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November 24, 2012

10 of the Best: Buddy Movies

The Buddy movie has always been an important staple of the action genre.

Two mismatched people (usually cops) are forced to work together despite their love/hate relationship.

There are almost too many to put on one list but these are my personal favourite buddy flicks.





10. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man – A forgotten gem starring Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson with plenty of action and nudity for all the family.


9. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – A more modern buddy movie written/directed by Shane Black. Needless to say the script is fantastic and the banter between Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer is hilarious.


8. Showdown in Little Tokyo – Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee are awesome in this hardcore buddy movie. Heads are lopped off and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is one of the most batshit crazy villains you’ll ever see. He terrified me as a kid.


7. Bad Boys – Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowry (Will Smith) are Michael Bay’s version of Lethal Weapon. The characters aren’t quite as likable and Martin Lawrence is more annoying than funny, but the action is great in both films.


6. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid: This is arguably the first buddy movie with great banter and two very likable leads. Paul Newman and Robert Redford were great and this remains one of the very best.


5. 48 Hours – A much tougher film than you’d maybe expect starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte; I also enjoy the sequel. This has a few very funny lines but it’s a pretty hardcore cop thriller, the kinda which we don’t see anymore.


4. Tango & Cash – Sly Stallone and Kurt Russell make a great team and I still await Kurt’s appearance in The Expendables universe. With a great villain in Jack Palance, Tango & Cash is just all kinds of awesome.


3. The Last Boy Scout – Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans were brilliant in another movie written by Shane Black. He really was the greatest buddy movie writer. Bruce has rarely been cooler than in this movie. Once again the film is hardcore with plenty of gratuitous violence


2. Midnight Run – An under-appreciated movie starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. Once again the script is just fantastic and this film really demonstrated Robert De Niro’s comic chops. His character also managed to be a cool, disheveled badass.


1. Lethal Weapon – This was always going to be number 1 wasn’t it? The script, acting and action are just awesome and the movie still stands up today and has better writing than the majority of modern blockbusters. These were real guys with real problems and neither of them were invincible. Also Martin Riggs is such a complete badass, especially in the sniper scene from the Director’s Cut.


Honourable mention: Hot Fuzz: More of a homage to the buddy movies of old, Hot Fuzz is hilarious but is a little over long.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it’s a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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