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Take BAD BOYS FOR LIFE Home NOW – Good Cop Bad Cop: The Most Iconic On-Screen Cop Buddy Partnerships in Film History

26 May 2020

To celebrate the return of Bad Boys For Life, available now on Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve pulled together a list of the greatest on-screen cop partnerships in film history, that echo the same tumultuous relationship of leads in the film Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s characters.

Nothing beats a good cop bromance, where for the film duration you’re unsure whether a developing dynamic between a set of mismatched partners has led to them wanting to kiss or kill each other. Of course, the return of the eponymous Bad Boys duo Mike and Marcus is no different. Check out the below list for a great dose of the best movie cop heroes. 



Bad Boys For Life (2020)
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back on the case in the roles that launched the high-powered duo to global superstardom for 2020’s Bad Boys For Life. This action-packed comedy, awarded a Certified Fresh rating by Rotten Tomatoes, and brought to you by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, sees the much-loved characters Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett back together for one last time, partnering up to take down the head of the Arteas Cartel. Cop duo’s just don’t get much better than this. 



Rush Hour (1998)
Starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as a hilarious set of incompatible police officers, director Brett Raner’s 1998 Rush Hour is another great example of the archetypal cop partnership. The film sees a loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector (Jackie Chan), teaming up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective (Chris Tucker), to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way. This pair is arguably one of the most classic cop couples in film history, and could not miss a place in this list. 



Hot Fuzz (2007)
How could we forget Hot Fuzz? Offering a classically British sarcastic and witty take on the classic pair of cop companions, Nick Angel (Simon Pegg) plays an overachieving super police constable alongside Danny (Nick Frost), a roly-poly knucklehead, obsessed with action movies. The film sees Angel transferred from London to the West Country village of Sanford, where he arrests Danny for drink driving, not realising that Danny is now his new partner, or also that in Sanford it's only a crime punishable by having to buy everyone ice cream. The pair soon uncover a murderous conspiracy to ensure Sanford wins the coveted Village of the Year award. Cue a high-octane, gun-toting, West Country-style showdown.



21 Jump Street (2012)
Normally in these classic buddy-cop movies, one partner’s the cool guy and the other one not so much. But what if those roles reversed over the course of the film? That’s the clever conceit — one of many — in directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the negligible ’80s TV drama, which cast Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as bumbling policemen who go undercover in high school to catch a drug dealer. Back when they were teens, Tatum’s Jenko was the popular jock and Hill’s Schmidt was the pushed-around dweeb, but they soon discover that high school — and the culture at large — has changed a lot since then, prising Schmidt’s sensitivity while scorning Jenko’s meathead cockiness. Both 21 Jump Street and its equally funny sequel ingeniously exploit the differences in its stars’ personas, all the while spoofing cop movies and Hollywood franchise glut, which when all added together equal a solid place in this list of hit cop film legends. 



Men In Black (1997)
Last but not least we have Men in Black, a sci-fi action-comedy film where both our leads of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones play cops that are very funny, but in very different ways. The original 1997 Men in Black Film sees Agents J and K, (the men in black) as scum-fighting super-agents; with their latest mission being to save the world from a total intergalactic disaster. As a cop duo Smith and Jones are a happy mixture of the epitome of buddy-cop conventions, with J always cool and flashy, and K the contrastingly ill-tempered and reserved type. Nevertheless though even when the pair are endlessly bickering their camaraderie is clear.

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