Good Shooting Movies


October 3, 2005, 09:45 PM
I'm new here and I noticed a lot of us like good movies. What would be your pick for the top five gun related movies. I vote for:
#1 The Outlaw Josey Wales :evil:
#2 The Way of the Gun :what:
#3 The Road Warrior :p
#4 The Professional :D
#5 Enemy at the Gates :neener:
Ther are many more but I can't think of them right now.

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October 3, 2005, 09:47 PM
Can't heat, ronin, Collateral etc for sort of realism

SWAT, Navy SEALs, Desperado, Once Upon A Time IN Mexico, etc if you just want mindless gun action

October 3, 2005, 09:52 PM
I forgot about Heat, that's a great gun movie.

October 3, 2005, 09:54 PM
I added Collateral, great gun action. Also older Steven Segal movies had some good stuff, back when he could actually do his moves...

October 3, 2005, 09:54 PM
Heat, Ronin, Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, in no particular order.The first two, because of the excellent gunplay. The other three because they are badass movies with guns in them.

I agree on Collateral as well.

October 3, 2005, 09:58 PM
I have only seen the yahoo clip of Collateral wher Cruz shoots the two robbers in the alley. Is the rest of the movie cheesey or good.

chris in va
October 3, 2005, 10:05 PM
The rest of Collateral is good, well worth seeing. Even Tom Cruise doesn't just fall down dead from multiple shots like in most movies.

October 3, 2005, 10:21 PM
Do a search, this is thread is done every couple months.... you all are still missing alot. I'll add one, Snatch.

October 3, 2005, 10:28 PM
Reservoir Dogs!

October 3, 2005, 11:43 PM
I hope someone asks every couple months :)
Last time someone said Quigley down under .
Glad they did finally got to see it .
Bought Ronin to haven't got to see it yet though .


Taurus 66
October 3, 2005, 11:53 PM
"Midway" - 1976, had some very good war scenes.
"Saving Private Ryan"
"Band of Brothers"
"The Lost Battalion"
"Blackhawk Down"
"Under Siege"
"Menace II Society"

October 4, 2005, 12:00 AM
Quigley is one of my favorite movies. Ronin is as well.

Hopefully the new Miami Vice will be good will Mann at the helm

October 4, 2005, 07:07 AM
How 'bout Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing?

Browns Fan
October 4, 2005, 07:39 AM
May I add, Dog Soldiers? While it's not intrinsically a gun movie, I believe it is good for that, too!

October 4, 2005, 08:20 AM
How 'bout Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing?

The plot is predictable, and the parts are over-acted. Completely cheesey, and I though it was great.

The best scene, IMHO, is the one where he's sitting in his hotel room, loading magazines for his 1911's. There's gotta be 100 of them on the table. Not sure where he carried them all during the fight, but he certainly used 'em all!

...cue the slow-motion scene of him dumping the still-smoking mags from his Colts as he slowly ascends the stairs in search of hiding BG's...

October 4, 2005, 08:53 AM
That machine gun Jessie Ventura used in Predator was pretty mean.

October 4, 2005, 09:17 AM
The battle scenes in Bruces Willis' Tears of the Sun were pretty good and I cant belive no-one has mentioned 'Hard boiled' (John Woo), the tinkling of spent shell cases in the background add to realism.
oh, and Face-off. :)

October 4, 2005, 09:22 AM
Good stuff!

I always keep "Way of the Gun" and "Last Man Standing" close by when I'm in the mood for some good old 1911 shooting, and 'HEAT' when I want just good old fashioned violence for noi reason at all......

Also Tombstone. The gun handling isn't particularly great other than the scene where Ringo puts on a show spinning his revolver, but that one makes it worth watching.

1911 guy
October 4, 2005, 11:02 AM
Last man standing
Quigley down under
Outlaw Josey Wales
Young guns

There is a movie I saw once or twice about a hitman who takes in a girl who's family has just been whacked for a drug business gone bad. I'm thinking that The Professional is the Stallone movie and the title to the one I'm thinking of is similar. Or do I have it backwards?

Travis McGee
October 4, 2005, 11:05 AM
Good choices above! I would add: Falling Down, almost any of the classic Clint Eastwood movies, and Cross of Iron with James Coburn, one of the greatest war movies ever put on film. If anybody has not seen Cross of Iron, see it now!

October 4, 2005, 11:17 AM
1911 guy, you are thinking of LEON, excellent film, excellent gun presence.

October 4, 2005, 11:21 AM
How could no one have mentioned BOONDOCK SAINTS yet!?!?

"There was a firefiiiight!!"


October 4, 2005, 12:00 PM
Definitely some good flicks there. Dog Soldiers is one that you don't hear about too often. If you're adding just fun and stupid gunplay, I'd tack on Equilibrium (all about that sticky hands sequence at the end!) and Versus (Japanese zombie/yakuza/samurai/etc flick).

If you watch Boondock Saints on DVD, make sure you check out the cut scene with the phonecall from their mom. Most hilarious scene I've seen in years, and they cut the darn thing! Why?

October 4, 2005, 12:23 PM
I kind of like "The Hidden" for silly gunplay:

October 4, 2005, 01:02 PM
Any fans of Grosse Pointe Blank? Lots of gun play and humor. Also there's the realistic element where a front door is not sufficient cover and nobody gets airborne from being shot.

October 4, 2005, 01:07 PM
True Grit

It has alot of old-west style shoot-outs, as does any John Wayne movie set in the late 1800's but this one has some great lines.

I like The Way of the Gun also, some great 1911 action.

The Wild Bunch is a great movie, can't beat turn-of-the-century gun fights on the Mexican boarder with not only regular bad-guys but the US Army.

October 4, 2005, 01:08 PM
tremors obv who doesnt want to be burt!? :neener:

October 4, 2005, 01:28 PM
My altime favorite DVD's (though strictly a series and not movies) are the BBC's "Sharpe's ..." series starring Sean Bean my favorite being Sharpe's Eagle. Muzzleloading, Napoleonic War, rum, Chosen Men, it has it all!

"You know you can fire 3 rounds a minute, but can you stand?" - Richard Sharpe


October 4, 2005, 03:39 PM
1911_Guy and Boomstick:

You are both thinking of the same movie. The Professional and Leon are the same movie (Leon was the original release), starring Jean Eeno and Natalie Portman. Cool scenes, good movie.

The one with Stallone in it is "The Specialist" which, IMHO, was a horrid piece of crap.

Most of my picks are in here already, though some honorable mentions go out to:

3000 Miles to Graceland (the casino gunfight is pretty damn good), the end-game sequence is a bit outlandish, but it was interesting.

Lord of War was cool simply for the hardware, the gunplay was minimal, though cool when it was used.

The Transporter II looks to be promising, though I admit I have only seen previews.

Red Dawn was fun, even if unrealistic, it had some real-world elements to it.

I'll have to think of some more.

beaucoup ammo
October 4, 2005, 04:45 PM
Stylized and digitized..but weapons a poppin'! This "Frank Miller" comic brought to life is Great Fun and full of Guns!

Take Care

October 4, 2005, 04:47 PM
The Magnificent Seven.

October 4, 2005, 05:06 PM
I've gotten so tired of seeing James Bond open parachutes with the Union Jack that I have to add Tripple X if for nothing else but the parachute with the Stars and Stripes.

Anything with a gatling gun. I just love seeing the brass pour out of it like water.

October 4, 2005, 10:47 PM
Equilibrium. Over the top but a fun movie nonetheless.

October 4, 2005, 10:55 PM
Training day....somewhat real.....decent.....

Had a little bit of everything...

1911s and Glocks.....Only wished it had a Sig

October 5, 2005, 05:01 PM
"Saints and Soldiers" is also a good movie (WWII era platoon gets caught behind enemy lines with important intel that must get back to base movie :) ) Not a "shoot-em up" movie (thought there is some gunplay) but a movie about keeping one's humanity under extreme circumstances.


ps- No love for the "Chosen Men"? :eek:

October 5, 2005, 05:24 PM
Any fans of Grosse Pointe Blank? Lots of gun play and humor. Also there's the realistic element where a front door is not sufficient cover and nobody gets airborne from being shot.

Nobody aims, either, but I love that movie for lots of reasons.

October 5, 2005, 06:36 PM

I've got your back, buddy. (And the entire Sharpe's series on VHS). Excellent, even if the plots got cheesier toward the end.

Albert Finney as a cigar-chewing, slipper-wearing gangster toting the inexhaustible Thompson in "Miller's Crossing" is always a pleasant, if silly, diversion.

October 5, 2005, 07:40 PM
Sin City & Man On Fire are two of my favorites.

October 5, 2005, 07:56 PM
Butch Cassady and the Sundance Kid

October 5, 2005, 08:13 PM
Watching "Jeremiah Johnson" right now. Guns in nearly every scene. Pleasant tale about a mountain man. Want to eat? Want to not be eaten? better be armed.

October 5, 2005, 08:28 PM
Training day....somewhat real.....decent.....

Had a little bit of everything...

1911s and Glocks.....Only wished it had a Sig

I don't recall any 1911s or Glocks in Training Day, and I've seen it about 50 times... if there are any, they are in brief cameo appearances that I don't remember. Dr. Dre might have had a Glock when they were raiding the drug dealer's house. EDIT: Snoop Dog had one in another brief appearance.

I've yet to see a single movie by Michael Mann that wasn't absolutely top notch. Heat and Collateral both to his credit.

October 5, 2005, 09:15 PM
Man, you guys sure are young! Lots of newer movies. I think many of you maybe missing some fine classics from your lists. Of course, I will give you 5 right now but, these may differ somewhat from time to time as my preferences do change now and again (although at least one is pretty much etched in concrete)

Here are my picks (not necessarily in order of preference):

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (not only a great movie involving firearms but a classic look at the different types of men who wield them and, one if not the best of Bogart's films, very true to the book, a truly exceptional character study)

The Professional

High Plains Drifter

True Grit

The Paleface (maybe tied with Son Of Paleface) (The Paleface is one of the best comedies ever done by Bob Hope.)

There are plenty of others right up there but, at the moment these strike my fancy - with The Usual Suspects nearly pushing out one or two of the above.

Best regards,

October 5, 2005, 09:20 PM
See - now you got a 50 year old man thinking, how could I have left out:

The Man Who Would Be King and Zulu!

When I think of it now I have to revise my list:

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre


The Professional

The Paleface

High Plains Drifter...

oh darn the list has just got to be bigger than 5 - all the ones I have mentioned in both posts....

October 5, 2005, 09:21 PM
I'll tell you what - if I had to pick only my two favorites (those that come to my muddled middle aged memory right now) I would say:

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre


beaucoup ammo
October 6, 2005, 07:55 AM
Recall "Breaker Morant?" Another great flick (IMO)! "Ususal Suspects" is such a finely crafted piece..should be required viewing.

Finished "Sin City" and will probably watch it again..again I ask: does anyone know what the semi-auto is in the opening scene?

From Another "Old Guy" in his 50's!

Take Care

Dirty Bob
October 6, 2005, 09:44 AM
Loved Breaker Morant...especially the references to "Rule 303!"

Zulu is one of the best, as is The Sand Pebbles with Steve McQueen. Great gunfight at the end with Springfields and BARs.

Two that haven't been mentioned: The Great Raid (WWII film from this summer) and John Wayne's last film: The Shootist. I love the scene where he gives a shooting lesson to Ron Howard, along with a talk about life. Definitely one of The Duke's best films.

Dirty Bob

October 6, 2005, 10:10 AM
My picks have already been mentioned, except I'll throw in L.A. Confidential for some good gunplay. Pretty well done and realistic, except for the one shotgun blast that knocks a guy through a window.

October 6, 2005, 11:21 AM
i hawe a few favorite movies

1, the equilibium
2,tears of the sun
3,/ i dont know the original name of the movie bu its about some ????ers shooting some other ????ers in the shoping mall/

and the other two i hawent desidet now but i think il be something like the blade 1 and 3 or something like that. ;)

October 6, 2005, 05:49 PM
IIRC, there is one 1911 in Training Day, and it is right at the end. Officer Hoyt takes it off Alonzo during their big fight and shoots him in the @ss with it.


October 6, 2005, 07:13 PM
Good choices above! I would add: Falling Down, almost any of the classic Clint Eastwood movies, and Cross of Iron with James Coburn, one of the greatest war movies ever put on film. If anybody has not seen Cross of Iron, see it now!

Am I the only one who found Falling Down to be utterly hilarious? :o

October 6, 2005, 07:38 PM
this thread has been done many times, but I guess no harm in updating it. I'd rank them right now, in terms of gunplay:

1. The Way of the Gun
2. Heat
3. Ronin
4. Enemy at the Gates
5. Quigley Down Under

Honorable mentions go to True Romance, Tombstone, Saving Private Ryan, Open Range, The Replacement Killers, Hard Boiled, The Unforgiven, We Were Soldiers, Collateral, BlackHawk Down.

October 6, 2005, 08:36 PM
The scene in Falling Down with the LAWs rocket was great.

October 9, 2005, 03:34 PM
Anyone notice in "Training Day"... In the scene where Jake (stupidly) gives his gun to the BG's, then they return it to him, but without the magazine, Jake must resort to hand-to-hand combat with the 3 gang-bangers. He loses, is handcuffed and dragged to the bathtub to be executed. As he's struggling in the bathtub, you see his double mag pouch, he must have forgotten about the spare mags back in the kitchen!

A vastly better gun movie, in my opinion, with Denzel Washington, is "Man on Fire"... esp. the "bullet always tells the truth" allegory...

OK gunnies, in "Man on Fire", did anyone else pick up the one-handed slide-racking maneuver Denzel did on a 1911 (in the gunrunners shop just before he dry fires it)? I haven't seen that one before! Barrel down, index finger on top of the rear sight. I can do it on my 1911's that have rounded rear sights, but those with sharp corners will cut into your fingers. Perhaps aother member can reveal some background on this gun trick...anyone?

October 9, 2005, 03:50 PM
not much of a "shooter" movie, and in case you havent seen it i wont spoil, but let's say
Manchurian Candidate, the New version- has one of the BEST little scenes for advocating having a pistol in you home

October 9, 2005, 08:21 PM
reading through this thread I thought no one was going to mention Open Range, but GunGoBoom got it. Tears of the Sun is playing in the backround right now, I've only been halfway watching it though. Sounds like the rate of fire is picking up, maybe I'll watch it for a while. Ok Im back, that was cool. Where was I. There was some pretty cool gunplay in the Punisher (the new one, I havent seen the old one but I remember seeing a picture from it of an M-60 with an M-203 on it which I thought was pretty cool). Pretty much everything else I was going to mention has been mentioned. Except for Land of the Dead, a post-apocalyptic-SHTF-zombie movie with tons of guns. What more could you want? Its a little ridiculous, but I dont care.

October 9, 2005, 08:23 PM
"Hardboiled". Chinese gunfights and Kungfu. :D

October 9, 2005, 09:31 PM
Another vote for Ronin here. Love that "I just ambushed you with a cup of coffee" scene.

Zulu too. Very good and historically accurate.

How about The Shootist? I like that opening scene when John Wayne is being robbed and told to hand over his wallet - he does with 'a little something extra' from his derringer.

October 9, 2005, 09:33 PM
The Killer
Time and Tide
A Better Tomorrow I, II, and III

October 10, 2005, 01:46 AM
1. Way of the Gun (funniest movie opening EVER)
2. Boondock Saints (I love the "friggin huge serial crusher" theory)
3. Ronin
4. Deperado
5. Matrix (helicopter scene)

Pietro Beretta
October 10, 2005, 01:50 AM
Matrix (helicopter scene)

What one, or part....

Where neo uses the minigun to shoot Mr.Smith & friends.

Or the part when Mr.Smith shoots the choppers hydrolics, and neo saves trinity...

Well its all major BS if you ask me.... way too much BS to be a "good" shooter movie

October 10, 2005, 04:02 AM
I asked this a few weeks ago and noone really knew much about it, so I'll ask it again as this thread seems appropriate. Has anyone seen A History of Violence, out in theaters now? I haven't seen it yet, but a friend told me it was the most realistic shooting and self-defense scenes he has ever seen on film. If I have time next weekend I might to catch it.

October 10, 2005, 07:46 AM
Mastrogiacomo you stole my fav...the Killer.

Nothing like a good John Woo bullet ballet to watch while cleaning firearms. :)

Might I ad, however, the Replacement Killers and The I am also a massive Chou Yun Fat fan. :)

Wild Geese
Dogs of War
Fistfull of Dollars
For a Few Dollars More
Good, Bad and the Ugly
Full Metal Jacket


beaucoup ammo
October 10, 2005, 08:30 AM
So "Heat" was a real treat. The Bank robbery in Dolby 5.1 had my cat running for cover!

Take Care

beaucoup ammo
October 10, 2005, 08:48 AM

Take Care

Camp David
October 10, 2005, 08:51 AM
Couple of flicks:

The Shootist (John Wayne)... last scene in bar is pretty realistic.
The Professional... All types of modern weapons

October 10, 2005, 09:17 AM
I may have missed it in one of the preceding postings to this thread, but I believe no one chose any Sam Peckinpah movie: esp. The Wild Bunch and The Getaway (original version, that is,with Steve McQueen. I also liked The Professionals, with Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster. I know these preferences perhaps date me badly (I saw those movies when they came out), but I also like even older movies made "before my time," like Shane, which I like not only for the story and action but also Alan Ladd's speech to Jean Arthur that "a gun is a tool, no better or worse than the man carrying it."

October 10, 2005, 09:27 AM
Equilibrium - Christian Bale
Full Contact - Simon Yam/Chow Yun Fat

Dirty Bob
October 11, 2005, 10:52 AM
"A History of Violence," is directed by David Cronenberg -- famous for shocking films like "The Fly" and "The Dead Zone" -- and starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris (with grisly facial scarring and a dead eye) and William Hurt. I liked the film quite a bit, especially the first two gunfights, in a café and in front of a house. In the first, Viggo smashes a carafe of coffee in the face of one goblin, then the fight goes to guns and knives. A head shot to one goblin puts him out of the fight, but then Cronenberg shows us a close-up of of what the bullet did, instead of the usual "clean" fatalities in silly movies like "Bad Boys 2." In the second fight, we see an arm wrapped and locked, followed by a hyperextended elbow. It was one of my favorite techniques in the Filipino martial arts, and it's followed by repeated palm heels to the face and head -- not the single strike that we'd see in most movies, but enough to put the goblin down and OUT...perhaps permanently. We see a flash of that damage, as well. :eek:

Some might call Cronenberg morbid for showing grisly injuries, but I'm tired of violence without consequences in movies and TV.

I thought most of the film worked pretty well, although I found the two sex scenes silly and annoying. I won't reveal any more plot points, but I would recommend it to some people. Mrs. Dirty Bob, on the other hand, loudly proclaimed, "That was the worst movie I've ever seen!" at the end of the film.

Dirty Bob

October 11, 2005, 11:29 AM
Thank God somebody mentioned Boondock Saints (not the most realistic but tons of fun to watch). Also one of my personal favorites is Road To Perdition. Anything with an full auto Thompson can't be wrong.

The original Scareface

October 11, 2005, 12:09 PM
Off-white- nothing has given me more desire to shoot revolvers than Road to Perdition

October 11, 2005, 03:49 PM
the tinkling of spent shell cases in the background add to realism. I think I first heard that effect in Above the Law, Steven Seagal's first movie. It, along with the second, Hard to Kill were definitely his best and they seemed to go downhill from there. Although, I also enjoyed his couple stints as Casey Ryback. Somebody mentioned being tired of seeing violence without consequence. A few of Seagal's films were some of the best medicine for this. Many graphic broken bones plus he uses a 1911 most of the time.

Working Man
October 11, 2005, 05:29 PM
A lot of good movies on this thread.

What about Gross Point Blank... just saw it again the other day.

beaucoup ammo
October 11, 2005, 06:28 PM
"Tinkling" used extensively in Spielberg's "Band Of Brothers" and "Saving Private Ryan." And,IMO, effectively! Damn! What Great war movies!

Take Care

October 11, 2005, 09:41 PM
It was "out there", but I liked the mall scene in "Evolution"...

October 12, 2005, 11:19 AM
I went to see A History of Violence last night. I thought it was very good.

Henry Bowman
October 12, 2005, 12:58 PM
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Way of the Gun

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