The greatest police/cop/fuzz films?
Having just seen Hot Fuzz (Filmstalker review) and enjoyed all the references to other police films out there, I thought it would be a good idea to find out what you all think are the best police films out there.
Now these aren't just in the realm of comedy or buddy cop films, but anything at all. Crime, thriller, horror, and all the way to those most enjoyable big budget buddy films. What do you think of as your favourite police based films?
Okay, I switched features, I wasn't happy with the last one. I'll maybe come back to it another day, or if you want to it's still on the site, you can answer it you know.
Hot Fuzz is powering around the screens in the UK just now, and it has every right to, it's a very good film and contains so many nods to other police films, both British and US. There were so many little nods in the film that it was hard to catch them all, but there was The Wicker Man to Bad Boys (I and II), they had about everything there.
So if you can scour your mind for all the cop films you've seen in the past, which stand out for you? Perhaps there are different ones for different genres of cop films, comedies, thrillers, maybe there are even different films that refer to different eras?
What about The French Connection, Infernal Affairs, The Departed, Cop Land, The Untouchables, Lethal Weapon, The Wicker Man, Police Academy, Robocop, Dirty Harry?
Actually, by listing that I've probably just come up with a few of my own. Cop Land is a huge personal favourite, I love the performance Stallone gave in that. Dirty Harry is a superb iconic character, and Lethal Weapon is another franchise defining moment that really does bring the perfect buddy cop story together.
French Connection has some superb performances, and Hackman and Scheider are fantastic in it, particularly Hackman whose performance really brought him to the front of Hollywood.
So what are your favourite cop/police films and why?