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Greatest Police/Detective Movies (Crime Genre Part 1)

Gurp

over 4 years ago

So since Homicide is coming out next week, I was wondering what you people think are the greatest cop and detective movies of all time, and what are the greatest ones in the Criterion Collection?

Also which do you think deserve the Criterion treatment like Homicide has received?

Criterion Collection Cops (the ones I have)

233 – Stray Dog
380 – The Naked City
151 – Traffic

The Greatest Cop Movies that I’ve seen (these deserve the Criterion Treatment)

The Dark Knight
The French Connection
To Live and Die in L.A.
The Untouchables
Blade Runner
In the Heat of the Night
Narc
Black Rain
The New Centurions
Colors
Ghost in the Shell
Appleseed
Serpico
Training Day
Fort Apache, The Bronx
Mystic River
Heat
Internal Affairs
The Departed
Batman Begins
Robocop (re-release?)

Good Cop Movies

Bon Cop, Bad Cop
Die Hard Quadrilogy
Lethal Weapon Quadrilogy
48 Hrs/Another 48 Hours
Tango & Cash
Demolition Man
Harsh Times
Rush Hour Trilogy
Super Troopers

So what are your favorites?

Max Hirtz

over 4 years ago

The Wire. =)

Mike Spence

over 4 years ago

I second The Wire. Perhaps the subject is too prone to contrivances to properly deal with in film as effectively as television with it’s greater length.

I am looking forward to a film called Police:Adjective, however. I am not sure when it will be coming to the states.

dope fiend willy

over 4 years ago

High and Low

Sam Lim

over 4 years ago

Le Cercle Rouge count?
Rififi is pretty badass as well. The Wire is the greatest tv series of all time.

Rossoneri Ultra

over 4 years ago

Something tells me I should watch The Wire.

banal1

over 4 years ago

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
The Big Heat
High and Low
Zodiac

Walter Matthau in The Taking of Pelham 123 and The Laughing Policeman

…..

Francis​co J. Torres

over 4 years ago

Siegel’s Charley Varrick

There is a French film titled La Balance….

Col. Dax

over 4 years ago

Godard’s Detective.

Gurp

over 4 years ago

Definetly The Wire needs to be on top of all or most of those movies, but its a TV show (and a long one too) so hopefully Criterion starts releasing TV shows in the future.

I would also add L.A. Confidential, Chinatown, High and Low, Reservoir Dogs, Dirty Harry, Fargo, Taking of Pelham 123, Seven, The Onion Field, but haven’t seen them yet.

Sam: Don’t know about Le Cercle Rouge, haven’t seen it, and what do you mean does it count?

Banal: Haven’t seen Zodiac, but I heard it’s supposed to be very good, and isn’t that Testament of Dr. Mabuse on Criterion?

Detective sounds interesting, especially since it’s by Godard, I dunno about La Balance, I’ll look into it.

andrew kay

over 4 years ago

PRINCE OF THE CITY
CRUISING
SERPICO
LA BALANCE
MEMORIES OF MURDER
HAMMETT
THE ONION FIELD
DEEP COVER
MAGNUM FORCE
NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN
Q & A
COPLAND
THE OFFENCE
BAD LIEUTENANT
MALTESE FALCON
SEVEN
THE BIG SLEEP
FALLEN
HEAT
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
CODE OF SILENCE
THE CHOIRBOYS
GORKY PARK
THE PINK PANTHER

Gurp

over 4 years ago

Andrew, none of those films are in the Criterion Collection right?

88ARTER​IALSPRA​YS

over 4 years ago

Silence of the Lambs is a Criterion but out of print, I believe.

PoopBut​t

over 4 years ago

High and Low immediately comes to mind. Heat ranks up there. Same with Blade Runner.

PoopBut​t

over 4 years ago

High and Low immediately comes to mind. Heat ranks up there. Same with Blade Runner.

andrew kay

over 4 years ago

Silence of the Lambs is on Criterion, as has been said before, it’s out-of-print, but easy to get hold of for a few Pounds/Dollars/Euros etc.

Luke

over 4 years ago

Thin Blue Line
Robocop
LA Confidential

Twin Peaks anyone?
and even Clean, Shaven has a detective

Frank

over 4 years ago

Chinatown (How sweet would a Criterion edition be???) and The Wire

Robley

over 4 years ago

Seven

Greg Harris

over 4 years ago

One of the best private eye movies ever: “Murder, My Sweet” directed by Edward Dmytryk.

NIGHTSH​IFT

over 4 years ago

All the great ones already mentioned, esp. procedurals like Heat, High & Low, Le Cercle Rogue and Stray Dog.
Also-
John Woo’s Hard Boiled
The Seven-Ups
H. G. Clouzot’s Quai des Orfèvres
J P. Melville’s Le Deuxieme Souffle
and… among the nastiest -
Beat Takeshi’s Violent Cop
Across the 110th Street

Emily Coté

over 4 years ago

Any one of the three “Dr. Mabuse” movies that Fritz Lang made, especially the first two and of course “M.” For something more lighthearted you can’t go wrong, imo, with “The Thin Man” series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. The Charlie Chan movies with Warner Orland as Charlie Chan are great as well. (Sydney Toler just doesn’t do it for me.)

Frita Fuzzy Paws

over 4 years ago

My favorites include:
Chinatown
Blade Runner
The French Connection
Gosford’s Park

Mark Langsto​n

over 4 years ago

“Fargo” anyone?
Insomnia (Criterion)
L.A. Confidential
Lantana

KJ

over 4 years ago

Police- Maurice Pialat. Writer, Catherine Briellat/Pialat. A raw and idiosyncratic procedural. You might profit by looking at it beside The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie, a film closer to it in tone and execution than any of the films cited on this thread.

Vengence Is Mine.

Luke

over 4 years ago

Blade Runner….good call Vanessa

Oomar

about 4 years ago

Pls help get the name of a movie, which I want to see again.Plot: The Mayor of L.A set a unit in the Police Dept with Full carte blanche to get rid of criminal/potential criminal by any mean.
Hope this help

tkharri​s

over 3 years ago

OOMAR: The movie is SCARRED CITY (they rename LAPD’s SIS unit to SCAR). Stephen Baldwin and Izzy Palminteri.

Vic Pardo

over 3 years ago

U.S.:
DIRTY HARRY
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
SERPICO
THE DETECTIVE
WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
THE TALL TARGET

Honorable Mention:
BUSTING
THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN
THE CHOIRBOYS

Japan:
HIGH AND LOW
STRAY DOG
PATLABOR 2

Hong Kong:
HARD-BOILED
CITY ON FIRE
THE BIG HEAT

Private Eye movies:
THE MALTESE FALCON
THE BIG SLEEP
OUT OF THE PAST