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November 25, 2012 6:57 PM   Subscribe

Can you think of some books or movies featuring feuds between two individuals?

I am seeking suggestions for stories that focus on a long-standing hostile rivalry between two people.

One example would be the Ridley Scott movie "The Duellists" (starring Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine). It is based on a short story called "Point of Honor" by Joseph Conrad, which in turn was based on a true story of two French military officers. One day they had an argument which resulted in them duelling multiple times during a span of 20 years over their differing principles of honor.

I have been drawing a blank so thanks in advance for any ideas!

(Suggestions do not have to involve duelling or violence...just a long-term feud between two people.)
posted by 99percentfake to Grab Bag (38 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
They made the Hatfields and McCoys into a miniseries on the History channel ths past summer,
posted by cecic at 6:59 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Christopher Nolan's The Prestige.
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:00 PM on November 25, 2012 [6 favorites]


There Will Be Blood is the ultimate example of this.
posted by agropyron at 7:01 PM on November 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Count of Monte Cristo
posted by viconius at 7:02 PM on November 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


If you don't mind going back a bit, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae.
posted by thomas j wise at 7:03 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Lone Wolf and Cub is about a ronin with a small child who has decided to put aside "a human life" to follow he calls "The Demon's Road" and get revenge on a powerful samurai lord that ordered the murder of his wife and framed him for treason. It lasts several years and 28 volumes.

(If you look at the Wikipedia page, DO NOT read all the way through the plot summary, as there's a huge spoiler.)
posted by ignignokt at 7:03 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Kill Bill
posted by Ike_Arumba at 7:04 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dangerous Liaisons may fit the bill - between a man and a woman. More of a rivalry than a feud, though it turns into a feud later.
posted by Ms. Toad at 7:04 PM on November 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
posted by ocherdraco at 7:09 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


The War of the Roses.
posted by shiny blue object at 7:09 PM on November 25, 2012 [5 favorites]


Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell
posted by mannequito at 7:11 PM on November 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


The movie "Giant" has a sort of rivalry between Rock Hudson's and James Dean's characters over a span of many years.
posted by mefireader at 7:16 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Lucky Number Slevin.
posted by sacrifix at 7:18 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


- Pale Rider, sort of.
- Seraphim Falls
- Highlander

Honorable mentions where the feuds aren't exactly long standing, but feel that way by the end of the movie:

- Emperor of the North Pole: Epic railroad bull (Ernest Borgnine!) versus hobo (Lee Marvin!) grudge match
- Death Hunt: Epic fur trapper (Charles Bronson!) versus Royal Canadian Mountie (Lee Marvin!) grudge match
posted by usonian at 7:25 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold.

To some degree, the feud between the hero and Trampas in The Virginian, by Owen Wister.
The Virginian's pistol came out, and his hand lay on the table, holding it unaimed. And with a voice as gentle as ever, the voice that sounded almost like a caress, but drawling a very little more than usual, so that there was almost a space between each word, he issued his orders to the man Trampas: "When you call me that, SMILE." And he looked at Trampas across the table.

Yes, the voice was gentle. But in my ears it seemed as if somewhere the bell of death was ringing; and silence, like a stroke, fell on the large room. All men present, as if by some magnetic current, had become aware of this crisis. In my ignorance, and the total stoppage of my thoughts, I stood stock-still, and noticed various people crouching, or shifting their positions.
The Princess Bride has a couple of one-on-one feuds.
posted by Lexica at 7:33 PM on November 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Just read it despite it being popular for quite some time, but Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet revolves around 3 interlocking feuds between multiple people. Not great literature, but definitely an enjoyable, quick read.
posted by slide at 7:46 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, and also every Jeffrey Archer book ever written, all of which seem to be the same book lightly recycled. But definitely Kane & Abel (the antagonists are the title), Prodigal Daughter (to a lesser extent), As the Crow Flies, and many many others. The early books are still incredibly entertaining.
posted by slide at 7:48 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Highlander?
posted by brennen at 7:49 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Grumpy Old Men!
posted by oceanview at 8:20 PM on November 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, by Fay Weldon.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:32 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


If you accept continuity between shorts as canon, Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam have been feuding since at least ancient Roman times, though much of the conflict takes place in the 19th century American west (and beyond). Now that's a long-standing conflict!
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:41 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Amadeus. An excellent (but fictionalized) accounting of Salieri's longstanding hatred and admiration for genius and rival Mozart.
posted by xyzzy at 9:07 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
posted by bq at 9:21 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Seconding The War of the Roses, which is about an incredibly bitter divorce. The last name of the couple is Rose. It is a black comedy starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas.
posted by Michele in California at 9:23 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tin Men.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 9:41 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


I came in to say Grumpy Old Men, also. A comedy, but definitely a feud.
posted by SLC Mom at 9:42 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Changing Lanes
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 10:47 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


David Robbins War of the Rats is the story of 2 spipers, one Russian one German, who hunt each other during the 1942 siege of Stalingrad. The movie adaptation was called Enemy at the Gates and starred Jude Law and Ed Harris.
posted by PaulBGoode at 11:41 PM on November 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dodgeball.
Happy Gilmore.
posted by victory_laser at 12:39 AM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.
posted by effluvia at 1:40 AM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Gangs of Wasseypur
2nding Enemy at the Gates
[If you are open to games] Assassin's Creed III
posted by Senza Volto at 3:41 AM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Meet You In Hell chronicles the real-life feud between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.
posted by octothorpe at 6:28 AM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Rushmore.
posted by zoetrope at 7:40 AM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


General Maximus Decimus Meridius vs. Commodus.
posted by Kruger5 at 7:48 AM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Two Cusack entries: Pushing Tin and Grosse Point Blank.

Also, arguably, High Fidelity.
posted by brennen at 1:06 PM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


A Rage to Live describes the feud between explorers Sir Richard F. Burton and John Hanning Speke. After the two men explored Africa together, Speke grows bitter and attacks Burton's reputation in public. Their rivalry culminates in Speke's death (arguably his suicide) the day before a debate between the two men, though his attacks would continue to haunt Burton for the rest of his life.
posted by yaymukund at 7:48 PM on November 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks for all of these suggestions!

• A Rage to Live
• Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton
• Amadeus
• Assassin's Creed III (game)
• Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam
• Changing Lanes
• Christopher Nolan's The Prestige
• Dangerous Liaisons (may fit the bill)
• David Robbins War of the Rats (see Enemy at the Gates)
• Death Hunt (honorable mention)
• Dodgeball
• Emperor of the North Pole (honorable mention)
• Enemy at the Gates (see David Robbins War of the Rats)
• Gangs of Wasseypur
• General Maximus Decimus Meridius vs. Commodus.
• Giant
• Grosse Point Blank
• Grumpy Old Men
• Happy Gilmore
• Hatfields and McCoys (miniseries on the History channel)
• High Fidelity (arguably)
• Highlander
• Jeffrey Archer – As the Crow Flies
• Jeffrey Archer – Kane & Abel (definitely)
• Jeffrey Archer – Prodigal Daughter (to a lesser extent)
• Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell
• Kill Bill
• Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
• Lone Wolf and Cub (avoid Wikipedia)
• Lucky Number Slevin
• Meet You In Hell
• Pale Rider (sort of)
• Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
• Pushing Tin
• Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae
• Rushmore
• Seraphim Falls
• Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
• The Count of Monte Cristo
• The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold
• The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, by Fay Weldon
• The Princess Bride
• The Virginian, by Owen Wister (to some degree)
• The War of the Roses
• There Will Be Blood
• Tin Men
posted by 99percentfake at 7:00 PM on November 27, 2012


I've never seen it, but I believe the movie Wolverine features a long running feud between Wolverine and Sabertooth.
posted by NotPayingAttention at 11:07 AM on December 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


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