Tough cop movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant tough cop movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out exciting, suspense, suspenseful, realistic, entertaining and humorous films and TV shows about / with tough cop, violence, gun, police, crimes, tough guy, gunfight, police investigation, chase and murder plots mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tough cop: The Untouchables (1987), 48 Hrs. (1982), Wasabi (2001), Cyborg Cop III (1995), The Gauntlet (1977), Den of Thieves (2018), Showtime (2002), Man of the House (2005), Sleepless (2017), A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).

List of tough cop movies

The Untouchables (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, captivating, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, smuggling, tough law enforcer, tough cop, bribery, court, crimes, police investigation, mob boss, fighting crime ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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 6.9
 77K
48 Hrs. (1982)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A hard-nosed cop reluctantly teams up with a wise-cracking criminal temporarily paroled to him, in order to track down a killer.
Style: humorous, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: convict, crimes, police investigation, partners against crime, prison, tough law enforcer, reluctant partners, law enforcement, tough cop, police officer killed, buddy cop, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, los angeles
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 6.6
 40K
Wasabi (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he used to work 19 years ago, to settle the probate of his ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, exciting, light, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: yakuza, inheritance, hitman, father daughter relationship, investigation, youth, police detective, tough cop, culture clash, tough guy, police brutality, shopping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france, kyoto japan ...
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 3.3
 369
Cyborg Cop III (1995)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A cop tries to stop a scientist's experiments to turn students into cyborg-mercenaries. Contains violence and strong language.
Style: futuristic, suspense
Plot: cyborgs, gunfight, martial arts, tough cop, fistfight, tough guy, one man army, androids and robots, cyberpunk, killer robot, superhuman powers, man versus machine ...
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 6.4
 23K
The Gauntlet (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Phoenix cop Ben Shockley is well on his way to becoming a derelict when he is assigned to transport a witness named Gus Mally from Vegas. Mally turns out to be a belligerent prostitute with mob ties and incriminating information regarding a ...
Style: exciting, suspense, entertaining, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, chase, corrupt official, police corruption, bus, sniper, hitman, organized crime, on the road, alcoholic, tough cop, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa, phoenix arizona, arizona, san francisco ...
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 7.0
 107K
Den of Thieves (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank robbery, heist, police brutality, tough guy, gunfight, divorce, fbi, tough cop, deception, car chase, chase, police ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, london
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 5.5
 63K
Showtime (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V. cop show.
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: chase, fish out of water, tough cop, partners against crime, misfit partners, reluctant partners, tv show, crimes, police operation, odd couple, law enforcement, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Man of the House (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Texas Ranger Roland Sharp is assigned to protect the only witnesses to the murder of a key figure in the prosecution of a drug kingpin -- a group of University of Texas cheerleaders. Sharp must now go undercover as an assistant cheerleading coach ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, light, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: cheerleading, cheerleader, tough cop, working undercover, murder, law enforcement, teenage life, villain, women, bar fight, father daughter relationship, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa, mexico
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 5.6
 32K
Sleepless (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, exciting, tense ...
Plot: organized crime, kidnapping, undercover cop, police corruption, tough cop, robbery, rescue, race against time, father son relationship, brutality, police detective, mercilessness ...
Place: las vegas
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A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, finds himself for the first time on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, rough, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cia, agent, car chase, one man army, heroes, escape, bomb, tough cop, heroic mission, save the day, partners against crime, snitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia, langley virginia, moscow russia, new york, chernobyl
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 6.5
 103K
U.S. Marshals (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard is accompanying a plane load of convicts from Chicago to New York. The plane crashes spectacularly, and Mark Sheridan escapes. But when Diplomatic Security Agent John Royce is assigned to help Gerard recapture Sheridan, it ...
Style: exciting, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, cia, frame up, on the run, agent, conspiracy, law enforcement, escape, mole, tough cop, ex law enforcer, law enforcer killer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco
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Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: John McClane is back and badder than ever, and this time he's working for Homeland Security. He calls on the services of a young hacker in his bid to stop a ring of Internet terrorists intent on taking control of America's computer ...
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hacker, fbi, terrorism, hostage, gunfight, one man army, lone hero, geek, bomb, chaos, police officer, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, washington d.c., baltimore, new york, california ...
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 4.5
 2K
True Justice (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Elijah Kane leads a hardcore undercover team of Seattle based cops who take on the local criminal element with a high-octane style of enforcement.
Style: exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, police detective, martial arts, tough cop, working undercover, crimes, police investigation, tough heroes, heroes, gang, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seattle, washington d.c., usa
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Touch Chesi Chudu (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: India
Duration: 147 min.
Story: The film revolves around a police officer called Karthikeya (Ravi Teja), who struggles to maintain a balance between his personal and professional life. Until one incident changes his life forever.
Style: exciting, captivating, twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: tough cop, fight, justice, chase, one man army, police officer, police, violence, murder, heroic bloodshed, kidnapping, hospital ...
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Bala Ko... Bahala Sa 'yo (2001)
Genre: Action
Country: Philippines
Story: Jeric Raval is Dias Del Fuego. An anti-organized crime cop who does the beat with a dark side of the law demeanor. The kind that loves to fight fire with fire and that which keeps the violent underworld under check. After being meted an indefinite ...
Style: captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: police officer, syndicate, tough cop, organized crime, extortion, bandit, gang, crime boss, criminal, forensics, partners against crime, criminal gang ...
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 4.5
 367
Redemption (2002)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A disgraced cop goes to work for the mob, and must choose between good and evil when he goes up against his former friends on the force.
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, suspense, tense
Plot: tough cop, tough guy, heroes, martial arts, warrior, drug dealing, brutality, police brutality, gunfight, showdown, gangsters, master warrior ...
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Monsoon Shootout (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India, UK, Netherlands, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rookie cop joins the crime branch of the Mumbai police department, and on his first assignment is faced with the dilemma of whether he should shoot a murder suspect who is attempting to escape or not.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic, non-linear ...
Plot: moral dilemma, idealism, road not taken, destiny, human nature, hopes, society, corrupt official, gangster boss, rookie, tough cop, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, mumbai india
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Sinners and Saints (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In lawless storm ravaged New Orleans, eleaguered Detective Sean Riley is trying to cope with the death of his young son and the abandonment of his wife. Facing a probable suspension from the department, Riley is teamed with a young homicide ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, gunfight, undercover, partners, dishonesty, serial murder, tough cop, swat team, revenge, death of son, gang war, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst (2007)
Genre: Crime
Country: Germany
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: KDD - Crime duration service is a German crime series, which was broadcast from 2007 to 2010.
Style: captivating, tense, disturbing, suspense
Plot: police station, police procedural, police, big city life, crime investigation, tough cop, police investigation, investigation, partners against crime, workplace situations, forensics, police detective ...
Place: berlin germany
Is relevant ?
 5.9
 2K
Gen-X Cops (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four young officers of the Hong Kong Police are joined together to fight against organised crime using all possible means, even if this would lead them to break the law… Their first assignment is to eliminate a gang of criminals who have stolen a ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, undercover, tough law enforcer, save the day, police investigation, track down, partners against crime, martial arts, heroes, terrorism, gangsters, race against time ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, singapore, asia
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Bad Boys for Life (2020)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Marcus Burnett is now a police inspector and Mike Lowery is in a midlife crisis. They unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus.
Style: buddy comedy, buddy movie, entertaining, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: police detective, police, police partner, police officer, investigation, sarcasm, midlife crisis, police chase, friendship between men, rescue, race against time, retirement ...
Time: contemporary, 2020s
Place: north america, usa, miami, mexico city, mexico
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 5.8
 58K
Ride Along 2 (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.
Style: buddy comedy, buddy movie, humorous, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: undercover cop, partners against crime, law enforcement, bodyguard, police officer, partners, unlikely partners, escapades, silly humor, disorder, police investigation, police ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, miami, atlanta georgia, hawaii, tokyo ...
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 6.2
 225K
RoboCop (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years, but have been forbidden for law enforcement in America. Now OmniCorp wants ...
Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyborgs, androids and robots, police, superhuman powers, tough law enforcer, graphic violence, robot, haunted by the past, inventions and discoveries, crime fighter, tough guy, cyberpunk ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2020s
Place: detroit, usa, china, washington d.c., pentagon ...
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 7.8
 225K
Gotham (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, twists and turns, neo noir ...
Audience: teens
Plot: super villain, batman, corruption, police station, police corruption, police detective, crimes, mafia, gang war, organized crime, orphan, crime boss ...
Place: new jersey
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 6.0
 146K
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Hondo Harrelson recruits Jim Street to join an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Together they seek out more members, including tough Deke Kay and single mom Chris Sanchez. The team's first big assignment is to escort crime boss ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: swat team, police brutality, basic training, sniper, crimes, tough law enforcer, partners, law enforcement, siege, master criminal, drug lord, squad ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, north america, california
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 6.0
 17K
Maniac Cop (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In New York, people are slain and strangled to death brutally on the open street. All witnesses agree that the murderer was in a cop's uniform. Soon the police searches and finds a suspect in its own ranks: Jack Forrest, turned in by his own ...
Style: slasher, scary, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, false accusation, police investigation, police corruption, maniac, vengeance, unlikely criminals, infidelity, couple relations, stalking, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 6.2
 45K
The Dead Pool (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dirty Harry Callahan returns for his final film adventure. Together with his partner Al Quan, he must investigate the systematic murder of actors and musicians. By the time Harry learns that the murders are a part of a sick game to predict the ...
Style: serious, suspense, neo noir, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police, reporter, prison, mafia, crimes, police investigation, against the rules, law enforcement, justice, murder, car chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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Cop and a Half: New Recruit (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this family-friendly action reboot of the 1993 film, Karina Foley, an ambitious and spunky 12-year-old, inserts herself in a police investigation of the Badge Bandit, led by the grizzled, veteran detective Mark Simmons. Much to Simmons' ...
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, captivating, buddy movie
Audience: family outing
Plot: buddy cop, police protagonist, child, police academy, police investigation, partner, school, chase, police station, little girl, tough cop, master criminal ...
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Walking Tall: Lone Justice (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In Dallas, witnesses against a drug-lord are murdered in a safe-house.The testimony of FBI agents becomes the only chance to keep him in prison. They are lodged in another safe-house, but the place is invaded and the agents are executed. However, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, partners against crime, police investigation, fighting crime, gang, vigilantism, small town, vengeance, retiring, law enforcement, starting over, criminal's revenge ...
Time: contemporary, year 2007, 2000s
Place: texas, dallas texas
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 6.2
 165K
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United ...
Style: humorous, exciting, realistic, not serious, buddy comedy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: african american, martial arts, ambassador, police investigation, partners, friends, partners against crime, buddies, crimes, disorder, odd couple, kung fu ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, paris france, los angeles, europe, hong kong ...
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