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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'Men in Black' (1997)
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13. 'Men in Black' (1997)

Loosely based on Lowell Cunningham's comic about an organization dedicated to monitoring paranormal activities and extraterrestrials on Earth, this summer blockbuster went directly to the surefire recipe for buddy-comedy success: coolness meets cantankerousness. Specifically, the film pairs human charm machine that is Will Smith and everyone's favorite grumpy old coot Tommy Lee Jones, gives them a bunch of techno doohickeys and sets them loose on more CGI aliens than you can shake a memory-erasing pen at. The concept and, specifically, the combo works way better than you think it would; to paraphrase Smith's Agent Jay, these guys look good next to each other.—DAVID FEAR

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