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Poll: The Big Repentance: Corrupt Cops

Police is necessary for any healthy society. Without our upright officers, we would stick in chaos and maybe civilization would fall apart. So please give the officers in your neighborhood respect and a friendly smile!

In some movies criminal cops are the subject. They steal, blackmail other criminals, do drugs or prostitution, they keep money for shutting up and/or looking away or simply have their fun to beat someone and many other bad deeds. They are not trustworthy, whether for society or criminals. In one word: Corruption! In some of these films the bad officer repents his deeds by his own inner persuasion. These are golden changers, mostly everybody has some sympathy for. In other movies the decision to stop his (their) false game is made by upright colleagues or even other criminals.

(Spoiler bars attached to avoid spoiling the movie for you.) Which of these movies about repenting corrupt cops or upright police colleagues, or criminals who stop the worst uniformed guys is your favorite?

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    Training Day (2001)

    Ethan Hawke as Jake Hoyt tricks and extradites his brutal and corrupt colleague Alonzo to a brutal Latino-gang to get rid of him, after the worst training day a new and basically upright police officer could experience.
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    Cop Land (1997)

    Sylvester Stallone as Freddy Heflin and Robert DeNiro as Moe Tilden work together to stop a whole village full of corrupted police colleagues in Garrison, near New York City in the 1970s. As Gary Figgis turns around by scruple, he saves Freddy in a shooting and helps to pick up the corrupt colleagues.
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    Black and Blue (2019)

    Naomi Harris as Alicia is hunted by the drug mafia as well as her colleagues after filming them with the body cam, when her colleagues killed a drug dealer. Falsely accused by them to have killed the drug dealer, she has no backing from officials, the other cops or society. But she had backup by a loyal friend and nailed the guys. Gosh!
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    The Negotiator (1998)

    Samuel L. Jackson as the upright Danny Roman, a police negotiator who got screwed by some corrupt colleagues after a befriended colleague wanted to entrust him with some shady processes within the police. The corrupt guys killed his friend to cover a big police pension fund theft. After Danny got free by taking hostages and with the help of another negotiator, he ended the game by tricking the leading bad cop.
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    16 Blocks (2006)

    Bruce Willis as Jack Mosley, trying to transport a suspect to a court of law while having to deflect the attack of his colleagues, which he is linked to in a criminal way. He repents during their journey and at the end is friends with Eddie Bunker, his package.
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    Léon: The Professional (1994)

    Jean Reno as Léon and his "ring trick" to save Mathilda from the corrupt and drug addictive DEA cop Stansfield. She was witness of Stansfield murdering her family. Bad cop! Good end!
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    Dark Blue (2002)

    Kurt Russell as Eldon Perry outs himself and his Boss Jack Van Meter at his promotion party as criminal cops who tried to cover their murders for money and the blackmailing of the police chief facing the Rodney King case.
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    RoboCop 2 (1990)

    The dirty and sociopathic drug lord Caine let slaughter his drug addicted informant officer Duffy in front of his young drug business apprentice Hob. Duffy made the mistake to betray both sides and thought it would go on like that.
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    Serpico (1973)

    It was unbearable to Frank Serpico, how corrupt his police colleagues in the New York Police Department were. As he refused to take his advantages, too, his colleagues scorned him, so he tried to end it by telling the events to his superiors. But they just removed him from departement to department until he had enough and reported the deplorable state of affairs to a reporter from the New York Times. He (whistle-)blew up the bad system.
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    L.A. Confidential (1997)

    Dudley Smith is a corrupt police captain serving in the L.A.P.D. who, along with his unit of corrupt cops, are responsible for arresting Mickey Cohen and subsequently taking over his heroin empire. Consequently, Dudley Smith seeks to establish himself as the most powerful figure of both organized crime and law enforcement in Los Angeles by eliminating anyone who gets in his way. He was stopped by Ed Exley who turned up his bad deeds and killed him in a case of self justice, which corrupted Exley himself to a criminal by murder. He wasn't convicted in order to cover the police scandal, which is another event of corruption in itself.
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    The Godfather (1972)

    Mafia Boss Michael Corleone ended the threat of his father getting killed by the men of the corrupt Captain McCluskey by shooting McCluskey in a crowded restaurant.
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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

    Dixon, a lazy and abusive cop who, after being fired, realizes he must make amends and do better.
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    Magnum Force (1973)

    San Francisco Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is on the trail of vigilante Police Officers who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. Several criminals who have eluded the law are being gunned down by cops on motorcycles.

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