Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Cop?

Lots of cops on the big screen this weekend. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña in “End of Watch”, Karl Urban dispensing futuristic justice as Judge Dredd, hell, there was even a cop in “House at the End of the Street”.

It’s par for the course. Each year sees the release of 1,387,534 cop movies into the theatre. From buddy cop movies, to mysteries/thrillers, to heist movies, “police officer” is one of the most widely portrayed occupations there is. And why not? There’s action and danger inherent in the job. They protect and serve… except when they’re “crooked”. Every country and every town everywhere has cops of some sort or another. Everyone can relate to those characters.

So who’s YOUR favorite? There are a gazillion to choose from. I’ll even allow FBI agents to be thrown into the mix (But no spies!! Sorry, James).

You have your comedic cops, like Axel Foley and Frank Drebin. Your action hero cops like John McClane and Martin Riggs. Or perhaps you prefer your cops to be more realistic… your “Based on real cops” cops such as Frank Serpico or Popeye Doyle.

You tell me! Who’s YOUR favorite movie cop?

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98 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Cop?

  1. I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

  2. John McClane. Those movies are just too fun. Bruce Willis has done a number of other cop rolls too. I just like him in that type of roll. Sometime he is the action hero, sometimes the burnt out cop. Sometimes the cop that was so fixated on an unsolved crime that he ruined his career but in the end turned out to be right. And he does them all well. So maybe I should say Bruce Willis as just about any cop he portrayed.

    • Yippee Ki Ai, Urbannight. :D

      Yeah, McClane is awesome. I think the strange thing is, is in his most prominent movie (the original) he’s out of his jurisdiction… so he becomes this kind of Cop/Vigilante hybrid that’s really interesting.

      But of course, there’s also the awesomeness of Bruce Willis. LOL Just saw “Looper”. It was great

  3. John McClane… how can the same shit happen to the same guy four times? No wait… it’s gonna be five isn’t it? Bruce Willis never better.

    • It IS going to be five… I have to say, though… not really looking forward to it. The phrase “Beating a dead horse” comes to mind. :(

      There has been a ton of awesomeness along the way though, for sure!

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