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The Best '00s Cop Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 1.8k votes 300 voters 21.4k views43 items

List RulesVote up your favorite police films that were released in the 2000s

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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    End of Watch

    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Pride and Glory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Pride and Glory

    Colin Farrell, Edward Norton

    Released2008

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    Pride and Glory is a 2008 drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor. It stars Edward Norton, Colin... more on Wikipedia
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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of... more on Wikipedia
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    Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Brooklyn's Finest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Brooklyn's Finest

    Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke

    Released2009

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Traffic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Traffic

    Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Narc is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Narc

    Busta Rhymes, Ray Liotta

    Released2002

    Directed byJoe Carnahan

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    Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Out of Time

    Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington

    Released2003

    Directed byCarl Franklin

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    Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Assault on Precinct 13

    Maria Bello, Ethan Hawke

    Released2005

    Directed byJean-François Richet

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    Harsh Times is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Harsh Times

    Eva Longoria, Christian Bale

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Ayer

    Harsh Times is a 2005 American crime film set in South Los Angeles. The film stars Christian... more on Wikipedia
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    Rush Hour 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Rush Hour 2

    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

    Released2001

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    15 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    15 Minutes

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Herzfeld

    15 Minutes is a 2001 American thriller film starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns. Its... more on Wikipedia
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    Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Along Came a Spider

    Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter

    Released2001

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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    Murder by Numbers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Murder by Numbers

    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling

    Released2002

    Directed byBarbet Schroeder

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    The Pledge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    The Pledge

    Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke

    Released2001

    Directed bySean Penn

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    Street Kings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Street Kings

    Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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    The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    The Black Dahlia

    Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan

    Released2006

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Miami Vice

    Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Miami Vice is a 2006 American film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who... more on Wikipedia
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    Dark Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Dark Blue

    Kurt Russell, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Shelton

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    We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    We Own the Night

    Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Gray

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    Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence

    Released2000

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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