Best Police Movies

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1.
Pride and Glory (2008)
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A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD. (130 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
2.
Prince of the City (1981)
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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted. (167 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
3.
The Last Deadly Mission (2008)
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A washed-up Marseilles cop (Auteuil) earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison. (125 mins.)
Director: Olivier Marchal
 
4.
36th Precinct (2004)
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In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies... (111 mins.)
Director: Olivier Marchal
 
5.
The Invincibles (1994)
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Simon, the "invincible" leader of a police special unit, becomes caught up in a complex scheme involving bribery and money-laundering... (130 mins.)
Director: Dominik Graf
 
6.
Dark Blue (2002)
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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
 
7.
Street Kings (2008)
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An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
 
8.
Serpico (1973)
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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
 
9.
We Own the Night (2007)
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A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men. (117 mins.)
Director: James Gray
 
10.
Q & A (1990)
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A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector... (132 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
11.
The Super Cops (1974)
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The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin". (90 mins.)
Director: Gordon Parks
 
12.
Madigan (1968)
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In New York City's Spanish Harlem, detectives Madigan and Bonaro are given 72 hours by their superior to capture a hoodlum wanted for homicide in Brooklyn. (101 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
13.
Homicide (1991)
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A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
 
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L.A. Confidential (1997)
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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
 
16.
Colors (1988)
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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
 
17.
The Negotiator (1998)
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In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth. (140 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
18.
In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988 TV Movie)
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Florida 1985: A series of brutal robberies and murders keeps the F.B.I busy. Although all crimes seem to be comitted by the same group... (92 mins.)
Director: Dick Lowry
 
19.
S.W.A.T. (2003)
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An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it. (117 mins.)
Director: Clark Johnson
 
20.
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
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A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner. (116 mins.)
 
21.
In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas (1991 TV Movie)
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Gordon Kahl is man who feels that the U.S. government doesn't care about the American farmer, so he retaliates by not paying taxes... (96 mins.)
Director: Dick Lowry
 
22.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
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While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
23.
Year of the Dragon (1985)
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A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders. (134 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
 
24.
Dead Bang (1989)
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A cop is gunned down on Xmas eve. Jerry Beck, the homicide cop given the job of hunting the killer,... (102 mins.)
 
25.
The Laughing Policeman (1973)
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In San Francisco, one victim in a mass murder is a police detective. His partner and a new partner investigate in the city's seamy side. (112 mins.)
 
26.
The French Connection (1971)
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A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
 
27.
Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
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Bored with his highway traffic duties, Arizona motorcycle patrolman John Wintergreen is assigned to Homicide where his polite investigative style irks his macho boss. (114 mins.)
 
28.
Kojak (1973 TV Series)
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A homicide detective begins to suspect that the black teenager accused of murdering two white girls is being framed by his fellow detectives. (60 mins.)
 
29.
Cop Land (1997)
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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
 
30.
Narc (2002)
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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
 
31.
Rampart (2011)
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Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival. (108 mins.)
Director: Oren Moverman
 
32.
The New Centurions (1972)
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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.)
 
33.
End of Watch (2012)
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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
 
34.
Blue Steel (1989)
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A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her. (102 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
35.
Gangsters (2002)
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Franck Chaievski and Nina Delgado are two undercover detectives of a French special force trying to... (90 mins.)
Director: Olivier Marchal
 
36.
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)
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A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner. (113 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
37.
The Last of the Finest (1990)
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An elite group of vice cops are fired from the L.A.P.D. for being over-zealous in their war against drugs... (106 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
 
38.
Counter Investigation (2007)
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A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty. (85 mins.)
Director: Franck Mancuso
 
39.
Last of the Good Guys (1978 TV Movie)
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(95 mins.)