When it comes to casting, it is one of the most important aspects of making a good movie idea great.
Bad casting can ruin even the greatest of scripts, directions and storytelling. But, when it works... it is explosive. Here are 17 movies that featured two performers paired to perfection.
Click through and discover the 17 movie pairings that are nothing short of being movie dream teams.
1. Jeff Bridges & John Goodman
Jeff Bridges' The Dude and John Goodman's Walter Sobchak could not have been more polar opposites. But, there was something truly awesome when the two appeared together in one of the Coen brothers' greatest.
2. Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are so fantastic together, that the pair will likely be joined at the hip as Oscar winners.
3. Mel Gibson & Danny Glover
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were so terrific together, Lethal Weapon produced four sequels! Even if Gibson acted crazy, we never felt that Glover was "too old for this... "
4. Eddie Murphy & Nick Nolte
There was something truly unique about the pairing of Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. In real life, Murphy was an up-and-coming comic and Nolte was the hardened vet. It worked off and onscreen!
5. Keanu Reeves & Sandra Bullock
When Sandra Bullock took the wheel to that speeding bus with Keanu Reeves helping her along the way, a movie dream team was born.
6. Keanu Reeves & Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swazye as an extreme sports loving, bank robbing ring leader and Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent trying to bust him? Yes, please!
7. Robert De Niro & Charles Grodin
By pairing the neurotic Charles Grodin with the bombastic Robert De Niro, Midnight Run could have had us running much longer than the movie's running time.
8. Dustin Hoffman & Robert Redford
Can you imagine anyone else playing Woodward and Bernstein other than Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman? Hardly! The two brought home the Watergate scandal in the most astounding of ways.
9. Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were unforgettable in Thelma and Louise. Because of their uncanny casting, we were truly dropping our jaws when the two ultimately met their fate.
10. Paul Newman & Robert Redford
Besides having two of the best looking guys working in Hollywood at the time, the chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford was irresistible. They would make other films together, but none had the electricity that these two emitted in Butch Cassidy.
11. John Candy & Steve Martin
As mismatched traveling partners forced to try to make it home for the holidays, John Candy and Steve Martin made us laugh... but they also made us truly care about these two.
12. Edward Norton & Brad Pitt
Sure, we find out later that something is a little off in Edward Norton's mind, but while we're watching Brad Pitt and him battle it out in the flesh, it is pure perfection.
13. Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi
Audiences had anything but the blues when John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd took their Saturday Night Live creation to the big screen.
14. Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy created heat, and therefore The Heat did too.
15. Dustin Hoffman & Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise had his hardened exterior melted by Dustin Hoffman's special needs brother he never knew existed until he went home for his father's funeral. And our hearts melted in the process.
16. John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson
Sure, the Quentin Tarantino written banter was astounding. But as delivered by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction became a classic.