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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. 

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These may not be all the cop movies out there, but they are the best.

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Police Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Police Movies
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Police Movies
Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco ...more

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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Police Movies
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Police Movies
Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and ...more

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End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Police Movies
dwsteeniii added Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera End of Watch is a 2012 American drama thriller film written and directed by David Ayer. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as Brian Taylor and Miguel Zavala, two Los Angeles Police ...more

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Police Movies
Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent Eliot ...more

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Heat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Police Movies
Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Heat is a 1995 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann, and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Police Movies
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Police Movies
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of ...more

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Serpico is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Police Movies
Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Police Movies
Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones This film is a 1993 American action film based on the 1960s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by Andrew Davis and stars Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee ...more

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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Police Movies
Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to ...more

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The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Police Movies
Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was ...more

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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Police Movies
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

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Cop Land is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Police Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry Cop Land is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The supporting cast features Peter ...more

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Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Police Movies
Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, and directed by Michael Bay in his directorial debut. It ...more

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The Town is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Police Movies
Blake Lively, Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm The Town is a 2010 American drama film starring, co-written and directed by Ben Affleck. The film opened in theaters in the United States on September 17, 2010, at number one with more than $23 ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Police Movies
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more

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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Police Movies
Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The screenplay by ...more

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Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Police Movies
Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more

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Speed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Police Movies
Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more

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Die Hard with a Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Police Movies
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons This film is a 1995 American action film and the third in the film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce Willis as New York City ...more

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Point Break is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Police Movies
Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where ...more

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Colors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Police Movies
Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Don Cheadle Colors is a 1988 American police procedural action film starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall, and directed by Dennis Hopper. The film takes place in the gang ridden neighborhoods of South ...more

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Police Movies
HrvojeRichterGoricanec added Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube 21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more

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Police Academy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Police Movies
wiabux added Kim Cattrall, Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith Police Academy is a 1984 comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson, and starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, and G.W. Bailey. It grossed approximately $146 million worldwide and spawned six more ...more

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S.W.A.T. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Police Movies
HaidarahAhmed added Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez S.W.A.T. is a 2003 American action-thriller film directed by Clark Johnson, and is based on the 1975 television series of the same name. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle ...more

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Die Hard 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Police Movies
Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz This film is a 1990 American action film and the second in the series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin. The novel has the same premise but differs ...more

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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Police Movies
but chickens double d added Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit, Derrick O'Connor and Joss Ackland. It is a ...more

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Police Movies
wiabux added Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. It takes place in Chicago and was released on July 29, 1998. The original ...more

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Super Troopers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Police Movies
Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan Super Troopers is a 2001 comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, written by and starring the Broken Lizard comedy group. Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen and Brian Cox co-star while Lynda ...more

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Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Police Movies
FrankQuinto added Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British action comedy parody film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The film follows two police officers attempting ...more

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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as maverick cop Harry Callahan after the 1971 film Dirty Harry. Ted Post, who also directed Eastwood in the ...more

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Live Free or Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Police Movies
Bruce Willis, Maggie Q, Mary Elizabeth Winstead This film is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the film series. The film was directed by Len Wiseman and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane. McClane is attempting to ...more

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Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Police Movies
Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is the ...more

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Brooklyn's Finest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Police Movies
wiabux added Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle Brooklyn's Finest is a 2009 American film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C. Martin. The film stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes. The film was ...more

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Police Movies
Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons Sergeant Warren Reed is a fictional character from the film series RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop 3.

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Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Police Movies
Jim Marshall added Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Stuart Wilson. It is the ...more

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The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Police Movies
analise.dubner added O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 American comedy film. It is the first in The Naked Gun series of films starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O. ...more

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Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Police Movies
Mazen Nasser added Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film is a sequel to the 1995 film Bad ...more

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Inside Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Police Movies
Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel ...more

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We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Police Movies
wiabux added Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall We Own the Night is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. It is the third film directed by ...more

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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16 Blocks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Police Movies
wiabux added Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse 16 Blocks is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Richard Donner. It stars Bruce Willis, Mos Def, and David Morse. The film unfolds in the real time narration method.

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Police Movies
slaft added 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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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Police Movies
Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by ...more

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To Live and Die in L.A. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Police Movies
Willem Dafoe, John Turturro, Jane Leeves This film is a 1985 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the screenplay with ...more