crime The Best Police Movies

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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 Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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End of Watch Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

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Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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Serpico Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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Cop Land Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry

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Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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The Town Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

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Bullitt Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

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Rush Hour Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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S.W.A.T. Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez

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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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Point Break Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

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Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

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The Negotiator Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

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Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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Super Troopers Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan

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Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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Hot Fuzz Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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Brooklyn's Finest Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle

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Live Free or Die Hard Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Police Movies
Magnum Force Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook

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Lethal Weapon 4 Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Police Movies
The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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We Own the Night Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall

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Inside Man Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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16 Blocks Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse

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Bad Boys II Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Police Movies
Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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To Live and Die in L.A. Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves

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Lethal Weapon 3 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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The Bone Collector Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Police Movies
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth