The Worst Buddy Cop Films

by jwoehr | created - 07 Dec 2011 | updated - 12 May 2016 | Public
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1. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Family

4.1
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A tough police sergeant's overbearing mother comes to visit him and begins to meddle in his life and career.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Estelle Getty, JoBeth Williams, Roger Rees

Votes: 34,135 | Gross: $28.41M

2. Cop Out (2010)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.6
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31 Metascore

Jimmy's rare baseball card is robbed. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his cop partner Paul to track down the robber, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernández, Cory Fernandez

Votes: 78,917 | Gross: $44.88M

3. Cop & ½ (1993)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

3.9
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After witnessing a murder, a young boy named Devon refuses to testify unless he is given the chance to be a policeman.

Director: Henry Winkler | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Norman D. Golden II, Ruby Dee, Holland Taylor

Votes: 7,491 | Gross: $31.89M

4. Loose Cannons (1990)

R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.8
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An unconventional cop who doesn't take any bull, is paired up with an amazing detective to capture some powerful criminals but the cop soon realizes that his by the book partner has split personality disorder.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Gene Hackman, Dan Aykroyd, Dom DeLuise, Ronny Cox

Votes: 3,865 | Gross: $5.59M

5. Money Train (1995)

R | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.6
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A vengeful New York transit cop decides to steal a trainload of subway fares; his foster brother, a fellow cop, tries to protect him.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Blake

Votes: 34,660 | Gross: $35.32M

6. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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16 Metascore

Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who shot his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta, Eugene Collier

Votes: 66,130 | Gross: $42.61M

7. Rush Hour 3 (2007)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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44 Metascore

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada

Votes: 132,553 | Gross: $140.13M

8. Theodore Rex (1995)

PG | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Family

2.4
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In an alternate futuristic society, a tough female police detective is paired with a talking dinosaur to find the killer of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals leading them to a mad scientist bent on creating a new Armageddon.

Director: Jonathan R. Betuel | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Juliet Landau, Bud Cort

Votes: 3,530

9. Top Dog (1995)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.1
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With his cop companion shot and killed by terrorists, Reno The Dog pairs up with tough cop Jake in thwarting the criminal organization.

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Michele Lamar Richards, Erik von Detten, Carmine Caridi

Votes: 2,694 | Gross: $5.09M

10. Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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An LA detective is murdered because she has microfilm with the recipe to make cocaine cookies. A "Lethal Weapon" style cop team tries to find and stop the fiends before they can dope the ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Quintano | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Tim Curry

Votes: 39,971 | Gross: $27.98M

11. Another Stakeout (1993)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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Two immature detectives are joined by a pesky assistant district attorney in staking out a lakeside home where a Mafia trial witness is believed to be heading.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Rosie O'Donnell, Dennis Farina

Votes: 11,724 | Gross: $20.21M

Watch the first, Rosie isn't in it!

12. Kuffs (1992)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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George Kuffs didn't finish high-school, just lost his job and his girlfriend who still is in college is pregnant. Since he can't see how he can support her, he thinks she is better off ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce A. Evans | Stars: Christian Slater, Milla Jovovich, Ric Roman Waugh, Steve Holladay

Votes: 8,577 | Gross: $21.14M

13. Showtime (2002)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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32 Metascore

A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based television cop show, while tracking down the manufacturer and distributor of an illegally made semi-automatic firearm.

Director: Tom Dey | Stars: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo, Rachael Harris

Votes: 55,398 | Gross: $38.08M

14. Bulletproof (1996)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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30 Metascore

Two criminals, Keats and Moses, end their friendship, when Keats turns out to be an undercover cop. Many years later, the two are forced to work together when Keats is assigned to protect Moses as a witness.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler, James Caan, Jeep Swenson

Votes: 31,639 | Gross: $21.16M

15. Righteous Kill (2008)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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36 Metascore

Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent

Votes: 77,404 | Gross: $40.08M

They didn't have many scenes in Heat or any at all in the Godfather 2. So why not make them buddy cops. Except the movie just makes you want to watch Heat again.

16. Miami Vice (2006)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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65 Metascore

Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong, Naomie Harris

Votes: 98,751 | Gross: $63.45M

Bad casting and no chemistry. Just watch the show.

17. Cops and Robbersons (1994)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

5.0
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When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robbersons' home. Hard-nosed, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest, Robert Davi

Votes: 5,589 | Gross: $11.38M

18. The Man (2005)

PG-13 | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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33 Metascore

Special Agent Derrick Vann is a man out to get the man who killed his partner but a case of mistaken identity leads him to Andy Fidler, a salesman with too many questions and a knack of getting in Vanns way.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Levy, Miguel Ferrer, Luke Goss

Votes: 22,944 | Gross: $8.33M

19. Taxi (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

4.4
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27 Metascore

A mouthy and feisty taxicab driver has hot tips for a green and inept cop set on solving a string of New York City bank robberies committed by a quartet of female Brazilian bank robbers.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen, Henry Simmons

Votes: 35,742 | Gross: $36.61M

20. Hot Pursuit (2015)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.1
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31 Metascore

An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro, Michael Mosley

Votes: 41,590 | Gross: $34.51M

21. Ride Along (2014)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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41 Metascore

Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top police officer James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo

Votes: 87,341 | Gross: $134.94M

22. Ride Along 2 (2016)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy

5.9
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32 Metascore

As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 42,698 | Gross: $90.84M

23. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

5.3
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28 Metascore

John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Votes: 178,871 | Gross: $67.35M

His daughter became less of an ingrate and learned to respect John but time for his son to be all boo hoo about him not being a great dad. He saved your mom 2 times as well as many other lives so shut the hell up and be proud. But of course they bond during all the shoot-outs. Sadly this one is all action and no brains.

24. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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37 Metascore

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 137,222 | Gross: $130.44M

I took it down due to all the complaints but then released that yes it does belong here. The movie takes all characters less seriously and makes them just look like one dimensional clowns. The movie makes part 3 look just as good as part 1-2. The only emotional scene in the movie is when Joe Pesci talks about how he accidentally ran of his pet frog as a child with his bike. Compare that to Riggs getting over being suicidal or losing a pretty hot Russian girlfriend in part 2. Or even Glover accidentally killing a teenager in part 3. So yeah this one was mostly just goofy and was the cast just enjoying each other's company. Probably should have just ended after part 3.

25. R.I.P.D. (2013)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.6
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25 Metascore

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 101,534 | Gross: $33.62M

Men in Black with dead people but with bad effects, no chemistry and a laughable role for Jeff Bridges. Bridges went from nominated 2 yrs in a row to sadly nothing but bad movies now. Tron Legacy was probably last good one.