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What are the Best Gun Movies Ever?

by Garry James   |  October 6th, 2011 111

When you think about it, guns and movies have always had a very close relationship, but what are the best gun movies ever?  Some of the greats not only feature firearms, but also owe much of their success to them.  War films, detective stories, melodramas—even animation, all relied on firearms to some lesser or greater extent to help push the story forward.

Both of my parents were actors. I was born in Hollywood and grew up in the motion picture business. I used to go and watch them being made and  never missed a western, war or adventure film. I’m sure, for better or worse, this had much to do with my getting interested in firearms in the first place. Over the years I’ve also collected films that have really impressed me, firearms-wise—hence this article involving a  pick of my personal favorites of the many thousands of flicks that I’ve seen.

Of course authenticity is always important, and I’m impressed when a filmmaker goes out of his way to make sure the guns, costumes and sets are appropriate to a particular locale or period—but accuracy isn’t necessarily a paramount consideration. Some films, like a couple you’ll see later on, might be wrong in many details, but the way a firearm is used to advance the plot or the way in which it is handled by the actors also has a strong influence on selection–as does the types of arms used in relationship to when a movie was made. I’m not going to try to put this list in order of merit, because the types of movies represented are so diverse that the ranking would be virtually meaningless, and more than a little subjective.

So here we go, my own favorites,  chronologically.

  • Gary Vetter

    The first movie that jumped to my mind was Quigley Down Under. But maybe that was more of a shooting movie than a gun movie.

    • http://facebook Fred Woltz

      My Choice is, Rough Riders, the weapons were great, although the story line didn't quite follow history.

      • JB

        My thoughts exactly. The story line was closer to reality than most other movies on the subject however. A lot of great guns, but what were "Cole Younger's"(David Carridine) long gun and "Clell Miller's"(Randy Quaid) handgun in that movie? Maybe Garry James can help with my inquiry?

    • Paul

      Nope..you're right !! Quigley is an excellent gun movie, and one of my personal favorites. Also moved me to to order a Sharps "Boss" rifle to be built for me. Waited almost a year, but was certainly worth it.

      • Paul

        Interesting post…my name is Paul also, and I had a Sharps "Boss" rifle built for me as well, in 45-70.
        I agree, the wait was worth it, as the workmanship, attention to detail, and accuracy was well worth
        the year wait, and gave me plenty of time to research, and buy a number of great books on the history
        of the rifle, and history surrounding the original Sharps, and Buffalo Hunting. Incredible time period,
        would have loved living through those years. Enjoy your "Boss," probably the best one you'll ever have :)

      • old vet

        You are referring to Long Riders, still a good one.

  • Ed

    I agree "Quigley Down Under" but also "The Outlaw Josey Wales", and how about "Crossfire Trail", and "Last Stand at Saber River".

    • Tim McNamara

      I agree, Tom Selleck, has done some really fine westerns in which the firearms figure prominently.

  • Thom Engel

    Another vote for Quigley Down Under, and Last of the Mohicans for it's technically awesome sound during the shooting scenes.

    • Garry James

      "Quigly's' a great choice…and Tom Selleck is a serious gun guy.

  • T.D.

    I'd take a vote for "The Way of the Gun," starring James Caan, Benicio del Toro and Ryan Phillippe. Great guns, great shooting scenes, and above it all Caan is popping off with what I believe is a S&W Model 60. A wheelgunner amongst automatics, he was so good, that's all he needed.

    • Garry James

      Speaking of Benecio Del Toro, the recent "Wolfman" had some awesome hardware in it. Terrible move, but great guns!

  • SWF

    I would like to add the John Wayne movie "McQ" that introduced me to the MAC-10. Also, one of the greatest war movies ever was "Lion of the Desert" with Anthony Quinn and Oliver Reed, about the Italian invasion of Libya. Attention to detail on weaponry, uniforms, and equipment was superior.

    • http://Kivaari Don

      SWF, "McQ" was filmed in Seattle and along what is known as the "North Beach" of Grays Harbor County. Wayne stayed in Ocean Shores during the beach scene. The "Blacks only bar" was filmed in Aberdeen. There are so few blacks in GHC, that the extras were bussed in from Seattle. The cars in the beach chase scenes were fitted with skid plates. Had they not been altered none would survive the jumps and bumps. As I mentioned elsewhere all of the uniformed police at the closing were real area cops. I had to chase down one of the stunt drivers in one of the leased Seattle PD cars, he wanted to go fast to the laundromat. Some of the final shots were "renegotiated" with the Quinault Indian Nation chairman and council wanted more money to let the film crew use their beach. That never sat well with me, since the film crew was all set up, and the beach owners wanted their palms greased.

  • Tanstaafl2

    Quigley Down Under is a must. Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers are also very good. The original Star Wars trilogy is also pretty good (it's fun to try to figure out which real guns they used to create each of their "blasters" – I spotted the Sterling submachine gun, Mauser C96 pistol, and MG42 machine gun)

  • Max Wedge

    I'd suggest Winchester 73 with Jimmy Stewart , the story of a rifles journey between owners ..

    • Fog

      In my opinion this movie should be on top

  • Cliff Hewlett

    Even though I fully realize that Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" (1969) is incredibly violent and bloody I still thoroughly enjoy the use of so many period correct uniforms and firearms.

  • Garry James

    "The Wild Bunch" is my absolute favorite western of all time! It has a great look and gets some of the stuff right, but why the heck they used O3A3s and a 1917 Browning, I'll never understand. By the bye, Bill Holden's ".45" is actually a Star 9mm, because they didn't have .45 ACP blanks that would work properly. This was a common problem until fairly recently. Same reason Gary Cooper used a Luger instead of a 1911 in "Sergeant York."

  • HDibos

    Agree 100% with the Wind and the Lion.

    Excellent gun movie.

  • MSG Ben Kendrick, US

    May I suggest "The wind and the lion. The director got it RIGHT>

  • Bigdog2

    What no one mentions Dirty Harry? What load do you shoot Harry? Oh, a light 44 special. (Might as well carry a 45 ACP at that rate) (Oops, nothing wrong with 45ACP but he carries a 44mag) Actually I haven't heard anyone say a bad film yet.

    • Moosejaw

      the light .44 special load was Harry's range load telling the vigilante cops, not in Dirty Harry but in Magnum Force.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000541123695 Jim Blackburn

      It's the first one that popped into my mind also.

  • Velko Milosevich

    One word:

    H E A T

  • 2WarAbnVet

    I'm glad to see "Zulu" and “The Wind and The Lion” on your list; they're long time favorites.

  • Chris Adams

    Being a big fan of German firearms of the second world war, I recall a movie I watched as a kid called 5 Branded Women that was plumb ate up with nazi artillery. I adore an Mp40 and loved both The Train w/ Burt Lancaster and The Young Lions featuring Brando, both guys relying heavily on Mp40s. I almost bawled when Brando smashes his Mp40 to bits in the end!

  • Gary Sollner

    I am interested in getting young folks interested in guns. Your pick of the best looking guns, best gun pictures, etc., are all from an era where 90 % of youth were not even born yet. If nostalgia is your goal, you're nailing it. But my 20 year old yawns when looking at your picks. By the way, I am 70, but I guess have a lot younger perspective on guns and shooting. My fault.

    • Garry James

      Just trying to expand their horizons, Gary. They can find all the modern stuff out there they want to, without any help from me. With the exception of "The Last Hunt" every movie I mentioned in my intro is available on DVD. Why not get him "Zulu" or Wind and the Lion" and see what he thinks? Another excellent choice, and one of the best adventure movies of all time, is "The Man Who Would be King." I know they're short on gas explosions, zombies, aliens and car chases, but it might be worth a try.

    • Ben O'Brien

      Gary,

      See your points, but the name of the blog is "From the History Books," so it seems that Mr. James is right on track with the goal of his blog.

      We have other blogs and content here on Gun & Ammo that your son would probably love.

  • Robert Hensler

    Can't argue with your choices. I like anything Tom Selleck does plus one of my favorites is "The Professionals." I love the way Lee Marvin slam fired the Model 97 in the first fight with the bandidos!

    • Garry James

      Love "The Professionals!" Great guns and, heck, it's got Claudia Cardinale, to boot.

    • SallyJo

      Nothing like Quigley and Tom Selleck is good…My hero is Robert Duvall…Cant beat Lonesome Dove…Second Hand Lion is a cute story…Any one of us would love to be sitting on our front porch with a shotgun resting on our lap waiting for the wrong person to tick us off….And dont forget Jeremiah Johnson and his rifle

  • Steve Broce

    An often forgotten movie.."The Professionals" with Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode (not to mention Claudia Cardinale at her smoking hottest) using everything from Colt SAA's to Lewis guns, with Winchester 1887 shotguns, 1911's, Springfield 1903's, water-cooled Browning 1917's and a whole lot more in between.

    • Steve Broce

      LOL, guess I took too long writing my reply..

  • Cliff Hewlett

    Jonathan Mostow's "U-571" (2000) and John Woo's "Windtalkers" (2002), while not particularly great movies, are of note because of their use of the H&R M50 Reising, a little respected subgun employed by the USMC Paramarines and other units early in WWII.

    I have two and they are fine subguns as long as you keep them clean and dry which proved their undoing in combat!

    • http://www.facebook.com/999johnston Robert Johnston

      Reisings were loathed by the Marine Corps, but for those so armed in the ZI Theater (Zone of the Interior–Homefront America), they made less expensive-but-serviceable alternatives to the Thompson 1928s that armed a lot of police officers, Federal Agents, and private security officers in that era.

      –RKJ

  • Mike Corrigan

    No gun movie list is complete without Michael Mann's Heat; most realistic gun battle in cinema history, great weapons selection (HK91, Galil, Colt Commandos, Colt Officer's 1911, etc.), and great cast. Public Enemies is also really good with all the Tommy guns, 1911's, and that exquisite Mauser sporter Bale uses to put down Pretty Boy Floyd.

    • Garry James

      No question about it, the gunfight in "Heat" is awesome. As far as gangster movies go, I noticed something interesting in the 1932 "Scarface." During a gun battle George Raft is using a proper two-hand hold with his revolver. It's the earliest instance I can remember of seeing this. Any others?

    • Sean Partee

      I love Heat for that street battle scene (and for the actors and that it was well written). That was pretty realistic. No "300 round" magazines in there! Did tactical reloading, bounding overwatch, etc. Great choice!

  • Lance

    THE WILD BUNCH!!!! How is this movie not here?

    • Jim burden

      I AGREE. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NO UNO. SAW IT IN1968 and immediately had to go get me a riot 1897 Winchester which I have to this day. Don't understand it not making the list! The Wild bunch will live in the hearts of men till they pass on.

  • Ding Chavez

    Last man standing with Bruce Willis. Love that movie.

  • Brian

    Lonesome Dove

    Blackhawk Down

    Tombstone

    Predator

    Terminator 2

    • Logan

      Blackhawk Down is probably my favorite war movie but saving private ryan is a close 2nd.

  • http://Kivaari Don

    "The Wild Bunch", the biggest error was Strother Martin having a M1903A3. Martin claimed he made a good living playing "prairie trash" in what seems like hundreds of movies and TV westerns.

    Several movies are hilarious when in the middle of a shootout guys like Sinatra goes from a Colt to a S&W as the bullets fly. Although not a great gun movie, I liked John Wayne's "McQ", primarily because the officers shown at the end of the film were all real cops from Grays Harbor and the Washington State Patrol. The ambulance bringing the corpses off the beach were Ocean Shores (WA) FD personnel. Like in Wayne's "The Green Berets" the sun was setting in the wrong direction. McQ was headed South in the script, but going North on SR109. So many other films are mentioned. Brian hit some fine movies. I would add "310 From Yuma" in it's most recent form.

    • Jim I

      yea but the Green Berets did have a AC47 Spooky .. MAX FIREPOWER :)

      • old vet

        Spooky was an AC130, the AC47 was called Puff, and if you ever saw one actually working at night it made the one in the film totally lame, in fact "Berets" as far as location, action, etc. was about as far from "Nam" as "Disney" world. Only thing saved it was the "Duke".

  • http://Ofug Michael Newman

    My picks for movies not already mentioned: "The Lighthorsemen" (The Beersheba attack is best watched while sitting in a saddle), and "Bataan" (The final scene with the 1917 Browning is heartbreaking).

    • http://Kivaari Don

      Michael, An excellent choice with "The Light Horsemen", a two cassette VHS flick with excellent weapons and uniforms. With special attention to guns in play, especially of the Turk defenders, failing to reset their rear sights, and the small filed cannon not being depressed, so the cavalry had a clear zone where most of the bullets were sailing over their heads. Big problem with the film. It stirred an interest within me for Webley revolvers that I haven't satisfied. Well, I did, but my friends now have the best gun collection I ever owned.

  • Bill McGrew

    Winchester 73.

  • http://Kivaari Don

    How about "The Lost Battalion" and "Galipolli" (pardon the spelling).

  • Duane

    Pale Rider and the Remington 1858, best movie ever

  • Dan

    Opening scenes of "Gladiator"….

  • Steve

    "Quigley Down Under" would be my top choice, but not far behind would be "Open Range". I thought Open Range had one of the most accurate portrayals of an old-west gunfight I've seen in any movie.

  • Keith Ogden

    Here are my two favorites, although Heat, already mentioned was great, these are likewise:

    1. Getaway, the original, with Steve McQueen and Allie McGraw.

    2. Rolling Thunder, little known, but great!

    Both have final scenes with what could be the same Mexican whore house, taking down a bunch of Mexican bad asses.

    • Sean Partee

      Rolling Thunder was great! First Rater R movie I saw in a theater, and part of it was filmed in my home town. Tommy Lee Jones was a young un then! LOL

  • Ronnie Bish

    1. Tom Selleck – Crossfire Trail

    2. Kevin Costner – Open Range

    3. Steve McQueen – Tom Horn

    All used period correct weapons

  • mike jaral

    winchester 73, sgt york. springfield rifle, dirty harry. so many, its hard to name. friends of eddie coil. seems garry cooper played in a few, also high noon. T.V. series, have gun will travel. but still my favorite is and your correct. ZULU.

  • Bob Tschannen

    Lee Marvin and Charles Bronsen in the movie Death Hunt is my all time favorite gun movie. Savage 99s, Winchesters, Krags. SMLEs and lots of others.

  • Guy Howard

    Good choice of films, Garry. I've seen every one of them and most of them more than once. By the way, I used to ride in I Co., 7th US Cavalry with Danny Martinez, Phil Martin, et al. You and I rode the Wells Fargo stage one year ('75 or '76) at the old Great Western Gun Show when it was still held in City of Commerce.

  • Terry Ranck

    Nobody mentioned "The UN-Forgiven" with Clint Eastwood. He uses a Schoefield SIX and a Carbine he loads through the stock. Oh what about "The Judge Roy Bean" movie.

  • Rich

    Quigley Down Under

  • Peter Lake

    "Collateral" , starring Tom Cruise as a socipathic hitman.

    His gun handling was brilliant. He trained for a long time to prepare for that role and his shooting was so good it was terrifying to see it done by a bad guy. Bravo to Cruise.

    Directed by Michael Mann, who directed my other favorite gun movie, "Thief", with James Caan.

    Mann and Caan were said to have taken some training at Gunsite.

  • Moosejaw

    there are some GREAT gun movies in the list….

    but come on….there needs to be The Wild Bunch, Winchester 73, and Quigley

    some of the movies that make me squirm (and I love the movies but hate the guns) with inappropriate weapons is almost any Duke Wayne western with that ubiquitous model '92 shooting up things in the 1870's….

    • Garry James

      Moosejaw, I couldn't agree with you more about the Wayne movies. The most egregious example is "The Comancheros" which is supposed to take place not long after the fall of the Alamo, but in which we see lots of Model 92s and SAAs. Still, it's a really fun, exciting movie with a great score and early over-the-top Lee Marvin appearance.

  • Mike B

    "Carbine Williams" starring Jimmy Stewart. Not up there with Winchester '73 (also starring Jimmy), but an interesting study of how the M-1 carbine came to be.

  • SWF

    "Gallipoli" remains my all-time favorite movie. For comedy relief, about Burt Reynolds' and Clint Eastwood's shootout in "City Heat"?

    • Garry James

      "Gallipoli" is simply a fantastic movie–one of my favorites about the Great War. Lots of wonderful period detail. Another Aussie effort that came out around the same time is the Boer War film, "Breaker Morant." As I remember they use a later period Maxim Gun, but otherwise it's terriffic.

  • j mccabe

    Curious thing about "Enemy at the Gates" It seems that there is no record of a Major Konig as a German sniper or a school run by him. Some think that the sniper duel was a tall tale by Zeitsev or his handlers to raise morale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.187686191297147.42970.171851099547323 w4lnutz

    the last man standing

    its one of the greats

  • http://doxcox@gmail.com Fred

    All the choices listed are great. One absent is "Ghost in the Darkness" with Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas and Om Puri. Great yarn, based on a true incident, about hunting in Africa in the mid 19th Century. Can anyone tell me which bolt action Kilmer uses, and ditto for the double rifle used by Douglas?

    • old vet

      Too many doubles look too much alike, but it was big, it's been a while, but I think Kilmer's gun was a Lee, could be wrong.

  • Bob

    Gary, you've got some great choices here. Zulu is one of my all-time favorites, and now I know what Brendan Fraser was packing in The Mummy. Some of the others have mentioned some good ones, too. My picks would include Tombstone, Quigley Down Under and Winchester '73.

  • Anishinabi

    I liked Lonesome Dove. Henry Rifles, Remington falling blocks, big old Colt blackpowders with conversion cylinders, good for pistol whipping rude bartenders. A bad guy's single action revolver-rifle. I did see a couple holsters with kind of modern looking DA revolvers in them on the drovers. I know it is unpopular nowadays, but cross draw holsters are very comfortable and practical in Jeeps as well as they were on horseback. The dropped tie down gunfighter holsters are not so practical, and just as likely to shoot yourself with.

  • Harding

    I loved "Quigley Down Under" which I will watch anytime, and "Shooter" with his major assortment of firearms and his discussion with the country 'expert'. However an important one that hasn't been mentioned is "The Ghost and the Darkness" – why? Because the character Col. John Henry Patterson, played by Val Kilmer, accepts a 'lion gun' from another person and carries into the hunt for the two rampaging lions – WITHOUT CHECKING IF IT WORKS FIRST! I have NEVER forgotten that important rule since seeing this film. Also Michael Douglas was great and the guns, hunting methods and tactics were all authentic.

    Now you hunt lions (if permitted) at greater distance than, say, 75 feet!

  • porkchop6209

    I would also add John Milius' "Red Dawn", along with "The Outlaw Josey Wales", "The Great Northfield Minn. Raid" and HBO's "When Trumpets Fade".

  • http://AOL HUGH HARVEY

    JOSEY WALES & WILD BUNCH ARE HARD TO BEAT!!!

  • Gary D Cox

    I vote for Carbine Williams, who would of thought one of the most ingenious firearms design would be developed by a bootlegger in prison. He went on to develop many other designs and consulted or worked for Winchester after his release. Because it is an old movie, many probably have not seen it.

  • Pete

    I say there are two of them, the Dirty Harry series and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

  • Charles Neilson

    There is only ONE movie that put "The Gun" on top of the highest pinnacle throughout the movie, and led to an epic quest whereby the whole movie served to portray that gun as the major idea. During that movie, viewers develop awe in that gun and inspiration in how it is mobilized to its ultimate effective use by the "people". Not only is this gun the overwhelming force in the plot, but it remains the only thought of consequence many years later after seeing that movie. As a Texan, and down here where we say "everything is big in Texas", I would say this movie would inspire all Texans as "one hell of a big gun". So, any body remember Frank Sinatra and I believe Sophia Loren in "The Pride and the Passion" where they trapezed a huge, I mean GIANT, cannon all over Spain, with half of the people in the world pulling the damn thing over rough terrain. The whole movie was about moving this colossal cannon to the battlefield on the other side of the world, it seemed, and then to watch its firepower demonstrate phenomenal destructiveness and to signify that the end justifies the means…no matter what sacrifice. It wasn't my favorite movie, but I don't know of any movie that ever made "the GUN" everything about the whole picture show as did "The Pride and the Passion".

    • Garry James

      I have to admit, that , even though on a guilty pleasure level I enjoy "The Pride and the Passion," it is really one of the silliest gun movies ever. The brobdingnagian cannon in the film is ridiculous both practically and logistically. In C.S. Forester's novel "The Gun" on which the film is (very) loosely based, "the gun" was actually a much more reasonable18-pound siege piece. The best things about "The Pride and the Passion" are Sophia Loren and a great George Anthiel score.

  • Charles Neilson

    As far actual carry firearms, in "No Country for Old Men", Anton carried a Remington 11-87 semi-auto shotgun with a garish stainless steel cylindrical silencer that was certainly an eye opener firearm that he used later after we saw his unconventional use of a captive bolt pistol (pneumatic, not gunpowder charged) to penetrate the skull of his victims and open up locked doors. For city slickers, it might have been difficult to identify such a weapon (used to slaughter cattle) when it was first portrayed in the movie, but after everybody is on the same page with this weird weapon, we then see the 11-87 with the mesmerizing silencer which allows it to portray the notion than this Anton guy only goes for super evil weapons. This tricked-up 11-87 certainly did the job for me.

  • Adam Bradley

    Two of my favorites are "The Boondock Saints 2 All Saints Day" starring Billy Connolly as Il Duce, a hitman with a custom leather vest covered in holsters. Connolly uses two vests in the film. The first vest which he wore as a young man carried a Luger P08, 1911, S&W 38. M&P and a Colt Official Police. The second vest he used as an older man carried two S&W 686's, Para P-10, Glock 26, S&W 5946 and a Glock 17. Connolly also uses two Webley Mk. IV's in a memorable scene. Other characters in the film use some beautiful custom guns including a Mexican flag inspired 1911 and suppressed 50AE Desert Eagles that were built by Charles Taylor. Taylor was responsible for the custom guns used in "Romeo And Juliet" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The custom 1911's and Beretta 92's Taylor built for DiCaprio and the rest of the cast are too extravagant for words… You'll have to watch the film to see what I mean. I'm only 23 but i'v seen most of the other films mentioned on here thanks to my dad but I haven't seen "Prisoner Of Zenda". I'll be sure to check it out.

    • Garry James

      After you've seen "Zenda" let me know what you think. Make sure you get the Ronald Colman version, not the Stewart Granger one (which is OK, but not as good as the earlier one.)

  • Adam Bradley

    Some other good ones are "Appaloosa" starring Ed Harris and Vigo Mortensen. The remake of "3:10 To Yuma" starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. And "Harry Brown" starring Michael Caine.

  • Gun Store Guy

    One of the recent crop of movies that is destined to become a classic for realism …."Shooter" Good story and Great technique !!!!!

    • Scott

      Except that you are led to believe his Barret is a straight-pull in the opening scene. Maybe he was supposed to be using subsonics in it…

      • Scott

        Not that I am disagreeing with you. Good movie with interesting firearms. I slow-mo'ed the scene when he opens his gun locker in his cabin.

  • Kyle

    Black Hawk Down! duh

    • Garry James

      Superb choice.

  • Tedgar

    I liked any Tom Seleck movie for the weapons and also Selecks use of them. He's a gun person and an asset to the NRA. My top favorite 'gun movie' though would have to be Steve McQueen's "The Sand Pebbles"!

  • Mike D.

    OK, how about "Hamburger Hill" and "Heartbreak Ridge."

    • old vet

      Hamburger hill was really set well. I served in roughly the same A.O. in roughly the same time, It was the first "Nam" oriented film that kept me up nights. One of the truest scenes was the 'tooth brushing" lesson with the God awful "grit", went through it myself. also the chu hoi sapper demo.

  • Simon Munslow

    Jeremiah Johnson- with Robert Redford, what lover of the Hawken could forget his finding of Hatchet Jack.

  • Abdiver1

    The scene in the Good, Bad, and Ugly were Ugly comes out of the desert and goes into the gun shop and builds the revolver he wants…listening for the proper number of clicks as he pulls the hammer back and then another for Quigley down under.

  • Fernando Tejero

    All films mentioned are excellent, especiallyt The Prisioner of Zenda with Ronald Colman Douglas Fairbanks Jr (both extremely excellent actos; the latter often underrated). However I would choose "Enemy at the Gates" with Jude Law and Ed Harris ( both excellent actors). I enjoyed it as the Mosin-Nagant,especially the sniper version, is one of my favourites battle rifles.

  • Jim I

    Michael Mann's Last of the Mohicans

  • https://www.facebook.com/standtohorse Kenneth L. James

    Best "Gun" movie is of course "Wind and the Lion" arguably the "Best " Movie as well. John Milius get's it. The wild Berber charge. The englishman standing his ground and empting his "Bulldog". "Raisooli",in rescue mode, covering his face and laddering his Mauser before fireing on "Taurigs" from horseback . The clash and stamp of marching Marine collumn thru column and "Hostiles to the Left". Mrs. Pedicaris, jacking a round in the '96 Winchester street sweeper as she holds her dagger to the young Lts. throat. The Prussian discarding his C96 and drawing his Saber… Its all here like the wonderful scenery and the smell of gunsmoke. If not restricted to "Gun of the Hand" then of course sweeping epic of "Artillery" in "Pride and the Passion" C.S. Forrester's "The GUN" brought to screen life to breech walls of Avila for Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, and Cary Grant. The sweep of Spains glorious struggle to overthrow Napoleon's boot on their neck. The "Spanish Razor" Navaha knife,with a minor role as sandal maker. Hollywood before CG. The gun copied from far off Raj "monster" museum peice instead of Forrester's 18pdr. Seige gun.

  • Lopaka Kanaka

    As I was growing up on the "Rock" in 1950 Saturday double bill movies was my way to ride with the best
    gun fighters on the Silver Screen. I grew up with Tom Mix, Buster Crab, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, and many more great actors of the wild west. I just love gun fights and the smoke when they fired there guns at one another. Sgt. York, Sands of Iwo Jima, Mid Way, To Hell and Back, Guns of Navarron and many more great war movies. I new my B-B Red Rider was only a toy and I needed the real guns to shoot with and was not going to get that as long as I grew up on the "Rock". So in 1962 I said to my Uncle Sam "I DO" and I was on my way to Fort Ord, CA to fire some real Grand M-1 rifle and 1911 A-1 45acp. When I was discharged in 1965 I purchased my first 1911 A-1 45 acp and since then have owned several others. My top gun is my Springfield Lond Slide 1911 A-1 45 acp. I went out today and shot 138 rounds and man at 30ft it is right in the six inch pie.

  • Jeff Wilson

    I would say
    1.Quigley down under
    2. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    3 The Shooter

  • mike laychur

    Before I read any comments, I thought Quigley Down Under, I guess I wasn't the only one.

  • Jerry Raskaus

    Did anyone ever mention Outlaw Josey Wales. A great Clint Eastwood movie , especially the rifle shot to cut the rope for a Missouri boat ride. If you have not seen the movie, see it. Pale Rider another Clint Eastwood movie is also one of my favorites, especially when he changes the cylinder in his 1858 Remington cartridge conversion revolver.

  • PeterS

    How about Neveda Smith with Steve McQueen
    Gualadcanal Diary with William Bendix
    Battleground with Van Hefflin
    Halls of Montezuma with Richard Widmark

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1686493219 Taiho Yamauchi

    Terminator 2- Colt Combat Elite, 1887, Remington 870, AR-15, Mini Gun, 1911 Longslide, M79, MP5,
    Heat- Officers 1911, Sig 226, HK 91, Benelli M3, Colt Commando, FNFAL, Galil, Mossberg 590, FN FNC
    Expendables- 1911, FN 2000 FN P90, M4, AA-12, Beretta 92fs,
    Quigly Down Under- Sharps 45-110
    Dirty Harry- S&W Model 29
    Death Wish 3- The Wildy Mag
    Predator- M16A2/203, Mini-gun, Mp5, Rotary Grenade Launcher, M60,
    Die Hard- Beretta 92F, MP5, Styer Aug, HK P7,
    Red- Para Ord 1911, S&W 500, AR-15, Browning M2, Styer TMP, HK MP5K, M240G, Sweedish K,

  • Chuck Haynes

    We were soldiers was the best I've ever seen

  • BadFrog

    Mr and Mrs Smith, Ronin, Sudden Impact (just for the Automag). All films worthy of consideration for inclusion in this list.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lamartin57 Wayne Lamarr Martin Sr.

    the matrix

  • Jeffrey

    Don't forget the "The Professional"!

  • Robert

    The Tremors movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.zandstra.3 Peter Zandstra

    Don’t miss Valdez is Coming, but above all Billy Two Hats
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQczXLHmYWQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCKLiumEPHg

    The third film that is always mentioned is ‘quigley down under’ (1990).

    There could be a (discussion) scene at the end of True Grit (2010).

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