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« on: February 09, 2004, 04:45:46 PM »

The cop film is a genre that never seems to die. Here's a list of what are some of the best cop films in my opinion.

 The "A" list:

1. Prince of the City - Directed by Sidney Lumet, my personnal fave of the genre. Based on true events.

2. Narc - Gritty portrait of Detroit narcotics work. Ray Liotta and Jason Patric are excellent in it. Overall a well-made film.

3. Serpico - flat-out classic. Al Pacino plays Frank Serpico who helped expose police corruption in 70's,  New York. Based on true events.

4. the Silence of the Lambs - maybe not about the typical "cop" life, but a good portrait of the darker side of law enforcement.

5. the Shield (TV series) - badass show, great storyline.

6. the French Connection - no way a PC film by today's standards. But great action and realistic characters.

7. Donnie Brasco - Like Silence of the Lambs, deals with the FBI side of things. Good example of how a man's work can overcome him.

 on the B-list, can't think of anything (?). Any other inputs?
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2004, 05:33:02 PM »

You mean Walking Tall and Final Justice didn't make your list!?  Go ahead on, it's your move.

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2004, 05:58:31 PM »

Definitely the best series on tv is The Shield, hands down.
Donnie Brasco is a must see.

Can't disagree with you on any of them.

B-movie side (had to throw it in)

Psycho Cop 2

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2004, 07:32:23 PM »

I choose a more recent film....Training Day

Now that was a riveting movie!
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2004, 09:27:11 PM »

In no particular order:

* SERPICO

* THE FRENCH CONNECTION

* BULLITT

* THE ONION FIELD

* L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

* THE NEW CENTURIONS (just an okay movie, but one of my guilty pleasures)

* DIRTY HARRY (although, it's not as realistic as the above movies)

Not really cop movies, but similar:

* SHAFT

* TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.

As for some of the others named in this thread:

* WALKING TALL (very watchable . . . I've seen it many times . . . I think of this as more of a "good old boy" movie than a cop movie . . . but it is definitely about a cop!)

* PRINCE OF THE CITY (very similar to SERPICO . . . but Treat Williams is certainly no Al Pacino)

* NARC (didn't really like it . . . too much like an episode of a marginal TV series)

* TRAINING DAY (I liked it a lot, but I can't put it in the same category as stuff like SERPICO and THE FRENCH CONNECTION)

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2004, 09:32:13 PM »

Good choices, for the ones I've seen (Serpico, French Connex, Donnie Brasco)  I'd add in High Noon (he was a sheriff) and 48 Hours.

Any good bad movies that are cop films?
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2004, 08:42:06 AM »

Never seen either, although I know Walking Tall has achieved a sort of cult status over the years. They're also remaking it with the wrestler "the rock," it looks like one stinker!
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2004, 08:43:16 AM »

HAHA, yes Psycho Cop. I can't believe i still haven't seen any of these. Is part 2 the best as far as delivering the "goods?"
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2004, 08:46:00 AM »

a lot of people complained about Training Day because they said it was "unrealisitic", but i enjoyed it though. it might not be as realistic as a lot of other cops films, (but then again is Sperico realistic compaired to today's streets?), but a fun and entertaining movie nevertheless.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2004, 08:48:06 AM »

"Any good bad movies that are cop films?"
That's the same things I was wondering, but other than Shaft and Psycho cop 2 which Johny Z recommended, I really can't think of many.
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2004, 03:24:04 PM »

I cannot find a copy of Psycho Cop 1, if anyone knows where I can get one, would appreciate it. PC2 was hilarious! Lots of the great stuff B movies are made of:

drugs
gratuitous sex (lots and lots)
blood
gore
violence

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2004, 03:38:47 PM »

I don't mean this to be politically incorrect, so forgive me. But the sheriff that Walking Tall was based on was white as a sheet, Rock playing him doesn't translate. That alone will make the movie stink in my opinion.

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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2004, 03:58:04 PM »

very true. i see where you're coming from. i also heard that the sheriff that Walking Tall was based off of was an obnoxous, drunk, slob, that no one in the town liked. i guess they have to "bend" the truth a lot in movies.
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2004, 05:14:51 PM »

Here is the link to his official site:

http://www.sheriffbufordpusser.com/

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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2004, 06:06:22 PM »

There used to be a small Police and Fire museum in Pigeon Forge, TN (right outside Gatlinburg) that had the remains of the car he was killed in...pretty wild.

Anyone know if that museum/the car is still there?

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