This is my top 10 list of buddy cop movies. If you haven’t yet, go check out the first part and the second part, to get the full buddy cop movie list. Without any further ado, here we go!

10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer
Directed by: Shane Black

Harry Lockhart (Downey Jr.) is a petty thief who stumbles into an audition for a movie after fleeing the cops. He’s mistaken as an actor and brought to Hollywood where he continues posing as an actor. He then finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery with “Gay” Perry van Shrike (Kilmer), the private eye hired to teach Lockhart the ropes for his new role. After Lockhart inadvertently makes it look like Shrike murdered someone, they have to find out who did it and why.

9. Another 48 Hrs. (1990)

Starring: Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte
Directed by: Walter Hill

The sequel to 48 Hrs. finds seasoned veteran San Francisco police inspector Jack Cates (Nolte) on the hunt for an unidentified drug kingpin only known as “The Ice Man.” While working the case, he learns there’s a hit for his old pal Reggie Hammond (Murphy), who’s being paroled the next day. Hammond is reluctant to help but does after the hitmen almost kill him in a bus that flips over 17 times. Also, Cates refuses to give him the money he’s been holding onto while Hammond was in prison unless he helps find The Ice Man.

8. Turner & Hooch (1989)

Starring: Tom Hanks and Beasley (the Dog)
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

Scott Turner (Hanks), an uptight and straight-laced detective with OCD is bored with his small California town job and is a few days from his retirement transfer to a much better position in Sacramento. However, he’s basically forced into adopting Hooch (Beasley), a rambunctious junkyard mutt whose owner was murdered and is the only eye witness of who did it. Turner must learn to live with this dirt rowdy dog, so they can solve the murder and stop the smuggling ring that’s going on.

7. Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)

Starring: Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: John McTiernan

Die Hard movies are not usually seen as buddy cop movies (Die Hard is a Christmas movie!), that changed starting with the third installment of the franchise. John McClane (Willis) is back with the NYPD and is working off a hangover. After an explosion that rips through a store in the city, a terrorist makes a call for McClane to play a little game for him. While taking part, McClain meets Zeus (Jackson), a shop owner in Harlem and the two get stuck working together. As they play along, they learn the game is meaningless, the real prize is the Federal Reserve.

6. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold and John Ashton
Directed by: Tony Scott

After hearing about his good friend, the police captain of Beverly Hills PD was shot and left in a coma, Axel Foley (Murphy) returns to Beverly Hills to help fellow detectives John Taggart (Ashton) and Billy Rosewood (Reinhold) investigate the attempted murder and how it’s connected to the series of “alphabet crimes” robberies that have been occurring. Along the way, they also learn these robberies are linked to an illegal arms-dealing black market.

5. Dragnet (1987)

Starring: Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks
Directed by: Tom Mankiewicz

LAPD detective Joe Friday (Aykroyd) not only shares the name of his famous LAPD Sergeant uncle, but is also just as strict, uptight and “by the books.” He gets a new partner in Pep Streebeck (Hanks), a young wisecracking, streetwise and freewheeling detective. They’re put on a case involving strange thefts like a lion’s mane. At first their differences hinder them, but they finally get on the same page and find out the thefts are part of a strange ominous cult and they have to take it down.

4. 48 Hrs. (1982)

Starring: Starring: Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy
Directed by: Walter Hill

The one that started it all. You could argue it’s not the first buddy cop movie, but it’s the one that coined the term.

Jack Cates (Nolte) is a rough around the edges San Francisco PD Inspector. He’s on the trail of an escaped prisoner and the buddy that helped him. Cates gets wind of Reggie Hammond (Murphy), a smart-mouthed criminal doing time, who was partnered with the escapee. Against his better judgment, Cates enlists the help of Hammond, getting him out on a… 48-hour parole. The two argue and fight, but come to respect each other while tracking down the escaped convict.

3. Lethal Weapon (1987)

Starring: Mel Gibson and Danny Glover
Directed by: Richard Donner

No nonsense and buttoned-down LAPD veteran Roger Murtaugh (Glover) has been given a new partner. Unhinged and possibly suicidal detective Martin Riggs (Gibson) is an emotional wreck after the death of his wife. He seems to have a death wish as he takes reckless actions, causing the two detectives to clash. They stumble upon a drug trafficking ring and start to bond as the situation becomes increasingly more dangerous, during the Christmas season (Yes, this too is a Christmas movie).

2. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold and John Ashton
Directed by: Martin Brest

Axel Foley (Murphy) is a loud-mouthed, tough-talking Detroit police officer. An old friend surprises him with a visit and then is gunned down in front of him. Foley goes on “vacation” to Beverly Hills, where his friend said he was working, in the hope to solve the murder. He finds the culture is very different from Detroit. He finds himself over his head but gets help in the most unlikely of places with two Beverly Hill Detectives Billy Rosewood (Reinhold) and John Taggart (Ashton). The trio uncovered a smuggling ring and set out to take it down.

1. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

Starring: Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans
Directed by: Tony Scott

This movie has it all. Guns, explosions, fighting and shit-talking fun. Oh and even a bit of neo-noir all brought to a perfect boiling point.

Ex-secret service agent and now rough and worn private investigator Joe Hallenbeck (Willis) gets a gig of watching after a stripper. After she’s murdered, her boyfriend Jimmy Dix (Wayans), a former professional quarterback comes to Hallenbeck looking for answers to why she needed protection and wanting to know who killed her. The two form a shaky alliance to figure out what’s going on. Things heat up as they start unraveling a deep plot between a crooked politician and the owner of a pro football team.

There it is, my quintessential buddy cop movies list. Do you agree with me or did I piss you off? Let me know in the comments!

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