The Buddy Cop Movie

by gareth-36 | created - 01 Jan 2019 | updated - 01 Jan 2019 | Public

A collection of as many buddy cop movies I can think of

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1. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 225,377 | Gross: $65.21M

2. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

70 Metascore

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit

Votes: 153,564 | Gross: $147.25M

3. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

40 Metascore

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 149,957 | Gross: $144.73M

4. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

37 Metascore

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Votes: 147,021 | Gross: $130.44M

5. Running Scared (1986)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

49 Metascore

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

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Steven Bauer, Darlanne Fluegel

Votes: 10,700 | Gross: $38.50M

6. Downtown (1990)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Police Officer Alex Kearney works in a rich, plush suburb of Philadelphia. When he stops an important businessman and his story of the incident is not believed, he is sent to work Downtown,... See full summary »

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Forest Whitaker, Penelope Ann Miller, Joe Pantoliano

Votes: 1,678 | Gross: $2.35M

7. The Wild Pair (1987)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A strait-laced FBI agent and a hulking, big-hearted narcotics cop team up to track down a drug lord associated with a militant hate group.

Director: Beau Bridges | Stars: Beau Bridges, Bubba Smith, Lloyd Bridges, Gary Lockwood

Votes: 117

8. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene

Votes: 349,083 | Gross: $100.01M

9. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

64 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 153,467 | Gross: $234.76M

10. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

48 Metascore

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox

Votes: 101,425 | Gross: $153.67M

11. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

16 Metascore

Axel Foley, while investigating a car theft ring, comes across something much bigger than that: the same men who killed his boss are running a counterfeit money ring out of a theme park in Los Angeles.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jon Tenney, Joey Travolta, Eugene Collier

Votes: 72,587 | Gross: $42.61M

12. Freebie and the Bean (1974)

R | 113 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen

Votes: 2,411

13. Hot Fuzz (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

81 Metascore

A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy

Votes: 439,075 | Gross: $23.64M

14. Bad Boys (1995)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Two hip detectives protect a witness to a murder while investigating a case of stolen heroin from the evidence storage room from their police precinct.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lisa Boyle, Michael Taliferro

Votes: 216,738 | Gross: $65.81M

15. Bad Boys II (2003)

R | 147 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

38 Metascore

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida from a Cuban drug cartel.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 213,901 | Gross: $138.61M

16. The Underground (1997)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A cop must stop the killings of rap stars. But, he gets in too deep after his partner is killed.

Director: Cole S. McKay | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Gregory Scott Cummins, Willie C. Carpenter, Michael McFall

Votes: 155

17. The Nice Guys (2016)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Votes: 253,512 | Gross: $36.26M

18. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 206,572 | Gross: $4.24M

19. 21 Jump Street (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson

Votes: 489,557 | Gross: $138.45M

20. 22 Jump Street (2014)

R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman

Votes: 329,346 | Gross: $191.72M

21. Rush Hour (1998)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 226,866 | Gross: $141.15M

22. Rush Hour 2 (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

48 Metascore

Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for a vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 190,700 | Gross: $226.16M

23. Rush Hour 3 (2007)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

44 Metascore

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada

Votes: 145,843 | Gross: $140.13M

24. 2 Guns (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

55 Metascore

Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton

Votes: 186,556 | Gross: $75.61M

25. Cop Out (2010)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

31 Metascore

Jimmy's rare baseball card is robbed. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his cop partner Paul to track down the robber, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernández, Cory Fernandez

Votes: 82,948 | Gross: $44.88M

26. Point Break (1991)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Votes: 145,780 | Gross: $43.22M

27. Midnight Run (1988)

R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton

Votes: 67,818 | Gross: $38.41M

28. Starsky & Hutch (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red and white Ford Gran Torino, with the help of a police snitch called "Huggy Bear".

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 134,297 | Gross: $88.24M

29. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

52 Metascore

A private detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham

Votes: 88,726 | Gross: $59.51M

30. Hollywood Homicide (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

Two LAPD detectives who moonlight in other fields investigate the murder of an up-and-coming rap group.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Isaiah Washington, Lena Olin

Votes: 34,824 | Gross: $30.01M

31. 48 Hrs. (1982)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

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

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae

Votes: 65,063 | Gross: $78.87M

32. Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

23 Metascore

Jack Cates once again enlists the aid of ex-con Reggie Hammond--this time, to take down The Iceman, a ruthless drug lord operating in the San Francisco bay area.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Brion James, Kevin Tighe

Votes: 36,497 | Gross: $80.82M

33. Stakeout (1987)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

Two detectives observe an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend, but complications set in when one of them falls for her.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 22,114 | Gross: $65.67M

34. Another Stakeout (1993)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

Two immature detectives are joined by a pesky assistant district attorney in staking out a lakeside home where a Mafia trial witness is believed to be heading.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Rosie O'Donnell, Dennis Farina

Votes: 12,572 | Gross: $20.21M

35. The Hard Way (1991)

R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York City policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Woods, Stephen Lang, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 17,448 | Gross: $25.90M

36. Red Heat (1988)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross

Votes: 61,096 | Gross: $34.99M

37. Tango & Cash (1989)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.

Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance

Votes: 91,414 | Gross: $63.41M

38. Alien Nation (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard

Votes: 13,545 | Gross: $25.22M

39. Dragnet (1987)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

62 Metascore

The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan

Votes: 30,204 | Gross: $57.39M

40. Collision Course (1989)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A Japanese investigator (Morita) and a Detroit cop (Leno) team up to track down a stolen prototype turbocharger.

Director: Lewis Teague | Stars: Pat Morita, Jay Leno, Chris Sarandon, Tom Noonan

Votes: 1,258

41. The Other Guys (2010)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

64 Metascore

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops, whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derek Jeter, Eva Mendes

Votes: 228,334 | Gross: $119.22M

42. Bad Company (2002)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

When an Ivy League-educated C.I.A. Agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother (Chris Rock).

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Rock, Peter Stormare, Gabriel Macht

Votes: 43,630 | Gross: $30.16M

43. Busting (1974)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Defying orders to lay-off the case, two Los Angeles vice-squad cops go after a local mobster and use unorthodox methods to achieve results.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Elliott Gould, Robert Blake, Allen Garfield, Antonio Fargas

Votes: 1,025

44. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 102,785

45. The Seven-Ups (1973)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money.

Director: Philip D'Antoni | Stars: Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Victor Arnold, Jerry Leon

Votes: 4,446

46. Nothing to Lose (1997)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7