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The Best Movies About Female Police Officers

Updated October 24, 2019 301 votes 55 voters 5.6k views21 items

List RulesVote 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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    Destroyer

    Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell

    Released2018

    Directed byKaryn 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 peace....  more
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan 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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    Hot Pursuit

    Sofía Vergara, Reese Witherspoon

    Released2015

    Directed byAnne 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 as...  more
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    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid 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 in...  more
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    The Heat

    Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul 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 and...  more
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    Twisted

    Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd

    Released2004

    Directed byPhilip 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, California....  more
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    The X-Files

    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny

    Released1998

    Directed byRob 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 Carter...  more
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    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan 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 Glenn,...  more
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    The X-Files: I Want to Believe

    Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet

    Released2008

    Directed byChris 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 the...  more
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    Raising Arizona

    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman

    Released1987

    Directed byEthan 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, and...  more
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    Black and Blue

    Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson

    Released2019

    Directed byDeon 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 turns...  more
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    Angel Eyes

    Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel

    Released2001

    Directed byLuis 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 man...  more
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    Taking Lives

    Angelina Jolie, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released2004

    Directed byD. 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 music score was...  more
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    The Bone Collector

    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington

    Released1999

    Directed byPhillip 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 of...  more
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    The Day Shall Come

    Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick

    Released2019

    Directed byChris 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 commune in...  more
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    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

    Sandra Bullock, Dolly Parton

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn 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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    S.W.A.T.

    Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell

    Released2003

    Directed byClark 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 Rodriguez,...  more
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    Blue Steel

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Sizemore

    Released1989

    Directed byKathryn 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 Vestron...  more
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    Out of Sight

    Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven 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 star...  more
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    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner

    Released2000

    Directed byDonald 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 Bergen....  more
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    Murder by Numbers

    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling

    Released2002

    Directed byBarbet 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 and...  more