Law Enforcement The Best Cop Movies of the 1990s  

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What comes to mind when you think about the best cop movies from the 1990s? Many '90s cop films were dark, gritty, and totally action-packed. Some of the best police flicks from the '90s were also pretty funny, while others came across as totally realistic.

What's the best '90s cop film? Bruce Willis starring as John McLean in Die Hard 2 and Die Hard With a Vengeance set the stage for many future action movies. Any action movie featuring a lone hero battling a myriad of various opponents in an unusual setting takes their cues from the Die Hard Franchise. Another '90s cop film, Speed, is often referred to as, "Die Hard on a bus." Die Hard and all of its sequels are some of the most iconic and influential cop movies ever. 

Other police films from the 1990s are hilarious, such as Kindergarten Cop and The Naked Gun 33 1/2.  These movies set out to prove that just because you're hunting down bad guys doesn't mean that you can't have a little bit of fun doing it. In Kindergarten Cop, Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly cast as John Kimble, a police officer that must go under cover as a Kindergarten teacher in order to catch a drug dealer. Hilarity ensues when Kimble discovers that looking after a bunch of 5-year-olds is harder than collaring a perp. 

Vote up the best '90s cop film, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Die Hard with a Vengeance Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irons Die Hard with a Vengeance is a 1995 American action film and the third in the Die Hard film series. It was produced and directed by John McTiernan, written by Jonathan Hensleigh, and stars Bruce ...more

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Die Hard 2 Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo, Dennis Franz Die Hard 2 is a 1990 American action film and the second in the Die Hard film series. It was released on July 4, 1990. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, and stars Bruce Willis as John ...more

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Rush Hour Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more

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Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, and directed by Michael Bay in his directorial debut. It ...more

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Speed Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper Speed is a 1994 American action film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. A ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cop Movies of the 1990s
but chickens double d added Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Kindergarten Cop Arnold Schwarzenegger, Odette Annable, Angela Bassett Kindergarten Cop is a 1990 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Kimble, a tough police detective, who must go undercover and pose as a ...more

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Lethal Weapon 4 Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is the ...more

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teddybear1029 added Lethal Weapon 3 Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Stuart Wilson. It is the ...more

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but chickens double d added Point Break Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze Point Break is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, ...more

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Loaded Weapon 1 Charlie Sheen, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 is a 1993 crime-comedy film, directed by Gene Quintano and starring Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson and William Shatner. The film mainly spoofs the first ...more

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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult O. J. Simpson, Raquel Welch, Anna Nicole Smith Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult is a 1994 comedy film, the third and final film in the Naked Gun series, which was based on the Police Squad! television series. It was marketed with the tagline: ...more

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Cop Land Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry Cop Land is a 1997 American crime drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The supporting cast features ...more

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darthbare added New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson New Jack City is a 1991 American crime thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more

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Ambrelina added The Jackal Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black The Jackal is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier. The film is a loose remake of the 1973 movie ...more

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Internal Affairs Richard Gere, Elijah Wood, Andy Garcia Internal Affairs is a 1990 American crime thriller film set in Los Angeles about the police department's Internal Affairs Division. Directed by Mike Figgis, the film stars Richard Gere as Dennis ...more

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One Good Cop Michael Keaton, Rene Russo, Benjamin Bratt One Good Cop is a 1991 American crime drama film written and directed by Heywood Gould and starring Michael Keaton, Rene Russo, Anthony LaPaglia and Benjamin Bratt.

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Bad Lieutenant Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderón Bad Lieutenant is a 1992 American neo-noir crime drama film directed by Abel Ferrara. The film stars Harvey Keitel as the titular "bad lieutenant". The screenplay was written by ...more

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darthbare added Stone Cold Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, Renee O'Connor Stone Cold is a 1991 action movie about a biker gang that is out to assassinate the governor and free one of their members who is on trial for murder. The movie marked the acting debut of 80s ...more

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Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Sylvester Stallone, Ving Rhames, Estelle Getty Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot is a 1992 American buddy cop comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty. The film was released in the United ...more

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K-911 Jim Belushi, Wade Williams, James Handy K-911 is a motion picture comedy which was released direct-to-video in 1999. It was directed by Charles T. Kanganis and stars James Belushi as Detective Michael Dooley. The film serves as the ...more

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Another Stakeout Rosie O'Donnell, Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss Another Stakeout is a 1993 action comedy film starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez and Rosie O'Donnell. It is a sequel to the 1987 film, Stakeout. Unlike its predecessor, the film was ...more

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Cops & Robbersons Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest Cops & Robbersons is a 1994 American comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie, and starring Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest, and Robert Davi.

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Family of Cops Charles Bronson, Daniel Baldwin, Lesley-Anne Down Family of Cops is a 1995 made-for-TV thriller film from Trimark Pictures, directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Charles Bronson, Daniel Baldwin, Angela Featherstone, and Sebastian Spence. It was ...more

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Loose Cannons Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman, Nancy Travis Loose Cannons is a 1990 comedy film, written by Richard Matheson, Richard Christian Matheson, and Bob Clark, who also directed the film. The film is about a hard-nosed cop who is teamed up with ...more

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Night Falls on Manhattan Richard Dreyfuss, James Gandolfini, Andy Garcia Night Falls on Manhattan is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, set and filmed on location in New York City. Its screenplay is by Lumet, based on a novel by Robert Daley ...more

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Crime Story Jackie Chan, Jon Polito, Kent Cheng Crime Story is a 1993 Hong Kong action film directed by Kirk Wong, and starring Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Law Kar-ying and Puishan Au-yeung. The film was released in Hong Kong on 24 June 1993. ...more

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Who's the Man? Ice-T, Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac Who's the Man? is a 1993 thriller comedy film, directed by Ted Demme, in his feature film directing debut. The film stars Yo! MTV Raps hosts Doctor Dré and Ed Lover as its two main ...more

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The Glass Shield Ice Cube, Ice-T, Elliott Gould The Glass Shield is a 1995 crime drama film starring Ice Cube, Michael Boatman and Lori Petty, directed by Charles Burnett.

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Homicide William H. Macy, Ving Rhames, Joe Mantegna Homicide is a crime-drama film written and directed by David Mamet, and released in 1991. The film's cast includes Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, and Ving Rhames. It was entered in the 1991 ...more

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One Tough Cop is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cop Movies of the 1990s
One Tough Cop Gina Gershon, Stephen Baldwin, Chris Penn One Tough Cop is a 1998 American action crime film. It was directed by Bruno Barreto and written by Jeremy Iacone. The movie stars Stephen Baldwin as the protagonist and first-person narrator Bo ...more

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Short Time Teri Garr, Joe Pantoliano, Dabney Coleman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Short Time is a 1990 comedy action crime movie directed by Gregg Champion which stars Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer and Teri Garr.

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Flashback Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Hopper, Carol Kane Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Flashback is a 1990 action comedy film starring Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland and Carol Kane, written by David Loughery and directed by Franco Amurri. The film received an R rating by the ...more

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Downtown Forest Whitaker, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Pantoliano Downtown is a 1990 American police action comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin. This would be the second pairing of Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker both of whom played roles in Amy ...more