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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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679 255
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Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

793 206
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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

427 166
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Serpico Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy

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

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

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

459 195
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American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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367 140
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Cop Land Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry

472 217
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The Town Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm

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

610 223
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Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

306 131
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Bullitt Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

497 247
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Rush Hour Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

334 115
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Colors Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle

483 278
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HrvojeRichterGoricanec added 21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

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

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

376 205
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Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper

289 128
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Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons

391 200
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wiabux added Police Academy Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

301 119
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Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz

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286 146
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wiabux added The Negotiator Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti

192 49
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but chickens double d added Lethal Weapon 2 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

413 193
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Super Troopers Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan

374 166
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FrankQuinto added Hot Fuzz Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

205 126
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wiabux added Brooklyn's Finest Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle

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

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

237 161
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Live Free or Die Hard Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

120 47
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Lethal Weapon 4 Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

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

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

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

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

175 120
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wiabux added 16 Blocks Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse

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71 21
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Jim Marshall added Lethal Weapon 3 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

152 76
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Mazen Nasser added Bad Boys II Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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

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

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

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

170 85
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wiabux added The Bone Collector Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah