There is nothing like a good cop movie. Thankfully, Hollywood seems to like making them as much as we like watching them. Cop movies have been popular for decades and give us Hollywood’s take of the world of law enforcement. While most include the typical gun fights, arrests, car chases, and evil bad guys; they also look at the more human side of police officers and the struggles they deal with in their lives.
Another great thing about cop movies is just how versatile they can be. Some cop films are gritty, drama-fueled joy rides, while others are a hilariously funny look at the boys in blue. All of the above are welcome in this article as we look at the 10 best cop movies of all time!
10. The French Connection
The 1970s changed film in a big way, as Hollywood began to create films with more “realism.” The French Connection is a great example of that. This film started off a bit slow, but soon became filled with the kind of incredible action and thrilling scenes that people really want out of their cop movies. The set design and theme of the film also captured New York City in an amazing way, which helped the film seem more authentic, especially for way back in 1971.
It won many Academy Awards, including Best Picture (the first R rated movie to ever win), Best Actor (for star Gene Hackman) and Best Director (William Friedkin). It is still considered one of the best films of all-time, period. While it didn’t age exceptionally well, it is definitely a classic and absolutely deserved a spot on this list. The film made tens of millions at the box office, despite costing less than $2 million to make.