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The Best Movies About Undercover Cops 

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List Rules Films about undercover cops. Vote up the best undercover cop movies.

There’s nothing quite as thrilling as finding out that your favorite bad guy in a movie is actually a cop in disguise, and his rival is about to expose the truth and kill him! The drama! The suspense! There are tons of great films with this premise, but what are the best movies about undercover cops? Vote up the best undercover cop films below and see where your favorites rank!
The movies on this list all tell the story of an undercover cop in one way or another; most are dramatic and suspenseful in nature, while some put a comedic twist on the idea. No matter what genre you’re into, this list has the absolute best undercover cop movies of all time and there's sure to be one for you!
This list features the best movies about undercover cops including, Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, A Scanner Darkly, The Departed, Need for Speed, Sin City, American Gangster, Rush Hour, The Whole Nine Yards, and We Own the Night. Vote up the best films below or add one you love that isn't already on the list!
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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mike Newell

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Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

Released: 2001

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more

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Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

Released: 1992

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

Released: 1984

Directed by: Martin Brest

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Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1991

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Released: 1973

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube

Released: 2012

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brett Ratner

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John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Woo

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Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Released: 2001

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Edison Chen

Released: 2002

Directed by: Alan Mak, Andrew Lau

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Gregg Allman

Released: 1991

Directed by: Lili Fini Zanuck

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Released: 2007

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Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall

Released: 2007

Directed by: James Gray

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Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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Released: 2000

Directed by: Donald Petrie

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh

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Released: 1980

Directed by: William Friedkin

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Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

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Released: 2019

Directed by: Julien Leclercq

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Released: 2006

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