A Hollywood movie is fortunate to leave a great actor, much less two. When that happens, as in Butch Cassidy and Thelma and Louise, the magic of the movies happens.
When filmmakers are trying to make a movie or a studio is preparing a script to start shooting, they are lucky if they manage to attract the attention of a top-notch star. If a Denzel Washington or a Julia Roberts or a Brad Pitt is interested in a script, then it has a much better chance of it being produced.
That’s a dream come true for a filmmaker, but it can get even better. If more than one A-lister is interested in a project, then the marketing team can put several big names above the title. This has resulted in some of the best teams in Hollywood history.
10 Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Boy (1969)
Although he is now considered the ultimate anti-Western, no one wanted to produce William Goldman’s screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, because their supposed heroes flee from danger. But that’s how it really happened. Goldman’s script began New Hollywood’s deconstruction of the myth-making of the Western genre. The timeless combination of Paul Newman and Robert Redford on screen as Butch and Sundance made the unconventional co-stars icons.
Newman and Redford then re-teamed with director George Roy Hill to The sting, a hysterical prank in which they play a pair of con artists trying to rip off a crime boss in the Great Depression.
9 Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black (1997)
Starring Tommy Lee Jones as a veteran agent and Will Smith as a young fish-out-of-water recruit he’s paired with, Men in black puts a unique twist on the familiar “cop friend” setup in that the cops work for a secret government agency that deals with alien threats.
Smith and Jones shared such incredible chemistry that after leaving the series behind, alien invaders and high-tech gadgets and world building alone weren’t enough to sustain the franchise.
8 Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
When it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt would be teaming up on screen for the first time at Quentin Tarantino’s Once upon a time in hollywood, the screenwriter and director compared the couple to that of Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, a fading television star struggling to find work in a changing industry, and Pitt plays Cliff Booth, his laid-back stunt double. The latter won an Oscar for his compelling performance.
7 Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in 48 hours. (1982)
Five years before Lethal weapon would define the subgenus “buddy cop”, 48 hrs. laid the foundation for it. Nick Nolte plays a grizzled veteran cop on the hunt for a criminal. Bring the guy’s fast-talking partner in crime, played by Eddie Murphy, out of prison to help with the investigation.
This was one of Murphy’s first starring vehicles after passing through Saturday night live and the early standup specials had made him one of the biggest names in comedy.
6 Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple (1968)
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau made a lot of movies together: Grumpy old men, The first page, Buddy buddy, Fortune cookie – but undoubtedly his most iconic collaboration is The odd couple.
The roles of Felix and Oscar brought out the best in both actors ‘acting styles, while Neil Simon’s script garnered endless comedic results with the characters’ clashing personalities.
5 Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat (1995)
After years of being praised as two of the best actors in the world and appearing in separate narrative timelines as father and son in The Godfather II, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were finally teamed up on screen for Michael Mann’s tense cat and mouse thriller. Hot. Pacino plays an eccentric detective on the trail of a famous bank robber, played by De Niro.
Pacino and De Niro would later team up again to Fair kill, which was a huge disappointment, and the Irish, which was much more satisfying. Pacino played union boss Jimmy Hoffa and De Niro played mob hitman Frank Sheeran, Hoffa’s best friend who claimed to be responsible for his unsolved murder.
4 Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in All the President’s Men (1976)
Very similar Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the president’s men It was written by William Goldman and starred Robert Redford. This time, instead of Paul Newman, Redford’s co-star is Dustin Hoffman.
They play Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who exposed the Watergate scandal in 1972 and 1973.
3 Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991)
One of the most iconic feminist films ever made, Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as a pair of best friends who elope after killing a man during an attempted sexual assault.
They are both trapped in toxic relationships and constantly have to face lewd people like the guy they killed. Cruising across America in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird is a great visual metaphor for escaping patriarchy.
two Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider (1969)
Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda co-wrote the screenplay for Easy rider with celebrated satirist Terry Southern, then Hopper directed it, Fonda produced it, and both starred. They play cyclists who ride their motorcycles all over the United States, spending the spoils of a big drug deal.
This 1969 masterpiece set the stage for the New Hollywood movement with its indie filming style and harsh anti-establishment tone.
one Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942)
Widely regarded as one of the best movies ever made, White House paired Humphrey Bogart as an American expat and Ingrid Bergman as the old love he hopes to win back.
Although the film is now one of the most revered classics in film history, no one involved in the production expected it to be anything special. Despite its A-list stars, it was expected to come and go without causing much of an impact on the public. Of course, that’s not how it worked.
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