Films 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 crime thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics ...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 written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The film stars Leonardo ...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 crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film ...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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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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 crime drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The supporting cast features ...more

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Serpico is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch, Abraham Murphy Serpico is a 1973 American crime 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 ...more

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
slaft added Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner The Untouchables is a 1987 American crime 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 ...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 crime 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 ...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 crime 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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Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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 crime 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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Crash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Crash 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 "passion ...more

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Internal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Narc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Busta Rhymes, Ray Liotta, Jason Patric Narc is a 2002 American crime 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 ...more

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Touch of Evil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich Touch of Evil is a 1958 American crime 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 ...more

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Unlawful Entry is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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 crime thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. ...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 crime novelist James Ellroy and takes place during the days leading ...more

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Another 48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 21 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-crime 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 ...more

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Q&A is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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 crime thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, ...more

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The Place Beyond the Pines is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling The Place Beyond the Pines is a 2012 crime drama film directed by Derek Cianfrance.

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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call N... is listed (or ranked) 26 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 to cocaine and painkillers. Six months ...more

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Blue Steel is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Righteous Kill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
slaft added Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, 50 Cent Righteous Kill is a 2008 American crime 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 ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards The Killing 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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Rampart is listed (or ranked) 30 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