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1. Gotham (2014–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova

Votes: 201,587

2. End of Watch (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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68 Metascore

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera

Votes: 215,980 | Gross: $41.00M

3. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 1,040,247 | Gross: $128.01M

4. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 170,894 | Gross: $48.69M

5. The Snowman (2017)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.1
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23 Metascore

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson

Votes: 51,917 | Gross: $6.67M

6. Lethal Weapon (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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A slightly unhinged cop is partnered with a veteran detective trying to maintain a low stress level in his life.

Stars: Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Michelle Mitchenor

Votes: 33,379

7. Bright (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.4
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29 Metascore

A detective must work with an Orc to find a powerful wand before evil creatures do.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 154,653

8. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.6
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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: 224,007 | Gross: $65.21M

9. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 21,412

10. Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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69 Metascore

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

Votes: 405,545 | Gross: $54.58M

11. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 319,856 | Gross: $88.51M

12. Kindergarten Cop (1990)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

6.1
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61 Metascore

A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt

Votes: 128,587 | Gross: $91.46M

13. Righteous Kill (2008)

R | 101 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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36 Metascore

Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent

Votes: 81,774 | Gross: $40.08M

14. Death Wish (2018)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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31 Metascore

Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving lives. After an attack on his family, Paul embarks on his own mission for justice.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone

Votes: 55,004 | Gross: $34.02M

15. Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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86 Metascore

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 188,539 | Gross: $124.12M

16. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

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

8.1
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 6,698

17. CHiPs (1977–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.

Stars: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Paul Linke

Votes: 7,150

18. Exposed (III) (2016)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

4.3
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23 Metascore

A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner's death. The mysterious case reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman.

Director: Gee Malik Linton | Stars: Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves, Christopher McDonald, Mira Sorvino

Votes: 12,649

19. Hangman (II) (2017)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.2
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31 Metascore

A homicide detective brings his partner out of retirement to help catch a serial killer whose crimes are based on the children's game Hangman.

Director: Johnny Martin | Stars: Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson

Votes: 11,550

20. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

R | 127 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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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: 146,262 | Gross: $130.44M

21. The Wailing (2016)

TV-MA | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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81 Metascore

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 39,054

22. Fallen (1998)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 70,433 | Gross: $25.19M

23. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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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: 152,529 | Gross: $147.25M

24. Mike & Molly (2010–2016)

TV-14 | 30 min | Short, Comedy

6.3
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A couple meets at an Overeaters' Anonymous meeting.

Stars: Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon

Votes: 21,688

25. Miami Vice (2006)

R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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65 Metascore

Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong, Naomie Harris

Votes: 105,251 | Gross: $63.45M

26. Southland (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.4
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The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Stars: Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, Ben McKenzie

Votes: 23,890

27. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, John Karlen

Votes: 3,006

28. Angie Tribeca (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 30 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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Lone-wolf detective Angie Tribeca and a squad of committed LAPD detectives investigate the most serious cases, from the murder of a ventriloquist to a rash of baker suicides.

Stars: Rashida Jones, Jere Burns, Andree Vermeulen, Deon Cole

Votes: 7,536

29. Forever (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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A 200-year-old man works in the New York City Morgue trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality.

Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore, Donnie Keshawarz

Votes: 50,378

30. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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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: 102,092

31. Scott & Bailey (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Tony Mooney, David Prosho

Votes: 5,568

32. Colors (1988)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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66 Metascore

An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Randy Brooks

Votes: 22,862 | Gross: $46.62M

33. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Gran Torino, with the help of police snitch, Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas).

Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

Votes: 6,824

34. Almost Human (2013–2014)

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

8.0
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In a not-so-distant future, a human cop and an android partner up to protect and serve.

Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook

Votes: 46,158

35. T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)

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

6.0
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The weekly adventures of tough-as-nails veteran police officer Sgt. T.J. Hooker, who rides the beat with his rookie partner Vince Romano.

Stars: William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed, James Darren

Votes: 3,402

36. Hunter (I) (1984–1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan, Perry Cook

Votes: 3,381

37. Department Q: A Conspiracy of Faith (2016)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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Two intertwined cases linking the past with the present will require the aid of Department Q to catch an elusive serial killer, while time is running out.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jacob Lohmann

Votes: 13,757

38. Samurai Cop (1991)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

4.6
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Joe Marshall and Frank Washington are two tenacious police detectives who seek at all costs to stop the Katana, a renegade Yakuza gang composed of violent and sadistic killers who want to lead the drug trade in Los Angeles.

Director: Amir Shervan | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Mathew Karedas, Janis Farley, Mark Frazer

Votes: 6,050

39. Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016– )

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

7.2
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From the mind of comic book legend Stan Lee comes a bold new action crime series about a brilliant but flawed police officer with the power to control luck.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Sienna Guillory, Darren Boyd, Amara Karan

Votes: 5,093

40. Above the Law (1988)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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45 Metascore

A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva, Ron Dean

Votes: 27,024 | Gross: $18.87M

41. The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A veteran cop with more than twenty years of experience is teamed with a young Inspector to solve crimes in San Francisco, California.

Stars: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins, Richard Hatch

Votes: 4,667

42. Year of the Rabbit (2019– )

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Detective Inspector Rabbit, a dedicated, tough, thick and oft inebriated Victorian copper, sleuths his way across London with his two young partners, a doofy rookie, and a brilliant black policewoman no one ever believes.

Stars: Matt Berry, Freddie Fox, Susan Wokoma, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 1,557

43. Texas Killing Fields (2011)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, History

5.7
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49 Metascore

In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

Director: Ami Canaan Mann | Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jessica Chastain

Votes: 17,749 | Gross: $0.05M

44. Millennium (I) (1996–1999)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.0
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A former FBI profiler with the ability to look inside the mind of a killer begins working for the mysterious Millennium Group which investigates serial killers, conspiracies, the occult, and those obsessed with the end of the millennium.

Stars: Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn, Brittany Tiplady

Votes: 9,327

45. Showtime (2002)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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32 Metascore

A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based television cop show, while tracking down the manufacturer and distributor of an illegally made semi-automatic firearm.

Director: Tom Dey | Stars: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo, Rachael Harris

Votes: 58,525 | Gross: $38.08M

46. Deep Water (2016)

Not Rated | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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When a young gay man is brutally murdered near Bondi Beach, Detectives Tori Lustigman and Nick Manning are assigned to investigate. After more bodies are found, Tori links the deaths to a series of murders of gay men in the 1980s and '90s.

Stars: Noah Taylor, Yael Stone, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Danielle Cormack

Votes: 2,333

47. Department Q: The Absent One (2014)

Not Rated | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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61 Metascore

The murder of young twins initially implicates a group of upper class students as the killers, though the case takes a turn or two from its starting point.

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Fares Fares, Pilou Asbæk, David Dencik

Votes: 16,750

48. Battle Creek (2015)

44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Two detectives with different views on the world team up and using cynicism, guile and deception, they clean up the streets of Battle Creek.

Stars: Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, Aubrey Dollar, Edward Fordham Jr.

Votes: 7,829

49. Murder Call (1997–1999)

50 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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Centers on homicide detective odd couple, Tessa Vance, and her partner Steve Hayden. Shot in Sydney, Australia, the show was known for portraying gripping crime drama, while displaying the grittier side of urban Sydney.

Stars: Lucy Bell, Peter Mochrie, Geoff Morrell, Glenda Linscott

Votes: 172

50. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

4.6
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27 Metascore

A ship sails into Brooklyn with all its crew dead. But something gets off and the killing continues on land. The vampire is looking for a specific woman - half-human, half-vampire. Rita's the cop detective investigating the many killings.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison

Votes: 20,419 | Gross: $19.75M



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