Police protagonist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant police protagonist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating, tense and rough films and TV shows about / with police protagonist, police, police investigation, crimes, police detective, law enforcement, police officer, police station, policewoman and investigation plots mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as police protagonist: Hawaii Five-0 (2010), The Defeated (2020), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Southland (2009), Dogs of Berlin (2018), The Wailing (2016), Cop and a Half: New Recruit (2017), Starsky and Hutch (1975), Columbo (1971), Almost Paradise (2020).

List of police protagonist movies

 7.4
 72K
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0). Steve's team is joined by Chin Ho Kelly, Danny "Danno" Williams, and Kono Kalakaua.
Style: exciting, realistic, stylized, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners against crime, crime investigation, crimes, policewoman, police detective, teamwork, police investigation, fighting crime, suspicion, leader, law enforcement, police protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: hawaii, usa
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 7.0
 5K
The Defeated (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Max McLaughlin is an American cop who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war.
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: demolished city, police protagonist, murder investigation, post war germany, nazism, political intrigue, world war two, nazi, betrayal, love and romance, intrigue, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, year 1946
Place: berlin germany
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Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Homicide: Life on the Street is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1993 to 1999, and was succeeded ...
Style: tense, realistic, talky, serious, rough ...
Plot: police detective, murder, police, police station, police protagonist, crimes, police investigation, fighting crime, african american, fbi, tough law enforcer, partners against crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: baltimore, usa
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 8.5
 26K
Southland (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lapd, police detective, policewoman, rookie, police protagonist, fighting crime, crimes, peril, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, southern california, usa
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 7.5
 12K
Dogs of Berlin (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 542 min.
TV show
Story: A politically sensitive murder forces two disparate detectives into a battle with the Berlin underworld and a confrontation with their own corruption.
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, bleak, brutal
Plot: football player, murder, partners, racism, police protagonist, investigation, crime investigation, murder investigation, detective inspector, riot, police partner, cheating ...
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 7.4
 65K
The Wailing (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.
Style: atmospheric, enigmatic, disturbing, scary, macabre ...
Plot: curse, shaman, investigation, police, murder, daughter, small town, zombie, ghost, supernatural, possession, police protagonist ...
Place: korea, south korea, tokyo
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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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Starsky and Hutch (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a 70-minute pilot movie and 92 episodes of 50 minutes each. The show was created by William Blinn, produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions, and broadcast ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, realistic, rough, tense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police detective, car chase, undercover, police investigation, partners against crime, buddies, law enforcement, crimes, unlikely partners, society, working undercover, police protagonist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, southern california, california
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 8.3
 34K
Columbo (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: Columbo is a friendly, verbose, disheveled-looking police detective who is consistently underestimated by his suspects. Despite his unprepossessing appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all ...
Style: clever, captivating, cynical, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: police detective, homicide detective, mind game, murder, crime investigation, murder investigation, riddles and clues, crime solving, unconventional method, uncover truth, basset hound, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
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Almost Paradise (2020)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A former DEA agent forced into early retirement runs a gift shop in in the Philippines. Despite his best efforts to begin a tranquil new life, he’s pulled back into a world of dangerous people and deadly situations, either through his friends in ...
Style: disturbing, visually appealing, heroic, suspense
Plot: police protagonist, retired cop, private investigator, police, american abroad, betrayal by friend, gang of thieves, reluctant hero, buddy, assassination attempt, villain arrested, police investigation ...
Place: the philippines
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 6.3
 2K
Code 404 (2020)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: In the near future, an undercover Detective Inspector gunned down and killed during a botched sting is brought back via an experimental Artificial Intelligence project. Full of glitches, he’s got to track down the person who shot him, prove ...
Style: captivating, entertaining, satirical, semi serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police, artificial intelligence, police investigation, police partner, unhappy wife, police protagonist, buddy cop, guilty conscience, hi-tech, crime solving, partners against crime, investigation ...
Place: london
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 7.9
 21K
Awake (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Michael lives in two separate realities after a car accident. In one reality, his wife Hannah survives the accident; in the other reality, his son Rex survives. Michael does not know which reality is "real", and uses the wristbands to ...
Style: mind bending, psychological, serious, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: alternate reality, double life, therapy, family problems, police investigation, car accident, police detective, sanity, police officer, insanity, loss of family member, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 5.2
 17K
Hangman (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A homicide detective teams up with a criminal profiler to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children's game, Hangman.
Style: suspense, captivating, suspenseful, psychological, twist ending
Plot: homicide detective, forensics, psycho killer, game of death, clue, serial killer, police investigation, police partner, murder, police protagonist, retirement, police captain ...
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 6.3
 814
Running Wild (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A grissled cop with tendencies towards excessive force teams up with an ambitious and righteous prosecutor to track down a dangerous crime boss whom they both want desperately to catch. But their quarry resorts to devious methods to stall their ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: investigation, gangsters, murder, partners against crime, vigilantism, against the rules, rivalry, legal, law enforcement, crimes, unlikely partners, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, seoul
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 8.0
 5K
No Offence (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Keeping these streets clean is a Herculean task, enough to demoralize even the keenest rookie – but there’s a reason why this hotchpotch of committed cops are on this force, on this side of town. Drug labs, arsonists, neo-Nazis and notorious ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: police station, policewoman, fighting crime, law enforcement, police investigation, workplace situations, workplace, crimes, police, murder investigation, british police, detective inspector ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, northern england, manchester
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 7.5
 35K
Police Story (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his name after he is framed for murder.
Style: light, humorous, stylized, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, chase, kung fu, murder, drug lord, crimes, law enforcement, corrupt law enforcer, goofy hero, car chase, police protagonist, gangsters ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
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Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A mother goes to Hollywood to find her runaway daughter. She discovers that the girl has become involved in the pornography industry, and goes to the police to get help in finding her.
Style: humorous, captivating, exciting, suspense, porno movie
Plot: police operation, police protagonist, police, murder disguised as accident, car chase, pimp, murder, police raid, mother daughter relationship, prostitution, drugs, sleazy ...
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Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, police investigation, manipulation, psychopath, crimes, yuppie, corrupt cop, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.5
 26K
Miami Vice (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
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, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, undercover, partners against crime, partners, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, drug dealing, two man army, machismo, police protagonist, undercover agent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 7.6
 27K
Cold Case (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated technology available today to bring about ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: female detective, police detective, policewoman, who done it, murder investigation, homicide detective, victim, police investigation, uncover truth, police officer, riddles and clues, strong female lead ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1940s, 60s, 90s ...
Place: philadelphia, usa
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Hawaii Five-O (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, stylized, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, crimes, law enforcement, multiple suspects, partners against crime, fighting crime, police investigation, irish, workplace, investigation, police protagonist, suspect ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: hawaii, usa
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 8.5
 38K
Happy Valley (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: Happy Valley is a dark, funny, multi-layered thriller revolving around the personal and professional life of Catherine, a dedicated, experienced, hard-working copper. She is also a bereaved mother who looks after her orphaned grandchild.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating
Plot: policewoman, kidnapping, crimes, police investigation, investigator, police, law enforcement, ransom, drug lord, crime investigation, revenge, sergeant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, yorkshire
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 7.6
 244K
End of Watch (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.
Style: tense, emotional, realistic, heroic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: street gang, latinos, gang member, gang war, friendship, policewoman, police officer, gunfight, fighting crime, rookie, arrest, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, 2010s, 70s
Place: los angeles, south central los angeles, usa, california
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 7.7
 38K
Blue Bloods (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan is the New York Police Commissioner and heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: family relations, family tradition, police commissioner, police detective, chief of police, family life, price of justice, law enforcement, female detective, crimes, police brutality, police protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Scene of the Crime (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: Tatort is a long-running German/Austrian/Swiss, crime television series set in various parts of these countries. The show is broadcast on the channels of ARD in Germany, ORF 2 in Austria and SF1 in Switzerland. The first episode was broadcast on ...
Style: exciting, serious, witty, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime investigation, police, police detective, fighting crime, police station, riddles and clues, police investigation, law enforcement, murder, police protagonist, suspicion, police inspector ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, germany, austria
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 6.7
 53
Miami Guns (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The adventures of female police partners Yao Sakurakouji and Lu Amano, who fight crime in the near future Miami City.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, touching, melancholic, captivating ...
Plot: police, violence, undercover cop, police investigation, opposites attract, police protagonist, sexual humor, police chase, sensuality, criminal, police arrest, police detective ...
Time: 2000s, 90s
Place: miami
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 4.4
 386
Burden of Evil (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When the daughter of a powerful senator is kidnapped by a psychopath, the senator requests a particular homicide detective, Caitlyn Conner, to head up the case. She knows the kidnapper better than anyone else - he just killed her husband. Against ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, captivating
Plot: police detective, female protagonist, serial killer, policewoman, police officer killed, kidnapping, psychiatrist, investigation, police protagonist, funeral, laptop, courtroom ...
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Hill Street Blues (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police precinct in an unnamed American city, the show received ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: police station, police, fighting crime, workplace, swat team, partners against crime, partners, law enforcement, crimes, police detective, workplace situations, police investigation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 7.8
 17K
Flashpoint (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 41 min.
TV show
Story: The Strategic Response Unit (SRU) is an elite team of cops who specialize in high-risk critical incidents. Trained in tactics and psychology, they deal with extreme situations, where split-second decisions could save a life...or cost one.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: swat team, police, rescue, policewoman, race against time, sniper, saving a life, law enforcement, crimes, team, mission, threat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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 5.4
 2K
Fuzz (1972)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, crimes, survival, partners against crime, blackmail, law enforcement, undercover, heist, buddies, partners, dishonesty, rapist ...
Time: 70s
Place: boston, usa
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