Rupert Pupkin Speaks: My Favorite Buddy Films

Monday, December 27, 2010

My Favorite Buddy Films


Spurred on by a question I got, this list came to me fairly quickly. Hopefully, I haven't been too liberal with my interpretation of the genre. Please feel free to offer up your own favorites! Oh, and watch CALIFORNIA SPLIT right now on Netflix Instant if you haven't seen it! Fantastic film!



1. CALIFORNIA SPLIT(1974; Robert Altman)
2. MIDNIGHT RUN(1988; Martin Brest)
3. GOING IN STYLE(1979; Martin Brest)
4. THE FISHER KING(1991; Terry Gilliam)
5. THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT(1974; Michael Cimino)
6. SMOKEY & THE BANDIT(1977; Hal Needham)
7. BOTTLE ROCKET(1996; Wes Anderson)
8. FREEBIE AND THE BEAN(1974; Richard Rush)
9. RUBIN AND ED(1991; Trent Harris)
10. LETHAL WEAPON(1987; Richard Donner)
11. SAFE MEN(1998; John Hamburg)
12. RUNNING SCARED(1986; Peter Hyams)

13. DOWN BY LAW
(1986; Jim Jarmusch)
14. WITHNAIL & I
(1987; Bruce Robinson)
15. BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
(1989; Stephen Herek)
16. THE BLUES BROTHERS(1980; John Landis)
17. HOT FUZZ(2007; Edgar Wright)
18. ROAD TO RIO(1947; Norman Z. McLeod)
19. 48 HOURS
(1982; Walter Hill)
20. ISHTAR
(1987; Elaine May)
21. HOLLYWOOD OR BUST(1956; Frank Tashlin)
22. THE WILD LIFE(1984; Art Linson)
23. ALIEN NATION
(1988; Graham Baker)













4 comments:

J.D. said...

I heartily second CALIFORNIA SPLIT. It's right up there with THE LONG GOODBYE as my all-time fave Altman film. And MIDNIGHT RUN is another keeper. I never tire of that film.

Rupert Pupkin said...

Right on J.D. I'm with you. LONG GOODBYE is my favorite Altman, but CS is a close second I believe. So many good films from that man. Also, MIDNIGHT RUN still really holds up. Great film. Just rewatched recently on HDDVD. Needs a blu-ray!

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

I love your inclusion of Alien Nation! And I think I have MASH as my favorite Altman film, but California Split is great, and often overlooked because Nashville came out the year after.

Rupert Pupkin said...

DtVC- I have an affection for the ALIEN NATION tv series that goes way back too.

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