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?