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The 20 Best Male Duos in Film

14 December 2015 | Features, Other Lists | by Rigers Avdo

best male duos

Removing ourselves a little from the usual cliché in Hollywood where the cast is a man and a woman and they fall in love and we all know the rest, this list is about male duos in movies.

From best buddies to sworn enemies, male duos that made history with their amazing performances are hundreds, so if your favorite isn’t on this list it doesn’t mean we forgot. It just means that this is one of those lists that could go on forever.

 

1. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

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Not a lot of westerns have survived the test of time but this one definitely makes the cut. What makes it timeless mostly are the performances of Robert Redford and Paul Newman with their incredible chemistry and their interesting relationship that combines the funny and moving. Not to mention the way they feed off each other. The line ““I’ll do anything but I won’t watch you die” says it all”.

 

2. The Blues Brothers

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“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark…and we’re wearing sunglasses.” This pretty much sums it up. It is as cool as it can be. It’s witty, funny and historic, not just because they brought the blues back on the map but also because of the iconic performances of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

 

3. Fight Club

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Edward Norton in the role of his career and Brad Pitt at his best. Sprinkle on top of that an on-screen relationship was all sorts of complex and intriguing. Sometimes, they talk about dead people. Sometimes, they don’t talk at all. And some other times, they just punch their guts off.Regardless, the relationship is one that has left its mark on each and every cinema lover.

 

4. Pulp Fiction

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Despite the star studded cast, the notorious and funny pairing of Samuel L Jackson and John Travolta was a recipe for countless golden moments that allowed them to shine with their seamless chemistry and timeless performances. It doesn’t hurt to have a brilliant script and dialogue parts to work with either but one can’t but admire the flair and charm added to it all.

 

5. Shawshank Redemption

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At the Shawshank Penitentiary, a banker convicted for killing his wife and her lover called Andy meets Red, a convict with 20 years and a few parole rejections under his belt. Red, being known for importing contraband goods helps Andy out with a favor. Over their time there, they get to know each other more and become best friends. An inspiring tale that manages to capture a true and everlasting friendship with great performances from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

 

6. There Will Be Blood

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Daniel Is a ruthless self-centered businessman with a life shrouded in mystery. Question is: does he care for his adopted son? An orphaned infant baby he adopts after one of his partners die. Does he see him as just auseful tool to have during negotiations? He deeply loves him and considers him as his partner. Their relationship is always tense and complex, we have never seen anything like this.

 

7. Stir Crazy

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“yeah, that’s right! That’s right! We bad!” So bad Michael Jackson would be jealous. There is something unique about Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, the way they interact, their expressions and the situations they always end up putting themselves in. Comedy has never been so good. Perfect buddy comedy.

 

8. All The President’s Men

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Surely one of the best political thrillers ever made. Journalism has never been more interesting. As a preparation for the movie they both memorized each others parts just so the dialogue looks natural and effortless, and indeed it does. Witty, fast and efficient.

 

9. The Big Lebowski

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The Dude is the laziest person on earth who just wishes some compensation for his rug, while Walter is an amusing belligerent big bully who can scarcely engage in a discussion without dragging ‘Nam into it. They argue and berate one another throughout the whole movie. And that is a joy to watch. There is a torrent of verbal humor and a great number of absurd gags. And everything they do together is, in fact, always wrong. The Big Lebowski is a cult hit, thanks to Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.

 

10. Boogie Nights

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Dirk Diggler and Reed Rothchild become best friends instantly, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie about the late 70s and early 80 porn industry. They meet at a pool party and hit it off immediately, talking to each other as if they have been best buds since they were little. They are the Batman and Robin of porn.

 

 

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  • FunnyFaceKing

    Donny’s out of his element.

  • Robert

    Sorry, Silver Streak is better than Stir Crazy for a Pryor/Wilder teaming, but I’m sure that it’s not on the list only because the two were together for only half the movie.

  • Fa Mariale

    No Withnail & I?

    • Holy shit, you’re right! How can you have a list without that film?

  • Clint Toshiro Kurosawa

    Some of the most famous male duos of all times are not in the list!!

    Sleuth (Caine&Olivier), The man who would be king (Connery&Caine), Hell in the Pacific (Marvin&Mifune), The sting (Newman&Redford), The Fisher King (Bridges&Williams), The Yakuza (Mitchum&Takakura), Heat (DeNiro&Pacino), Seven (Pitt&Freeman), Indiana Jones and the last crusade (Ford&Connery), Gunfight at OK Corral (Douglas&Lancaster), Infernal Affairs (Leung&Lau) and it’s american remake (DiCaprio&Damon), El dorado (Wayne&Mitchum), Once Upon a Time in America (DeNiro&Woods), Yojimbo (Mifune&Nakadai)…

  • Guido Von M

    Natural Born Killers??

    • Peter

      Male duos

  • Jorge Pancolart

    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Eastwood & Bridges), Scarecrow (Hackman & Pacino, 1973), Midnight Cowboy (Dustin Hoffman & Jon Voight, 1969)

  • Klaus Dannick

    My Own Private Idaho > half of these. Easily.

  • Jacob Lyon Goddard

    There will be Blood is a really odd pick.
    I’m surprised My Own Private Idaho isn’t number one.
    It’s a sold list (other than twbb), it just has some big omissions.

  • Jacob Lyon Goddard

    I’m almost tempted to suggest Heat.

  • Kostas Jokos

    ”Their dynamic is interesting”? That’s how you decribe the chemistry between Phoenix and Hoffman in The Master? That’s the word you chose to describe the greatest duo in film history? INTERESTING? Go fuck yourself

  • Stéph Ane

    Django unchained ?
    Grumpy old men ?
    The good, the bad and the ugly ?

    Once upon a time the revolution ?

    Dumb and dumber ?
    The goodfellas ?
    Casino ?

  • Cristian García Osorio

    Joe Pesci and Robert de Niro in Raging Bull

    • Guido Von M

      The two of them also in Casino.

  • Punarvasu Sarkar

    The duo from Paul Schrader’s Auto Focus (2002).

  • Chris Englund

    Elliot Gould and George Segal in Altma’s “California Split”!!

  • David Valencia

    I’m sorry, but is it crazy that nobody’s mentioning Lethal Weapon? I mean come on, Riggs and Murtaugh!

  • Dimitri Poenaru

    Seven (Freeman and Pitt), Rain Man (Hoffman and Cruise).