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The Best '00s Cop Movies  

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Stock up on donuts and go on a stakeout with our list of ‘00s cop movies. The best cop movies from the 2000s cover a lot of narrative ground, from tales of political corruption to backwoods murders to serial killer hunts and everything in between. These '00s cop films even include some buddy action-comedies from as far apart as Miami and the English countryside.

So what are the greatest ‘00s police movies? Legendary director Martin Scorsese has an entry on this list with his Oscar-winning undercover epic The Departed. The Clint Eastwood-directed Mystic River made the cut as well. It’s impossible to talk about the top ‘00s cop movies without mentioning all of the cop comedies of the decade. The 2000s included Super Troopers, Rush Hour 2, and Hot Fuzz, all keeping the tradition of the buddy cop film alive alongside Bad Boys II.

Vote up your favorite cop movies from the aughts and downvote the films that should turn in their badges and guns. Your votes determine the order of this 2000s police movie list, so deciding the top cop flick is up to you. If we missed any '00s police films, go ahead and add them. And if you're an expert, rerank the whole list!

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End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera

Released: 2012

Directed by: David Ayer

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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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

Released: 2001

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Bay

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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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Fincher

Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a person ...more

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Assault on Precinct 13 ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Maria Bello, Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jean-François Richet

Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 action thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. The cast also includes John Leguizamo, Maria Bello, Ja ...more
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Street Kings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Ayer

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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Pride and Glory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Colin Farrell, Edward Norton, Lake Bell

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

Pride and Glory is a 2008 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 United ...more
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We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall

Released: 2007

Directed by: James Gray

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) 11 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

Released: 2007

Directed by: Edgar Wright

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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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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Brooklyn's Finest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Brooklyn's Finest
Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle

Released: 2009

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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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Narc is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Busta Rhymes, Ray Liotta, Jason Patric

Released: 2002

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

Narc is a 2002 American 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. As ...more

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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more

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Infernal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Edison Chen

Released: 2002

Directed by: Alan Mak, Andrew Lau

Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong 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 working for ...more

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Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Carl Franklin

Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington.

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Starsky & Hutch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Will Ferrell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starsky & Hutch is a 2004 American action comedy film directed by Todd Phillips. The film stars Ben Stiller as David Starsky and Owen Wilson as Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson and is a film ...more

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

Released: 2002

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Super Troopers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

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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Murder by Numbers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Nick Offerman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

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Harsh Times is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Eva Longoria, Christian Bale, J.K. Simmons

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Ayer

Harsh Times is a 2005 American crime film set in South Los Angeles. The film stars Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, and was written and directed by David Ayer, who wrote the script for the ...more

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The Pledge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, Helen Mirren

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sean Penn

The Pledge is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Sean Penn. The film features an ensemble cast, starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, ...more

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15 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Kelsey Grammer

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Herzfeld

15 Minutes is a 2001 American thriller film starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns. Its story revolves around a detective and a fire marshal who team up to stop a pair of Eastern European ...more