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The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops

Updated September 15, 2020 1.1k votes 247 voters 18.8k views34 items

Is there anything worse than a corrupt cop? Or anything better than a great crooked cop movie? 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 taking out 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. You might even be able to stream them on Netflix or Amazon Prime.

You'll also find some of these movies on this list of films about police brutality. Then be sure to check back for new movies about corrupt cops as they are added to the list when they are released.

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    Training Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Serpico is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Serpico

    Al Pacino, Judd Hirsch

    Released1973

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Released1987

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers

    Released1973

    Directed byTed Post

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    Cop Land is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Cop Land

    Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Sting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

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    Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Insomnia

    Al Pacino, Robin Williams

    Released2002

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    L.A. Confidential

    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe

    Released1997

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Another 48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Another 48 Hrs.

    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte

    Released1990

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    Bad Lieutenant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Bad Lieutenant

    Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo

    Released1992

    Directed byAbel Ferrara

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    Q&A is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Q&A

    Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton

    Released1990

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    Sin City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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    Black and Blue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Black and Blue

    Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson

    Released2019

    Directed byDeon Taylor

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    Righteous Kill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Righteous Kill

    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Avnet

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    Touch of Evil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Touch of Evil

    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles

    Released1958

    Directed byOrson Welles

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    Killerman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Killerman

    Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen

    Released2019

    Directed byMalik Bader

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    Crash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Crash

    Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Haggis

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    Mulholland Falls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Mulholland Falls

    Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte

    Released1996

    Directed byLee Tamahori

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    Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    Point Blank

    Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Lynch

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    The Place Beyond the Pines is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    The Place Beyond the Pines

    Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper

    Released2012

    Directed byDerek Cianfrance

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    River Runs Red is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Corrupt Cops
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    River Runs Red

    Taye Diggs, John Cusack

    Released2018

    Directed byWes Miller

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