With Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone teaming up once again for La La Land, we got to thinking about partnerships with undeniable chemistry. Stone and Gosling first got together on screen in 2011 with Crazy, Stupid, Love, then again in 2013 with Gangster Squad. From there we started thinking about what stars have shown up in a lot of movies together. Obviously, back in the early days of cinema, there were like 13 working actors, so we've done our best to keep this list modern. Sorry Laurel and Hardy. It's much more newsworthy nowadays when stars continue to work together. We've also tried to stick with actors who show up in English films, simply for recognizability. Unfortunately, dynamic duos like Bud Spencer and Terrence Hill and their 18 or so films together miss out making the list because of this. We've also omitted documentaries because feature films are more exciting. Oh, and sequels too. We've decided to ignore sequels in our counts, at least in sagas where it exaggerates the partnerships, like the Harry Potter Franchise actors, for example.
So, where does this leave us? Well, it leaves us with a list of the most commonly seen acting duos in Hollywood. These pairs of actors are the ones who have shown up in the most stand-alone films together, sometimes in starring roles, sometimes only cameos. Most of the time, these pairs of actors have come to be seen as a partnership. We associate one with the other. It's hard not to think of them this way when they show up in so many films together. There are such strong bonds among certain actors out there that we've had to leave out some wonderful pairs like Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy, and Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson. Here are 15 power duos who have done the most movies together.
15 Lawrence and Cooper – 4 Films
14 De Niro and Pesci – 6 Films
13 Depp and Bonham Carter – 7 Films
12 Vaughn and Favreau – 7 Films
11 Murray and Schwartzman – 7 Films
10 Pegg and Frost – 7 Films
9 Haim and Feldman – 10 Films
8 Stiller and Wilson – 12 Films
7 Rogen and Franco – 10 Films
6 Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau - 13 Films
5 Damon and Affleck – 9 Films
4 John and Joan Cusack – 10 Films
3 Martin and Lewis – 17 Films
2 Sandler and Schneider – 18 Films
1 Abbott and Costello – 36 Films
Though we wanted to keep this modern, we just couldn't ignore the great Abbot and Costello. These two have been in 36 feature films together! More than doubling what Sandler and Schneider have done. The comedy team was first performed together in 1935 on stage, then on the radio in 1938. It was the 1940 film, One Night in the Tropics, that got them started in cinema. Sure, most of these films are technically sequels, but not in the standard sense. Plus, they did at least one film a year for 16 years and, in most of those years, they released several. There will probably never be another partnership like this again, so it's unlikely that this record is ever broken.
Sources: IMDB; HollywoodReporter
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