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The Best Buddy Cop Movies Of All-Time

“What are the best Buddy Cop Movies Of All-Time?” We looked at 124 of the top Buddy Cop films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 32 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Buddy Cop” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 75+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 32 Buddy-Cop Movies Of All-Time



32 .) In the Heat of the Night (1967)

	In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Kegl
  • Matts Movie Reviews

An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.



31 .) The Guard (2011)

	The Guard (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • High Snobuety
  • Movie mezzanine
  • Rotten Tomatoes

Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang – one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn’t much to it and has had plenty of time to think about it. When a fellow police officer disappears and Boyle’s small town becomes key to a large drug trafficking investigation, he is forced to at least feign interest when dealing with the humorless FBI agent Wendell Everett assigned to the case.



30 .) Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) directed by John McTiernan

	Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Babble Top
  • High Snobuety
  • IMDB

New York detective John McClane is back and kicking bad-guy butt in the third installment of this action-packed series, which finds him teaming with civilian Zeus Carver to prevent the loss of innocent lives. McClane thought he’d seen it all, until a genius named Simon engages McClane, his new “partner” — and his beloved city — in a deadly game that demands their concentration.



29 .) Dragnet (1987)

	Dragnet (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cltampa
  • Games Radar
  • Nerdist
  • Ranker

LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday — the equally straight-laced nephew of the famous police sergeant of the same name — is paired up with a young, freewheeling detective named Pep Streebeck. After investigating some strange robberies at the local zoo and the theft of a stockpile of pornographic magazines, they uncover cult activity in the heart of the city and are hot on the case to figure out who’s behind it all.



28 .) Lethal Weapon 2

	Lethal Weapon 2

Lists It Appears On:

  • Black America Web
  • Ranker
  • Renegade Cinema
  • Rotten Tomatoes

In the opening chase, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh stumble across a trunk full of Krugerrands. They follow the trail to a South African diplomat who’s using his immunity to conceal a smuggling operation. When he plants a bomb under Murtaugh’s toilet, the action explodes!



27 .) Midnight Run (1988)

	Midnight Run (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble Top
  • Games Radar
  • Goliath
  • Rolling Stone

An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.



26 .) Point Blank

	Point Blank

Lists It Appears On:

  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Pajiba
  • Ranker
  • Ranker

After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.



25 .) Red Heat (1988)

	Red Heat (1988)

Lists It Appears On:

  • High Snobuety
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • The Cinemaholic

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.



24 .) Rush Hour 2 (2001)

	Rush Hour 2 (2001)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Games For Girlss
  • Ranker
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Viraluck

It’s vacation time for Carter as he finds himself alongside Lee in Hong Kong wishing for more excitement. While Carter wants to party and meet the ladies, Lee is out to track down a Triad gang lord who may be responsible for killing two men at the American Embassy. Things get complicated as the pair stumble onto a counterfeiting plot. The boys are soon up to their necks in fist fights and life-threatening situations. A trip back to the U.S. may provide the answers about the bombing, the counterfeiting, and the true allegiance of sexy customs agent Isabella.



23 .) Se7en (1995)

	Se7en (1995)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Games For Girlss
  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Ranker
  • The Cinemaholic

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.



22 .) Sherlock Holmes (2009)

	Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • Viraluck

Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.



21 .) The Last Boy Scout (1991)

	The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema
  • Flickering Myth
  • High Snobuety
  • Matts Movie Reviews

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.



20 .) The Nice Guys (2016)

	The Nice Guys (2016)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flickering Myth
  • Joe
  • Ranker
  • The Cinemaholic

A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.



19 .) Training Day

	Training Day

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Pajiba
  • Ranker

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.



18 .) Bad Boys 2

	Bad Boys 2

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble Top
  • Black America Web
  • Cltampa
  • Kegl
  • Renegade Cinema

Out-of-control, trash-talking buddy cops Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey of the Miami Narcotics Task Force reunite, and bullets fly, cars crash and laughs explode as they pursue a whacked-out drug lord from the streets of Miami to the barrios of Cuba. But the real fireworks result when Marcus discovers that playboy Mike is secretly romancing Marcus’ sexy sister.



17 .) Stakeout (1987)

	Stakeout (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheet Sheet
  • High Snobuety
  • Nerdist
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes

Two cops are given the ‘dirty’ job of staking out the home of an escaped convict’s ex-girlfriend. Chris and the beautiful girlfriend accidentally meet and fall in love. Just as Chris’ confesses, the convict appears, but will she betray him ?



16 .) End of Watch (2012)

	End of Watch (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • High Snobuety
  • Ranker
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Ringer
  • Viraluck

Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.



15 .) Starsky & Hutch (2004)

	Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cltampa
  • Games Radar
  • High Snobuety
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Viraluck

Join uptight David Starsky and laid-back Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson as they’re paired for the first time as undercover cops. The new partners must overcome their differences to solve an important case with help from street informant Huggy Bear and persuasive criminal Reese Feldman.



14 .) 21 Jump Street (2012) directed by Phil Lord

	21 Jump Street (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • Flickering Myth
  • IMDB
  • Joe
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Viraluck

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.



13 .) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

	Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema
  • Flickering Myth
  • Games For Girlss
  • Games Radar
  • High Snobuety
  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Screen Rant
  • The Cinemaholic

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…



12 .) Men in Black (1997) directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

	Men in Black (1997)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Black America Web
  • Esquire
  • High Snobuety
  • IMDB
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Screen Rant
  • The Cinemaholic

After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay and new recruit Agent Jay find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies.



11 .) The Heat (2013) directed by Paul Feig

	The Heat (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble Top
  • Esquire
  • IMDB
  • Kegl
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant

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.



10 .) Running Scared (1986)

	Running Scared (1986)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble Top
  • Black America Web
  • Cheet Sheet
  • Cinema
  • High Snobuety
  • Kegl
  • Ranker
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes

Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer that nearly killed them in the past.



9 .) The Other Guys (2010) directed by Adam McKay

	The Other Guys (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babble Top
  • Esquire
  • High Snobuety
  • IMDB
  • Nerdist
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • Viraluck

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?



8 .) Turner & Hooch (1989)

	Turner & Hooch (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema
  • Cltampa
  • Flickering Myth
  • Games Radar
  • Kegl
  • Pajiba
  • Ranker
  • Rolling Stone
  • Viraluck

Scott Turner has 3 days left in the local police department before he moves to a bigger city to get some “real” cases, not just misdemeanors. Then Amos Reed is murdered, and Scott Turner sets himself on the case. The closest thing to a witness in the case is Amos Reed’s dog, Hooch, which Scott Turner has to take care of if it’s going to avoid being “put to sleep”.



7 .) Bad Boys (1995)

	Bad Boys (1995)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Black America Web
  • Cinema
  • Flickering Myth
  • Games Radar
  • High Snobuety
  • Pajiba
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • Viraluck

Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies’ man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station’s nose. To complicate matters, in order to get the assistance of the sole witness to a murder, they have to pretend to be each other.



6 .) Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

	Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Black America Web
  • Cinema
  • Cltampa
  • High Snobuety
  • Nerdist
  • Pajiba
  • Ranker
  • Renegade Cinema
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Viraluck

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.



5 .) Tango & Cash (1989)

	Tango & Cash (1989)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Babble Top
  • Cinema
  • Cltampa
  • High Snobuety
  • Kegl
  • Nerdist
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • Viraluck

Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can’t stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught with the murder weapon on the scene of the crime, the two have no alibi. Thrown into prison with most of the criminals they helped convict, it appears that they are going to have to trust each other if they are to clear their names and catch the evil Perret.



4 .) Rush Hour (1998) directed by Brett Ratner

	Rush Hour (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Black America Web
  • Cinema
  • Cltampa
  • Esquire
  • Games For Girlss
  • High Snobuety
  • IMDB
  • Nerdist
  • Ranker
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Viraluck

When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn’t want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and Carter form an unlikely partnership and investigate the case themselves.



3 .) 48 Hrs. (1982) directed by Walter Hill

	48 Hrs. (1982)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Babble Top
  • Black America Web
  • Cltampa
  • Esquire
  • Flickering Myth
  • Goliath
  • IMDB
  • Kegl
  • Movie mezzanine
  • Nerdist
  • Ranker
  • Renegade Cinema
  • Rolling Stone
  • Screen Rant
  • Viraluck

A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.



2 .) Hot Fuzz (2007) directed by Edgar Wright

	Hot Fuzz (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Babble Top
  • Cinema
  • Cltampa
  • Esquire
  • High Snobuety
  • IMDB
  • Joe
  • Kegl
  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Movie mezzanine
  • Nerdist
  • Pajiba
  • Ranker
  • Renegade Cinema
  • Rolling Stone
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Screen Rant
  • The Cinemaholic
  • Viraluck

As a former London constable, Nicholas Angel finds it difficult to adapt to his new assignment in the sleepy British village of Sandford. Not only does he miss the excitement of the big city, but he also has a well-meaning oaf for a partner. However, when a series of grisly accidents rocks Sandford, Angel smells something rotten in the idyllic village.



1 .) Lethal Weapon (1987) directed by Richard Donner

	Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lists It Appears On:

  • AMC
  • Babble Top
  • Black America Web
  • Cinema
  • Cltampa
  • Esquire
  • Flickering Myth
  • Goliath
  • High Snobuety
  • IMDB
  • Joe
  • Kegl
  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Matts Movie Reviews
  • Movie mezzanine
  • Nerdist
  • Pajiba
  • Ranker
  • Screen Rant
  • The Cinemaholic
  • The Ringer
  • Viraluck

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.




The 75+ Additional Best Buddy Cop Movies



# Movies Directors Lists
33 2 Guns   Kegl
Ranker
34 22 Jump Street (2014)   Ranker
The Cinemaholic
35 Cop Out (2010)   Games For Girlss
The Cinemaholic
36 Dumb and Dumber (1994)   Goliath
Rolling Stone
37 Freebie And The Bean (1974)   Cheet Sheet
Games Radar
38 L.A. Confidential (1997)   High Snobuety
The Ringer
39 Money Train (1995)   Ranker
High Snobuety
40 Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)   Goliath
Rolling Stone
41 Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)   High Snobuety
Cheet Sheet
42 Superbad (2007)   Goliath
Rolling Stone
43 The Hard Way (1991)   AMC
Games Radar
44 16 Blocks   Ranker
45 21 Bounce Road (2012)   Games For Girlss
46 22 Bounce Road (2014)   Games For Girlss
47 A Piece of the Action  
Black America Web
48 Alien Nation   Ranker
49 Angel and Butterman, Hot Fuzz   IFC
50 Armed and Dangerous   Ranker
51 Artists and Models’ (1955)   Rolling Stone
52 Beavis and Butthead Do America’ (1996)   Rolling Stone
53 Beverly Hills Cop II’ (1987)   The Ringer
54 Beverly Hills Cop III  
Matts Movie Reviews
55 Black Rain (1989)   High Snobuety
56 Blue Streak  
Black America Web
57
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  Goliath
58 Collision Course (1989   AMC
59 Deadly Weapon (1987)   Games For Girlss
60 Die Hard’ (1988)   The Ringer
61 Fargo’ (1996)   The Ringer
62 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ (1998)   Rolling Stone
63 Finish of Watch (2012)   Games For Girlss
64 First Blood   Ranker
65 Friday and Streebek, Dragnet   IFC
66 Grumpy Old Men (1993)   Goliath
67 Hammond and Cates, 48 Hrs.   IFC
68 Hard Boiled   Nerdist
69
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle’ (2004)
  Rolling Stone
70 Heat’ (1995)   The Ringer
71 Last Action Hero   Ranker
72 Lee and Carter, Rush Hour   IFC
73 Let’s Be Cops (2014)   The Cinemaholic
74 Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)   Games Radar
75 Loose Cannons   Ranker
76 Males In Black (1997)   Games For Girlss
77 Marked for Death   Ranker
78 Maximum Risk   Ranker
79 Miami Vice   Ranker
80 Narc  
Matts Movie Reviews
81 National Security   Ranker
82 Ocean’s Eleven   Ranker
83
Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash, Tango & Cash
  IFC
84 Ride Along  
Black America Web
85 Riggs and Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon   IFC
86 Righteous Kill   Ranker
87 RoboCop’ (1987)   The Ringer
88
Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion’ (1997)
  Rolling Stone
89 Rush Hour 3   Ranker
90 Samurai Cop (1991)   Flickering Myth
91 Scorching Fuzz (2007)   Games For Girlss
92 Shakedown   Ranker
93 Shanghai Noon   Ranker
94 Shaun of the Dead  
Matts Movie Reviews
95 Showdown in Little Tokyo   Ranker
96 Sideways’ (2004)   Rolling Stone
97 Some Like It Hot’ (1959)   Rolling Stone
98 Spies Like Us (1985)   Games Radar
99 Step-Brothers’ (2008)   Rolling Stone
100 Stir Crazy’ (1980)   Rolling Stone
101 Stray Dog   Movie mezzanine
102 Supercop   Rotten Tomatoes
103 Swingers (1996)   Goliath
104 Sykes and Sam Francisco, Alien Nation   IFC
105 The Blues Brothers’ (1980)   Rolling Stone
106 The Departed’ (2006)   The Ringer
107 The French Connection (1971)   High Snobuety
108 The Glimmer Man   Ranker
109 The Good Guys (2016)   Games For Girlss
110 The Raid’ (2011) and   The Ringer
111 The Rock (1996) Michael Bay IMDB
112 The Trip’ (2010)   Rolling Stone
113 Thelma & Louise (1991)   Goliath
114 Theodore Rex (1995   AMC
115 Tommy Boy’ (1995)   Rolling Stone
116 Up in Smoke’ (1978)   Rolling Stone
117 War on Everyone (2016)   Joe
118 Wasabi  
Renegade Cinema
119 Wayne’s World’ (1992)   Rolling Stone
120 White Chicks   Ranker
121 White Men Can’t Jump’ (1992)   Rolling Stone
122 Who Framed Roger Rabbit   Ranker
123 Wild Wild West   Ranker
124 Withnail and I’ (1987)   Rolling Stone


28 Best Buddy Cop Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
AMC Classic Ten – Buddy Cop Movies
Babble Top Bad Boys For Life! The 10 Greatest Buddy Cop Movies Ever Made …
Black America Web Our Favorite Buddy Cop Movies of All-Time
Cheet Sheet 4 Funny Buddy Cop Movies You May Have Forgotten
Cinema Cop Out – Top 10 Buddy Cop Movies
Cltampa The Top 10 Buddy Cop Movies of all time
Esquire 10 Best Buddy-Cop Movies – The Best Movies About Cops
Flickering Myth 10 Great Buddy Cop Movies Not Written or Directed By Shane Black
Games For Girlss 14 Best Buddy Cop Movies of All Time
Games Radar 25 Funniest Buddy Cop Movies
Goliath Top 10 Buddy Movies Of All Time – Goliath
High Snobuety Get Ready for ‘The Nice Guys’ With 22 of Our Favorite Buddy Cop …
IFC 7 Mismatched Buddy Cop Duos Who Play By Their Own Rules – IFC
IMDB 10 Best Buddy Cop Movies Of All Time
Joe 5 brilliant buddy cop movies you really need to see
Kegl Top 10 Buddy Cop Movies of All Time
Matts Movie Reviews Top Ten / Buddy Cop Movies/ Matt’s Movie Reviews
Movie mezzanine Cop Stars: The Best Buddy Cop Films
Nerdist Punch It! – The Ten Best Buddy Cop Movies
Pajiba The Best Buddy Cop Movies
Ranker The Best Buddy Cop Movies
Renegade Cinema Best Buddy Cop Movies: Renegade Staff Picks
Rolling Stone It Takes Two: Top 25 Best Buddy Comedies – Rolling Stone
Rotten Tomatoes 12 Great Buddy Cop Pairings in Movies
Screen Rant 12 Best Buddy Cop Movies of All Time
The Cinemaholic 14 Best Buddy Cop Movies of All Time
The Ringer Who Is the Best Movie Cop of the Past 30 Years?
Viraluck The Best Buddy Cop Movies

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