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Lethal Weapon is the first in a series of American movies that were released in 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998, all directed by Richard Donner and starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of LAPD detectives. These movies fall into the action-comedy, thriller genre (though the first is less of a comedy), and are generally considered to typify the “buddy cop” plot device.

Released on March 6, 1987, Lethal Weapon was #1 at the box office for three weeks before Blind Date supplanted it. It grossed $120 million worldwide and was nominated for an Academy Award for Sound. It is widely considered to be one of the best buddy cop films of all time, influencing numerous “buddy cop” films such as Tango & Cash, Bad Boys and the Rush Hour series.

In 2007, Entertainment Weekly named it the #24 greatest action movie of all time. It scores 89% at Rotten Tomatoes

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