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The Best Police Movies and TV Shows on Cinemax

Finding a good Police movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Police movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Cinemax.

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1. Die Hard

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8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo93%
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95/100
Released: 1988Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: NYPD cop John McClane's plan to reconcile with his estranged wife is thrown for a serious loop when, minutes after he arrives at her office, the entire building is overtaken by a group of terrorists. With little help from the LAPD, wisecracking McClane sets out to single-handedly rescue the hostages and bring the bad guys down.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

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2. Jaws

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8.0/10
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90/100
Released: 1975Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, the police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the blood-thirsty beast.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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3. BlacKkKlansman

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7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo96%
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88/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $13.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

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4. The Shape of Water

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7.3/10
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86/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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5. Traffic

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7.6/10
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83/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine within their comfortable suburban home. In Mexico, a flawed, but noble policeman agrees to testify against a powerful general in league with a cartel, and in San Diego, a drug kingpin's sheltered trophy wife must learn her husband's ruthless business after he is arrested, endangering her luxurious lifestyle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Die Hard: With a Vengeance

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7.6/10
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82/100
Released: 1995Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: New York detective John McClane is back and kicking bad-guy butt in the third installment of this action-packed series, which finds him teaming with civilian Zeus Carver to prevent the loss of innocent lives. McClane thought he'd seen it all, until a genius named Simon engages McClane, his new "partner" -- and his beloved city -- in a deadly game that demands their concentration.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. American Animals

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7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo89%
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82/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: Lexington, Kentucky, 2004. Four young men attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in the history of the United States.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $12.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Spy Game

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7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo66%
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77/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: On the day of his retirement, a veteran CIA agent learns that his former protégé has been arrested in China, is sentenced to die the next morning in Beijing, and that the CIA is considering letting that happen to avoid an international scandal.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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9. The Hitcher

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7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo61%
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75/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Thriller, Cult

What it's about: On a stormy night, young Jim, who transports a luxury car from Chicago to California to deliver it to its owner, feeling tired and sleepy, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, who has appeared out of nowhere, thinking that a good conversation will help him not to fall asleep. He will have enough time to deeply regret such an unmeditated decision.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax).

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10. Stakeout

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6.6/10
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73/100
Released: 1987Rated: R
Comedy, Thriller

What it's about: Two cops are given the 'dirty' job of staking out the home of an escaped convict's ex-girlfriend. Chris and the beautiful girlfriend accidentally meet and fall in love. Just as Chris' confesses, the convict appears, but will she betray him ?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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11. River's Edge

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7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo86%
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72/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions vary.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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12. Prince of the City

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7.5/10
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72/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: New York City detective Daniel Ciello agrees to help the United States Department of Justice help eliminate corruption in the police department, as long as he will not have to turn in any close friends. In doing so, Ciello uncovers a conspiracy within the force to smuggle drugs to street informants

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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13. Meet the Fockers

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6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo39%
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71/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Hard-to-crack ex-CIA man, Jack Byrnes and his wife, Dina head for the warmer climes of Florida to meet son-in-law-to-be, Greg Focker's parents. Unlike their happily matched offspring, the future in-laws find themselves in a situation of opposites that definitely do not attract.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. The Sugarland Express

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6.8/10
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69/100
Released: 1974Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking a highway patrolman hostage. As a massive dragnet starts to pursue them across Texas, the couple become unlikely folk heroes and even start to bond with the captive policeman.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Dick Tracy

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6.1/10
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68/100
Released: 1990Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others). Coming soon to Prime Video on January 31st, 2020 (PST).

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16. Proof

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6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo63%
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68/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited her father’s mental illness along with his mathematical genius. When Robert’s work reveals a mathematical proof of potentially historic proportions, it sets off shock waves in more ways than one.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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17. Kiss of the Dragon

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6.6/10
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67/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Liu Jian, an elite Chinese police officer, comes to Paris to arrest a Chinese drug lord. When Jian is betrayed by a French officer and framed for murder, he must go into hiding and find new allies.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. Super Troopers 2

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6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo33%
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67/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers- Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva, are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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19. Unlawful Entry

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6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo73%
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67/100
Released: 1992Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the couple's problems with the wife. The husband begins wondering if they're getting too much help.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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20. Bastille Day

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6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo48%
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66/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Michael Mason is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar, the field agent on the case, soon realises that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $6.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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21. Ricochet

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6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo72%
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66/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: An attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax).

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22. Jaws 2

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5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo60%
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65/100
Released: 1978Rated: PG
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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23. The Package

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6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo64%
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59/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Experienced Green Beret sergeant Johnny Gallagher is escorting a prisoner, Airborne Ranger Thomas Boyette, back to the US, but Boyette escapes and Gallagher must risk life and limb to catch him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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24. Jumpin' Jack Flash

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5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo29%
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59/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a strange message from an unknown source. The message is coded. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. People are killed, and Terry is chased. Throughout she remains in contact with this unknown person, who needs Terry to help save his life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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25. Rapid Fire

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6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo40%
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59/100
Released: 1992Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: College student Jake Lo is pursued by smugglers, mobsters and crooked federal agents after he witnesses a murder by a Mafia kingpin.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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26. Volunteers

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5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo58%
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58/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, where he is assigned to build a bridge for the local villagers with American-As-Apple-Pie WSU Grad Tom Tuttle and the beautiful and down-to earth Beth Wexler.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $7.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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27. Mulholland Falls

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6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo30%
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57/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: In 1950s Los Angeles, a special crime squad of the LAPD investigates the murder of a young woman.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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28. Hunted

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6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo76%
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57/100
Year: 2012-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Samantha Hunter suspects someone within the private intelligence agency she works at tried to kill her and she seeks to uncover the person behind it.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Cinemax). 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax). 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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29. 10 to Midnight

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6.3/10
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55/100
Released: 1983Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Based on the real-life Richard Speck murders. After his bizarre behavior results in rejection from countless women, Warren Stacy begins murdering women, always while he is naked, which minimizes any physical evidence left behind. Detective Leo Kessler is convinced of Stacy’s guilt and, over the objections of his partner, plants evidence to get him behind bars. When Stacy is released on a technicality, he threatens to go after Kessler and his family, leaving Kessler to defend himself with little help from the police.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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30. Another Stakeout

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5.6/10
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51/100
Released: 1993Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Chris and Bill are called upon for their excellent surveillance record to stakeout a lakeside home where a Mafia trial witness is believed to be heading or already hiding.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).