Cheese it! The coppers are coming for this list of the best ‘30s cop movies. 1930s police films continue to captivate audiences with gritty tales of theft, murder, criminality, and the gumshoes investigating all of the above. The first talking picture came out in 1927, so the talkies of the 1930s were still finding their footing, but as this list of '30s cop films proves, plenty of classics hit during the decade.
So what are the best ‘30s cop movies? Legendary silent film director Fritz Lang has an entry on this list, M, in which German police track down a vicious serial killer. Stars of early Hollywood like James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart appeared in police movies of the 1930s as well, establishing them as cinematic tough guys. Some of the top ‘30s cop films even predicted the later trend of the buddy cop flick. The Laurel and Hardy vehicle The Midnight Patrol, for example, put the comic duo in police uniforms and left audiences in stitches.
The order of this list of 1930s cop films changes based on votes, so be sure to change the lineup by voting up your favorite '30s police flicks and downvoting the movies that just don't hold up. If we missed any copper classics of the '30s, flash your badge and add them to the list!