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 realistic, suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious and suspense films and TV shows about / with tough cop, violence, police, blood, murder, law enforcement, crime, crimes, tough guy and gunfight plots mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres shot in USA, India, Australia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tough cop: 48 Hrs. (1982), The Untouchables (1987), The Gauntlet (1977), Gotham (2014), Maniac Cop (1988), The Dead Pool (1988), Showtime (2002), Man of the House (2005), Cobra (1986), S.W.A.T. (1975).

List of tough cop movies

 6.9
 64K
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: exciting, suspenseful, humorous, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: tough cop, convict, police investigation, crimes, partners against crime, prison, law enforcement, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, police officer killed, crime, knife ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, los angeles
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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: organized crime, smuggling, mafia, tough law enforcer, bribery, trial, crime, tough cop, gangsters, police investigation, fighting crime, partners against crime ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 6.4
 19K
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: chase, police corruption, bus, prostitute, extradition, organized crime, hitman, on the road, ambush, tough cop, alcoholic, corrupt official ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa, phoenix arizona, arizona, san francisco ...
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 7.8
 198K
Gotham (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
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, bleak
Audience: teens
Plot: super villain, mafia, police station, organized crime, orphan, police detective, corruption, police corruption, batman, gang war, crime, crimes ...
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 6.0
 13K
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: rough, serious, scary, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, slasher, murder, false accusation, police investigation, police corruption, maniac, vengeance, danger, unlikely criminals, couple relations, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york
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 6.3
 37K
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, exciting, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police, mafia, prison, reporter, crime, police investigation, against the rules, law enforcement, tough cop, murder, car chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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 5.5
 58K
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: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chase, fish out of water, reality tv, tv show, reluctant partners, partners against crime, misfit partners, crime, police operation, artists and showbiz, odd couple, law enforcement ...
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, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: cheerleading, working undercover, murder, law enforcement, cheerleader, teenage life, villain, tough cop, women, mentor, teenagers, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa, mexico
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 5.8
 62K
Cobra (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, tough law enforcer, serial killer, police investigation, tough heroes, murder, rivalry, fighting crime, law enforcement, resistance, danger, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.6
 1K
S.W.A.T. (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: S.W.A.T. is an American action/crime drama series about the adventures of a Special Weapons And Tactics team operating in an unidentified California city. A spin-off of The Rookies, the series aired on ABC from February 1975 to April 1976. Like The ...
Style: realistic, rough, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: swat, danger, police investigation, fighting crime, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, workplace situations, crime, workplace, police, police raid, vietnam war veteran ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, los angeles
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 5.6
 27K
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, police corruption, robbery, undercover cop, rescue, brutality, police detective, father son relationship, race against time, corruption, betrayal ...
Place: las vegas
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 6.3
 4K
McQ (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements of the police department dealing in confiscated drugs.
Style: serious, suspense, exciting, twists and turns, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, murder, police corruption, fighting crime, uncover truth, law enforcement, rivalry, crime, investigation, betrayal, car chase, drug dealing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
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 6.5
 90K
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, frame up, cia, on the run, agent, chases and races, law enforcement, escape, mole, law enforcer killer, ex law enforcer, obstacle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, san francisco
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Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jesse Stone is a former L.A. homicide detective who left behind the big city and an ex-wife to become the police chief of the quiet New England fishing town of Paradise. Stone's old habits die hard as he continues to indulge his two favorite ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, surprise ending, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, mystery, small town, crime, small town life, chief, law enforcement, police investigation, tough cop, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england
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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, rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rescue, samurai, yakuza, partners, gang, crime, tough law enforcer, 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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 5.5
 3K
Linewatch (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. is a Border Patrol Officer in the New Mexico desert with a secret past that is about to catch up with him. When his old gang leader tracks him down and forces him to smuggle drugs across the border, he must ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, crime, criminal's revenge, drug dealing, starting over, law enforcement, gangsters, desert, black cop, foot chase, police shootout, tough cop ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico, cuba, latin america, los angeles
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 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, suspenseful, serious, suspense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police, undercover, save the day, tough law enforcer, police investigation, track down, partners against crime, stylized violence, martial arts, tough cop, race against time, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, singapore, asia
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War on Everyone (2016)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?
Style: dark humor, cynical, funny, absurd
Plot: police corruption, violence, partners, stolen money, gunfight, tough cop, illegal drugs, hare krishna, blood, exploding car
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The Stone Killer (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Los Angeles detective is sent to New York where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, hitman, murder, brainwashing, tough cop, maverick cop, mafia, rivalry, death wish, dishonesty, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york, asia, vietnam, harlem manhattan new york city
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Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: For the past four years, San Francisco cop Jack Cates has been after an unidentified drug kingpin who calls himself the "Ice Man". Jack finds a picture that proves that the Ice Man has put a price on the head of Reggie Hammond, who is ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, rough, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: prison, motorcycle, bar fight, mexican standoff, drug dealer, tough cop, gas station, police investigation, race against time, reluctant partners, partners against crime, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, los angeles
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Touch Chesi Chudu (2018)
Genre: Action
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.
Plot: tough cop, violence, witness, murder, police, protest, illusion, fight, fistfight, one man army, shot with a gun, duty ...
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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 ...
Plot: fighting crime, organized crime, syndicate, ex-lover, tough cop, hostage situation, crime
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 6.6
 6K
21 Bridges (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A disgraced NYPD detective after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption.
Style: suspense, surprise ending
Plot: hostage, police officer killed, one night, manhunt, subway, violence, policewoman, neo-noir, moral dilemma, hit by a bus, innocent person killed, subway train ...
Time: 2010s
Place: manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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 5.3
 194
Deadly Target (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Chinese gangster in Los Angeles escapes on the eve of his deportation to Hong Kong. A martial-arts master detective and his ragtag team get caught up in the action as they track down this ruthless killer.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, martial arts, missing person, tough heroes, rivalry, vengeance, law enforcement, deadly, dishonesty, crimes, chases and races, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, asia, hong kong, usa
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 4.7
 250
Rakshak (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 164 min.
Story: ASP Raj Sinha is assign with the task of bringing to justice the people who are responsible for printing and circulating fake currency notes. Raj is shocked when he learn that the leader behind this crime is none other than his childhood friend, ...
Plot: friend, mental illness, blood, flirting, marriage proposal, doctor, husband wife relationship, wedding, flashback, pistol, telephone call, boy ...
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 4.6
 546
Tarazu (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Police Inspector Ram Yadav is a honest, handsome, and incorruptible young man. He lives with his sister-in-law, Shakuntala, and elder brother, Raj . A lovely yet petty thief, Pooja admires Ram so much that she moves in to his house in the guise of a ...
Plot: villain, maid, injection, coma, attempted murder, spoiled brat, bribe, vigilante, shot in the hand, drive by shooting, flaming arrow, tough cop ...
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 2.5
 4K
Mitchell (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A tough-guy cop (Joe Don Baker) pursues two drug runners (Martin Balsam, John Saxon) across the city to bust a large syndicate. Very much an anti-hero, Mitchell often ignores the orders of his superiors and demonstrates disdain for by-the-book ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, chase, gangsters, crime, car chase, heist, femme fatale, urban, police corruption, rivalry, haunted by the past, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s
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 7.4
 21K
Miami Vice (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end drug trafficking and prostitution, centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs - who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug cartel.
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, undercover, partners against crime, partners, undercover agent, drug dealing, rivalry, law enforcement, drugs/alcohol, crime, deadly, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: miami, florida, usa
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No Place to Hide (1992)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Detective Joe Garvey is called in to a mysterious case: a ballerina has been slayed on stage during a performance, it seems she didn't even fight. At her house Garvey finds her 14 years old precocious sister Tinsel. She's not very ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, scary, suspenseful
Plot: orphan, murder, on the run, conspiracy, revenge, police, supernatural ability, teenage life, slasher, law enforcement, deadly, gory ...
Time: 90s
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Hawaii Five-O (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and continues in reruns. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant ...
Style: captivating, tense, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, crimes, partners against crime, multiple suspects, fighting crime, police investigation, irish, workplace, investigation, police protagonist, honor ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: hawaii, usa
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