Bad Cop: 10 Movies About Police Breaking the Law

When a police officer does not detain a criminal because he is higher in rank, then we are talking about corrupt cops – and our selection will be devoted to these werewolves with dog tags. Bribes, kickbacks, protection of criminal elements, torture, theft of confiscated money – whatever the servants of the law do in films about bad cops, we can only be glad that we are not arrested and are on the other side of the screen.

Sabotage (2013)

A detachment of an elite unit conducts an operation to detain an influential drug lord – and discovers a large amount of money in the house. After a little consultation, the fighters decide to split the $10 million among themselves. The team risks their lives every day, so the special forces believe that they deserve such a bonus. Soon, the mysterious killer begins to remove the participants of the operation one by one, and the remaining fighters do not have much time to figure out the killer.

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Original title:
Sabotage

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Dirt (2013)

The film about bad cops takes place in the town of Edinburgh, where several detectives apply for the vacant position of the inspector. Bruce Robertson has long dreamed of a promotion, listening to complaints from his wife, so he grabs a unique chance. The policeman is ready to do anything to neutralize competitors, and the most dishonest ways of fighting are used.

Original title:  
Filth

Genre:  
Crime, comedy, drama

Actors:  
James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan …

Country:  
UK, Germany, Sweden

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


Bastion (2011)

The plot of the American thriller is based on real events , when several dozen officers were under investigation for corruption. Police officer Dave Brown does not always act within the law, but he tries to achieve his goal. In an attempt to get the necessary information, the cop beats the guy on the street – and the recording from the surveillance camera gets on television. An official investigation begins, which brings to the surface the dark secrets of Dave.

Original title:
Rampart

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Woody Harrelson, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.8


Bad Lieutenant (2009)

The list of films about corrupt police officers continues with a crime drama about the events in New Orleans. During a natural disaster , Officer Terence McDonagh showed incredible heroism, for which he received a promotion. However, colleagues and the leadership of the department do not suspect that behind the disposing appearance of an honest cop , a drug addict is hiding , destroying his personality and life.

Original title:
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Brooklyn Cops (2009)

Veteran Eddie has a week left before his well-deserved retirement, so the man tries to resolve any conflict peacefully without the use of weapons . Cop Sal ​​is mired in corruption games to earn money to buy a new house. Agent Tango infiltrates local gangs, keeping his colleagues safe during operations. Despite their different fates and goals, the paths of three policemen will one day converge at one point.

Original title:
Brooklyn’s Finest

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Welcome to Lakeview! (2008)

The Mattson couple moves to a cozy cottage located not far from the metropolis, and rejoices at a good choice. A mild climate, a luxurious house and a large swimming pool – what else can you dream of? A fly in the ointment becomes an acquaintance with a neighbor – a cop, who does not like the interracial marriage of new settlers. The usual verbal skirmish soon develops into a real war, but the Mattsons intend to defend themselves to the last.

Original title:  
Lakeview Terrace

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:  
12+


16 Blocks (2006)

The protagonist of the action-packed film is an aging police officer Jack Moseley, tired of work and life. The next task becomes a real test for a man, because he must deliver an important witness to the court . The boy’s testimony will surely send a group of corrupt cops to jail with no intention of losing their freedom. Only 16 blocks separate Moseley from the courthouse – and this road will be the longest during his entire service.

Original title:
16 Blocks

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Bruce Willis, Yasin Bey, David Morse…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Training Day (2001)

Inexperienced rookie Hoyt gets a job in the police and must undergo an internship under the guidance of a true professional. Alonzo is a seasoned, corrupt narcotics sergeant who is the terror of the local gangs. In just a day, the mentor will show the recruit the real street life, where you need to act without doubt and pity. The young hero of the film will have to pass a difficult exam and not flinch in extreme circumstances .

Original title:
Training Day

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Corrupt (1999)

Nick Chen is a veteran New York City law enforcement veteran serving in troubled Chinatown. When a showdown between two influential groups begins in the area, the rookie Danny becomes the partner of the burnt cop. Chen is not happy about the sudden replenishment – at such a moment, an experienced professional would be useful nearby. However, the recruit is not as simple as it might seem at first glance.

Original title:
The Corruptor

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Chow Yun-Fat, Mark Wahlberg, Rick Young…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Bad Lieutenant (1992)

The list of films is completed by a heavy crime drama in the arthouse genre with an unpredictable ending. The drunken lieutenant is the epitome of a thoroughly corrupt cop. The man is rarely sober, takes drugs regularly, and runs the local brothel . But when the case of the rape of a nun falls into the hands of a mercenary detective, he takes on the investigation with incredible zeal.

Original title:  
Bad Lieutenant

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frankie Acciarito …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


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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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