3D Weekend Five: Bromance at the Movies

Not father/son, not father-figure/son-substitute, not actual brothers.  Just two men who see each other through thick & thin: court cases, knife fights, unemployment, old loves, run-ins with Gary Busey…and in the process, give us chemistry to remember.

5.  Riggs & Murtaugh (Lethal Weapon):  It ended, many sequels later, as cheap overkill. But the first one was a rousing revival of the buddy movie.  And Mel Gibson — before his cop became a cartoon — was riveting.

4.  Butch & Sundance (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid):  I preferred The Sting, but that was more mentor/apprentice, and doesn’t count.  Plus: no cliff scene.

3.  Jerry & Rod (Jerry Maguire):  One was mature professionally; the other, emotionally.

2.  Kris & Fred (Miracle on 34th Street):  I’ll get you out of the nuthouse and you get me the girl = sounds like a deal.

1.  Rick & Louis (Casablanca):  The first time Bogart smiles in that film? at Captain Renault’s “major Italian victory” wisecrack.  And then there’s that last line.

43 comments to 3D Weekend Five: Bromance at the Movies

  • Jack Foley & Buddy — Out of Sight

    Ren & Willard — Footloose (1984 – there is only one)

    Chuck & Billy Blaze — Night Shift

    Jay & Silent Bob — Dogma

    Rocky & Paulie — Rocky III

  • Scott M.

    Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo…”Brian’s Song”,that great man weepie!

  • Starskey and Hutch

    Abbott and Costello

    Cage and Desoto (EMERGENCY!)

    Martin and Lewis

    Maverick and Goose

  • 1. Axel Foley/Rosewood and Taggart in Beverly Hills Cop — a bromance menage a trois ( I always liked this one better than 48 Hours)

    2. Andy Dufresne and Red in The Shawshank Redemption…. Dufresne learns some street smarts… and Red learns Hope.

    3. Han Solo and Chewbacca — the only acceptable furry creature in Star Wars.

    4. Captain James Kirk and Spock — best shown in ST: Wrath of Khan of course

    5. Lt. Col. Hal Moore and Sgt. Major Plumlee — We Were Soldiers. Now that Plumlee is on to his reward I may be safe to use his name in a post titled “Bromance” without him hunting me down and throat punching me to death. 100% respectful.

    TV Land: Crockett and Tubbs on the first 4-5 seasons of Miami Vice
    Apollo and Starbuck on the original Battlestar Galactica — the later version was superior in story telling overall but changing Starbuck to a girl changed that whole dynamic — and not for the better.
    the entire cast of The Rat Patrol

  • goozer

    Neil & Del (Planes, Trains & Automobiles) — “Those aren’t pillows!”

    Ferris & Cameron (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) — “He’ll keep calling me, he’ll keep calling me until I come over. He’ll make me feel guilty. This is uh… This is ridiculous, ok I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go. What – I’LL GO. Shit.”

    Arthur & Maurice (The Impostors)Maurice: To life. Arthur: And its many deaths.

    Josh/Chuck/Jeff/Duke/’Scat’/George/Harry & ‘Ace’/’Fearless’/’Turkey’/Chester/’Hot Lips’/Harold/Chester (The Road to Singapore/Zanzibar/Morocco/Utopia/Rio/Bali/Hong Kong) — “I just want you to stand there and admire me for a while. I just got an idea that’s gonna make us a fortune. I don’t know how I do it.”

    Kirk & Spock (Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan) — “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”

  • JimmyC

    1. Val and Earl – Tremors
    2. Chazz and Jimmy – Blades of Glory
    3. Froderick and Igor- Young Frankenstein
    4. Bill & Ted
    5. Del and Neal – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

  • Scott M.

    Bob and Doug MacKenzie

  • Scott M.

    Bobby and Andy,”Hill Street Blues”

  • Scott M.

    Don Draper and Roger Sterling!

  • Scott M.

    And these two guys blow up real good!

  • Dale & Brennan — Step Brothers qualify?

  • goozer

    Rocky & Bullwinkle

  • John Voight and Dustin Hoffman – Midnight Cowboy. One of my all time favorite movies. “I’m walkin’ here, I’m walkin’ here. “Actually that’s a good way to pick up some insurance”.

  • Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern — Stand by Me

    Roy and Ishmael — Kingpin

    Weensie and Blue — Old School (do pseudo-frat brothers count?)

  • Matt Helm

    Roy & Danny (Running Scared) … Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal. An 80s movie that was better than it should have been thanks to these two.

    Manny & Dave (A Piece of the Action) … Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier has a great chemistry in this and the other two movies they starred together in.

    Tequila & Tony (Hard Boiled) … Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung in the best John Woo movie of all time.

    Slim & Lank (On Our Merry Way) … Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda starring in the only (little known) screwball comedy they ever did together. It’s not a great movie, but it’s great to see them together.

    Oscar & Felix (The Odd Couple) … Matthau & Lemmon … in any movie these two did together, they always had some of the best chemistry in the history of Hollywood, especially when considering the number of years they appeared together from 1966 to 1995.

  • goozer

    But wait — there’s more! :-)

    Reggie & Jack(48 Hours) — “Now, get this! We ain’t partners. We ain’t brothers. And we ain’t friends. I’m puttin’ you down and keepin’ you down until Ganz is locked up or dead. And if Ganz gets away, you’re gonna be sorry you ever met me!”
    “I’M ALREADY SORRY.” — ed.

    Nicholas & Danny(Hot Fuzz) — “Ever fired your gun in the air and yelled, ‘Aaaaaaah?'”

    J & K(Men In Black) — “You know what the difference is between you and me? I make this look GOOD.”

    Sully & Mike(Monsters Inc.) — “Sulley, what about everything we ever worked for? Does that matter? Huh? What about Celia? I am never…never gonna see her again. Doesn’t that matter? What about me? I’m your pal, I’m-I’m your best friend. Don’t I matter?”

    And if we’re allowing TV:
    Michael & Sam(Burn Notice) — “If I lose my pension, you’re gonna be changing my diapers when I’m 95 and drooling.”

  • Kit

    Several, such as Sully&Mike and Michael&Sam and J&K have been mentioned so I’ll go with some that haven’t.

    Woody & Buzz: “You’ve got a friend in me. . . ” THE bromance of my generation. Their song is the Bromance anthem.
    Bugs&Daffy: Okay, this is more of a frenemy than a bromance but putting these two together always brings a laugh. Even w/ mediocre writing, such as in the current Looney Tunes Show, these characters are so strong they still work.
    Legolas&Gimli: One of the highlights of the Lord of the Rings books and movies is this relationship.
    Doctor&Craig (Doctor Who): Craig has only appeared in two episodes but those two episodes are ranked among the best of the Moffat era and for good reason.
    Sherlock & John (BBC’s Sherlock): A modern take on the classic partnership and a classic TV bromance. Just perfect chemistry, acting, writing, etc.. When Sherlock himself said, “I don’t have friends. I just got one.” Audiences believed him.

  • Scott M.

    Tim Bayliss and Frank Pembleton,”Homicide”

  • Rosencrantz & Guiildenstern?

  • Scott M.

    Jason Street and Tim Riggins,”Friday Night Lights”

  • Scott M.

    Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call,”Lonesome Dove”

  • goozer

    Cagney & Lacey? 😉

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