American Police Movies

List of the best American movies about police selected by visitors to our site: Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Blue Streak, Bad Boys, The French Connection, 48 Hrs., Blade Runner, Brooklyn's Finest, BlacKkKlansman, Lethal Weapon.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersPolice
PlotSkirmishes, Chase
PlaceHotels
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Serious, For men

Senator Walter Chalmers is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross with the help of testimony from the criminal's hothead brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt. When a pair of mob hitmen enter the scene, Bullitt follows their trail through a maze of complications and double-crosses. This thriller includes one of the most famous car chases ever filmed.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Police
PlotSkirmishes, Investigation, Chase, Justice
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryGermany, USA
Duration01:33
CharactersThieves, Police, Friends, Partners
PlotRobbery, Betrayal, Toys, Gems
PlaceDeserts, Mexico, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing

Miles Logan is a jewel thief who just hit the big time by stealing a huge diamond. However, after two years in jail, he comes to find out that he hid the diamond in a police building that was being built at the time of the robbery. In an attempt to regain his diamond, he poses as a LAPD detective

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersPolice, Friends, Partners
PlotSkirmishes, Investigation, Chase, Undercover
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting

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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Police, FBI
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Loneliness, Justice
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Atmospheric

Tough narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersPolice, Partners
PlotPursuit, Justice
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, For men, Numbers in the title

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

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, thriller, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersRobots, Police, Cyborgs, Hunters, Detectives
PlotArtificial Intelligence, The escape, Death
PlaceLos Angeles
TimeFuture, Dark ones
StyleDystopian, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersSpecial Forces, Police
PlotInvestigation, Justice, Cheating
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Depressive, Serious

Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and wrong.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
CharactersPolice, Jews, Students, Partners
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Investigation, Friendship, Weapon
PlaceUSA, Office
StyleOscars, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think

Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersPolice, Family, Partners
PlotAdventure, Skirmishes, Chase
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, For men

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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersPolice
PlotSkirmishes, Revenge, Investigation, Drug addict, Mystery
PlaceGhetto, USA, Los Angeles
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersPolice, Losers, Partners
PlotSkirmishes, Pursuit
PlaceRussia, USA
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, Heavy, For men, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersHeroes, Police, Friends, Partners
PlotFriendship, Pads, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, For men, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, comedy, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersPolice, Special agents, FBI, Criminals, Girlfriends
PlotAbduction, Investigation, Friendship, Chase
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleExciting

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.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
Duration02:46
CharactersDogs, Snipers, Firefighters, Special Forces, Terrorists
PlotOn real events, Skirmishes, Motorcycles, Investigation, Death
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense

An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis's actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, crime
CountryChina, Hong Kong, Netherlands, USA
Duration01:33
CharactersGangsters, Police, Scammers, Criminals, Businessmen
PlotTravel, Martial Arts, Investigation, Friendship, Chase
PlaceRussia, China, Siberia, Mongolia
StyleExciting, Light, Fascinating

A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice
PlotInvestigation, Supernatural, Death
PlaceUSA
StyleTense, Womens in main roles, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

Cops involved with covering up a murder by getting rid of their body cam video footage find themselves haunted by an evil spirit.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:19
CharactersSamurai, Gangsters, Heroes, Police, Yakuza
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Martial Arts
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their differences, both men excel at martial arts, and utilize their formidable skills when they go up against Yoshida, a vicious yakuza drug dealer with ties to Kenner's past.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice, Alcoholics, Lawyers, Judge, Priests
PlotInvestigation, Pursuit, Chase, Funeral
PlaceTexas, USA, Small cities
StyleBy books

A man on the run from his own sins, finds himself in a small border town in Texas, impersonating a reverend. The town are quickly drawn to the man's unorthodox sermons, but so is a police chief who has his suspicions.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersPolice
PlotAdventure
PlaceNew York
StyleExciting

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?

Markimdb: 4.5
Genreaction, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice, Tigers, Partners, Old men
PlotRobbery, Skirmishes, Art, Tornadoes
StyleExciting

A gang of thieves plan a heist during a hurricane and encounter trouble when a disgraced cop tries to force everyone in the building to evacuate.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice, Gangsters, Partners
PlotInvestigation

A Detroit cop reluctantly teams with his girlfriend's 11-year-old son to clear his name and take down the city's most ruthless criminal.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:42
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Police
PlotInvestigation, Pursuit, Chase, Pads, Rivalry
StyleUnexpected ending, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted to water-way duty Tom, along with new partner Jo Christman, navigate the three rivers looking for clues and discovering bodies. This time the victims are women Tom knows, he must find the killer to prove his innocence.

Duration02:51
CharactersGangsters, Thieves, Police, Criminals
PlotSurvival, Robbery, Adventure, Bank robbery, Skirmishes
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Action, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense

Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the other even though they are aware their cat-and-mouse game may end in violence.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryHong Kong, USA
Duration01:38
CharactersPolice, FBI
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Chase, Justice
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting

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.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersPolice
PlotSkirmishes, Investigation
PlaceMansions, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Smart, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersMafia, Police, Investigators, Sheriffs
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Justice, Funeral
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSerious, For men, Disturbing

Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols and upholding the law.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersSerial killers, Hired assassins, Police, Partners
PlotMartial Arts, Martial Arts, Justice, Rivalry
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

A former government operative renowned for his stealth, Jack Cole is now a Los Angeles police detective. When a series of horrible murders occurs in the metro area, Cole is assigned to the case, along with tough-talking fellow cop Jim Campbell. Although the two men clash, they gradually become effective partners as they uncover a conspiracy linked to the killings, which also involves terrorism and organized crime.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersPolice
PlotSkirmishes, Justice
PlaceGhetto, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy, Tense

Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryCanada, United Kingdom, USA
Duration02:39
CharactersBlonde girls, Thieves, Police, Scammers, Criminals
PlotRobbery, Bank robbery, Skirmishes, Revenge, Hostage
StyleExciting, Fascinating, For men

Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media's cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.





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