So today marks Best Friends Day in America, the annual celebration of BFFs and close chums whom people couldn't live without. This got us thinking about some of our favourite movie mates who helped pull our central characters through. We've picked five of our favourites.
Ed from Shaun of the Dead
Sure he's lewd, crude and likely to break wind at the most inappropriate moments. But Nick Frost's loveable loser sticks close to the side of Simon Pegg's title character throughout a terrifying zombie outbreak, proving he really is the kind of BFF we'd want by our side.
Megan from Bridesmaids
The rowdy ensemble of Paul Feig's hilarious comedy is more than a tad fractious, with the friendship between Kristen Wiig's Annie and Maya Rudolph's Lillian threatening to break down altogether. But then comes an unlikely intervention from loudmouthed Megan (Melissa McCarthy), who reveals herself to have the biggest heart and most pragmatic outlook of all of them.
Withnail from Withnail and I
This classic British comedy is filled with enough booze to make a stag party blush. Key to its enduring popularity is the terrific, crabby chemistry between stars Richard E. Grant and Pal McGann, two out of work actors who help each other through thick and thin – even if they ultimately have to go their separate ways during the emotional climax.
Spock from Star Trek
What better kind of friend than one who remains steadfastly loyal, cool and level-headed even in the midst of giant space battles? Half-human, half-Vulcan Spock is that person. As embodied by Leonard Nimoy in the original TV series and movies, and Zachary Quinto in the recent reboots, Spock is exactly the kind of BFF brash Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) needs.
Chris from Stand By Me
This timeless coming-of-age tale, adapted from Steven King's short story, is one of the best friendship movies ever made. As a group of pre-adolescent kids head off along the railway tracks to locate a dead body, they approach a crucial turning point in their lives, the glue holding them together being the late River Phoenix's tough but wise and compassionate Chris.
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