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The Best Movies About Undercover Cops

Updated December 2, 2020 2.0k votes 341 voters 34.9k views85 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
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Donnie Brasco
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    Donnie Brasco

    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byMike Newell

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    Training Day
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Beverly Hills Cop
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

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    Point Break
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Serpico
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    Serpico

    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch

    Released1973

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    American Gangster
    45
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Face/Off
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    Face/Off

    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    The Fast and the Furious
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    The Fast and the Furious

    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Rush Hour
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    Rush Hour

    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez

    Released1998

    Directed byBrett Ratner

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    21 Jump Street
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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum

    Released2012

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

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    Miss Congeniality
    35
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    Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock, William Shatner

    Released2000

    Directed byDonald Petrie

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    The Whole Nine Yards
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    The Whole Nine Yards

    Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry

    Released2000

    Directed byJonathan Lynn

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    Undercover Brother
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    Undercover Brother

    Eddie Griffin, Chris Kattan

    Released2002

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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    Eastern Promises
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    Eastern Promises

    Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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    We Own the Night
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    We Own the Night

    Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Gray

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    Reservoir Dogs
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    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi

    Released1992

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Bulletproof
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    Adam Sandler, James Caan

    Released1996

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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    City on Fire
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    Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda

    Released1979

    Directed byAlvin Rakoff

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    Beyond the Law
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    Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino

    Released1993

    Directed byLarry Ferguson

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    The Punisher
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    The Punisher

    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn

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    Miami Vice
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    Miami Vice

    Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Mann

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    Cruising
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    Al Pacino, Ed O'Neill

    Released1980

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

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    Deep Cover
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    Deep Cover

    Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne

    Released1992

    Directed byBill Duke

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    White Heat
    35
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    White Heat

    James Cagney, Edmond O'Brien

    Released1949

    Directed byRaoul Walsh

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