19 memorable buddy cop movies – Sandra Bullock, left, and Melissa McCarthy star in "The Heat," director Paul Feig's long-awaited follow-up to the 2011 comedy "Bridesmaids." This time, Feig toys with the buddy cop genre, with women in the lead -- a rarity to be sure. Click through for a look at the history of buddy cop movies
'Lethal Weapon' – Perhaps the gold standard for buddy cop movies, Danny Glover, left, and Mel Gibson starred in this blockbuster action comedy that spawned three sequels over the years. Edging closer to retirement (a constant theme for any buddy cop movie), Glover will forever be "too old for this s---."
'48 Hrs.' – Eddie Murphy, right, was already a star on "Saturday Night Live," but this box-office smash soon catapulted him to movie stardom. The success of the 1982 movie, co-starring Nick Nolte, kicked off a slew of buddy cop movies in the '80s.
'Hot Fuzz' – After tackling zombie movies with "Shaun of the Dead," it only made sense that actors Simon Pegg, left, and Nick Frost would parody the buddy cop genre, along with "Dead" director Edgar Wright. The trio will reunite in this summer's "The World's End."
'Feds' – Before Bullock and McCarthy, Rebecca De Mornay and "Saturday Night Live" vet Mary Gross played female cops working their way through the police academy in this 1988 comedy, which audiences quickly forgot.
'Bad Boys' – Sitcom stars Will Smith (also known to MTV viewers, of course) and Martin Lawrence, left, teamed up for this 1995 hit, which predated Smith's megastardom moment in "Independence Day." They reunited with director Michael Bay for "Bad Boys II" in 2003.
'Rush Hour' – Chris Tucker, left, and Jackie Chan -- already stars in the world of stand-up comedy and martial arts movies, respectively -- achieved A-list status when they teamed up for this surprise 1998 hit comedy. Two sequels followed, naturally.
'Turner & Hooch' – Of course, some movies feature cops who aren't even human. "Turner & Hooch" wasn't the first police officer-meets-dog comedy ("K-9," anyone?), but it may be the most successful, thanks in large part to Tom Hanks' chemistry with his Dogue de Bordeaux co-star.
'Cop and a Half' – Critics loathed this 1993 comedy with Burt Reynolds and Norman D. Golden II, then the latest in a line of kids-gone-wild movies in the early 1990s. (The late Roger Ebert was a fan, however.)
'Red Heat' – The Cold War was nearly over, but it seemed like a Hollywood no-brainer to combine U.S.-Soviet tensions with a buddy cop movie. Jim Belushi, left, paired up with Arnold Schwarzenegger as an American-Russian police duo in this 1988 comedy. Audiences ate it up, but any possibility for a sequel likely faded with the Soviet Union's fall.
'Dragnet' – The ultimate buddy cop show of the 1950s got parodied by Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd in 1987. Aykroyd seemed born to play a tongue-in-cheek Sgt. Joe Friday.
'Starsky & Hutch' – Ben Stiller, left, and Owen Wilson also did a spoof of a classic series -- this one from the 1970s. The 2004 comedy from director Todd Phillips was not quite as successful as his later "The Hangover."
'21 Jump Street' – Once again, the big screen parodied the small screen as Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill put a comedic spin on the Johnny Depp/Richard Grieco 1980s series.
'Se7en' – Unlike many other buddy cop movies, Brad Pitt, right, and Morgan Freeman were involved in a case that was no laughing matter. This 1995 smash with a creepy turn by Kevin Spacey, stays with you if you see it. (What was in that box?)
'Training Day' – Another more serious take on the genre, this 2001 hit featured Denzel Washington, left, in his Oscar-winning turn as a corrupt cop. Ethan Hawke co-starred.
'Point Break' – Keanu Reeves, left, and Patrick Swayze starred in this cult classic, one of the first hits for Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker.") A remake of the endlessly quotable, surfing-centric movie is in the works.
'Men in Black' – This 1997 comedy is one of the most successful buddy cop movies of all time, with Tommy Lee Jones, left, and Will Smith busting aliens -- perhaps the very definition of a summer crowd-pleaser. The stars tried it for two more summers, and there's always talk of a fourth.
'Cop Out' – This 2010 Kevin Smith movie -- a spoof of the genre starring Bruce Willis, right, and Tracy Morgan -- became a critical punching bag. Smith went after critics in kind and spilled his guts about making the movie (including his issues with Willis) in his recent memoir.
'The Other Guys' – Will Ferrell, right, and Mark Wahlberg played two desk-bound officers who found themselves working in the field after their precinct's two big stars (spoiler alert!) were killed off in a spectacular manner.