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Top 50 Movie Gunfights


24th September 2008

40. BLOOD ON THE ICE
RUNNING SCARED (2006)
By all accounts, Running Scared is a god-awful movie: a puerile, boy's own fantasy about guns, drugs and gangsters. The one thing it gets right? A late-night shoot-out on an ice hockey rink, bathed in harsh blue neon light. The blood flows freely, the profanity moreso. It's dumb, but by Hell it's got spunk.



39. MR. SMITH GOES TO TOWN
LAST MAN STANDING (1996)
This isn't Bruce Willis' first entry on this list and it won't be his last, but this crime thriller - set in a Prohibition-era America - is certainly one of his most underrated movies. Willis surely holds the record for the most henchmen dispatched on screen. You go get 'em, killer.



38. ARMING THE ENEMY
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1976)
It doesn't take long for John Carpenter to show audiences his crime thriller has balls: one dead little girl says he means business. Under siege by street gangs, the righteous officers of Precinct 9 (Division 13) resort to tooling up their prisoners to last through the night. Good plan.



37. BRANDON'S LAST STAND
THE CROW (1994)
A staple of goth movie nights across the world, this none more black comic-book thriller was granted instant iconic status when star Brandon Lee was killed by a blank gun cartridge while filming. Such tragedy means the following scene is difficult to watch, but at least Lee got a way cool cinematic send-off.



36. HOTEL HELLSTORM
SMOKIN' ACES (2006)
Joe Carnahan's ultra-stylish guns'n'ammo thriller saw a procession of hitmen looking to unload "boxes of bullets" into Jeremy Piven (we know how they felt). The movie was a disappointment, but the carnage is damn near unsurpassed - just check the clout on that Barrett sniper rifle. That's gotta hurt.



35. "THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!"
THE BOONDOCK SAINTS (1999)
The director might have been a grade-A douchebag (see awesome career suicide documentary Overnight), but he knew how to throw down in a firefight. Willem Dafoe phones in a performance from another planet, but - and we can't believe we're saying this - Billy Connolly kicks unholy amounts of ass.



34. SUPERMARKET SHOWDOWN
HOT FUZZ (2007)
It might be a loving homage to American buddy cop movies, but the final half hour of Hot Fuzz gives Michael Bay and friends a run for their money. The Somerfield showdown can be found in full here (embedding was disabled on request) but we've featured a scene from Spaced that (possibly) served as an inspiration.



33. WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU HAN
STAR WARS (1997)
George Lucas raped my childhood. Han shot first. And so on. We all know Lucas dropped the ball in his pansification of A New Hope, but thank the Lord the original, untouched version is still available; a galaxy far, far away, where CGI doesn't exist and Han Solo is still the baddest motherfucker in the galaxy.



32. RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
PREDATOR (1987)
When a vulva-faced space pirate takes down Jesse 'The Body' Ventura, his comrades in arms waste little time grieving. Instead, they tool up and blow the living shit out of everything in sight, taking out a chunk of rainforest the size of Texas in the process. It bleeds. They can kill it. Arnie does. The end.



31. CHARLEY AND BOSS VERSUS BAXTER
OPEN RANGE (2003)
Ain't nobody can do grim-faced American history like Kevin Costner, who - along with pardner Robert Duvall - lines up to throw down with Michael Gambon's bastard land baron in an epic Wild West shootout. A thrilling climax doesn't shy away from examining the consequences of violence, either.

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