Lethal Weapon at 25: theGrio's 10 favorite mixed-race buddy movies

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Lethal Weapon, the quintessential 1980s ‘buddy cop’ movie, turns 25 today. Looking back, it’s remarkable just how groundbreaking the action film (starring Danny Glover and pre-meltdown Mel Gibson) was. For once, an African-American played a stable family man opposite a far more unwieldy white character. The racial differences of the lead characters was almost never mentioned, and didn’t really matter. Of course Lethal Weapon wasn’t the first or the last Hollywood movie to pair mixed race leads to see if sparks would fly. Here our some our favorite duos in the buddy genre.