Police work is almost always serious and vital. Police are on the front lines in the battle between people who follow the rules in society and those who go to the other side of the equation and break laws. They are protecting law-abiding citizens from the law breakers. However, police are also human beings with their own personality traits, flaws, foibles and talents. They may also have a lot of time on their hands. This creates the opportunity for a lot of hijinks and funny moments. Hollywood has recognized this with police genre films that are often raucous and side-splittingly funny.


"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)



Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a Detroit police officer who is investigating the death of his friend Mikey Tandino (James Russo). Axel knows that a man named Zack (Jonathan Banks) has killed Mikey, but he has to figure out why and who was behind the murder. When Zack returns to Beverly Hills, Axel must work with the Beverly Hills police department on solving the murder. The hard-nosed Detroit cop working with the laid-back Beverly Hills police department creates one funny one-liner after another, and most of them are delivered by Foley at the expense of partners Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton) and their boss, Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox).

"Super Troopers" (2001)



Five Vermont state troopers–including Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar) and Farva (Kevin Heffernan)--are located in a remote area of the state near the Canadian border. They don’t have much to do except play incredible gags on each other, and their practical jokes often involve syrup made in their home state. However, when budget cuts threaten their job, they have to cut out the jokes and solve a murder. It’s not just a matter of figuring out who did it, they have to solve it before the local police do and it’s a race to the finish line.


"The Naked Gun: From The Files of the Police Squad" (1988)



Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) is the police investigator who returns home from his vacation in Beirut when his partner, detective Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) gets shot. Drebin may be trying to solve crimes, but his methods and theories are devoid of any logical thinking and the results are one sight gag after another. Somehow, he comes across a plot to assassinate the queen of England while she visits Dodger Stadium. Drebin’s version of the Star Spangled Banner is not to be missed.


"Police Academy" (1984)


When the new mayor loosens the requirements for applying to become a member of the police department, a motley crew of applicants come to the Police Academy with a desire to become officers of the law. The instructors at the academy can’t believe their eyes at the “talent” they have to work with. Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) is forced to sign up because his only alternative is going to jail.

"Dragnet" (1987)



This movie is a takeoff on the old television series about two straight-laced Los Angeles police detectives. In this movie, Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd) is a by-the-book police investigator, but his partner Pep Streebek (Tom Hanks) is a bit more unconventional in his approach. The conflict between the two as they try to solve crimes involving a 30-foot snake and the mane of a lion is hilarious, but they come together to prevent the bad guys from coming up with a deadly poison gas.