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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
The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis "Frank" Costello (Jack ...more

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Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti
Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles. The ...more

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Serpico is a 1973 American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler wrote the screenplay, adapting Peter Maas's biography of NYPD officer Frank ...more

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Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth
Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 American ensemble crime film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the debut of director and writer Quentin Tarantino, and stars ...more

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Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington
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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Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze
Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where ...more

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Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser
Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to ...more

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Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

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Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
21 Jump Street is a 2012 American action comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, executive produced by and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and scripted by Michael ...more

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Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker
Rush Hour is a 1998 American buddy action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by ...more

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John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon
Face/Off is a 1997 American science fiction action thriller film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Travolta is an FBI agent and Cage is a terrorist, sworn enemies ...more

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Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Edison Chen
Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It tells the story of a police officer who infiltrates a triad, and a police officer secretly working for ...more

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Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 American street racing action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. The film is the first ...more

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Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Tatiana Maslany
Eastern Promises is a 2007 British-Canadian-American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg, from a screenplay written by Steven Knight. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent ...more

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Gregg Allman
Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel written by Kim Wozencraft. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric as two cops in the 1970s who ...more

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Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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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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Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall
We Own the Night is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by James Gray and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall. It is the third film directed by ...more

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Tim Hackett added Deep Cover Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne, Clarence Williams III
Deep Cover is a 1992 American neo-noir thriller film starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum and directed by veteran actor Bill Duke. It is also notable for its theme song of the same ...more
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John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash
The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John ...more

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke
Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much ...more

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Al Pacino, Ed O'Neill, Karen Allen
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Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris
Miami Vice is a 2006 American film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight operations. The film, written, directed, and produced by Michael Mann, is an ...more

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Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright
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James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien, Virginia Mayo
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The Bouncer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila
The Bouncer is a 2018 French action thriller film directed by Julien Leclercq. Struggling through life to raise his young daughter, an aging nightclub bouncer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is asked by ...more