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5 Best Buddy Cop Films (& The 5 Worst)

5 Best Buddy Cop Films (& The 5 Worst)

The "buddy-cop" film is one of the most popular, profitable, and enduring genres of them all. From comedies to action (and usually a mixture of both) audiences have embraced the genre for decades. From Elliot Gould and Nick Nolte to Gene Hackman and Billy Crystal, actors of all styles have dipped their toes into the genre to varying degrees of success.

Related: The 10 Best Buddy Cop Movie Duos, Ranked

It could be argued that the genre started in 1974, which saw the release of films such as The Super Cops, Busting, and Freebie and the Bean but the genre found its stride in the 1980s with a decade full of films where mismatched partners fought the bad guys. Here are the 5 best and 5 worst buddy-cop films.

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