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The core of most movies comes down to the struggle between good versus evil. We root for our protagonists to rise above all obstacles to bring villains to justice. Some of the best examples of these kinds of stories are police procedurals, where the police are trying to catch criminals. Most of the time, the police come in the form of a lone, determined cop with a moral code. Meanwhile, our antagonists are captivating individuals we relate to, who command the screen just as well as their counterparts. By the end, when both sides collide, the results leave everyone entertained and wanting to come back for more.
Police procedurals started early in cinematic history. Titles like “M” with Peter Lorre, “White Heat” and “Stray Dog” set a precedent for good quality within the 1940’s. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, they dominated the screen with “Dirty Harry,” “In the Heat of the Night” and “The French Connection” being some of the bigger hits. The two latter titles were even able to land multiple Oscar wins including Best Picture.
By the time the 1980’s hit, the procedurals formed into action-comedy franchises like “Lethal Weapon” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” They spawned action icons like John McClane with the “Die Hard” trilogy. And by the 1990’s and 2000’s, a good mix of police stories generated modern classics like “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Heat,” “L.A Confidential,” “The Departed” and “Zodiac.”
It’s a shame we haven’t seen as many high quality police procedurals within this decade. “The Town” and “Shutter Island” took the approach of examining the criminal while the police lurk in the background. Therefore, you can see why there is interest in this weeks new release “21 Bridges” starring Chadwick Boseman. It looks to be a return to form with a traditional “cop chasing bad guys” story, hopefully adding some fresh twists and turns.
We now leave it to you, are you planning on seeing “21 Bridges” this weekend and what are some of your favorite police procedurals?