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The 7 Best Buddy Cop Movies on Netflix

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Who doesn’t love a buddy cop film? Whether it’s a buddy cop comedy or a gritty action thriller, there’s just something enjoyable about watching a couple of cops come together to get the job done.

Today, we’re going to dig into the depths of Netflix to find the best buddy cop movies available on the service. If you have Netflix and you’re looking for something new to watch, these buddy cop movies will be perfect for you!

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What’s a Buddy Cop Movie?

Before we get into the buddy cop movies on Netflix, let’s take a second to talk about what makes a movie a buddy cop film. Generally, a buddy cop film has plots involving two very different people who end up being forced to work together to solve a crime. More often than not, they end up learning from each other in the process, and even end becoming great friends.

A buddy cop film will usually fall into the comedy, action, or thriller genres (or some combination of the three). They can be in different subgenres as well, but they’ll usually feature the trappings of those three.

1. Bad Boys (1995)

Bad Boys (1995) Official Trailer 1 - Will Smith Movie

Is there a better buddy cop movie than Bad Boys? Between the action scenes and the comedy, it doesn’t get much better than Martin Lawrence and Will Smith working together in the original Bad Boys movie.

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2. Bad Boys 2 (2003)

Bad Boys II - Trailer

The first Bad Boys is an incredible movie, and the sequel manages to build on the first one is quite a few different spots. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith keep the momentum going from the first one, and it’s definitely worth watching the sequel.

3. The Other Guys (2010)

THE OTHER GUYS - Official Trailer (HD)

What happens when you throw Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg together in a buddy cop action comedy film? The Other Guys pops out and will have you laughing out loud nonstop. If that wasn’t enough, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson make appearances, truly putting this movie over the edge.

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4. Cop Out (2010)

Cop Out - Trailer - Official Warner Bros. UK

When you think about comedy movies create by Kevin Smith, Cop Out probably isn’t the first movie that comes to mind. It probably should, though, because this movie is hilarious. Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Pollak, and Seann William Scott absolutely crush the comedy in Cop Out

5. End of Watch (2012)

End Of Watch Official Trailer #1 (2012) Jake Gyllenhaal Movie HD

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña do a fantastic job in this movie. There’s nothing funny about this buddy cop film, but it most definitely has all the tropes you’d expect to see from a film in the genre. It’s dark, intense, and it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, which is all you could really want from an action thriller.

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6. War on Everyone (2016)

'War on Everyone' Official Trailer (2016)

If you like British black comedy movies with a buddy cop twist, War on Everyone is the movie for you. As long as you can handle the pretty dark jokes (some of which might not play well in the current climate), you’ll get a great deal of entertainment out of this movie.

7. Nighthawks (1981)

My personal favourite scenes from Nighthawks (1981)

Billy Dee Williams and Sylvester Stallone come together in what is often considered the first buddy cop movie of all time. The film has some issues, but it’s still incredibly well made and worth watching.

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Let’s Learn From Each Other

Buddy Cop films (and buddy films in general) are all about two completely different people coming together and learning from each other, which is something we could learn from! Give these movies a watch and not only will you be entertained, but you might learn something new about working with people you’d never think you’d get along with!

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1 Comment

  1. This is a really solid list! Didn’t realize Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2 were on Netflix. A couple buddy cop movies that I highly suggest (sadly not on Netflix): Beverly Hills Cop trilogy, Tango and Cash, 48 Hrs., Lethal Weapon (all 4), and Red Heat.

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