This weekend's movies on REELZ feature plenty of ladies, and they definitely aren't the type to sit quietly by while the guys take care of business. These movies feature women who are tough, resilient and occasionally lethal, and two of these flicks feature one of our favorite tough-lady movie tropes of all: The Tough-As-Nails Lady Cop. The lady-cop actions starts on Saturday, September 6th at 8p ET/ 5p PT with Angelina Jolie starring as an FBI profiler in the mystery/thriller Taking Lives. The badass girl action continues on Sunday at 10p ET/ 7p PT with Entrapment, which follows Catherine Zeta-Jones as an investigator who is tracking down a world-renowned thief.
In honor of these badass law enforcers, we're counting down our favorite on-screen lady cops of all time. Take a look and get ready to watch some tough, crime-fighting gals this weekend on REELZChannel. Check out the schedule for more details.
Police Chief Marge Gunderson may be the police chief of a small town in Fargo, dontcha know, but we believe that she has what it takes to be the police superintendent of any force in the nation. She has an eye for detail and a knack for police work, even if she has to pause every now and then and wait for a wave of morning sickness to pass.
Clarice Starling may have been new to the job as an FBI Special Agent in Silence of the Lambs, but she was able to handle Hannibal Lecter and find the serial killer Buffalo Bill. Jodie Foster's Special Agent wasn't completely on her game, considering the fact that she should have had some back-up when she visited the moth-filled house of Jack Gordon/ Jame Gumb, but we're hoping she learned her lesson.
Hargitay was born into Hollywood royalty as the daughter of Jayne Mansfield, but instead of becoming an on-screen princess, Hargitay became a hard-nosed detective with a soft spot in her heart for Special Victims in NBC's popular Law & Order spinoff. Possibly the most remarkable thing about Hartigay's tenure on the show is that even though she's been on for fifteen seasons, she has only appeared to age about fifteen minutes. That alone is a feat that deserves recognition.
Catherine Zeta-Jones nearly always plays a badass lady, no matter what side of the law she's on. Whether she's dealing drugs, getting away with murder or tracking down a nuclear weapon, Zeta-Jones tends to pick characters who get right in the middle of the action. In Entrapment, she plays a tough-as-nails, no-nonsense insurance investigator. Though her character isn't exactly part of the police force, she performed stakeouts, was issued a firearm, and was trying to catch the bad guy. Whether or not she actually uses her knowledge to uphold the law is yet to be seen, but she's definitely a badass whether she's enforcing the law or breaking it.
Of course Sandra Bullock starred in the 2013 comedy The Heat, but that wasn't her first time playing an FBI agent who is badly in need of a makeover. Bullock carried a badge and a gun in Miss Congeniality as well as in the sequel, making Bullock an expert at playing a tough lady law enforcer.
Whether she’s showing off scars, solving cases, or kicking butt, Renee Russo’s Lorna Cole from Lethal Weapon 3 can go toe to toe with any cop anywhere. She might be the girlfriend of one of the main characters, but she's definitely not the type of lady who will stand on the sidelines, waiting for the man to take care of business. She's likely the one getting things done while the fellas stand back in awe.
Heather Locklear handily holds the title for having the best feathered hair of any on-screen cop — after all, Charlie and his Angels worked outside the law. The young actress could also take home the prize for best co-star, since she appeared in TJ Hooker alongside the incomparable William Shatner. That is one heck of a way to kick-start a television career.
Bullock isn't the only lady on the list to take multiple police woman roles. Holly Hunter is another actress to protect and serve more than once, and most recently she starred as OKC Police Detective Grace Hanadarko in Saving Grace. But our favorite Holly Hunter cop role is when she was booking Nic Cage's HI McDunnogh in Raising Arizona. Sure, Ed might have also been involved in a kidnapping plot after she retired from the force, but that doesn't take away from her overall lady-cop excellence.
A-list actress Angelina Jolie has had more than her fair share of action roles, such as a spy, a billionaire archaeologist, professional assassin, and another spy. It's no surprise that in her action-packed career she has also worked in law enforcement on the big screen. She was a patrol cop working with forensic expert Denzel Washington in The Bone Collector and an FBI profiler in Taking Lives. Those performances make her a shoo-in on our best lady cops list.
We pretty much love Melissa McCarthy whether she’s playing an innkeeper, a teacher, or a bridesmaid, and in The Heat, she plays a tough, take-charge cop who just doesn't have time to deal with her bevy of besotted suitors. Obviously McCarthy will get a spot on our list because we'll take her and her impeccable comic timing however and whenever we can.