The Low Down These Are The Most Iconic Duos In Movie History Published 6 months ago on Aug 20, 2018 By Eric Sumner Unlike drawing or painting, acting is a social art – one that relies on facial expressions and body language to present its subject. That’s why films often do a better job of reaching audiences when they provide their lead actor with a dynamic companion with whom to share the screen. From Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi’s unforgettable relationship in Star Wars to Batman’s father-figure stature over his sidekick in the original 1960s Batman and Robin, cinema has provided fans with numerous Hollywood bangers that feature two protagonists with marvelous chemistry together. Here are some of the most awe-inspiring duos to ever hit the big screen together. 1. Richard Gere & Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) Pretty Woman, a film that was at first intended to tell a dark tale about sex work in Los Angeles, ended up as a romantic comedy about businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) hiring a beautiful prostitute (Julia Roberts) to escort him during his business trip – something his girlfriend had refused to do that was the cause of their sudden breakup. Time Gere eloquently plays his role as a hopeless romantic rich man, and Roberts supplements him perfectly as a brash, hardened woman who is softened by a man who finally treats her with respect. This from-rags-to-riches fairy tale is one that will be emulated by other directors for years to come, but Gere and Roberts will be tough acts to follow. 2. Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) It doesn’t happen so often that a woman is cast to play a badass, liquor-chugging detective. In The Heat, Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock and fan-favorite Melissa McCarthy bring you the oddest couple of investigators you’ve ever seen. Pinterest The buddy cop action comedy brings you uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn, played by Bullock, and rowdy, foul-mouthed Boston investigator Shannon Mullins, played by McCarthy. Through their hilarious antics in pursuit of a ruthless drug lord as the film progresses, the two remind audiences that women can play buddy cops too, and they can play them well. 3. Alicia Silverstone & Stacey Dash (Clueless) This movie’s director, Amy Heckerling, spent time studying how real Beverly Hill high schoolers to understand the slang teens used in the 1990s, and it paid off. Clueless is the story of the popular and extremely wealthy Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) and her best friend, the also rich and hip Dionne Davenport (Stacey Dash). buzzfeed.com The two navigate through high school, hatching romantic schemes and taking it upon themselves to boost the popularity of “tragically unhip” new girl in school. Embracing Heckerling’s carefully researched script, the two work fabulously together in their portrayal of rich teenage girls, and they created a cult following to prove it. 4. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (Bonnie & Clyde) Bonnie and Clyde is a movie everyone has heard of even though it was released five decades ago. That’s because this film’s charismatic leading duo, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, so fabulously portrayed outlaw Clyde Barrow and the waitress who becomes his partner in crime – literally – after he tries to steal his mother’s car. Variety In the Oscar-winning film, which is based on a true story, the two start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks together. Beatty and Dunaway’s aggressive and overtly sexual characters broke cinematic taboos and dazzled young people across the country. 5. Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong) Epic stoner duo Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong met in Vancouver in the late 1960s when Cheech, a Californian, moved there to escape the draft for Vietnam War. The pair first captured audience hearts in the 1970s through their marijuana-laden comedy skits and later went on to release several comedy albums throughout the decade. TheBlaze Those routines, including perhaps their most famous “Dave’s not here,” paved Cheech and Chong’s way to the big screen. In fact, that skit appeared in pair’s first film, suitably titled Up in Smoke, which premiered in 1978. The award-winning pair’s low-budget comedy classics continue to produce gut-busting laughs to this day. Love Cheech & Chong as much as we do? Wait till you see who else made the list of iconic movie duos! 6. Adam West and Dick Ward (Batman & Robin) This heroic fictional duo first appeared in early-20th century DC Comics, but its first film appearance came in 1966 with Batman: The Movie after the Batman television show. Portrayed by different actors since then, Batman and Robin have become ingrained in the pop-culture psyche as iconic heroes working together to take down criminals. KPBS More recently, we have come to know Batman as a lone vigilante in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and through Ben Affleck’s most recent portrayal of the caped crusader. But Batman as a movie character was born alongside his loyal, eager sidekick, and many Americans still think of Adam West and Dick Ward’s original portrayal of Batman and Robin when the duo is mentioned. 7. John Travolta & Olivia Newton (Grease) Every generation’s youth has its prevailing subcultures that generate endless cultural clichés, stereotypes and jokes. Among millennials, one of the big ones is the “hipsters.” Throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s, though, it was the “greasers.” nydailynews.com Released in 1978, musical romantic comedy Grease charts a teen romance between a bad-boy greaser (John Travolta) and a good girl (Olivia Newton-John). The immense lustful energy between the two on screen fueled generations of teen romance. The film itself, packed with cultural references from the 50s, instantly became a must-watch American classic. 8. Christopher Lloyd & Marty Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future) Time travel is one of the most prominent science fiction ideas out there, and Back to the Future, really managed to pull the concept off the right way. Released in 1985, the film won multiple awards, was nominated for four Golden Globes and was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in 2007. Time The unlikely duo that added so much color to the script, 17-year-old Marty McFly and eccentric inventor Dr. Emmett Brown, use a heavily modified DeLorean powered by stolen plutonium to time travel. The pair’s on-screen chemistry and infectious energy help them through their efforts to restore the damage they keep creating for their future selves. 9. Vin Diesel & Paul Walker (The Fast And The Furious) Truly one of the most iconic duos ever to appear in a movie, The Fast and the Furious stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker carried their deep friendship offset until they very end of Walker’s life. Wallpapers Throughout the 6 Fast and Furious movies in which Walker appears alongside Diesel, the two recklessly race through the streets together, partake in dangerous heists and travel through different countries. Since Walker’s death in 2013, the franchise produce three other films. Nevertheless, Diesel and Walker will forever be The Fast and the Furious‘s iconic duo. 10. Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon play the powerhouse duo Thelma and Louise, who decide early in the movie to abandon their mundane Arkansas lives and subpar significant others to embark on a road trip with unforeseen consequences. Vanity Fair Their road trip becomes an escape mission when Louise kills a man who attempts to assault Thelma at a bar, and the American police pursue them all the way to Mexico. The pair fabulously treks through the 1991 film’s comedic, dramatic and romantic elements, proving that women could also fill the role of badass criminals on the run. Does it get any more iconic than Thelma and Louise? Read on to find out! 11. Jonah Hill & Michael Cera (Superbad) Jonah Hill and Michael Cera play Seth and Evan, two high school seniors who lament their virginity and poor social standing, in Superbad. One of the best-received teen comedies of the century tells the tale of Seth and Evan doing everything in their power to arrive at the last major party of the year, get laid and make something of their high school reputations before the two head off to college. Film Society of Lincoln Center Of course, things don’t run so smoothly for the pair and their third compatriot, a character named “McLovin,” who ends up hanging out with two crazy cops who escort him to the party after a close call with his fake ID. Seth and Evan’s friendship, so humorously portrayed by Hill and Cera, provides fans with nostalgia, laughs and timeless entertainment. 12. Robin Williams & Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) Good Will Hunting, the award-winning film about mathematical genius Will Hunting, portrayed by Matt Damon, and his gradual process of bonding with the psychologist who is able to steer him straight, played by the late and legendary Robin Williams, touched hearts and brought audiences to tears. Refinery29 Will, an orphan with heavy psychological baggage, is discovered to be a genius after solving complex math equations while working as a janitor at M.I.T. The psychologist played by Williams, Sean Maguire, spends the film getting to know and eventually befriending a skeptical and ever-sarcastic Will. The stunning performance by Damon and Williams brought to our screens a timeless drama classic. 13. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie (Mr. And Mrs. Smith) Iconic duo Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were more than just a dynamic duo on screen – their roles as John and Jane in Mr. and Mrs. Smith were played so well that the two ended up falling in love on set. Pinterest So if you thought the attraction between the private assassins in the movie was so real you could touch it, you were right. Pitt left his then-wife, Jennifer Aniston, just as he and Jolie were beginning to become a much-discussed Hollywood power couple. Their off-set romance was glorious while it lasted, but the two split in 2016. 14. Jason Segal & Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) In this hilarious 2009 comedy, Peter Klaven, played by Paul Rudd, and Sydney Fife, played by Jason Segal, engage in a bromance that transforms the pair into quite literally one of the most adorable duos in Hollywood history. Filmgarb Peter is swept off his feet by the cool and laid-back Sydney at an open house after realizing he doesn’t have any close friends who can serve as best man at his wedding. After bonding over a shared love of the classic Canadian rock band Rush and just being themselves, the two become so close that even Peter’s fiancé becomes uncomfortable with the arrangement. 15. Alan Ruck & Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) A teen-comedy classic, the 80s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off presents the loveable high school slacker Ferris Bueller’s attempt at faking a sick day from school to relax, explore the city of Chicago and basically do whatever he wants. Curbed Chicago Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, wouldn’t have been able to hatch his plan without his nervous best friend. That’s where Alan Ruck’s character comes in. After some convincing by Bueller, the uptight Cameron Frye helps his pal come up with an alibi and the two, along with Bueller’s gorgeous girlfriend Sloane, hit the city to provide generations of viewers with a nostalgic movie they can relate to. This was probably one of our favorite movie duos! But who’s on next? 16. Robert Downey Jr. & Zach Galifianakis (Due Date) Due Date‘s hilariously incompatible pair – high-strung architect Peter Highman and carefree aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay – are so brilliantly played by Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis that you almost feel like you’re on their disastrous road trip throughout the 2010 film. Newsweek After the bumbling Tremblay lands Highman on a no-fly list, he offers his skeptical road-trip-companion-to-be a ride so he can make it to his child’s birth on time. The trip is tempestuous as can be, and Tremblay’s drug-induced antics drive Highman nearly insane, but the two get along in the end – and there’s no denying their chemistry is inherently, and fabulously, funny. 17. John Cho & Kal Penn (Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle) A stoner classic, 2004’s Harold and Kumar go to White Castle lands John Cho and Kal Penn’s characters, Harold and Kumar, in the pot-smoking actors’ hall of fame, alongside legends like Cheech and Chong. In the movie, Asian-American office worker Harold is persuaded by his Indian-American stoner friend, Kumar, to embark on a quest to satisfy their craving for White Castle burgers. thefilmtheoryofeverything.wordpress.com The pair ends up on a series of comical misadventures along the way, including picking up hitchhiker Neil Patrick Harris. The uptight Kumar and his relaxed pal so humorously touch on the most sensitive of American stereotypes together that they go on to make two other films, one of which sees the two smoking a joint with President George W. Bush. 18. Tom Hanks & Tim Allen (Toy Story) Though they don’t appear on the screen themselves in Toy Story, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen worked wonderfully together to bring to life Woody, an old-fashioned cowboy doll, and Buzz Lightyear, a brand-new spaceman action figure. Pinterest The two toys begin as rivals competing for the affection of their owner, Andy, and later become allies who work together to find their way back to Andy after moving to a new home. Largely thanks to Hanks and Allen, the multiple-award-winning film captured audience hearts. Toy Story is likely to remain a household name for the foreseeable future. 19. Harrison Ford & Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) We all like the light-saber duels in Star Wars. Indeed, the entire plot of the franchise surrounds the competing aims of the Jedi, the force of light, and the Sith, the force of darkness. Nevertheless, perhaps the most beloved Star Wars duo remains Han Solo and Chewbacca, played by Harrison Ford and voiced by Peter Mayhew, respectively. Inverse Even though the first Star Wars, the second-highest-grossing film of all time, was released four decades ago, the adored Solo and Chewbacca have become sewn into the very fabric of our pop culture, just like the Star Wars franchise itself. 20. Brad Pitt & Edward Norton (Fight Club) The 1999 film Fight Club has to take the cake for having one of the most bizarre story lines ever. The film features arguably the most intriguing duo on this list: Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, and “the Narrator,” played by Edward Norton. For those unfamiliar, the two are one and the same. Pinterest Durden and the Narrator are on opposite ends of a dissociation identity disorder. During the day, our main character is an average office worker known as only the Narrator. At night, he becomes the charismatic, bad-boy anarchist Tyler Durden. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt truly kill this performance. This dual-identity duo will go down as one of the greatest in film history. This iconic duo definitely made movie history. But who’s next on the list? 21. Elijah Wood & Sean Austin (The Lord Of The Rings) Elijah Wood and Sean Austin, otherwise known as Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, are quite possibly the most convincing pair of friends film has ever known. After Frodo decides to take on the burden of carrying the ring of power to be destroyed in Mordor, Sam makes a promise to never leave his side. Pinterest Frodo and Sam eat together, cry together and sacrifice their lives for each other. They even overcome the strife between them created by Gollum, who for a brief period manages to convince Frodo that Sam is plotting against him. Wood and Austin portray two men so dedicated to defeating evil that they are willing to make any sacrifice necessary, and they do so brilliantly. 22. Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones (Men In Black) Classic American sci-fi action comedy Men in Black, released in 1997, is by now a movie everyone has seen – or at least everyone has heard of. In the film, Agent K, played by Tommy Lee Jones, and Agent J, played by Will Smith, are members of a secret agency known as the Men in Black, tasked with protecting earth from Aliens. Times Union The two agents complete each other on the job: K is the suave former NYC police detective J’s older and humorless mentor, almost taking on a fatherly role. Smith and Jones wooed audiences globally as they worked together track down the aliens disguised as humans living in New York City. 23. Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) This classic action comedy pairs a calm and collected Hong Kong inspector played by Jackie Chan with a brash and reckless LAPD officer, played so humorously by Chris Tucker. The two embark on a mission to rescue the Chinese consul’s kidnapped daughter. Technique Tucker’s obnoxious, shoot-first-ask-questions-later character so perfectly clashes with Chan’s patient detective, even when Chan’s character loses his patience. Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) and Detective James Carter (Tucker) become friends throughout the film and eventually crack their case, but not before cracking audiences up and making a name for themselves as a movie duo to be reckoned with. 24. Ewan McGregor & Hayden Christensen (Star Wars) As iconic as Han Solo and Chewbacca have become in American pop culture, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are the Star Wars prequel duo of choice, beloved by fans and plastered all over internet memes. Though Hayden Christensen has been criticized for poorly portraying Anakin, fans have cut him some slack in recent years, and George Lucas has praised his performance. Comic Vine Before Anakin betrays Obi-Wan and makes his infamous turn to the “Dark Side,” the two share a moving, father-son-like relationship. After the calm and wise Obi-Wan takes on training the young and reckless “chosen one” in Episode I, the two share humorous moments and serious moments alike – they fight alongside each other in battle after battle and, ultimately, fight each other in a death match that leads to the birth of Darth Vader. 25. William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) Despite being polar opposites, the charismatic ladies’ man Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and the calm and logical Spock (Leonard Nimoy) become the best of friends in this prototypical sci-fi fan favorite. Star Trek sees the two time-traveling and navigating alternate realities together in search of adventure. Funnyjunk Since the original Star Trek series that debuted in 1966, the roles of Kirk and Spock have been filled by a new generation of actors, but the roles will always conjure up memories of the iconic actors who first portrayed them. It doesn’t get any more iconic than Captain Kirk and Spock! Or does it? Read on to find out! 26. Will Smith & His Dog (I Am Legend) Will Smith’s character, Lt. Col. Robert Neville, wouldn’t have been able to survive post-apocalyptic film I Am Legend without his furry companion. So, in that regard, Robert’s connection with his German Shepherd Sam is deeper than any of the other duos on this list, even if Sam isn’t human. HDWallsBox In the film, Robert and Sam weather the wrath of a genetically re-engineered measles virus that kills 90 percent of those it infects and mutates nine percent into predatory, nocturnal zombies, leaving only one percent immune. Robert is one of those immune in New York City, and his dog’s companionship mitigates his loneliness until she is killed by Darkseekers. It’s a tough scene to watch precisely because of how deep the interactions between the two are on screen. 27. Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet (Titanic) A list of iconic movie duos wouldn’t be complete without Titanic‘s Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) and Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio). In perhaps the most famous love tragedy ever in the history of film, the 17-year-old Rose falls in love with penniless artist Jack aboard the Titanic in 1912 Southampton. hdqwalls.com It all starts when the charismatic Jack convinces Rose not to commit suicide over her distress about an engagement pushed onto her by her wealthy family. From that point, a Romeo-and-Juliette-style love story unfolds, and there’s a reason Titanic remained the highest-grossing film of all time until Avatar surpassed it in 2010: DiCaprio’s and Winslet’s performances were outstanding; their chemistry magical. 28. John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) This 1994 crime film written and directed by none other than the legendary Quentin Tarantino charts the stories of several iconic characters out of chronological order, but the duo of Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta) truly steals the show. Time Out The two bizarre hit men work for an infamous Los Angeles crime boss, effectively utilizing intimidation and violence to get their way. Their opposite demeanors complement each other well: Vincent is a soft-spoken heroin addict and Jules is an intelligent, yet extremely violent eccentric. Together, Travolta and Jackson acted out some of the most legendary Tarantino scenes in history. 29. Demi Moore & Patrick Swayze (Ghost) In this 90s classic romantic fantasy thriller, Banker Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is murdered, much to the dismay of his lover, potter Molly Jensen. Sam’s ghost isn’t ready to leave the world of the living until he solves his murder and ensures his lover is safe, and he convinces a reluctant psychic, the only person who can hear him, to help him do it. Pinterest Despite its spiritual simplicity and melodrama, the combination of comedy, thrills and romance makes Ghost a must-watch that blew up the box office in 1990. Moore’s and Swayze’s gushy romance, supplemented by an incredible performance by Whoopi Goldberg as the psychic, really hits home. 30. Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman (All The President’s Men) Centered on the Watergate Scandal, which collapsed Richard Nixon’s presidency, All the President’s Men made quite a splash when it came out in 1976. The film follows Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman)’s investigation into a burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Code Red The two are reluctant partners, but end up working well together as investigative reporters. They are miraculously able to crack the case with the help of an anonymous government official identified only as “Deep Throat,” who keeps advising Woodward to “follow the money.” Together, Redford and Hoffman cranked out an iconic political thriller about one of the biggest scandals of the last century, and it has gone down in the history books. Enjoyed this article about the most iconic movie duos of all time? Don’t forget to SHARE it with your friends! Sources: Glamour, Ninja Journalist, Goliath UP NEXT Gunsmoke: Top Facts Behind The Longest-Lived Show on Television... 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