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The Best BFFs in Hollywood and History

The Best BFFs in Hollywood and History

Ever since the first prehistoric human carved "BFFs 5 EVER" onto a piece of bone, broke it in half, and gave the other piece to his favorite cave bro, the best friendship has been a celebrated and marvelous part of the human experience. Here's a list of real-life friends who are definitely doing it right:

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen
They were bitter rivals onscreen in the first X-Men movie: Stewart as the psychic Professor Charles Xavier, McKellen as the metal-bending Magneto. But offscreen, Sir Patrick and Sir Ian are the two proud members of Britain's biggest bromance.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
When you're one of the two funniest women on earth, it's hard to find a great friend who can make you laugh…uh, unless she's the other funniest woman on earth, and then you're in pretty good shape.

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway
Before ongoing conflicts over Fitzgerald's drinking turned them from best bros into archfrenemies, Scott and Papa were the closest of friends. How close? For one, it was Hemingway to whom Scott turned in despair after Zelda Fitzgerald, his's wife, told poor Scott that his manly bits were unsatisfactorily small. (Hemingway kindly assured his friend of the total acceptability of his wiener, although in true frenemy fashion, he also wrote a memoir that made the entire wang-related drama a matter of public record.)

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning
These two talented actresses say they bonded over their shared experience as young Hollywood stars while making The Runaways, but we like to think that they bonded even more over making fun of Robert Pattinson's sparkly nipples when they worked on the Twilight films together.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Founding fathers and best buds, John and Thomas stayed friends to the end—though they had their share of drama over the years thanks to their political differences. (Were they alive today, the Facebook comment wars would be epic.)

Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev
Not only did Julianne matchmake the lovely Nina with her very own brother, dancer Derek Hough, but the girls' friendship kept going strong even after Nina kicked poor Derek to the curb last month. It's like we always say, darlings: besties before testes!

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
So iconic and fascinating is the friendship between these two Oscar-winning gents that Mindy Kaling and her best friend once wrote and starred in a whole entire off-Broadway play about it. That is all.

Which famous pair of BFFs is your favorite?

Topics: Celebs & Stuff
Tags: friendships, bffs, best friends, tina fey, amy poehler, celebs we love, awesome people, best friends week

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