Cop-oriented Tollywood movies usually strike a chord among commercial and action movie lovers. To tell a cop story, it is obvious that there would be many interesting layers such as crime, action, patriotism, emotions, and many connected threads welded to the script. There have been hundreds of movies made around cops in Telugu cinema and we bring you the best among them here.

Police Story

Directed by Thriller Manju and featuring Sai Kumar in the lead role, Police Story is about a sincere and short-tempered cop, Agni, who resigns from his post following criticism from his superiors. However, he is brought back and assigned a task of nabbing a dreaded criminal. Released in the year 1996, the movie is famous for Sai Kumar’s action and some interesting dialogues like, “Kanipinchani aa nalugo simham e ra ee Agni”.

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Gabbar Singh

Power Star’s power-packed action and hilarious entertainer Gabbar Singh is one of the biggest hits in Pawan Kalyan’s career. Though a remake to Dabbang, director Harish Shankar has made good changes to suit to the native audience. Dialogues like “Naaku koncham thikka vundhi, gaani dhaniko lekka vundhi” clicked big time with the audience.

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Rowdy Inspector

Yuva Ratna Balakrishna’s Rowdy Inspector was directed by B.Gopal and has Vijayasanthi in the female lead. The movie is about a powerful inspector who avenges against the local mafia who rapes his female subordinate. Released in the year 1992, the movie is a massive hit at the box-office.

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Kondaveeti Simham

NT Rama Rao, Sridevi starrer Kondaveeti Simham was released in the year 1981 and is directed by K Raghavendra Rao. The movie is about an honest police officer who fights against the dreaded criminals and brings them to the court of law.

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Ram Charan Tej, Rakul Preet Singh and Arvind Swamy starrer Dhruva was directed by Surender Reddy and released in the year 2016. A remake of Tamil version, Thani Oruvan, Dhruva is about an IPS officer who takes over a mastermind criminal responsible for a strong network of organized crime.

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Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, Vikramarkudu features Mass Maharaj Ravi Teja in dual role and Anushka Shetty. Released in the year 2006, the movie is about a look-alike Sathibabu, who resembles Vikram Rathore, a powerful police officer, who dies while nabbing a criminal. Sathibabu adopts his daughter and takes over Rathore’s role to finish off the criminals.

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Dr. Rajasekhar’s Ankusham recreated a trend of sorts among cop movies when it released in the year 1990. Directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, the movie is about the protagonist who takes over the criminals trying to plot the killing of a chief minister. This movie gave Rajasekhar the powerful angry young man image.

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Victory Venkatesh’s Gharshana is an official remake of Kaakha Kaakha, directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon. The movie is about an encounter specialist Ramachander, who leaves no stone unturned to eliminate criminals. In the process, the villain gang kidnaps his lover. The song “Cheliya Cheliya” is one of the evergreen songs from this movie and Harris Jayaraj’s music and background score is a huge asset.

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