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  • Sab21
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    #194499

    Which “duo performances” are your favorite ones? The actors don’t have to be the leads in their movies, but I’d say they should be seen some time together on screen.

    My favorites (those that came to my mind right now): 
     
    Vivien Leigh & Clark Gable – Gone in the Wind
    Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman – Casablanca
    Gloria Swanson & William Holden – Sunset Boulevard
    Humphrey Bogart & Katharine Hepburn – The African Queen
    Vivien Leigh & Marlon Brando – A Streetcar Named Desire
    Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine – The Apartment
    Peter O’Toole & Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter 
    Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep – Kramer vs. Kramer
    Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs
    Anthony Hopkins & Emma Thompson – The Remains of the Day
    Nicolas Cage & Elisabeth Shue – Leaving Las Vegas
    Susan Sarandon & Sean Penn – Dead Man Walking
    Kevin Spacey & Annette Bening – American Beauty
    Sissy Spacek & Tom Wilkinson – In the Bedroom
    Bill Murray & Scarlett Johansson – Lost in Translation
    Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal – Brokeback Mountain
    Judi Dench & Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
    Meryl Streep & Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
    Joaquin Phoenix & Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

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    salvador
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    #194501

    Amazing list! I would add:

    Woody Allen & Diane Keaton – Annie Hall

    Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke – Before Sunset (has there ever been more on-screen chemistry??)

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    AMG
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    Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson – Her. I mean, you don’t even see one of them at all, and they are compelling to watch together.

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    drenja
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    #194503

    Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro “Awakenings”
    Paul Newman and Robert Redfort “Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid” and “The Sting”
    John Voight and Dustin Hoffman “Midnight Cowboy” 

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    Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis (“Thelma & Louise”) and Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio (“Titanic”).

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    Emmys2011
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    #194505

    Of the top of my head: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are one of the most effective in Virginia Woolf.

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    babypook
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    #194506

    Agree with all of the above mentions!

    Will add:

    Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Sleuth

    Patty Duke, Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker

    Barbara Hershey, David Carradine, Boxcar Bertha

    Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard, The Right Stuff

    Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Death Becomes Her (as well as almost all of her perfs with costars in them…lol)

    Tony Leung, Wei Tang, Se, jei

    Ethan Hawke, Jed, White Fang (and Denzel Washington Training Day)

    Robert Redford, Paul Newman, The Sting AND Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

    Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters

    Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption

    Ralph Fiennes, Jennifer Lopez, Maid in Manhattan….kidding, kidding.

    And many others as always.

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    Macbeth
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    #194507

    I honestly have to say, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were the greatest on-screen pair ever. Jack was spectacular at forming chemistry with absolutely anyone (which is why he’s the greatest actor of all time), and his pairings with Shirley MacLaine (in The Apartment) and Tony Curtis (in Some Like It Hot) are iconic and brilliant, but no one could match Jack quite like Walter. 

    They made several films together, and every single one of them, from the iconic The Odd Couple to the fun Grumpy Old Men, they had a spark never matched in cinema before. Both were brilliant actors on their own, but together they were something otherworldly. I know this isn’t exactly what the question is asking, but if I have to choose their best collaboration, it would have to be their first, The Fortune Cookie, which was just amazing.  

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    Maggie Smith/Judi Dench – Tea with Mussolini/The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Cate Blanchett/Judi Dench – Notes on the Scandal
    Johnny Depp/Helena Bomnham Carter – Tim Burton opus
    Tom Hanks/Leonardo DiCaprio – Catch me if you can

    Lately… 

    Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence – this might be the closest to great onscreen couple we have right now

     

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    #194509

    Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft – The Graduate, Mike Nichols
    Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway – Chinatown, Roman Polanski
    Liv Ullman & Bibi Andersson – Persona, Ingmar Bergman

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    #194510

    Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. I would have given them Oscar nominations based on their iconic chemistry and performances in this. If they gave Diane Keaton an Oscar for Annie Hall, why didn’t they give attention to the most adorable, funny, heartwarming, and pitch perfect couple out there today?

    It also will forever upset me Meg Ryan isn’t an Oscar nominee. Yes she didn’t break plates, get abused, or have a husband with a life threatening disease in most of her movies, but she was great in every single one of her movies during her primetime. I mean she was the best part of romantice comedies in the 80s and 90s. Why Julia Roberts turned out to have a better career than Meg Ryan, kinda baffles me, but anyway I am done with this rant.

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    #194511

    The above plus

    Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy from Woman of the Year to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

    Red Buttons & Miyoshi Umeki in Sayonara

    Barbra Streisand & Robert Redford in The Way We Were

    Shirley MacLaine & Jack Nicholson in Terms of Endearment

    Marlon Brando & Rod Steiger in On The Waterfront

    Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca

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    #194512

    Streisand and Redford in TWWW.. Bancroft with MacLaine in The Turning Point.. Bancroft with Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker… Bancroft and Hoffman in The Graduate.. Taylor and Burton in Virginia Woolf.. Taylor and Clift in a Place in the Sun.. Hoffman and Voigt in Midnight Cowby.. Kate Hepburn and o’Toole in Lion in Winter… Yule Brynner and Deborah Kerr in The King and I .. Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty in Reds.. Keaton and Nicholson in Something’s Gotta Give.. Fonda and Redgrave in Julia..Streep and Hoffman in Kramer vs Kramer.. Streep and Eastwood in Bridges.. I can go on and on and these are just leads

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    #194513

    John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction

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    #194514

    Agree with many of the duos mentioned above esp. Voight and Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy

    Also:
    Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
    Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story 
    Alien & Predator (just kiddin’!)
           

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