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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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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    most listed
    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dwsteeniii
    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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    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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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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    added by wiabux
    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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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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    Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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    Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle

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    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

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    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook

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    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

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    added by wiabux
    Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    often listed & added by analise.dubner
    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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    added by wiabux
    Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse

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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    added by slaft
    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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    added by Jim Marshall
    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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    Busta Rhymes, Ray Liotta, Jason Patric

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    Richard Gere, Elijah Wood, Andy Garcia

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