Best Friends -- Male Edition
It’s a funny thing. While female friendship seems fairly new to Hollywood, male friendship has been a part of movies and television from the beginning. Even Wings, the first Academy Award for Best Picture winner, was about best friends serving together in World War I.
So there are plenty of examples of male friendship throughout movie history. Guys who see each other through good times and bad. Sometimes there's a woman, too, who might find herself in the middle of a rivalry between the men. But the friendship between the men survives, no matter who the woman ends up with.
You’ll notice that there aren’t many cop buddy films. I wanted to draw attention to films and TV that didn’t necessarily rely on the tried and true formula of two very different guys thrown together by job or circumstance -- and becoming best of friends. There is a variety, however, from TV sitcoms to comedy teams in movies to action/adventure to laugh-out-loud comedies. And, yes, a few crime-solving teams.
Abbott and Costello movies Laurel and Hardy movies
The Andy Griffith Show Lethal Weapon series
The Big Bang Theory Life on Mars
Breaking Away Magnum P.I.
Brian’s Song M*A*S*H
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid North and South
Diner Old Dogs
Entourage Road movies (Hope and Crosby)
Gunga Din Scrubs
Happy Days The Shawshank Redemption
Harry Potter series Sherlock
The Honeymooners Starsky & Hutch
Keeping the Faith The Station Agent
The King’s Speech
I know I've barely scratched the surface here. If you have any favorites I've left out, please let me know.