Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro…. With these film duos, sometimes you can’t think of one without the other. And in some cases – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers; Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – you just need their first or last names.
To determine a list of the most iconic film duos, 24/7 Tempo reviewed collaboration information from sites such as IMDba database of online movies and TV series owned by Amazon; rotten tomatoesan online movie and TV series review aggregator.com; Screen Rant; and In the wings.
To become an iconic film duo, a pair must have that elusive element – chemistry. In the examples of Hope and Crosby and, later, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, the chemistry worked because each had a defined role – one was a romantic singer, while the other played it for laughs.
George Burns and Gracie Allen, who married in the 1920s, kept their partnership on stage, radio, film and television running until Allen’s death in 1964. Spencer Tracy and Lauren Becall and Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. (Sometimes commitments work long term. These are the 30 most enduring celebrity marriages.)
Male/female partnerships that have remained professional, on the other hand, include those of Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler and Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
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Some of the most notable bromance couples include Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, the latter of whom had a brotherly bond that lasted the rest of their lives. (Everyone knows what a bromance is today, but it’s one of the words that didn’t exist 30 years ago.)
Not all memorable movie couples are between actors. Some of the most notable director-actor collaborations include John Ford and John Wayne, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, and Tim Burton and Johnny Depp.