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The Best Buddy Cop Movies

Updated January 17, 2020 8.4k votes 804 voters 14.4k 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 Weapon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Rush Hour

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez

    Released1998

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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    Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Bad Boys

    Will Smith, Téa Leoni

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher... more on Wikipedia
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    48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1982

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Hot Fuzz

    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Other Guys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    The Other Guys

    Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2010

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Tango & Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Tango & Cash

    Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher

    Released1989

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky, Albert Magnoli

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    Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Turner & Hooch

    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1989

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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    Rush Hour 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Rush Hour 2

    Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

    Released2001

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    The Nice Guys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    The Nice Guys

    Matt Bomer, Ryan Gosling

    Released2016

    Directed byShane Black

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    Running Scared is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Running Scared

    Paul Walker, Elizabeth Mitchell

    Released2006

    Directed byWayne Kramer

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    Stuber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Stuber

    Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Dowse

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    Shanghai Noon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Shanghai Noon

    Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan

    Released2000

    Directed byTom Dey

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    Starsky & Hutch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Starsky & Hutch

    Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra

    Released2004

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Stakeout is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    Stakeout

    Madeleine Stowe, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Buddy Cop Movies
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    End of Watch

    Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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