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The Top 10 Buddy Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

Movies that are sometimes overlooked but are some of the best films about friendship.

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1. 1. Fandango (1985)


Fandango takes place on the back roads of Texas in the summer of 1971. Five friends, known to each other as The Groovers, travel to Mexico to dig up their friend Dom near the Rio Grande before they move on to jobs, more school and Vietnam. This film is sprinkled with profound and funny scenes including a firework battle in an old cemetery.

2. 2. Freebie and the Bean (1974)

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James Caan and Alan Arkin starred in the first buddy cop movie. The two play detectives trying to take down a high profile criminal involved in a hijacking. The film was shot in 1973 in San Francisco and every scene is packed with action, laughs or both.

3. 3. Midnight Run (1988)


One is a fugitive, the other a hired bounty hunter out for his big pay-day. Much to the viewers amusement, plenty of things go awry as Robert de Niro tries to bring Charles Grodin back to L.A. Charles Grodin's character is loveably hilarious with Robert de Niro's pissed off and confused counterpoint backing him throughout the entire film.

4. Breaking Away (1979)


Breaking Away is about bicycles, family and loving your hometown. Sounds kind of cheesy right? This film is far from it. Set in Bloomington, Indiana the film focuses on four kids who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives after high school. They constantly butt heads with students from the town's university and have to prove ownership of the place they call home. This is an all-star cast with Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern and Jackie Earle Haley, all who give great performances.

5. Babette's Feast (1987)

Set on the cusp of the 19th and 20th century, this film revolves around a small Danish village run by two elder sisters that grew up under their very religious minister father. In their later years they take in a runaway French maid named Babette, who they teach to make the usual gruel and weak tea they grew up eating. After years of friendship, Babette decides to make a extravagant French meal for the sisters to thank them for their kindness. Not only is this a great movie about friendship, it has one of the best cooking scenes in film history.

6. Heaven Help Us (1985)


It's 1965 Brooklyn and Michael is a seventeen year old thrown into an upside down Catholic school run by the brothers; a rigid group of monks that have zero tolerance for anything loved by their students. Michael befriends a dork to end all nerds, a know-it-all bully and a masturbation addict. This is a tale of the most poignant time in a young man's life, when nothing makes sense but somehow you know everything.

7. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

The film is about a down on her luck mother traveling with her son back to her childhood home in California. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie takes off when the mother, Alice (Ellen Burstyn) and her son have to stop in a small southwest town to work at a rural diner for traveling money. The friendship Alice forms with the larger than life waitress Flo (Diane Ladd) is an added bonus to an already terrific film.

8. Diner (1982)


Diner is the essential buddy film. Set in Baltimore on the last week of 1959, five friends come together for a wedding bringing an end to the teenage shenanigan's they grew up around. The diner is the meeting place for the group and proves to be the place were most of their life decisions come together.

9. The Two of Us (1967)


This beautiful film is probably the most unlikely buddy movie on the list. Set in war torn France, a young Jewish boy is taken out of the city and sent to live in the countryside with an old anti-semitic man and his wife. Over the months they begin to form a friendship that transforms each other into a bond that war cannot tear apart. This buddy movie truly is one of the reasons we go to the cinema, an uplifting story of hope and understanding through unthinkable circumstances.

10. Walkabout (1971)


Two British siblings become lost in the desert after being abandoned by their lunatic father. After almost dying from exposure, they stumble across an Aborigines boy on his life ritual of a walkabout through the wilderness. Even though they don't speak the same language, the three form a bond through compassion, survival and emotions that define us as human beings.

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