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Best Cop Movies

  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz (R, 2007)

    Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton
    A top London cop who is so good at his job that he makes his fellow officers look like slackers by c... read moreomparison is "promoted" to serve in the sleepy village of Sandford in this contemporary action comedy from the creators of Shaun of the Dead. Police constable Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) always gets his man, but these days his impeccable record seems to be more indicative of his fellow officers' shortcomings than his own formidable skills as a keeper of the peace. Loathe to stand idly by as their once respectable track record is steadily soiled by the hyper-competent actions of one lone overachiever, Sergeant Angel's superiors at the Met soon determine to remedy their problem by relocating the decorated constable to the West Country village of Sanford -- where tranquil garden parties and neighborhood watch meetings stand in stark contrast to the violent crime and heated gunplay of the city. As Sergeant Angel does his best to adjust to the relative calm of his new environment, his oafish new partner Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) strives to gain the respect of his fellow constables while sustaining himself on fantasies of his favorite action films and police shows. Later, just as it begins to appear as if Sergeant Angel has been relegated to an uneventful existence in the relative calm of the countryside, a series of horrific "accidents" lead him to suspect that the tranquil hamlet of Sanford has fallen prey to a sinister plot which reeks of foul play. Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton, Steve Coogan, and Martin Freeman co-star in the Edgar Wright film. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
  • Street Kings

    Street Kings (R, 2008)

    Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Cedric the Entertainer
    In the wake of the L.A. riots, an LAPD vice detective who always went above and beyond the call of d... read moreuty to keep the streets safe receives a startling wake-up call that leaves him convinced he can no longer employ the tactics that made him so effective in his work. LAPD veteran Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) has borne personal witness to the worst that the streets have to offer, and when his partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews), is killed the violence strikes a bit too close to home. Now Ludlow is on a mission to bring his partner's killer to justice, though Captain Walker (Forest Whitaker) is concerned that the hotheaded detective is taking the case too personally. Now, as Captain Walker attempts to convince Ludlow to work within the confines of the law, Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie) begins following the vengeful lawman's every move. In order to accomplish his mission, Ludlow recruits fresh-faced Robbery Homicide Detective Diskant (Chris Evans) to trace Washington's killers through the winding streets of Los Angeles. Later, when Ludlow and Diskant come face to face with the remorseless cop killers, they must chose between upholding the law and seeking bitter vengeance. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb813389394: Street Kings is a decent "bad cop" movie that is more of a rehash of old ideas rather than offering anything new or groundbreaking
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
    • fb1211857879
      fb1211857879: It has the makings of looking like a moderately made cop action/drama, but honestly I felt no reason why anyone would care for this character! He's obvio
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
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      fb752327980: Corruption in a cop movie ?!?! Nooo Way a great movie a must see!!
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Cop Out

    Cop Out (R, 2010)

    Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak
    Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan team up for the Warner Bros. police buddy movie Cop Out in this Kevin ... read moreSmith-directed production. From a script by Robb and Mark Cullen, the story centers around police detectives Jimmy (Willis), a no-B.S. divorced dad, and Paul (Morgan), a crazy-talking loose cannon. Despite nine years as partners, the two lawmen can still sometimes seem like polar opposites -- especially when Paul's unpredictable antics get them suspended without pay. Already strapped for cash and trying to pay for his daughter's wedding, Jimmy decides to sell a rare baseball card that's worth tens of thousands. Unfortunately, when the collector's shop is robbed and the card vanishes with the crook, Paul and Jimmy end up going rogue, tracking down the card and the drug ring behind its theft, all on their own time, and without any backup -- except for each other. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
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      fb590635421: e Of Dicks" but when the studio changed it to "A Couple Of Cops" director Kevin Smith said it was a cop out, which ironically became the new title of the movie.
      It's entertaining enough as a homage to
      Reviewed 54 days days ago
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: that Tracy Morgan has vocal issues as an actor, and he embodies the stereotype of every black buddy cop ever made combined. And yet, it's awesome because his over the top line delivery is fairly funny
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
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      fb100000769227268: . Cop Out is a buddy cop action comedy just like 'The Other Guys'. I'm just going to say it, from all the bad reviews tha
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
  • Pride and Glory

    Pride and Glory (R, 2008)

    Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle
    Director Gavin O'Connor collaborates with Narc director/screenwriter Joe Carnahan on this family-foc... read moreused police drama concerning an honest homicide detective (Edward Norton) assigned to investigate the precinct run by his potentially crooked older brother (Noah Emmerich). As the investigation begins to reveal some troubling facts about the precinct, it gradually becomes apparent that the policeman who is also the older brother's best friend (Colin Farrell) may be the man orchestrating many of the suspected crimes. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb100000222539113: This is not your typical cop movie with great acting, a strong story, and a corrupt setting in new York. Pride and glory is t
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1019663419: Good cop bad cop, Ed Norton is one of my favorite actors and he did good so if it wasn't for him, I may h
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb694051201: . I can imagine a cop, who put through the ringer, can manage to pull off crimes such as the ones portrayed in the fil
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Righteous Kill

    Righteous Kill (R, 2008)

    Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Curtis Jackson, Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg
    After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated detectiv... read morees David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement, but aren't. Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before. Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional crimes take place, it becomes clear the detectives are looking for a serial killer, one who targets criminals that have fallen through the cracks of the judicial system. His mission is to do what the cops can't do on their own-take the culprits off the streets for good. The similarities between the recent killings and their earlier case raise a nagging question: Did they put the wrong man behind bars?
    • fb649846209
      fb649846209: . Such a basic choice to choose a cop/detective film. The story was lame and very predictable, please avoid, shame x
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: characters are strong, and the chemistry they share is impeccable because they provide a fun buddy cop feel to the story through their ability to communicate well and trade punchlines, making Righteo
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
    • lewiskendell
      lewiskendell: . There are much better cop stories on the tv shows that come on ABC or CBS on any given night. It's annoying to see a movie
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Brooklyn's Finest

    Brooklyn's Finest (R, 2010)

    Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Vincent D'Onofrio
    Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan is just one week away from his pension and a fishing cabin in Connect... read moreicut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida has discovered there's no line he won't cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife and seven children. And Clarence "Tango" Butler has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz, one of Brooklyn's most infamous drug dealers. When NYPD's Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, all three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn's gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals.
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      fb667249896: Cop unions won't like this film - maybe that is why this movie got universally ignored -, but it is
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
    • fb1037533970
      fb1037533970: Great cop movie examining so many different angles. Cheadle and Hawke are great as always. Gere was the re
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
    • fb653211545
      fb653211545: een this stories before but this time they are very well put together for a very dramatic take on a cop action drama
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • We Own the Night

    We Own the Night (R, 2007)

    Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall, Antoni Corone
    At the height of a bloody 1980s struggle between New York City police and a Russian mob that targete... read mored law officers and their families, the NYPD hung "We Own the Night" banners in precinct houses and stepped up their efforts.
    • Buggy43
      Buggy43: ting with Phoenix playing a shady NY nightclub manager who clashes with his police chief father and cop brother before crossing the Russian Mafia.There were also some very tense and uniquely filmed sc
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • fb860740401
      fb860740401: . It creates a dramatic piece intertwining family with drugs and the police, thus, your average cop action flick. However, what sets this movie a little bit a part from the average cop flick, whic
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
    • bbcfloridabound
      bbcfloridabound: We Own The Night" isn't what I thought it would be at first - another undercover cop movie. It's a pretty unique crime/drama with emphasis on the drama that depicts the aftermath of
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry (R, 1971)

    Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni, John Vernon, Andy Robinson
    "You've got to ask yourself a question: 'do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" Dirty Harry provoked ... read morea critical uproar in 1971 for its "fascist" message about the power of one, as it also elevated Clint Eastwood to superstar status through his most enduring screen persona. Harry Callahan (Eastwood, in a role meant for Frank Sinatra) is a sardonic, hard-working San Francisco cop who can't finish his lunch without having to foil a bank robbery with his 44 Magnum, "the most powerful handgun in the world." When hippie-esque psycho Scorpio (Andy Robinson) goes on a killing spree, Harry and new partner Chico (Reni Santoni) are assigned to hunt him down, but not before the Mayor (John Vernon) and Lt. Bressler (Harry Guardino) admonish Callahan about his heavy-handed tactics. Racing against a deadline to save a kidnap victim from suffocating to death and unbothered by the niceties of Miranda rights and search warrants, Callahan brings in Scorpio, only to see him released on technicalities. "The law's crazy," opines Harry in disgust, before taking it upon himself to ensure that Scorpio doesn't kill again. Directed in violent and efficient fashion by Don Siegel, with a propulsive score by Lalo Schifrin, Dirty Harry was the fourth Siegel-Eastwood collaboration after Coogan's Bluff (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), and The Beguiled (1970). Critics at the time strongly objected to the heroic image of a cop's violations of a suspect's Miranda rights, forcing Siegel and Eastwood to deny that they were right-wing reactionaries. All the same, Dirty Harry proved to be highly popular and spawned four sequels: Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983), and The Dead Pool (1988). ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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      fb811690967: . To the modern viewer, Dirty Harry is loaded with cop movie cliches, continuity hiccups and dire direlogue but the fact of the matter is, the loose-ca
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
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      fb579460682: . Clint Eastwood stars as Inspector Harry Callaghan, a San Francisco cop who grows ever impatient with the tolerance of society towards criminals. Eastwood introduces h
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
    • vossr
      vossr: . It's a right-wing conservatives dream come true, but an awesome hard-boiled and violent cop story.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon (R, 1987)

    Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins
    L.A. cop Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), whose wife has recently died, is a loose cannon with a seeming d... read moreeath wish. This makes him indispensable in collaring dangerous criminals, but a liability to any potential partners. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a conservative family man who wants to stay alive for his upcoming 50th birthday, is partnered with Riggs. As Riggs gets to know Murtaugh and his family, he begins to mellow, though his insistence on using guerilla tactics to catch criminals is still (put mildly) above and beyond the call of duty. The main villain is The General (Mitchell Ryan), a drug dealer responsible for the death of the daughter of one of Murtaugh's oldest friends. The General is also in charge of a deadly, militia-like gang of smugglers. Adding fuel to the fire is The General's chief henchman, played with all stops out by Gary Busey. Moviegoers familiar only with the relatively tongue-in-cheek Lethal Weapon sequels may be amazed to find out how dangerous and unpredictable Riggs is in the first Lethal Weapon -- and how likely it seems that Murtaugh might not survive until fade-out time. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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      fb100000085193568: Doesn't retain the impact of its superior first sequel but is still a buddy-cop genre defining film that is a staple of 80s action films.
      Reviewed 25 days days ago
    • fb100004134512845
      fb100004134512845: . The bad guys were great and menacing, it's probably the best cop film ever made. I highly recommend this movie.
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • fb1779055937
      fb1779055937: . So the two main characters are cops with very different outlooks in life. Mel Gibson portrays Martin Riggs a cop hellbent on ending
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
  • Observe and Report

    Observe and Report (R, 2009)

    Seth Rogen, Ray Liotta, Michael Peņa, Anna Faris, Dan Bakkedahl
    At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fi... read morest, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the hot make-up counter clerk who won't give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.