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The Best Buddy Cop Movies

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List of the best buddy cop movies. On this page, you will find the rankings of the greatest buddy movies about cops that have ever graced the silver screen. What are two of the best genres for a film? Boom! Cop movies and buddy movies. That is why some of the funniest or most dramatic movies in the history of cinema are buddy cop films. 


On the comedy side, people have 21 Jump Street as well as 22 Jump Street, with the unlikely pair of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as police officers. Just like that film, many of these movies ranked here feature undercover detectives because they can make for hilarious or brutally intense storylines. Just ask the Wayans Brothers, also known as the White Chicks. But are you looking to watch an intense movie about friendship and crime-fighting? Then stay away from Rush Hour and turn on Die Hard or Training Day for some great buddy cop drama.

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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey
    Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring...  more

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    Rush Hour

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez
    Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush...  more

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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
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    Bad Boys

    Will Smith, Téa Leoni
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum
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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte
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    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci
    Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and...  more

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    Hot Fuzz

    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman
    Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British action comedy parody film directed by Edgar Wright, written by...  more

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    The Other Guys

    Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson
    The Other Guys is a 2010 action comedy film directed and co-written by Adam McKay, starring...  more

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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow
    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars...  more

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    Tango & Cash

    Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher
    Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky,...  more

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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg
    Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David...  more

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    Turner & Hooch

    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson
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    Rush Hour 2

    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd
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    The Nice Guys

    Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling
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    Stuber

    Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista
    Stuber is a 2019 American action-comedy directed by Michael Dowse. A mild-mannered Uber driver...  more
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    Stakeout

    Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss
    Stakeout is a 1987 comedy film directed by John Badham and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio...  more
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    Starsky & Hutch

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    Starsky & Hutch is a 2004 American action comedy film directed by Todd Phillips. The film...  more

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    Shanghai Noon

    Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan
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    End of Watch

    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal
    End of Watch is a 2012 American drama thriller film written and directed by David Ayer. It...  more

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    22 Jump Street

    Channing Tatum, Anna Faris
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