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1. Law & Order (1990–2010)

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

7.7
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Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

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

Votes: 26,479

2. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 20,885

3. The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | 108 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.5
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A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 3,703

4. Gangster Squad (2013)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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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.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 182,702 | Gross: $46.00M

5. Starsky & Hutch (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime

6.1
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55 Metascore

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

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 124,929 | Gross: $88.20M

6. Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 49,956 | Gross: $103.74M

7. Osmosis Jones (2001)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.3
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57 Metascore

A policeman white blood cell, with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy Norwood

Votes: 27,029 | Gross: $13.60M

8. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R | 105 min | Action, Thriller

6.9
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A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham

Votes: 79,549 | Gross: $59.51M

9. Nash Bridges (1996–2001)

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

6.9
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A smart alecky San Francisco cop and his get rich quick scheme of a partner keep tabs on crime and take down the bad guys in the Bay Area.

Stars: Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Jeff Perry

Votes: 5,029

10. Blue Streak (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.3
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46 Metascore

A former convict poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle

Votes: 63,476 | Gross: $68.21M

11. The Presidio (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.0
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31 Metascore

A San Francisco civilian police detective is forced to work on a series of murders with his former enemy commanding officer while dating his daughter.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan, Jack Warden

Votes: 13,726 | Gross: $20.04M

12. The Rookie (1990)

R | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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Clint Eastwood plays a veteran detective who gets stuck with a rookie cop (Charlie Sheen) to chase down a German crook (Raul Julia.)

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga

Votes: 21,372 | Gross: $21.63M

13. L.A. Noire (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

8.8
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You play a LAPD detective in late 1940s Los Angeles as you discover dark goings on in the city.

Director: Brendan McNamara | Stars: Aaron Staton, Michael McGrady, Adam J. Harrington, Sean McGowan

Votes: 11,504

14. Wasabi (2001)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

6.6
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53 Metascore

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Jean Reno, Ryôko Hirosue, Michel Muller, Carole Bouquet

Votes: 31,156 | Gross: $0.08M

15. Tightrope (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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New Orleans single dad and cop Wes Block goes after a serial rapist-killer but when he gets too close to the target the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

Director: Richard Tuggle | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood

Votes: 12,400

16. K-9 (1989)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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To stop an elusive criminal, a maverick detective enlists the aid of a police dog who's an unusually intelligent smart alec.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: James Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O'Neill

Votes: 27,084 | Gross: $43.25M

17. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Mystery

9.0
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An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

Stars: Vincent Price, Alan Cumming, Gene Shalit, Joan Hickson

Votes: 593

18. The Corruptor (1999)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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56 Metascore

With the aid from a New York City policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things get complicated when the Triads try to bribe the policeman.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Mark Wahlberg, Ric Young, Paul Ben-Victor

Votes: 15,859 | Gross: $15.16M

19. The Last of the Finest (1990)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.6
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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. It is immediately apparent that some of their superiors are involved in the drug ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey, Bill Paxton

Votes: 842 | Gross: $1.53M

20. Sharky's Machine (1981)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government.

Director: Burt Reynolds | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith

Votes: 4,178

21. Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.4
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A brutal Los Angeles police Lt. is determined to bust up an organization that forces underage girls into prostitution.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Juan Fernández, Perry Lopez, James Pax

Votes: 2,125 | Gross: $3.42M

22. Prescription: Murder (1968 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, William Windom

Votes: 2,137

23. Boiling Point (I) (1993)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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A pair of sociopath killers take on the police and the mob in order to make one last big score.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper, Lolita Davidovich, Viggo Mortensen

Votes: 4,793 | Gross: $10.06M

24. Lady in Cement (1968)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.9
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During an ocean dive, Miami gumshoe Tony Rome finds a woman's body with its feet encased in a concrete block and sets-out to solve the murder case.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte, Martin Gabel

Votes: 1,515

25. Popeye Doyle (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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While Popeye Doyle (Ed ONeill) is investigating what appears to be a very simple drug overdose, he becomes involved in international intrigue. The Mosad and various other foreign diplomatic... See full summary »

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Matthew Laurance, James Handy, Candy Clark

Votes: 242

26. Short Time (1990)

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

6.4
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When a police detective thinks he is dying and learns that his life insurance pays out more if he dies in the line of duty, he tries to make that happen.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer, Teri Garr, Barry Corbin

Votes: 1,649 | Gross: $4.01M

27. Renegades (1989)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.3
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An undercover cop forms an alliance with a Native American to help him hunt down the criminals who stole an ancient Lakota tribal lance.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jami Gertz, Robert Knepper

Votes: 2,561 | Gross: $9.02M

28. The Organization (1971)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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In San Francisco, Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs helps a group of idealistic vigilantes expose a drug ring controlled by powerful businessmen.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North

Votes: 1,104

29. Tony Rome (1967)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 1,730

30. When the Bough Breaks (1994)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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On July, 4th in Houston, a teenager finds a human hand in the sewer. Captain Swaggert is investigating the discovery of seven hands over several years, each one precisely severed and with a... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cohn | Stars: Ally Walker, Martin Sheen, Ron Perlman, Tara Subkoff

Votes: 1,276

31. Streets of Blood (2009 Video)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.4
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A police officer's partner has died during Hurricane Katrina, but he later discovers that his partner may have been murdered. An investigation follows, taking the officer and his new partner into the depths of the criminal underworld.

Director: Charles Winkler | Stars: Val Kilmer, 50 Cent, Sharon Stone, Michael Biehn

Votes: 3,523

32. The First Deadly Sin (1980)

R | 112 min | Thriller

5.9
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A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe

Votes: 1,293

33. Bare Witness (2002 Video)

R | 88 min | Thriller

4.0
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Professional killer Gav Reed commits a grave mistake allowing himself to be videotaped (as she always does, for a documentary she hopes to sell to Hollywood about the real nocturnal 'eldest... See full summary »

Director: Kelley Cauthen | Stars: Catalina Larranaga, Angie Everhart, Mark Sivertsen, Robert McRay

Votes: 487

34. The Shield (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime

6.1
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The Shield: The Game, is set between seasons three and four of the hit TV series, in which tensions remain in the Strike Team after Lem quits the team having burned a large part of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Kenny Johnson

Votes: 156

35. True Crime: New York City (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

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Former gangster, now street cop Marcus Reed tries to uncover who is behind the murder of his friend and mentor, Lt. Terrance Higgins.

Director: Mo Davoudian | Stars: Avery Kidd Waddell, Laurence Fishburne, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken

Votes: 597

36. C.I.D. (1956)

146 min | Action, Crime, Musical

7.6
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A newspaper editor, Shrivastav, is killed when he was about to expose the underworld links of a very rich and influential person. C.I.D. Inspector Shekhar is assigned to this case, an ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Khosla | Stars: Dev Anand, Shakila, Johnny Walker, K.N. Singh

Votes: 479

37. Family of Cops III: Under Suspicion (1999 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Action

5.8
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Police Inspector Paul Fein (Bronson) copes with family troubles while also dealing with the possibility of advancement to police chief. Meanwhile, his son (Joe Penny) is investigating the murder of a banker.

Director: Sheldon Larry | Stars: Charles Bronson, Sebastian Spence, Barbara Williams, Kim Weeks

Votes: 418

38. The Stray (2000)

R | 90 min | Thriller

4.4
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After a drifter is struck by a car the driver offers to take him back from the hospital to her home in order to nurse him back to health...which turns out to be one of the biggest mistakes of her life.

Director: Kevin Mock | Stars: Michael Madsen, Angie Everhart, Stefan Lysenko, Frank Zagarino

Votes: 313

39. Gen-X Cops 2: Metal Mayhem (2000)

R | 120 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.0
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After a lethal American attack robot, RS1, is unleashed onto the mean streets of Hong Kong, Asia's funkiest crime-fighting team, the Gen-Y Cops, find themselves on the wrong side of the law... See full summary »

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Mark Hicks, Paul Rudd, Edison Chen, Stephen Fung

Votes: 801

40. Crackerjack (1994)

R | 96 min | Action

4.4
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A cop on vacation at a mountain resort comes to the rescue when the resort is taken over by violent criminals.

Director: Michael Mazo | Stars: Thomas Ian Griffith, Nastassja Kinski, Christopher Plummer, George Touliatos

Votes: 556

41. Roma a mano armata (1976)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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A tough, violent cop who doesn't mind bending the law goes after a machine-gun-carrying, hunchbacked psychotic killer.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy, Giampiero Albertini, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 792

42. Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops II (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.6
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The family of cops is back, this time dealing with the murder of a priest tied in with the Russian Mafia, who proceed to try to draw the family off the case.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Charles Bronson, Angela Featherstone, Barbara Williams, Sebastian Spence

Votes: 452

43. La polizia incrimina la legge assolve (1973)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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An Italian police inspector matches wits with a powerful European drug ring. As he comes closer to the top of the underworld organization, his odds of survival decrease.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, James Whitmore, Delia Boccardo, Fernando Rey

Votes: 502

44. La via della droga (1977)

100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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An Italian policeman goes undercover to break up an international heroin smuggling ring and butts heads with a hot-tempered Interpol agent assigned by his agency to do the same task.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Fabio Testi, David Hemmings, Sherry Buchanan, Wolfango Soldati

Votes: 415

45. The Hard Truth (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Romance

4.8
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A suspended cop and his girlfriend blackmail an electronics expert into helping them break into the safe of the girlfriend's boss, a corrupt city councilman who's on the local mob's payroll.

Director: Kristine Peterson | Stars: Yvonne Farrow, Nicholas Cascone, Ray Baker, Heather Cummings

Votes: 209

46. Velvet Smooth (1976)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

3.5
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The female head of a detective agency is hired by a crime lord to figure out who's taking his action.

Director: Michael Fink | Stars: Johnnie Hill, Owen Watson, Emerson Boozer, René Van Clief

Votes: 128

47. One Man Force (1989)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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In this action packed film, an L.A. cop speeds off to get revenge upon the dirty drug-dealing dogs who killed his partner

Director: Dale Trevillion | Stars: John Matuszak, Ronny Cox, Charles Napier, Sharon Farrell

Votes: 164

48. Identity Crisis (1989)

R | 90 min | Comedy

1.7
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A rapper finds himself possessed by the soul of a dead fashion designer; frequently switching personalities.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Glenn Athaide, Rick Aviles, Richard Bassett

Votes: 1,009

49. The Great Detective (1977– )

60 min | Crime, Mystery

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Stars: Douglas Campbell, Sandy Webster, Kay Hawtrey, James Duggan

Votes: 25

50. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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The Victorian era cases of Detective Sergeant Cribb of Scotland Yard's newly formed Criminal Investigation Department.

Stars: Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller, Alfie Curtis

Votes: 94