We love bromances. Yes, it’s ace to see a film about girls doing it for themselves, or a film about two people of any gender falling in love. However there’s something especially awesome about a film with two men doing proper men-style bonding. Here’s a list of our favourite bromances.
Edward and Carter (The Bucket List)
Now there’s two rules for a really solid bromance. Firstly, you need two people who aren’t at all alike, and Edward and Carter fit that mould perfectly. Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) is a cynical corporate billionaire, while Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) is a laid-back car mechanic. Rule two is they have to be thrown together against their will and given a common purpose. For Edward and Carter this means being put in a hospital room together when they are diagnosed with terminal illness. However, despite their initial open contempt for one another, the two soon set out to complete their “bucket lists”, everything they wanted to do before they died, building a strong friendship and learning some lessons along the way.
Murtaugh and Riggs (Lethal Weapon)
Of course one of the best things for two guys to do when they have polar opposite personalities but are still stuck with each other as partners, respect for one another, is to fight crime. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) are one of the historical greats in the buddy cop genre. Riggs is the unstable maverick who doesn’t play by the rules, while Murtaugh is a by the book cop who’s getting too old for… these kinds of shenanigans.
Bilbo Baggings and The Dwarves of Erebor (The Hobbit)
Yes, traditionally a bromance is a friendship between two solid buddies, and Middle Earth has certainly seen this kind before in the form of the immortal pairing of Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee. But there is plenty of fraternal love to go round. When Gandalf introduces Bilbo to the Dwarves of Erebor their relationship is rocky, as all good bromances are at the start. Bilbo sees a bunch of hooligans who’ve stormed into his house uninvited and starting eating everything in the house while singing drinking songs way into the unsociable hours of the night. They see someone who, despite his well-stocked larder, isn’t quite the ruthless hard bitten burglar they’d been lead to expect. They go on to have an epic road trip, get into a few fights, steal enough gold to buy most countries and end up as the firmest of friends.
Chunk and Sloth (The Goonies)
The deepest kind of bromance is a bromance formed in childhood. The bonds created in tree houses and garden dens are bonds that stay for life. The Goonies is a celebration of this kind of closeness, and with courage, a sense of adventure and a really shockingly low level of parental supervision they do what all young children should. Search for treasure, dodge booby traps and fight crooks. We look back on this film with nostalgia now, but even when it came out The Goonies was a film that harked back to the boyhood adventures that came before. "It's not a fantasy, like 'E.T.',” Spielberg explained at the time. “This is much more like a Tom Sawyer adventure. If there are elements of fantasy, they're the kind that Tom and Huck would have shared together in a world outside the adult structure.”
Sheriff Bart and Jim (Blazing Saddles)
Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) and Jim “The Waco Kid” (Gene Wilder) fall into the “and then they fight crime” school of bromances. But they’re biggest challenge isn’t the team of evil bandits terrorising their small town – it’s the massive amounts of racism. Despite that, before long Jim and Bart have earned the trust of these simple farmers, these people of the land, the common clay of the new West. You know... morons.
Johnny Utah and Bodhi (Point Break)
While the “fighting crime” formula is a tried and tested one, it’s not obligatory. Some of the best bromances are between guys who’ve teamed up to commit crimes, but even more rare are those chalk and cheese bromances where the bros find themselves on opposite sides of the law. That’s what happens between Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) a young FBI agent sent to infiltrate a team of elite athletes who are pulling off adrenaline fuelled big heists, and Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez), the charismatic leader of said team of elite athletes. They’re on opposite sides of the law, but their manly bonding brings them together. It’s like a platonic, macho, Romeo & Juliet.