The title says it all. There’s nothing better then besties on the big screen that captivate your attention instantly. And yes, these friendships could be unconventional, but friendships come in all shapes and sizes!
It’s in that spirit that we present the following 7 pairs of movie BFFs, who — despite coming from very different backgrounds — were still able to find their commonalities and build strong bonds.
Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) and Wilson the Volleyball in Cast Away – OK, so … maybe there was only one active participant in this friendship, but Chuck had enough feels to represent both himself and an inanimate object when he was stranded on an island alone for four freaking years. Hanks didn’t earn an Oscar nod for this role for nothin’!
Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) from The Harry Potter franchise – She’s a Muggle. He comes from an all-wizard family. She’s serious most of the time. He’s constantly goofing around. She’s a genius. He’s … not. But their mutual affection and protective feelings for their constantly endangered friend Harry form the base of their friendship, which eventually turns into something more as the years pass.
The future King George VI (Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) in The King’s Speech – This 2010 drama took home the Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Firth) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler) Oscars for its depiction of the real-life friendship that developed between the future king of England and his speech therapist, who helped him overcome a stutter. Pretty much any human being is going to come from a drastically different background than a member of the royal family, but on top of Logue not being a royal, he also technically did not have any formal qualifications for his therapist role and did not even get along with the future monarch initially. This true story of an unlikely friendship could not be more inspiring.
Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voice of Vin Diesel) in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers franchises – These surprising BFFs of different species formed their bond even before the storyline of the first Guardians film, and have kept it going all the way through Avengers: Endgame. Despite Rocket acting fairly rude toward Groot much of the time, they’ve risked their lives for each other and have long been partners in crime. Plus, Rocket’s the only one who can interpret what the tree-like creature actually means every time he exclaims “I am Groot!”
Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) and Detective Carter (Chris Tucker) in the Rush Hour franchise – Even though the Hong Kong cop and the fast-talking LAPD detective don’t speak the same language and are unhappy with their pairing at first, they soon bond over the realization that they’ve been abandoned by both of their organizations while trying to find the kidnapped daughter of a Chinese diplomat. The lesson audiences learn? Comedy is a universal language.
Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) and Thao Vang Lor (Bee Vang) in Gran Torino – Eastwood stars in and directed this drama about Kowalski, a racist and intolerant Korean War veteran who forms an unlikely friendship with Thao, his teenage Hmong neighbor, after confronting bullies who were trying to pressure Thao to steal Kowalski’s prized 1972 Ford Gran Torino.
E.T. and Elliott (Henry Thomas) in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – This Spielberg classic from 1982 proves that you don’t even need to be from the same planet to become besties. While 10-year-old Elliott is initially scared to find a stranded alien in his family’s toolshed, he soon becomes E.T.’s protector after it becomes clear that the US government wants to capture the helpless creature. Cue Reese’s Pieces, flying bicycles and an amazing John Williams score.
Who’s your favorite pair of unlikely movie BFFs?