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? 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.Friends 'til the end?
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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.Friends 'til the end?
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How'd They Meet? Do you remember that one of the most memorable film bromances in Hollywood history began with Dom Torretto breaking up a fight between Brian and the oft-forgotten Vince? It isn't exactly the stuff of legend. Alas, Dom, Brian, and the rest of the Fast "family" would become unlikely cinematic icons thanks to the enduring success of the Fast & Furious franchise.
What'd They Go Through? Dom and Brian would go from frenemies to best buds over the course of the Fast & Furious franchise. What began with the two of them butting heads on opposite sides of the law would end with them globetrotting around the world. They took down a drug lord. They staged a $100 million caper. They eliminated an entire ring of deadly mercenaries. What didn't they go through?
Best BFF Moment: The best actual moment might be the wild safe heist from Fast Five, but come on... Paul Walker's farewell in Furious 7 is kind of the only answer here. Tears were had by all. And if you didn't cry, you have no heart.Friends 'til the end?
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How'd They Meet? This pair of perfect strangers met and bonded over the hostage situation at Nakatomi Plaza thanks to the retro charms of a CB radio. They wouldn't meet face-to-face until the end of the film.
What'd They Go Through? A harrowing hostage situation. Thank goodness Al decided to check out things a little more closely on that fateful Christmas Eve, or things could've gone much worse for the Nakatomi Corporation hostages. These two grow pretty close throughout the night as there isn't much they can do for each other besides talk over the radio while John does his best to thwart the villains.
Best BFF Moment: After the new best buds hug it out at the end of the film, Al uses his handgun for the first time in years to save John from being shot by one of the terrorists. What a bro move!Friends 'til the end?