The newspaper said 36 percent of voters named the Gene Hackman flick as their favorite cop movie.
"Serpico," starring Al Pacino, ranked No. 2 with 34 percent of the vote, while "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" came in at No. 3 with 20 percent.
"Prince of the City" and "The Naked City" each received 5 percent of the vote, the Daily News said.
The survey was conducted as a new entry in the police drama genre -- "Pride and Glory" -- hit U.S. theaters.
The Daily News didn't say how many people participated in its poll.