The Top 100 Police Detective Films of All Time

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Touch of Evil 1958, 95 min.

Orson Welles     Starring: Charlton HestonJanet LeighOrson Welles

Crime    Film Noir    Mystery

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Heat 1995, 188 min.

Michael Mann     Starring: Al PacinoRobert De NiroVal Kilmer

Action Thriller    Action    Caper

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In the Heat of the Night 1967, 109 min.

Norman Jewison     Starring: Sidney PoitierRod SteigerWarren Oates

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Dirty Harry 1971, 102 min.

Don Siegel     Starring: Reni SantoniClint EastwoodJohn Vernon

Action Thriller    Action    Crime

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The Big Heat 1953, 89 min.

Fritz Lang     Starring: Alexander ScourbyLee MarvinGlenn Ford

Crime Drama    Crime Thriller    Crime

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Lethal Weapon 1987, 117 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverGary Busey

Action Thriller    Action    Buddy Film

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Bullitt 1968, 114 min.

Peter Yates     Starring: Steve McQueenRobert VaughnJacqueline Bisset

Action Thriller    Chase Movie    Crime

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Prisoners 2013, 146 min.

Denis Villeneuve     Starring: Hugh JackmanJake GyllenhaalViola Davis

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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Magnum Force 1973, 124 min.

Ted Post     Starring: Clint EastwoodHal HolbrookMitchell Ryan

Action Thriller    Action    Crime Thriller

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48 Hrs. 1982, 96 min.

Walter Hill     Starring: Nick NolteEddie MurphyAnnette O'Toole

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy Drama

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The Naked City 1948, 96 min.

Jules Dassin     Starring: Barry FitzgeraldHoward DuffDorothy Hart

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Lethal Weapon 2 1989, 114 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverJoe Pesci

Action Comedy    Action Thriller    Action

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Police Story 1985, 90 min.

Jackie Chan     Starring: Jackie ChanBrigitte LinMaggie Cheung

Action Comedy    Action Thriller    Action

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Narc 2002, 105 min.

Joe Carnahan     Starring: Jason PatricRay LiottaBusta Rhymes

Crime    Crime Thriller    Police Detective Film

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Green for Danger 1946, 91 min.

Sidney Gilliat     Starring: Trevor HowardAlastair SimMegs Jenkins

British Noir    Film Noir    Mystery

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Police Story 2 1988, 101 min.

Jackie Chan     Starring: Bill TungBenny LaiJackie Chan

Action Comedy    Action Thriller    Action

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Supercop 1992, 96 min.

Stanley Tong     Starring: Jackie ChanMichelle YeohMaggie Cheung

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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The Big Easy 1986, 102 min.

Jim McBride     Starring: Dennis QuaidEllen BarkinNed Beatty

Crime    Crime Thriller    Mystery

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Lethal Weapon 3 1992, 118 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverJoe Pesci

Action Comedy    Action Thriller    Action

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Maniac Cop 1988, 91 min.

William Lustig     Starring: Tom AtkinsBruce CampbellLaurene Landon

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Rush Hour 2 2001, 90 min.

Brett Ratner     Starring: Chris TuckerJohn LoneZiyi Zhang

Action Comedy    Action    Buddy Film

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The Pledge 2001, 124 min.

Sean Penn     Starring: Jack NicholsonHelen MirrenAaron Eckhart

Drama    Mystery    Police Detective Film

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2 Days in the Valley 1996, 104 min.

John Herzfeld     Starring: Danny AielloJeff DanielsJames Spader

Comedy    Crime Comedy    Crime

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On Dangerous Ground 1952, 82 min.

Nicholas Ray     Starring: Robert RyanIda LupinoWard Bond

Crime Drama    Crime    Drama

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Lethal Weapon 4 1998, 127 min.

Richard Donner     Starring: Mel GibsonDanny GloverJoe Pesci

Action    Action Comedy    Action Thriller

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Kiss the Girls 1997, 115 min.

Gary Fleder     Starring: Morgan FreemanAshley JuddCary Elwes

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Red Heat 1988, 103 min.

Walter Hill     Starring: Arnold SchwarzeneggerEd O'RossPeter Boyle

Action Thriller    Action    Comedy Thriller

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The Seven-Ups 1973, 103 min.

Philip D'Antoni     Starring: Roy ScheiderVictor ArnoldJerry Leon

Action    Crime    Mystery

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Coogan's Bluff 1968, 93 min.

Don Siegel     Starring: Clint EastwoodLee J. CobbSusan Clark

Action    Action Thriller    Chase Movie

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Blown Away 1994, 121 min.

Stephen Hopkins     Starring: Jeff BridgesTommy Lee JonesSuzy Amis

Action Thriller    Action    Chase Movie

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The Rookie 1990, 121 min.

Clint Eastwood     Starring: Raul JuliaPepe SernaMarco Rodriguez

Crime    Action    Police Detective Film

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The Presidio 1988, 97 min.

Peter Hyams     Starring: Meg RyanPete AnticoDon Calfa

Mystery    Drama    Police Detective Film

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Out for Justice 1991, 91 min.

John Flynn     Starring: Steven SeagalWilliam ForsytheGina Gershon

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Raw Meat 1972, 87 min.

Gary Sherman     Starring: Donald PleasenceNorman RossingtonDavid Ladd

Cannibal Film    Horror    Mystery

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Gorky Park 1983, 128 min.

Michael Apted     Starring: William HurtLee MarvinBrian Dennehy

Crime    Detective Film    Drama

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Code of Silence 1985, 101 min.

Andrew Davis     Starring: Henry SilvaBert RemsenChuck Norris

Action    Action Thriller    Martial Arts

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