Movie bromances go back years, all the way to Rick and Captain Renault’s cuddly “This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” bond in Casablanca. But lately there have been a rash of movies celebrating the love that no woman can break. With this week’s opening of Hall Pass – in which best buds Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis take a break from their wives to hang out with each other – we look at the Top 10 onscreen bromances.
1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
One of the original bromances, this 1969 buddy western pairs Paul Newman and Robert Redford as outlaws who trade quips and manly glances between gunfights. The iconic final scene stands as a benchmark of bro-loyalty.
2. The Shawshank Redemption
Andy and Red’s prison bromance starts tentatively – as prison bromances usually do. But by the time the two kick back on a beach at the end of the movie, their mutual respect and allegiance has been well-earned.
Jonah Hill and Michael Cera play high-school best friends whose friendship is tested during one wild night of their senior year. They fight, they try to get laid, and they get covered in menstrual blood and vomit on their path to enlightenment.
4. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The heart of this movie isn’t Steve Carell trying to get laid for the first time. It’s his friends who help him try to get laid. You know how I know you’re gay? You envy the relationship between Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
5. Shaun of the Dead
Nothing says bromance like two British guys whacking zombies in the head with cricket bats. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s bored pals spark up their lives, and their friendship, after their entire town is taken over by the walking undead.
6. The Lord of the Rings
Take your pick — there are many solid bromances in the Middle Earth trilogy: Pippin and Merry. Legolas and Gimli. Even the original nine-man fellowship. But the strongest is between Frodo and Sam – Hobbit bros to the end.
7. Wedding Crashers
Even though this 2005 turns into a chick flick at the end, it kick-started the modern-day bromance movie. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn crash weddings to pick up girls. Of course it’s just an excuse to show how much they dig each other.
8. Reservoir Dogs
An ensemble bromance (they even give each other nicknames!) that launched Quentin Tarantino’s career and showed moviegoers that you don’t need any women onscreen for a touching relationship. Never mind they all end up killing each other.
9. Good Will Hunting
A real-life bromance inspires this movie bromance written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Two Boston buds help each other with the hassles of work, school, and dating Jennifer Lopez (though we could be wrong about that last one).
10. I Love You, Man
It’s not a great movie, but it sums up the essence of bromances more than any other on this list. Just look at that title. Paul Rudd (what guy doesn’t want a bromance with him?) needs a best man for his wedding. Enter Jason Segel.