We all enjoy watching films that feature a good on-screen chemistry between the characters, such as Batman and Robin, Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber), and Harrison Ford and Sean Connery (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). Those are all great movies in their own right, but what are the great on-screen duos in the new millennium? I’ve come up with a batch of on-screen collaborations that are undeniably the best of the best, and they all are from films that opened in 2000 or later. These are 10 of the greatest on-screen duos of this millennium – Enjoy…

Christian Bale and Michael Caine (The Dark Night)

The Dark Night (2008) is ranked as the top-rated film of the new millennium by IMBd.com and for good reason. The on-screen performances of Christian Bale as Batman, and Michael Caine as Alfred, were spectacular. They also both appeared in the 2006 flick The Prestige. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Stepbrothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) Comedy king Will Ferrell can make pretty much any movie funny, but with John C. Reilly at his side, the two make an undeniably hilarious duo that are a perfect match for each other. In 2006’s Talladega Nights, Ferrell and Reilly both play NASCAR drivers that are buddies and teammates. Due to the great popularity of their 2006 collaboration, Ferrell and Reilly were at it again in Stepbrothers in 2008, which was an equally successful movie at the box office that featured the pair as dueling 40-something year old stepbrothers – How can that plot not be funny!?! Don’t be surprised if you see this duo appear again on-screen in the near future.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy)

These two British born actors collaborated in several movies as part of their so-called Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, aka. Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. The first of which is an unforgettable romantic zombie comedy called Shaun of the Dead (2004). After carving out a brand new movie genre with this movie, the duo followed it up with Hot Fuzz in 2007, which grossed over $80 million before being released to DVD. The final chapter in the trilogy is not released as of this writing but it will reportedly be called The World’s End – and will no doubt be a hit in both the UK and US.

Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan (Rush Hour)

This unlikely duo came together from opposite sides of the globe both on-screen and off – Chris Tucker from the U.S. and Jackie Chan hailing from Hong Kong teamed up in 1998 for Rush Hour, which was very successful at the box office and lead the way for two more installments in 2001 and 2007. They’re probably so successful together, because they’re basically complete opposites!…yin and yang at its best. There are rumors that a Rush Hour 4 is in the works, so stay tuned for that in the near future.

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (aka Jay and Silent Bob)

Better known as Jay and Silent Bob, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes have appeared in numerous movies and are usually portrayed as drug dealers who spend their time loitering around storefronts and handling their business. While most of their films are from the ’90s, this drug dealing-duo has appeared in several movies in this millennium, including Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) and Clerks II (2006). Kevin Smith, aka. Silent Bob, is the creator of Jay and Silent Bob, and he’s essentially a creative genius who works as a screenwriter, film director, film producer, actor, and comic book writer.

Elijah Wood and Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is one of the highest grossing movie empires ever. The third installment alone, The Return of the King (2003), grossed over $1 Billion worldwide – the only other movie to do so was Titanic. Elijah Wood and Sean Astin have graced the big screen in all three of these epic fantasy films. Sam, played by Sean Astin, has been Frodo’s (played by Elijah Wood) loyal hobbit companion throughout the trilogy. I still see Sean Astin as “Mikey” from The Goonies, which may be his best performance ever, but with the popularity of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy worldwide, Sam and Frodo have to be considered as easily one of the greatest on-screen duos of this millennium.

Mike Myers and Verne Troyer (Austin Powers)

Austin Powers, played by Mike Myers, is of course the shagedellic British spy who is very James Bond-esque, and Mini Me, played by Verne Troyer, is the Dr. Evil clone that is 1/8th his size. Mike Myers plays as both Austin Powers and Dr. Evil throughout the three Austin Powers films – only one of which falls during this millennium (Goldmember (2002)). Mini Me flip flops between good and bad playing as Dr. Evil’s tiny sidekick and Austin Power’s pint-sized partner. Mike Myers and Verne Troyer together are hysterically funny on-screen and because of this, have to be considered as one of the top duos of this millennium. There’s been rumors of an Austin Powers 4 as recently as 2008, so we may see Austin, Dr. Evil, and Mini Me together again…We can only hope!

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers)

Vince and Owen were an awesome duo in the 2005 flick Wedding Crashers about two men who crash wedding receptions and try to hook-up with unsuspecting single women who tend to be a bit “fragile” and vulnerable at weddings. Wedding Crashers was a huge success worldwide, and it grossed over $200 million in the U.S. alone. The pair seem to make a perfect team, and people seem to agree – They won the People’s Choice Award in 2006 for “Favorite On-Screen Match-Up” for Wedding Crashers, and the MTV Movie Award for “Best On-Screen Team” the same year. The two also appeared together in Starsky & Hutch (2004), though not as an on-screen duo.

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox (Transformers)

The 2007 blockbuster action film Transformers starred a slew of well-known actors, but Shia LaBeouf (aka. Sam Witwicky) and Megan Fox (aka. Mikaela Banes) stole the show throughout the movie laced with special effects, giant robots and explosions – now that makes a good film! The duo lit up the screen as the two young Hollywood stars took their movie careers to the next level with the opening of Transformers in 2007. The movie was so successful that a sequel was made in 2009, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Who wouldn’t want to see Megan Fox running around half naked being chased by gigantic Decepticons while looking hot the entire time?…Oh, and for you ladies out there, I’m sure you don’t mind watching Shia LaBeouf who some say isn’t so bad looking either.

Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller (Various Movies)

Maybe one of the most prolific and frequent on-screen duos of the new millennium, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller have appeared in seven movies together since 2000 and counting! The two are good friends in real life, which is probably why they work so well together on camera. The two comedic genius’s have appeared together in Meet the Parents (2000), Zoolander (2001), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Starsky & Hutch (2004), Meet the Fockers (2004), Night at the Museum (2006), and Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)…Whew! This extremely funny duo is sure to make more movie magic together in the near future.

Rishi Chowdhury

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