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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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    Dragnet

    Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd
    Dragnet is a 1987 American buddy cop comedy film written and directed by Tom Mankiewicz in his...  more

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    Running Scared

    Billy Crystal, Jimmy Smits
    Running Scared is a 1986 action/comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Peter...  more

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    The Heat

    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy
    The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by...  more

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    Ocean's Eleven

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
    Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American comedy heist film and the remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film...  more

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    Rush Hour 3

    Sarah Shahi, Jackie Chan
    Rush Hour 3 is a 2007 martial arts/action-comedy-Adventure film, and the third and final...  more

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    Point Blank

    Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson
    Point Blank is a 1967 American neo noir film directed by John Boorman, starring Lee Marvin and...  more
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    2 Guns

    Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington
    2 Guns is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur...  more

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    Red Heat

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Laurence Fishburne
    Red Heat is a 1988 American buddy cop action film directed by Walter Hill. The film stars...  more

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    16 Blocks

    Bruce Willis, Mos Def
    16 Blocks is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Richard Donner. It stars Bruce...  more
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    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy
    First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted...  more

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    Last Action Hero

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner
    Last Action Hero is a 1993 American action-comedy-fantasy film directed and produced by John...  more

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    White Chicks

    Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans
    White Chicks is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. FBI agents Kevin...  more

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    Bad Boys for Life

    Martin Lawrence, Will Smith
    Bad Boys for Life is a 2020 is an action crime comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall...  more

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    Bright

    Will Smith, Joel Edgerton
    Bright is a 2017 American urban fantasy action crime film directed by David Ayer. In an...  more
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    Hobbs & Shaw

    Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
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    Money Train

    Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson
    Money Train is a 1995 American action film starring Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson and...  more

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    Dragged Across Concrete

    Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn
    Dragged Across Concrete is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by S. Craig Zahler....  more
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    Miami Vice

    Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx
    Miami Vice is a 2006 American film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who...  more
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    National Security

    Martin Lawrence, Eric Roberts
    National Security is a 2003 action comedy film, directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Martin...  more

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    Wild Wild West

    Salma Hayek, Will Smith
    Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry...  more

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    Alien Nation

    James Caan, Terence Stamp
    Alien Nation is a 1988 American science fiction action film directed by Graham Baker. The...  more

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    Marked for Death

    Steven Seagal, Danielle Harris
    This film is a 1990 action film directed by Dwight H. Little. It stars Steven Seagal as John...  more

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    Showdown in Little Tokyo

    Tia Carrere, Brandon Lee
    Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and...  more

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    Running Scared

    Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell
    Running Scared is a 2006 American thriller film, written and directed by Wayne Kramer, and...  more

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    Armed and Dangerous

    Meg Ryan, John Candy
    Armed and Dangerous is a 1986 American action-crime comedy film starring John Candy, Eugene...  more