21 Hollywood Cop Movies That You Shouldn’t Miss

The Departed

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An undercover cop (Billy Costigan) tries to expose an Irish gang in South Boston. At the same time, a mole (Colin Sullivan) in the police department works for the Irish-American mobster Frank Costello. When Costello is exposed to a sting operation, both happen to realize the other’s existence. Both see each other but unknown of each other’s identity. It is a story that unveils where and with whom one’s loyalty truly lies that makes this an exciting thriller.

The French Connection

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Jimmy Popeye Doyle and Buddy Cloudy Russo are two New York City cops who set out on a mission to bust a drug alliance based in France. Doyle is ill-tempered but a dedicated cop and in their pursuit of French heroin smuggler, Alain Charnier, leads them to have a series of rollercoaster events in their lives.

Chinatown

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A woman named Evelyn Mulwray hires a private investigator JJ Gittes to spy on her husband. Hollis Mulwray Gittes who specializes in ‘cheating-husband’ cases finds himself in a mesh of questionable identities, lies and deceit. Soon after he took the assignment, a series of events tainted Chinatown with murder and mysterious events. JJ finds out something about Evelyn that shakes the story.

No Country for Old Men

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A tale of chaos, mayhem and confusion, ‘No Country for Old Men’s, is an action-packed thriller of a hunter who accidentally comes across a drug deal gone wrong and discovers two million dollars. A veteran sheriff and a hitman chase down the cash trail and gun each other down.

Serpico

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IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Frank Serpico, a man with principles, joins the New York Police Department, a dream of his since a long time. However, soon he begins to realise that his colleagues take money from the extortion of criminals and share it among themselves. He reports to his superior but even he does not end up taking any action. Due to his aversion to corruption, he is treated as an outsider and often put in life-threatening situations by his fellow policemen. On a drug bust, he is abandoned by his colleagues and he is then shot in the face which is when he realises that he can take this no more.

Fargo

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Fargo is a crime-comedy narrative that manages to keep the sanity alive within itself. Jerry is planning to kidnap his wife so that he can grab a huge amount of ransom money from his father-in-law. Jerry is facing a certain financial crisis and had tried and tested all the ways to extract money from his father-in-law, but all of them failed miserably. Ultimately, Jerry hires two men, Carl and Gaer, to kidnap his wife and promises to give them a good amount of money as well as a stolen car. As the story proceeds, Jerry’s wife is kidnapped but the plan doesn’t go down very well. The intervention comes from a smart and talented police chief, Marge Gunderson, as she attempts to solve the mystery behind the unusual incidents.

Heat

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An engaging heist tale, ‘Heat’ is about a group of bank robbers who are extremely skilled in their niche. But they soon encounter that the police have traced a clue from their last episode and the cops are on a hunting spree.

Blade Runner

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Rick Deckard, a former police officer knows that his job as a blade runner is to track bioengineered beings called replicants and retire (kill) them. His supervisor, Bryant wants him to hunt down the violent Leon and his team of replicants Roy, Batty, Pris and Zohra who were the creations of a man named Tyrell. What Deckard didn’t know was that these replicants were, in turn, hunting him. Rachael comes into Deckard’s life after he meets Tyrell and he is told that she is also a replicant who thinks that she is a human due to her false memories. Deckard moves forward with his hunt encountering tough situations and Rachael struggles with the question of her existence. Among thrilling action, shocking revelations and unforeseen betrayals, their love blossoms. Watch the movie to find out the fate of Deckard, whether he is the hunter or becomes the hunted?

Dirty Harry

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IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Harry is a cop who is referred to as ‘Dirty Harry’ by his colleagues due to the reputation that he has built for himself by indulging into homicidal cases and caring little about what needs to be followed as per the books. Scorpio is a psychotic sniper who kills innocent people and then demands ransom by sticking a note at the sight of the killing. Harry is assigned his case along with his new partner, Inspector Chico Gonzalez. It soon turns into a cat and mouse game between the two men as Harry is put to the task of putting an end to Scorpion come what may.

The Fugitive

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IMDB rating: 7.8/10
Dr. Richard Kimble is a reputed surgeon in Chicago. One night as he returns home from work, he finds that his wife has been murdered brutally. However, the police blame Richard for killing his wife and he is tried, convicted as well as sentenced to death. On his way to the prison, his transport crashes and he manages to escape. He is determined to find out who the real killer is before it is too late. US Marshall, Samuel Gerald along with his team are on the lookout of Richard. Richard, on the other hand, tries to lead Gerald as well as his team into finding the real killer.

Reservoir Dogs

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Reservoir Dogs is an independent film shot on a very low budget but the exceptional prowess of the director and co-writer yells out that a good movie does not need a huge budget. It is not your average Crime – Drama as along with the characters the viewers have a toll on their patience regularly throughout the film. A gang of six thieves is hired to successfully carry out an armed robbery on a diamond warehouse. As soon as they get done with the robbery, things get out of control and they suffer with unintended and unexpected damage to their plan and force. The Police are after them and it is then that it struck them that one of them must be a police informant. Will they be able to find out which one is the back-stabber here? Or are they just too blatant to be true in the first place?

The Silence of the Lambs

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The Silence of The Lambs deviates from the good vs evil genre tropes and metaphorically pits a devil against one. The film moves from the perspective of Clarice Starling, a top student of the FBI’s training academy who takes the help of a cannibalistic serial killer, Dr Hannibal Lecter, to catch another psychopath serial killer who likes to skin his victims, treating them as his very own personal trophies.

Die Hard

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An NYPD officer, John McClane flies over to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to spend the holidays with his estranged wife, Holly and two kids. McClane’s life is turned upside down when the Nakatomi Plaza, the building his wife works at, is taken over by terrorists and everyone including Holly is held hostage. John is forced to take matters into his hands when he realizes that there’s no one to save the hostages but him.

Dog Day Afternoon

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IMDB rating: 8/10
Inspired by real events that took place in the early seventies, this movie is based on a bank robber named Sonny who attempts to rob the Chase Manhattan Bank in Gravesend, Brooklyn along with Sal. Sonny wants the money in order to pay for the sex change operation of his lover. Just when the bank is about to close and the customers have left, Sonny and Sal take the bank manager, security guard and the bank tellers as hostages. They are soon notified that the police is surrounding them from all sides and also find out that there is no money in the bank for them to rob. Running out of options of saving themselves, Sonny decides to negotiate his way out of the situation keeping the hostages as leverage.

Traffic

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IMDB rating: 7.6/10
The movie plot revolves around the war that America has against drugs. In one world, a judge who has been appointed as the US drug czar, gets to know about his daughter being a drug addict, in the other, a beautiful trophy wife tries hard to save her husband’s drug business. The movie also shows 2 DEA agents who are protecting a witness who has a lot of knowledge inside the business of the spouse, and a cop in Mexico who finds out that his new boss is not the anti-drug official that he shows himself to be.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!(1988)

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IMDB rating: 7.6/10
When it is announced that Queen Elizabeth II of England will be visiting Los Angeles, California, Lieutenant Frank Drebin is put in charge along with his Police Squad for ensuring the security of the queen. The rich developer, Vincent Ludwig, who is the organiser of the event that the queen is visiting is also a criminal mastermind who as suspected by Frank is the one behind putting one of his men, Nordberg, in the hospital. Debrin is focussed on stopping the attack on the queen while romancing his girlfriend Jane , also the secretary of Ludwig, and solving the mystery behind who really attacked Nordberg.

In the Heat of the Night

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IMDB rating: 8/10
After a businessman who comes to Sparta in order to build a new factory is murdered, Virgil Tibbs who is a detective is caught in the blame game since he was coincidently waiting for his train at the station of Sparta around the same time the murder took place. Since Tibbs is black, nobody bothers to listen or believe his side of the story. It is only after the chief of the local police, Gillespie gets to know that Tibbs is the homicide expert in Philadelphia PD that he asks Tibbs to help him solve the murder mystery since he has little experience in the domain.

Se7en

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This is a psychological thriller that includes two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, all working together to track down a serial killer who rationalizes his crimes as a release for the world’s ignorance of the 7 deadly sins. David Mills is a rookie Detective who is accompanied by a veteran Detective, William Somerset and together they trace each and every step of the killer as they come closer to a ghastly fate that neither of them could have imagined.

Bullitt

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A police officer, Frank Bullitt, is handed responsibility of a criminal, who has secret information about the Mob boss, Pete Ross. Surprisingly, the politician who assigned Frank Bullit for the safety of the criminal turns against him for his personal benefits. Bullitt and his friend, who he is guarding the witness discover that they have been ambushed. As they lay a plan to escape, they are attacked and a series of unfortunate happenings turn the situation upside down. Betrayed and hurt, Frank investigates and maps the Mafia to find the guy who killed the witness in his protection and bring down Pete Ross.

Touch of Evil

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A classic thriller revolving around a murder case in a Mexican town located near the US-Mexico border. Mexican Narcotics officer Mike Vargas has to leave his wife on their honeymoon to investigate the death of an American contractor killed during a bomb explosion. Mike has to deal with a corrupt US police chief, Hank Quinlan, who is willing to go to great lengths to win the case and maintain his stellar record.

 

Robocop

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IMDB rating: 7.6/10
The future of Detroit is crime-free and is also run solely by a huge company. In order to fight against crime, the company builds a robot that is supposed to fight crime but it goes down soon after. In order to win back the trust of the people, the company builds Robocop from the remains of the dead body of Alex Murphy, a cop who is killed by robbers. Robocop turns out to be very effective in wiping out criminals from the face of the planet. After achieving such success, Robocop ultimately comes face-to-face with the very gang that killed him.


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