Foremost’s Top 10 Buddy Cop Movies

The buddy cop film genre is one that has been relished by loving audiences since Starsky and Hutch came together on our television screens and Nick Nolte paired up with Edie Murphy in 48 Hours. Often revolving around two unlikely partners who are put together to take down the bad guy and haphazard teamwork that develops into a flourishing friendship in the end, these movies give us laughter, suspense and a warm, fuzzy feeling – and we can’t seem to get enough of them! Here is a fun look at our top 10 buddy cop movies, in no particular order…

Lethal Weapon


Riggs and Murtaugh (Mel Gibson and Danny Glover) were such a lovable pair that they were brought back to the big screen for 3 sequels! From 1987 to 1998 they were one of America’s favorite cop buddy duos.  Riggs is a young and reckless narcotics officer sent to partner up with Murtaugh, a seasoned vet who goes by the book, in homicide. It’s a match made in law enforcement heaven.

Turner and Hooch


One of the most unlikely, yet heart-warming friendships between an uptight and meticulous cop and a slightly terrifying, stubborn and completely lovable pooch was the central theme in this buddy cop-dog movie from 1989. Tom Hanks (Turner) and Beasley the Dog (Hooch) gave hilariously memorable and tear jerking performances.

The Other Guys


Terry is a hot-headed cop who believes he is destined for law enforcement greatness but after mistakenly shooting Derek Jeter he is paired up with mellow, silly and well-to-do forensic accountant, Allen. Together they prove that even the most unlikely of police officers can still crack a big case, and become friends – sort of. The 2010 film is one of the funniest buddy cop movies of the last decade.

The Heat


Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy prove that women can get the job done too as haughty FBI Agent Sarah Ashburn and unruly Boston Detective Shannon Mullins. Together they take down a drug lord, accidentally steal a cat and explore the purposes of Spanx.

Hot Fuzz


Simon Pegg co-wrote and starred in the 2007 film as Nicholas Angel, a Police Constable who is transferred to a small, remote town where he reluctantly partners with fellow Police Constable Danny Butterman (after he arrests him for drunk driving). Together they investigate a series of murders and in the otherwise safe and quite village.

Rush Hour


The first installment of the Rush Hour Series has strangers Detective Inspector Lee of the Hong Kong Police Force (Jackie Chan) and Los Angeles Police Officer James Carter (Chris Tucker) thrown together during the investigation of a kidnapped little girl, but the two opposites put their heads together and solve the case themselves. A beautiful friendship is born.



The 1987 film was based on (and slightly poked fun at) the 1950s television crime series of the same name, but with a cast that included funny men Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks one could argue that it was much more enjoyable! Old-fashioned Joe Friday and his brazen new partner Pep Streebek form a bond while solving their first case together.

Police Academy


The 1984 film about the hair-brained and hilarious antics of the a group of recruits in a law enforcement academy doesn’t necessarily focus on just one friendship between two cops, but rather on several companionships that develop as a group of misfits try to make it through police training.

21 Jump Street


Another film inspired by a crime television series, 2012’s 21 Jump Street shows high school opposites, played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, who become friends and help each other pass the police academy and later become partners in an undercover drug operation in a high school. As the men pretend to be boys, hilarity ensues.

Super Troopers


Just like Police Academy the 2002 film, Super Troopers, featured more than just one harmonious pairing while almost the entire Vermont State Trooper Force fights to save their jobs while making time for pranks, tomfoolery and of course, shenanigans.

So, how did we do? Has your favorite buddy cop movie made our list? Feel free to share your top buddy cop films with us by leaving a comment below!


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