13 Of The Greatest Crime Fighting Partners Of All Time!
Buddy cop film CHiPs hits cinemas this Friday. Based on the ‘80s TV series of the same name, the comedy stars Dax Shepard and Michael Peña as a pair of middle-aged California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers who must work together to stop a group of hitmen from terrorising their city…. And its got us reminiscing about our fave crime fighting duos of all time!But what qualities make for a great crime fighting partnership, exactly?
We break down 13 of the greatest crime fighting partners of all time to hit the big screen and what makes them so much fun to watch…
1. Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman, Hot Fuzz (2007)What makes them great?!
- Take one high-achieving Metropolitan Police Officer and involuntarily transfer him to a quaint village in Gloucestershire.
- Pair him with a hopeless constable who’s obsessed with action films.
- Add a mysterious figure who starts murdering the local residents in hilariously gruesome ways.
- Mix in plenty of nods to classic buddy comedies.
2. Agent Kay and Agent Jay, ‘Men in Black’ (1997)What makes them great?!
- Take the biggest movie star in the world (at the time) and pair him with the human equivalent of grumpy cat.
- Equip them with lots of amazing gadgets so they can protect the world against the scum of the universe.
- Throw in lots of entertaining CGI aliens and one really mean bug that wants to destroy the world.
- Close with an iconic theme tune that will have everyone bouncing and sliding for years to come.
3. Batman and Robin, ‘Batman & Robin’ (1997)What makes them great?!
- Take two orphans with dark pasts who love a good costume.
- Add a gaggle of comical villains who also love fancy dress.
- Throw in a suitable quota of bad puns and unintentional LOL moments.
4. Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (2011)What makes them great?!
- Take one disgraced journalist and hire him to investigate the mysterious disappearance of your grandniece.
- Pair him with a brilliant but troubled hacker who rides a really cool motorcycle.
- Mix in some sexual tension, shocking revelations, and a well-timed golf club to the head.
- Add a splash of unrequited love.
5. Sarah Ashburn and Shannon Mullins, ‘The Heat’ (2013)What makes them great?!
- Take one straight-laced FBI agent with a stick up her ass and force her to work with a foul-mouthed hot-tempered Boston cop to take down a mobster.
- Did we mention that both buddies are female?
- Mix in a whole lot of funny courtesy of Bridesmaid’s director Paul Feig.
6. Detective Inspector Lee and Detective James Carter, ‘Rush Hour’ (1998)What makes them great?!
- Take two detectives from opposite sides of the pond who couldn’t be more different.
- Make both of them funny as hell in their own unique ways; one high-pitched and brash, the other unable to understand anything the high-pitched brash one says.
- Mix in some martial arts tomfoolery.
7. Dave Lizewski and Mindy Macready aka Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, ‘Kick-Ass’ (2010)What makes them great?!
- Take one teen comic book fan turned crime-fighting vigilante.
- Throw in a potty-mouthed 11 year old assassin who’d love nothing more than a new set of throwing knives for her birthday.
- Add unapologetic amounts of hyper-violent badassery.
- Feature the coolest night vision beatdown EVER committed to film.
8. Calvin Joyner and Bob Stone, ‘Central Intelligence’ (2016)What makes them great?!
- Take one dissatisfied accountant and turn his life completely upside down on the eve of his high school reunion with hilarious results.
- Remind everyone watching the film that blindly accepting a friend request has dire consequences.
- Use every opportunity to show off how jacked The Rock’s body is.
- Make a strong case for wearing jorts.
9. Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, ‘Lethal Weapon’ (1987)What makes them great?!
- Take one wildly unbalanced former army soldier.
- Pair him with a tired veteran cop who’s way ‘too old for this shit’.
- Mix in plenty of action scenes that will set the bar for future buddy cop movies.
10. Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash, ‘Tango & Cash’ (1989)What makes them great?!
- Take two unlikely partners both looking to clear their names after being framed for a crime they didn’t commit.
- Make one cop crazy AF for extra lols.
- Add a splash of Kurt Russell in drag into the mix.
11. Johnny Utah and Bodhi, ‘Point Break’ (1991)What makes them great?!
- Take two dishy bros played by absolute babes Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
- Add a beach setting ‘cause beach hair is the sexiest.
- Create a plot so thin it won’t distract from Johnny or Bodhi’s beauty.
- Feature a climatic scene where Johnny, whilst wrestling with Patrick in the surf, keeps shouting that he “needs to go down”.
- And yes, it really is as erotic to watch as it sounds.
12. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (2009)What makes them great?!
- As arguably one of the most famous crime fighting duos of all time, including Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in this list is elementary to say the least…
13. Brian O’Conner and Dominic Toretto, ‘The Fast and the Furious’ (2001)What makes them great?!
- Take one undercover cop tasked with infiltrating a street racing crew who will unwittingly develop a bromance with the group’s leader.
- Add plenty of reminders about the importance of family.
- Mix in plenty of high speed car chases and booty shorts.
- Raise the stakes in each subsequent sequel.
- By Portis Wasp @portiswasp
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