If you watch enough cable in the middle of the night, you'll notice that roughly a third of all movies and TV shows produced since 1980 chronicle the zany antics of racially mismatched crime fighters. Each black-white buddy cop duo is different, some of them aren't even technically cops, but they all have one thing in common: quick-witted banter that is a little too clever for the life and death situations in which these guys are constantly finding themselves. (Also, the white cop is usually a divorced chain-smoker.) Here, we offer the 10 best examples of the trend that put an end to racism, or at least racism that isn't hilarious.
10.) COSTANZO & HUGHES
Billy Crystal & Gregory Hines
Running Scared (1986)
Back when Billy Crystal was still relatively amusing and Gregory Hines was still relatively alive, they starred in what is perhaps the most homoerotic of sarcastic black-white buddy cop films. To see why, you could sit through Running Scared, or you could just look at the above picture, in which the two weak-bearded smartasses hold each other tenderly in standard genital-to-anus formation. In short, their banter in Running Scared seems more like flirting than anything else.
Also, please note the pair's matching tights and scarves-that really says it all.Typical Sassy Exchange
Costanzo: Let's bust 'em.
Hughes: For what?
Costanzo: In this neighborhood, a Mercedes is probable cause.
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