Partners in Crime! The 10 Best Modern Action Movie Duos

With '2 Guns' hitting theaters on August 2, check out our picks for the pairs that get our blood pumping

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg's latest flick 2 Guns is finally in theaters -- and we can't wait to see how these pros will work together to keep us on the edge of our seat.

While some duos have clashed at first, these action pairs always seem to come together in the end to either take down the bad guys or cause some trouble of their own. Here, look back at other partners in crime from the late '80s to present day.

Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg, '2 Guns' (2013)

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From Denzel's Man on Fire and Training Day to Mark's Four Brothers and The Departed, both actors have racked up their share of successful (and may we say legendary) action flicks. So when the vets teamed up for the upcoming film, Two Guns, it was a match made in action movie heaven. The film follows Robert ‘Bobby’ Trench (Washington) and Marcus ‘Stig’ Stigman (Wahlberg), as they attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. The catch? Neither realize that the other is working undercover. Despite their suspicion of each other (especially after Stig shoots Bobby!) they realize that the only way to take down these criminals is to stick together.

Mel Gibson & Danny Glover, 'Lethal Weapon' Series (1987-1998)

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Lethal Weapon is considered to be one of the greatest series of all time; a large part is due to the bromance between cops Martin Riggs (Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Glover). Because of Riggs' guerrilla-like tactics to catch criminals, the two clash at first. But when they attempt to catch The General, a drug dealer who killed the daughter of one of Murtaugh's good friends, they soon become best friends. Despite Murtaugh constantly saying "I'm too old for this sh**," the film went on to make three more installments, featuring actors like Chris Rock and Joe Pesci.

Paul Walker & Vin Diesel, 'The Fast and The Furious' Series (2001-2013)

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When we met the swoon-worthy Brian O'Conner (Walker), he was a FBI agent investigating a series of hijackings by going undercover with a street gang led by Dominic Toretto (Diesel). Despite his mission to bring down the gang, he began to sympathize with Dom. Not only did he get caught up in the car races and gang conflict, but he also fell in love with Dom's younger sister, Mia. The Fast & the Furious came back with 5 more flicks, with a 6th now in pre-production.

Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker, 'Rush Hour' Series (1998-2003)

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Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are probably the most unlikely pair in action movie history, especially since they can barely understand what the other is saying! (Do-You-Understand-The-Words-That-Are-Coming-Out-Of-My-Mouth?) When the Chinese Counsel's daughter is abducted by an international criminal, the FBI assures him that his daughter will be rescued. However, he only trusts one person: Inspector Lee (Chan). To keep Lee out of the way, the FBI hires screw up James Carter (Tucker) to babysit him. Unable to stay away from the case, the two become partners and take on the bad guys. The hysterical action flick went on for two more installments, with a rumored fourth in the works.

Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy, 'The Heat' (2013)

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What do you get when you partner up two of Hollywood's funniest actresses? A big hit of the summer, of course! When uptight FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is forced to team up with crude local cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), the two clash in more ways than one. But during their mission to bring down a Boston drug lord, they form a friendship no one, not even them, could see coming.

Will Smith & Martin Lawrence, 'Bad Boys' Series (1995-2003)

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Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? When 100 million dollars of heroin is stolen from the basement of police headquarters, Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) team up in the biggest drug bust of their careers. The cops have to track down the French drug lord, who leaves a trail of bodies and only one witness. The duo tries to protect their witness while putting away the bad boy. The film went on for one more installment, with a possible third to hit theaters in 2015.

John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson, 'Pulp Fiction' (1994)

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Dubbed as the most influential American movie of the 1990s, this extremely violent film (yes, it's a Quentin Tarantino movie) not only won an Oscar for its script, but also revived John Travolta's acting career. This film follows the lives of two mob hit men (Travolta and Jackson), a boxer, a gangster's wife and two diner robbers as their lives become intertwined.

Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx, 'White House Down' (2013)

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When Capitol policeman John Cale (Tatum) is denied a position with the secret service, he takes his daughter through a tour of the White House. After an explosion goes off in the building, his daughter and the president (Foxx) are taken hostage. John manages to rescue the president, but can the dynamic duo save his daughter from the evil armed rebels? We bet the secret service wants to hire John now!

Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis, 'Thelma & Louise' (1991)

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When two best friends plan a weekend getaway from their men, their road trip starts out as a fun time. That is, until a drunk Thelma (Davis) almost gets raped in a parking lot, forcing her best pal Louise (Sarandon) to shoot the man dead. The wanted women go on the run and meet up with young criminal J.D. (Brad Pitt!) who shows them his bad boy ways. In the end, the bad babes take the ride of their life together. (Spoiler Alert: The video is the ending of the film.)

Bruce Willis & Samuel L. Jackson, 'Die Hard: With Vengeance' (1995)

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When Bruce Willis returned for the third installment of the cult classic Die Hard, life was tough for character John McClane. He split from his wife, developed a drinking problem, and was suspended from the NYPD. His past came back to haunt him when a terrorist bomber sent McClane clues of the planted bombs in the form of riddles and games. McClane teamed up with shopkeeper Zeus (Jackson) to end this cat and mouse game once and for all.

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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