Freebie And The Bean (1974)
The Buddy Cops: Practical joker Freebie (James Caan) and his hot-headed Mexican partner, Bean (Alan Arkin), swear, fight and insult their way through investigations.
Funniest Moment: Their car flies off an overpass and soars through the air. Right into an open apartment window.
Turner & Hooch (1989)
The Buddy Cops: Officer Scott Turner (Tom Hanks), presumably under the influence of several off-screen bong hits, takes a dog that witnessed a murder into his possession, believing it not only possesses vital evidence but also the ability to tell him about it.
Funniest Moment: The new buddies reach a compromise over Hooch’s reluctance to climb into the car; Hooch trots happily on his leash alongside Turner. Don’t worry he keeps it under 5mph. It’s not that kind of film.
Midnight Run (1988)
The Buddy Cops: Tough-guy bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert DeNiro) and the meal ticket he’s trying to cash in, chatty accountant Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Charles Grodin.)
Funniest Moment: As a way to pass the time on a bus journey, The Duke suggests that Jack look up his ex-wife and daughter in Chicago. It doesn’t go over well. At all. The shucks here are all down to the excellent delivery of the bickering by De Niro and Grodin.
Spies Like Us (1985)
The Buddy Cops: Emmett Fitz-Hume (Chevy Chase) and Austin Millbarge (Dan Aykroyd) are a pair of incompetent CIA agents too idiotic to realise they’re being sent to the Soviet Union as bait for a higher priority mission.
Funniest Moment: A round of introductions under their false identities (they’re both posing as doctors) to a room of other MDs, spawns a minute-long scene of everyone giving a brief nod while saying “Doctor”... a routine repeated moments later when the meeting adjourns.
The Hard Way (1991)
The Buddy Cops: Whiny brat actor Nick Lang, wangles his Hollywood connections to become partnered with the laconic and totally-disinterested-in-his-bullshit, Dt. John Moss (James Woods.)
Funniest Moment: Nick pokes fun at his grumpy partner, teaching him a life lesson while pretending to be Moss’s girlfriend Susan.
The Buddy Cops: A cop who takes a traditional approach to policing, Detective Pep Streebek (Tom Hanks) makes his mum dead happy by teaming up with his wacky uncle, Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd) to crack the case.
Funniest Moment: The pair struggle with their best pokerfaces as they interview a motel owner about a potential suspect, who is described by the old gal as a “useless scum-lapping shitbag.”
Sgt. Friday kicks back to the original series with his reply; “Just the facts please ma’am.”
Bad Boys (1995)
The Buddy Cops: Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) is a cop hopelessly devoted to his job and his family. His partner Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) is hopelessly devoted to his trousersnake.
Funniest Moment: During a stakeout with murder witness, Julie (Tea Leoni), the three pass the time discussing sex. Mocking his partner, Lowrey asks Burnett “Why don’t you whip it out for her big boy?” who zings back “Yeah, right on your forehead.”
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
The Buddy Cops: Courageous narcotics agent Jack Colt (Emilio Estevez) and straight-shootin’ Sgt. Wes Luger (Samuel L. Jackson), this pastiching pair take every buddy-cop cliche and... do them again. With floppier hair.
Funniest Moment: In a tight spot without a vehicle, the pair confiscate a couple of kiddies bicycles. As they peddle away, Luger shouts over his shoulder “Don’t worry kids, we’ll take care of your bikes!” which seconds later inexplicably explode, sending them both careening through the air.
Starsky and Hutch (2004)
The Buddy Cops: Stuffy by-the-book David Starsky (Ben Stiller) and uber-cool Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (Owen Wilson). A pair of San Francisco detectives who nurture style over any additional abilities they may possess.
Funniest Moment: Unglued by a cheerleader, who undresses while answering questions, the interview gradually devolves as the pair become mesmerised by her... pair. Hutch closing out their discussion with a key question, “What’s your sign?”
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
The Buddy Cops: Criminal-turned-actor Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) shows off his stand-up schtick by breaking the fourth wall, his partner, private investigator Perry Van Shrike (Val Kilmer) aka Gay Perry, shows off by having a smart answer for everything.
Funniest Moment: Perry’s response when Harry asks him if he thinks he’s stupid: “ I don't think you'd know where to put food at, if you didn't flap your mouth so much. Yes I think you're stupid.”
Police Academy (1984)
The Buddy Cops: Instead of jail time, criminal prankster, Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) joins the police academy to continue his silliness spree, where he finds a companion in human beatbox genius, Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow.)
Funniest Moment: Mahoney walks in on Jones struggling to shave with a murderous razor that’s trying to kill him.
Team America: World Police (2004)
The Buddy Cops: Idiotic Broadway star Gary Johnston (Trey Parker) is recruited into Team America, an anti-terrorism unit alongside five highly skilled specialists including the no-nonsense, Chris (Matt Stone), who despises all actors.
Funniest Moment: Chris’s initial warning to Gary: “Let's get one thing straight, actor. I don't trust you. And if you betray us, I'll rip your fucking balls off and stuff them up your ass so that the next time you shit, you'll shit all over your balls, got it?”
The Buddy Cops: Detective Chris Lecce (Richard Dreyfus) is the wise-crackin’ veteran cop who proves his professionalism by falling for a woman under their protection. His younger partner, Bill Reimers (Emilio Estevez) is a bit of a stick in the mud who plays it straight.
Funniest Moment: Reimers reads from the police report on Maria McGuire, the woman whose house they’re staking out; “And the moment we’ve all been waiting for... 313 pounds!” This sparks Lecce’s un-PC response - “Oh my god! She could BE the house! I hate this job.”
The Buddy Cops: The biggest buffoons to ever protect and serve, Officer Slater (Bill Hader) and Officer Michaels (Seth Rogen) view their jobs as a preventative method for having to grow up.
Funniest Moment: The pair are impressed by an I.D. so undeniably fake, their dour faces become as perky as kittens when they note the name on the card, McLovin; and take the youngster under their wing for the night.
Proof of their professionalism comes when McLovin asks Michaels, what’s it like to have a gun? “It's like having two cocks. If one of your cocks could kill someone.”
The Other Guys (2010)
The Buddy Cops: A slave to his desk tidy, Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) soon forgets his highlighters when he and his partner Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), an enforcer whose anger management issues rival those of every Adam Sandler character, catch a break on a big case.
Funniest Moment: Hoitz’s insult when he learns he’s being teamed with paper pusher, Gamble:
"The sound of your piss hitting the urinal, it sounds feminine. If we were in the wild, I would attack you. Even if you weren't in my food chain, I would go out of my way to attack you. If I were a lion and you were a tuna, I would swim out in the middle of the ocean and freakin' eat you!"
Rush Hour (1998)
The Buddy Cops: Spritely detective inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) - flown to the US to track down the kidnapped daughter of a Chinese diplomat - is palmed off on mouthy LAPD cop James Carter (Chris Tucker), whose special technique to crush the culture barrier is to speak slowly. In a loud, irritating voice.
Funniest Moment: Lee’s threat to Carter when they’re nabbed by the baddies; “I’ll bitch slap you back to Africa!”
48 Hrs (1982)
The Buddy Cops: As a last resort, old school Detective Sergeant Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) springs smooth criminal Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) from the pen to help him track down two cop-killers. In 48 hours.
Funniest Moment: Chasing down a lead at local bar Torchy’s, Reggie, high on the authority given via his get-out-of-jail card frisks the patrons: “And I want the rest of you cowboys to know something, there's a new sheriff in town. And his name is Reggie Hammond. So y'all be cool. Right on.”
Men In Black (1997)
The Buddy Cops: Gruff veteran of the extraterrestrial police force, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) recruits quick-witted whippersnapper Agent J (Will Smith) to give him someone to grumble at.
Funniest Moment: J’s first experience with the Neuralizer, an eraser wand that enables MIB agents to wipe then rewrite people’s memories.
Agent K provides one woman with a rather lacklustre backstory (“Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus”) so Agent J gets her groove back, re-writing her romantic foibles; “And now that he's gone you're gonna go into town, you go to Bloomingdale's and find some nice dresses, get yourself some shoes, you know, find somewhere, maybe you can get a facial. And, uh, oh - hire a decorator to come in here quick, 'cause... DAMN.“
21 Jump Street (2012)
The Buddy Cops: Old high school buddies, Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) is the overachieving dweeb partnered with brawny jock Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum)
Funniest Moment: The two take down a crew of drug dealers in a park, with Jenko threatening them with the repeated mantra “Would you like me to beat your dick off?” as Schmidt attempts to over-explain his partner’s intended meaning “I think what he means is....”
The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)
The Buddy Cops: On a mission to investigate the shooting of his partner, bumbling buffoon, Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) ends up paired with the equally inept Captain Ed. Hocken (George Kennedy).
Funniest Moment: The two attend a reception to welcome Queen Elizabeth II with reason to believe she may be assassinated so commence frisking patrons. Hocken holds the unsuspecting man’s arms up as Drebin searches his pockets... reaching too far and delving into the Captain’s jacket by mistake.
As the man protests his innocence, Drebin fishes out a gun, then flips open a wallet containing a photo of Hocken’s wife; “He’s got a gun!....and a picture of your wife!” Hocken takes one glance at the picture, and cries “Ethel!” before punching the poor guy.
The Heat (2013)
The Buddy Cops: Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), the kind of cop who keeps her fridge stocked with an arsenal of weapons, is forced to team up with the anal-retentive FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashland (Sandra Bullock) who has one way of doing things: in Spanx.
Funniest Moment: Rushing to the aid of a diner patron, choking on his food, Ashland performs an emergency tracheotomy - unnecessarily. Slicing open his throat to insert a straw, Mullins wretches at the gushes spouting from the wound while Ashland screams “There’s so much blood!”
Super Troopers (2001)
The Buddy Cops: Vermont’s crew of slack state troopers; Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Mac (Steve Lemme), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), John Foster (Paul Soter) and Farva (Kevin Heffernan), these guys’d just as happily roll up a doobie with perps than slap cuffs on ‘em.
Funniest Moment: To relieve the daily tedium, Thorny and Rabbit pull over a carful of paranoid stoners and proceed to scare seven shades out of them. The best gag is saved for new recruit Rabbit, who attempts to insert the word “meow” into every sentence without being detected.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
The Buddy Cops: Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), a Detroit detective who favours a four-letter-word vocabulary, hightails it to Beverly Hills in pursuit of his best buddy’s murderer. Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Sgt. John Taggart (John Ashton) are two strait-laced cops who befriend him. Reluctantly.
Funniest Moment: While Rosewood and Taggart are staking out their new comrade outside his hotel, Foley spots their car by the kerb. Foiling their ruse, he sends down a platter of food from the hotel’s swanky room service to stall them as he hurtles away laughing in his beat-up Chevy.
The punchline? Three bananas shoved up their tailpipe preventing them from a hot pursuit.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
The Buddy Cops: Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is the young cop who won’t let pride get in the way of a buoyant mullet. Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is the cranky veteran he’s paired with who won’t let anything lie.
Funniest Moment: In a throwaway line we’d all like to use (if we weren’t so busy writing) after apprehending a criminal, Murtaugh asks his partner to confirm their suspect is DEFINITELY the guy.
Riggs’ response? “Yeah I’m sure man, I never forget an asshole.”
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The Buddy Cops: A mismatched pair of cops battling evil (swans, ex-Bond villains, etc.) in a seemingly-quaint English town. Uptight big city copper, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) relocates to Sandford to find himself partnered up with the incompetent Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) .
Funniest Moment: Riotously sending up the action genre, in homage to their holy grail - Point Break - the pair cut loose for the slickest, most beautifully-shot car chase ever. That comes to an end two seconds later.