Who doesn't love a great action movie duo? Sure, an action/adventure flick doesn't necessarily need a memorable pairing to work, but having two leads who have undeniable chemistry really helps make a movie stand out as a classic of the genre. Some action movies end up being less about fighting and more about friendship. And we wouldn't have it any other way!
Try and imagine Dom Torretto without Brian O'Conner. Think about Murtaugh without Riggs. Can you even envision Mike Lowrey without Marcus Burnett? The answer is no. So, let's bask in some unadulterated friendship, shall we?
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How'd They Meet? Murtaugh and Riggs have one of the best "meet-cutes" in all of Hollywood history. The tightly strung Murtaugh mistakes Riggs for a crook and tries to apprehend him. Unsurprisingly, the younger Mel Gibson makes quick, easy work of the older Danny Glover, flipping him onto the ground. And a match made in Heaven began for action fans to enjoy for years to come.
What'd They Go Through? These guys couldn't seem to find mundane police work at all. They took down a heroin-smuggling ring. They took down a rogue cop selling impounded weapons. They rubbed elbows with everyone from Jet Li and Joe Pesci to Chris Rock and Rene Russo. The Lethal Weapon franchise is pretty wild. And it's apparently coming back!
Best BFF Moment: They have a Christmas turkey together at the end of the first movie. It's adorable!
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How'd They Meet? Carter picks up Lee at the airport when Lee first arrives in the United States. A scene filled with some lightly problematic "comedy" ensues.
What'd They Go Through? Only three buddy-cop comedies' worth of hijinks. They saved the daughter of a Chinese diplomat. They get involved in a Triad attack on an American embassy. And they traveled to Paris to trail an assassin. Will the often rumored Rush Hour 4 ever get made? It's hard to say.
Best BFF Moment: Any time they dance together. Friends who dance together, stay together.
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How'd They Meet? Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett met sometime before the first Bad Boys movie when they became partners in the narcotics division of the Miami Police Department.
What'd They Go Through? They had to find $100 million worth of heroin in a mere three days in Bad Boys. They had to go up against big-time baddie Johnny Tapia in Bad Boys II. And they teamed up with Advanced Miami Metro Operations to take down a Mexican cartel in Bad Boys for Life. And there were a ton of hijinks through all of it.
Best BFF Moment: Watching them struggle to impersonate each other in Bad Boys is some pretty solid cinema.
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How'd They Meet? Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and Nick "Goose" Bradshaw met while serving aboard the USS Enterprise (yes, we know) where they co-piloted a F-14A Tomcat. The pair became inseparable during their time together.
What'd They Go Through? They take on hostile Russian aircraft, get to attend the TOPGUN Naval Fighter Weapons School, and play a seriously sensual game of shirtless volleyball set to a true jam by Kenny Loggins. Eventually, Goose would perish in a tragic accident, causing Maverick to suffer from extreme guilt.
Best BFF Moment: The iconic scene where the duo team up to sing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" to Kelly McGillis in a bar. It's a pretty cool move... or maybe it isn't? It is kind of hard to tell what was cool in the 1980s.