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.