Hollywood has been using guns in movies for a very long time. In fact, many of the roles were played by famous actors who were also World War II heroes or had an important role in their respective country’s military.
We’re looking at some of the most iconic guns in movie history.
Some are used by good guys and gals and some are used by bad guys and gals, but they all have one thing in common: they’re famous.
famous guns in movies
What Are famous guns in movies?
Guns in movies are as popular today as they were in the 1950s when TV shows like The Rifleman and Gunsmoke found a large audience.
Movie weapons have become so iconic that many people know the model of gun used in a specific film.
Some of the guns that are used in films are not even real guns, but rather props or replicas.
Some movie guns have been changed to make them look more realistic, while others have been altered to fit into the character’s personality.
One example of a fake gun is the one used by James Bond in Dr. No. The gun was actually made out of plastic, but it looked like a real gun and it was very convincing when it shot at the villains.
Other movie guns are modified to fit into the character’s personality and this is what makes them so interesting to watch.
One example of this modification is when John Wayne plays a cowboy in The Wild Bunch.
His gun has been modified so that it looks like a six-gun instead of a rifle. These types of guns are often called “six-guns” because they were designed for this purpose.
Famous Guns In Movies
The following is a list of 10 famous guns in movies. It’s not an exhaustive list.
There are a ton of firearm references that could be made here.
But these are some of the most iconic firearms ever to grace the big screen. If you have any favorites that I missed, feel free to let me know in the comments section below.
Golden Gun – The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
Enjoy a special evening with the legend himself, Sir Roger Moore. The Golden Gun ” The Man With The Golden Gun” , the most deadly weapon in the world!
Sir Roger takes you behind the scenes and shares his personal experiences of shooting one of the greatest Bond films ever made.
Followed by a Q&A with an audience made up of Bond fans and VIPs from around the world. British actor Roger Moore began his career on stage, but is best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in a series of films produced by Eon Productions during the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1973, after a decade as Simon Templar in the long-running television series The Saint, Moore was offered the role of Bond by producer Albert R. Broccoli, who thought he would be a good replacement for Sean Connery.
His first film in the role, Live and Let Die (1973), was a box office hit although its critical reception was less positive; Time Out magazine described his performance as “one-note”.
Subsequent Bond films saw Moore develop the character beyond Connery’s portrayal.
He played Bond in six films between 1974 and 1985, when he retired from the role. All seven films were commercially successful and critically well received.
Motorcycle Minigun – Machete (2013)
I shot this video on the first day of a 3000 mile road trip from Portland, Oregon to San Diego, California. I was riding my Suzuki DRZ400SM and I stopped to fill up in Baker City, Oregon.
While I was there, I saw an ad for something called the ‘World’s Largest Minigun”
The owner of the gun range said he had it displayed in his business which was right next to where I was getting gas. What can I say? I’m an idiot.
In any case, when I pulled in and saw that infamous dull grey shape lying on the back of a flatbed truck, my curiosity got the better of me and I just HAD to find out more.
So, I wandered into the gun shop/mini-mart and met Chris Novak, the proprietor. After some introductions and a little persuasion (he didn’t really want to talk about it at first), he brought out his pride and joy for me to examine more closely.
It’s made by General Electric. It weighs 500 pounds. It fires at 6,000 rounds per minute (rpm).
Its rate of fire is equal to approximately 100 semi-automatic M16s at 800 rpm or two M2s at 1,200 rpm
Holy Shotgun – Constantine (2005)
Constantine tells the story of John Constantine, a man who has literally been to hell and back. When we meet him, he’s a cynical magician/detective hybrid living in contemporary Los Angeles, who uses his occult powers to fight demons and help his friends.
It’s an interesting premise, but one that was short-lived thanks to the film’s high body count.
The movie opens with a weirdly hilarious scene of a bunch of teenage boys getting drunk and taking mushrooms before playing a friendly game of poker in which they make bets about who can stay up the longest without puking.
This is followed by a very quick recap of John Constantine’s origin story (which was actually better in the animated series). Next we meet Chas Kramer (Shia LaBeouf), who is the only one among his friends still alive after the poker game from the beginning.
He runs into Constantine at a bar and begs for help because he saw something really awful during that game.
He won’t say what it was for some reason (maybe because it’s not important or maybe because he doesn’t remember), but instead offers to help Constantine track down his ex-lover, Liv Aberdine (Rachel Weisz).
Gun Leg – Planet Terror (2007)
“Gun Leg” refers to the amputated left leg of Cherry Darling’s (Rose McGowan) that has been replaced with a gun and also serves as her main weapon in the film. The leg is armed with a grenade launcher, a Gatling gun with fire-rate control, and a chainsaw bayonet.
In an interview with director Robert Rodriguez, he stated that he originally wanted to make the character an amputee who wore a prosthetic limb, but later changed his mind when he thought of the “cool idea” of having the fake leg be a gun.
He also states that he got the inspiration for this from his own father, who had lost his arm in World War II, and how on one occasion his father had fired his shotgun into the ceiling after his mother told him off for not helping out around the house.
Planet Terror is a 2007 black comedy action zombie film directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the second installment of the double-feature film, after Sin City (2005).
It tells the story of a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud with a military unit.
The film was released in North America on April 6, 2007 and is available in both R-rated and unrated versions.
Guitar-Case Guns – Desperado (1995)
The song is a fictionalized account of the band’s experiences in Arizona (where they had been living) and their departure to California.
The song was also meant as a tribute to The Rolling Stones, with whom they shared a record label and producer, Jimmy Miller. The song’s title is a reference to the 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”.
Desperado was written by guitarist Slash, who said that his inspiration came from when his then-girlfriend (now wife), peroxided hair rocker Renee Suran, “took her top off and jumped into bed looking like a ’60s slutty biker chick”.
He says he wrote it about her, but “it could be about anybody” (as quoted in Steve Appleford’s book on Guns N’ Roses). Slash says he wrote all the music for the song in about 15 minutes.
The lyrics for Desperado were inspired by Neil Young’s 1972 song Heart of Gold. In an interview with Guitar World magazine in 1993, Slash said that he had never heard Young’s song before writing Desperado, but that his subconscious must have heard it somewhere, because some of the lyrics are identical.
Slash later apologized to Young after learning of the similarity.
Guitar-Case Guns Desperado (1995) Submitted by: _Tony_ on Aug. 14, 2003
Puppet Guns – Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)
The band Puppet Guns was formed in the late 90’s by Robby Blanche and Scott Crouse. They began writing and recording music together in early 1998.
Early on, they were able to put out a few releases through various independent labels.
The first of which was “We Are the Dead” in 2000. In 2003, they signed with Solid State Records and released their first major label album “This is Not a Dream”.
After parting ways with Solid State, they self-released the album entitled, “Losing Control”.
The band then signed with Facedown Records who re-released the album in 2006 as “This Is Not A Dream”.
The band has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe in support of albums and has shared stages with bands such as: Emery, Haste The Day, Zao, Norma Jean, Underoath, As I Lay Dying, Demon Hunter, From Autumn To Ashes and many others.
Noisy Cricket – Men in Black (1997)
Noisy Cricket, also known as Edgar the Bug, is a fictional character from the movie Men in Black (1997) and its sequels Men in Black II (2002) and Men in Black 3 (2012).
Toby Froud was part of the team at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop responsible for the creation of Noisy Cricket. “What I liked about him was his punk attitude,” says producer Walter Parkes.
“He’s this little creature who’s never had to be afraid of anything in his life. He walks around like he owns the place.”
Toby Froud said: “I think he has a very New York sort of attitude, which kind of came into it because we were shooting in New York.”
The name “Noisy Cricket” was suggested by Michael Bacall, an animator who worked with Toby Froud on The Dark Crystal (1982).
“The idea behind Noisy Cricket was that this creature could have been built at any time in history,” said Jim Henson.
“All of our aliens are built to travel around the galaxy. They don’t have hands or legs or anything like that; they’re kind of built to be able to work with things from their planet or whatever.”
The puppet’s eyes are stylized after those of Jim.
Pulse Rifle – Aliens (1986)
The pulse rifle is an energy-based directed energy weapon featured throughout the Aliens film series.
The weapon prop used on set was created by Bapty & Co., a British movie armourer, that crafted weapons for numerous science fiction films, including Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Alien and Aliens.
A nearly identical prop was also used in the James Cameron film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The pulse rifles are used by the Colonial Marines in Aliens, and by the Colonial Navy in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.
The pulse rifle is one of several standard weapons carried by the Colonial Marines in Aliens. It features a sliding stock and fore grip, with a magazine located below the barrel which slides into the hand grip when not in use.
The magazine cover opens when a round is chambered to expose a charger port. The weapon features two display screens located on either side of the receiver.
When powered up these displays show information about remaining rounds and chamber temperature. The display also shows any detected movement within its field of fire and reveals its current tactical target when aimed at something.
The rifle’s power source is a battery pack located above the magazine which slides into the back of the rifle.
Deadly Codpiece – From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
This was one of the most unique costumes I’ve ever created. I wanted to cleverly repurpose the traditional codpiece and make it a functional weapon.
The codpiece itself is made out of foam, carved and sculpted to resemble a scrotum with testicles.
The straps that hold it in place were made from a combination of leather, chainmail, and fabric. In between the two straps are four small holes drilled in each side which allow for the straps to be screwed into place with carriage bolts.
There are two more holes on each side for some elastic lacing that holds everything together. The entire codpiece is then painted with silver and black craft paint, and glued together using epoxy.
The codpiece weapon itself is also covered in silver paint, with an anchor design etched into each end that was done with a dremel tool. For the sheath, I used foam sided by pleather, wrapped it all up in fabric, and added some elastic lacing and straps to tie it all together.
From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 American horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, and Ernest Liu.
The film is about two criminals who escape from prison and race to retrieve cash hidden in a safe at a roadside tavern before the police arrive.
Gristle Gun – eXistenZ (1999)
When David Cronenberg’s 1999 horror/science fiction film “eXistenZ” was released, it received a generally positive reaction. Although the film did not do well at the box office, it has maintained a cult following and several critics have praised its plot and acting.
The film is set in the future where virtual reality games have been created. The player of the game eXistenZ must navigate through various levels of reality while on a quest to reach their final destination.
Trent Reznor (who scored Cronenberg’s previous film, “Crash”) composed the soundtrack for this movie, which also features music by Moby. Though Reznor has said that he was disappointed in his music for the film and does not like it, he did say that he liked his collaboration with Moby on this soundtrack.
Reznor went on to say that he had worked with director David Lynch to produce music for the movie but ultimately rejected it as unsuitable for the film. This was mentioned during an interview with Howard Stern.
He stated that his first choice was always going to be David Bowie but due to scheduling conflicts, Bowie couldn’t work out a time to record it so he used Trent Reznor’s second choice instead, Moby.
Auto 9 – RoboCop (1987)
Auto 9_ is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier, based on the _RoboCop_ comic book series created by writer Frank Miller and artist “Tommy” Tagwerker.
The film stars Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan near the year 2029, it tells the story of a cyborg cop who protects the city from violent criminals with the help of a rookie partner.
It was the first feature film released in the United States to receive a rating for violence (though it was toned down from its original version).
The film received critical acclaim for its satirical treatment of anti-consumerism, deindustrialization, media influence and politics. Verhoeven’s dark humor and satire of American culture and consumerism was criticized for being too over-the-top at times.
At the time of its release it was described as “probably the most violent major studio film ever made”, which led it to being heavily censored in other countries such as Great Britain (where two versions were released), Australia and West Germany.
The British Board of Film Classification refused to classify it. The Auto 9 is a 9mm automatic pistol with an ammunition capacity of 30 rounds.
Sleeve Guns – Equilibrium (2002)
Equilibrium is the debut album by British progressive metal band Sleeve Guns, released on 13 September 2002 through Century Media Records. The album was recorded in the band’s home town of Reading over a period of three months in 2002.
Pre-production and writing for the album began after the completion of a UK tour with American rock band Sevendust in late 2001. Upon returning to their Berkshire studio, bassist and founding member James Anthony would be joined by guitarist Dave Murley and drummer Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood, who had both also featured in Sevendust’s touring lineup as part of the opening act for Sleeve Guns’ set.
“We were just so excited about what we’d done with Sevendust that we wanted to continue to write more material,” Anthony recalls. “We were all really excited about what we had created so we went straight back into writing mode.”
With Anthony having handled most of the songwriting duties during the band’s formative years, Getgood took charge of a vast majority of the music on Equilibrium, drawing inspiration from his love of thrash metal bands such as Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth. “Dave introduced me to a lot of thrash metal – he really turned.
Flesh Gun – Videodrome (1983)
Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg.
Considered to be the first major film of Cronenberg’s “body horror” era, in which his films became notorious for their visceral, disturbing images, the story follows a CEO of a cable TV company who stumbles upon a broadcast of extreme violence and graphic sexuality.
The broadcast causes him to hallucinate and soon develop anterograde amnesia, so that he becomes unable to record new memories. As he attempts to gain information about the show, as well as his own condition, he uncovers layer after layer of conspiracy and deviance.
The film stars James Woods as the protagonist Max Renn and Deborah Harry as his lover Nicki Brand. Peter Dvorsky, Sonja Smits, Lee Richardson and Jim Walker play supporting roles.
Originally produced for television, Videodrome received positive critical reception on its release in theatres, but was not a success at the box office due to its high production budget.
Some critics consider it one of Cronenberg’s best works and it has been named one of the greatest films ever made by publications including The Village Voice and Time Out.
A remake has been announced for release in 2017 with Peter Weller.
Lawgiver Mk. II – Dredd (2012)
Built into the Lawgiver Mk. II is a voice-recognition system that allows the Judges to access Justice databases while on patrol.
This allows them to call up information on warrants, outstanding crimes, and other potential dangers in the area they are patrolling, as well as allowing them to access files on Judges who have gone rogue and any weapons they may be carrying.
The Lawgiver also has an identification system which is activated by voice-print, allowing it to be used only by specific Judges.
The Lawgiver’s ammunition is feed from a large magazine located in the pistol’s handle, which is composed of two halves that can be easily removed for reloading.
In order to reload the weapon, the magazine must be removed from the handle and placed back into its housing; this process takes approximately 10 seconds.
In addition, when not in use, the weapon is usually carried with one of its halves detached from the other half of the magazine.
The Lawgiver Mk II is an almost entirely automated weapon: once loaded and activated (the safety catch on all Judges’ weapons are always active unless overridden) all that is required for it to fire is for it to make contact with its target.
The pistol does not possess a trigger; instead it fires when held.
ZF1 – The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fifth Element, Luc Besson’s futuristic tale of the survival of love and humanity against a background of interplanetary war, is an unusual film. It’s an action movie with a heavy dose of comedy and romance, yet it is played entirely straight.
Bruce Willis gives his most serious performance yet as the ex-Special Forces taxi driver who becomes The Fifth Element: the only being capable of stopping the evil alien force that threatens to destroy all life on Earth.
The story is set in 2207 AD. Mankind has spread throughout the universe and are under attack by a race of aliens known as Mondoshawans. In another era this would be a war for resources, but the aliens have come to eradicate all life from the galaxy.
In desperation, mankind sends a team of warriors to search for The Fifth Element, who alone can destroy the alien threat. These warriors include army commander General Munro (James Fox), scientist Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), spiritual guide Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm), and Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), self-styled media personality whose job is to beam back reports on the progress of mankind’s fightback on Earth.
And so our story begins. This week the guys review a movie from 1997 that really doesn’t need an introduction.
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