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The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops  

Ann Casano
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Is there anything worse than a corrupt cop? We know not to trust hardened criminals. However, we’ve been taught to rely upon the men and women in blue, who have sworn to uphold the law and protect the public. So, when cops turn to the dark side, it seems especially heinous and shocking. These are the best movies about corrupt cops.

With a few exceptions, all of the police officers on this list are despicable individuals, drunk with power. Some of the men on this list are even willing to murder to get what they want. Take Dennis Peck (Richard Gere) from Internal Affairs, he arranges to have his own partner killed. Is there anyone more vile than DEA Agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman) from Léon: The Professional? He’s a monster with no issue whatsoever murdering innocent children.

Harry Callahan (there are a total of five Dirty Harry movies) is not the same kind of bad cop. He’s actually the hero of the movie, the protagonist we’re rooting for to catch the bad guy. However, Callahan (Clint Eastwood) plays by his own rules, he is willing to break or bend any law to catch the villain. Dirty Harry appeals to his very own brand of justice. However, we have to put Callahan on this list, especially because he talks likes this, “I know what you’re thinking: 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?”

Make your voice heard on what you think are the best movies about corrupt cops by voting up the bad cop movie or police corruption movies you think are the greatest below.

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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger
The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel Washington. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the ...more
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Killerman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, Diane Guerrero
Killerman is a 2019 action drama film directed by Malik Bader. A New York City money launderer wakes up with millions of dollars in cash and contraband with no memory as to how it got there, he ...more
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Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Marcia Gay Harden
Point Blank is a 2019 action thriller directed by Joe Lynch and a remake of the 2010 film of the same name.
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River Runs Red is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Taye Diggs, John Cusack, George Lopez
River Runs Red is a 2018 thriller film directed by Wes Miller. When the son of a successful judge (Taye Diggs) is killed by two police officers (Luke Hemsworth/Gianni Capaldi) and the system ...more
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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards
This film is a 1956 film noir produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson and based on the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. The ...more
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Righteous Kill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
slaft added Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, 50 Cent
This film is a 2008 American thriller film with elements of a buddy cop film directed by Jon Avnet, and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. It is one of only two movies in which De Niro and ...more
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Blue Steel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
slaft added Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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 ...more
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Rampart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Sigourney Weaver, Ice Cube, Steve Buscemi
Rampart is a drama film released in 2011. Directed by Oren Moverman and co-written by Moverman and James Ellroy, the film stars Woody Harrelson. In the midst of the fallout from the Rampart ...more