Top 10 Cop Movies
Who doesn't like the top 10 cop movies? The "buddy cop film" is a sub-genre of cop movies that pairs two, often very different police officers together to solve an urgent case. Cop movies often center around this type of fraternity that not only attracts lots of male viewers, but gives the plot comedic relief from time-to-time. If you'd like to see some cop movies that deserve more than an honorable mention, check out the following list of great police films below:
- "Rush Hour" - A hard-working, disciplined Chinese cop (Jackie Chan) teamed up with a loud-mouthed, bold, and hilarious African American cop makes for an unforgettable jewel of a series. Playing on a lot of racial themes, the "Rush Hour" series not only dominated the box office, but was king of our hearts.
- "Lethal Weapon" - A film series beginning with the first "Lethal Weapon" in 1987 that managed to define all cop movies from then on out. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and a whole lot of butt kicking set the standard for action movies to come.
- "Men In Black" - In 1997, our world was rocked, literally. This time it wasn't the cops (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) who gave audiences a scare, it was the out-of-this-world lifeforms who were attacking Earth! M.I.B. was just as much a hallmark of its time as it was a shining example of a cop movie with spunk.
- "The Other Guys" - When an aggressive cop (Mark Wahlberg) and a nerdy-accountant cop (Will Ferrell) are teamed together to solve cases, you get "The Other Guys". Marky-Mark is a disgraced officer who shot Derek Jeter and Ferrell couldn't care less about being in the action; a humorous variant of cop movies to say the least.
- "Hot Fuzz" - Something's up in the small town of Sandford, England, and officer Angel (Simon Pegg) is about to find out. Paired with the goofy Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), they uncover some hideous secrets behind the whole police force. An excellent parody of many cop movies nowadays.
- "Sherlock Holmes" - When you put Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the same film, you get intelligent detectives with a knack for the unusual. Mr. Holmes and Mr. Watson are about to foil a plan to take down the House of Commons and House of Lords in this cop-flick.
- "Bad Boys" - Both the first (1995) and second (2003) "Bad Boys" cop movies take two opposable characters and put them together to make for an exciting flick. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith play off each other excellently.
- "Shanghai Noon" - A 2000 buddy cop/western flick starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. "Shanghai Knights", an equally reputable sequel, premiered in 2003. Both films portray action, comedy, buddy-sentiment, and western elements.
- "Wild Wild West" - Will Smith and Kevin Kline make "Wild Wild West" the funniest movie of 1999. The film takes the idea of two protagonists working together and puts them in a steampunk environment with gadgets galore. Although implausible, it's highly entertaining!
- "White Chicks" - Two undercover FBI agents (Shawn and Marlon Wayans) act as rich, white heiresses to try and foil a kidnapping plot. As their last opportunity, the two cops can't mess this up!
The top ten cop movies are bitter, beautiful, and bold all the way down to their core. Whether they play on cultural connotations, ethnic differences, or the idea of gender, these cop movies are all noteworthy. Why not rent a few at your local video store and see some classic, partner crime-busting!