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Best Buddy Comedies of All Time, Ranked

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Buddy movies have been around in the U.S. almost as long as cinema itself. This particular genre is a lot more prevalent in the Hollywood film industry than any other Western countries. People seem to enjoy watching unexpected pairings on screen going on adventures or trying to work together as a team despite their contrasting differences.

Whether it’s the mix of different personalities or different ethnic backgrounds altogether, the buddy genre creates a unique Platonic atmosphere, where we get to focus on the friendship rather than the romance that’s so often portrayed in Western media. Here is our pick of nine best buddy comedies of all time.

For her feature directorial debut, Olivia Wilde directed the buddy comedy Booksmart. Played by Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, the movie focuses on two high school best friends who decide to break the rules for the first time during the last day of their senior year. The film received high critical appraisal for both the acting performances and Wilde’s directorial work. Not only does the movie beautifully portray a friendship between two young women, but as women you can find relatability in it, which is definitely due to the fact that it’s directed by a woman. It took all the usual chlichés and broke them apart.

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Set in 1890, Sherlock Holmes tells the story of the lead character of the same name and his companion and colleague Dr. John Watson, as they try to figure out the supposed supernatural threat upon Britain. Although the movie’s classified as a period mystery film, what better way to execute the buddy genre than with an eccentric detective and his sidekick who keeps up with his narcissism? Robert Downey Jr. himself is set to produce the HBO spin-off series as a continuation of the Guy Ritchie’s version. The release date keeps getting postponed, per Deadline, so we really hope to see the two back in action as soon as possible.

The landmark of feminist movies, Thelma and Louise is a buddy road trip film, telling the story of two best friends, played by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who decide to go on a road trip together, but get tangled in unexpected circumstances, which ends up with them getting chased by the police. The movie was directed by Ridley Scott, who ended up getting nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Many consider this movie to be queer, arguing that Thelma and Louise were best friends in love who realized it too late. Watch for yourself to decide.

Shut Up! or Ruby & Quentin is a French buddy crime comedy following the unique encounter of a slow-witted thief Quentin and a henchman Ruby, who manage to escape together. No matter how hard he tries, Ruby is unable to shake Quentin off of his back, and they end up forming a once-in-a-lifetime bond. The main characters are played by two of the most well-known French actors, Jean Reno and Gérard Depardieu. In our humble opinion, it’s a shocker the movie is spoken about so little, considering how great it is.

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