DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Gun Scene in A Movie?

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See? Now that’s funny! But I really enjoyed this scene, where Arnie’s Terminator couldn’t terminate a terminator despite multiple shotgun blasts. etc. It’s not as subtle as the tense, drawn-out gunfights you find in old Westerns, but then they didn’t have a gargling dinosaur Harley soundtrack. What you favorite gun scene in a movie? (Feel free to leave YouTube links for your fellow readers’ dining and dancing pleasure.)

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  1. avatar 18CW7 says:

    John Wick club shootout scene. Best gunplay of any movie I’ve seen.

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      I keep seeing references to this movie and have not seen it. I’m going to have to track it down.

        1. avatar Swarf says:


        2. avatar Randy J. says:

          Ding ding-we have a winner!

    2. avatar GG_S9M says:

      Totally agree.

    3. avatar Lost Down South says:

      The only body-count I can remember being high was Hard Boiled (1992) at 307 (2.4 deaths per minute of film)

  2. avatar Nate H. says:

    In b4 Matrix and bullet time

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:


    2. avatar Noah Mains says:

      That one scene made me want a FNC like nothing else.

  3. avatar Ken says:

    Too many to choose from; but, Way of the Gun final shoot and Heat bank robbery come to mind first. Open Range final as well, just to throw in a western.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Way of the Gun is a good movie. Duval and Costner worked well in open range.

    2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      I like the Open Range shootout because of the way Kevin Costner manages to shoot two guys before the rest of the gang even manages to pull their pistols, which I believe makes it one of the more realistic Hollywood shootout scenes I’ve ever seen. When those with a will to brag are confronted by those with a will to fight, the braggarts are at a distinct disadvantage.

      I also like Costner’s Peacemaker with the 16 chamber cylinder that blows men right off their feet. Well, the start of the fight was realistic anyway.

  4. avatar tfunk says:

    Beach landing scene and taking out a machine gun nest in Saving Private Ryan

    Bank robbery in Heat

    A terrible movie, but Battlefield LA (I think that’s what it was called?) did a great job of capturing the sound of M4’s and 249’s going at it

  5. avatar Table says:

    I posted this before. It’s a feminazi’s wet dream. Also an edit. NSFW

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      I truly hope that is the stupidest thing I see for… ever.

    2. avatar Stu in AZ says:

      WTF did I just watch…

  6. avatar tdiinva (now in Wisconsin} says:

    Kelly and his Heroes v Tiger Tank. Great take off on the Wild Bunch.

  7. avatar Ditto says:

    That’s easy. Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. “Did he fire five shots, or six?…”

    Actually, there are at least three classic scenes in that movie featuring his Model 29. Honorable mention would go to him with his Garand (“get off my lawn”) in Gran Torino.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Loved Gran Torino, but the BEST gunfight scene (only) in that movie was in the end when he reached for his Zippo.

  8. avatar ActionPhysicalMan says:

    Maybe Christopher Walken vs Zeljko Ivanek in The Seven Psychopaths or the end of the roulette scene in the Deer Hunter.

  9. avatar Bill says:

    The bar gun fight in Desperado. It’s silly but fun and an earlier commenter took John Wick.

  10. avatar scooter says:

    “This is my rifle. There are many like it…”

  11. avatar Bigfoot of Borg says:

    I always liked the scene in Good, the Bad, and the Ugly when the character Tuco wanders in out of the desert goes to the general store and builds a revolver out of parts from all the other guns in the display case. I know it’s not realistic with guns from that time but still cool.

    Or the scene from the same movie where Clint Eastwoods character is cleaning his gun when the gang is coming after him. I always clean my pistols with a ready backup at hand just because of this potential situation.

  12. avatar brian says:

    The scene in the bar room in Snatch (NSFW):

  13. avatar dph says:


    1. avatar Ing says:

      Quigley Down Under has almost all of my favorite gun scenes.

      The first one, where he nonchalantly hits that bucket waaaay out on the horizon. Then when he takes out the guy who left him for dead as the guy is frantically trying to ride out of range (pointless effort; if Quigley can see you, you’re in range). And that scene where all you can hear is the bullets smacking into the bad guys, then the rifle reports echo across the plain 3 seconds later.

      And you nailed the best payoff line in any movie ever in that clip. “Said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn’t know how to use it.”

      1. avatar jwm says:

        This ain’t Dodge City and you ain’t Bill Hickock.

    2. avatar William says:

      Quigley for the win.

  14. avatar Bob says:

    Predator, when they mow down an acre of jungle and hit nothing.

  15. avatar Ddub says:

    Final shootout in Unforgiven.

    1. avatar Paul says:

      Coldn’t agree more! This is a terrific scene.

    2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      Came here to post this as well. One of the best!

  16. avatar Killemall says:

    Gun scene in a movie?Jerimi Rheams in Back Door Girls

  17. avatar skrobie says:

    The entire movie John Wick

  18. avatar Benzo says:

    When Indiana Jones shoots the swordsman.

      1. avatar wes says:

        +1 your +1

    1. avatar Dave Lewis says:

      I’m good on that one. Smith and Wesson always beats fancy sword play

  19. avatar Cloud says:

    Die Hard. When they shoot out all the glass.

  20. avatar Alfonso A. Rodriguez says:

    The last shooting scene in Deadpool when he kills the Brit bad guy with a 25 cal Saturday Night Special with a shot to the forehead (calm, cool, determined and funny) and then makes Colossus vomit. Out of the radar for everybody but think about a bit, a lot of mayhem and destruction and then a very simple and cold solution to the “bad guy problem”. Otherwise go for the last firefight in Saving Private Ryan.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      I love that even the villain is rolling his eyes while Colossus is lecturing Deadpool.

  21. avatar Ralph says:

    Any scene with Reggie Bannister’s quad-barrel shotgun in the Phantasm movies. Nevah bin dun befo’!

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Yeah, that was pretty good. And the way he sawed off the barrels you could have stabbed someone with the shotgun barrels as well if you ran out of ammunition.

  22. avatar roger says:

    The gin spinning scene from Tombstone. Love that. John Wick is good. And Keanu practices to keep it real

    So many, everyone has picked good ones.

  23. avatar What The Heck Is That says:

    The bar scene in John Wick, or the bank robbery in Heat. Both are tense, exciting and excellently choreographed.

  24. avatar The Wookie says:

    Way of the Gun: “If we die, we die alone”!!!

  25. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    The movie Predator when they first see the alien hunter and let loose with all their firepower — including a minigun — and create a path in the thick jungle where no path previously existed.


    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      That’s one of those put on the hearing protection, back it up and play it again scenes.

  26. avatar Sean says:

    I grew up watching the Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum so I love all the gunplay in those films. But right now, John Wick clearing his house/moving through the nightclub. UNBELIEVABLE. Keanu Reeves does three gun and it shows.

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      I read the books first and the movies didn’t live up to books. Still good movies, but they didn’t follow the novels enough for my liking.

  27. avatar Mr. 308 says:

    The end of Breaking Bad was pretty good.

  28. avatar BPCoop19 says:

    Collateral – if you’ve seen the movie, you know what scene.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      Came here to say that one.

      “Yo, homie! Is that my briefcase?”

  29. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

    John Wick had the most realistic firefights I’ve ever seen in film, and I’m glad they chose to bring the character back for a planned trilogy.

    Honorable mention goes to the mini-series “Generation War” on Netflix. WWII films from the German perspective are few to begin with, but the combat scenes were surprisingly well done and had that gritty Band of Brothers feel.

    “9 April” is a great drama released last year from the perspective of those Danish soldiers unlucky enough to be caught in the 1940 invasion. Battles are short and smaller scale. Very calculated gunplay. Wounded germans and danes crawl behind cover and don’t die in overly dramatic ways. Kills are few. Everyone moves/shoots from cover to cover. German assaults don’t look like a bunch of frightened chickens running through a field. No cheesy music. It’s good stuff.

  30. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    Pretty much everything in Tombstone.

    Tombstone has interesting ethics as well: random, thuggish BGs with guns doing bad things because they can, shooting for no reason other than it’s fun; flawed, hard, mostly GGs with guns doing bad things to stop worse things, shooting only when they have to, even though it’s “fun” in a sense.

    Really, none of the “heroes” is a saint. Yet, though they carry guns, they generally look for ways not to shoot.

  31. avatar Robert W. says:

    Not the most realistic gun fights in any way, but all those are up above already; so my honorable mentions go to the firefights from Firefly and Serenity. They add good humor to them.

  32. avatar Cubbie says:

    One of many – boat extract in Act of Valor. basically a well-filmed live fire training exercise.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      I got a little too excited in the theater at “This is a hot extract.”

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Did your lawyer get the charge dismissed? 🙂

    2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      I’m partial to mini-gun fights. I’ll add the entire shootout from Blackhawk Down.

  33. avatar the ruester says:

    “It’s called ‘internal bleeding,’ f#!$cker! AND THEN YOU DIE!!!”

  34. avatar DrewR55 says:

    Any scene from Quigley Down Under but especially the final shootout.

  35. avatar cenonce says:

    Lethal Weapon’s “Have a nice day” scene

  36. avatar SYSYA says:

    The church fight in Kingsman: The Secret Service was interesting. Not the best, but worth mentioning just for how different it was.

  37. avatar Brian.Z says:

    I have always enjoyed the scenes in a show called Strike Back (I know it’s not a movie but I don’t really care). This is a good example of one.

    1. avatar Kirk says:

      I’m going to go look that up right now. Thanks for introducing me to it.

  38. avatar iowaclass says:

    I’d like to mention some that are easy to overlook, but worthy of consideration:

    A shootout that rivals “Heat” and “The Wild Bunch” is the finale of “Matewan,” John Sayles’s drama of the West Virginia coal mine wars. To me, it’s the most “pro-gun” movie ever made, and makes the case for the Second Amendment far better than the sum total of all the dogwhistle speeches about “thugs” and “shariah” with which we are being inundated.

    The final shootout in “Taxi Driver” is just brutal. DeNiro, Keitel, and blood on every wall.
    On the flip side, the “good ten dollars” scene from “Mean Streets” is the funniest gun scene ever filmed.

    “Sleeping with the Enemy” — Julia Roberts calls 911 to report she “just shot an intruder” BEFORE putting a couple of extra holes in her stalker-wife-beater husband.

    “The Devil’s Rejects”: the opening and closing sequences are fierce, horrific gun battles, and convinced me that Rob Zombie could direct one heck of a war movie if he was so inclined.

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      Matewan is a masterpiece. Plays fast and loose with history some, and is a deft piece of socialist labor propaganda, but you’re right — it is pro-gun and the shootout is a tour de force. Lone Star is my other favorite Sayles film.

      LA Confidential Victory Motel firefight — has anyone mentioned that one?

  39. avatar Jim says:

    John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. “Fill your hands, you SOB”
    Clint Eastwood in the entire movie The Outlaw Josey Wales but especially the last scene when he is out of bullets but checks anyway then kills guy w his own saber
    Clint again w “Smith and Wesson and Me.”
    Gene Hackman in French Connection. You know the scene.
    Multiple scenes from the Trinity movies. Hilarious.

  40. avatar tmm says:

    Good stuff in early Clint Eastwood: Fistful…a Few Dollars More…and Good/Bad/Ugly
    …Get three coffins ready
    …Aim for the heart

  41. avatar FedUp says:

    Josey Wales: Are you gonna pull those pistols, or whistle Dixie?

    Hell is coming to breakfast:

    Pale Rider final shootout.

  42. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

    Keanu for the win! John Wick and The Matrix-“guns-lots of guns”…especially the Wick scene with the Kel-tec shotgun.

    1. avatar FormerWaterWalker says:

      Oh yeah Ah-nold in Commando for pure mayhem. Like when he cuts off the dudes arm…

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        Thought I saw something funny last time I watched Commando, so I slowed it down. Big bad Ah-nold closes his eyes every time he pulls the trigger….

  43. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    How about a little flintlock love?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      Right there is the best advert for a tactical tomahawk.

      Not sure I wanna pay $250+ for one, tho…

    2. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

      These movie scenes where a parent takes swift, decisive, and extreme measures to protect a child are, shall we say, highly engaging.

  44. avatar .250 Savage says:

    The end of Matewan is good, but i think the end of the spaghetti western “five man army” where Luis goes up on top of the adobe house with a BAR and levels the place is the best gun scene.

    1. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

      Speaking of campy spaghetti western shootouts with anachronistic weaponry, Duck You Sucker has James Coburn tearing a motorized Mexican Army column a new one with an Mg-42, during the Mexican Revolution…

      Ennio Morricone did a great job with the music as always.

  45. avatar Dr Brainwash says:

    The battle of Camden in the Patriot. Though the actuall battle wasn’t anything like that, the depiction of that battle is the best example of an open field 18th century battle in cinema. The actual battle took place in a heavily wooded area, and probably looked a little more like the scene where the confusing mess of continentals and redcoats battle around the plantation early in the film.

  46. avatar Darkstar says:

    I’ve always liked the scene in Apocalypse Now where Willard and (a tripping) Lance are in the bunker. Theres a VC screaming in the background and this one GI is saying “get the Roach”. Cue the Hendrix music as this blissed out soul brotha calmly walks in, aims his blooper (m79) and grenades the VC. Willard says “do you know who’s in charge here?” and the brotha smiles cryptically and says “yeah” and calmly walks away.


  47. avatar WuzNtMe says:

    Gun Kata Scenes – Equilibrium

    1. avatar ArmedGeek says:

      While most of the gunplay in this movie was … cheesy at best. That last fight (starting at 4:45 in the above video) is one of the coolest fight scenes I’ve ever seen.

  48. avatar Chris Morton says:

    1. “Yo homey! Is that my briefcase?” from “Collateral”
    2. “I guess you’ll just have to kill me.” “It’ll hurt if I do.” from “Last Man Standing”
    3. “Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?” from “The Outlaw Josey Wales”
    4. The last gunfight from “Thief”
    5. The last gunfight from “Open Range”
    6. The opening scene from “The Letter” with Bette Davis
    7. The bathroom shootout in “Freebie and the Bean”
    8. The hotel shootout in the original “Getaway” with Steve McQueen
    9. The attack on the Bashaw’s palace in “The Wind and the Lion”
    10. The attack on the boom in “The Sand Pebbles”

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Your list does not cover all of the best, but an argument could be made that it includes the ten best.

  49. avatar garydrigg says:

    ONE of my favorite (and most realistic) was the gun battle in HEAT after the bank robbery.

  50. avatar Tile floor says:

    Not a movie, but in Red Dead Redemtpion when SPOILER ALERT Marston comes out of the barn and gets gunned down by 50 army dudes despite his valiant effort.

    Movies is when Rooster Cogburn takes the reigns in his teeth and charges with a revolver in each hand. So badass

  51. The shower room scene in The Rock…

    “Commander Anderson, if you have any concern for the lives of your men, you will order them to safety their weapons and place them on the deck.”

    1. avatar NJ2AZ says:


      one f my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies

  52. avatar Timmy! says:

    Isaac Hayes loadout in “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka!”…

  53. avatar Cliff H says:

    A silly movie, but the final shootout in “Kindergarten Cop” was actually pretty good.

  54. avatar NJ2AZ says:

    always thought this scene felt very realistic…and i love how it develops.

  55. avatar NJ2AZ says:

    lever-action duel….shot through the flower, and my favorite of all the great Ennio Morricone pieces.

    plus Tony Musante with the trigger discipline at 3:08

  56. avatar Scout Dan says:

    Gunfight at Greeley’s shithole

  57. avatar dr_elusive says:

    Heat Bank Robbery. I believe they used all natural sound with this scene..

  58. avatar BrooklynInDaHouse says:

    Lone Survivor half the movie was a shootout. And just for fun Hard Target JCVD

  59. avatar 16V says:

    My favorite gun scene in a movie? You guys have covered the classics well, but perhaps something just a bit more obscure, and throw in some meta to boot…

    And while it’s not technically a gun, he does hold it in his arms, and there is fire

  60. avatar SteveInCO says:

    Great. Now guess what I’m going to go do for the next half hour or so..dig through my library!

  61. avatar TTACer says:

    The opening shootout of “The Devil’s Own” was a revelation. The first time I had seen a movie come close to how loud and chaotic shooting is. The rest of the movie is pretty boring though.

  62. avatar spaztheannoyingkitty says:

    I’ve seen Collateral mentioned a couple of times, but I’m surprised no one mentioned the club shootout scene.

  63. avatar an English person says:

    “I like to keep this handy… for close encounters”
    Cpl Hicks to Ripley in Aliens (1986)

  64. avatar William Ritter says:

    Definitely the gunfight scene from Heat after they rob the bank.

  65. avatar Wright says:

    You fellin lucky punk?

  66. avatar JJacks says:

    LA Confidential, Victory Motel ambush.

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      Yeah! One of the best shot and cut gunfights in cinema. Glad to see so many True Grit lovers, too. How many have tried to copy that scene?

  67. avatar md308 says:

    Suprised nobody mentioned this yet, and by far my favorite “gun” movie ever.

    The Professional:

  68. avatar Crowbar says:

    Nobody is going to vote for “The Replacement Killers”? Chow Yun Fat and Mira Sorvino shooting people for an hour and half. Plus it has Danny Trejo AND Michael Rooker!! C’mon man!

  69. avatar Rokurota says:

    If you’re going to name check Chow, you have to go with the hospital fight from Hard Boiled.

  70. avatar Spencer Ivey says:

    +1 For John Wick.
    Django Unchained. Could watch the half hour of that movie over and over.
    The ending gun fight in 2 Guns.

  71. avatar Larry S says:

    Most I thought of have already been suggested but Wild Bunch Battle of Bloody Porch was pretty amazing for the time.

  72. avatar Spencer Ivey says:

    Oh and the church scene from Kingsmen: The Secret Service.

  73. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

    Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man.

    “Here they come, and they’re spending a fortune!”

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