Film and TV

Twenty buddy cop movies worth seeing again

With Friday's release of The Heat (Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy), another buddy cop movie joins a film library filled with explosions, oddball pairings and broad humor. While the genre's been compacted into a cliche over the years (especially immediately following its heyday in the late '80s and early '90s), and also justly satirized for it, the fundamentals of the buddy cop film return each summer to theaters.

Here are twenty films from the genre that's been a mainstay in theaters and weekend cable programming.

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Tango & Cash (1989) Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell are LAPD narcs (they can't stand each other, natch), forced to partner up and go after a crime boss with the worst name a crime boss could have: Yves Perret. Just 1-in-4 critics thought it was worth seeing. But more than 20 years on, you may enjoy an ironic viewing if only to hear Stallone do his serious-cop voice. -- Nick Lucchesi

Miami Vice (2006) Holding only a 47 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Michael Mann's take on the '80s television series of the same name has been criticized for taking itself too seriously. -- Nick Lucchesi

Starsky & Hutch on ABC's Movie of the Week (1975) The original 90-minute pilot movie that spawned the TV series. If you can find it, please watch this one instead of the reboot with Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. -- Nick Lucchesi

FEDS (1988) For these ladies, it's a battle of brains vs. braun. Rebecca De Mornay as Ellie DeWitt (physically tough but not very smart) and Mary Gross as Janis Zuckerman (the opposite) play FBI Academy cadets in FEDS, co-written and directed by Daniel Goldberg, perhaps best-known as a producer for The Hangover franchise. -- Nick Lucchesi