Bobby and Stig are a duplicitous pair. When a deal with a drug cartel goes south, both are forced to flee. And only then do they discover that they are both agents undercover, one from naval intelligence, the other from the DEA. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star; Baltasar Kormakur directs. (Read our full review here.)
Good cop, bad cop. By the book, wild card. We love a good buddy cop tale. For some surprising explorations of the cop drama genre, check out the titles below. Set all around the world, and in different times, each offers action and mystery but with its own unique take on odd couple cops.
Ripper Street (2013) This crime series out of England is set in East London in April 1889, six months after the last Jack the Ripper killing. Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfayden) is haunted by the unsolved case, but must confront the city’s new murders with a dedication that could be the death of his marriage. His partners in this noble but dangerous quest are a bare-knuckle boxer (Jerome Flynn) and an American ex-Pinkerton with a dark secret (Adam Rothenberg). Game of Thrones’ fans will get a special treat in this series as one ep features Bronn (Flynn) facing off against Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)! Also, keep an eye out for Hodor (Kristian Nairn).
Sleepless Night (2011) Personally, I’d count this French thriller as one of the best action movies ever made. It centers on Vincent, a single father whose dealings with a drug cartel that puts his teen son at risk. Little do they know Vincent’s not the dealer they think he is, he and his partner are undercover cops. But with his boy at risk he dare not involve his fellow officers. So, one night, one nightclub—he’s forced to juggle these dual identities while evading cops and killers and fighting with all he’s got to get his son back! Tomer Sisley stars. Frederic Jardin directs.
Durham County (2007) This Canadian crime series follows brooding homicide detective Mike Sweeney, whose partner is basically his crime-solving obsessed teen daughter. While they are an intriguing pair on their own, this show plays out like a mix of Veronica Mars and American Horror Story unfolding deeply disturbing and fascinating stories of murder and those haunted by the ghosts it creates. Be warned: this one is totally twisted, and deeply addictive. Hugh Dillon, Helene Joy, and Laurence Laboeuf star.