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1. 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

2. 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

3. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

4. 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.

Writers: William Blinn, Stevie Long, John O'Brien, Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong | Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn

5. 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.

Writers: Chester Gould, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. | Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

6. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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.

Writers: Shane Black, Greg Hicks | Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham

7. Osmosis Jones (2001)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.2
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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.

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

8. Blue Streak (1999)

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

6.2
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46 Metascore

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

Writers: Michael Berry, John Blumenthal, Stephen Carpenter | Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle

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

M | Action, Crime, Drama

8.9
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You play a LAPD detective in late 1940s Los Angeles as you discover dark goings on in the city.

Writers: Rupert Humphries, Daniel McMahon, Brendan McNamara, Michael Unsworth | Director: Brendan McNamara | Stars: Aaron Staton, Michael McGrady, Adam Harrington, Sean McGowan

10. Nash Bridges (1996–2001)

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

6.8
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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.

Creator: Carlton Cuse | Stars: Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Jeff Perry

11. 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.)

Writers: Boaz Yakin, Scott Spiegel | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga

12. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Mystery

8.8
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An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

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

13. 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 »

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

14. The Corruptor (1999)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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56 Metascore

With the aid from a NYC policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things complicate when the Triads try to bribe the policeman.

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

15. Tightrope (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer whose victims are young and pretty women, that he rapes and murders. The killings are getting personal when the killer ... See full summary »

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

16. K-9 (1989)

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

5.9
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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.

Writers: Steven Siegel, Scott Myers | Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: James Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O'Neill

17. The Presidio (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.9
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Jay Austin is now a civilian police detective. Colonel Caldwell was his commanding officer years before when he left the military police over a disagreement over the handling of a drunk ... See full summary »

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

18. Lady in Cement (1968)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.9
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Tony Rome is a Miami based detective who while diving in the ocean finds the body of a young woman. He is hired by Gronsky to find her killer. Tony has to sift through a stack of suspects, ... See full summary »

Writers: Marvin H. Albert, Jack Guss | Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Raquel Welch, Richard Conte, Martin Gabel

19. Sharky's Machine (1981)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky ... See full summary »

Writers: William Diehl, Gerald Di Pego | Director: Burt Reynolds | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith

20. Whispering Smith (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Western

6.7
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Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.

Writers: Frank Butler, Karl Kamb, Frank H. Spearman | Director: Leslie Fenton | Stars: Alan Ladd, Robert Preston, Brenda Marshall, Donald Crisp

21. Streets of Blood (2009 Video)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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.

Writers: Eugene Hess, Dennis Fanning | Director: Charles Winkler | Stars: Val Kilmer, 50 Cent, Sharon Stone, Michael Biehn

22. 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.

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

23. Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.3
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A brutal Los Angeles police Lt. is determined to bust up an organization that forces underage girls into prostitution.

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

24. Prescription: Murder (1968 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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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.

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

25. Renegades (1989)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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Buster McHenry works as an undercover agent for the local police. Currently he investigates on police corruption and is in big trouble. His task makes him break the law, he participates in ... See full summary »

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

26. 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.

Writers: Mann Rubin, Lawrence Sanders | Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe

27. The Shield (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime

7.0
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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

28. Popeye Doyle (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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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 »

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

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.

Writers: Marvin H. Albert, Richard L. Breen | Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte, Gena Rowlands

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

R | 120 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.1
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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 »

Writers: Kiu-Ying Chan, Felix Chong, Bey Logan | Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Mark Hicks, Paul Rudd, Edison Chen, Stephen Fung

31. Bare Witness (2002 Video)

R | 88 min | Thriller

3.8
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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 »

Writers: Anthony L. Greene, Evan Spiliotopoulos | Director: Kelley Cauthen | Stars: Angie Everhart, Catalina Larranaga, Daniel Baldwin, Evan MacKenzie

32. 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 »

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

33. The Organization (1971)

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

6.0
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After a group of young revolutionaries break into a corporation's headquarters and steal $5,000,000 worth of heroin to keep it off the street, they call on San Francisco Police Lieutenant ... See full summary »

Writers: James R. Webb, John Ball | Director: Don Medford | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North

34. 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 »

Writers: Jere Cunningham, Thomas Lee Wright, George Armitage | Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey, Bill Paxton

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

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.2
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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.

Writer: Matthew Cirulnick | Stars: Avery Kidd Waddell, Laurence Fishburne, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken

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

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Action

5.9
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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.

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

37. Crackerjack (1994)

R | 96 min | Action

4.3
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A cop in vacation in a mountain resort comes to the rescue when the resort is taken over by violent criminals.

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

38. 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.

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

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

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

5.7
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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.

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

40. 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.

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

41. The Great Detective (1977– )

60 min | Crime, Mystery

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

42. High Crime (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.

Writers: Maurizio Amati, Tito Carpi, Enzo G. Castellari, Gianfranco Clerici, Vincenzo Mannino, Leonardo Martín | Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, James Whitmore, Delia Boccardo, Fernando Rey

43. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Drama series about police work in Victorian London, featuring Detective Sergeant Cribb, a member of Scotland Yard's newly formed CID unit.

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

44. One Man Force (1989)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.7
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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

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

45. 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.

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

46. Velvet Smooth (1976)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

3.1
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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.

Writers: Leonard Michaels, Jan Weber | Director: Michael Fink | Stars: Johnnie Hill, Owen Watson, Emerson Boozer, René Van Clief

47. Dead Aim (1987)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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Ed Marinaro is Malcolm "Mace" Douglas, a street-tough detective who's out for justice-no matter what the cost. While investigating the mysterious suicidal heroin overdoses of four beautiful... See full summary »

Writer: Michael A. Simpson | Director: William Vanderkloot | Stars: Ed Marinaro, Darrell Larson, Cassandra Gava, Isaac Hayes

48. Die Hard: Vendetta (2002 Video Game)

M | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Stars: Michael Blanchard, Jesse Donahue, Reginald VelJohnson, Joe Finetti

49. Fissure (2009)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Detective Paul Grunning is sent on a routine call to a local professor's home. When things turn deadly, he must navigate a fractured reality to solve the mystery before it's too late.

Writer: Nicholas Turner | Director: Russ Pond | Stars: James MacDonald, Scarlett McAlister, Jim Blumetti, Crystal Mantecon

50. Wu hu jiang zhi jue lie (Jin pai wu hu jiang) (1991)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Cops find their careers and their lives in jeopardy when they spend a gangster's bribe money after releasing him from custody during a drug bust.

Writers: Yin Nam, James Yuen | Director: Eric Tsang | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Felix Wong, Kiu Wai Miu