It Takes Two: Top 25 Best Buddy Comedies

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'Some Like It Hot' (1959)
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6. 'Some Like It Hot' (1959)

Nothing brings men together like running for their lives — especially when they're doing it dressed as women. After Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis' Jazz Age jazzbos witness a gangland massacre, they're forced to lay low, which they do by stepping into drag and joining up with an "all-girl" orchestra. Unfortunately for their little ruse, said orchestra includes Marilyn Monroe's Sugar Kane, whose lingerie-clad girl talk makes suppressing their manly urges rather difficult. In spite of its vaguely softcore premise, Some Like It Hot —directed by Billy Wilder, who co-wrote with frequent collaborator I.A.L. Diamond — feels almost shockingly contemporary, in large part because the emphasis is less on leering voyeurism than male, and female, bonding. As in a Shakespeare romance, Lemmon and Curtis woo others while in disguise, and then discover their false personas are more true to life than they ever intended.—SAM ADAMS

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