In honor of all the police officers across this great Country of ours, we recognize the top 11 fictional police officers of all-time.
11. Detective Axel Foley – Beverly Hills Cop
Played by Eddie Murphy, Detective Foley is a young, talented member of the Detroit Police Department that somehow always finds himself heading out to Beverly Hills, California. Foley bends the rules, and is seen as a tad reckless, boasting often of his “blatant disregard for proper procedure.” He is set to return to the force soon, as A fourth Beverly Hills Cop film is currently in development, set for release in 2010.
Axel Foley: This is the cleanest and nicest police car I’ve ever been in in my life. This thing’s nicer than my apartment.
10. Robocop – Robocop
Also known as Officer Alex J. Murphy. Murphy, played by Peter Weller, is brutally murdered in the line of duty and his corpse used to create the first “Robocop” to help clean up the streets of Detroit. Robocop still retains memories of his life as Murphy, including brief glimpses of his wife and son, and the action of spinning his gun before holstering it, a trick he had done for his son. There were two sequels, Robocop II and Robocop III, neither nowhere near as good as the original. Rumor has it there is a 2010 Robocop movie in the works, with release possibly being pushed to 2011.
Alex Murphy/Robocop: Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.
9. Detective Scott Turner – Turner and Hooch
Tom Hanks plays Det. Turner, who these days would be on some serious medication for his obsessive-compulsive, neat-freak nature. After his friend, Amos Reed is murdered, Det. Turner adopts his junkyard dog, a large and slobbery Dogue de Bordeaux named Hooch, who Turner believes is the only witness to the murder of his friend. Hilarity ensues and Hooch eventually gives his life to save his master.
Scott Turner: Don’t eat the car! Not the car! Oh, what am I yelling at you for? You’re a dog!
8. Carl Winslow – Family Matters
Played by Reginald VelJohnson, who also played Sgt. Al Powell in Die Hard 1 & 2, Carl Winslow is a chunky, hard-working member of the Chicago Police Department. Originally a Police Sargeant, then a Lieutenant and finally a Captain, Winslow takes his job and his responsibilities as a family man very seriously. Still, despite the rigors of his job and his family, his most difficult challenge is dealing with the nerdy next door neighbor, Steve Urkle. His relationship with Steve is one of the love-hate variety and they even make an appearance on American Gladiators together.
Carl Winslow: Go home, Steve!
7. Sheriff Ed Tom Bell – No Country For Old Men
While Javier Bardem garnered most of the praise for his portrayal of one of the most cold-blooded and ruthless killers ever seen on film — Anton Chigurh — Tommy Lee Jones does just as good a job perfecting the role of small town Sheriff who all of his life has been seeking an understanding of life and the human condition. He cannot fathom the generation of mindless violence he is seeing in his last days as Sheriff and thinks it is unique and distasteful, however, he comes to realize that the world has not changed at all, just him, and he is no closer to understanding any of life’s mysteries or questions.
Ed Tom Bell: I was sheriff of this county when I was twenty-five years old. Hard to believe. My grandfather was a lawman; father too. Me and him was sheriffs at the same time; him up in Plano and me out here. I think he’s pretty proud of that. I know I was. Some of the old time sheriffs never even wore a gun. A lotta folks find that hard to believe. Jim Scarborough’d never carry one; that’s the younger Jim. Gaston Boykins wouldn’t wear one up in Camanche County. I always liked to hear about the oldtimers. Never missed a chance to do so. You can’t help but compare yourself against the oldtimers. Can’t help but wonder how theyd’ve operated these times. There was this boy I sent to the ‘lectric chair at Huntsville Hill here a while back. My arrest and my testimony. He killt a fourteen-year-old girl. Papers said it was a crime of passion but he told me there wasn’t any passion to it. Told me that he’d been planning to kill somebody for about as long as he could remember. Said that if they turned him out he’d do it again. Said he knew he was going to hell. “Be there in about fifteen minutes”. I don’t know what to make of that. I sure don’t. The crime you see now, it’s hard to even take its measure. It’s not that I’m afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing to die to even do this job. But, I don’t want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don’t understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He’d have to say, “O.K., I’ll be part of this world.”
6. Lieutenant Gordon – Batman
Gordon is the police commisioner of Batman’s hometown, Gotham City. Although he sometimes disagrees with Batman’s methods, he realizes the need for the Dark Night and generally uses the Bat Signal to summon him when needed. In the recent Batman films, “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Night”, Gordon is played by Gary Oldham. It is Gordon who comforts the eight-year old Bruce Wayne when his parents are murdered. This is why Batman believes Gordon to be one of the few honest police officers in the city.
At the conclusion of “The Dark Night”, after Harvey Dent has turned to Two-Face and committed murder after murder, Batman tells Gordon that he must take the blame. With a sad face, Gordon agrees and destroys the Bat-Signal, telling his son.
Lieutenant Gordon: Batman is not just a hero, he’s something more, a Dark Night.
5. The Entire Police Academy Force – Police Academy franchise
It is impossible to single out one of the recruits in this seven film series that follows their attempts to prove themselves capable of being police officers. You could easily single out the main character Carey Mahoney, played by Steve Guttenberg, but then you’d be leaving out Moses Hightower, Eugene Tackleberry, Larvell Jones, Laverne Hooks, Sergeant Callahan, Douglas Fackler, Proctor, Lieutenant Harris and so on and so on. Slapstick humor at its best and the practical jokes on Harris (mace in the shower, super glue on the megaphone) combined with Bobcat Goldwaith and the many noises from Larvell Jones mouth and all of these guys deserve to make the list.
Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris: My name is Lieutenant Harris, in case you missed it. This is Sergeant Callahan, in case you missed it. We are the meanest instructors here. We’ve got you because you are the worst people here. From now on, you are “D” Squad; “D” for “dirtbags.” When I say: “Hey, dirtbags.” that means you. I’m going to make you hate me for the rest of your lives.
4. Chief Wiggum – The Simpsons
Chief Clancy Wiggum, who is voiced by Hank Azaria, patrols the streets of Springfield in the everlasting series, The Simpsons. Chief Wiggum pretty much portrays every single stereotype that surrounds police officers. He is chubby, he eats doughnuts, and he is usually uninformed. Despite his flaws, he seems to usually have the best of intentions at heart.
Chief Wiggum: All right, you scrawny beanpoles: becoming a cop is not something that happens overnight. It takes one solid weekend of training to get that badge.
Chief Wiggum: This is Papa Bear. Put out an APB for a male suspect, driving a… car of some sort, heading in the direction of, uh, you know, that place that sells chili. Suspect is hatless. Repeat, hatless.
Chief Wiggum: Can’t you people take the law into your own hands? I mean, we can’t be policing the entire city!
3. Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan – Dirty Harry franchise
Arguably Clint Eastwood’s most famous role is that of San Francisco Police Department Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan. Other than the first installment (1971), entitled “Dirty Harry” there were four sequels: “Magnum Force” in 1973, “The Enforcer” in 1976, “Sudden Impact” in 1983 directed by Eastwood himself, and “The Dead Pool” in 1988. Eastwood’s portrayal of the blunt, cynical, unorthodox detective who is seemingly in perpetual trouble with his incompetent bosses, set the tone for a whole genre of cop films to follow, several of which made this list.
Harry Callahan: I know what you’re thinking, punk. You’re thinking “did he fire six shots or only five?” Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?
2. Barney Fife – The Andy Griffith Show
Barney Fife, played by Don Knotts, is the deputy sheriff and Andy Griffith’s right-hand man in the hit 60’s comedy, The Andy Griffith Show. He appeared in the first five black-and-white seasons, which were hilarious. He then left the show for the next three colored season, which were lacking. Coincidence…I think not. Goofy, gullible and loyal, Barney could only carry one bullett at a time. That single bullet was not to be loaded and must remain in his shirt pocket because of his propensity to shoot the ground while his gun was loaded in the holster.
Barney Fife: Here at ‘the Rock,’ we have two basic rules. Memorize them so you can say them in your sleep. Rule One: Obey all rules! Second, do not write on the walls…as it takes a lot of work…to erase writing…off of walls.
1. John McClane – Die Hard franchise
Bruce Willis is tough New York City cop John McClane in each of the four installments of the Die Hard franchise. One phrase sums up the character of John McClane: Bad Ass.
Greg: On your tombstone it will say always in the wrong place at the wrong time.
John McClane: How about Yippie-ki-yay motherf**ker?