The Best Police Movies

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List Criteria: Top films about cops, detectives, SWAT teams, investigators...

Here is a list of the best cop movies with trailers. What's the best police movie of all time? The police films listed below may be sorted by year of release, director, or actors. Check out more great movie lists that you can also watch on Netflix such as scary movies on Netflix, funny movies on Netflix and best action movies on Netflix

This list of the best and most popular cop movies of all time includes recent police dramas like End of Watch and cult comedy movies like Super Troopers. Whether they are old classics or new favorites, all the famous law enforcement movies can be found on this list. Many police films, such as Training Day and the Lethal Weapon series, usually center on two cops throughout the movie. 

All the police films can be reranked to make your own list of good cop/bad cop movies, list of police procedural films, or list of buddy cop movies. What are the best cop films? These movies may give you a new perspective the next time you watch serial killer films.

These may not be all the cop movies out there, but they are the best.

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    the people's #1
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    most listed
    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry

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    Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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    Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

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    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

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    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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    Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

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    Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

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    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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    Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan

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    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle

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    Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook

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    Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall

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    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

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    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

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    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse

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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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    Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves

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    Richard Gere, Elijah Wood, Andy Garcia

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    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Busta Rhymes, Ray Liotta, Jason Patric

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