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The Best Buddy Cop Duos In Movie History

Updated April 25, 2019 378 votes 53 voters18 items

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The best buddy cop movies are seamlessly able to mix action with comedy, giving us hilarious characters that often find themselves in situations way over their heads. Most of these duos couldn’t be more different, and no matter how many gun fights, explosions, or betrayals by that one loner cop, these duos stay together through thick and thin to help expose corruption, bring the guilty to justice, and maybe even make a few new friends in the process)

It’s no surprise that the best cop duos feature characters from vastly different backgrounds. In the Rush Hour franchise, fast-talking Detective Carter was paired up with Inspector Lee, a martial artist who preferred speaking with his fists. And in the Lethal Weapon movies, veteran cop Roger Murtaugh was paired with the brash and hot-headed Martin Riggs. The result, naturally, is some of the greatest (and funniest) action movies ever made.

Whether you like those complex, gritty relationships between two cops or prefer more light and silly shenanigans, there's no denying two cops becoming buddies and solving crimes is sometimes all we need to see after a hard day.

So hop in your patrol car, argue over who gets to drive, and get ready to vote up your favorite cop duos of all time.