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Most Memorable On-Screen Duos

This weekend Lorene Scafaria’s directorial debut, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, hits theaters.  Little is know about Scafaria, however the film stars two Hollywood favorites: Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.  These two stars have never graced the screen together but based on everything we’ve seen of the film so far the two appear to have some undeniably quirky chemistry.  Both have experience with romantic comedies as they starred in genre favorites, Carell in last summer’s hit, Crazy, Stupid, Love., and Knightley in the ensemble powerhouse, Love Actually.  Since these experienced actors have already proven their worth in the ever-growing romcom genre, there is little doubt that they will disappoint.  Only time will tell, but for now I am betting that these two will go down as the most memorable on-screen duo of 2012.  There have been many memorable duos in film history and while it is doubtful that Carell-Knightley could join the ranks of the best of the best, they still have a fighting chance.

As you can safely assume from the title of this post, I am here to review some of the most memorable (not necessarily the best) on-screen duos of the silver screen.  Every genre has given us parings that we cannot help but adore which makes choosing who makes the cut that much harder.  Therefore, in my humble opinion I give you the most memorable on-screen duos in film history.

This list is in no particular order.

Bart and Jim: Blazing Saddles

There is no better on-screen comedic duo than these two.  Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little shocked audiences everywhere in this edgy, ahead-of-its-time comedy classic.  You have to watch the uncut version of this film in order to see how bold it really is.

Felix and Oscar: The Odd Couple

Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau made a number of movies together, but none are more memorable than The Odd Couple.  Both comedic legends brought their A-game and outdid the Broadway show that the film was based upon.

Thelma and Louise: Thelma & Louise

Unfortunately, these two are the only female-female pairing I found worthy of making the cut but what a pairing it is.  You can’t get much better than Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.  This pitch perfect movie is thrilling, touching, and just plain awesome.

Frodo and Sam: Lord of the Rings

Sure, Frodo got incredibly annoying but can you really blame him?  His Lord of the Rings life was not exactly ideal, yet while his life may have been terrible, his friendship with Sam was something that you have to envy.  Even after Frodo orders Sam to go home, Sam stays loyal and saves Frodo from certain death.  Arguably the best movie friendship of all time.

Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler: Gone with the Wind

An on-screen couple that set the bar for every romance movie that followed it.  This pampered southern bell finally met her match once Rhett rolls into town and all the antics afterward are just too irresistible.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Not only one of the greatest movies of all time, it is one of the greatest buddy movies of all time.  Paul Newman and Robert Redford prove once again that they can do anything and tackle the western genre with ease.

Woody and Buzz Lightyear: Toy Story

This duo once despised one another, but after a while they, as well as the audience, find it impossible to resist each other’s charms.  Toy Story made Pixar the studio it is today and for good reason.  The film is brilliant in every way and Tim Allen and Tom Hanks bring such life to Buzz and Woody as they make this movie experience unforgettable.

Alvy Singer and Annie Hall: Annie Hall

It Happened One Night sparked the romcom sub-genre back in 1934 but it is Annie Hall that really perfected it.  Allen and Keaton play so well off each other’s strengths and show the importance of chemistry and how it can make any couple work, no matter how odd they may seem.

Sandy Olsen and Danny Zuko: Grease

It’s Grease!  And if you need any more explanation just watch the video below.

Eli and Oskar: Let the Right One In

A refreshing male-female duo that has no romantic interest.  Yet while there is no romance, there is something more than friendship between them as the two protect each other at any cost, and I mean any cost.

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega: Pulp Fiction

John Travolta’s second appearance on this list, but oh what a different pairing this is.  There is not much to be said about this instant classic that hasn’t been said already, but it is Samuel L. Jackson and Travolta that make this film that much better after each viewing.

Timon and Pumbaa: The Lion King

Besides being excellent proof that two men can raise a child just as well as a man and a woman, their friendship is one of the most powerful to ever hit the big screen.  Plus, who didn’t have Hakuna Matata stuck in their head for a week after watching this?

Léon and Mathilda: Léon: The Professional

A strange father-daughter relationship unlike any other.  Jean Reno’s Leon takes in Mathilda (Natalie Portman) after a police raid that killed her parents.  Soon Leon teaches Mathilda the ways of an assassin in what goes on to be one of the most enticing revenge films.

Clementine and Joel: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler are the ultimate couple of the golden age of the film, but it is Clementine and Joel that hold the title as the greatest contemporary couple.  You can’t help but root for Joel as he frantically attempts to regain his memories of his true love.  A quirky and heartwarming movie that features Kate Winslet in some rocking hairstyles.

Dishonorable Mention

Larry and Ricki: Gigli


How this real life couple of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez was unable to find any chemistry between them is beyond me.  This movie will go down as one of the worst in recent memory and as a major blotch on both their careers.

After reviewing this list, how do you think Carell-Knightley will fare?  Well the best way to find out is to go out and see the movie.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World hits theaters this weekend so check it out.  Happy moviegoing!


3 comments on “Most Memorable On-Screen Duos

  1. nediunedited
    June 19, 2012

    Fantastic list!!

    Sad though–I could not think of another female team that was worthy either (I will have to think harder)
    But, I did think of these guys instantly…

    1. Han Solo and Chewy (Laugh it up fuzzball!)

    2. Murtough and Riggs (I’m too old for this sh*%!)

    3. Linguini and Remy (Let’s do this thing!!) *Ratatouille

    4. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (all characters they’ve played together)

    That’s fun! Great post.

    PS Lorene Scafaria also wrote the screenplay for Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. Pretty solid film–good duo–but they will not be on the list. 😀

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