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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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Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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1,205 393
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Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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2,202 319
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dwsteeniii added End of Watch Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

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1,138 332
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Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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864 279
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Lethal Weapon Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

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680 210
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The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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763 247
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Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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606 190
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L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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793 206
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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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427 166
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Serpico Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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556 149
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The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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379 200
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The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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544 251
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Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

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459 195
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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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The Town Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

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368 158
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Fargo Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

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Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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306 131
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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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334 115
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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

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HrvojeRichterGoricanec added 21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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511 219
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HaidarahAhmed added S.W.A.T. Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez

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369 133
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Point Break Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

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Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

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

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wiabux added Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

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Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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

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but chickens double d added Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

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Super Troopers Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan

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FrankQuinto added Hot Fuzz Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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

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167 31
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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112 44
Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Magnum Force Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook

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

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Lethal Weapon 4 Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

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303 138
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RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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233 115
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Inside Man Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

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213 138
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wiabux added We Own the Night Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall

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191 156
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analise.dubner added The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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wiabux added 16 Blocks Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse

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Jim Marshall added Lethal Weapon 3 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

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Mazen Nasser added Bad Boys II Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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121 53
Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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133 112
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To Live and Die in L.A. Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves

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221 151
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Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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132 46
Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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wiabux added The Bone Collector Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah