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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