The 25 Best American Cop Action Films of last 50 years

These, as per my personal views, are the 25 most gritty, hard-boiled and exciting cop action films from Hollywood in the last 50 years. Some of them are more of dramas and some fall under the buddy-cop/action/comedy genre. They are certainly not defined by body count methodology. The chronology of the list isn't as per any rating.

Added Later: I have expanded the list to include some more personal favorites that I happened to watch and re watch recently. The new additions are numbers 6, 7, 9, 15 and 22. Hope they make quality addition to the list.
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1.
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
2.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
3.
Bullitt (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
4.
The French Connection (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
 
5.
Dirty Harry (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
6.
The New Centurions (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life. (103 mins.)
 
7.
Serpico (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
8.
The Seven-Ups (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money. (103 mins.)
Director: Philip D'Antoni
 
9.
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In New York, South Bronx's main police precinct is nicknamed Fort Apache by its employees who feel like troopers surrounded by hostiles in a wild west isolated outpost. (125 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
10.
48 Hrs. (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer. (96 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
 
11.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner. (116 mins.)
 
12.
Running Scared (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer that nearly killed them in the past. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
13.
Colors (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control. (120 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
 
14.
Black Rain (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan. (125 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
15.
Internal Affairs (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Keen young Raymond Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner... (115 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
 
16.
Point Break (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (122 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
17.
Out for Justice (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The gruesome murder of a Brooklyn Detective, fellow officer and best friend of Detective Gino Felino, will turn the case into a personal vendetta, unleashing an all-out attack against Richie Madano's brutal gang. (91 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
 
18.
Bad Boys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
19.
Cop Land (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City policemen slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption. (104 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
20.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
21.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
22.
Dark Blue (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics. (118 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
23.
Narc (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When the trail goes cold on a murder investigation of a policeman an undercover narcotics officer is lured back to the force to help solve the case. (105 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
 
24.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
25.
End of Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer