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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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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more

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wiabux added Kiss the Girls Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Cary Elwes. The screenplay by David Klass is based on the ...more

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The Taking of Pelham One Two T... is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Jerry Stiller, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 American thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent, produced by Edgar J. Scherick, and starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and ...more

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Internal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Internal Affairs Richard Gere, Elijah Wood, Andy Garcia Internal Affairs is a 1990 American crime thriller film set in Los Angeles about the police department's Internal Affairs Division. Directed by Mike Figgis, the film stars Richard Gere as Dennis ...more

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Narc Busta Rhymes, Ray Liotta, Jason Patric Narc is a 2002 American crime thriller film written and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric. The plot revolves around the efforts of two police detectives in search ...more

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wiabux added Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank Insomnia is a 2002 American crime thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives ...more

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wiabux added Along Came a Spider Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin Along Came a Spider is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori. It is a sequel to the 1997 film Kiss the Girls. The screenplay by Marc Moss was adapted from the 1993 ...more

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Fort Apache, The Bronx Paul Newman, Pam Grier, Ed Asner Fort Apache, The Bronx is a 1981 crime drama film made by Producers Circle and Time-Life Films, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Filmed on locations in the Bronx, New York City, New York, ...more

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Bad Lieutenant Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderón Bad Lieutenant is a 1992 American neo-noir crime drama film directed by Abel Ferrara. The film stars Harvey Keitel as the titular "bad lieutenant". The screenplay was written by ...more

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srouxd162 added Pride and Glory Colin Farrell, Edward Norton, Lake Bell Pride and Glory is a 2008 crime drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor. It stars Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, and Noah Emmerich. The film was released on October 24, 2008, in the ...more

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chris-parkins added Let's Be Cops Nina Dobrev, Andy Garcia, Natasha Leggero Let's Be Cops is a 2014 American buddy cop comedy film written and directed by Luke Greenfield, and co-written with Nicholas Thomas. The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. as two ...more

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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added The Day of the Jackal Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden The Day of the Jackal is a 1973 Anglo-French thriller film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale. Based on the 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal by Frederick ...more

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dapianna1 added Ride Along Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Laurence Fishburne Ride Along is a 2014 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story and starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bryan Callen, Tika Sumpter and Laurence Fishburne. Greg Coolidge, Jason ...more

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Witness is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover Witness is a 1985 American thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The screenplay by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, and Earl W. Wallace focuses on a ...more

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22 Jump Street Channing Tatum, Anna Faris, Queen Latifah 22 Jump Street is a 2014 action comedy film written by Oren Uziel and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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Jim Marshall added The Dead Pool Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, Axl Rose The Dead Pool is a 1988 American action flim directed by Buddy Van Horn, written by Steve Sharon, and starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. It is the fifth and ...more

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Mulholland Falls is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Mulholland Falls Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, ...more

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Dragnet Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Plummer Dragnet is a 1987 American buddy cop comedy film written and directed by Tom Mankiewicz in his directorial debut, and starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. The film is based on the television ...more

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The Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added The Gauntlet Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke The Gauntlet is a 1977 American action film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Eastwood and Sondra Locke. The film's supporting cast includes Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney, and ...more

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wiabux added Blown Away Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker Blown Away is a 1994 action thriller film starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.

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MarvinGray added Blue Streak Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer Blue Streak is a 1999 film, directed by Les Mayfield with Martin Lawrence. The director has also directed other famous films, including the remake of Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street in 1994. In ...more

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The Presidio is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added The Presidio Meg Ryan, Sean Connery, Mark Harmon The Presidio is a 1988 American mystery film, directed by Peter Hyams, starring Sean Connery and Mark Harmon. Hyams also photographed. The score was composed by Bruce Broughton.

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Police Movies
Aidan J. Spurrill added Zootopia Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Alan Tudyk

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ScottArchibald added The Rookie Charlie Sheen, Clint Eastwood, Lara Flynn Boyle The Rookie is a 1990 buddy cop film directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Howard G. Kazanjian, Steven Siebert and David Valdes. It was written from a screenplay conceived by Boaz Yakin and ...more

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Jeremiah Mathers added Street Kings Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans Street Kings is a 2008 American action thriller film directed by David Ayer, and starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Common and The Game. It was released in ...more

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The Seven-Ups Roy Scheider, Ken Kercheval, Joe Spinell The Seven-Ups is a 1973 American dramatic thriller film produced and directed by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Roy Scheider as a crusading policeman who is the leader of The Seven-Ups, a squad of ...more

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Infernal Affairs Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Edison Chen Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It tells the story of a police officer who infiltrates a triad, and a police officer secretly ...more

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bigcraig added The Choirboys James Woods, Randy Quaid, Louis Gossett The Choirboys is a 1977 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Aldrich, written by Christopher Knopf and Joseph Wambaugh based on Wambaugh's novel of the same title. It features an ...more

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44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out Michael Madsen, Mario Van Peebles, Alex Meneses 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out is a 2003 American crime film directed by Yves Simoneau. The film premiered on the FX Network in June 2003.

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ScottArchibald added City Heat Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn City Heat is a 1984 American crime film starring Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, and directed by Richard Benjamin. The film was released in North America on December 1984. The pairing of ...more

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ufohunters100username added Loaded Weapon 1 Charlie Sheen, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is a 1993 crime-comedy film, directed by Gene Quintano and starring Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson and William Shatner. The film mainly spoofs the first ...more

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Murder by Numbers is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Murder by Numbers Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Nick Offerman Murder by Numbers is a 2002 psychological thriller film produced and directed by Barbet Schroeder. It stars Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt. It is loosely based on the ...more

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Year of the Dragon Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Eddie Jones Year of the Dragon is a 1985 neo-noiraction film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Mickey Rourke, Ariane Koizumi and John Lone. The screenplay was written by Cimino and Oliver Stone and ...more

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Blue Steel is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Blue Steel Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins Blue Steel is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver and Clancy Brown. Blue Steel was originally set to be released by ...more

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bigcraig added The Sweeney Hayley Atwell, Damian Lewis, Ray Winstone The Sweeney is a British action drama, inspired by the 1970s The Sweeney, the British television police drama of the same name, but set in contemporary London. Directed and written by Nick Love, ...more

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Cop James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning Cop is a 1988 film starring James Woods and Lesley Ann Warren. It is based on the book Blood on the Moon by James Ellroy. The screenplay was written by James B. Harris, who also directs. Harris ...more

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jess-hart added Dark Blue Kurt Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Master P Dark Blue is a 2002 film directed by Ron Shelton and starring Kurt Russell. The film is based on a story written for film by crime novelist James Ellroy and takes place during the days leading ...more

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but chickens double d added Timecop Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver Timecop is a 1994 science fiction action film directed by Peter Hyams and co-written by Mike Richardson and Mark Verheiden. Richardson also served as executive producer. The film is based on ...more

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Touch of Evil is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Touch of Evil Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich Touch of Evil is a 1958 American crime thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. Along ...more

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Dylan Harland added Starsky & Hutch Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Will Ferrell Starsky & Hutch is a 2004 American crime action comedy film directed by Todd Phillips. The film stars Ben Stiller as David Starsky and Owen Wilson as Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson and is ...more

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Police Movies
Taxi Gisele, Queen Latifah, Ann-Margret Taxi is a 2004 American remake of the 1998 French film of the same name, starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon and Gisele Bündchen, and directed by Tim Story.

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JasonLoof added He Walked by Night Richard Basehart, Jack Webb, Whit Bissell He Walked by Night is a 1948 black-and-white police procedural film noir, directed by Alfred L. Werker and Anthony Mann. The film, shot in semidocumentary tone, was loosely based on newspaper ...more

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but chickens double d added RoboCop 2 Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons, Nancy Allen RoboCop 2 is a 1990 American cyberpunk action film directed by Irvin Kershner and starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Belinda Bauer, Tom Noonan and Gabriel Damon. Set in the near ...more

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State of Grace Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright State of Grace is a 1990 neo-noir crime film starring Sean Penn, Ed Harris and Gary Oldman, also featuring Robin Wright, John Turturro and John C. Reilly. Written by Dennis McIntyre and directed ...more

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The Pink Panther 2 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons The Pink Panther 2 is a 2009 American detective comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. It is the eleventh installment in the The Pink Panther film series and the sequel to the 2006 film The Pink ...more

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PeteBoyle added Hard Boiled Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Philip Kwok Hard Boiled is a 1992 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat as Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Tony an undercover cop, and ...more

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Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Dick Tracy Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould. Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in the film, which ...more

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The Corruptor Mark Wahlberg, Brian Cox, Chow Yun-Fat The Corruptor is a 1999 American action thriller film directed by James Foley, starring Chow Yun-fat and Mark Wahlberg. The film was released in the United States on March 5, 1999.

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Valhallastreams added Beyond the Law Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Madsen Beyond the Law is a 1992 TV film written and directed by Larry Ferguson. It tells the story of Dan Saxon, an undercover cop who infiltrates a group of criminal outlaw bikers behind a ...more