Cop movies have been an essential part of thrilling movie experiences over the years. Cinema, on one hand is the exploration of intricacies in human lives or a study of people belonging to the different strata of the society. And in that sense, cops play a central role in the law enforcement system and are the basic building blocks of maintaining administrative equilibrium in any part of the world. So, movies featuring their experiences in those situations and the other side of their lives, often mixed with shades of fiction and realism, have proved to be a riveting ride always. The gun fights, car chases, mind-boggling investigative techniques, altogether convey the intense nature of their jobs also making us realize the necessity of a cop in a social structure. With that said, here is the list of the top cop films ever.
On this list you will find both dramatic and funny cop movies. The list begins with the Denzel Washington cop movie you already are very familiar with and ends in another famous movie starring Robert De Niro. The good news is that you might be able to find some these best cop movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Training Day (2001)
‘Training Day’ is a well done film that brings out the best of both Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in addition to a very interesting story of justice and corruption. For the first two thirds of the movie, the director makes us to snoop around the central characters. We get to observe these two very different people laugh, argue, help, and betray each other over the course of a single day and it makes for a truly great character study. It’s unfortunately during the last third when the film starts to falter. It requires a major suspension of disbelief and things become a little too convenient for otherwise such a realistic movie.
14. Robocop (1987)
Considered as one of the most iconic action films of the 1980’s, ‘RoboCop’ by Paul Verhoeven is an exhilarating ride filled with riveting, over-the-top action, impressive visuals, and most importantly, a thoroughly engaging story. The film is humorous at many times in its portrayal of the media and consumerism. There are themes of corporate greed, privatization and capitalism present in the film that give it a timely factor. The character “Robocop” is one of the matchless cop characters to have appeared on the silver screen and is exalted even now. It has held up very well and is a well-balanced one that will never let you go.