The Funniest Police Movies Ever Made

These cops will make you laugh so hard you'll cry

A day in the life of a police officer can be difficult. Studies have even suggested that police work can be hazardous to your health. But if the job was as consistently bad as some make it out to be, no one would do it. Fortunately, Hollywood figured that out long ago. Aside from real-life celebrities, like Shaquille O'Neal, who dabbled in law enforcement careers, there are tons of hilarious movies that revolve around police work. 

Cops aren't just tough—they can be funny, too. Some police movies are among the funniest films ever made.

Rush Hour

Rush Hour Movie

Worlds collide when a Chinese inspector teams up with a loud-mouth Los Angeles detective to solve a kidnapping with international intrigue. Jackie Chan has some awesome Kung Fu moves and Chris Tucker has solid one-liners to offset his cantankerous character's bad attitude. Smart, fun and funny, "Rush Hour" breathed new life into the buddy cop genre, and it brings tons of action and plenty of laughs.

Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop

A list of funny cop movies would be incomplete without the film that made Eddie Murphy a household name. Murphy's Axel Foley is a rough-around-the-edges, do-whatever-it-takes cop from Detroit who takes an unauthorized trip to Beverly Hills to track a lead to a friend's murder.

Unfortunately for him—and great for us—the stuffy, by-the-book Beverly Hills P.D. isn't ready for the way Foley does business. Eventually, in their own special way, they come around to his way of thinking and we get to laugh out loud at the ensuing antics.

Super Troopers

Super Troopers

It's an exaggeration to be sure, but it's almost frightening how the folks from Broken Lizard were able to capture the absolute worst aspects of inept law enforcement officers and make them look so hilarious.

Whether it's Troopers messing with stoners, a police chase turned into a practical joke, or an ongoing rivalry between the state and local police, "Super Troopers" is laugh-out-loud funny. Be warned—it's not appropriate for little eyes and ears.

21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street
20th Century Fox

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill take over for Johnny Depp, who starred in the television series of the same name in the 1980s. These cops pose as high school students in an effort to bust a drug ring. Cops and high schoolers? Yes, that's a recipe for disaster and hilarity. "21 Jump Street" even includes a memorable shootout with another of the original television series' regulars.

Lethal Weapon 1, 2, 3, and 4

Lethal Weapon Movie
Warner Brothers

These are great as stand-alone movies or as a series. Pioneering the "buddy cop" genre and injecting the perfect balance of action, drama, and comic relief, the ultimate good-cop-bad-cop duo of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover really delivers the funny at the most ironic moments.

Whoever first came up with the idea of having to disarm a toilet bomb—while in use—is a comic genius.

Bad Boys

bad Boys
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What happens when you take two of the funniest actors in Hollywood, hand them badges and guns, and turn them loose on the streets of Miami? If you read the back of this DVD case, the summary will probably include the phrase "hilarity ensues."

Like "Lethal Weapon," "Bad Boys" is non-stop action and non-stop humor. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith keep the one-liners flowing as they tackle the seedy drug trade in scenic and sunny South Florida.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Paul Blart: Mall Cop Movie

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" isn't just fun to watch. It's fun to watch with the whole family. Funnyman Kevin James plays a mall security guard whose dream is to work with the state police. Unfortunately, his weight and his blood sugar let him down every time he applies.  

It is a funny movie with heart as our intrepid mall cop gets his chance to play the hero, and we all enjoy the endless laughs as he does it.

Police Academy

Police Academy Movie
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This movie defined the goofy cop humor drama and it provides a frighteningly funny look at what happens when standards are thrown out the window and police departments start hiring anyone with a temperature of 98.6 degrees.

A classic comedy from the 1980s, "Police Academy" is chock-full of crazy antics and totally unrealistic but hilarious situations.

The Naked Gun

The Naked Gun

Leslie Nielsen stars as Lieutenant Frank Drebin, an idiot savant detective who is heavy on the idiot and light on the savant. Drebin fumbles his way through an investigation to clear the name of his partner, Nordberg, in this classic Zucker Brothers comedy. He uncovers an attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth II involving baseball legend Reggie Jackson in the process.

As if it couldn't get more ridiculous, the cast includes O.J.Simpson, Ricardo Montalban, and Priscilla Presley. The Zucker Brothers don't pull any punches as they throw every gag in the book at this movie that's based on the comedy television show "Police Squad."

The Other Guys

The Other Guys Movie

So many action movies have been made about hard-charging cops who shoot first, ask questions later, and blow up a lot of stuff along the way. This brilliantly funny movie takes a look at the other guys: the note takers and report writers who never seem to get their shot at the big case.

Will Ferrell plays a straight-edged detective whose passion is forensic accounting. His partner, Mark Wahlberg, is a detective whose promising future hits a wall when he inadvertently shoots Derek Jeter during the World Series.

The dialog is so funny, you can just listen to this movie with your eyes closed and laugh.

Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz Movie

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost of "Shaun of the Dead" fame deliver the laughs as they work their way through a twisted plot to keep a quaint English village pristine, pure, and inoffensive by any means necessary. Pegg portrays Sergeant Nicholas Angel of the Metropolitan Police.

A hard-charging, no-nonsense police officer, Angel finds his unwavering rule-following ways and high productivity isn't as appreciated by his peers as he might have expected. He ends up getting transferred to a seemingly boring village by his jealous boss and coworkers.

Along with his bumbling partner, Danny Butterman, played by Frost, Angel gets wrapped up in a hilarious whodunit.

The Heat

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat

Let's not overlook the ladies. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy team up as an unlikely crime-fighting duo in "The Heat." Bullock plays an FBI agent—insert rigid and rule-abiding here—and McCarthy is a tough-as-nails Boston detective. Together, they set their sights on a notorious drug overlord. You can imagine the rest...or buy the DVD.

Police work is no joke

These movies are hilarious, but the real work of a police officer is no laughing matter. This doesn't mean you shouldn't be interested in the career. Funny or not, the law enforcement profession can offer you a chance to make a real difference.