Most of us enjoy spending a couple of hours watching movies. From comedies to science fiction to romance to horror, there’s a category or two for all of us to choose from for our viewing pleasure. But since our interests lie with the brave men and women of law enforcement, the cop genre interests us. Need a starter list to put together a nice binge watching weekend? We got your six, in no particular order.
Great cop film? You betcha! Caked in dark humor and frozen tundra, this thriller is based on a -cough, cough- true story and shows the dark side of debt and desperation. Very pregnant Marge Gunderson investigates a mysterious triple homicide involving a cop and soon lands herself in the middle of a web of murderers-for-hire, carefree prostitutes, and a whole lot of “Minnesota nice.” Of special note is the creative use of a wood chipper in one scene. If, by the end of the movie, you haven’t attempted to mimic the Minnesota accent at least once, you’re not human.
The grandfather of all modern cop movies, “Dirty Harry” gave us one of Clint Eastwood’s most memorable characters and one of the most recognizable (and quotable) lines in all of movie history. It follows Detective Harry Callahan, who is searching for a serial killer in San Francisco nicknamed “Scorpio,” (loosely based on the Zodiac killer). His search leads him through the streets of the City by the Bay. And yes, we DO feel lucky.
The Naked Gun!
All you need to know about this gem from the Zucker/Abrams/Zucker trio (Airplane!, Top Secret!) is summed up in three lines spoken by Lt. Frank Drebbin (Leslie Nielsen) to his love interest (Pricilla Presley): “It’s a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don’t amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans.” Total nonsense with a bit of tongue-in-cheek truth, just like the rest of the movie. If you go more than 30 seconds without laughing while watching this movie, check your pulse. You may be dead. (This is true whether it is your first time seeing it or your 100th time seeing it.)
Quite possibly the ultimate cop-buddy movie, Mel Gibson stars as a cop with a suicidal approach to crime fighting that hates working with partners and Danny Glover as a “too old for this (stuff)” cop that hates working with partners. This mismatched duo delivers both action and laughs as they seek to bring a notorious drug ring to justice.
Is it strictly an action movie… or a Christmas movie disguised as an action movie? Bruce Willis stars as John McClane, an NYPD cop trying to rescue his wife and several others taken hostage during a Christmas party in LA by a German terrorist. Tons of action, including explosions, gunfire, and broken glass on bare feet. Yippy-kay-ay.
Beverly Hills Cop
Eddie Murphy, in one his most famous roles, plays Axel Foley, a Detroit cop who doesn’t exactly play by the rules (sound familiar?). After his best friend is murdered, he travels to California to investigate and track down the killer. Wild chases and snappy dialogue ensue. Also of note is the catchy theme song, whose synth-based melody still resonates after over 30 years.
Now it’s time to pop some popcorn, find a cozy spot on the couch, and catch the bad guys from the comfort of your living room. Be careful in there!