20 Best Buddy Cop Movie

When it comes to  buddy cop movie, you're gonna think of a lot of movies. Like Midnight Run, Stir Crazy and Toy Story and so on. In recent years, this type of film has been so popular, it's probably because every one of them has a sense of heroism, and when people seeing the buddy cop movie, they are satisfying. In addition, there's a lot of burning brain and exciting action scenes which make the audience feel interseted. Naturally, the audience liked it more.

we've picked out the 20 best buddy cop films of all time. Take a look below to see what made our final list of 20, and what topped it, 


Release Date
1995-09-22
  • Rate : 8.20
  • Production Companies : New Line Cinema, Juno Pix, Cecchi Gori Pictures,
  • Director : David Fincher, Cori Glazer, Nilo Otero,
  • Stars : Brad Pitt,Morgan Freeman,Gwyneth Paltrow,
  • Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.
Release Date
1985-11-01
  • Rate : 6.90
  • Production Companies : United Artists, SLM Production Group, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM),
  • Director : Jackie Saunders,
  • Stars : William Petersen,Willem Dafoe,John Pankow,
  • In director William Friedkin's supercharged thriller, William L. Petersen plays a "hot dog" special agent of the Secret Service who's out to arrest and convict an arrogant counterfeiter (William Dafoe) who has eluded the law for years and who flaunts his success. Dafoe has been asking for a down payment on a sale of bogus bills, but the amount is larger than the secret can authorize Petersen, undercover, to pay to entrap Dafoe in a "sting" operation. Petersen is forced to set up a dangerous plan to steal the advance money from another crook (John Turturro) and use it to buy bogus bills and bust the counterfeiter.As the film winds to its dark and exciting resolution, the distinction between the pursuing law enforcers and the pursued criminals will continue to blur.
Release Date
1982-12-07
  • Rate : 6.5
  • Production Companies : Paramount Pictures,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Nick Nolte,Eddie Murphy,Annette O'Toole,
  • A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.
Release Date
1987-03-06
  • Rate : 7
  • Production Companies : Silver Pictures, Warner Bros.,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Mel Gibson,Danny Glover,Gary Busey,
  • Veteran buttoned-down LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh is partnered with unhinged cop Martin Riggs, who -- distraught after his wife's death -- has a death wish and takes unnecessary risks with criminals at every turn. The odd couple embark on their first homicide investigation as partners, involving a young woman known to Murtaugh with ties to a drug and prostitution ring.
Release Date
2007-02-14
  • Rate : 7.40
  • Production Companies : Universal Pictures, Big Talk Productions, StudioCanal,
  • Director : Julie Brown,
  • Stars : Simon Pegg,Nick Frost,Timothy Dalton,
  • Top London cop PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team from looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. Paired with simple country cop Danny, everything seems quiet until two actors are found decapitated. It is addressed as an accident, but Angel isn't going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead.
Release Date
2005-09-05
  • Rate : 7.20
  • Production Companies : Silver Pictures, Warner Bros.,
  • Director : Shane Black, Jay Mason,
  • Stars : Robert Downey Jr.,Val Kilmer,Michelle Monaghan,
  • A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...
Release Date
1967-08-02
  • Rate : 7.60
  • Production Companies : United Artists, Mirisch Corporation, The,
  • Director : Norman Jewison, Terry Morse, Jr., Newt Arnold,
  • Stars : Sidney Poitier,Rod Steiger,Warren Oates,
  • An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Release Date
1984-11-29
  • Rate : 6.80
  • Production Companies : Paramount Pictures, Eddie Murphy Productions,
  • Director : Martin Brest, Betty Goldberg,
  • Stars : Eddie Murphy,Judge Reinhold,John Ashton,
  • Tough-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley heads to the rarified world of Beverly Hills in his beat-up Chevy Nova to investigate a friend's murder. But soon, he realizes he's stumbled onto something much more complicated. Bungling rookie detective Billy Rosewood joins the fish-out-of-water Axel and shows him the West Los Angeles ropes.
Release Date
1989-07-06
  • Rate : 7.80
  • Production Companies :
  • Director :
  • Stars : Chow Yun-Fat,Danny Lee Sau-Yin,Sally Yeh,
  • Mob assassin Jeffrey is no ordinary hired gun; the best in his business, he views his chosen profession as a calling rather than simply a job. So, when beautiful nightclub chanteuse Jennie is blinded in the crossfire of his most recent hit, Jeffrey chooses to retire after one last job to pay for his unintended victim's sight-restoring operation. But when Jeffrey is double-crossed, he reluctantly joins forces with a rogue policeman to make things right.
Release Date
1992-04-16
  • Rate : 7.60
  • Production Companies :
  • Director :
  • Stars : Chow Yun-Fat,Tony Leung Chiu-Wai,Anthony Wong,
  • A cop who loses his partner in a shoot-out with gun smugglers goes on a mission to catch them. In order to get closer to the leaders of the ring he joins forces with an undercover cop who's working as a gangster hitman. They use all means of excessive force to find them.
Release Date
2012-03-12
  • Rate : 6.80
  • Production Companies : Columbia Pictures, Original Film, Stephen J. Cannell Productions,
  • Director : Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Samuel W. Sullivan,
  • Stars : Channing Tatum,Jonah Hill,Brie Larson,
  • In high school, Schmidt was a dork and Jenko was the popular jock. After graduation, both of them joined the police force and ended up as partners riding bicycles in the city park. Since they are young and look like high school students, they are assigned to an undercover unit to infiltrate a drug ring that is supplying high school students synthetic drugs.
Release Date
2011-07-07
  • Rate : 6.80
  • Production Companies : UK Film Council, Crescendo Productions, Element Pictures,
  • Director : Kathleen Weir,
  • Stars : Brendan Gleeson,Don Cheadle,Liam Cunningham,
  • An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
Release Date
1991-12-11
  • Rate : 6.5
  • Production Companies : Geffen Pictures, Silver Pictures, Warner Bros.,
  • Director : Tony Scott, P.R. Tooke,
  • Stars : Bruce Willis,Damon Wayans,Chelsea Field,
  • When the girl that detective Joe Hallenback is protecting gets murdered, the boyfriend of the murdered girl (ex-football player Jimmy Dix) attempts to investigate and solve the case. What they discover is that there is deep seated corruption going on between a crooked politician and the owner of a pro football team.
Release Date
1992-07-04
  • Rate : 6.70
  • Production Companies :
  • Director : Stanley Tong,
  • Stars : Jackie Chan,Michelle Yeoh,Maggie Cheung,
  • A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar.
Release Date
1996-06-06
  • Rate : 6.90
  • Production Companies : Hollywood Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films,
  • Director : Michael Bay, Karen Golden, Jeanne Byrd,
  • Stars : Sean Connery,Nicolas Cage,Ed Harris,
  • A group of renegade marine commandos seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages. Their leader demands $100 million to be paid, as restitution to families of Marines who died in covert ops. Otherwise, he will launch 15 rockets carrying deadly VX gas into the San Francisco Bay area.
Release Date
2001-10-05
  • Rate : 7.30
  • Production Companies : Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Warner Bros.,
  • Director : Antoine Fuqua, Nicole Cummins,
  • Stars : Denzel Washington,Ethan Hawke,Scott Glenn,
  • On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Release Date
2013-06-27
  • Rate : 6.60
  • Production Companies : Ingenious Film Partners, Ingenious Media, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Sandra Bullock,Melissa McCarthy,Demián Bichir,
  • Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence--and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins, one of Boston P.D.'s "finest," is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: Buddies.
Release Date
2006-07-27
  • Rate : 5.80
  • Production Companies : Universal Pictures, Forward Pass, Motion Picture ETA Produktionsgesellschaft,
  • Director : Michael Mann, Pamela Alch, Kathryn Waters,
  • Stars : Jamie Foxx,Colin Farrell,Gong Li,
  • Miami Vice is a feature film based on the 1980's action drama TV series. The film tells the story of vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs and how their personal and professional lives are dangerously getting mixed.
Release Date
2010-08-06
  • Rate : 6.20
  • Production Companies : Columbia Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Will Ferrell,Mark Wahlberg,Eva Mendes,
  • NYPD detectives Christopher Danson (Johnson) and P.K. Highsmith (Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don't get tattoos, other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit detectives Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes, they're "the other guys." But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into NYC's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?
Release Date
2012-09-20
  • Rate : 7.20
  • Production Companies : Emmett/Furla Films, Exclusive Media Group, Hedge Fund Film Partners,
  • Director :
  • Stars : Jake Gyllenhaal,Michael Peña,Natalie Martinez,
  • 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.