A great pair can make a movie whether it’s an odd couple, police partners or just two lovable dopes for example. The team up of contrasting personalities can create movie magic on-screen leading to you and your friends saying ‘That’s us!”. There are a ton of great duos in movie history and I’m taking on the extreme task of narrowing it down to one ultimate list rather than go the easy route and break things up. Here are the rules. The Movie Duos on this list are character specific. I’m not looking for two actors who work together frequently and have great chemistry. I’m looking for the actor’s film persona paired with another to create a rememberable twosome that transcends pop culture. Now that we have the guidelines out-of-the-way, Let’s check out ‘The 4: Best Movie Duos’.
Martin Riggs & Roger Murtaugh – Lethal Weapon (Mel Gibson & Danny Glover)
When you think of movie police partners, immediately this pairing comes to mind. Lethal Weapon mixes two film themes, the police drama and strange bedfellows, to make one of the best duos ever in the form of Riggs and Murtaugh. Mel Gibson plays Martin Riggs, a suicidal cop who has no problem blowing away the bad guys who get in the way of his official police business. On the other side is Roger Murtaugh, a by the book cop and family man who believes he’s getting to old to deal with Riggs insanity. The two start out at each other’s throat, but slowly bond over a case they’re working on and adapt to their contrasting styles while creating a few laughs along the way. Before you know it Murtaugh is gunning down crooks just like Riggs. The duo paired up again for three more films in the franchise including the excellent Lethal Weapon 2. If Gibson wouldn’t have had his racist meltdown, we would have had more films in the series.
Vincent Vega & Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fiction (John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson)
Quentin Tarantino redefined our image of hitmen in movies when he created Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield. The shot of the two hitmen raising their guns is now engraved into film culture. Before it was always Italian Gangsters in there suits taking out there employer’s problems. Instead Tarantino gave us two guys in black suits that bond over small talk that includes Quarter Pounders with Cheese in France and the ethical morality of a friendly foot massage. Don’t get me wrong, these guys are total badasses that have no problem breaking your concentration with a gunshot. They just sometimes fight like an old marry couple when one of them accidentally shoots their associate Marvin in the face while driving in a moving vehicle in broad daylight. Travolta and Jackson’s performances earned them both Oscar Nominations and introduced the passage Ezekiel 25:17 to the masses.
Neal Page and Del Griffith – Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Steve Martin and John Candy)
This duo is timeless. Planes, Trains and Automobiles was number one on ‘The 4: Comedy Movies‘ and recently made an appearance on ‘The 4: Movie Tearjerkers Part 2‘ so there was no way up tight advertising executive Neal Page and the slobbish shower curtain ring salesman Del Griffith weren’t making this list. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a holiday road trip movie with Martin and Candy playing two very different weary travelers trying to get home for Thanksgiving. Del and Neal will make you laugh, cringe and cry. The two get stuck in Wichita and the hilarity ensues from there as the pair go on the road trip from Hell to get home. The two get on each others nerves and manage to find some unintentional cuddle time along the way. The chemistry between Martin and Candy is amazing proving they were the real Odd Couple in the world of film. You love these two men even with all their faults which makes this film a staple of Thanksgiving viewing every year.
Woody and Buzz Lightyear – Toy Story (Tom Hanks and Tim Allen)
I know some may question this selection due to animation ignorance, but the truth is these two little toys helped build an animation empire and changed the way animated features were made back in 1995. Woody and Buzz Lightyear are the leads in the Toy Story franchise which in my opinion is the current (Toy Story 4 on the way) greatest movie trilogy. Starting out first as rivals, the adventures of these two pieces of plastic earned Pixar critical praise and truckloads of cash that is still pouring in. At the center of this world where toys come to life are Woody and Buzz. The two toy icons fly together, save each others lives and manage to even bring us to tears (Not me, because I don’t cry in movies) at the end of Toy Story 3. Who would have ever thought a cowboy and a space ranger would make such a good team and create a legacy that’s still just as strong today.
The Snubs AKA “You’re an Idiot” section with reasoning.
Harry Dunne & Lloyd Christmas – Dumb and Dumber (Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels)
If Dumb and Dumber To would have never been made, they would have had a good shot at making ‘The 4’.
Han Solo & Chewbacca – Star Wars (Harrison Ford & Peter Mayhew)
As much as I love these two, there is usually at least one more person with them and it’s not their story. It’s Luke’s journey. The same goes for R2-D2 & C-3Po.
Andy Dufresne & Ellis “Red” Redding – The Shawshank Redemption (Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman)
I have no excuse other than I’m an idiot like the section says.
Bill & Ted – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter)
Two great dudes to party with, but I think they would even realize they’re not cut out for this list.
Thelma & Louise – Thelma & Louise (Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon)
If I was a woman, they would’ve made it. Same goes for Johnny Castle and Baby from Dirty Dancing.
Daniel LaRusso & Mr. Miyagi – The Karate Kid (Ralph Macchio & Pat Morita)
I deserve a crane kick to the face for leaving them off.