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Vitriolic Best Buds: Film
  • Forrest Gump doesn't see it but Lt. Dan has a lot of anger towards him and generally treats him with contempt. But underneath it is an appreciation that Forrest holds no grudges and will do anything to help a person in need. By the end there is no doubt they are best friends.
  • 90% of The Hidden Fortress consist of Tahei and Matashichi arguing with each other.
  • Veronica and her dad in Heathers.
  • The two main characters from Planes Trains And Automobiles, who form an Odd Couple.
  • Grumpy Old Men is based on a variant of this trope.
  • Gran Torino has Walt and his friend the barber.
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has Harry and Perry. Harry is sure that Perry is really his friend, and somehow ends up being right. Harry would give as good as he gets, except he's a colossal ditz and no-one can out-insult Gay Perry anyway.
  • The Boys in the Band. Michael and Harold. While it isn't clear they are best friends, two moments reveal their deep relationship: Michael's gift to Harold, and Harold's quiet assurance after giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech "I'll call you tomorrow."
  • Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, both in their "Road" pictures and in cameos in other films.
  • In Calamity Jane, Jane and Bill think they have this going on. At the end, they realize it was actually Belligerent Sexual Tension all along.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Will Turner and Jack Sparrow. The principled blacksmith and scheming pirate are frequently at loggerheads, but in the first movie Will risks everything to rescue Jack from the gallows, and in the third, Jack sacrifices immortality to save Will's life.
    • Jack and Barbossa begin to show shades of this in On Stranger Tides.
  • In Made, the two main characters are best friends from high school, but they bicker almost nonstop due to Bobby's short temper and conservative approach in contrast to Ricky's loud, reckless and unreliable personality.
  • Star Wars:
  • In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Legolas and Gimli are portrayed in this manner. Basically Legolas is Bugs Bunny and Gimli is Daffy Duck. As much as Gimli was exasperated by Legolas and as often as Legolas would act smarmy towards Gimli, the two always ended up being there for each other. This is an exaggeration of a similar relationship in the books.
    Gimli: "Never thought I'd die fighting side by side with an Elf."
    Legolas: "What about side by side with a friend?"
    Gimli: "Aye. I could do that."
  • Sam French and Jake Wyer in 50/50 have this in spades, although Jake likes to pretend he can't stand Sam.
  • Dante and Randall from Clerks. They both argue about things all the time and snark at each other (especially Randall, who seems to enjoy messing with Dante), but when it's all said and done, the two are almost inseparable buddies. Jay and silent Bob have a similar dynamic, except Jay does most of the talking and Silent Bob ignores it with an air of sarcasm, despite not saying anything.

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