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06.28.2013by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Buddy Cop Movies (Video Edition)

This weekend we will get the chance to see an unconventional buddy cop movie in THE HEAT starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. So, lets look back on this great sub-genre of movies that hit their heyday in the 80s. Coming into the last decade they have skewed more as comedies, but we have gotten a some that have been funny as hell. Here are the best of those movies presented in all their guns blazing glory. If your favorite didn't make the cut, let us know in the talk backs below!

Honorable Mention - BULLETPROOF

How dare a movie starring Adam Sandler and Damon Wayans make this list! For those of you who have seen BULLETPROOF, you know it is an underrated comedy with some decent action scenes. It also features an underplayed performance from Sandler who doesn't allow himself to go too over the top which results in a very fun movie. I still quote the Disneyland scene to this day.

#10 - ALIEN NATION

I feel that ALIEN NATION doesn't nearly get the credit it deserves. Despite spawning a sequel and a television series, ALIEN NATION was best in this original movie starring James Caan. The story of aliens who live amongst us is the ultimate mismatched partner scenario. This movie could have easily turned into a spoof or a comedy but the film plays it serious and tells a damn good science fiction thriller.

#9 - RUSH HOUR

While this movie spawned unnecessary sequels that didn't live up to the original, RUSH HOUR was a fun fish out of water movie that catapulted Chris Tucker to fame. While it also pushed Brett Ratner to success, please don't hold that against the movie. Jackie Chan is great and Tucker plays the comedy scenes really well. I liked the second movie and hated the third, but this first movie is still a fun one to catch on cable from time to time.

#8 - THE OTHER GUYS

THE OTHER GUYS could have been an awful movie. But, Mark Wahlberg showed the world his hilarious side while Will Ferrell toned himself down to create the funniest pairing of cops on the big screen. Taking the best of the improv skills of the cast and crew fostered over ANCHORMAN, TALLADEGA NIGHTS, and STEP BROTHERS, I firmly believe THE OTHER GUYS is the best of Adam McKay's movies. Michael Keaton's character quoting TLC, Ferrell's past as a pimp, and Wahlberg's dance skills are all just little aspects that contribute to making this a non-stop laughfest.

#7 - HOT FUZZ

Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Nick Frost gained a fan for life with SHAUN OF THE DEAD and SPACED. When HOT FUZZ came around I was very excited and then watched it only to find that it didn't quite live up to my SHAUN OF THE DEAD expectations. I immediately watched it again and with each successive viewing I enjoy it more and more. Once I allowed myself to watch it as a British take on Michael Bay movies it worked so much better for me. The ridiculously violent closing act is by far the funniest action scene I have ever seen.

#6 - THE LAST BOY SCOUT

Another Damon Wayans movie made the list? Hell yes it did! THE LAST BOY SCOUT is one of those movies that never gets the cred it deserves. While the characters aren't really cops, Shane Black's screenplay uses all of the tropes of those films and applies them to these two guys who operate outside of the strictures of the law. A fun movie full of quotable lines that is made all the better by the late Tony Scott's visually amazing direction. Ain't this a bitch?

#5 - BAD BOYS

Yes, I know the video above is from BAD BOYS II, but these entries encompass all of the movies in a series. BAD BOYS and BAD BOYS II are both Michael Bay films but vastly different. Where the first movie plays like a Bay version of LETHAL WEAPON, the sequel feels like TRANSFORMERS without robots. Pure unadulterated destruction and violence are rampant in the films, but it is the comedic timing of stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence that make the movies great. They both play the drama and action well and you never question if they are right for the roles. Neither will be mistaken for an Oscar winner but they are both fun as f*ck.

#4 - KISS KISS BANG BANG

Here is another Shane Black masterpiece. Any time Black's name is mentioned you should be uttering KISS KISS BANG BANG. The film that brought Robert Downey Jr back to us and showed us he was more than a drugged out former star, KISS KISS BANG BANG is a masterful screenplay that is brought to life by RDJ and an excellent Val Kilmer. It is a shame these three didn't team up for more projects but we will always have this movie as a testament to how great a film can be regardless of box office results.

#3 - 48 HRS.

Often considered the first true "buddy cop" movie, 48 HRS. built on the mixed race duo revolutionized in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Adding a comedian like Eddie Murphy brought a new element to the film where you could have action, drama, and lots of laughs. The movie never shies away from being a mix of all those things and delivers on all fronts. Stay away from the lackluster sequel but enjoy this movie for the great Walter Hill direction and the chemistry between Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. Man, what happened to those guys?

#2 - LETHAL WEAPON

The series that is the epitome of buddy cop films, LETHAL WEAPON brought us the slaptick maniac Riggs and his too old for this shit partner Murtaugh. Danny Glover and Mel Gibson would never top their roles in these movies. The sheer perfection of the crazy Australian cop and his straight-laced partner flipped ethnic stereotypes and gave us truly believable characters and ones fans still wish they would see to this day. Even the third and fourth films, while not as good as the first two, are still a blast.

#1 - TANGO & CASH

Okay, so it is not the best movie on the list, but this is my list damn it! I love TANGO & CASH. It is just so 80s, so cheezy, and so...perfect! Jack Palance as the villain is great, Kurt Russell in drag is terrifying, Sylvester Stallone sounding intelligent is confusing, and Teri Hatcher is smoking hot. Oh, plus this movie taught me the term FUBAR. I can watch this movie any day of the week and sometimes I do. I laugh at the funny parts and love the action scenes. This is my favorite buddy cop movie of all time. Yeah, I think I may even watch it over LETHAL WEAPON. Now, unleash the Talk Back Kraken!

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1:13AM on 07/05/2013
Lethal Weapon should have easily been number one. On any list like this.
Lethal Weapon should have easily been number one. On any list like this.
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1:10AM on 07/05/2013

Love this film!

Glad this made the list. Such an underrated gem of a film and one of my favorite films of all time.
Glad this made the list. Such an underrated gem of a film and one of my favorite films of all time.
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8:06PM on 06/30/2013

Stunned...

I'm stunned that "Running Scared", Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal wasn't mentioned. It's one of my all time "Buddy Cop" movies.
I'm stunned that "Running Scared", Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal wasn't mentioned. It's one of my all time "Buddy Cop" movies.
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7:03AM on 06/30/2013

One from my top 10 of all time

Great matching of Scott with Black plus Willis at his most iconic, I never get tried of this flick.
Great matching of Scott with Black plus Willis at his most iconic, I never get tried of this flick.
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1:35AM on 06/29/2013
No Dead Heat? Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo killed in that!
No Dead Heat? Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo killed in that!
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3:25PM on 06/28/2013

Great list!

That scene from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ALWAYS cracks me up!
That scene from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ALWAYS cracks me up!
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3:25PM on 06/28/2013

Great list!

That scene from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ALWAYS cracks me up!
That scene from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ALWAYS cracks me up!
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3:25PM on 06/28/2013
... but Lethal Weapon should've been Number 1.
... but Lethal Weapon should've been Number 1.
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3:22PM on 06/28/2013

Great list!

That scene from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang cracks me up so bad every time I see it!
That scene from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang cracks me up so bad every time I see it!
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12:55PM on 06/28/2013
I looooove Tango & Cash but Lethal Weapon is my favourite buddy movie by far.
I looooove Tango & Cash but Lethal Weapon is my favourite buddy movie by far.
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12:49PM on 06/28/2013
Bad Boys 1 is my favourite Buddy Cop Movie right after the Lethal Weapon series.
Bad Boys 1 is my favourite Buddy Cop Movie right after the Lethal Weapon series.
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12:16PM on 06/28/2013

Uh...

Where the fuck is RUNNING SCARED (1986)?
Where the fuck is RUNNING SCARED (1986)?
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11:29AM on 06/28/2013
Spoof/parody movies work best when they can also be seen as straight-up examples of the genre they're spoofing. For example, Cabin in the Woods works as a pretty good horror movie, Galaxy Quest is an awesome sci-fi adventure and of course, Hot Fuzz is a great buddy cop movie while taking potshots at that genre.
Spoof/parody movies work best when they can also be seen as straight-up examples of the genre they're spoofing. For example, Cabin in the Woods works as a pretty good horror movie, Galaxy Quest is an awesome sci-fi adventure and of course, Hot Fuzz is a great buddy cop movie while taking potshots at that genre.
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11:28AM on 06/28/2013
Rush Hour 2 was even better. A shame about the really mediocre third entry. Jackie Chan has made his disdain for this series plenty clear, he openly says that the Hollywood movies he makes are for "easy money".
Rush Hour 2 was even better. A shame about the really mediocre third entry. Jackie Chan has made his disdain for this series plenty clear, he openly says that the Hollywood movies he makes are for "easy money".
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11:12AM on 06/28/2013
cheesy as fuck... but a fun movie nonetheless... But I still put Hot Fuzz on #1
cheesy as fuck... but a fun movie nonetheless... But I still put Hot Fuzz on #1
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8:15PM on 06/29/2013
I'm with you on that one.
I'm with you on that one.
11:08AM on 06/28/2013
The best buddy cop film IMHO.....
The best buddy cop film IMHO.....
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11:07AM on 06/28/2013
Peacock!!!! Also Michael Keaton was in his element.
Peacock!!!! Also Michael Keaton was in his element.
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11:04AM on 06/28/2013
Deserves to be WAAYYYY up the lis....
Deserves to be WAAYYYY up the lis....
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10:31AM on 06/28/2013
Some good titles on this list. I personally would've included Point Break, even though it's highly unorthodox as a buddy movie.
Some good titles on this list. I personally would've included Point Break, even though it's highly unorthodox as a buddy movie.
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9:29AM on 06/28/2013
I recently saw Tango & Cash after many years of wanting to do so. Jesus fucking Christ was that a horrible flick. Not even worth an Honorable Mention let alone the nr. 1 (!) spot.
I recently saw Tango & Cash after many years of wanting to do so. Jesus fucking Christ was that a horrible flick. Not even worth an Honorable Mention let alone the nr. 1 (!) spot.
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9:18AM on 06/28/2013
Decent list but Tango and Cash over Lethal Weapon?! No way, Jose.
Decent list but Tango and Cash over Lethal Weapon?! No way, Jose.
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9:01AM on 06/28/2013
Wow I'm surprised Tango & Cash is in #1 but a good surprise. I'd also recommend The Hard Way, Showdown in Little Tokyo and possibly Adam West and Burt Ward in Batman The Movie (that feature-length Batman movie based on the hit Batman TV show).
Wow I'm surprised Tango & Cash is in #1 but a good surprise. I'd also recommend The Hard Way, Showdown in Little Tokyo and possibly Adam West and Burt Ward in Batman The Movie (that feature-length Batman movie based on the hit Batman TV show).
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8:57AM on 06/28/2013
Now this is an unlikely duo.
Now this is an unlikely duo.
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8:56AM on 06/28/2013
"You forgot your boarding pass." Kaboommmm.
"You forgot your boarding pass." Kaboommmm.
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8:55AM on 06/28/2013
Glad to see this movie receives recognition. I'd personally put it in the top three.
Glad to see this movie receives recognition. I'd personally put it in the top three.
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8:54AM on 06/28/2013
Mark Wahlberg just steals the show.
Mark Wahlberg just steals the show.
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8:46AM on 06/28/2013

good list

How is "Stop or my Mom Will Shoot" not on this list??

And i think Die Hard 3 should get an honorable mention at least
How is "Stop or my Mom Will Shoot" not on this list??

And i think Die Hard 3 should get an honorable mention at least
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9:02AM on 06/28/2013
Yeah, Die Hard 3 deserves that instead of Bulletproof.
Yeah, Die Hard 3 deserves that instead of Bulletproof.
8:30AM on 06/28/2013
HOT FUZZ should have been higher on this list. I laughed my ass off the first time I saw it . . . and the second time . . . and the third . . .
HOT FUZZ should have been higher on this list. I laughed my ass off the first time I saw it . . . and the second time . . . and the third . . .
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8:29AM on 06/28/2013
HOT FUZZ should have been higher on this list. I laughed my ass off the first time I saw it . . . and the second . . . and the third . . .
HOT FUZZ should have been higher on this list. I laughed my ass off the first time I saw it . . . and the second . . . and the third . . .
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3:13AM on 06/28/2013
It was a weird one for sure...just a really odd mix of ingredients that somehow worked for a really entertaining flick. That vehicle, whatever it was that they were riding at the end was awesome.
It was a weird one for sure...just a really odd mix of ingredients that somehow worked for a really entertaining flick. That vehicle, whatever it was that they were riding at the end was awesome.
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1:36AM on 06/28/2013
Agreed, really underrated flick. The script made waves for being one of the most expensive at the time and you know what, it really is well-written stuff. That opening sequence of the football game in the rain was really intense and a great way to kick it off. Joe says that all the makeup his daughter wears makes her "look like a goddamn raccoon". Fast-forward to 2006 and in the animated film Over the Hedge, Willis actually provided the voice for a raccoon. Heh.
Agreed, really underrated flick. The script made waves for being one of the most expensive at the time and you know what, it really is well-written stuff. That opening sequence of the football game in the rain was really intense and a great way to kick it off. Joe says that all the makeup his daughter wears makes her "look like a goddamn raccoon". Fast-forward to 2006 and in the animated film Over the Hedge, Willis actually provided the voice for a raccoon. Heh.
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1:34AM on 06/28/2013
I was surprised at how well this worked, how funny Ferrell and Wahlberg were together and how exciting the action sequences actually managed to be, especially at the end. That gag with the golfers and the helicopter and that final shot of the peacock taking to the skies just sealed the deal.
I was surprised at how well this worked, how funny Ferrell and Wahlberg were together and how exciting the action sequences actually managed to be, especially at the end. That gag with the golfers and the helicopter and that final shot of the peacock taking to the skies just sealed the deal.
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