What's Your Favorite Buddy Movie?

Channel-surfing, I recently stumbled upon the movie, "The Defiant Ones" (1958). In it, young Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier play escaped inmates who are chained together as they run from the law. It's a great and gritty movie, and it got me thinking about "buddy movies."

Here's the list of Best Buddy Movies that popped into my mind. E-mail me at if you want to add to the list.

  • The Defiant Ones (1958) Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Paul Newman and Robert Redford
  • The Odd Couple (1968) Tony Randall and Walther Matthau
  • The Sting (1973) Newman and Redford again
  • Midnight Run (1988) Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro
  • Wayne's World (1992) Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
  • Shawshank Redemption (1994) Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins
  • Fight Club (1999) Brad Pitt and Edward Norton
  • Brokeback Mountain ( 2005) Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Superbad (2007) Jonah Hill and Michael Cera

'Buddy Movie' Update

A lot of you weighed in with your favorites. Here are a few of those:

Secondhand Lions (2003) Michael Caine and Robert Duvall (with Haley Joel Osment)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer

The Bucket List (2007) Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman

Several of you also mentioned perhaps the greatest female Buddy Movie of all time: Thelma and Louise (1991) Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. Gun it, Louise!

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