It’s all about the hat: 11 films and series about sheriffs

No American city is complete without a sheriff – the head of the district police. In megacities, the chief of cops can lead a huge team, and in rural outback – just a couple of assistants. However, it is this person who takes the brunt of the war on crime, unless, of course, he himself caves in under the criminal world. In our selection of films about sheriffs, you will find excellent thrillers, action films and detective stories, where both honest and corrupt law enforcement officers operate.

Sheriff (TV series 2020)

Los Angeles County loses its local police chief, overtaken by a heart attack. To fill a vacant position until a new guardian of the law is selected, the assistant with the most experience should be. Responsibilities for the protection of law and order are assigned by an experienced sergeant of the old school. A stern man does not accept political games and does not know how to have beautiful conversations, but a seasoned cop knows exactly how to rein in the villains.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Deputy

Genre:
Action, drama, crime

Actors:
Stephen Dorff, Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Baby Kid (2018)

Modern cinema in the western genre about the sheriff, who entered into a confrontation with one of the most famous bandits of the Wild West. The boy who ran away from home was also drawn into the conflict. A teenager who can influence the outcome of an irreconcilable confrontation will have to decide which side to take, because the law enforcement officer is prone to cruelty, and the criminal does not only atrocities.

Original title:  
The Kid

Genre:  
Biography, drama, western

Actors:  
Jake Schur, Layla George, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:  
18+


Lake Shimmer (2017)

A small town is shocked by an incredibly daring robbery of a local bank. The raiders neutralized the guards and stole a colossal amount of money, after which they lay down on the bottom. The local sheriff is entrusted with the investigation of the apparent “capercaillie”. An experienced cop, having familiarized himself with the case materials, comes to a disappointing conclusion: someone from the inhabitants of a tiny town where everyone knows each other well is clearly behind the crime.

Original title:
Shimmer Lake

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Benjamin Walker, Rainn Wilson, Stephanie Sigman …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.3


Texas Ranger (2015)

In a town located near the US-Mexico border, the local police have a new leader – the previous boss was suspended for abuse of power. The border settlement has long been one of the key points for arms smuggling . The hero of the film intends to stop all offenses, but the powerful Mexican cartel is not used to it when someone gets in the way of a criminal business .

Original title:
The Hollow Point

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Police car (2015)

An unusual film about an American sheriff who turned out to be not a defender of law and order, but a prudent criminal. Two ten-year-old boys stumbled upon a police car in a grove and decided to go for a drive. The guys did not take into account that the owner of the car went to a secluded place to hide the corpse . Having discovered the loss, a furious cop sets off in search of a car. Juvenile hijackers now risk not only getting a fine, but losing their lives.

Original title:
Cop Car

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Kevin Bacon, James Friedson-Jackson, Hayes Wellford…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Frontera (2014)

The protagonist of a detective film in the western genre has already retired and ceased to lead the district police, but the world of crime still haunts the old campaigner. The wife of a retired guardian of the law is brutally murdered. Evidence points to an illegal from Mexico who secretly moved to the United States. To help the investigation and establish the truth, the inconsolable widower joins forces with his successor.

Original title:
Frontera

Genre:
Thriller, drama, western

Actors:
Ed Harris, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Banshee (TV series 2013 – 2016)

The cool , highly rated series about an American thief turned sheriff ran for four seasons. The robber, who has rewound a long time, is released and risks running into bloody revenge from former accomplices for a long-standing betrayal. To avoid cruel punishment, the hero assumes the identity of a dead cop and, under a false name, comes to work in the police of a provincial town.

Original title:
Banshee

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Anthony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Return of the Hero (2013)

The iconic actor who starred in this action film has returned to the big screen after a ten-year hiatus during which he served as Governor of California. A dangerous drug lord has escaped and, having taken a hostage , intends to cross the Mexican border. The villain does not expect to meet serious resistance in the wilderness, but the once best cop in Los Angeles is serving in the outback.

Original title:
The Last Stand

Genre:
Action, thriller

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Longmire (TV series 2012 – 2017)

Great western crime series. An honest and decent widower heads the police department in a small provincial town. Wear and tear helps a brave servant of the law cope with the grief of losing his wife. A bright and ambitious girl, who became famous for investigating intricate murders in Philadelphia, has been appointed deputy chief of local cops.

Original title:
Longmire

Genre:
Action, drama, crime

Actors:
Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 8.3


Deadwood (TV series 2004 – 2006)

In the second half of the 19th century, the gold rush swept America . Growing out of a camp of prospectors, the village of Deadwood in South Dakota is turning into a center of attraction for cowboys, outlaws, and adventurers . The crime situation is heating up – and murders are becoming commonplace. The former law enforcement officer, together with his business partner, intends to rein in the criminal rabble.

Original title:  
Deadwood

Genre:  
Drama, crime, western, history

Actors:  
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Sheriff’s Star (1996)

The body of a man with a police badge was found in the Texas border zone. Many years ago, the chief of the local police disappeared along with a large sum of money. The new sheriff in charge of the county department is investigating a long-standing crime of his predecessor. Discovering more and more new facts, the hero of the film is approaching not only the disclosure of a long-standing atrocity, but also the secrets of his family.

Original title:
Lone Star

Genre:
Drama, Detective

Actors:
Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Cooper …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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