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The Best Buddy Cop Movies

Updated January 17, 2020 8.5k votes 812 voters 14.7k views61 items

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 Weapon1
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Rush Hour

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez

    Released1998

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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  • Men in Black4
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • Bad Boys5
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    Bad Boys

    Will Smith, Téa Leoni

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

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  • 48 Hrs.7
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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1982

    Directed byWalter Hill

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  • Hot Fuzz8
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    Hot Fuzz

    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Point Break10
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • Seven11
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • The Other Guys12
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    The Other Guys

    Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2010

    Directed byAdam McKay

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  • Tango & Cash13
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    Tango & Cash

    Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher

    Released1989

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky, Albert Magnoli

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  • Training Day14
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • Sherlock Holmes15
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Turner & Hooch

    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1989

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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    Rush Hour 2

    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

    Released2001

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit18
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • The Nice Guys19
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    The Nice Guys

    Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling

    Released2016

    Directed byShane Black

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    Running Scared

    Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Kramer

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    Stuber

    Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista

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    Directed byMichael Dowse

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    Shanghai Noon

    Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan

    Released2000

    Directed byTom Dey

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    Starsky & Hutch

    Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra

    Released2004

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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  • Stakeout24
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    Stakeout

    Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal

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