Special Report

The Most Iconic Movie Duos of All Time

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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
> Films together: “Pat and Mike,” “Woman of the Year,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”
> Genre: Drama

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn made nine movies together over three decades. They had a relationship off camera – Hepburn said she was “blindingly in love” with Tracy – but they never wed because Tracy, a devout Catholic, was married and would not divorce his wife.

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Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall
> Films together: “The Big Sleep,” “Key Largo” “To Have and Have Not”
> Genre: Drama

The on- and offscreen relationship of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Becall had tongues wagging when they first met in the mid-1940s because of their nearly 25-year age difference. Their relationship became so famous that singer Bertie Higgins sang about it in his song “Key Largo.” They made five movies together and were married for 12 years until Bogart’s death in 1957.

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
> Films together: “Buck Privates,” “The Time of Their Lives,” “Who Done It?”
> Genre: Comedy

Jersey boys Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were Hollywood’s most successful comedy duo in the 1940s, with several wartime-themed films such as “Buck Privates” and “In the Navy,” paranormal send-ups like “The Time of Their Lives,” and a series of films in which the pair meet ghouls such as Dracula and the Wolfman. They’re most famous for their interpretation of the vaudeville routine “Who’s on First?,” performed in the film “The Naughty Nineties.”

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John Wayne and John Ford
> Films together: They worked on 14 films, among them “Stagecoach,” “The Searchers,” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” “The Quiet Man”
> Genre: Western/Drama

John Wayne and John Ford teamed up for 14 films, such as Ford’s homage to Ireland “The Quiet Man” and WWII-themed movies like “The Expendables.” They are most famous for their collaborations on Westerns, however, including the classics “The Searchers” and “Stagecoach.”

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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
> Films together: 16 movies, including “Scared Stiff,” “Hollywood or Bust,” “The Caddy,” “Living it Up”
> Genre: Comedy

The most famous and prolific movie-making comedy team in the 1950s was Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Martin was the suave singer and Lewis was the goofy second banana. They made 16 films before they broke up in 1956.

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