The 22 Best Bromances in Movies & TV
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We’re officially in the Age of the Bromance, celebrating a deep, platonic love between two or more male characters in movies and TV.
11. Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World
It was a bromance so popular it stretched beyond television sets on Saturday Night Live and turned itself into a comedy classic for the silver screen. The movie explores what happens when Wayne and Garth’s bromance is tested by sudden fame, money and a new relationship for Wayne. And their friendship fell apart, right? Sh’yeah, as if!
10. Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber
You would think that the fact that they’re both incredibly dumb and immature would just fuse them together in this unshakable blind-faith-based bro-bond. But it doesn’t. Their friendship goes through ups and downs like everyone else’s. (Well, not exactly like everyone: Not everyone poisons their best friend because of sexual jealousy.) They both seem to still understand what it is they want, need and expect from their bromance. More than that, they have no problem enforcing those needs. And though they take extreme measures like poisoning and walking away from each other, they always seem to get back together.
9. Dean and Castiel from Supernatural
“I am the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition.” It’s Castiel’s first line and how he introduces himself to his brand-new bestie: Dean Winchester. How could anyone not want to be bros with this guy after he literally saves them from Hell? Since then, Dean and Castiel have embarked on a bromance that is at times truly brotherly and sometimes mostly brotherly with not-so-platonic-kind-of-romantic undertones. It really is the bromance that launched thousands of Tumblr gifs and fan-fics. It’s a beautiful friendship between a human and an angel, that millions of fans would never want to see end.
8. Michael and Dwight from The Office
If you somehow weren’t aware of Michael and Dwight’s intense bromance over the last nine years or if you were mistaken and just thought Dwight just likes to be an insufferable brown-noser to his superiors, just know you were wrong and that’s okay. Just watch the following, most emotional “that’s what she said” you’ll ever see in life and then, we promise you’ll begin to understand the beauty of Michael and Dwight’s bromance.
7. Will and Chuckie from Good Will Hunting
Will and Chuckie just seem like a couple of fun guys from the neighborhood. And then you find out one of them a genius who has a chance to make something of himself and get out of said neighborhood. And like many of the other characters you root for Will, you even get sort of annoyed with him for resisting and downplaying his own gifts. Chuckie gets how we feel. Because you see, beyond all of surface-level aspects of their friendship: the drinking, the ball-busting etc. they really are two guys that care about each other. Guys that would defend each other. Guys, like Chuckie, that would give up a wicked awesome bromance, if it meant giving their bro a shot at a better life. (Of course the reward is eventually becoming Batman).
6. Troy and Abed from Community
It’s a bromance with limitless creativity. Because of Troy and Abed, there have been music videos, a morning-news show, and even a campus-wide pillow fort town. Every time they get together, we benefit from few minutes of hilarity. What’s not to love about their bro-love? What’s most fascinating about them is that they don’t need much to create such epic adventures for themselves. They just need each other.
5. Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story
In competing for their human’s love, they find a bromance with each other. And they needed that because humans come and humans go to college or run off for other non-toy-related reasons. It is because they have each other that they are able to ultimately accept it when Andy leaves them for good with Bonnie.
4. Andy and Red from The Shawshank Redemption
What was so moving about The Shawshank Redemption was after everything Andy and Red had been through, after all of the traumas and the losses they suffered in their lives, they still were able to grab a bit of solace and rest for themselves and that they found that in each other, in a strong, seemingly unbreakable friendship with each other. The two men had lost so much time, so much of their lives to the prison system, you just wanted them to be able to keep the one thing (besides their wits) that allowed them to survive, to keep their humanity and love (and yes, hope) for life intact. They could have ended up hopeless and lonely like Brooks, but they didn’t. And that was because of their friendship.
3. Kirk and Spock from Star Trek
Star Trek is already one of those shows that has legions of fans obsessing over it, but then it had one of the earliest sci-fi bromances that people couldn’t and still can’t stop talking about—between Spock and Capt. Kirk. The bromance that has sparked all sorts of fan fiction worldwide was between a human and a half-Vulcan/half-human. One was known to fly off the handle and other for his sometimes infuriating adherence to the use of logic at all times. It’s like The Odd Couple meets Lethal Weapon meets space. And you loved it. We all did.
2. Turk and J.D. from Scrubs
It’s guy love, between two guys. They met as college roommates and have been inseparable ever since. Turk and J.D. are so close that their significant others even became besties. Theirs is an epic bromance,that has been sung about, given nicknames (Vanilla Bear and Chocolate Bear) and even made a reality outside of the show, as the actors who play Turk and J.D., Donald Faison and Zach Braff, respectively, are best friends in real life.
1. Joey and Chandler from Friends
They’re not the earliest bromance. Nor are they the most recent. But they are the most lovable. On the surface they just look like two 20-somethings living together. But their bromance blends together and brings out many different types of love from each of them: brotherly (both of them), paternal (mostly Chandler) or that almost-but-not-quite-romantic-soulmates kind of love (mostly Joey). They’re just there for each other and it’s not a love that can be quantifiable. You can’t just make a pro/con list about them. Okay, Ross? All we really know is that when their bromance started, their bond really solidified early on over a shared love of Baywatch and recliners. That’s all it took. A simple, bro-beginning to the bromance of a lifetime. (Also, foosball and a couple of birds played a part.)