50 Best Cop Movies of All Timeby maxdulberger | created - 18 May 2013 | updated - 08 Feb 2017 | Public
One man's ranking of the Top 50 Cop Movies of All Time.
Qualifiers include movies that feature a police officer, private eye, or modern-day lawman as one of the leads.
Comedies given their due, cause lord knows Frank Drebin is a bad ass mother.
Feel free to comment on what's missing (i.e. foreign films, new releases, blatant oversights, "what the hell was he thinking?" picks, etc.).
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1. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 1,031,003 | Gross: $132.38M
Never came together so well.
4. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 733,968 | Gross: $74.28M
5. Serpico (1973)
R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.
Votes: 93,451 | Gross: $29.80M
6. Dirty Harry (1971)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.
7. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Votes: 540,111 | Gross: $24.61M
8. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 601,834 | Gross: $27.00M
10. The Fugitive (1993)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt lead by a seasoned US Marshall.
Votes: 238,168 | Gross: $183.88M
11. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 789,168 | Gross: $2.83M
12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,074,845 | Gross: $130.74M
13. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 691,840 | Gross: $83.01M
15. Traffic (2000)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.
Votes: 182,954 | Gross: $124.12M
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime
Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.
Votes: 131,705 | Gross: $78.04M
17. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Votes: 57,839 | Gross: $24.38M
19. Bullitt (1968)
M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
Votes: 53,262 | Gross: $42.30M
22. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
23. Training Day (2001)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Votes: 345,468 | Gross: $76.63M
24. RoboCop (1987)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 207,792 | Gross: $53.42M
25. Lethal Weapon (1987)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.
Votes: 213,861 | Gross: $65.21M
26. End of Watch (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 205,974 | Gross: $41.00M
28. Dick Tracy (1990)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 52,287 | Gross: $103.74M
29. Witness (1985)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.
Votes: 75,711 | Gross: $68.71M
30. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.
Votes: 225,860 | Gross: $20.30M
31. American Gangster (2007)
R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.
Votes: 356,794 | Gross: $130.16M
32. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
NC-17 | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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 and redemption.
Votes: 33,445 | Gross: $2.00M
33. Donnie Brasco (1997)
R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.
Votes: 249,480 | Gross: $41.91M
34. Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.
Votes: 458,794 | Gross: $250.69M
37. Hell or High Water (II) (2016)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas.
Votes: 161,403 | Gross: $26.86M
38. Face/Off (1997)
R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
Votes: 316,522 | Gross: $112.23M
39. Falling Down (1993)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
Votes: 151,264 | Gross: $40.90M
40. Infernal Affairs (2002)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.
Votes: 109,128 | Gross: $0.17M
41. Inside Man (2006)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.
Votes: 304,932 | Gross: $88.51M
43. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 477,639 | Gross: $64.62M
44. Kindergarten Cop (1990)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime
A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.
Votes: 121,172 | Gross: $91.46M
45. Rush Hour (1998)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.
Votes: 212,619 | Gross: $141.15M
46. 21 Jump Street (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
Votes: 463,531 | Gross: $138.45M
47. Super Troopers (2001)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, try to save their jobs and out-do the local police department by solving a crime.
Votes: 88,508 | Gross: $18.49M
48. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Votes: 144,073 | Gross: $234.76M
50. Hot Fuzz (2007)
R | 121 min | Action, Comedy