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5. 'Lethal Weapon' (1987)
Richard Donner's Mel Gibson/Danny Glover vehicle from a raucous script by wunderkind Shane Black capitalized on the "48 Hrs." formula and set the new standard for the "buddy cop" film. Gibson, hot off the "Mad Max" series and Peter Weir's art house cinema, made for as compelling a foil to Glover's "too old for this sh*t" near-retiree as Eddie Murphy did for Nick Nolte five years prior. The franchise fuse was lit and we'd get three more adventures from Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh before all was said and done. And who knows? Maybe there's more to come.
- Kristopher Tapley