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July 18, 2007 1:42:25 PM

TwitchGuru examines the art of the gunfight in movie history and counts down the greatest shootouts ever committed to film, from Hong Kong action movies to classic Westerns.

http://www.twitchguru.com/2007/07/18/the_top20_movie_shootouts/

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July 18, 2007 2:25:06 PM

From the first paragraph:

"First and most importantly, we decided on a simple rule: no war movies. Our thinking is that the action scenes in war movies, while impressive in their own right, aren't meant to be enjoyed the same way action movies are."
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July 18, 2007 2:57:34 PM

The main one I think you missed was...

"Equilibrium"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238380/

There are several great shootouts but the best is the fight to get into "Father's" chamber. Another one would be scene at the beginning when Preston busts down the door and blows everyone away in the dark. Ok... so you don't really see what happens but the effect if unforgettable. This movie is based on the idea of a "gun-kata" so you know the shootouts are gonna kick *.

The only other one I think you could have included would be "The Fifth Element"

There is the shootout when Korben "negotiates" with the mangoloids. And of course the shootout in the main hall of the cruise ship.

I know there are a few others but these are the main ones.
July 18, 2007 3:01:50 PM

tmeacham said:
From the first paragraph:

"First and most importantly, we decided on a simple rule: no war movies. Our thinking is that the action scenes in war movies, while impressive in their own right, aren't meant to be enjoyed the same way action movies are."


Like I said, this author is lame.
July 18, 2007 3:41:35 PM

Well... I understand what he means about not including war movies. You don't really have "shootouts" in war films. Granted, you have a bunch of guys on each side wailing on each other but I think he was focusing on one-on-one scenes or few-against-many scenes. But I also understand what you mean. "Enemy at the Gates" would have been a good one. Not a lot of action in the shootouts but it was still mainly one-on-one and a great film to boot.
July 18, 2007 6:00:00 PM

IMO the biggest one missing is Air Force One where the Terrorists take over the plane.

Also being a Michael Mann fan I think Miami Vice's finial shoot-out and the Club scene in Collateral deserve mention even though he still grabbed the #1 spot.
July 18, 2007 6:35:26 PM

I guess I can understand not including war movies, although that rules out probably 10 movies that would make this list (with #1 likely being the entire movie "Blackhawk Down"). I think you should have included the big gun battle at the end of "Proof Of Life", the rest of the movie wasn't anything special, but I will always remember the first time I saw that scene. I guess I just like the more military / stealthy combat.
July 18, 2007 8:02:27 PM

Collateral was on the list in the early stages.

Proof of Life...yeah, I do remember that last scene being pretty damn good.
July 18, 2007 8:25:33 PM

Collateral's Fever shootout was excellent and was definitely considered for the list. Might have made it if we expanded it to 25. Maimi Vice's climax was decent, but pretty standard and predictable.

Air Force One was good, too, but special effects sequences -- fuel plane explosion, the F-16 dogfights -- were better.

Proof of Life's shootout was pretty good, especially David Caruso's completely over-the-top performance.
July 19, 2007 12:32:42 AM

Disappointments , The scene in The Crow was left off and HEAT was #1
July 19, 2007 10:01:49 AM

I'm a former U.S. Marine and have always been a bit concerned about the depiction of gunplay in movies as non-representative of reality and to some extent, glorifying gun violence. Of course I also understand that these are movies, designed mainly for our entertainment, and don't have any responsibility as a format to depict reality... even though some writers / directors decide to.

I totally agree with your decision to not include war movies. Some are more accurate than others, but many are just as sensational as their cops/robbers counterparts. Saving Private Ryan had its parts... of course the amphibious forced entry, also the scene where the team makes an impromptu assault on the AA battery gave me the willies - a slight connection with a real tactical situation - but the last half of the movie was a bit hollywood, like the tank bursting over/through a wall much in the same cinematic mechanism that would otherwise be reserved for a dinosaur in a movie like Jurassic Park.

Anyways, back to the point - not talking about war movies but serious cinema gunplay... I actually like many of the movies listed here. However, when I see gunplay used as a dramatic tool, it detracts from the experience for me. I guess it would be akin to seeing a magic show, but seeing all of the props and prep for the tricks - it takes away your ability to take in the illusion. The first two movies that I thought of before getting too deep into your article was LA Confidential and Heat. Both gave me the impression of having the opportunity to see an event, as if we were witnessing a documentary or having the perspective that only cinema can give us, to be able to be with the characters, living the plot as if it were their real life.

Other moments that I "liked" (not that I revel in bloodshed, but for one that respects life - seeing it taken, even if only on the silver screen, is a very dramatic event with impact) include Mr. Pink unloading a full clip from his semi-auto at the pursuing police as they round the bend of the building... like Val Kilmer who followed a criminal "rules of engagement", once Pink decided that he needed to apply force to effect his escape, he did it decisively. Benny Blanco from the Bronx popping a cap into Carlito - just as things are about to come together. Delivering a fatal gunshot wound to Pacino at this moment is not fair, your heart breaks for a man, who although dealt in criminal matters in the past, was trying to break free of a life that he was tragically not destined to escape from. gunfights don't have to have a build up and be long and drawn out to be effective. One moment your doing your own thing, bam, next thing your dead - can't get much more realistic than that. Of course most of the other gunfights in Carlito's Way were pretty well done. I also remember liking Sean Penn's performance in State of Grace - nothing spectacular from a technical standpoint, but I like the absence. of sound and the slow motion treatment. If you ever fired a weapon, it can be surprisingly loud. Cinema just can't reproduce that dynamic SPL level, so sometimes not having sound at all can be more effective than putting in foley popgun effects. I found the "go loud" scene in Proof of Life pretty memorable too.

(tongue in cheek) and of course Val Kilmer's first cinematic debut... Nick Rivers engaged in a gunfight with the Nazis and playing a game of tic-tac-toe through the window - abstracting the whole concept of a gunfight into a borderline poor joke... just as borderline as Taco Bell is south of the border.

My point, I find relief that different people with different perspectives can come to the same conclusion. HEAT The sound was not overly hollywooded it made me start looking for cover and apparently was entertaining as a scene too.
July 19, 2007 10:13:16 AM

As i neared the end of the list and wasn't seeing Heat, i thought "it better be #1. Happy it was. I have great respect for this movie, i regard it among my list of best movies ever, it definitely more than deserves #1.

In regard to the posts concerning war movies, I see the author's point about not including them, but one war movie scene that I hold in very high regard and definitely deserves this list is D-Day in Saving Private Ryan. That was one of the most intense action sequences ever, not to mention realistic.(Utmost respect for Steven Spielberg)

Also, the final showdown in Once Upon a Time in the West, though just one bullet is fired, the entire scene is absolutely gripping, the music, the camera work, the acting, the ambiance and the culmination of all the hints throughout the movie leading to the revelation of Harmonica's true motive: Simply Brilliant! (best movie ever made, by best director to ever walk this earth- Sergio Leone; also, I'm not one of those annoying guys who overate old movies, this movie IS absolutely amazing!)
July 19, 2007 10:23:15 AM

forgot to say, i really liked this list, normally i don't agree with most of the choices on these types of lists, but i think the author really analysed the movies well, and also has good taste

One of the most unforgettable scenes in Heat(was impressed the author mentioned it, gained respect for his taste from that) was when Van Kilmer noticed the police, smirked, then firmly and switly raised his rifle and started unloading lead- exhilerating
July 19, 2007 1:42:05 PM

I just remembered one more thing that I am surprised not to see. Not one of the "El Mariachi" movies made the list (El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico). Those have some great gun battles as well. Of the three I would probably have liked to see Desperado on the list but any of the three if not all would qualify.

In regards to "Heat". It is one of my all time favorites (personal top 10). However, I do feel that there are other films with better "shootout" scenes (see my first post). I did think this list was much better than most other's I've seen (ie: Rotten Tomatoes). It is sad that a site centered around movies doesn't even get it right... lol.
July 19, 2007 2:37:15 PM

This is the authors opinion of what he thinks are the best 20 shootouts he%u2019s ever seen, I think I could name about two hundred that are better. :lol: 
July 19, 2007 4:54:53 PM

baddad said:
This is the authors opinion of what he thinks are the best 20 shootouts he%u2019s ever seen, I think I could name about two hundred that are better. :lol: 


200? Really, BadDad? Well, be my guest and fire away (pun intended). I'm not trying to call you out or anything -- I'm geuninely interested in seeing what you can come up with. I'm sure there are some movies that we've either forgotten or never seen that could make this list.


Jeverson, we considered Desperado for the second half of the list -- both the guitar case bar fight and the big showdown with El Mariachi and his bandmates (I loved the rocket launcher guitar!). But we felt the other films between 11 and 20 were better.

One that we didn't consider was The Crow. How could we forget that?!?!? Thanks for mentioning it, Colejv.

BTW, for everyone who has cited "the author" of the article, I would just like to clarify that there are actually two authors -- myself and Travis. You can see which author wrote about which shootout at the end of every entry.
July 19, 2007 8:16:55 PM

Yeah, who ever made this list needs to watch Proof Of Life again. That gun fight at the end is exactly what is described in the qualifications for this list. It's not a war movie. Both sides are shooting. It is unquestionably the best part of the movie. It's tactical, flashy, and highly entertaining. Proof of Life for write in ballot...
July 20, 2007 4:52:12 AM

What where is Young Guns??
July 20, 2007 10:33:07 AM

Obviously 200 movies was meant to get my point across, see the little LOL face, but I’ll give you one off the top of my head The Last Man Standing.
July 20, 2007 1:04:56 PM

I agree with those last two movies... Young Guns "did you see the size of that chicken?" Priceless!! and Last Man Standing was full of great shootouts.


Also... was just curious if the authors had any thoughts about my first post regarding "Equilibrium". All I can say is, if you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend it!!

And yes!!! Shame on you for forgetting "The Crow" :non: 

I just watched it this past weekend as it had been a while since I watched it last. Simply awesome movie.
July 20, 2007 4:37:20 PM

baddad said:
Obviously 200 movies was meant to get my point across, see the little LOL face, but I’ll give you one off the top of my head The Last Man Standing.


I know, BadDad, I'm just joshin' you.

Now on to Last Man Standing; I don't know how Travis feels about it, but I was severely disappointed in that movie. Even the shootouts were kinda bland to me. Walter Hill did much better gunfights in "Extreme Prejudice," which I actually considered for the list. Sure, the final shootout is a bit of a "Wild Bunch" knock-off, but it's still an underrated movie.

As for "Young Guns," I like the ending shootout as much as anyone can like a movie where a 5'3" Emilion Estevez is tossed out of a second story window in wooden chest and proceeds to dfey the laws of physics and miraculously avoid a major head injury and then proceed to pick apart the calvarly with two six shooters. But watch the scene again, there's a lot of weak slow motion and blurry camera work. It's good but not great.

Still smarting over The Crow, BTW...
July 20, 2007 8:06:54 PM

Aaaa...what review. I like how it takes us away for a other stuff we could relate too not just computing. Stuff in our daily lives, what we grew up. I like:) 
July 20, 2007 10:03:24 PM

tmeacham said:
TwitchGuru examines the art of the gunfight in movie history and counts down the greatest shootouts ever committed to film, from Hong Kong action movies to classic Westerns.

http://www.twitchguru.com/2007/07/18/the_top20_movie_shootouts/



Nice topic, close to the bottom line, but listen up.There are two topics which also need articles. Second in interest are war movies. Now that you have avoided them for the article here, do an article on them. There is no shortage of candidates I'm sure. Be fun to relive the killing.
First tho is an article on fistfights in movies. There is the real deal. What's better than a mano a mano fight.
I keep a list of the best fistfights in movies and best war fights. But FF are my favorite and would like to hear other opinions of fights I've missed.

Here are two at the top
Die Hard --the last fight at the end where McClean ends up wrapping the guy in chains
Undisputed II--the last fight is awesome.

Will THG consider these topics ?--be fun to read.
July 21, 2007 12:43:47 AM

my vote would be for paul newman in cool hand luke.

what's fun about reliving killing?

oh... and of course nick rivers fighting the nazi's in the underwater saloon.
July 21, 2007 12:47:06 AM

You guys have got to be kidding....3 movies prior to 1980???? My twenty year old son can name 10 better without trying. You guys need to review your netflix catalogue.
July 21, 2007 1:56:20 AM

kinghenry123 said:
As i neared the end of the list and wasn't seeing Heat, i thought "it better be #1. Happy it was. I have great respect for this movie, i regard it among my list of best movies ever, it definitely more than deserves #1.



As I was reading through the list that was my EXACT feeling. It's funny someone else felt the same way.
July 21, 2007 7:13:03 PM

Would have loved to see the final scene from The Taxi Driver on the list aswell as Equilibrium, but not a bad list at all.
July 22, 2007 1:56:11 AM

Perhaps the author should have distinguished between "shootouts" and "show downs". The general shootout is a melee type of encounter with numerous weapons whereas a show down is when a few antagonists face off with weapons drawn or involving a quick draw situation.

In the show down situation the classic is the final scene in "Hombre" starring Paul Newman, Richard Boone, Frederick March, and Frank Silvera. GRIMES: "Well now, I wonder what hell is going to look like. HOMBRE: "We all got to die sometime. It's just a matter of when."

Also, I think everyone liked the show down in the meadow in "True Grit", for which John Wayne earned his only Oscar. NED PEPPER: "I say that's mighty tough talk for a one-eyed fat man. ROOSTER COGBURN: "Fill your hands, you son of a bitch."

Also, add Quinton Tarrantino's "Reservoir Dogs". EDDIE: "Larry, stop pointing that gun at my dad. LARRY: "Joe. You know that you shoot that man, you die."

July 23, 2007 12:29:18 AM

I also concurr that I was starting to get a bad taste in my mouth when I hadnt seen "Heat" yet.
About "Killer", that is a decent movie, but it is also a pretty cheesy plot and heavy on the HK style sentimentality. I think (the TEAHOUSE scene ) Hard Boiled is more than representative of Woo. Or if you need a 2nd Woo "Better Tomorrow II". Bullets, blood, death.
Besides, Woo's later Hollywood movies almost erase his earlier ones! Ringo Lam should've had at least one movie in here like "Full Contact" another Chow Yun Fat, but in this one he has to re learn how to shoot with his left hand (One Eyed Jacks anybody?).
About Unforgiven; the best part is when, after learning of his pals death he picks up the bottle and just starts drinking the hell out of it after being sober so long. You know it gonna be hell to pay. (and they could've cut the end rant a littke bit)
I also cant beleive that the first Die Hard didtn make it. As much as I hate Bruce Willis in almost anything he is in, the first gunfight in the cubicles where the glass gets shot out and he is barefoot. The angles of fire were perfect!
And finally,
No True Romance?
c'mon!
July 23, 2007 12:56:18 PM

Nice to see Way of the gun on the list, I was sure it would be too obscure to make it. I did want to see Ghost in the Shell on the list. The fight with Kusanagi vs the tank was a great climax to the movie, you really thought the good guy might lose.

Some die-hard movie should have made it. I personally loved the snowmobile-empty clips scene. True Romance was a good movie, but the gunfight was people just standing up and getting shot at, nothing real creative except the pillow feathers. All you remember is almost everyone in the room dies. Honorable mention for Fifth Element(Luc Besson again) Lobby shootout with chris tucker providing comic relief was excellent.
July 23, 2007 4:15:44 PM

I agree, leaving out Equilibruim was a shame... but the one gunfight that always stands out in my mind is the shootout at the end of True Romance, Cops vs Bodyguards vs Mob. Great music, good general direction... " I have more taste in my ^#*&!"
July 23, 2007 5:48:56 PM

calaverasgrande said:

Besides, Woo's later Hollywood movies almost erase his earlier ones!


What?!?!?!?! Are you serious? You think Hard Target, Paycheck and Windtalkers are superior to The Killer, Hard Boiled and A Better Tomorrow? I'll give you Face/Off -- good stuff. And Broken Arrow and Mission Impossible 2 weren't bad, either. But I don't think many people would agree that Woo's Hollywood films are better than his Hong Kong films.

True Romance didn't make the list because, well, we never really considered it. The end is kind of overblown. Plus, I hate most Tony Scott films ("Top Gun" and "Crimson Tide" being the sole exceptions). Why can't he direct like his brother Ridley?

Die Hard is another story -- I thought about the first film's shootout between McClane and Gruber. It's a great scene, full of tension between Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, that explodes in gunfire and broken glass. But when you think about Die Hard, the first scene that comes to mind is the helicopter/exploding rooftop jump stunt, which is arguably one of the five greatest stunt sequences of all time (another list is in order, perhaps?). Then you have great scenes like "Happy trails, Hans," the elevator bomb, and the fight between McClane and Karl. There's so much good stuff in that movie that I just wasn't sure where that shootout ranked in the best scenes of the film.

I confess I've never seen a Ringo Lam movie, but I hope to fix that soon.

As for Equilibrium, I take the blame for that omission. Travis wanted to include it, but I hated the movie and thought the stupid ballet gunfighting techniques were lame and therefore overruled him.
July 23, 2007 7:54:25 PM

deus said:
First tho is an article on fistfights in movies. There is the real deal. What's better than a mano a mano fight. I keep a list of the best fistfights in movies and best war fights. But FF are my favorite and would like to hear other opinions of fights I've missed.


I did this one earlier this year, although it wasn't specifically fist fights. Check it out: Top 10 Movie Fights

lance525 said:
You guys have got to be kidding....3 movies prior to 1980???? My twenty year old son can name 10 better without trying. You guys need to review your netflix catalogue.


10 huh? Let's have them.

Lots of the movies that you guys are listing as omissions were in the first list. Keep in mind that Rob and I don't just throw these lists together over beers during lunch. All of the scenes considered get watched over and over and over picking them apart to see what is truly the best. We don't take these things too seriously (they're supposed to be fun after all), but we also don't throw these up lightly. Several more are in the works.
July 23, 2007 10:37:06 PM

robwright said:

As for Equilibrium, I take the blame for that omission. Travis wanted to include it, but I hated the movie and thought the stupid ballet gunfighting techniques were lame and therefore overruled him.


How can you love "The Matrix" and then hate Equilibrium, in terms of shootouts? If you put "The Matrix" on 4, then Equilibrium should make the Top20.

Personally, although I liked both The Matrix and Equilibrium, I would not have included either because it's indeed more like ballet, than anything resembling a shoot-out.

July 24, 2007 3:25:02 AM

About "Collateral", there is a scene where the hitman [Tom Cruise] is confronted by two street thugs with guns drawn. The Hitman pulls his pistol and takes down the two without them getting off a shot.

I've had an argument with a friend who claims that the scene was computer enhanced. My view is that it is completely live action and that Cruise did the stunt himself. I've run the movie frame by frame and could not detect a computer special effect.

Does anyone have any info on the question?

July 24, 2007 4:38:50 AM

BigMac said:
How can you love "The Matrix" and then hate Equilibrium, in terms of shootouts? If you put "The Matrix" on 4, then Equilibrium should make the Top20.

Personally, although I liked both The Matrix and Equilibrium, I would not have included either because it's indeed more like ballet, than anything resembling a shoot-out.


No...no, not you, BigMac! Please no, not you too! He's turned into an Equilibrium fanboy!!!!!!!

The Matrix is far superior to Eqilibrium. It shouldn't even be up for debate. Seriously, watch these two movies back-to-back, especially the shootouts, and then try to tell me the two are comparable.

It's not too late to flee the Dark Side, BigMac. Come back to use...please....

July 24, 2007 4:46:10 AM

Bruxbox said:
About "Collateral", there is a scene where the hitman [Tom Cruise] is confronted by two street thugs with guns drawn. The Hitman pulls his pistol and takes down the two without them getting off a shot.

I've had an argument with a friend who claims that the scene was computer enhanced. My view is that it is completely live action and that Cruise did the stunt himself. I've run the movie frame by frame and could not detect a computer special effect.

Does anyone have any info on the question?


GREAT Scene. And yes, it was authentic. No CGI or stunt doubles, if I remember the special edition DVD features correctly. I seem to recall one of the behind-the-scenes features talking about how Cruise went through extensive weapons training for the role. Normally I scoff at such training, especially when it only comes in handy in a few scenes like in Collateral. But wow, it really paid off; the alley scene was scary good and really made an impact. I mean, I really believed Cruise, as Vincent, was a stone-cold hit man with crazy reflexes. And the club scene was also fantastic. Cruise may be a little kooky, but he was a total badass in that movie.
July 24, 2007 6:25:30 AM

robwright said:
No...no, not you, BigMac! Please no, not you too! He's turned into an Equilibrium fanboy!!!!!!!

The Matrix is far superior to Eqilibrium. It shouldn't even be up for debate. Seriously, watch these two movies back-to-back, especially the shootouts, and then try to tell me the two are comparable.

It's not too late to flee the Dark Side, BigMac. Come back to use...please....


This thread actually pointed me to that flick so I watched it yesterday :kaola: 

The Matrix was (much) better as a movie experience, but I enjoyed Equilibrium as well. Even when seeing this movie 5 years after it was released it is obvious (to me) that The Matrix brought a lot of new things to the big screen at the time, whereas Equilibrium did not.

If you start comparing these movies in the context of just shoot-outs I really don't see a lot of difference between the two (and as I said, neither of them should have been on the shoot-out list in my opinion, they should be on te action movie choreography list, with the Matrix winning easily). Mind you, I did not take into account the use of bullet time, I just try to compare the quality of the shoot-outs (sec). It may be that I'm just not all that sensitive to shoot-out aesthetics and etiquette. I will immediately admit I'm not an expert on any of this, i'm just an average movie watcher.

Rest my case I will now [/yoda]
July 24, 2007 4:00:43 PM

tmeacham said:
I did this one earlier this year, although it wasn't specifically fist fights. Check it out: Top 10 Movie Fights



Ugh--what a lame list. Kung foo to it. The Bourne fight was excellent and The Hunted but the rest is lame--not realistic at all. You been watching too many video games.


So get to the war fights. Maybe something interesting will show up I have not seen.But be sure to consider We were Soldiers Once, Blackhawk Down, Siege of Firebase Gloria and Taegukgi. For the same reason the Movie fights is lame ignore 300.

We are waiting--good luck tho luck has nothing to do with it.
July 24, 2007 4:56:12 PM

deus said:
Ugh--what a lame list. Kung foo to it. The Bourne fight was excellent and The Hunted but the rest is lame--not realistic at all. You been watching too many video games.


I'll take flash and entertainment over realism any day. I've seen quite a few real fights in my day and they all pretty much sucked. Sure it's nice to have some authenticity if a fight is set in a real-world setting, but a well-choreographed sword fight is better than two guys trying to punch each other in the groin every time. The Bourne fight and the fight in The Hunted are authentic but hardly realistic.
July 26, 2007 2:16:34 PM

When I saw this thread over at IMDb, Heat was the first movie that came to mind. Glad to see it at number 1. This is a shootout that several critics said was too over the top to be believable, at the time of the films release. Yet, within a year, Los Angeles police had to cope with such an ordeal, with two machine gun toting bank robbers that held them at bay for quite a long time, and played out live on the news.

I, too, had thought of the discotheque scene from Mann's Collateral. He just has a very keen eye for this type of action... riveting up the tension as the scenes progress. Two other films of his that I haven't seen mentioned in discussion are Thief and Manhunter, both of which feature good, tense shootouts at the end, although not on the scale of the films mentioned in your list.

One shootout I would have considered occurs towards the middle of John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13, at the point where the hoods are making their initial assault on the station house, and the deputy in command has to make the decision to not only release prisoners from their cells, but also arm them to help in the defense of the station. Carpenter, in his early career, also had a way of ratcheting up the tension as a scene progressed, rather than peak an action sequence too soon and thus run the scene past the point of believabilty and tolerance.
July 26, 2007 8:19:39 PM

One of my first thoughts was Desperado. The scene with the bandmates shooting from their guitars is just plain fun.

I also thought the scene at the end of the Three Amigos, which obviously isn't a serious shoutout, and it's debatable whether or not it's the best scene in the movie (the one on one shootout with Martin Short isn't bad either).

Finally, I'm not sure how this fits in with the rules since the shootout essentially lasts nearly the entire movie, but I offer up Mean Guns for consideration. A 100 person, every man for himself shootout with limited environment and limited weapons guarantees some creative killing methods.
July 26, 2007 9:27:08 PM

My list is made up of action parts to movies that made me grit my teeth or gave me a scary/awesome dream the following night. Some of these movies suffer from other problems [low budget, bad acting and terrible plot] but had that one key scene that I can still remember.

B13 [the casino disarming scene]
The nest [French remake of assault on precinct 13, the entire movie is an action scene]
Versus [gun sword combo, low budget I know but original idea]
Full contact [ending duel or bullet time sequence]
Revolver [hitman versus everyone scene]
Bad boys II [180 degree car spin with mp5 out of the window]
Desperado [pick a scene]
Once upon a time in Mexico [again pick a scene]
A better tomorrow II [ending mansion scene]
Four brothers [g36 shooting at the house scene]
Running scared [opening scene and ice rink scene]
Red siren [hallway night vision counter attack scene]
The rundown [the rock with 2 shotguns versus everyone scene]
Ronin [car ambush, yes it’s not just a chase scene]
Time and tide [apartment repeling scene]
Sudden impact [dirty harry final shoot out]
2009: lost memories [beginning chain gun shootout]
Full time killer [the ending]
Double tap [any scene where the main character shoots through the walls at the police]
Eraser [those guns shooting through walls, any part of that movie]
Smoking aces [50 cal sniper rifle scene]
Double vision [police versus occult fanatics with swords]

Again:
Collateral [night club sequence]
Miami vice [arm off? Hell yes]



Please fill free to rip this list apart, the main blasphemous omission was Equilibrium but that was already discussed.
July 29, 2007 3:25:02 PM

first off, great list. I've gotten our teenage son so into "The Wild Bunch" he actually re-created "the walk" with Lego characters using stop motion techniques on his digital camera.

I've seen HEAT a million times, still love it, and will never forget the first time I saw it, being glued into my seat in the theater for almost 2 hours by the complex characters and the engaging plot, and suddenly 10 minutes of mayhem erupts right in my face.

thought I would throw "Commando" in the ring because it is the cheesiest, most unbelievable massacre in cinema history, but it is SO enjoyable to watch Ah-nuhld tear through an army of near incompetent South American mercenaries.

and eventhough it is one shot, the exchange between Steven Seagal and the fat CIA agent in "Above the Law" is classic:

"I don't think you can drop us all, badass!"

BOOM! (right in the chest)

"Nah but I get an A for effort"
July 30, 2007 2:32:44 PM

Terminator over Terminator 2? How could you miss the Cyberdyne scene where Schwarzeneggar is using the minigun? But in my opinion that's not even the best part. When they come out of the elevator and Arnold is shooting the teargas gun. He shoots one of the police officers in the back with it and if you listen close you can hear him say "Oh GOD that hurt!".

Now THAT is classic.
July 31, 2007 8:30:34 PM

Few questions:

1) Was Predator considered to be a war movie? The action sequence when they attack the Guerrilla base was phenomenal.

2) The scene in Boondock Saints that gets mentioned was fairly similar to the shootout with Buckshot Roberts in Young Guns. Was that taken into consideration?

3) Desperado was mentioned by someone else for the scene with the three mariachis, but I thought the sequence in the bar where Tarantino just got hired was better. The part where "El" and the other guy are sifting through the guns to find one that was actually loaded was one of the more humorous moments.
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