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7 Crime-Fighting Roles Russell Crowe Nailed

From good cop to bad cop, here’s a range of his memorable characters

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    Naughty and Nice

    In The Nice Guys (out May 20), Russell Crowe plays hard-nosed private detective Jackson Healy. In honor of his latest turn as a crime buster, we’ve looked at his best and worst such characters.

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  • Russell Crowe in 'American Gangster'
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    Incorruptible and Persistent

    Richie Roberts, American Gangster (2007): He rejects the drug kingpin’s bribe.

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  • Russell Crowe in 'Mystery Alaska'
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    Inspiring and Athletic

    Sheriff John Biebe, Mystery Alaska (1999): No crimes occur, and he captains the local hockey team.

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  • Russell Crowe in 'The Nice Guys'
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    Calm and Tough

    Jackson Healy,The Nice Guys (2016): He doesn’t break a sweat, even when breaking someone’s arm.

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  • Russell Crowe in 'LA Confidential'
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    Overwrought and Violent

    Officer Bud White, L.A. Confidential (1997): He lives. Lots of others die.

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  • Russell Crowe in 'No Way Back'
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    Young and Brash

    FBI Agent Zack Grant, No Way Back (1995): He saves his son, but there’s way too much property damage.

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    Single-Minded and Melancholy

    Inspector Javert, Les Misérables (2012): He can’t quite nab prisoner 24601.

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  • Russell Crowe in 'Tenderness'
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    Brooding and Lonely

    Lt. Cristofuoro, Tenderness (2009): He uses an innocent girl as bait for killer.

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