We have already spend a fair amount of time discussing the kindred spirits that actors and directors can become, forming bromances that can last for up to half a century, but what of actors befriending actors? It seems that while their long-term partnerships aren’t as high-profile as Scorsese and Leo or Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, they’re not to be ignored, because in these instances, you have to deal with both people on screen. So I hope for your sake you don’t love one and hate the other, otherwise you are subjecting yourself to some very conflicting moviegoing experiences.

Here’s the list, friend-o’s.

Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller

These guys have starred in a few movies together, (Zoolander, Starsky and Hutch), but you would be amazed how many other films they’ve just appeared in together, leading me to believe that they both suffer from a cripplingly co-dependent relationship in which they break down in tears if they’re not acting with each other. Just a theory.

Beyond the aforementioned pair of movies, Stiller and Wilson have appeared in the three Meet the Parents films (God willing, there will be no fourth), The Royal Tenenbaums, two Night at the Museums, The Cable Guy, and Permanent Midnight. These guys must really like each other. Either that or they share a really, really, really lazy agent.

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci

Yup. Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Casino. Those were the most high-profile films for the duo, but they could almost be attributed more to Martin Scorsese than the actors. However, they’ve also teamed up in A Bronx Tale, Once Upon A Time In America, and The Good Shepherd. So while they may not have the numbers that the Stiller/Wilson tag team has, they do have a lot more credibility behind their films, even if all but The Good Shepherd are some spin on the mob genre.

Does anyone have a problem with Pesci and De Niro doing a bunch more mob movies? Anyone at all? Didn’t think so.

Matt Damon and George Clooney

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Man, these guys must have really hit it off during that first Ocean’s movie, because since then, they’ve appeared in Syriana, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, where Damon made a brief appearance (alongside Brad Pitt) as a bachelor.

They’ve both been voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” so I assume that most of their conversations have to do with how sexy they are, and how they can raise the bar to be even sexier next year. Oh, to be a fly on the wall for those conversations!

One must wonder if there’s trouble in paradise, though, as Clooney and Damon have worked a whole host of specials, talk shows, and documentaries together, but haven’t been in a feature together since Syriana back in 2005. I hope everything is ok.

Dom Deluise and Burt Reynolds

I didn’t know much about their pairings until I started this list, but it turns out that they were good friends (Who WASN’T Burt good friends with in the 70’s?), and consequently acted in a ton of movies together. Most notably, they starred in Cannonball Run together, but also All Dogs Go to Heaven, Cannonball Run II, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Silent Movie, Smokey and the Bandit II, and The End.

Deluise was rarely the leading man, cause, honestly, who’s gonna upstage Burt? That’s right. No one. Sadly, their ventures together are done, because Deluise passed in 2009, but I’ve got a feeling that All Burt Reynoldses and Dom Deluises Go to Heaven as well, so they’ll reunite whenever Burt Reynolds is done being awesome on this earth.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

These guys are known to be best friends, so it’s pretty unsurprising to see them together; so much so that seeing them on this list is actually a bit of a surprise. How’s that for mindblowing? Anyway, Pegg and Frost have appeared in cult favorites Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead together, but also The Adventures of Tintin, Paul, the trailer Don’t for Grindhouse, and the TV shows Spaced and Big Train.

That’s true love right there, folks. In fact, their co-appearances have become so staid that it’s weird and unpleasant to see one without the other. Which is why he hope U.S. Congress bill H.R. 16211 passes, which would legally obligate these two actors to only appear in films together, because it’s kind of a bummer when there’s one but not the other.

Adam Sandler and Peter Dante/Allen Covert

Many of these pairings are celebrated, but Adam Sandler’s constant use of his buddies in the Happy Madison universe isn’t really taking anyone’s breathe away. These guys have been in pretty much every Adam Sandler film since Big Daddy, including Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Anger Management, and…I don’t really want to keep naming Adam Sandler films. It’s depressing. Almost as depressing as the fact that these guys really have trouble breaking away from Sandler’s golden teat.

Allen Covert was able to score a role in Freaks and Geeks as a Clerk, and on King of Queens in a recurring role, but let’s call a spade a spade. Those two gigs have Sandler’s name all over them.

Peter Dante’s most notable role away from the Sandman was as a cop in the terrible Farrelly brothers film Stuck on You.

Keep challenging yourselves, guys!