Gunfights have been a cornerstone of movie action for as long as there have been prop guns. Whether it’s an over-the-top bloodbath or a tension-filled sharpshot, gunfights add a serious dose of awesome to any film. Subscribe:
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Director: Robert Rodiguez
The bar shootout in Desparado was the defining moment in a film the defined Robert Rodriguez as a filmmaker.
State of Grace (1990)
Director: Phil Joanou
The final shootout in this lesser-known mob movie is our favorite mob shoot up of all time.
The Matrix (1999)
Directors: Andy and Lana Wachowski
The lobby shootout in the original Matrix film is not only a great shootout, it’s a beautiful intersection of action and effects.
The Killer (1989)
Director: John Woo
Director John Woo is famous for his amazing gunfight sequences (and his use of birds) but the final Church Shootout from The Killer is our absolute favorite of his work.
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966)
Director: Sergio Leone
Proving that a great shootout doesn’t need to include an absolute hail of bullets, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly manages to ramp up the tension with a mere 2 bullets (along with some amazing cinematography and music)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Director: The Coen Brothers
The Coen Brothers are masters of their own style of violence, and nowhere is that more apparent than the cat-and-mouse gun battle between Anton Chigurh and Llewelyn.
Director: Brian De Palma
Come on, is there anything more iconic than being told thy Tony Montana’s “Say Hello to my little friend!”?
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
The use of slow-motion and complicated editing in The Wild Bunch was the genesis of a lot of Western showdowns for years to come.
Director: Michael Mann
The face-off between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the robbery sequence is notable if only for the stars appearing in it… but the visceral reality of this sequence is what earns it our top spot.