Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Bromance?

kirk-and-spockWith the release of “Star Trek Into Darkness” this week, I must have come across the term bromance a million times in reference to Kirk and Spock.

It’s a term I was loath to accept when it first came out, but society has worn me down, it’s part of the vernacular now. There’s no shortage of them in the film world, either.

From Butch and Sundance to Han and Luke, buddies are an integral part of movies. They even have their own sub genre: the “Buddy movie”.

Who’s your favorite? Frodo and Sam? Johnny Utah and Bodhi? Tango and Cash (LOL)? How about Dom and Walker from the Fast and Furious series?

There’s no shortage of them, so take your pick!

Let’s hear it! What’s YOUR favorite movie bromance?!


142 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Bromance?

  1. Great topic here Fogs! I quite like movie bromances, even wrote a post on it a while back on how Guy Ritchie made great bromances on screen. Obviously there’s Sherlock & Watson but his British gangster movies are chock full of them, I particularly LOVE One Two (Gerry Butler) and Mumbles (Idris Elba) in Rocknrolla. I’d LOVE to see those two team up again. I gotta mention Gibson & Glover in Lethal Weapons of course, what a great & fun duo. Oh and of course Simon Pegg & Nick Frost in practically every movie they do! 😀

    • Surprisingly, all three of those choices (Sherlock and Watson, Murdoch and Riggs, and Pegg & Frost) are cleaning up today, while the ones that I thought would be – like Butch and Sundance or Han and Luke – are distant also rans! 😮

      I’d just like to see Guy Ritchie getting back to crime comedy, period. THe Sherlock Holmes films are fine, but I like his other movies so much better!

  2. Cool idea Fogs! God, there are far too many for me to name so maybe i’ll whip out one of the more humble versions of this bromance phenomenon: how about Paul Rudd (as Peter Klaven) and Jason Segel (as Sydney Fife) in “I Love You, Man.” Their performances in tandem made that movie so heartwarming and funny as hell, in my not-so-humble opinion. 🙂

      • hahaha. perhaps a tad. personally, i thought his speech at dinner — the advice he gave to Zooey — was hilarious, if not inappropriate and creepy. i’ve always viewed him as a potential creeper in real life too, so there ya go. . .

  3. Yeah, throw me into the camp that think “bromance” is an idiotic term.

    That said, Kirk and Spock are example #1, Riggs and Murtough #2.

    I don’t think Han and Luke quite get there considering the relative lack of screen time they have together. If there’s one in Star Wars, I think it’s R2-D2 and C-3PO or Han and Chewie.

    • Han and Chewie… wow. I hadnt even thought of that. Thats a GOOD one.

      I’ve come to terms with the word. Bromance isnt as bothersome to me now as it used to be, but it certainly took awhile. 🙄

  4. As most of the good ones seem to have already been mentioned, I’m going to say Alan Arkin and James Caan in the seemingly forgotten 1974 film, “Freebie and the Bean”. It’s been ages since I’ve seen it, but I seem to remember Arkin and Caan bickering endlessly — inbetween multiple car chases — before, as in all bromances, reaching a position of mutual respect and manly hetero love for each other. This is all from memory though! I should probably watch it again.

  5. The first one that came to mind was Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street. I haven’t laughed that hard at a movie in a long time and I thought they played off each other perfectly!

    • That WAS a good one. A surprisingly good one, Nicole. I had no idea that that movie would be as good as it was. Totally took me by surprise how well those two played off of each other, they were hysterical! Actually pretty psyched for a sequel! 😀 Nice call…

  6. Easy one for me. It’s Marty McFly and Doc Brown.

    They’ve got a friendship that can stand the test of time. Get it? LOL.

    I had to.

  7. Well, the couple that came to me first were Riggs and Murtaugh from “Lethal Weapon”, I think that’s the quintessential one, but, eh, I’ll throw a few interesting ones out there, and I’ll start with Rick and Capt. Renault in “Casablanca”. It maybe the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but you know that one’s gonna last.

    Butch & Sundance is an obvious one as well, but how about Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, from “The Producers”. You can’t separate those two, at any time. I was watching the Mel Brooks “American Master” piece last night, so it in my mind again, but great movie, great Broadway show, and we gotta include many of these great partners in crime, and they’re one of the funniest, and one of the best.

    I’ll throw NIgel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins from “This is Spinal Tap”, also. They still tour occasionally, so they gotta be included. Has anybody said Cameron and Ferris Bueller yet? Or, even better John Hughes, Neal and Del, “Plains, Trains & Automobiles”.

    Kevin Smith has a bunch of great ones. Dante and Randal, of course, and well as those hetero-life partners, Jay & Silent Bob.

    Vincent Vega and Jules Winfield, “Pulp Fiction”, I’d argue that counts. Andy and Red, in “The Shawshank Redemption”? How about Jack and Miles in “Sideways”? Eh, maybe that one’s pushing it. The best one I’ve seen lately was-eh, “End of Watch”, I just saw that one recently, I think that one’s gonna be remembered for awhile.

    Tough category. I’m not even sure half the ones I named count. Yeah, I’m not big on the term “bromance,” but sometimes it’s the only word that fits though, so what can you do. If it’s gonna be popular slang, and isn’t derogatory, than you might as well use it.

    • Yes someone beat you to Cameron and Ferris. 😦 Love David and Nigel, though. There’s one no one has brought up yet! LOL

      Vince and Jules from “Pulp Fiction” should definitely count! 😀 That’s a great answer too. Even if they were just co-workers prior to that day, those events made them fast friends, I’m sure.

      I wasn’t all that keen on “End of Watch”. That friendship is a good one though, no doubt.

      A lot of people here have noted their objections to the term, but everyone knows what it means, and no one can deny it’s caught one, so… I just gotta roll with the punches.

  8. Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis in Armageddon.

    I mean, they ended up crying over each other at the end….. How much more bromancy can you get? 😉

      • Consider yourself blissfully ignorant for the time being, and also lucky not to be a teenage girl who falls for fictitious characters on a daily basis…slash = romantic pairing, just so you know I’m not babbling completely solo here 😀

      • Btw, Johnlock = Sherlock and John, Spirk = Spock and Kirk. I’m more partial to Kirk and Spock atm after just seeing Into Darkness again and still sobbing at the end!

      • Alrighty then!

        “Consider yourself blissfully ignorant for the time being” I think I shall stay blissfully ignorant forever, hopefully. LOL. I dont plan on seeking out any sort of fictional property where either of those pairings are actually romantic. 😯

    • Those are great names! LOL BRILLIANT answer. 😀 I’m going to embed Dirk’s underrated song. Everyone knows “Feel my Heat”, “You’ve got the touch” needs more love! LOL

  9. Hi, Fogs:

    I’m going with classics.

    Roy Scheider and Gene Hackman in ‘The French Connection’. And John Pankow and William Peterson in ‘To Live and Die in L.A.”. Though not exactly a “Bromance’, both show the lengths partners will stretch their necks out for the other.

    While Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce definitely share a Bromance in ‘L.A. Confidential’.

    • Scheider and Hackman were awesome in “French Connection”, but Crowe and Pearce were definitely more bromantic in “LA Confidential” LOL.

      I’ve never seen “To LIve and DIe in LA”, or if I did I dont recall it… I should get on it though. I think you and Le0p both have raved about it, and it is Friedkin, so…

  10. My favorite would probably be Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (love the BBC show with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman). But Kirk/Spock and Han/Luke are good too.

  11. I would like to add Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton in Night Shift and Peter Falk and Alan Arkin in The In-Laws. (Serpentine!) And I think Ghostbusters Venkman, Stantz & Spengler should get some bromance 3 Musketeers-ish recognition too.

    • Oh, yeah, Ghostbusters! 😀 Surprised they havent been mentioned yet.

      I havent seen the In-Laws, but now I want to. I love Falk and Arkin! 😮 Winkler and Keaton were fun in “NIght Shift”. Back in the days when Keaton did comedy. 😀

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