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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'The Blues Brothers' (1980)
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4. 'The Blues Brothers' (1980)

It's not entirely clear how much DNA John Belushi's Jake and Dan Aykroyd's Elwood share, but it doesn't matter: Blues is thicker than water. When the nun-run orphanage in which they were raised is threatened with closure, the brothers set out to get their proverbial band back together in order to keep it open. Naturally, no amount of bazooka-toting ex-girlfriends or Illinois Nazis will stand in their way. John Landis' movie celebrates the ad hoc community between musicians, pulling James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles into a story centered around a pair of white comedians to show that music can make a family of those who have nothing else in common. But this is still Belushi and Aykroyd's show, and the sibling-like bond these guys forged on Saturday Night Live and over many after-hours late nights is on full display.—SAM ADAMS

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