In the immortal words of legendary hip-hop duo Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, “It takes two to make a thing go right, it takes two to make it outta sight.” So when it came time to recognize today’s Hashtag Holiday, the International Day of Friendship, I thought making a list of the best buddy movies of all time was the right thing to do. Below, a few of my favorite flicks that showcase the true meaning of friendship. Hit it!
Midnight Run (1988): Who knew that Robert De Niro could be so funny? Before he starred in Meet the Parents, no one did—until this two-for-the-road action comedy. In the film, De Niro plays hotheaded bounty hunter Jack Walsh who has been charged with bringing Charles Grodin’s fugitive accountant Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas back to Los Angeles—if the Mob and the Feds don’t find them first. The banter between De Niro and Grodin is quick, quippy, and brilliant—if you ask me, it just might be one of the most underrated movies of all time.
Turner & Hooch (1989): As you all know, I’m a huge dog lover. So it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite buddy movies of all time co-stars a French mastiff named Hooch opposite a pre-Oscar Tom Hanks. Nothing is funnier or more endearing than watching Hanks’s super-fastidious cop take in the dog, who is the lone witness to a murder. There’s lots of slobbering, hijinks, slapstick humor, and dialogue that involves Hanks chewing some serious scenery. Spoiler alert: The dog totally saves the day.
Dumb and Dumber (1994): I’m not really sure who is “dumb” and who is “dumber” in this movie, because stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Bridges as Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas both take “stupid” to a whole, new level. But in this most famous of Farrelly Brothers’s movies, the duo also manage to make their truly idiotic behavior not just hilarious but also kind of endearing, too. And let’s not forgot all of those highly quotable lines: “Austria. Well then, G’day, mate! Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie!” So. Funny.
Toy Story (1995): Okay, so call me a softie, but who can resist the timeless tale of adversaries-turned-best-pals, Woody and Buzz Lightyear? No one, that’s who. In this first movie in the Toy Story series, the resident toys in Andy’s room are thrown into a panic after astronaut doll Buzz Lightyear “crash lands” there following a birthday—especially cowboy Woody, who is known far and wide (from Andy’s room to, say, the hallway) as Andy’s favorite. After a few mix-ups, skirmishes, and squabbles, the two put aside their differences and become the best of friends. Oh, and we won’t ruin the ending of the recently released Toy Story 4 for you, but we’ll put it this way: The fourth film in the Disney-Pixar franchise is the perfect sendoff to their beautiful, 24-year friendship.