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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 roles, 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?”

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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt 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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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno
Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film debut of ...more
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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
slaft added Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner
The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David Mamet. Based on the book The Untouchables, the film stars Kevin Costner as government agent Eliot ...more
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Cop Land is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry
Cop Land is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The supporting cast features Peter ...more
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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook
Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as maverick cop Harry Callahan after the 1971 film Dirty Harry. Ted Post, who also directed Eastwood in the ...more
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Serpico is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy
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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L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger
L.A. Confidential is a 1997 neo-noir film based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same title, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series. Like the book, the film tells the story of a group of ...more
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Bad Lieutenant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Paul Calderón
Bad Lieutenant is a 1992 American neo-noir drama film directed by Abel Ferrara. The film stars Harvey Keitel as the titular "bad lieutenant". The screenplay was written by ...more
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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more
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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris
Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Ben Affleck and starring his brother Casey Affleck. The screenplay by Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard is based on the novel of ...more
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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Insomnia is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives ...more
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Another 48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
slaft added Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Tisha Campbell-Martin
Another 48 Hrs. is a 1990 action comedy film and a sequel to the 1982 film 48 Hrs.. It was directed by Walter Hill and stars Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Andrew Divoff, and Ed O'Ross. ...more
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Unlawful Entry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe, Ray Liotta
Unlawful Entry is a 1992 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Kaplan starring Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe. The film involves a couple who befriend a lonely policeman, ...more
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Crash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more
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Internal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Richard Gere, Elijah Wood, Andy Garcia
Internal Affairs is a 1990 American crime thriller film set in Los Angeles about the police department's Internal Affairs Division. Directed by Mike Figgis, the film stars Richard Gere as Dennis ...more
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Touch of Evil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich
Touch of Evil is a 1958 American thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. Along with ...more
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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt 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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Dark Blue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Kurt Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Master P
Dark Blue is a 2002 film directed by Ron Shelton and starring Kurt Russell. The film is based on a story written for film by novelist James Ellroy and takes place during the days leading to and ...more
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Narc is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Busta Rhymes, Ray Liotta, Jason Patric
Narc is a 2002 American thriller film written and directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric. The plot revolves around the efforts of two police detectives in search. As ...more
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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call N... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer
After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his ...more
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Mulholland Falls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
slaft added Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich
Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris ...more
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Q&A is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Charles S. Dutton
Q & A is a 1990 crime film co-written and directed by Sidney Lumet, based on a novel by New York judge Edwin Torres. It stars Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton and Armand Assante.
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The Place Beyond the Pines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling
The Place Beyond the Pines is a 2012 drama film directed by Derek Cianfrance. In 1997, Luke Glanton (Gosling) is a motorcycle stuntman. In Schenectady, New York, Luke reunites with his ex-lover ...more