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1. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 29,644

2. Columbo (1971–2003)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 24,276

3. Dick Tracy (1990)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo

Votes: 54,091 | Gross: $103.74M

4. Gangster Squad (2013)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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40 Metascore

It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 197,322 | Gross: $46.00M

5. Starsky & Hutch (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime

6.1
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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: 132,890 | Gross: $88.24M

6. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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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: 87,318 | Gross: $59.51M

7. Nash Bridges (1996–2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A smart alecky San Francisco, California cop and his get rich quick scheme of a partner keep tabs on crime and take down the bad guys in the Bay Area.

Stars: Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Jeff Perry

Votes: 5,913

8. Sharky's Machine (1981)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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58 Metascore

Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government.

Director: Burt Reynolds | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith

Votes: 4,956 | Gross: $35.61M

9. Blue Streak (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.3
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46 Metascore

A former convict poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago.

Director: Les Mayfield | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle

Votes: 69,835 | Gross: $68.52M

10. Osmosis Jones (2001)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.3
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57 Metascore

A policeman white blood cell, with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy Norwood

Votes: 30,141 | Gross: $13.60M

11. L.A. Noire (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

8.7
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Cole Phelps, a war hero and rookie cop, moves up the ranks and solves dark cases in 1940s Los Angeles.

Director: Brendan McNamara | Stars: Aaron Staton, Michael McGrady, Adam J. Harrington, Sean McGowan

Votes: 13,083

12. Tony Rome (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a boat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 2,098

13. Tightrope (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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61 Metascore

New Orleans single dad and cop Wes Block goes after a serial rapist-killer but when he gets too close to the target the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

Director: Richard Tuggle | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood

Votes: 14,476 | Gross: $48.14M

14. The Rookie (1990)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.9
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A veteran detective gets stuck with a rookie cop when in pursuit of a German crook.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga

Votes: 23,816 | Gross: $21.63M

15. Wasabi (2001)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

6.7
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53 Metascore

A French cop gets 2 months leave for getting results too violently. His Japanese girlfriend, who vanished 19 years ago, has died and he flies Paris to Tokyo for her funeral and will full of surprises. The Yakuza meets his brutal ways.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk | Stars: Jean Reno, Ryôko Hirosue, Michel Muller, Carole Bouquet

Votes: 35,024 | Gross: $0.08M

16. Prescription: Murder (1968 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, William Windom

Votes: 2,764

17. The Presidio (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.0
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31 Metascore

A San Francisco civilian police detective is forced to work on a series of murders with his former enemy commanding officer while dating his daughter.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Meg Ryan, Jack Warden

Votes: 15,199 | Gross: $20.04M

18. K-9 (1989)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.0
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44 Metascore

To stop an elusive criminal, a maverick detective enlists the aid of a police dog who's an unusually intelligent smart alec.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Jim Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Ed O'Neill

Votes: 29,843 | Gross: $43.25M

19. Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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A brutal Los Angeles police Lt. is determined to bust up an organization that forces underage girls into prostitution.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Juan Fernández, Perry Lopez, James Pax

Votes: 2,531 | Gross: $3.42M

20. Boiling Point (I) (1993)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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A pair of sociopath killers take on the police and the mob in order to make one last big score.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper, Lolita Davidovich, Viggo Mortensen

Votes: 5,221 | Gross: $10.06M

21. The Corruptor (1999)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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56 Metascore

With the aid from a New York City policeman, a top immigrant cop tries to stop drug-trafficking and corruption by immigrant Chinese Triads, but things get complicated when the Triads try to bribe the policeman.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Mark Wahlberg, Ric Young, Paul Ben-Victor

Votes: 16,792 | Gross: $15.16M

22. The Drowning Pool (1975)

PG | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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48 Metascore

A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 4,382

23. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

Stars: Vincent Price, Alan Cumming, Gene Shalit, Joan Hickson

Votes: 709

24. Renegades (1989)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.4
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An undercover cop forms an alliance with a Native American to help him hunt down the criminals who stole an ancient Lakota tribal lance.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jami Gertz, Robert Knepper

Votes: 2,966 | Gross: $9.02M

25. Short Time (1990)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.4
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When a police detective thinks he is dying and learns that his life insurance pays out more if he dies in the line of duty, he tries to make that happen.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Dabney Coleman, Matt Frewer, Teri Garr, Barry Corbin

Votes: 1,952 | Gross: $4.01M

26. Streets of Blood (2009 Video)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.4
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A police officer's partner has died during Hurricane Katrina, but he later discovers that his partner may have been murdered. An investigation follows, taking the officer and his new partner into the depths of the criminal underworld.

Director: Charles Winkler | Stars: Val Kilmer, 50 Cent, Sharon Stone, Michael Biehn

Votes: 3,691

27. The First Deadly Sin (1980)

R | 112 min | Thriller

5.8
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A police inspector, nearing retirement, tracks a serial killer who is terrorizing New York.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe

Votes: 1,565

28. The Last of the Finest (1990)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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4 LA cops are fighting the war on drugs. Corrupt superiors manage to break up their team when one of them gets killed. The 3 quit LAPD and continue investigating.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey, Bill Paxton

Votes: 1,049 | Gross: $1.53M

29. The Organization (1971)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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In San Francisco, Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs helps a group of idealistic vigilantes expose a drug ring controlled by powerful businessmen.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Sheree North

Votes: 1,325

30. The Shield (2007 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime

6.9
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The Shield: The Game, is set between seasons three and four of the hit TV series, in which tensions remain in the Strike Team after Lem quits the team having burned a large part of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Kenny Johnson

Votes: 179

31. C.I.D. (1956)

Not Rated | 146 min | Action, Crime, Musical

7.5
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A newspaper editor, Shrivastav, is killed when he was about to expose the underworld links of a very rich and influential person. C.I.D. Inspector Shekhar is assigned to this case, an ... See full summary »

Director: Raj Khosla | Stars: Dev Anand, Shakila, Johnny Walker, K.N. Singh

Votes: 547

32. When the Bough Breaks (1994)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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On July 4th, in Houston, a teenager finds a human hand in the sewer. Captain Swaggert is investigating the discovery of seven hands, found over several years, each one precisely severed and... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cohn | Stars: Ally Walker, Martin Sheen, Ron Perlman, Tara Subkoff

Votes: 1,390

33. Family of Cops III: Under Suspicion (1999 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama

5.7
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Police Inspector Paul Fein (Bronson) copes with family troubles while also dealing with the possibility of advancement to police chief. Meanwhile, his son (Joe Penny) is investigating the murder of a banker.

Director: Sheldon Larry | Stars: Charles Bronson, Sebastian Spence, Barbara Williams, Kim Weeks

Votes: 476

34. The Tough Ones (1976)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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A tough, rule-bending cop pursues a maniacal, trigger-happy hunchback, a one-handed bank robber and their cronies in an effort to bring Rome's most powerful crime lord to justice.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy, Giampiero Albertini, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 963

35. True Crime: New York City (2005 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.0
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Former gangster, now street cop Marcus Reed tries to uncover who is behind the murder of his friend and mentor, Lt. Terrance Higgins.

Stars: Avery Kidd Waddell, Laurence Fishburne, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken

Votes: 733

36. Bare Witness (2002 Video)

R | 88 min | Thriller

4.0
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Professional killer Gav Reed commits a grave mistake allowing himself to be videotaped (as she always does, for a documentary she hopes to sell to Hollywood about the real nocturnal 'eldest... See full summary »

Director: Kelley Cauthen | Stars: Catalina Larranaga, Angie Everhart, Mark Sivertsen, Robert McRay

Votes: 527

37. Popeye Doyle (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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While Popeye Doyle is investigating what appears to be a very simple drug overdose, he becomes involved in international intrigue. The Mosad and various other foreign diplomatic figures ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Matthew Laurance, James Handy, Candy Clark

Votes: 271

38. Metal Mayhem (2000)

R | 120 min | Action, Sci-Fi

4.9
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After a lethal American attack robot, RS1, is unleashed onto the mean streets of Hong Kong, Asia's funkiest crime-fighting team, the Gen-Y Cops, find themselves on the wrong side of the law... See full summary »

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Mark Hicks, Paul Rudd, Edison Chen, Stephen Fung

Votes: 843

39. Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops II (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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The family of cops is back, this time dealing with the murder of a priest tied in with the Russian Mafia, who proceed to try to draw the family off the case.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Charles Bronson, Angela Featherstone, Barbara Williams, Sebastian Spence

Votes: 527

40. Crackerjack (1994)

R | 96 min | Action

4.6
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A cop on vacation at a mountain resort comes to the rescue when the resort is taken over by violent criminals.

Director: Michael Mazo | Stars: Thomas Ian Griffith, Nastassja Kinski, Christopher Plummer, George Touliatos

Votes: 602

41. High Crime (1973)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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An Italian police inspector matches wits with a powerful European drug ring. As he comes closer to the top of the underworld organization, his odds of survival decrease.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Franco Nero, James Whitmore, Delia Boccardo, Fernando Rey

Votes: 613

42. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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The Victorian era cases of Detective Sergeant Cribb of Scotland Yard's newly formed Criminal Investigation Department.

Stars: Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller, Alfie Curtis

Votes: 113

43. The Heroin Busters (1977)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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An Italian policeman goes undercover to break up an international heroin smuggling ring and butts heads with a hot-tempered Interpol agent assigned by his agency to do the same task.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Fabio Testi, David Hemmings, Sherry Buchanan, Wolfango Soldati

Votes: 503

44. The Great Detective (1977– )

60 min | Crime, Mystery

7.7
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Canadian tv series filmed in part in Ontario. The series is based on the first government appointed provincial detective Alistair cameron, set during the late Victorian era. He is assisted ... See full summary »

Stars: Douglas Campbell, Sandy Webster, Kay Hawtrey, James Duggan

Votes: 30

45. The Hard Truth (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Romance

4.9
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A suspended cop and his girlfriend blackmail an electronics expert into helping them break into the safe of the girlfriend's boss, a corrupt city councilman who's on the local mob's payroll.

Director: Kristine Peterson | Stars: Yvonne Farrow, Nicholas Cascone, Ray Baker, Heather Cummings

Votes: 225

46. One Man Force (1989)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.0
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In this action packed film, an L.A. cop speeds off to get revenge upon the dirty drug-dealing dogs who killed his partner

Director: Dale Trevillion | Stars: John Matuszak, Ronny Cox, Charles Napier, Sharon Farrell

Votes: 184

47. Identity Crisis (1989)

R | 90 min | Comedy

1.8
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A rapper finds himself possessed by the soul of a dead fashion designer; frequently switching personalities.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Glenn Athaide, Rick Aviles, Richard Bassett

Votes: 1,013

48. Velvet Smooth (1976)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

3.5
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The female head of a detective agency is hired by a crime lord to figure out who's taking his action.

Director: Michael Fink | Stars: Johnnie Hill, Owen Watson, Emerson Boozer, René Van Clief

Votes: 156

49. Fissure (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Detective Paul Grunning is sent on a routine call to a local professor's home. When things turn deadly, he must navigate a fractured reality to solve the mystery before it's too late.

Director: Russ Pond | Stars: James MacDonald, Scarlett McAlister, Jim Blumetti, Crystal Mantecon

Votes: 98

50. Dead Aim (1987)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.0
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Ed Marinaro is Malcolm "Mace" Douglas, a street-tough detective who's out for justice-no matter what the cost. While investigating the mysterious suicidal heroin overdoses of four beautiful... See full summary »

Director: William VanDerKloot | Stars: Ed Marinaro, Darrell Larson, Cassandra Gava, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 102



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