What actors had the best on-screen chemistry? Many people agreed the top answer should be Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in the Rush Hour trilogy. Surprisingly, the Rush Hour films didn't receive great reviews, but viewers weren't watching for the gripping plot; it's the out-of-this-world bromance between Tucker and Chan. After someone asked a popular online forum, here are the top-voted responses.
1. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender
“X-Men: First Class is one of my favorite comic book movies…although I always have to skip that ‘Hey fellow mutants, let all share our powers, create a mess, and then laugh about it while we proclaim ourselves X-MEN!' scene because it is way too mega turbo cringe,” shared one.
“However, the scenes in which Xavier helps Magneto become more powerful through telepathic therapy also show why Xavier and Charles are like brothers.”
“The bromance between those two is very well done. I have plenty of criticisms of X-Men: First Class, but they handled the relationship between young Xavier and Magneto so well. It took me back to some of the best X-Men comics.”
2. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
“Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are the perfect bromances ever. Chemistry in X-Men was the best,” one stated. Another said, “I wholeheartedly agreed. I missed the launch of this movie and discovered later it existed—one of the best and most surprising watches for sure.”
“I wonder how it didn't make bigger waves for me to notice. Interesting setting, characters, growth, and dynamics/emotions between them. Such a great film.
3. James Garner and Jack Lemmon
“I'll add Jack Lemmon and James Garner in My Fellow Americans from 1996. That movie is horrendously overlooked; one of the best comedies of the 90s. Amazingly, it was also the first time these two worked together, and their chemistry was insane,” one replied.
“That movie is so quotable! I love it. It's the closest thing I have to a hidden gem favorite movie. Here's the pitch for anyone who hasn't seen it: It's a buddy cop movie, but James Garner and Jack Lemmon play ex-presidents. It's also got a young Michael Peña in a scene,” another confirmed.
4. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
One person explained, “I watched Grumpy Old Men with my Abuelo, who was 89 and didn't speak much English. I didn't need to translate much of the plot, though, because once I told him they were two old friends who liked the same girl, he didn't need any more dialogue.”
“We were laughing so hard the entire time. Such great physical comedy and chemistry!” Another added, “Out to Sea is not a comedy classic, but they had that unmistakable chemistry in that movie too. It's still a good movie, and those two had chemistry. They just riffed off each other the entire movie.”
5. Harrison Ford and Sean Connery
“I enjoyed Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in Indiana Jones. Perfect father-son dynamic. Can't believe Connery was only 12 years older in real life,” admitted one.
“Their onscreen chemistry was absolute gold. It worked out so well with their father-son dynamic. Their little back-and-forth quips and eventual overcoming of their long-standing issues save the day. It is tough to fathom that they were only 12 years apart in age while portraying father and son on the big screen.,” another suggested.
A third replied. “The banter and general chemistry were pure awesomeness. I would have loved to see a television show with the pair. But, unfortunately, the father-son duo is now newly retired and handling regular everyday tasks. But because it's Jr and Sr, the bickering and intellectual fencing continue daily.”
6. Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston
“I don't know, perhaps it's my age bias, but the best was Anjelica Huston and Raúl Juliá in The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. Their relationship is amazing,” shared one. “Juliá's Gomez + Huston's Morticia = Best Gomez & Morticia. Of course, Catherine Zeta-Jones is excellent, and Guzman is fine. But Juliá & Huston are my favorites.”
“Raúl Juliá and Anjelica Huston as THE Gomez and Morticia Addams. I understand and respect that they are not the original actors but are the Addams to me. However, how they look at each other makes me wonder how they only had two children,” another confessed.
7. Danny Glover and Mel Gibson
“Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies. I can't believe I had to scroll so far to find this. Adding Joe Pesci in the mix was great, too. They all worked so well together, and it feels like the dialogue I have with family. People who won't shut up and interrupt each other,” someone responded.
“I came here for this! Solely for the fact that there isn't just one film where there is great chemistry; there are four Lethal Weapon movies where their chemistry is just insane. For over ten years, they were killing the buddy cop genre, and I love it,” a second confessed.
8. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny
One person suggested, “So much chemistry that they spawned the original “shipper/shipping” terms! You were either against them romantically- a ‘no romo', or for them romantically- a ‘relationshipper….. shipper'!”
“Shipping originated around 1995 by Internet fans of The X-Files, who believed that the two main characters, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, should be engaged in a romantic relationship. So they called themselves relationshippers at first, then R'shipper, and finally just shipper,” someone informed.
9. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern
“Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern together in Home Alone 1 and 2. They just had amazing chemistry onscreen. I can only imagine how much fun they had together filming these movies. Who cares about that little child terrorist (joking, of course)?”
“Harry and Marv were the stars of the movies for me,” one admitted. Another added, “I knew I'd see this if I scrolled down far enough. Those two were perfectly cast (well, the whole cast was great, to be frank). Check out the deleted scenes. They had a part where they sang about breaking into houses to the tune of Santa Claus is comin' to town.”
10. Paul Newman and Robert Redford
“Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973). Everyone was hoping for a third movie (directed by George Roy Hill), but it never materialized,” someone stated.
“First movie in a theatre I ever saw. I was 10. It captivated me. The Sting is one of my top five all-time favorites.” Another shared, “Director George Roy Hill, with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, worked so well together. It was like that group of friends in high school who always did their school projects together. They should have done another movie, man. They worked so well together.”
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