Film 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
Howard Arnn 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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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '00s Cop 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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film takes place in ...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 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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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo 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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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '00s Cop 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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Street Kings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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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Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Maria Bello, Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne 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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We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Howard Arnn added Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall We Own the Night is a 2007 American crime 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 ...more

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Narc is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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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Pride and Glory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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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Brooklyn's Finest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle Brooklyn's Finest is a 2009 American crime 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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Traffic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas 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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Rush Hour 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts buddy action comedy film. This is the second installment in the Rush Hour series. A sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour, the film stars Jackie Chan and Chris ...more

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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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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Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington.

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Howard Arnn added Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell 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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Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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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The Pledge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, Helen Mirren 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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Infernal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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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Super Troopers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '00s Cop 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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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Insomnia is a 2002 American 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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Starsky & Hutch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Will Ferrell 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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15 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Kelsey Grammer 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

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Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer, and starring Martin Lawrence as FBI agent Malcolm Turner. The majority of the ...more

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Dark Blue is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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 novelist James Ellroy and takes place during the days leading to and ...more

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Murder by Numbers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane From Hell is a 2001 American horror mystery film directed by the Hughes brothers and loosely based on the graphic novel From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell about the Jack the Ripper

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Harsh Times is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Eva Longoria, Christian Bale, J.K. Simmons 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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Twisted is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Andy Garcia Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Twisted is a 2004 American thriller film written by Sarah Thorp and directed by Philip Kaufman. It stars Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson and Andy García. The film is set in San Francisco,

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Memories of Murder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Song Kang-Ho, Park Hae-il, Kim Roi-ha Memories of Murder is a 2003 South Korean crime-drama film directed by Bong Joon-ho. It is based on the true story of the Korea's first serial murder in history, which took place between 1986 ...more

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In the Valley of Elah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon In the Valley of Elah is a 2007 film written and directed by Paul Haggis, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon. The film’s title refers to the Biblical valley where the ...more

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Lantana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey, Manu Bennett Lantana is a 2001 drama film written by Andrew Bovell and Ray Lawrence.

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Stander is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Thomas Jane, Deborah Kara Unger, David O'Hara Stander is a 2003 biographical film about Captain André Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber, starring Thomas Jane who initially turned down the role. The filmmakers ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris Miami Vice is a 2006 American film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight operations. The film, written, directed, and produced by Michael Mann, is an ...more

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Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Sandra Bullock, Dolly Parton, William Shatner Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous is a 2005 comedy film directed by John Pasquin, starring Sandra Bullock. It is a sequel to the 2000 film Miss Congeniality. Bullock, who also produced the ...more

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The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank The Black Dahlia is a 2006 American neo noir thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential and stars Josh ...more

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Showtime is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro, William Shatner Showtime is a 2002 action comedy film directed by Tom Dey and starring Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy.

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City by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku City by the Sea is a 2002 film starring Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku, Frances McDormand and William Forsythe. It deals with the family problems of a wayward youth and is set ...more

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Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Michael Caine Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas, starring Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt and Candice

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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
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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Hollywood Homicide is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, André 3000 Hollywood Homicide is a 2003 American action comedy film starring Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett. The film also features Lena Olin, Bruce Greenwood, Isaiah Washington, Keith David, Gladys ...more

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call N... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '00s Cop Movies
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his ...more