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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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Warrior (2011)

Warrior (2011)

The siblings: Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) and Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton)

What puts them at odds? There’s history here, but in the short term both desperately need to win the Sparta mixed martial arts tournament to provide for a needy family (Brendan’s own, or the family of one of Tommy’s former Marine buddies).

Testosterone practically drips off the screen in this fairytale about big muscly men learning to forgive one another and express brotherly love via the medium of shoulder dislocation. Both fierce fighters, former Marine Tommy and teacher Brendan have had a tough break: growing up with an alcoholic father forced them to choose between their needy parents and each carries some resentment for the other’s choice. But as they head for a final showdown here, it’s good to know that they achieve some sort of reconciliation by beating seven bells out of each other. The result is enough to reduce the manliest man to manly tears.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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