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The Best '60s Cop Movies

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List RulesVote up your favorite police films that were released in the 1960s

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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    In the Heat of the Night
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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    Bunny Lake Is Missing
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    Bunny Lake Is Missing

    Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley

    Released1965

    Directed byOtto Preminger

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  • 3
    Bullitt
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    Bullitt

    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen

    Released1968

    Directed byPeter Yates

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  • 4
    Experiment in Terror
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    Experiment in Terror

    Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford

    Released1962

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Experiment in Terror, originally released in the UK as The Grip of Fear, is a 1962... more on Wikipedia
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    The Detective
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    The Detective

    Frank Sinatra, Robert Duvall

    Released1968

    Directed byGordon Douglas

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    Madigan
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    Madigan

    Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark

    Released1968

    Directed byDon Siegel

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  • 7
    No Way to Treat a Lady
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    No Way to Treat a Lady

    Rod Steiger, George Segal

    Released1968

    Directed byJack Smight

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  • 8
    Murder, Inc.
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    Murder, Inc.

    Peter Falk, Sarah Vaughan

    Released1960

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg, Burt Balaban

    Murder, Inc. is a 1960 American gangster film starring Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Coogan's Bluff
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    Coogan's Bluff

    Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb

    Released1968

    Directed byDon Siegel

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  • 10
    The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse
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    The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse

    Gert Fröbe, Howard Vernon

    Released1960

    Directed byFritz Lang

    The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse is a 1960 black-and-white crime film/thriller made in West... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Hell Is a City
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    Hell Is a City

    Donald Pleasence, Stanley Baker

    Released1960

    Directed byVal Guest

    Hell Is a City is a 1960 film based on the novel by Maurice Procter. It was made by British... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Green Archer
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    The Green Archer

    Gert Fröbe, Karin Dor

    Released1961

    Directed byJürgen Roland

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  • 13
    A Shot in the Dark
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    A Shot in the Dark

    Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer

    Released1964

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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  • 14
    The Police Dog Story
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    The Police Dog Story

    James Brown, Milton Frome

    Released1961

    Directed byEdward L. Cahn

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  • 15
    Girl in the Headlines
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    Girl in the Headlines

    Jane Asher, Jeremy Brett

    Released1963

    Directed byMichael Truman

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  • 16
    Cage of Evil
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    Cage of Evil

    Helen Kleeb, Patricia Blair

    Released1960

    Directed byEdward L. Cahn

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  • 17
    The Squeaker
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    The Squeaker

    Robert Newton, Sebastian Shaw

    Released1937

    Directed byWilliam K. Howard

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  • 18
    The Siege of Sidney Street
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    The Siege of Sidney Street

    Donald Sinden, Kieron Moore

    Released1960

    Directed byRobert S. Baker, Monty Berman

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  • 19
    The Grim Reaper
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    The Grim Reaper

    Gabriella Giorgelli, Carlotta Barilli

    Released1962

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

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  • 20
    Carry On Constable
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    Carry On Constable

    Kenneth Williams, Sid James

    Released1960

    Directed byGerald Thomas

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  • 21
    Inspector Clouseau
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    Inspector Clouseau

    Alan Arkin, Barry Foster

    Released1968

    Directed byBud Yorkin

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    Riot on Sunset Strip
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    Riot on Sunset Strip

    Aldo Ray, Michael Evans

    Released1967

    Directed byArthur Dreifuss

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