Mere weeks before he is set to retire with a full pension, a nice-guy cop is forced to partner up with a crazed lunatic. They hate each other at first, yet they grow on each other and they solve the big case. Sound familiar? Well Lethal Weapon, the original Buddy-Cop movie, invented the formula. The franchise, which began here with Sgts. Riggs (Gibson) and Mutaugh (Glover), lives on 30 years later in a Fox television series starring Damon Wayans. Like many films starring Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon one involves some torture – but in this case, thankfully, none of it is for the audience.
Director: Richard Donner
Screenplay by: Shane Black
Starring: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mel GibsonSee all nominees