Some of the best action and thriller films involve cops. While most of these officers know the law, the movies about them are still susceptible to a handful of uh-oh moments.
We've collected a hefty load of evidence against these police movies, from "Bullitt" to "Bad Boys," and caught their various mistakes red-handed. Check out the continuity mess-ups, factual errors, and some sudden wardrobe changes that you probably never saw in your favorite fuzz films.
As always, all photos are courtesy from our friends at Moviemistakes.com.
Gallery | Cop Movie Mistakes
- ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ (1984)
After the truck chase, Axel (Eddie Murphy) arrives at the police station. He walks through a glass door that reads 'Investigaton Operations Division,' which is missing the last “i” in “investigation.” Whoever made those letters definitely needs spell check.
- ‘American Gangster’ (2007)
In one scene from Ridley Scott’s 1970s detective drama, Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is speaking on a public telephone. However, visible in the background is a poster with a website address on it, ending in .biz. First of all, the internet wasn’t officially launched until the late 80s. Second of all, who has a .biz web address?
- ‘Bad Boys’ (1995)
When a database is being hacked in Michael Bay's "Bad Boys" and the password for it is shown on the monitor, we soon realize that they're actually hacking an Autodesk printer driver. We may have fallen for that in 1995, but sorry Mr. Bay, you can't pull that one anymore.
- ‘Bad Boys II’ (2003)
In the sequel to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's cop comedy, we get more action and more camera equipment. At the end of the MacArthur Causeway chase, there is a shot of a police car spinning on its underside. Here, a camera is seen sliding on the road, moving off-screen.
- ‘Bullitt’ (1968)
In Steve McQueen's classic San Francisco-based film, parked cars seem to move around a lot. In the lead-up to a chase, the Charger stops at the top of a hill where a green car is parked in front of a red car. But as the Charger pulls away in the next shot, we see the same red car with a blue one now in front of it.
- ‘Die Hard 2’ (1990)
When Richard Thornburg (William Atherton) is in the airplane bathroom giving his live report, he is holding the phone upside down in several shots. (Side note: did they even have cordless phones in planes in 1990?) You’d think he’d notice.
- ‘Die Hard’ (1988)
John McClane (Bruce Willis) gets pretty dirty and bloody in "Die Hard," so we can't blame him for a little mess on his clothes. But when he climbs out of the air duct, his shirt changes from its previous white to dark green. While the air duct may have dirtied his tank top, there’s no way it changed to a deep greenish-brown just from that.
- ‘Heat’ (1995)
When Neil (Robert De Niro) breaks into Van Zandt's (William Fichtner) apartment and shoots him, Van Zandt flies backward from the blow. If you look closely though you can see a stunt wire running up the bottom of his sweat pants that pulled him back.
- ‘Lethal Weapon 2’ (1989)
When the hotel waiter is firing his gun at Riggs (Mel Gibson) through the truck’s rear window, his shooting hand switches from left to right between shots.
- ‘Narc’ (2002)
When Tellis (Jason Patric) enters names into the computer in "Narc," one of the fields that is supposed to be for "KNOWN ALIASES". reads "KNOWN ALAISES". There's no excuse for this; "Narc" was made in 2002, spell check clearly existed.
- ‘Public Enemies’ (2009)
In one scene from Michael Mann’s 1930’s gangster film you can very obviously spot a modern Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on the other side of the street behind the 1930s car. Sometimes these mistakes happen, but, wow, someone surely wasn't paying attention!
- ‘Red Dragon’ (2002)
In the scene when Will (Edward Norton) is opening the drawer of VHS films from the Leeds home, there is a copy of “Mrs. Doubtfire” in the left column of tapes. Brett Ratner’s “Red Dragon” takes place several years before the events of 1991’s “Silence of the Lambs,” but the Robin Williams comedy came out in 1993. Hmm...
- ‘Rush Hour’ (1998)
When the young girl Soo Yung is kidnapped, her tie is on. But in the next shot, it has mysteriously disappeared.
- ‘Seven’ (1995)
When Somerset (Morgan Freeman) goes back to one victim's house alone, he cuts a sticker on the door with his switchblade to get in. The first error is that the "Keep Out” sticker is on the inside of the door. The second is that the door opens inward, thus making a “Keep Out” sticker pointless. How did the cops leave his house if the sticker was put on the inside? Oops.
- ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991)
When the police discover Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is hiding on top of the elevator car, they look down the shaft to find him with plenty of blood on his back -- enough that it reaches down to his belt. However, when they open the elevator ceiling door and the body falls down there is only a small amount of blood.
- ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3’ (2009)
In the 2009 remake of "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," the money car gets hit by an ambulance on its way to the drop and rolls over. The light bar on top breaks off, but it reappears when the car falls off the bridge.
- ‘The Bone Collector’ (1999)
When Amelia (Angelina Jolie) jumps into the water to save the the little girl there is tape on her mouth. In the next shot the tape is gone.
- ‘The Usual Suspects’ (1995)
Right before the crooks rob the police car, a Boeing 747 (which has four engines) is seen landing. But when the plane is shown from behind, it has only two engines and fewer main landing gears.