There’s nothing like a movie shootout!

But which films feature the absolute great movie shootouts?


Best Movie Shootouts Of All Time

What Are Movie Shootouts Of All Time

One of the best movie shootouts of all time is the opening sequence of Die Hard. The film opens with a man in a Nakatomi Plaza office building who is being held at gunpoint by two men, one with a machine gun and the other with a pistol.

The man (played by Bruce Willis) asks to be let go, saying that he works for Nakatomi Plaza. His captors take him to another room where they begin to discuss their plan to kill him. While they talk, they bring in other terrorists who will be armed and ready to shoot at any moment.

The scene ends with all five terrorist gunmen shooting their weapons at once, but only one bullet hits its target: Bruce Willis’ character’s head! The audience laughs at this great special effect and then waits for something else to happen!



Best Movie Shootouts Of All Time

Let’s take a look at the great shootout films.

15. Fast Five (2011)

 Fast Five is a 2011 American action film directed by Justin Lin and produced by Vin Diesel. It is the fifth installment of The Fast and Furious franchise.

The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Giancarlo Esposito.

The film was released on April 29, 2011 in the United States and Canada by Universal Pictures.

It received generally positive reviews from critics who praised its action sequences and humor; however, it received criticism for its plot which some felt was too similar to that of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).

Film critic Roger Ebert gave Fast Five a full-page review in The Chicago Sun-Times giving it four out of four stars.

14. Carlito’s Way (1993)

 Carlito’s Way is a 1993 American-Italian crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma. The screenplay by Paul Schrader is based on the autobiography Carlito’s Way by author Mario Puzo, who wrote the novel that inspired the 1974 film of the same name starring Al Pacino.

The film features Al Pacino in the lead role as Carlito Brigante, a 1980s New York City gangster and drug dealer. The supporting cast includes Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Kevin Spacey.

The film was released on November 18, 1993 by Warner Bros., earning $38 million at the box office against its budget of $25 million and received generally positive reviews from critics. It won two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Paul Schrader).

Some critics have cited it as one of De Palma’s best films, while others have criticized it for being too similar to his previous work or perceived stylistic excesses like overuse of close-ups and SteadiCam.

Fast Five
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Actors)
  • Justin Lin (Director) - Chris Morgan (Writer) - Vin Diesel (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

13. The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

 Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley is the director’s follow-up to his brilliant Kes (1969). Like that film, it is a powerful and moving drama about the plight of rural Ireland. But whereas Kes was set in the 1940s, The Wind That Shakes the Barley is set in the 1920s and 1930s.

The story centres on a small farming community in remote County Mayo, which has been hit hard by emigration. This has devastated the local economy, but worse still it has left behind a generation of children who are growing up without fathers and without hope.

The movie opens with Jack (Stephen Rea) returning home after six years away. He has left his family behind but they have all moved on without him: his wife Nora (Cathy Belton), their teenage son Danny (Sean McCann), as well as Danny’s girlfriend Bernadette (Kelly Macdonald).

Jack visits Nora to say he wants her back but she tells him that she does not love him anymore and cannot marry him again because she believes he left her for another woman. She says if she marries him again then Danny will never forgive her.

12. Taxi Driver (1976)

 Taxi Driver is a 1976 American drama film written and directed by Martin Scorsese. It tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who becomes a taxi driver in New York City and takes on whoever requests his services. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Norman Mailer.

The film was released theatrically on December 21, 1976, to generally positive reviews and earned Scorsese his first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Director.

The film has been described as “one of the greatest films ever made” by Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times,[1] while it was ranked #56 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list.[2] The film also ranks #54 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies” list.[3]

Taxi Driver opens with a voice-over narration from Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), an ex-Marine who served in Vietnam as a combat medic. He claims that he killed people during this time but does not mention any names or incidents directly related to his war service.

After his discharge from military service, Travis moves from New Jersey to New York City where he gets a job as an ambulance dispatcher for the city’s emergency medical service (EMS). One

Taxi Driver
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster (Actors)
  • Martin Scorsese (Director) - Paul Schrader (Writer) - Julia Phillips (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

11. The Wild Bunch (1969)

Criterion’s Blu-ray edition of The Wild Bunch is a definitive release for fans of Peckinpah. It’s a film that has inspired countless other films, and its influence is still felt in movies today.

The Wild Bunch is a western, but it isn’t really about the western genre. It’s about the men who lead these kinds of lives and how they deal with it. It’s like The Magnificent Seven, only more realistic and less fun.

The film stars William Holden as Pike Bishop, an aging gunslinger who is out to kill Frank Dunbar (Micky Van Dyke), a young man who has taken over his gang. The two men go head-to-head as they attempt to outgun each other in their final showdown before one dies or retires.

While Peckinpah’s films have been praised by critics over the years, they’ve also been criticized for being too violent and brutal. Fans of Peckinpah know that he was not afraid to show violence on screen, but he also had a love for character development and dialogue between characters that often gets lost in films where there are gunfights every five minutes or so.

The Wild Bunch
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan (Actors)
  • Sam Peckinpah (Director) - Walon Green (Writer) - Phil Feldman (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

10. L.A. Confidential (1997)

L.A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Daniel Cook, based on James Ellroy’s novel of the same name. The film stars Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito and Hudson Yang among others.

It was filmed in Los Angeles and was released on June 10, 1997 by Warner Bros. Pictures.[3]

The film is set in 1950s Los Angeles and focuses on three police detectives who moonlight as Hollywood agents for major movie studios to prevent them from being exposed as communists because of their connections to the Black Dahlia murder case; and the violent events surrounding it.[4]


9. Hot Fuzz (2007)

 Hot Fuzz (2007) Edgar Wright is a British film directed by Edgar Wright, and starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine. It is the third in the Cornetto Trilogy, following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and its 2007 prequel Hot Fuzz (2007).

The story follows PC Nicholas Angel (Pegg) as he investigates the disappearance of two young boys from their rural village in Sandford, England.

The film was written by Wright and Pegg, who also co-produced it along with Phil Townshend. The film’s title comes from a line spoken by Nicholas’ father Frank Angel (Considine), who says “You know what hot fuzzies are?” when referring to killer bees.

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics on release. It was nominated for four BAFTA Film Awards in 2008: Best Make Up & Hair Design; Best Costume Design; Best Sound; and Best Special Visual Effects. The film won three: Best Make Up & Hair Design; Best Costume Design; and Best Special Visual Effects.

Hot Fuzz [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
  • English, French, Italian, German, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

8. Point Break (1991)

 Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break (1991) is an extreme sports picture that begins with a police raid on an outlaw gang of surfers. It’s not clear whether the gang has any connection to real-life bank robbers, but this doesn’t matter.

What matters is that the screenwriters have given us scenes of police helicopters swooping down on the outlaws and crashing into their cars with machine guns blazing. The surfers are all dead in seconds, and we see their bodies being rolled over by their killers.

The movie’s last half-hour or so takes place in jail, where we see the outlaws being interviewed by FBI agents who are trying to figure out how they pulled off such a complicated heist. What emerges from all this is a sense of utter exhaustion: There are no easy answers to be found here.

Although Point Break is about extreme sports, it’s not really about them at all; it’s about people who do extreme things for money, which makes it a very different movie from Bigelow’s previous work, such as Near Dark (1989) and The Hurt Locker (2009). These were films about violence in American society; Point Break is

Point Break [Blu-ray] [1991] [Region Free]
  • Point Break [Blu-ray] [1991] [Region Free]
  • Dutch, English, Arabic, German, Hebrew (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

7. No Country For Old Men (2007)

No Country For Old Men is a 2007 film directed by the Coen brothers and starring Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh, Josh Brolin as Llewelyn Moss and Tommy Lee Jones as Sheriff Ed Tom Bell. The film was based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel of the same name.

It received critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

The film was released in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2007, before being released in North America on January 8, 2008. A DVD box set of all three versions of the film (the theatrical cut, director’s cut and extended cut), including deleted scenes from both cuts of the film and an audio commentary for each version were released separately on November 21, 2007 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

No Country For Old Men (Blu-ray + Digital)
  • No Country For Old Men (Blu-ray + Digital)
  • Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson (Actors)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

6. The Untouchables (1987)

 The Untouchables is a 1987 crime film directed by Brian De Palma. The film is based on the 1932 novel of the same name by David Mamet.

The Untouchables was filmed on location in New York City, where it premiered at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and then went on to receive two Academy Award nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Sean Connery) and Best Cinematography.

The film stars Kevin Costner as Irish immigrant Sean Devlin, a Prohibition era bootlegger who leads an elite team of Chicago police officers in a mission to bring down Al Capone’s crime syndicate.

The film also features Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Andy Garcia, Joe Pesci and Paul Newman. Sean Devlin is portrayed as a sympathetic character despite his illicit activities.

The Untouchables tells the story of four members of Chicago’s elite police force: Sean Devlin (Kevin Costner), Frank McCloud (Charles Grodin), Fred “Honey Bunny” Hoyt (Robert De Niro) and George “Budd” Klein (Paul Newman). They are all experienced detectives who have been assigned to work together with new recruits Harry Novak (James Woods),

5. John Wick (2014)

 Chad Stahelski is an American film director, cinematographer, and stuntman. He is best known for his work as a stuntman in such films as The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

He also directed the short film Blood Drive (2004), which was nominated for an Academy Award. He has been nominated twice for a BAFTA Award.

Stahelski was born on December 5, 1970 in New York City, New York to Robert Stahelski and Donna Fonzo. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1988 to 1989 before he began working as a stunt double.

In 1994 he started his own company with his brother David Stahelski which specialized in creating high-speed car chases for the television series Baywatch. He left this business after two years because he could not find enough work; however, he continued to act as a stunt driver in films such as I Am Sam (2001) and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).

In 2002 Chad Stahelski directed his first feature film called Gunmen starring Mark Wahlberg and Colin Farrell; this was followed by The Condemned.

John Wick (Plus Bonus Features)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki (Actors)
  • David Leitch (Director) - Derek Kolstad (Writer) - Basil Iwanyk (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

4. The Matrix (2014)

 The Matrix has been a seminal film in my life. It was the first time I encountered a world where the lines between reality and fiction were blurred. I remember when I first saw it, I was floored by the idea that this could actually be happening to me.

The movie is about a futuristic world where humans live in pods, each one controlled by an individual with a “brain in a vat” who thinks that he is living his life. But when he unplugged himself, he found out that reality was not what he thought it was – he was living inside a computer simulation called The Matrix.

The whole movie is about how we are all being controlled and manipulated by something or someone else, but we don’t know who or what it is. This concept has been explored in many forms of art over the past few decades, but this one is still one of my favorites because it’s so powerful and thought-provoking.

The Matrix
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne (Actors)
  • Lilly Wachowski (Director) - Lilly Wachowski (Writer) - Bruce Berman (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

3. Hard Boiled (1992)

 The action in John Woo’s Hard Boiled is nonstop from start to finish. It’s a standard John Woo movie, but it has an energy and excitement that makes it stand out from the rest of his work.

The story is about an undercover cop who goes undercover as a gangster in Hong Kong to protect his son from both the local gangs and the Chinese government. The film starts out with a bang, with action scenes that are memorable for their intensity and violence.

This doesn’t change much throughout the rest of the film, though there are fewer action sequences than you would expect from a John Woo movie.

There are many plot twists and turns, but they’re all believable within the context of the story (which is another thing that sets this apart from other John Woo movies). One thing that I really appreciate about Hard Boiled is how much attention was paid to details such as how guns were used and how people moved around.

In particular, there’s an amazing scene where two men exchange gunfire while walking down a dark hallway with only one lightbulb hanging on at either end of it. It looks so real that it could be mistaken for reality (which makes sense because it was filmed on location).

Hard Boiled (1992) ( Lat sau san taam ) [ Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import - Spain ]
  • Hard Boiled (1992) ( Lat sau san taam )
  • Hard Boiled (1992)
  • Lat sau san taam
  • Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo (Actors)
  • John Woo (Director) - Hard Boiled (1992) ( Lat sau san taam ) (Producer)

2. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

This is a very good movie, but it is not one that I would recommend to everyone. It is a story about an outlaw who gets away with a lot of money, and how he spends it. He has two friends, who are also outlaws, but they are not as successful as he is. They go on many adventures together.

They go to Mexico and try to get back some stolen money there. And they also travel around Europe and try to get back some stolen money there too.

I really enjoyed this movie because I like stories about outlaws, and this one was pretty good. It was not too long or boring at all. There were lots of action scenes in it too which made it even better for me!

Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid
  • Paul Newman,, Robert Redford,, Katharine Ross (Actors)
  • George Roy Hill (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

1. Heat (1995)

 Heat is a 1995 American crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and produced by Lawrence Gordon, Barry Levinson and Robert Towne. It is an adaptation of the novel L. A. Confidential by James Ellroy and stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Kevin Spacey and Jon Voight.

The film was released on December 21, 1995 in the United States and grossed over $135 million worldwide on an estimated budget of $50 million.

The film’s title refers to the “heat” of police corruption in Los Angeles. The plot centers on three police officers who investigate the murder of a prostitute during a late-night raid of an illegal gambling operation in Los Angeles’ Skid Row district.

The investigation reveals a wide range of unethical activities within the LAPD during the 1950s and 1960s, including police brutality, drug trafficking by officers and their families, payoffs to ensure their silence, murder plots against corrupt individuals and even assassination attempts against Mayor Sam Yorty as well as his wife Helen Givens (Diane Venora).

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer (Actors)
  • Michael Mann (Director) - Michael Mann (Writer) - Michael Mann (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Best Movie Shootouts – Wrapping Up

The last week of the Best Movie Shootouts has been filled with great movie moments. The voting has been tallied and the results are in. 

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