25 best police movies ever

The Blue Lamp (1950)

This classic Ealing Studios effort contrasted the traditional bobby with the emergence of a new type of young criminal – hoodlums whose experiences during the Second World War have hardened them against authority, personified by Dirk Bogarde's Riley. The paternal, traditional PC George Dixon is unprepared to deal with Riley's spate of violent robberies – leading to his death at Riley's hands. Ironically, the character of Dixon proved so popular he was resurrected for the TV series Dixon of Dock Green.

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