Tough law enforcer movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant tough law enforcer movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting and suspense films and TV shows about / with tough law enforcer, crimes, law enforcement, crime, police, rivalry, chase, murder, revenge and vengeance plots mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tough law enforcer: Dredd (2012), Dirty Harry (1971), Gangster Squad (2013), Heat (1995), The Shield (2002), The Punisher (2004), The Last Stand (2013), A Man Apart (2003), Almost Human (2013), Justified (2010).

List of tough law enforcer movies

 7.1
 233K
Dredd (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, South Africa, USA, India
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, judge, survival, drug lord, gunfight, justice, one man army, corruption, police, rivalry, arrest, neo noir ...
Time: future
Place: usa, america
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 7.8
 131K
Dirty Harry (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a madman dubbed 'Scorpio' terrorizes San Francisco, hard-nosed cop, Harry Callahan – famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement – is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in ...
Style: serious, captivating, bleak, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, against the rules, psychopath, crimes, tough law enforcer, ransom, police, investigation, gunfight, police brutality, police detective, crime ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 6.7
 194K
Gangster Squad (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and — if he has his way — every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough law enforcer, mob boss, organized crime, corruption, mafia, police brutality, crimes, fighting crime, partners, squad, law enforcement, partners against crime ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, year 1949 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.2
 518K
Heat (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, robbery, crime, heist, thief, group of criminals, one last job, tough law enforcer, police detective, gunfight, chase, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.7
 65K
The Shield (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.
Style: tense, exciting, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police corruption, tough law enforcer, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, police brutality, gang, peril, cruelty, victim, machismo ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 6.5
 141K
The Punisher (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When undercover FBI agent Frank Castle's wife and son are slaughtered, he becomes 'the Punisher' -- a ruthless vigilante willing to go to any length to avenge his family.
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, funeral, vengeance, tough law enforcer, tragic hero, superhero, tough heroes, heroes, loss of child, torment, crimes, golf ...
Time: year 2003
Place: puerto rico, virginia
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 6.4
 126K
The Last Stand (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray Owens is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction ...
Style: exciting, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, small town, tough law enforcer, drug lord, fbi, escape, prisoner, sheriff, law enforcement, crimes, fighting crime, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, arizona, las vegas, california, mexico
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 6.1
 42K
A Man Apart (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when ...
Style: rough, exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crimes, tough law enforcer, cocaine, vigilantism, organized crime, fighting crime, tough heroes, danger, crime, revenge, tragic hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, usa, los angeles, california, latin america ...
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 8.0
 45K
Almost Human (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Almost Human is an American science fiction/crime drama on Fox. In 2048, the uncontrollable evolution of science and technology has caused crime rates to rise an astounding 400%. To combat this, the overwhelmed police force has implemented a new ...
Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, stylized, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, a.i., police detective, partners, fighting crime, future dystopia, hi-tech, tough law enforcer, haunted by the past, imaginary, law enforcer, partners against crime ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.6
 76K
Justified (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: A character drama based on the 2001 Elmore Leonard short story "Fire in the Hole." Leonard's tale centers around U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of Kentucky, a quiet but strong-willed official of the law. The tale covers his high-stakes ...
Style: serious, rough, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone wolves, tough law enforcer, drug lord, peril, fighting crime, justice, shooting, deadly, killings, rivalry, crime, machismo ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kentucky, usa
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Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television action crime drama series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis, both starring Chuck Norris as a member of the Texas Ranger Division. The show aired on CBS in the spring of 1993, with the first season ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: texas ranger, martial arts, martial artist, district attorney, heroes, tough law enforcer, crime, partners against crime, law enforcement, good versus evil, police investigation, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, southern usa, dallas texas
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 6.8
 102K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a ...
Style: tense, serious, twists and turns, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, dirty cop, police investigation, tough law enforcer, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 4.6
 3K
Bullet (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Danny Trejo plays 'Bullet' a tough cop who takes the law into his own hands when his grandson is kidnapped.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, tough law enforcer, vigilantism, danger, drug dealing, law enforcement, crimes, family relations, corruption, revenge, extortion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, latin america, usa, mexico
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Rex: A Cop's Best Friend (1994)
Genre: Crime, Action, Mystery
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Kommissar Rex is a police procedural drama originally made in Austria and aired from 1994 to 2004. In 2008 the series was revived under Austrian-Italian production, and has since 2009 been made fully in Italy, with occasional episodes set in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: police dog, partners, tough law enforcer, crime, police investigation, workplace, chases and races, german shepherd, murder, police, human animal relationship, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: austria, europe
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 6.9
 204K
Bad Boys (1995)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Marcus Burnett is a hen-pecked family man. Mike Lowry is a foot-loose and fancy free ladies' man. Both are Miami policemen, and both have 72 hours to reclaim a consignment of drugs stolen from under their station's nose. To complicate ...
Style: exciting, humorous, buddy comedy, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: drug lord, black cop, car chase, gunfight, police corruption, foot chase, internal affairs, police investigation, heroin, witness protection, buddies, partners against crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 6.2
 77K
Blitz (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A tough, renegade cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, talky, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, revenge, murder, police detective, cop as target, law enforcer killer, crimes, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, stalking, police brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, new orleans, new jersey
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 5.7
 7K
Skin Trade (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Thailand, Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, sex slave, sex slavery, human trafficking, gangsters, crime, tough law enforcer, vengeance, tough heroes, master criminal, police investigation, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, usa, new jersey, bangkok thailand ...
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To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret service, murder, undercover, loss of friend, vengeance, police investigation, crimes, tough law enforcer, anti heroes, track down, master criminal, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.4
 4K
Cobra 11 (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei is a long-running, popular German television series about a two-man team of highway police, originally set in Berlin and later in North Rhine-Westphalia. The series has been broadcast in countries ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, police investigation, car chase, partners, crimes, crime, tough law enforcer, danger, buddies, working undercover, police interrogation, explosion ...
Time: 1990s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
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 7.5
 9K
Life on Mars (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Life on Mars is a science fiction crime drama television series which originally aired on ABC from October 9, 2008 to April 1, 2009. It is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning original UK series of the same name produced by the BBC. The series was ...
Style: rough, tense, captivating, serious, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, time travel, fish out of water, tough law enforcer, uncover truth, law enforcement, disorder, fighting crime, power relations, police station, police brutality, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s
Place: usa
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 6.4
 2K
The Outsider (1983)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In another typical Jean-Paul Belmondo vehicle, the French action hero plays a policeman prone to advancing the cause of justice by any means necessary. On his agenda is a powerful drug cartel working out of Paris and Marseilles, with a drug lord ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police officer, car chase, crimes, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, drug abuse, gangsters, lone wolves, hotshot hero, injustice, chases and races, drug lord ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1980
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, marseille provence
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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, martial arts, rescue, samurai, gang, partners, tough law enforcer, crime, partners against crime, law enforcement, chases and races, interracial relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, usa, asia, japan
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 6.5
 2K
Flashpoint (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two Texas border guards find a jeep buried for 20 years in the desert, with a skeleton, a scoped rifle, and a box with $800,000 in cash. They decide to keep the money, but quietly check up on the info they find. Soon the Feds are running all over ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, police detective, danger, partners against crime, witnessing a crime, mystery, tough law enforcer, political conspiracy, government agency, political intrigue, politics, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: texas, usa
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Hunter Will Get You (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier, a serial-killer who employs young boys to help him robbing banks before killing them.
Style: rough, exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, bounty hunter, heist, juvenile delinquency, crime, tough law enforcer, reluctant partners, unlikely criminals, working undercover, tough heroes, law enforcement, police detective ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe
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The King of the Kickboxers (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Kahn is a heavy weight kick-box champion, who often kills his opponents in front of the running camera, to sell it on video tape. Jake had to witness once how his brother was killed by him, and now has come for revenge. But first he has to improve ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, working undercover, tough law enforcer, crimes, tough heroes, law enforcement, murder, investigation, police investigation, deadly, heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: thailand, asia
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Direct Action (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Frank Gannon, a veteran cop, is being hunted by his fellow police officers after they learned he has betrayed the brotherhood and exposed to the feds wide scale corruption of the LAPD. He has one day left to prove his case and survive.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, police detective, tough law enforcer, rivalry, partners, fighting the system, workplace, dishonesty, law enforcement, uncover truth, workplace situations, crime ...
Time: contemporary
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 5.8
 8K
Next of Kin (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Truman Gates, a Chicago cop, sets out to find his brother's killer. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.
Style: rough, exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, murder, crime, tough law enforcer, vigilantism, police investigation, justice, one against many, brother brother relationship, death of brother, complex characters, gangsters ...
Time: 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
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 5.8
 1K
The Loner (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A cop is looking for the killer of his friend.
Style: rough, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, tough law enforcer, loss of partner, fighting crime, police detective, law enforcement, crime, police officer killed, police chase, crimes, chases and races, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 6.3
 65K
Walking Tall (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, fighting crime, casino, ex soldier, police corruption, stripper, tough law enforcer, fighting the system, machismo, honest law enforcer, danger, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 5.9
 65K
Shaft (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence ...
Style: stylized, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, murder, revenge, drug lord, violence, police brutality, corruption, crime, police investigation, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, switzerland, california
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