It Takes Two: Top 25 Best Buddy Comedies

From mismatched cops on a job to teenage best friends going out in a blaze of glory, we count down the

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'Stir Crazy' (1980)

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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor had teamed up before, in the Hitchcockian thriller-comedy Silver Streak (1976); this tale of two actors who get framed for a bank robbery and thrown in the slammer, however, didn't make the duo play second banana to romances, intrigue and a runaway train. You could argue that the comedy relies a lot on a) seeing Wilder and Pryor in bird suits and b) seeing Wilder and Pryor scared shitless about prison life, but that would be missing the point. Watching what these two pros do with that second situation — from establishing their tough-guy bona fides on the first day in the joint to faking craziness — is what makes this a gem, at least until a breakout plan hijacks the third act. Until then: That's right, they bad!DAVID FEAR

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