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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, Danny Glover Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and ...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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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
Adam Freeman added Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube 21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more

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wiabux added 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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Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to ...more

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48 Hrs. Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole 48 Hrs. is a 1982 American action comedy film directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy as a cop and convict, respectively, who team up to catch a cop-killer. The title ...more

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wiabux 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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Seven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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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The Other Guys Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg The Other Guys is a 2010 action comedy film directed and co-written by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and featuring Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, ...more

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Sherlock Holmes Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by ...more

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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington Training Day is a 2001 American crime thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics ...more

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Hot Fuzz Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British action comedy parody film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The three and the film's producer Nira Park had ...more

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Tango & Cash Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher, Kurt Russell Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, although Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming, and starring Sylvester ...more

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Turner & Hooch Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham Turner & Hooch is a 1989 American comedy-thriller film starring Tom Hanks and Beasley the Dog as the eponymous characters, Turner and Hooch respectively. The film also co-stars Mare ...more

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Tom Islava added Rush Hour 2 Maggie Q, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 martial arts buddy action comedy film. This is the second installment in the Rush Hour series. A sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour, the film stars Jackie Chan and Chris ...more

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
Tom Islava added Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more

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Shanghai Noon Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson Shanghai Noon is a 2000 American-Hong Kong action comedy western film starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. The film, marking the directorial debut of Tom Dey, was written by Alfred Gough and ...more

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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
music_chik added The Heat Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop comedy film written by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig. The plot centers on Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn ...more

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Starsky & Hutch Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Will Ferrell Starsky & Hutch is a 2004 American crime action comedy film directed by Todd Phillips. The film stars Ben Stiller as David Starsky and Owen Wilson as Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson and is ...more

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The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
KingEggy added The Nice Guys Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

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End of Watch Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera End of Watch is a 2012 American drama thriller film written and directed by David Ayer. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as Brian Taylor and Miguel Zavala, two Los Angeles Police ...more

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White Chicks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
White Chicks Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter White Chicks is a 2004 American buddy cop comedy film written, produced and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written and produced by Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who also ...more

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Stakeout Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss, Forest Whitaker Stakeout is a 1987 crime-comedy film directed by John Badham and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, and Forest Whitaker. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more

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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
wiabux added Dragnet Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Plummer Dragnet is a 1987 American buddy cop comedy film written and directed by Tom Mankiewicz in his directorial debut, and starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. The film is based on the television ...more

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Jeff Jake Jacobs added Running Scared Billy Crystal, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Hines Running Scared is a 1986 action/comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Peter Hyams, written by Gary Devore and Jimmy Huston, and starring Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, and ...more

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2 Guns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
2 Guns Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton 2 Guns is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Based on a comic book series of the same ...more

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Red Heat Arnold Schwarzenegger, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Gershon Red Heat is a 1988 American buddy cop action film directed by Walter Hill. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, as Moscow narc Ivan Danko, and James Belushi, as Chicago detective Art Ridzik. ...more

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Last Action Hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Sharon Stone Last Action Hero is a 1993 American action-comedy-fantasy film directed and produced by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and its clichés, containing several parodies of ...more

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Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
Wild Wild West Salma Hayek, Will Smith, Kevin Kline Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. A big-screen adaptation of the 1965–1969 TV series The Wild Wild West, it stars Will Smith, ...more

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National Security Martin Lawrence, Eric Roberts, Jeff Ross National Security is a 2003 action comedy film, directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn. In addition to Lawrence and Zahn, National Security boasts an additional cast ...more

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Running Scared Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell, Vera Farmiga Running Scared is a 2006 American crime thriller film, written and directed by Wayne Kramer, and starring Paul Walker, Cameron Bright and Vera Farmiga. It was released in the United States on ...more

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Miami Vice Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris Miami Vice is a 2006 American crime film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight drug trafficking operations. The film, written, directed, and produced ...more

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Marked for Death Steven Seagal, Danielle Harris, Keith David Marked for Death is a 1990 action film directed by Dwight H. Little. It stars Steven Seagal as John Hatcher, a former DEA troubleshooter. Upon moving back to his home town, Hatcher finds it ...more

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16 Blocks Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse 16 Blocks is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Richard Donner. It stars Bruce Willis, Mos Def, and David Morse. The film unfolds in the real time narration method.

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Armed and Dangerous Meg Ryan, John Candy, Eugene Levy Armed and Dangerous is a 1986 American action-crime comedy film starring John Candy, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia and Meg Ryan. It was directed by Mark L. Lester and filmed on location in and ...more

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Alien Nation James Caan, Terence Stamp, Mandy Patinkin Alien Nation is a 1988 American science fiction action film directed by Graham Baker. The ensemble cast features James Caan, Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp. The film depicts the assimilation ...more

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Showdown in Little Tokyo Tia Carrere, Brandon Lee, Dolph Lundren Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee. This was Brandon Lee's first American film role. The film was ...more

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Maximum Risk Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, David Hemblen Maximum Risk is a 1996 American action thriller film directed by Hong Kong director Ringo Lam in his American directorial debut, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Natasha Henstridge. The ...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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Shakedown Sam Elliott, Peter Weller, Kelly Rutherford Shakedown is a 1988 crime drama/action movie starring Peter Weller and Sam Elliott. The movie is about an idealistic lawyer teaming with a veteran cop to find out the truth in a possible police ...more

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Shoot to Kill Kirstie Alley, Tom Berenger, Sidney Poitier Shoot to Kill is an adventure thriller movie released in 1988 starring Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Clancy Brown, Andrew Robinson and Kirstie Alley. The film was directed by Roger

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Theodore Rex Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Kane, Juliet Landau Theodore Rex, also known as T. Rex, is a 1995 buddy cop/science fiction/family film written and directed by Jonathan Betuel and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Though originally intended for ...more

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wiabux added Righteous Kill Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, 50 Cent Righteous Kill is a 2008 American crime thriller film with elements of a buddy cop film directed by Jon Avnet, and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. It is one of only two movies in which De ...more

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Top Dog Chuck Norris, Timothy Bottoms, Clyde Kusatsu Top Dog is a 1995 comedy action film, directed by Aaron Norris and starring Chuck Norris. Written by Aaron Norris and Tim Grayem, it was Norris' last film to release theatrically, before he ...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

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Fair Game Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell Fair Game is a 2010 biographical spy drama film directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It is based on Valerie Plame's memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by ...more

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Chaos Sage Stallone, Kevin Gage, Ken Medlock Chaos is a 2005 American horror film about the rape and murder of two adolescent girls. It is a remake of Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left, only with all character names changed and a ...more