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1. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.0
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A Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals whom he believes have escaped justice.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

2. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.4
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers, and law enforcement.

Creator: David Simon | Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

3. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy

7.8
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66 Metascore

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Writers: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar, John Romita Jr. | Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

4. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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78 Metascore

After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Writers: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary | Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

5. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

6. Mike & Molly (2010– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

6.5
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A couple meets at an Overeaters' Anonymous meeting.

Stars: Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon

7. Gangster Squad (2013)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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40 Metascore

It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.

Writers: Will Beall, Paul Lieberman | Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi

8. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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58 Metascore

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Writers: George A. Romero, James Gunn | Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

9. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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70 Metascore

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.

Writer: David Ayer | Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

10. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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54 Metascore

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the K.K.K.

Writers: John Grisham, Akiva Goldsman | Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

11. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Fantasy

7.6
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71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Writers: James O'Barr, David J. Schow, John Shirley | Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

12. Kite (2014)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

4.3
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19 Metascore

When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the apparent help of his ex-partner.

Writers: Yasuomi Umetsu, Brian Cox | Director: Ralph Ziman | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Carl Beukes

13. Man on a Ledge (2012)

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

6.6
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40 Metascore

As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion.

Writer: Pablo F. Fenjves | Director: Asger Leth | Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Mandy Gonzalez

14. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.4
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35 Metascore

A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life.

Writers: H.B. Halicki, Scott Rosenberg | Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, T.J. Cross

15. Bad Boys (1995)

R | 118 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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41 Metascore

Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin.

Writers: George Gallo, Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson | Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lisa Boyle, Michael Taliferro

16. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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The gritty details of life as a member of a New York City police unit.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel, Bill Brochtrup

17. Bad Boys II (2003)

R | 147 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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38 Metascore

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstacy into Florida.

Writers: George Gallo, Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl | Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Jordi Mollà

18. Cold Case (2003–2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases" -- older crimes that have never been solved.

Creator: Meredith Stiehm | Stars: Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford

19. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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73 Metascore

Saga of a group of childhood friends growing up in a Los Angeles ghetto.

Writer: John Singleton | Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

20. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 110 min | Action, Thriller

7.6
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67 Metascore

A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.

Writer: Shane Black | Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

21. In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

60 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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In Sparta, Mississippi, a crusty Police Chief (later Sheriff) and his African American Chief Detective investigate crimes.

Creator: James Lee Barrett | Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Alan Autry, David Hart, Hugh O'Connor

22. Miami Vice (1984–1990)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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The adventures of the vice squad detectives of the Miami Police Department.

Creator: Anthony Yerkovich | Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

23. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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64 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Writers: Daniel Petrie Jr., Danilo Bach | Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

24. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.4
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61 Metascore

7 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.

Writers: André Bijelic, Vincenzo Natali, Graeme Manson | Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

25. Street Kings (2008)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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55 Metascore

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.

Writers: James Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer, Jamie Moss | Director: David Ayer | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

26. Out of Time (I) (2003)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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63 Metascore

A Florida police chief must solve a vicious double homicide before he himself falls under suspicion.

Writer: David Collard | Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Eva Mendes, Dean Cain

27. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

R | 114 min | Action, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Shane Black, Warren Murphy | Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit

28. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Horror

7.1
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When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.

Writer: Tom Holland | Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall

29. Saw IV (2007)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

5.9
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36 Metascore

Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to ... See full summary »

Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Thomas Fenton | Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell

30. The Joneses (2009)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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55 Metascore

A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors.

Writers: Randy T. Dinzler, Derrick Borte | Director: Derrick Borte | Stars: Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth

31. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

6.4
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Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards.

Writers: Pat Proft, David Zucker, Robert LoCash, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker | Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson

32. Jawbreaker (1999)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

5.3
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22 Metascore

Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jaw-breaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong.

Writer: Darren Stein | Director: Darren Stein | Stars: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, Judy Greer

33. Cop Out (2010)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.7
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31 Metascore

A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

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

34. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.

Creator: William Blinn | Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

35. 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 a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison.

Writers: Shane Black, Jonathan Lemkin, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Channing Gibson | Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

36. Summer of Sam (1999)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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67 Metascore

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Writers: Spike Lee, Victor Colicchio, Michael Imperioli | Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

37. The Negotiator (1998)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

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.

Writers: James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox | Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin

38. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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36 Metascore

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue an arms dealer who is a former LAPD officer.

Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen, Shane Black | Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

39. Magnum Force (1973)

R | 124 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables.

Writers: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink, John Milius, Michael Cimino | Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul

40. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Approved | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Writers: Stirling Silliphant, John Ball | Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

41. Cop Land (1997)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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64 Metascore

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.

Writer: James Mangold | Director: James Mangold | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro

42. Shaft (2000)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.9
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50 Metascore

New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.

Writers: Ernest Tidyman, John Singleton, Shane Salerno, Richard Price | Director: John Singleton | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright

43. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

5.9
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Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular ... See full summary »

Writer: Amy Spies | Director: Alan Metter | Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Biff Yeager, Lee Montgomery, Kristi Somers

44. The Object of My Affection (1998)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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51 Metascore

A pregnant New York social worker begins to develop romantic feelings for her gay best friend, and decides she'd rather raise her child with him, much to the dismay of her overbearing boyfriend.

Writers: Stephen McCauley, Wendy Wasserstein | Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Kali Rocha, Lena Cardwell

45. King of New York (1990)

X | 103 min | Crime, Thriller

7.0
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A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

Writer: Nicholas St. John | Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo

46. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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48 Metascore

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogamil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

Writers: Danilo Bach, Daniel Petrie Jr., Eddie Murphy, Robert D. Wachs, Larry Ferguson, Warren Skaaren | Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox

47. Exit Wounds (2001)

R | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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39 Metascore

Orin Boyd, a tough cop in an inner-city precinct discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption.

Writers: Ed Horowitz, Richard D'Ovidio, John Westermann | Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak | Stars: Steven Seagal, DMX, Isaiah Washington, Anthony Anderson

48. Walking Tall (1973)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

Writers: Mort Briskin, Stephen Downing | Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

49. Pacific Heights (1990)

R | 102 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own.

Writer: Daniel Pyne | Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Mako

50. Mod Squad (1968–1973)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Three young outsiders fight crime as undercover agents for the police.

Creator: Buddy Ruskin | Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews