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The best '60s cop movies simmer with racial tensions, gritty urban violence, and convoluted plots that will keep you guessing til the finish. These films often confronted "taboo" themes, like homosexuality, racism, and violence. 


What are the best ‘60s cop movies? One of the greatest cop movies of all time,
In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier, tells the story of a black police officer from Philadelphia who gets embroiled in a murder investigation south of the Mason-Dixon. Action heroes like Steve McQueen also appear on this list in films like Bullitt, which also stars Robert Duvall. Duvall also appears in The Detective, a genre-defining police story starring Frank Sinatra. 


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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Bullitt Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett Bullitt is a 1968 American crime action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
In the Heat of the Night 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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Coogan's Bluff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Coogan's Bluff Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Don Siegel Coogan's Bluff is a 1968 American action film directed by Don Siegel, and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Don Stroud and Susan Clark. The film marks the first of five collaborations ...more

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Bunny Lake Is Missing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Bunny Lake Is Missing Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Noël Coward Bunny Lake Is Missing is a 1965 British psychological thriller film starring Laurence Olivier and directed and produced by Otto Preminger, who filmed it in black and white widescreen format in ...more

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The Detective is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
The Detective Frank Sinatra, Robert Duvall, Jacqueline Bissett The Detective is a 1968 film directed by Gordon Douglas, produced by Aaron Rosenberg and starring Frank Sinatra, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Roderick Thorp. Co-stars include Lee ...more

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Experiment in Terror is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Experiment in Terror Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford, Lee Remick Experiment in Terror, originally released in the UK as The Grip of Fear, is a 1962 suspense-thriller released by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Blake Edwards and written by Mildred Gordon ...more

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No Way to Treat a Lady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
No Way to Treat a Lady Rod Steiger, George Segal, Lee Remick No Way to Treat a Lady is a darkly comic thriller directed by Jack Smight, with a screenplay by John Gay adapted from William Goldman's novel of the same name. The film starred Rod Steiger, Lee ...more

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Madigan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Madigan Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Inger Stevens Madigan is a 1968 American dramatic thriller film directed by Don Siegel and starring Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda. The screenplay—originally titled Friday, Saturday, Sunday—was adapted by ...more

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Hell Is a City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Hell Is a City Donald Pleasence, Stanley Baker, Billie Whitelaw Hell Is a City is a 1960 film based on the novel by Maurice Procter. It was made by British studio Hammer Film Productions filmed in Manchester it was also written and directed by Val Guest. It ...more

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Murder, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Murder, Inc. Peter Falk, Sarah Vaughan, Stuart Whitman Murder, Inc. is a 1960 American gangster film starring Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk, and Simon Oakland. The Cinemascope movie was directed by Burt Balaban and Stuart ...more

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The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabus... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse Gert Fröbe, Howard Vernon, Peter van Eyck The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse is a 1960 black-and-white crime film/thriller made in West Germany. It was a West German/French/Italian international co-production and the last film directed by ...more

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The Police Dog Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
The Police Dog Story James Brown, Milton Frome, Vinton Hayworth Police Dog Story is a 1961 crime film.

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A Shot in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
A Shot in the Dark Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second installment in The Pink Panther series. Peter Sellers is featured again as Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the ...more

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Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Inspector Clouseau Alan Arkin, Barry Foster, Frank Finlay Inspector Clouseau is a 1968 United Artists feature film, the third in the Pink Panther film series. It was directed by Bud Yorkin, written by Frank Waldman and Tom Waldman and stars Alan Arkin ...more

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Girl in the Headlines is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Girl in the Headlines Jane Asher, Jeremy Brett, Ian Hendry Girl in the Headlines is a 1963 British detective film directed by Michael Truman and starring Ian Hendry, Ronald Fraser, Jeremy Brett and Jane Asher. It is based on the novel 'The Nose on my ...more

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Cage of Evil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Cage of Evil Helen Kleeb, Patricia Blair, John Maxwell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Cage of Evil is a low budget 1960 black and white crime film starring Ron Foster and Pat Blair.

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The Squeaker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
The Squeaker Robert Newton, Sebastian Shaw, Edmund Lowe The Squeaker is a 1937 British crime film directed by William K. Howard and starring Edmund Lowe, Sebastian Shaw and Ann Todd. Edmund Lowe reprised his stage performance in the role of Inspector ...more

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The Grim Reaper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
The Grim Reaper Gabriella Giorgelli, Carlotta Barilli, Alvaro D'Ercole La commare secca is the 1962 Italian film written and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, based on a story by Pier Paolo Pasolini. It was Bertolucci's directorial debut at age 21.

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Riot on Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Riot on Sunset Strip Aldo Ray, Michael Evans, John Hart Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Riot on Sunset Strip is a 1967 low-budget counterculture-era exploitation movie, released by American International Pictures, and filmed and released within six weeks of the actual late-1966 ...more

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The Siege of Sidney Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
The Siege of Sidney Street Donald Sinden, Kieron Moore, Nicole Berger The Siege of Sidney Street is a 1960 British historical drama film co-directed by Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman. It starred Donald Sinden, Nicole Berger and Kieron Moore. The film depicts the ...more

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The Green Archer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
The Green Archer Gert Fröbe, Karin Dor, Stanislav Ledinek The Green Archer is a 1961 West German black and white crime film directed by Jürgen Roland and starring Gert Fröbe, Klausjürgen Wussow, Karin Dor and Eddi Arent. It is based on ...more

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Carry On Constable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Cop Movies
Carry On Constable Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Leslie Phillips Carry On Constable is the fourth film from the Carry On series, with 31 entries. It was released in February 1960. Of the regular team, it featured Kenneth Connor, Kenneth Williams, Charles ...more