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Police Procedurals
These films have opened up a whole new window into the nitty-gritty world of police work. From the hostage negotiator (The Negotiator) to the forensic psychologist (Kiss the Girls), we go along for the ride to see how the crime is solved. Please list your favorites.

Mystery Net's complete list of Police Procedural Movies

P Marlowe - 08:32pm Aug 20, 2000 PST(#1 of 10)
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Silence of the Lambs

Dark gritty movies, but definitely about what the police and FBI do day-to-day, not pretty,

From the deep dark recesses of B&W vault-world, the original Naked City. That was a police procedural film to end all.

Also, The First Deadly Sin with Frank Sinatra and Faye Dunaway (as his dying wife) was excellent too.

Fran Hinkel - 10:50am Aug 24, 2000 PST(#2 of 10)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Love all your picks, Marlowe.

P Marlowe - 10:02pm Aug 25, 2000 PST(#3 of 10)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Thanks, Fran. What are your favorites?

Detective Story with Kirk Douglas (who should have won an Oscar for his acting) was another fantastic police procedural. Terrific film.

Fran Hinkel - 11:08am Sep 21, 2000 PST(#4 of 10)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Marlowe, sorry it took so long to get back here. What I would really like to see is a couple of the Patricia Cornwell books made into movies - kind of like the forensic window on police methods. And, of course I love the Marino character.

Now what category would you put Serpico in? Could that technically fit in police procedural do you think? I thought that was a great movie. Then again, I never saw Pacino do anything bad.

P Marlowe - 10:59pm Sep 22, 2000 PST(#5 of 10)
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Yes, definitely, Fran, Serpico was great. So was Prince of the City with Treat Williams which also went along the same lines. Of course, that dealt with police corruption.

LA Confidential would qualify as well.

P Marlowe - 11:02pm Sep 22, 2000 PST(#6 of 10)
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Surprised they've never made a Cromwell book into a movie. Almost every other author has made a movie, including Jonathan Kellerman's first novel The Cradel Must Fall with Ted Danson as Dr. Delaware, very believable.

Some books just play like a movie, if you know what I mean.

James Pevehouse - 10:37am Oct 6, 2000 PST(#7 of 10)

My all time favorite would fit this catagory perfectly, "Bullit". Talk about a cool detective, Steve McQueen wins hands down. Probably the best at real life also. As for mysterys, "Night Moves" with Gene Hackman was very good, you never knew who did it till the last frames. Whatya think. By the way, Ramond Chandler rules!!

P Marlowe - 11:03pm Nov 22, 2000 PST(#8 of 10)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Totally agree on Chandler ruling, but Cornell Woolrich is a close second.

Bullitt was outstanding, and it was shot in my city by the Bay (San Francisco). McQueen rules too.

Night Moves, French Connection and The Conversation are three of Hackman's best and three of the best movies of their type.

bensa dota - 05:16am Oct 7, 2002 PST(#9 of 10)

the police things are over all good if it includes shooting and action and stuff this sight needs more short storys like that like action and gore and stuff is great

P Marlowe - 11:12am Nov 6, 2002 PST(#10 of 10)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

nothing like gore and stuff to get the bile moving - but the gray matter is another subject all together. Some great police procedural films:

LA Confidential

The Detective

Q & A


Prince of the City


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