Comedy Trios to Be Thankful For

With "Horrible Bosses" set to be released on Wednesday, we count down some of our favorite threesomes in cinematic history.

Dale, Nick, and Kurt, the bumbling pals who plotted to murder their respective horrible bosses are back for more wild crime-gone-awry antics in the follow-up Horrible Bosses 2, which opens in theaters on November 25. The trio (played by Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, and Jason Sudeikis, respectively) have made for one of the funniest trios on screen in quite some time, so what the hell, we'll take a pretty unnecessary sequel. But before the Horrible Bosses guys cracked us up, there were some other iconic comedy threesomes that set the bar awfully high. Before checking out Horrible Bosses 2 this Thanksgiving, let's look back at some of the most hilarious movie trios of all-time.

The Dude, Walter, and Donny in The Big Lebowski

Every friend group has a chilled-out Dude, a loose cannon Walter, and an out-of-his-element Donny, it's just a matter of if they're as awesome and endlessly quotable as Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi in the bowling classic The Big Lebowski.

Lucky, Ned, and Dusty in ¡Three Amigos!

If you threw Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase (1980's Chevy Chase, that is) into any movie in their heyday and you'd pretty much have a comedy hit. Case in point: ¡Three Amigos!, the actors-unaware-of-their-real-life-circumstances romp that all but paved the way for Tropic Thunder to happen.

Phil, Stu, and Alan in The Hangover

Yes, there's technically four guys in the wolf pack, but since Doug (Justin Bartha) spends the entire movie stuck on the roof of a hotel and misses out on all of Phil, Stu, and Alan's (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) insane Las Vegas mishaps, he doesn't really count. Hell, they even have their own theme song: "The Three Best Friends."

Larry, Moe, and Curly in The Three Stooges

Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck These guys are soitenly the gold standard for comedy trios. And we mean the real deal, original guys Larry Fine, Moe Howard, and Curly Howard, not the stooges from the 2012 remake.

Peter, Ray and Egon in Ghostbusters

Sorry, Winston, but when you think Ghostbusters you think Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis. (Okay, fine, and Slimer.)

Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane in Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris (Matthew Bueller) may have been the mastermind behind his titular, epic day off, but he couldn't have pulled it off without his anxious best pal Cameron (Alan Ruck) and his awesome girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and their access to a choice Ferrari and their uncanny ability to make very convincing prank phone calls.

Natalie, Alex, and Dylan in Charlie's Angels

Sure, these movies weren't particularly good (or very funny), but honestly, did it matter to you? Take it away, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore.

Seth, Evan, and Fogell/McLovin in Superbad

Three high school buds on a quest to get booze and girls is nothing groundbreaking, but when it's as hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt as this trio it doesn't matter. Long-time best friends and social outcasts Seth and Evan (Jonah Hill and Michael Cera) get into an evening of raunchy shenanigans en route to a party, while their even nerdier pal Fogell AKA McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) trails behind with two bumbling cops. Uncool as they may be, they're exactly the kind of dudes you'd have been friends with in high school.

James, Henry, and Tommy in Goodfellas

Is this choice funny to you? Funny like a clown? Does it amuse you? FUNNY HOW? Go ahead and tell Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci if you find this ha-ha funny.


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