This year of movies has seen its ups and downs. I’d like to think there have been more ups than downs, but I’d have to go through some sort of movie list to be sure. And with a slew of films under 2014’s belt, there have definitely been a lot of characters we’ve seen vie for the screen. Some are memorable, most are really not, but the best characters usually come in pairs. 

Among my picks from last year were Theodore and Samantha from the critically acclaimed Her and Spock and Kirk from Star Trek Into Darkness, among many others. Now a new year has brought new duos to our screen. There was a lot to choose from and they most definitely don’t disappoint. It was hard, but I’ve narrowed my list down to 6 this year (must be a thing), and in no particular order, you can check my picks for the best duos of 2014 below, gifs included! Do you agree with them? 

Groot and Rocket Raccoon (Voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, Guardians of the Galaxy) – Before this movie, the Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t have as avast an audience as they do now, and while Chris Pratt is finally getting the recognition he deserves and Zoe Saldana is always excellent, the highlight characters from the film have to most definitely be Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Rocket is the badass spokesperson and Groot is the loving manpower. Wouldn’t it be fun if they made an origin story film about these two? I’d definitely watch. And how can a raccoon and a tree be best friends, you ask? Well, apparently, Marvel can sell anything, can’t they?

Maggie and Milo Dean (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins) – If there was ever a more dysfunctional set of twins, it’s Maggie and Milo Dean. They’re both unhappy with their lives, depressed, and have a ton of other personal issues with themselves and each other, but one thing that is never in question is how much they love and care for each other. For proof, please entertain yourself with these lovely gifs!

Amy and Nick Dunne (Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, Gone Girl) – These two make up what is probably the craziest and most dangerous duo on this list. One is completely insane, and the other is an asshole who just doesn’t seem to care that he’s being accused of his wife’s murder. Apart, their actions are questionable, together they’re, well, the most dangerous and demented couple ever. 

Cage and Rita (Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, The Edge of Tomorrow) – Probably one of the most underrated and overlooked action film of the year, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt prove that they’re an action team powerhouse in this film. Rita is rough around the edges and Cage initially tries to save his ass at all costs, but an unlikely situation draws them together. And, hey, a pair that fights together, and subsequently keep dying only to find each other again (even if one doesn’t remember the other), stays together, am I right?

Jenko and Schmidt (Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, 22 Jump Street) – You know, comedy sequels are hard. But not for the 21 Jump Street series. They knew what they had was worth millions in laughs and they ran with it. The sequel even pokes fun of sequels, but most importantly, it reunites Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as Jenko and Schmidt. These two are the duo you probably never thought you’d actually see or hell, even enjoy, but the mixture of personalities definitely makes watching their antics that much more entertaining. 

Baymax and Hiro (Voices of Scott Adsit and Ryan Potter, Big Hero 6) — An animation on the list! This film is probably in the top 3 animations of the year and at its core is the friendship between the cute, fluffy, medical caretaker and a genius kid who’s angry and lost in the world. Their relationship is sweet and full of great moments. Hiro grows and learns in Baymax’s care, and Baymax provides a support and loyaly for Hiro to lean on. 

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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