There's best friends, and then there's just straight up man-love; the kind of all-encompassing guy crushes that stirs up genuine jealousy and concern in girlfriends and wives. Ranging from BFFs to full-on homoeroticism, here's our Top Ten Bromances in movies:
10. Seth and Evan, Superbad
Written by Seth Rogen when he was a teenager, Superbad really nails the feeling of every man's first bromance. Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are about to finish high school, and their lives are heading in two different directions. Over the course of one night, with the sole goal of losing their virginity, this hugely successful comedy is also a teeny bit heart-breaking, dealing with one of the hardest things a man ever has to do; break-up with your best friend.
9. Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Conner, The Fast & The Furious
Over the course of five (soon to be six) movies, Dominic (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) have faced some hurdles; Dominic being a criminal and Brian being a police officer for one, or Brian dating Dominic's sister for another. But that hasn't stopped these two machismo men from developing the sort of relationship that can only come from true love; with barely a word needed to be spoken between them, especially when a longing glance says everything.
8. Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas, Dumb & Dumber
Best friends who see nothing wrong in both being in the same heart-shaped Jacuzzi at a cheap motel, Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) are truly two of a kind and are hugely lucky to have found each other. It takes a woman to come between them, tear them apart and ultimately reunite them for them to realise they don't need anyone except each other.
7. Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, The Lord Of The Rings
Obvious "ring" jokes aside, has there ever been a best friend more subservient that Sam (Sean Astin) is to Frodo (Elijah Wood)? Following his friend into certain death, fighting off giant spiders, trolls and giant troll monsters, Sam ends up saving the day by carrying the faltering Frodo to the top of a volcano. Plus there's that scene in the end where Sam comes in and jumps up and down on Frodo's bed in happiness, which was… well… yeah…
6. Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon
Sergeant Murtaugh (Danny Glover) may be "too old for this s**t", but he’s not too old to make a new best friend. Despite being suicidal and possibly crazy, Sergeant Riggs (Mel Gibson) ends up being all too loveable, willing to take a bullet for his partner, as well as being there for him when someone puts a bomb in his toilet. How many of your best friends would you be willing to do THAT for??
5. Peter Klaven and Sydney Fife, I Love You Man
Peter (Paul Rudd) is about to get married, when he realizes that he doesn't have any male friends to make his best man. With a little help from his brother, Peter tries to make himself available and open up some room in his life for a new BFF, which is when he meets Sydney (Jason Segel); the two quickly become inseparable. So much so that Peter and Sydney end up declaring their adoration for each other at Peter's wedding!
4. Andy and Red, The Shawshank Redemption
Not the type of prison-based man-love you might see in Oz or American History X, the story of wrongfully imprisoned Andy (Tim Robbins) and the man who made his sentence tolerable, Red (Morgan Freeman), is one of the greatest movie relationships of all time. Long conversations about their dreams and their future, when they do finally get reunited on that Mexican beach, there shouldn't be a single dry eye in the house.
3. Johnny Utah and Bodhi, Point Break
An undercover FBI agent sent in to bring down a group of bank-robbers from the inside, before long Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) is seduced by Bodhi’s (Patrick Swayze) way of life, and when it comes to choosing between doing his job or letting the criminal get away, Johnny follows his heart. There are female love-interests, but Johnny and Bodhi only have eyes for each other.
2. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
There have never been two people more perfect for each other, matching each other in smarts and strengths and, despite the assertions to the contrary, totally in love with each other. Less BFFs and more like a bickering old couple, Holmes (Robert Downey Jnr.) and Watson (Jude Law) are there for each other through thick and thin, even if Holmes does push Watson's wife out of a moving train. Jealous, much?
1. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
Two of the most charismatic and handsome actors that there’s ever been, it's all too easy to understand why Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) fell for each other. Despite the fact that they're outlaws who do tend to go around killing folk, these two guys are still two of the most loveable and generally awesome men in cinema history, making their fate in the movie all the more tear-jerking… sniff… Where’s my BFF?! I need a hug, bro…