This week sees the release of 21 Jump Street, a buddy cop comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Buddy films have been around for a while, dating back to the silent era. In the 30s, Abbott and Costello & Laurel and Hardy were highly popular. The success of the genre eventually led to the popular buddy cop subgenre, starting off with such TV shows as I Spy and Starsky and Hutch.
While the buddy film theme spans several genres, the theme has really made a home in the realm of comedy. Buddy cop movies have become so popular in the world of comedy that they’ve even reached a point of being cliche and extremely formulaic. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty to enjoy, as the subgenre has spawned plenty of hilariously great movies. Today, I’m going to look at the subgenre and pick my top 10 buddy cop comedies.