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The Best Movies About Female Police Officers 

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Updated October 24, 2019 153 votes 37 voters 3.5k views 21 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite films that feature women in law enforcement.

What are the best women cop movies? The life of a female police officer and for cops, in general, is hard at the best of times, and many police departments acknowledge that women face special challenges in law enforcement. There are movies with women detectives and police officers that focus on the potential harassment and prejudice that can make their jobs all the more difficult on and off the streets. The film Swat touches on this subject as well. And as study after study shows, policewomen continue outperforming their male counterparts in several key areas. For police departments across the country, hiring more women is a no-brainer. Which means we will probably see more female officers and detectives in new movies as they come out.

The best policewoman movies on this list show women in a variety of law enforcement agencies. Some are grounded and realistic studies of systemic issues like Silence Of The Lambs while some, like The Heat... aren't. It's time to vote up the best movies that feature policewomen, so vote for the greatest female cop movies, and don't forget to add any recent or classic movies not on the list!

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Hot Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Sofía Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Kazinsky

Released: 2015

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Hot Pursuit is a 2015 American action comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher. An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the outgoing widow (Sofia Vergara) of a drug boss ...more
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The Heat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Feig

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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner

Released: 1998

Directed by: Rob Bowman

The X-Files is a 1998 American science fiction film written by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, and directed by Rob Bowman. It is the first feature film based on The X-Files series created by ...more
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more
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Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany

Released: 2018

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

Destroyer is a 2018 crime thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama. A police detective (Nicole Kidman) reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make
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Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Michael Caine

Released: 2000

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Miss Congeniality is a 2000 comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas, starring Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt and Candice
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Twisted is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Andy Garcia

Released: 2004

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

Twisted is a 2004 American thriller film written by Sarah Thorp and directed by Philip Kaufman. It stars Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson and Andy García. The film is set in San Francisco,
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The X-Files: I Want to B... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, David Duchovny

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Carter

The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a 2008 American supernatural fiction film directed by Chris Carter and written by both Carter and Frank Spotnitz. It is the second feature film installment of ...more
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Raising Arizona is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 1987

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more
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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more
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Murder by Numbers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Nick Offerman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

This film is a 2002 psychological thriller film produced and directed by Barbet Schroeder. It stars Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt. It is loosely based on the Leopold ...more
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Angel Eyes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Terrence Howard

Released: 2001

Directed by: Luis Mandoki

Angel Eyes is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki and starring Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, and Jeremy Sisto. Written by Gerald Di Pego, the film is about a mysterious ...more
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Taking Lives is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Angelina Jolie, Kiefer Sutherland, Ethan Hawke

Released: 2004

Directed by: D. J. Caruso

Taking Lives is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. The film was marketed with the tagline "He would kill to be you." The original ...more
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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

Released: 1999

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

The Bone Collector is a 1999 psychological thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Martin Bregman. The movie was based on the novel ...more
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S.W.A.T. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2003

Directed by: Clark Johnson

S.W.A.T. is a 2003 American action-thriller film directed by Clark Johnson, and is based on the 1975 television series of the same name. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle ...more
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Blue Steel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins

Released: 1989

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Blue Steel is a 1989 American action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver and Clancy Brown. Blue Steel was originally set to be released by ...more
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Black and Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Mike Colter

Released: 2019

Directed by: Deon Taylor

Black and Blue is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Deon Taylor. Rookie cop, Alicia West (Naomie Harris) captures the murder of a drug dealer by corrupt cops on her bodycam and ...more
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The Day Shall Come is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks

Released: 2019

Directed by: Chris Morris

The Day Shall Come is a 2019 British-American satirical black comedy thriller film directed by Chris Morris. Moses (Marchánt Davis), the impoverished leader of a small Hebrew Israelite ...more
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Miss Congeniality 2: Arm... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Sandra Bullock, Dolly Parton, William Shatner

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Pasquin

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous is a 2005 comedy film directed by John Pasquin, starring Sandra Bullock. It is a sequel to the 2000 film Miss Congeniality. Bullock, who also produced the ...more
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Out of Sight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Female Police Officers
Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Out of Sight is a 1998 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and directed by Steven Soderbergh. The first of several collaborations between Soderbergh and ...more