Best Buddy Movies - Part 14

Posted on 1 Jul 00:00

The entertainment industry offers a wide array of movie genres that a person can enjoy and lighten one's day. Buddy films are such movies. The genre guarantees a escapism. This article contains seven movies of the buddy film genre guaranteed to be entertaining.

1.  Wallace & Gromit in a Close Shave (1995)

Plot:  This film’s plot is about an eccentric duo, Wallace and Gromit, who conduct a sheep rustle using a sinister dog. Wallace is an inventor who does window cleaning alongside Gromit, his dog. While in the line of duty, Wallace enters a romantic relationship with a wool shopkeeper Wendolence who also has a dog named Preston. Preston steals sheep to keep the wool shop running, which endangers Gromit and lands him in prison. This is caused when one of the stolen sheep runs to Wallace's house, and Wallace keeps him. Preston frames Gromit for sheep rustling, landing Gromit in prison. Wallace, with the help of the sheep, break into the prison and set Gromit free. Wendolence and Preston arrive at the scene. Wendolence scolds Preston against sheep rustling. Agitated, Preston locks her and the sheep in the lorry and drives away, intending to turn Wendolence and the sheep into dog food. Through a series of surprising events Wallace and Gromit save the day.

Director: Nick Park directed the Wallace & Gromit in a 'Close Shave' film which was produced by Aardman Productions.

Main Cast: Wallace & Gromit in a Close Shave movie consisted primarily of two characters, Peter Sallis (as Wallace) and Anne Reid (as Wendolene Ramsbottom).

Commercial Performance: The thirty-minute runtime film was prepared on a budget of £1.3million. It’s not been possible to determine the movie’s worldwide gross and its entire commercial reception and return.

Awards and Nominations: Wallace & Gromit in a 'Close Shave' is similar to 1993 'The Wrong Trousers', which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Although it was short and lasted for only thirty minutes , the movie won an Oscar for its great performance. Besides the Oscar, 'Close Shave' was also awarded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Animated Film. It was a critical success.

2.  3 Idiots (2009)

Plot: '3 Idiots' is an interesting film told in parallel scenes, one in the current time, while the other in the past decade. It features three friends who are engineering college students and are unable to put up with the social pressure the college subjects them to. Many years pass, and a bet of who would become the most successful gives the trio a chance to re-examine their long-lost friend whose existence seems rather elusive. The film satirizes the Indian education system.

Director: '3 Idiots' was produced under the direction of Rajkumar Hirani.

Main Cast: Aamir Khan (as Ranchhoddas ‘Rancho’ Shyamaldas Chanchad / Chhote / Phunsukh Wangdu), R. Madhavan (as Farhan Qureshi), and Sharman Joshi (as Raju Rastogi).

Commercial Performance: '3 Idiots' is one of the most successful Indian movies. Its preparation budget was about ₹550 million. It was a top box office hit that grossed ₹4.60 billion.

Awards and Nominations: This movie was a tremendous critical success that garnered 58accolades from Indian awards. It won three National Film Awards including Best Popular Film and ten Star Screen Awards, six Filmfare Awards including Best Film and Best Director, five GIMA Awards, seventeen IIFA Awards, a pair of Apsara Awards, and a total of seven Bollywood Hungama Surfers Choice Movie Awards. During the 2011 first Beijing International Film Festival in 2011, the film won the Best Foreign Film Prize. At the 2014 37th Japan Academy Awards, the movie was awarded the Most Outstanding Foreign Language Film.

3.  Green Book (2018)

Plot: This film is set in 1962. It is about the true story of Dr. Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist on the verge of embarking on a concert tour in the Deep South. The doctor needs a driver for the tour. He hires Tony 'Lip', a tough, Italian bouncer residing in the Italian-American Bronx neighborhood. These two have completely different personalities. However, their circumstances compel them to temper their preconceived notions of each other and to become good lifelong friends. The duo bond, and as they traverse the racist communities, they tackle and rise above racism from others and their own prejudices.

Director: 'Green Book' movie was directed by Peter Farrelly.

Main Cast: Viggo Mortensen (as Tony Lip), Mahershala Ali (as Dr. Don Shirley), Linda Cardellini (as Dolores, Tony’s wife), and Sebastian Maniscalco (as Johnny Venere, Dolores’ brother).

Commercial Performance: 'Green Book' is a buddy film that garnered tremendous commercial success. Its budget was  $23 million, but the movie box office grossed $321.8 million.

Awards and Nominations: 'Green Book' garnered numerous accolades and nominations from various events and organizations. The Academy Awards awarded the film for Best Picture during its 91st Academy Awards. During the same event, the movie won the Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Ali. The film also received the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture. The Golden Globe Awards nominated and awarded the movie the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, while the National Board of Review chose and awarded the movie for the best film of 2018. The Green Book was also selected as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. Besides the Oscar, Ali managed to win three Best Supporting Actor Awards from the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA Awards.

4.  California Split (1974)

Plot: The plot depicts a friendship that ensues between a duo, Charlie and Billy, due to their mutual love of gambling. Charlie is skilled at it, while Billy is not. He gambles at night and works for a magazine company during the day. Over time, Billy finds gambling addictive. The hustle offers big paydays, but the duo constantly contend with setbacks.

Director: Robert Altman.

Main Cast: George Segal (as Bill Denny), Elliott Gould (as Charlie Waters), Ann Prentiss (as Barbara Miller), and Gwen Welles (as Susan Peters).

Commercial Performance: This movie grossed $5 million internationally. It’s not possible to tell how it performed commercially as there is no information about the budget.

Awards and Nominations: This film received one nomination and a single award. It got the Best Comedy (Written Directly for the Screen) award. A year later, it won the Writers Guild of America Award.

5.  The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Plot:  Trouble ensues during a televised football game's halftime when one of the players receives a threat to win or be assassinated. The player ingests PCP and kills members of the opposing team before killing himself.  While this is happening, a disgraced detective is compelled to take up a new job as a bodyguard that involves protecting a pole dancer. Even with his protection, the dancer gets murdered. The detective/bodyguard now teams up with the pole dancer’s boyfriend and go after the murderer.

Director: Tony Scott.

Main Cast: Bruce Willis (as Joe Hallenbeck), Damon Wayans (as Jimmy Dix), Chelsea Field (as Sarah Hallenbeck), and Noble Willingham (as Sheldon Marcone).

Commercial Performance: 'The Last Boy Scout' was a tremendous commercial success that grossed $114.5 million on a $43 million budget.

Awards and Nominations: MTV Movie and TV Awards gave 'The Last Bot Scout Boy' for two awards; Best Action Sequence for the helicopter blade sequence and Best On-Screen Duo for Bruce Willis & Damon Wayans.

6.  Road to Morocco (1942)

Plot: A vagabond, Jeff, sells his best friend Orville in the Moroccan slavery market to get food. Things soon get complicated when the enslaved Orville gets engaged to the beautiful princess Shamir. Jeff realizes that Orville is doing well while he is still searching for his partner because his conscience is torturing him.

Director: David Butler directed the movie for Paramount Pictures.

Main Cast: Bing Crosby (as Jeff Peters), Bob Hope (as Orville ‘Turkey’ Jackson), Dorothy Lamour (as Princess Shalimar), and Anthony Quinn (as Mullay Kasim).

Commercial Performance: the film was a box office hit and grossed $3 million.

Awards and Nominations: This movie was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Sound Recording for Loren L. Ryder, Best Writing, and Original Screenplay. The American Film Institute saw the film's wonderful performance and recognized it in 1998: AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies, 2000: AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs (78th), 2004: AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, and 2007: AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies.

7.  The Full Monty (1999)

Plot: The setting is Sheffield, England, during the 1990s, 'The Full Monty' tells the story of a group of six men, all unemployed. Four of the six are former steel workers. Driven by the urge to earn money and help one of them get to see his son, the four start a striptease troupe and eventually intend to go 'the full monty', fully naked, at some point.

Director: Peter Cattaneo.

Main Cast: Robert Carlyle (as Gary ‘Gaz’ Schofield), Mark Addy (as Dave Horsefall), Tom Wilkinson (as Gerald Arthur Cooper), and Steve Huison (as Lomper).

Commercial Performance: 'The Full Monty' was a commercial success, grossing $258 million on a budget of $3.5 million.

Awards and Nominations: In 1997, 'The Full Monty' received two BAFTA Awards for Best Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role. It also received four Academy Award nominations; Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The BFI Top 100 British films list ranked the film 25th in 1999. In 2000, the Total Film magazine readers voted the movie as the 49th greatest comedy film of all time.


The buddy films are an example of a movie genre that relies heavily on relationships and friendships. These are generally pleasant experiences. This article discussed seven delightful buddy films.

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