The buddy cop movie, when done right, is a magical thing. So it’s a shame that we seem to be living in a fallow era for the genre, especially with the crop of performers and directors currently available.
If you ask me, it’s time for a resurgence. Every generation needs some great buddy cop movies, and every buddy cop pairing — whether darker or lighter in tone — needs its own theme tune.
It’s list time! Hit it!
Sam Rockwell and Ben Mendelsohn
Something is rotten in a small Southern town, and when an FBI agent (Rockwell) is flown in to help irascible and opaque local sheriff (Mendelsohn) clean things up, sparks fly.
Also, it’s Christmas Eve.
Directed by: Shane Black
Viola Davis and Emily Blunt
When her police officer daughter is killed in action, a wounded detective (Davis) will step out from behind the desk to do anything to help her daughter’s partner (Blunt) find closure for both of them.
Directed by: Ava Duvernay
MBJ and JGL
One is a fresh-faced, clean cut, newly-made detective with a stellar arrest record; the other a hotshot with several high-profile cases under his belt, but an equally infamous problem with teamwork. When they chase down two separate leads that lead to the same source, they’ll discover something rotten at the heart of their department that they were never meant to see. Thrown together by necessity they will have to work together to expose this rot before one, or both, of them end up dead.
Directed by: David Fincher
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender
Directed by: Matthew Vaughan
A brutal murder aboard an old, rusting cruise liner draws two retired, alcoholic detectives into each other’s orbits as they realise that the details of the crime echo that of the methods of an international serial killer they both investigated, and failed to catch, many years ago. Adrift together, with the killer onboard, they must battle their own demons in order to solve an unsolvable puzzle.
Directed by: Johnnie To
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chiwetel Ejiofor
When big city Detective Ejiofor arrives at a crime scene in the dead of night he is the first to inspect the security footage. Viewing it alone he is horrified to discover that the man fleeing the scene bears a striking resemblance to him. Destroying the evidence and muddying the investigation he sets out to discover the truth behind this disturbing apparition.
Directed by: Werner Herzog.
Lupita Nyong’o and Idris Elba
A mild-mannered beat cop from London (Elba) stumbles into the centre of a deadly and complicated US-UK criminal plot. His life at stake, he flees, desperately trying to use the city to stay one step ahead of those who would rather see him dead, his resolve gradually hardening as he decides to turn the tables on his pursuers. At the same time an FBI agent (Nyong’o) is brought in to advise the police force on the growing threat of the American criminal contingent. Their parallel journeys will not stay that way for long.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Something by Hans Zimmer.
Tatiana Maslany and Hayley Atwell
Hard-edged Canadian detective Maslany and mercurial English ex-pat cop Atwell clash over a grisly border-crossing incident. Soon realising that the crime is much bigger than they thought, they put their differences aside in order to bring those responsible to justice.
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Pedro Pascal and Oscar Isaac
Partners and best friends for almost ten years, distrust and paranoia is sown between two detectives when a crime long since thought solved resurfaces.
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Mads Mikkelsen and Angela Bassett
One is an immortal warrior, living and working incognito for SWAT. The other a witch who solves crimes and harvests souls as a high-ranking detective. Their paths and eternal destinies will collide on one fateful night when the barrier between our world and the other weakens.
Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro
The SWINTON and Dwayne Johnson
DOESN’T NEED A SYNOPSIS! JUST CAST ‘EM, FILM ‘EM, THAT’S A WRAP, ALL THE AWARDS!
Directed by: IT DOESN’T MATTER
Petr Knava plays music and hopes one day to know what it’s like to have a buddy.