The Best On-Screen Duos In Film

The only thing that’s better than having one great character to love is being graced with a dynamic duo. These are the characters that are stuck together like glue, sharing almost every scene, and gaining the affection of the audience. They can serve a variety of purposes such as providing comic relief, adding tension, moving the plot forward, and much more. These are characters like Woody and Buzz or Thelma and Louise, whose storylines are intertwined with one another and the film wouldn’t be as effective without. Here are the most iconic duos in film.

Andy Dufresne And Ellis “Red” Redding: The Shawshank Redemption

Andy and Red talking on benches
Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures

After Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is wrongly sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife, he befriends contraband smuggler Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman). The film follows Andy’s years in prison as well as his friendship with Red, which develops over a series of decades.

Even behind the grim walls of Shawshank Penitentiary, Andy and Red’s relationship is comforting, although though the pair are both serving life sentences, an impressive feat. The film went on to earn seven Academy Award nominations with audiences still holding back their tears at the film’s ending.