Martin Scorsese + Leonardo DiCaprio
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Cinematic Collabs: "Gangs of New York", "The Aviator", "The Departed", "Shutter Island" and "The Wolf of Wall Street". Pretty much every, single, great performance DiCaprio has ever given. Why They're Better Together: Another unlikely pairing of an actor and director who can't take credit for each other's success, yet continually churn out amazing, award recognized performances and films. Despite their 32-year age difference something works between Scorsese and DiCaprio. The fact that Scorsese's passion project "Gangs of New York" finally became a feature film reality, because of Leo, is just the cherry on top. Anyone who pays attention will note that the two clearly see themselves as peers and lovers of film even though Martin was directing films before DiCaprio was born. The director spoke to The Guardian in 2006 regarding their age defying relationship saying, "I felt comfortable with the emotional process he was going through, and it reminded me very much of De Niro. It was a different frame of reference: I'm 30 years older, but he approached emotional subjects in a very similar way and he also thinks about life the way I do." Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator" stands out as the pair's best collaboration to date, but last year's "The Wolf of Wall Street" proves that neither is ready to sit down, with DiCaprio unfortunately again taking the role of 'always a bridesmaid, never the bride' at this year's Academy Awards. Other Big Screen BFFs: Scorsese's longstanding partnership with Robert De Niro cannot be denied, but the director's also garnered larger-than-life performances from Daniel Day-Lewis, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci. In a similar fashion, DiCaprio has seen success with other directors (how could an acting talent like that not - right? Leo's performances in "The Great Gatsby", "Inception" and "Titanic" make us eager to see him reunite with Baz Lurhmann, Christopher Nolan and James Cameron respectively.
Tim Burton + Johnny Depp
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Cinematic Collabs: "Ed Wood", "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory", "Edward Scissorhands", "Alice In Wonderland", "Dark Shadows", "Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street", "Sleepy Hollow", "Corpse Bride". Why They're Better Together: Call it "likemindedness" or a desire to bring the unusually bizarre to life, but however you spin it, the cinematic partnership between Depp and Burton is becoming a thing of legend. Sure some of their films aren't our all time favourites, but others, like the cinematic gem called "Edward Scissorhands", have stood the test of time. Not only that, but Depp and Burton share a lot of things in common: a mutual fondness for pale skin and dark humour and a deep love of Helena Bonham Carter that surely make their partnership work. The pair have become an unstoppable force between Depp's charismatic chameleonic on-screen personalities and Burton's particular visual aesthetic. One we hope continues to make films. Other Big Screen BFFs: Helena Bonham Carter. Need we say more?
Bill Murray + Wes Anderson
Cinematic Collabs: "Rushmore", "The Royal Tenenbaums", "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou", "The Darjeeling Limited", "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "Moonrise Kingdom", "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Why They're Better Together: This pairing is hands down the cutest story of the bunch. Wes Anderson is known to have a legit and ever growing list of actors but none mark a defining moment in his career as when he teamed up with Bill Murray. The young director was hesitant to send the legendary actor the script for his sophomore film, approaching Murray even though he thought he didn't have a shot casting the actor. Fortunately Murray's notoriously picky agent was a fan and the rest is history. Murray's the only actor featured in every one of Anderson's films, with his roles varying from leading man "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" and others nothing more than a fleeting cameo as is the case with "The Darjeeling Limited". The two are quick to sing each other's praises with Anderson telling The Guardian, "there's an energy that comes from people who are friends. Whatever chemistry is on set is going to be there in the movie, and you want some electricity that you don't really control. " The actor shared the sentiment telling reporters at a Cannes press conference, "sometimes, when you work with a director you know you not only may never see him again, sometimes you hope you never seen him again. And that goes for the directors as well. They can't wait for you to leave. They drive you to the airport to make sure you leave. That happens. With Wes, I've never gotten a ride to the airport." Other Big Screen BFFs: The Anderson/Murray pairing is hard to beat, with the late Harold Ramis as the only other collaborative force that's strongly impacted Murray's career. Anderson, on the other hand has a growing list of actors who, like Murray, are featured in every film. Luke and Owen Wilson, Angelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Danny Glover, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Schwartzman and the list goes on.
Christopher Nolan + Christian Bale
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Cinematic Collabs: "Batman Begins", "The Dark Knight", "The Dark Knight Rises", "The Prestige" Why They're Better Together: The partnering of Nolan and Bale to resurrect the formerly parodied Batman was, the week's biggest understatement, fortuitous for both. Bale's ability to turn the Dark Knight into a fearsome character, layering Batman's rage under the pretense of a billionaire playboy instead of a superhero with a sizeable codpiece won audiences over and made him a huge star. The same goes for Nolan whose previous indie projects like "Memento" might have won him critical acclaim, but left audiences wanting more. The fact that Nolan loves obsessive characters makes working with Bale, an actor known to throw himself body and soul into a role, a no-brainer. Fans seemingly mourned the pair storing their Batmobiles for an Affleck-sized winter, but we think, much like Damon and Greengrass, a fourth film is not entirely off the table. Other Big Screen BFFs: Bale has had success teaming up with David O. Russell in "American Hustle" while Nolan's bat-supporting cast of Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Cillian Murphy are never more than a phone call away. Also, if Scorsese and DiCaprio ever have a falling out, we have a feeling that basket of eco-friendly mini muffins sitting at Leo's door will be signed Christopher Nolan.
Philip Seymour Hoffman + Paul Thomas Anderson
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Cinematic Collabs: "Hard Eight", "Boogie Nights", "Magnolia", "Punch Drunk Love" and "The Master" Why They Were Better Together: The greatest constant throughout the director's career has been the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The theatre veteran started out with a small role in "Hard Eight" and ended his run with Thomas Anderson with his award nominated role in "The Master". Anderson has said that that role in the film was written for Hoffman, explaining to QuickFlix that in all his years working with the actor, "it never felt satisfying enough" and that working with him in a role that was a much larger scale was a "great way to work." Hoffman told The New York Times that he enjoyed the director's unpredictability saying, "every time I work with him, I'm always surprised, he's allowed himself to go further and not to always think he has the answer." And he divulged to Little White Lies last year that it's really Anderson's friendship that Hoffman appreciated the most. "I've already worked with him enough for a lifetime," the actor said. "In a lot of ways, but I hope we keep working together, I hope I'm still a part of his stories. But if not, then that's okay". The director was such a part of Hoffman's life that he delivered a touching eulogy at the actor's funeral, celebrating his life and quoting him extensively. Other Big Screen BFFs: Hoffman's co-star in "The Master", Joaquin Phoenix had a performance that was just as riveting and has teamed up with the director once again for "Inherent Vice". Bennett Miller's "Capote" won Hoffman an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA for his brilliant performance as writer Truman Capote.
Uma Thurman + Quentin Tarantino
Cinematic Collabs: "Pulp Fiction", "Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2" Why They're Better Together: A good example of a great director/actor collaboration is finding someone who'll kill for you (on screen of course) and in the case of Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino, that's exactly what the eccentric director got. Tarantino unleashed 88 henchmen, literally on his muse (who had recently given birth no less) and she took them down one by one, leaving eyeballs and jaws dropping in her wake. Other Big Screen BFFs: Tarantino has a special speed dial of some of Hollywood's best character actors that he calls on for almost every film. His list includes the likes of Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Eli Roth and Michael Madsen.
Alfred Hitchcock + Jimmy Stewart
Cinematic Collabs: "Rear Window", "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "Vertigo" Why They're Better Together: There are times when directors let their actors do exactly what they do, but then there are times when directors take an actor and turn their performance on its Hollywood sized head and that's precisely what happened when Alfred Hitchcock got his hands on Jimmy Stewart. Spending most of his Hollywood life embodying the stereotypical American man, Hitchcock suggested that Stewart take on a different approach allowing the actor to play the bad influence on screen. Stewart took the challenge and ran with it, giving us some of Hitchcock's finest films. Other Big Screen BFFs: Hitchcock, not unlike modern day directors, had his favourites: directing multiple films starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly stating that Grant was "the only actor [he] ever loved in his whole life."
Richard Linklater + Ethan Hawke
Cinematic Collabs: "Before Midnight," "Before Sunset", "Before Sunrise" and "Boyhood" Why They're Better Together: Linklater and Hawke have been working together since 1995 and in their long run have transformed the way audiences watch movies. Known for setting his films in a 24 hour period, Linklater enlisted a post "Reality Bites" Ethan Hawke to be his leading man in a film that would eventually become a poignant trilogy about finding love in the most unsuspecting of places. Like other pairs on this list, Linklater and Hawke shared award nominated writing duties for two of the three "Before" films with Hawke's co-star Julie Delphy. The two recently made cinematic history debuting "Boyhood", a film they shot over the span of 11 years, telling the story of a growing boy and his sister. The film premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. Other Big Screen BFFs: Hawke's breakthrough performance came from Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society" with brilliant follow-up performances in "Reality Bites" and of course his on-screen criminal chemistry with Denzel Washington (thanks to director Antoine Fuqua) in "Training Day".
Edgar Wright + Simon Pegg
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Cinematic Collabs: "Shaun Of The Dead", "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" Why They're Better Together: A chance meeting on a Paramount comedy channel series called "Asylum," and a stint directing 14 episodes of "Spaced" started Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's bromance that has blossomed into three solidly funny feature films. When Wright felt it was time to direct his first feature film, "Shaun of the Dead", there was no one else he wanted in front of the camera, or to help him pen the screenplay for that matter, than Simon Pegg. The first film of their self-proclaimed "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy", two other films followed: "Hot Fuzz" and the sci-fi ode "The World's End". Part of what makes these two such a powerful force on the big screen is that Pegg both stars in and co-pens each film, making the scripts powerful and leaves fans wondering just how much of the Pegg/Wright dynamic is built into the on-screen relationship between Simon Pegg and co-star Nick Frost. Speaking to that dynamic, the Cornetto Triology wouldn't be half of what we love it for without the magical relationship between Frost and Pegg, and Wright for that matter. This duo is actually a trio. As fans we're hoping that the Cornetto Triology gets a reprise, as we fear the future of horror/action/sci-fi comedies without them. Other Big Screen BFFs: Pegg has seen success acting in films directed by J.J. Abrams (see the "Star Trek" reboot) and as we mentioned before, as much as the Pegg does on screen in Wright's films, the duo would cease to be as funny without Nick Frost, Wright's on-screen stand in.
Michael Fassbender + Steve McQueen
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Cinematic Collabs: "Hunger", "Shame" and "12 Years A Slave" Why They're Better Together: We thought it would be a little unprofessional of us to simply say that Steve McQueen gave us Fassbender and his, ahem, physical commitment to the film in "Shame". So we'll elaborate. Well-known British artist Steve McQueen had never worked with actors before making "Hunger", the 2008 film about the IRA hunger-striker Bobby Sands, but caught himself up quick casting a then relatively untapped star in Michael Fassbender. The director told The Guardian what it was like working with the actor, who fasted for 10 weeks to recreate Sands' gaunt frame. "He committed totally to the part, and I think it changed him somehow. He became very inward, very philsophical. At one point he became like Bob Marley in a way, philosophizing about the meaning of life and s**t," McQueen said. And after that, the two "formed a language, very quickly," the director later told Collider. That language manifested itself into the duo's second film "Shame", a film about a sex addict in New York, a role he wrote for Fassbender to play. By the time they shot it, the two had formed an almost wordless telepathy that McQueen has likened to falling in love telling The Playlist, "when it happens, you hold on to it, and it's something I'm grateful to have."And the sentiment is not lost on Fassbender, who gushed about finding his director at the premiere of "Shame" saying, "when I was 17 and I started off doing this, my dream was to meet a director and to have a relationship with the director like Scorsese/De Niro, Lumet/Pacino. That would be the ultimate, to have a collaboration like that and to be on a wavelength that powerful with somebody, and that's why I was so lucky to find Steve with 'Hunger'." When a director says that the relationship you share is "one of the most important relationships he's had in his life," you know it's a great partnership.
Penelope Cruz + Pedro Almodovar
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Cinematic Collabs: "Volver", "Broken Embraces", "All About My Mother" Why They're Better Together: This is an easy one. Almodovar loves strong female characters, Cruz loves playing them. Almodovar found a void in his work after a falling out with actress Carmen Maura in the early '90s, but fortunately for the director (and us) he would spot a 17-year-old Penelope Cruz in Bigas Luna's "Jamon Jamon". As it turns out Cruz was just as much of fan of the director as he became of her with the actress saying, "he changed the way I looked at the world before I even knew him." The actress was briefly featured in 1997's "Live Flesh", but two years later, the actress nabbed the role of a young HIV-positive nun pregnant by the now-deceased Lola in "All About My Mother". After that, Hollywood finally dialed into Cruz's talents, which broke up her allegiance to Almodovar, but the two swiftly reunited for "Volver" in 2007 and "Broken Embraces" in 2009 but passed on a role in "The Skin I Live In" to co-star with Johnny Depp in the fourth "Pirates" film. Castillian heritage and sense of humour clearly isn't all that they share. A mentor in her professional life, Almodovar is also a force in her private life, opening up to GQ about their almost sexual chemistry, saying "the desire was controllable in the sense that I don't usually have sexual relationships with women, but we did both feel the desire was present. Penelope was aware of it and we talked about it," describing their relationship to the Guardian as "a couple who don't sleep together." Other Big Screen BFFs: Almodovar should keep his eyes peeled for Woody Allen, who's collaborated with Cruz in "Vicky, Christina Barcelona", a role that won the actress an Oscar and "To Rome With Love". Cruz needn't worry about her predecessor, Carmen Maura, the actress also starred in "Volver" proving that Almodovar can keep both of his leading ladies happy.
Matt Damon + Paul Greengrass
Cinematic Collabs: "The Bourne Supremacy", "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Green Zone". Why They're Better Together: Nothing feels better when you're a director than a mega A-List star saying he (or she) will not even consider starring in a franchise that made them famous unless you're behind the camera. This is the case with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon. Thanks to Greengrass, the "Bourne" franchise narrowly missed being put on indefinite hiatus and Damon's career blossomed into what it is today. Fans of the books might have heard Damon's sigh of relief when the director gave the franchise a POV and a more streamlined story. Ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky east river at the end of "The Bourne Ultimatum" fans have been desperate for another film. And with "The Bourne Legacy", starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Tony Gilroy, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films, and Damon's follow-up projects not really getting him the same critical acclaim it seems like there>s no better time than the present. Other Go-Tos: Greengrass, who was a TV journalist, recently teamed up with Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips" last year and audiences ate it up. Bourne fans we sure are dying for Damon to tell Hanks he's the captain of the Greengrass ship.
David Fincher + Brad Pitt
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Cinematic Collabs: "Se7en", "Fight Club" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Why They're Better Together: As great as he is on screen, what really makes Brad Pitt shine is that he seems to always find projects that are just gritty enough to make us stand up and take notice. Case in point? "Se7en" and "Fight Club", two films he teamed up with famously dark and gritty director David Fincher for. Pitt's perfect features don't hurt, keeping him likeable on screen when he might be walking a thin moral line. The two are reportedly attached to a new project called "Black Hole", so a creative reunion might not be far off. Other Big Screen BFFs: Fincher has a knack for bringing some of Hollywood's darkest performances. Jake Gyllenhaal in "Zodiac", Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network" and Rooney Mara for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" come to mind, not to mention the level of excitement with which we have to hold back on the daily for "Gone Girl". Pressure's on Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Unlike a couple of people on this list (ahem DiCaprio and Depp) Pitt's best performances have come from a variety of directors. Bennett Miller brought out his serious, and Academy Award worthy side in "Moneyball", "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" directed by Andrew Dominik and who can forget his breakout performance in "Twelve Monkeys", directed by Terry Gillian? That being said, we still think that Pitt's best can be found in the dark nether regions of Fincher's films.
Antoine Fuqua + Denzel Washington
Cinematic Collabs: "Training Day" and "The Equalizer" Why They're Better Together: If "The Equalizer" dominating at the box office is any indication, Washington and Fuqua make an unstoppable force. The film is based on the TV series of the same name, but the "Training Day" pair have clearly put their own spin on the story. With Fuqua as the force behind Washington's second Oscar and rumours circulating that a sequel might be in the future after the successful box office weekend, we can only hope that these two team up again soon. Other Big Screen BFFs: The only other director who could rival Fuqua's relationship with Washington would be Spike Lee. The famed director has teamed up with Washington for the biopic "Malcolm X", "Mo' Better Blues" and most recently "Inside Man".
Jennifer Lawrence + David O. Russell
Cinematic Collabs: "Silver Linings Playbook", "American Hustle" and the upcoming "Joy". Why They're Better Together: Other than the obvious fact that the majority of Lawrence's acting accolades have come from Russell's films, the two seem to have their feature film game figured out. Lawrence was a blockbuster star before she teamed up with Russell, but after two Oscar-recognized films, we're hoping this pair continues to make movies. Jennifer will again act as David's muse in their latest project "Joy", a film about a single mom who invented the miracle mop and became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs. If this has a certain "Erin Brockovich" smell to it, it's a good thing, believe us. Other Big Screen BFFs: It's no coincidence that the pair's award recognition also teamed them up with the force that is Bradley Cooper.
Ryan Gosling + Nicholas
Cinematic Collabs: "Drive", "Only God Forgives" Why They're Better Together: Ryan Gosling has made some great films, but none he's as passionate about as his work with Winding Refn. Telling the world what we already know, the director shared his thoughts on working with the young star to TotalFilm.com saying, "when you work again and again with the same people, there is a very intimate connection between you. Ryan Gosling is the f**king best." With the actor dishing to IndieWIRE about the pair's mutual appreciation society, "I've been doing this for 20 years. At a certain point you have to put your trust in somebody if you want to have a different kind of experience other than trying to sort of hijink someone else's vision in order to realize your own."Other Big Screen BFFs: As we mentioned, Gosling has had his fair share of knockout performances on the big screen. Derek Cianfrance brings out a moody side to Gosling that other directors can't seem to understand. His characters in "Blue Valentine" and "The Place Beyond The Pines" are complex, dark and probably fun for Gosling to play. Not to mention, we'll never tire of Gosling on screen with a guitar. The actor's only Academy Award nomination (this doesn't seem right) was for "Half Nelson", directed by Ryan Fleck, one of his earlier films, but a performance not to be missed. Whereas Winding Refn is quick to cast Mads Mikkelsen in his bloodier films, which if you've seen "Drive" is saying something.
David Cronenberg + Viggo Mortensen
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Cinematic Collabs: "A History Of Violence", "Eastern Promises", "A Dangerous Method" Why They're Better Together: Step aside Robert Pattinson. The secret to Cronenberg and Mortensen working so well as a director/actor pair is simple. The pair share a sort of mutual admiration you don't find in Hollywood these days. "David's the Academy's invisible man. He's the most talented invisible man in Hollywod, if you will," Mortensen has said of Cronenberg in 2001, speaking to the fact that the Canadian director is most consistently snubbed come Hollywood award season. The great director's been snubbed by the Academy since forever, but that hasn't stopped him from making some gritty dramas with the former Aragorn. In fact, while at the ET Canada Festival Central Lounge this year, we had the pleasure of hosting the dynamic duo at the same time, and Cronenberg couldn't help but gush over his favourite leading man.Other Big Screen BFFs: Cronenberg has taken Robert Pattinson under his wing lately, casting him in "Cosmopolis" and this year's "Maps To The Stars", and let's not forget about the success Mortensen saw playing Aragorn in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy.
Russell Crowe + Ridley Scott
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Cinematic Collabs: "Gladiator", "Body of Lies" and "American Gangster" Why They're Better Together: When your first film together is the masterpiece that "Gladiator" is, you get a hint that you've hit the directorial jackpot. This is the case for Russell Crowe, who for better or for worse can't seem to shake his longtime collaborator Ridley Scott. The gruff Aussie and legendary director have a bromance that's hard to beat with the duo acting more like siblings then colleagues on set. "They absolutely adore one another," Cate Blanchett said. The actress witnessed the relationship first-hand on the set of "Robin Hood" adding, "they wrestle one another and sometimes one wins and the other will say, 'I'll win next time.'" Other Big Screen BFFs: If you want to get into the action movie game, Scott is your one and only source with a resume that boasts some of the best action flicks ever made, not to mention a speed dial list that could rival Tom Cruise's. But that being said, Crowe's performances away from Scott's films haven't been too shabby either. The actor was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Michael Mann's "The Insider" and as well Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind", picking up the Golden Globe and SAG for his portrayal of John F. Nash.
George Clooney + Steven Soderbergh
Cinematic Collabs: "Ocean's Eleven", "Ocean's Twelve", "Ocean's Thirteen", "Solaris", "Out of Sight" Why They're Better Together: Six films, one of which was Jennifer Lopez's best big screen role, and a 14-year-old production company called Section Eight Productions are just a couple of things that Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney have in common. Other Big Screen BFFs: This pairing>s a tricky one considering Clooney and Soderbergh haven't actually teamed up on the big screen since "Ocean's Thirteen" in 2007. The reason for that is that Soderbergh apparently found a couple of other muses in Matt Damon and Channing Tatum. Matt Damon was a part of the Clooney/Soderbergh partnership through the "Ocean's" trilogy, but really shone in Soderbergh's "The Informant!" (not to mention the near-career best performance in the TV movie "Behind The Candelabra"). And Tatum's no slouch on the Soderbergh front either, with the young star starring in three films helmed by the director in three years, "Haywire", "Magic Mike" and "Side Effects". It's a shame that Channing's relationship with Soderbergh will be taking a hit, as the director has stepping away from the camera for the stripper sequel. Meanwhile, George seems to be partnering up with another director as of late. He goes by the name of George Clooney.
Adam McKay + Will Ferrell
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Cinematic Collabs: "Step Brothers", "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby", "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy", "The Other Guys", "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" Why They're Better Together: From everything we've read, it seems as though Will Ferrell works the same way a Rhinoceros would at the African Lion Safari, in that to see the beast, you need to trust that he's not going to overturn over your car. And just like that Rhino, it's a good idea to always have a dart gun at the ready. If Will Ferrell is the beast, Adam McKay is the beast master, with the ability to get the best out of Ferrell allowing the actor enough space to work his unique way through the script, but not to let him go completely bananas. Other Big Screen BFFs: Some of Ferrell's best characters have actually blossomed outside of McKay's direction. The actor was great in "Elf", "Zoolander" and "Stranger Than Fiction", (directed by Jon Favreau, Ben Stiller and Marc Forster respectively) but it's tough to beat the legend that is Ron Burgundy.
Tom Hanks + Steven Speilberg
Cinematic Collabs: "Saving Private Ryan", "Catch Me If You Can", "The Terminal" Why They're Better Together: These two are a bit of an enigma in the director/actor pairing world considering they were both on their way in their career before they teamed up for feature film fame. Spielberg seems to understand how to rework Hanks> nervous energy into a great performance on screen, and the actor shares similar nuances with another one of Spielberg's longtime stars, Richard Dreyfuss who starred in one of Spielberg's earliest films "Jaws". Other Big Screen BFFs: Hanks picked up an Oscar for his role as Forrest Gump and brought us to tears acting opposite a volleyball in "Cast Away" under the watchful eye of Robert Zemeckis' and became the king of romcoms with Nora Ephron. As previously mentioned, Spielberg directed Richard Dreyfuss on multiple occasions, and had a hand in making whips sexy, directing Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the three films (we're not going to bring up that last one).
James Cameron + Arnold Schwarzenegger
Cinematic Collabs: "The Terminator", "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" and "True Lies". Why They're Better Together: After they got over the fact that the sunglasses and biker jacket were originally given to Lance Henriksen, the two collaborated to make one of the baddest cyborgs ever to hit the big screen. Apparently, the two also share a mean work ethic. Other Big Screen BFFs: Schwarzenegger's work apart from his collaborations with Cameron have, for lack of a better way to put this, filled with peck flexes and cheesy one-liners that will stand the test of time. These include, not in any particular order: "End of Days," "Batman & Robin" and the governorship of California, but not all is lost when Schwarzenegger takes direction from someone else. The Governator's foray into comedy with the Ivan Reitman helmed "Twins" and "Kindergarten Cop" weren't too shabby. As far as Cameron goes, there's a little film called "Titanic" that brought people to the box office in droves and let's not forget that Cameron was the force behind his tag team of Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in "Avatar" that didn't do too badly either.