richard Pryor), George sets out to clear his name and save the girl of his dreams from the villain who actually committed the crime.  Wilder and Pryor are hilarious together. Of course when you have a white guy and black guy teaming up together in the 1970s, racism will be a subject of the film. But Silver Streak uses comedy to show the audience how stupid racial stereotypes and bigotry is. The most memorable scene in the movie has to be when Pryor tries to teach Wilder how to “walk black.”  Of course, Wilder ends up looking like a goofy white guy trying to be hip, resulting in comedic gold.

The Sting

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A classic caper movie set in 1936 Chicago. Two Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend, only to find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw). The rapport between Newman and Redford in The Sting is similar to the one they had in Butch Cassidy: easy-going, light-hearted, but fiercely loyal.

Know of any other good buddy movies that didn’t make our list? Share them with us in the comments!

{ 164 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ryan October 8, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I would suggest the Sherlock Homes flicks that star Jeremy Brett, Watson comes off as a needed and competent friend to Homes.

2 Andrew October 9, 2009 at 12:06 am

Good Will Hunting, although it has the male-female storyline, is more about guys and friendship I believe.

3 Someguy October 9, 2009 at 12:26 am

Lonesome Dove is one of the ultimate buddy flicks. Robert Duvall’s best performance, it’s all about friendship and aging, and the consequences of youth.

4 Eric October 9, 2009 at 12:56 am

I would suggest “Pineapple Express”. I know it’s new, but it’s a classic buddy film. Also, “Cheech n Chong, Up In Smoke”, another true classic, lol.

5 Philip October 9, 2009 at 1:04 am

I would suggest “Stand by Me”, a coming of age buddy flick. It’s got four guys in it, but the two main guys Gordie and Chris each rely on each other for strong support.

6 Luke - AspiringGentleman October 9, 2009 at 1:44 am

Ahhh, the fine art of the bro-mance. I’d have to add Wedding Crashers. Gives me a bro-ner every time. OK I’m done.

7 America's 1stSgt October 9, 2009 at 2:16 am

Appaloosa starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen. That movie was all about loyalty and integrity.

8 Stephen October 9, 2009 at 2:17 am

Lord of the Rings. It’s a total buddy movie. The theme of friendship is interwoven in the entire trilogy.

9 Chris October 9, 2009 at 2:17 am

I want to 2nd Someguy’s recommendation of Lonesome Dove. One of the greatest westerns of all time, and a great example of true friendship between two men who couldn’t be more dissimilar in personality.
“My God, Woodrow it’s been quite a party ain’t it?”

10 Playstead October 9, 2009 at 2:25 am

Where’s Midnight Run and 48 Hours? Two absolute classics.

11 Jonny | thelifething.com October 9, 2009 at 2:57 am

Leathal Weapon gets my vote. How many people can honestly say their mate has saved them from being blown up on a toilet. Few my friends, very few.

12 Cotswolds B&B October 9, 2009 at 3:28 am

Great list – I’d agree with 95%, but ‘I Love you, Man’ ??? C’mon, I know you may have wanted to tilt your hat at something contemporary but this is a distinctly average movie imho.

13 Nate October 9, 2009 at 3:38 am

It’s not so popular as the titles you mentioned, however I would give the Spike Lee film, 25th hour, a look. To be honest, probably one of the best movies about ‘mates’, ever.

14 Keith October 9, 2009 at 4:20 am

Don’t forget about Boondock saints…well even if they were brothers they were like…”I’ll do anything for you” brothers..

15 Brook October 9, 2009 at 6:33 am

The Full Monty. Those guys pull off a seemingly hare-brained scheme beautifully.

16 Ray October 9, 2009 at 7:23 am

One of my all time favorites is “Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man”. Two buddies who drift in and out of each other’s lives going after bad guys to avenge… I won’t give the story away. Shows how true friendship does not require geographic proximity or constant companionship but instead love, trust and loyalty. Not likely to be critically acclaimed, but a fun movie.

17 Steven October 9, 2009 at 8:37 am

Hey! You forgot the greatest buddy movie of them all. Midnight Cowboy

18 W. Mark Whitlock October 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

I agree with Playstead: Midnight Run is among the greatest Buddy Movies ever. I also think that Toy Story transcends animation to classic Buddy Movie status. My personal list of favorite movies where I enjoy the male interaction:

Lethal Weapon
Midnight Run
Toy Story
Apollo 13 (does it count if 3 men are struggling together?)
Gladiator (I will see you again… but not yet… not yet… )
Rudy (you get me a date; I’ll tutor you)
Amazing Grace
For Love of the Game (You and me? One more time?)

19 Ryan October 9, 2009 at 8:52 am

Hmmm, it isnt a buddy movie, more like a buddies movie, but “The Sandlot” has always held a special place in my cinema collection.

20 C. D. Trouten October 9, 2009 at 8:57 am

Second Hand Lions, a truly manly buddy movie.

21 Brown October 9, 2009 at 9:04 am

This list should only have one movie on it, and that movie should be The Big Lebowski.

22 Brown October 9, 2009 at 9:05 am

Ok, TWO movies, the second one should be Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. That ending gets me every single time.

23 Jason October 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

Some good movies listed. I’ve seen most of them, have a few I need to watch.
Thanks.

24 Rh October 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

Rush hour – Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Chinese to American racial and cultural differences to master, learning that you DON’T touch the radio of a black man, how to dance to WAR, and of course Jackie kicking butt.

25 Cody October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am

I have to second Brown, any list of buddy movies that does not include The Big Lebowski is no list at all.

26 Jonathan Cunningham October 9, 2009 at 9:36 am

Recommendations:
The Rundown (2003) – Dwayne Johnson, Sean William Scott. A great all-around guys’ movie, with some interesting perspectives on the nature and duties of friendship.

The In-Laws (1979) – Peter Falk, Alan Arkin. Respective fathers of the bride and groom have an unlikely bonding adventure. Pretty friggin’ funny and much better than the remake.

27 Ouzts October 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

At the risk of sounding like one of “those” guys, Star Wars. Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.

28 CMcKane October 9, 2009 at 9:59 am

I’m a girl but love buddy movies. Lethal Weapon was on the other night and the toilet bomb scene like someone else mentioned has got to be the ultimate.

I didn’t want to see I Love You, Man until I read “exactly what Peter needs to shake of the wussification that has held him bound and reconnect with his masculinity”. Ha ha.

Great list now I feel like watching some old men bicker. Oh wait, I can just walk into Dunkin Donuts ;)

29 Brian October 9, 2009 at 10:16 am

How about the Outsiders, Easy Rider, the Blues Brothers, and O Brother Where Art Thou? Of those, I am really surprise the Blues Brothers didn’t make the first list.

30 Lance Otto October 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

I nominate ‘The Great Escape.’ This is arguably the best of John Sturges’ buddy movies, although someone else can chime in on ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ and later, ‘The Eagle Has Landed.’

JamesGarner and Donald Pleasance” both risk dying for one another to escape a German POW camp in WW2, as does Charles Bronson and John Leyton later in the same film.

It’s one thing to die together as friends in found circumstance; it’s quite another to CHOOSE to die together as friends, encapsulating the definition of integrity and loyalty, imho.

31 Skot October 9, 2009 at 10:45 am

good call on Silver Streak.

Gene Wilder is my all-time favorite comedic actor.

32 Phil C October 9, 2009 at 10:50 am

Top Gun, Papillon, and Iron Eagle must be on this list. I also would like to give my support to big lebowski and cheech and chong

33 Ari October 9, 2009 at 10:53 am

Got to have Running Scared with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines.

34 Peter O'Reilly October 9, 2009 at 11:15 am

Bill And Teds Excellent Adventure/Bogus Journey

Harold And Kumar Go To Whitecastle/Escape From Guantanamo Bay

35 chris October 9, 2009 at 11:28 am

Tommy Boy…Chris Farley/David Spade…it does not get much better than that!!

36 Will Aygarn October 9, 2009 at 11:29 am

Two movies I enjoyed were “Lock, Stock & Two Smokin’ Barrels”, about some small time crooks who get in over their heads and “Hot Fuzz”, another police comedy. The latter stars the two leads from “Shaun of the Dead”, which has its own buddy angle.

37 Joseph Lenze October 9, 2009 at 11:50 am

Easy Rider!

38 Chemical Erik October 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I’d add Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights. Classy and classic comedy, a bizarre friendship, and a few good martial arts scenes for good measure.

39 Alex October 9, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I would second “Second Hand Lions”. Excellent Movie

40 Andrew October 9, 2009 at 12:27 pm

It was made for TV but Brian’s Song

41 Keith D October 9, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Grumpy Old Men, Swingers, I Love You Man. Depends and the metrosexuals. Nah. Otherwise the rest are great choices. Suggestions: Trading Places, Murphy/ Ackroyd- good buddies vs. Ameche/Bellamy bad buddies. I agree with Second Hand Lions and Blues Brothers.

42 Jason October 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Band of Brothers

43 John Ryan October 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

I have to second some films that were not on the list such as

LONESOME DOVE (still cant believe this did not make it the first time)
Second Hand Lions
The Great Escape
Blues Brothers (Being from Chicago this is an all time classic no matter what genre)
Tommy Boy

and then to add one of my own

Knock Around Guys

Though not necessarily about just two buddies but a group of buddies its still a fantastic film to watch.

44 Craig October 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Trading Places

45 WDG October 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

While it fails to live up to the definition of an “buddy movie” the John Frankenheimer film “Ronin” features an amazing chemistry between French film legend Jean Reno and American film icon Robert De Niro.

46 Matt October 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm

I hate to blow the whistle on this one, but the validity of this has been thrown out the window. WHY IS LONESOME DOVE NOT ON THIS LIST? The best of all time.

47 Matt October 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The Big Lebowski works pretty well as a buddy film, too.

48 Taylor October 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I’m gonna have to say again: Lord of the Rings. Props Stephen, for beating me to it. Specifically, the Return of the King. Aragorn/Legolas/Gimli, Frodo/Sam, Merry/Pippin, and even Gandalf/Pippin. ALL OVER THE PLACE! I’m surprised it wasn’t in the top ten.

49 John October 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm

i would recommend either Shaun of the dead or Hot fuzz

50 Brucifer October 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ transcends any other idea of what a “buddy” movie should be for the AoM audience. No slapstick. No saccharine. Two authentic MEN, who have been through hell together and who despite their lower-class British caste and their post-military survival on petty larceny, have an integrity and a personal loyality far above those of thier supposed “betters” in British society. Highly recommended! To me as a military veteran, the scene with Peachy telling-off the pompous British official, is worth the price of admission itself. “Detriments you call us? Detriments? Well I want to remind you that it was detriments like us that built this bloody Empire!”

51 Andrew October 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Sorry, have to add another: Band of Brothers. It’s a great book as well.

52 ossian October 9, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Are French films out of bounds? One of the greatest films, as well as one of the greatest buddy films — though such a word would never occur to them — is Jean Renoir’s Grande Illusion [Great Illusion] of 1938. It is an elegy for the great aristocratic warriors who come to an end in World War I (Erich von Stroheim and Pierre Fresnay), united by caste and honor across national boundaries. And then the two escapees, the working-class Frenchman (Jean Gabin) and the sophisticated.rich Parisian Jew, as improbable as buddies can get. I have yet to meet a man who, on being persuaded to watch this, found himself immune to its profound humanity. It’s also one of the finest films on masculinity..

53 Tommy Phillips October 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Nate and Hayes, which also happens to be the best pirate movie ever.

Good call for “The Man Who Would Be King”, which is also on my list of “great movies most people never heard of.”

The Fisher King. Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges are astounding together.

I have to vote in favor of “Second Hand Lions”, also, although it might have been better without the frame story.

And, just to stretch the definition a little bit, how about “Eddie and the Cruisers”?

54 Chris October 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm

I add a fourth vote for Lonesome Dove. It may actually be the best buddy movie of all time.

55 Dipankar Kuzzuk Subba October 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm

My favorite from the list is Lethal Weapon. Nice list, there are a few I have not watched.

See ya back at pb.com

56 JHR October 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm

How about Gallipoli starring Mel Gibson.

57 John October 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm

“I Love You, Man”, but not “Tommy Boy”? Tommy Boy is the best buddy movie of the last 15 years…bar none.

58 Leif Erickson Advento October 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I don’t know if these’ll count, but I would argue for “3:10 to Yuma” (the new one starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale) as one of the manliest “buddy” films, as the tension between the two adversaries become a pursuit of maintaining one’s integrity. Oh, and “Way of the Gun” (buddies to the end…)

59 Jamie Bradley October 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm

C’mon, guys, “Running Scared” with Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines! These two had chemistry like Hope and Crosby.

60 Damon October 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Sorry but i have to add a few… Gladiator… Tombstone… BraveHeart…Band of Brothers (i know Andrew already mentioned it, but its worth saying again:)

61 Nick October 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Swingers is definitely the king on this list…although Made is pretty damn good, but not on the list…can’t have two Favreau movies…

62 Joseph October 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I would say Zombieland is a fun buddy film.

63 Mitch October 10, 2009 at 12:22 am

Pearl Harbor (how did that get left off?)
Easy Rider
Wild Hogs

64 Steve S October 10, 2009 at 1:41 am

…come on now….Top Gun, Tommy Boy, Waynes World?

Great list though. My compliments to the chef.

65 Dick Dastardly October 10, 2009 at 3:41 am

Brokeback Mountain.

66 Jacques October 10, 2009 at 4:45 am

Nice list but I’m missing a few more recent interpretations:

Rush hour
Top Gun
Heat
White men can’t jump
Money Train

67 Katherine Taylor October 10, 2009 at 7:55 am

For me the best buddy movie is Top Gun, a little homoerotic but nice :)

68 Brian October 10, 2009 at 11:25 am

I’m a big fan of Tango and Cash.

69 Daddy-O October 10, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Definitely “Tombstone”. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday… amazing.

“Appaloosa”! Unwavering loyalty! Fantastic!

Or, hey,… how about the ENTIRE Lord of the Rings trilogy? Friends following one another to face crushing odds. Loyalty, honor, and trust! …Beautiful!

70 David October 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm

How about “Sideways”?

David

71 Joe Proctor October 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

@Mitch: Pearl Harbor got left off the list because it’s a horrible movie.

“Band of Brothers” and “Lonesome Dove” are mini-series, but who’s counting?

72 Hedgewolf October 11, 2009 at 10:15 am

I enjoyed the list and also some of the other suggestions in the comments. To which end I would like to add ‘Enemy Mine’

73 Dusto October 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm

what about dumb and dumber, and Lord of the rings?

74 James October 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm

The Outsiders

Stay gold, Pony Boy, stay gold.

75 Andy October 11, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I simply cannot believe that all this nonesense being mentioned, like Pearl Harbor? Gimme a break.

My vote is for Good Will Hunting.

76 dannyb October 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

calling pearl harbor nonsense while voting for Good Will Hunting is like the pot calling the kettle black.

77 Mr. Miyagi October 12, 2009 at 9:18 am

What about Brookback Mountain?

78 Andy Bailey October 12, 2009 at 9:57 am

I watched “I love you, man” movie the other week and it was great. I’ve seen quite a few of the other ones and I’m looking forward to checking out the others. Great list!

79 OkieRover October 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Mr. Miyagi: -2 man points for that.

80 Jon October 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

This is a good list. The Italian Job is a buddy film that comes to mind. Good Will Hunting is a very good movie. Rounders is another film in the buddy genre. Jaws. The X-Files movies with Mulder and Scully, and even Skinner. There are just a lot of good films out there.

81 Nuke LaLoosh October 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm

How is Top Gun Homoerotic? Besides the whole Volleyball scene which was obviously for the ladies, Maverick & Goose had a almost brother like friendship. If a man doesn’t feel like a brother to me (& there are only a few I consider in this category), then he is not considered a friend — just an acquaintance.

The only guy that may have “flew for the Russians” was Slider. I think he had a bit of penis envy for IceMan!

82 Edward October 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Bottle Rocket should be on this list.

Somebody already said Easy Rider but another exclusive, reaching even further back, The Flim Flan Man.

83 IDITJ October 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I love you man=Brokeback mountain, and seriously should not be on the list

84 Rohit October 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

You simply must include Starsky and Hutch!

85 Brendan October 15, 2009 at 11:17 am

Alright, I would consider the following three movies glaringly obvious omissions:

The Hangover,
The Big Lebowski (in fact many Coen brothers films fit the mold, but this one is the best!)

…and last but not least, the second best buddy movie of all time in my opinion (after Butch and Sundance):
Midnight Cowboy

86 Joe October 15, 2009 at 11:25 am

Gunga Din! Cary Grant, Victor McLaughlin, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as goofy two fisted soldiers treasure hunting in India! Loads of fun!

87 Joe October 15, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Oh, also Hot Fuzz. Simon Pegg plays a cartoonishly super competent cop relocated to a sleepy small town (with a dark secret, naturally) and becomes friends with Nick Frost’s bumbling doofus cop who wishes life was like an action movie. Early in the draft, there was a love interest for Pegg. She was eventually written out and they gave most of her lines, largely unchanged, to Frost!

88 Nick October 16, 2009 at 1:57 am

I thought the buddy relationship in “Master and Commander” was pretty good.

89 `Chicah Joe October 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Great list and great added suggestions. I want to add a couple of movies that bombed theatrically, have a serious tone, and a bit of msyticism in them, but still qualify as buddy movies and I think that every man should give a look to:

The Legend of Bagger Vance – Matt Damon & Will Smith. Deals with redemption.

Meet Joe Black – Anthony Hopkins & Brad Pitt. Deals with loyalty, honor, and life & death

90 Brian Aldrich October 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm

How about the James Cagney/Pat O’Brien duality in ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES? One boy became a priest; the other went to the chair. “Boys, let’s go say a prayer for a boy who couldn’t run fast enough.” Also, the Hepburn Tracy movies could be considered buddy movies.

91 BrutusMaximus October 17, 2009 at 2:54 am

The good the bad and the ugly…..please, it should have been there first.

92 Penny October 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I’ll add one that has been mentioned: “Reign Over Me” – I think the best buddy movie – a friend who sticks by his buddy in the midst of depression

93 Nathan October 19, 2009 at 12:54 am

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles?

94 Thad October 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm

My two additions to the list are …

Blues Brothers

O, Brother Where Art Thou?

95 KF October 20, 2009 at 7:19 am

War Wagon, Kirk Douglas and the Duke. Donovans Reef, Lee Marvin, the Duke, Jack Warden and Mike Mazurski(sp)

96 Bobert October 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm

“Blazing Saddles”. Its THE buddy movie of all times.
Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder were great together.

-”The Frisco Kid” eh its pretty good.

-”Blues Brothers” is top on the list.

97 West LA October 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Gunfight at the OK Corrall (Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas)

The Professionals (1960 — Lee Marvin, Lancaster, others)

Ocean’s Eleven (2001 — are Clooney & Pitt the contemporary version of the old
Newman & Redford duo?)

Tried watching Swingers again recently — confirmed my original impression –
the Jon Favreau character is such a whiny, self-pitying loser, while living such a privileged life, he isn’t funny, he’s cringe-inducing. Just wanna tell him to shut up, grow up, snap out of it, etc. Other characters too — ‘Ohh, the world is supposed to make my little dreams come true! boo hoo!’ … ugh … had to stop watching it …

98 Destructo October 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm

One more – The Hangover.

99 T October 25, 2009 at 11:25 am

Once Upon a Time in the West, guys.

100 Todd October 26, 2009 at 11:31 am

I would add Midnight Cowboy. One of the best movies about male friendship ever.

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