Know Your Evil Movie Cops

From "Dirty" Harry Callahan to the Bad Lieutenant, a look at the most brutal and corrupt lawmen walking the streets of cinema

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Rampart, Owen Moverman's tough urban drama featuring Woody Harrelson as a somewhat less-than-principled LA police officer, goes into limited release today (following a brief Oscar-qualification run in November), and while the movie itself is pretty good, we must take some exception to its bold poster and trailer tag line: "The most corrupt cop you've ever seen on screen."

Well, that is a mighty tall claim. After the jump, we'll run down 10previous movie cops who could give Harrelson's Dave Brown a run for his money.

This post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

Image credit: Warner Bros.

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire. He is the author of The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion.

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