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The Best Movies About Undercover Cops

Updated November 2, 2019 1.9k votes 336 voters 34.7k views36 items

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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
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of... more on Wikipedia
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    Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Donnie Brasco

    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byMike Newell

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick... more on Wikipedia
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    Serpico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Serpico

    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch

    Released1973

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

    American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based... more on Wikipedia
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    Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Reservoir Dogs

    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

    Released1992

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Rush Hour

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez

    Released1998

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

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    Cruising is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Cruising

    Al Pacino, Ed O'Neill

    Released1980

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Miss Congeniality is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner

    Released2000

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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    Deep Cover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Deep Cover

    Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1992

    Directed byBill Duke

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    Undercover Brother is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Undercover Brother

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released2002

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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    White Heat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    White Heat

    James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien

    Released1949

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

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    The Whole Nine Yards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    The Whole Nine Yards

    Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry

    Released2000

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

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    State of Grace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    State of Grace

    Sean Penn, Gary Oldman

    Released1990

    Directed byPhil Joanou

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    Infernal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Infernal Affairs

    Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

    Released2002

    Directed byAlan Mak, Andrew Lau

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    Eastern Promises is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Eastern Promises

    Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Rush

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott

    Released1991

    Directed byLili Fini Zanuck

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    City on Fire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    City on Fire

    Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda

    Released1979

    Directed byAlvin Rakoff

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    We Own the Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    We Own the Night

    Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Gray

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    Beyond the Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Undercover Cops
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    Beyond the Law

    Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino

    Released1993

    Directed byLarry Ferguson

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