Top 5 Gun Guy Movies: The Best Gun-Action Films

In this episode of TFBTV, James goes over what he thinks are the Top 5 movies from a gun guy’s perspective. James uses input from a poll completed by Patreon supporters in order to make this list. Gun porn need not apply, as all of these movies had positive critical acclaim, and a couple are even Academy Award nominees – you don’t need to watch a bad film to see a good gun movie.

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Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • BobFromPineCreek

    Remember in that one iraqveteran8888 video where they thought the movie Predator was anti-gun because the guns didn’t work against the alien and therefore it cast guns in a bad light? (As opposed to the actual answer, the whole movie is a direct Vietnam parable about going into combat relying on your gadgets against an enemy who uses traps and ambushes and knows the land)

  • Anonymoose

    As soon as I saw MLP in the image, it reminded me of Flandre’s Fluttershy “yay” that he puts in his videos.

    • Major Tom

      I must have missed that part.

      • Anonymoose

        I have lewd pictures of his wife too, courtesy of /k/.

    • I had to reload the page in a Private window to make sure that wasn’t a Yootoob advertising thing.

  • SMH

    No Way of the Gun? Its as good a gun movie as any of these and it has GUN in the title.

    • civilianaf

      Agreed

      Sicario? “Red Impalla on the left.”

      • Jack Clancy

        Can I up vote you a dozen times.

      • will ford

        YA, Sicario

      • I love Sicario as a movie, but as a gun guy movie I’d have a few dings (granted it’s better than 90% of most movies, but that’s not saying a lot):

        -The SWAT sniper at the start with the AR-15 with an MOE grip. Wouldn’t it make more sense for him to have a free float rail?

        -I think just about every Delta Force operator in that movie uses airsoft. I can understand that for safety reasons but some of the weapons do look somewhat fake
        -The continuity error with Del Toro’s MP5 during the ambush scene.

        Don’t get me wrong none of these things ruin the movie and I’ll defend a lot of things from it (Emily Blunt’s character for example) but compared to other picks on the list, I feel fine with it not being on the list.

        • civilianaf

          Just the scene on the bridge, thats the high point.

          • Yeah I’ll agree the bridge scene is brilliant, and if this was a list of Top Five Movie Gunfights I’d want it to be included.

      • CavScout

        One scene? Of mostly like-type guns? Shouldn’t cut it. Or Blackhawk Down would be higher up.

    • CavScout

      What about Top Gun??? After all, it has GUN in the title. 😉

  • Al Wise

    Pretty good choices. Certainly “Heat” belongs.

    • Dougscamo

      Yep, James R. nailed it with Heat!

    • gusto

      anything Michael Mann has done really

      and no Way of The Gun?

  • Gary Kirk

    One of the greatest things about HEAT was, as you said, the sound of the bank heist.. The volume of the gunfire without music was great.. The whole cacophony of war thing.. And the District 9 mention was well worth it..

    • Steve Rothaug

      In a behind the scenes interview, I heard that the sound of the Heat firefight was the actual sound of their blanks with nothing else added. It sounded perfect as-is, echoes and all.

    • Rick O’Shay

      When James mentioned District 9, I scoffed a little. But no, I get his reasoning. It makes sense. Not what I would have picked, but I get it.

      • .45

        Ditto. I wasn’t that excited about District 9, but I gotz to admit it had plenty of interesting boom booms present. He’s got me almost feeling like watching it again, but I think Heat will come first…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    #1 Better be “Aliens” or game over man. Game over.

  • Mike

    Zulu.

    Wonder how Dunkirk will be

    • noob

      Zulu – a miracle courtesy of the .45 short.

      • Mike

        with a bayonet and some guts

  • Robert B. Stanford

    Allow me to submit, in no particular order:
    The Dogs of War (Manville Projector, lol wut.)
    To Live and Die in L.A.(because getting blasted in the face by a shotgun sucks)
    Aliens (M41 Pulse Rifle, AKA a Tommy Gun combined with a Spas-12, get outta’ heah!)
    Goldeneye (so many beautiful wood-stocked AK-74s and AKS-74Us, plus Bond’s still rockin’ his trusty PPK)
    Suicide Squad (Chiappa Rhino, Daniel Defense sexy time, and wrist-mounted Glock 18Cs)
    3000 Miles to Graceland (Slow-mo S&W M29, Beretta M93R, Patriot Pistol, get some! Plus, some nice Mini-14 action)
    And yes, I know some of these are not ‘good’ movies necessarily, but they get my gun gears going.

    • Vhyrus

      The only list suicide squad deserves to be on is one whose title starts out ‘Top _ Worst….’

      • Robert B. Stanford

        I admit I have questionable taste, but that movie had better guns than a lot of the other crap they produce nowadays.

        • Rick O’Shay

          The only decent thing to come out of Suicide Squad was the trailer set to Bohemian Rhapsody. That’s it. That could have been the movie and I would have been happy.

          • AD

            Well, the scene with Deadshot getting multiple consecutive perfect headshots on a steel target, punching a dent deeper and deeper until eventually he shot clean through it, was amusing.

    • noob

      hmm if Frag-12 shotgun shells are all they claim to be, could somebody build an authentic M41 in 10mm auto (with AP rounds) and a spas12 or masterkey under the barrel?

      It wouldn’t hold 99 rounds a magazine, but I never figured out how they fit 100 rounds of 10mm AP caseless in the movie into a volume that small unless the rounds had a stupid short overall length and each “magazine” is actually like a coiled linkless feed system.

  • conrad

    I would have added “Way of the Gun” with Benicio del Toro.

    • wildman0708

      Yup!

      • conrad

        You must have meant “gulp”.

  • Vhyrus

    The third Matrix was better than the second, but I think we can all collectively ignore both of them.

    • Rick Grimes

      The first one was great. One of my favorite movies at the time. I felt like it was over, abd the concept was fully played out so did not watch the next ones. I think I made the right decision.

      • AD

        Well, the second Matrix had two action scenes that I personally loved at the time (Neo vs infinite Agent Smiths ,and a long fight/car chase thing), but other than that there’s not much I would recommend.

        The third one… I don’t remember enjoying any of it really.

  • SPQR9

    Oh, Reeves so does not “get” John Wick.

  • ExMachina1

    “The Larry Vickers diet and exercise program”

    Simply magnificent.

    • scaatylobo

      TRULY made me LOL.
      Not a fan of his ,since ALL his video has to have his face as THE theme.

    • Ken

      I think Taran has gone above and beyond the LVD to the extent that he’s in a class all by himself. : – D

    • Nicks87

      You have no idea how tactical that gut is.

    • mazkact

      Taran Butler diet and excercise program.

  • MadOnionSix

    ” Forces Spéciales ” by Stéphane Rybojad
    Minus the last half hour.

  • Xtorin O’hern
    • TJbrena

      What anime?

      • Xtorin O’hern

        RWBY, not technically an anime because it was produced in the states but many consider it one

  • I would have to add Way of the Gun and Ronin to that list.

    • noob

      Benicio del Toro and Keanu Reeves should do a movie together. Maybe John Wick 3. Clive Owen can be the implacable bad guy for once.

    • James

      Totally agree. Especially way of the gun. One of my all time favorite movies and you get to see Sarah Silverman get smashed in the face hahahaha

  • Stephen Shallberg

    Taxi Driver for suitcase full of guns for sale in NYC – including a Model 29, PPK head-shot of armed robber, S&W Escort .25 mounted on a drawer slide up Travis’s sleeve, the insane shootout to rescue Iris, and of course, “You talkin’ to me?”

    • Big Daddy

      That was the best part of the movie.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      The guy in that scene was an actual gun dealer and those were his guns. He was an old friend of Martin Scorcese and he made a documentary about him called “American Boy”.

      https://youtu.be/o_M8YaozPDE

  • Edeco

    Escape from LA. The gun handling is fantastical, but it’s cohesive as part of a larger composition on the theme of individual liberty.

    • derpmaster

      As much as I love John Carpenter and Kurt Russell, Escape from LA is not exactly a cinematic high point.

      • noob

        so bad it’s good

        • Edeco

          Most people I think don’t reach the end still able to take it seriousely. I’d seen the prequel, EFNY, which was more serious-toned as an impressionable child. And I was still a lad when EFLA came out, frankly had a crush on Snake and was getting frustrated with rules and politics myself, so I was excited, ready to pay attention.

          When I saw the end I understood basically why he did it but was still shocked that even Snake would do such a thing. I was thinking about people on life support dying.

          Later I learned who Che was thus what Cuervo symbolizes. Then read a certain pompous but important book where an electrical guy shuts down the world. This got me to understand Snake’s decision and how clever the movie is to get all that in 2 hours.

          • tiger

            We are overdue for another Snake Pokemon Escape. How about Chicago?

          • Adam Dean

            I don’t think he could escape from Chicago.

          • Edeco

            No, me neither 😉

          • ActionPhysicalMan

            He’s old, but he has his own plane.

          • Edeco

            So much yep! Chicago would be my first choice also. There’ve been rumors of a redo of EFNY which I think is cheesy. Better to have Kurt suit up again; durability fits the character.

        • jonp

          No, Surf Nazi’s Must Die is so bad it’s good much like Evil Dead 2

  • retfed

    Does anyone remember “Joe Kidd,” the Clint Eastwood oater that features a Mauser broomhandle and an 1899 Savage? Damn, I’m old. (I liked it because it wasn’t all Colts and Winchesters.)
    The “Miami Vice” movie. “Sonny Crockett” uses a $6,000 1911 (according to imfdb.org) as part of his UC identity. It doesn’t jam, either. Lots of other interesting guns, too.
    “The Wild Bunch.” Nothing more need be said.
    “Heat.” The best.
    I can’t think of a fifth one right offhand.
    As you may have noticed, I don’t like CGI, parkour, or any other kind of newfangled crap.
    And stay off my lawn.

    • retfed

      Oh! I’ve thought of my fifth movie! You’ve probably never seen it, and it’s a cinematic masterpiece!
      “Hell Ride,” a 2008 biker movie, starring Larry Bishop (Joey Bishop’s son). (Quentin Tarantino allegedly had something to do with it, but I couldn’t find his name on anything. But it’s very Tarantino-esque.)
      It’s got guns, hogs, full frontal nudity and Dennis Hopper! What more could you want?!
      Except for one scene, everybody uses revolvers, and pretty funky-looking ones at that.
      Talk about your plot and your dialogue! The good biker gang (the Victors) is out to avenge a murder that the bad biker gang (the 666ers) committed 32 years ago, on Bicentennial Day! In my favorite scene, the leader of the Victors, Michael Madsen (The Gent) kills five 666ers in about three seconds with his EDC, a nickel-plated Smith & Wesson Schofield! He then turns to the other Victors and says, “Sorry, my finger got stuck.” One of the Victors says, “You ever hear of sharing?” Who can beat dialogue like that?
      And in a special twist (you may want to sit down), the young kid the Victors take on as a striker turns out to be the son of the woman the 666ers set on fire 32 years ago!
      It’s the cinematic experience of a lifetime! Did I mention it has Dennis Hopper? And full frontal nudity? (Not Dennis Hopper.)
      I highly recommend it.

      • Rick O’Shay

        Gonna give a hard pass on Dennis Hopper full frontal nudity….

        • retfed

          No, Dennis Hopper does not do full frontal nudity! The full frontal nudity is all female, I promise!
          This movie is a hoot and a half. The first half hour is really surrealistic and kinda sucks, but it really picks up after that.

          • Rick O’Shay

            I know. I was pulling your leg a bit.

          • retfed

            Good. I thought you were maybe confusing this fantastic movie with “Carried Away,” in which Hopper does in fact do full frontal nudity (in a scene with Amy Irving).
            I may be scarred for life.

          • jonp

            ok, i was gonna bail on that little tidbit too

          • retfed

            Don’t blame you. Amy Irving’s not bad, but . . . Let’s just say I didn’t know what was coming, or I would have left the room.
            I woulda been scarred for life, if I wasn’t already.

          • jonp

            I watched Will Farrell prancing around in underwear. I can take anything

    • Ark

      Miami Vice: Three hours of bullshit topped off by one very good Michael Mann shootout.

      • retfed

        I thought we were talking about gun content. Because if we’re talking bullshit plots, let’s talk about “The Matrix.” Or “John Wick.”
        I didn’t know there was such a thing as a $6,000 1911 until I saw one. And I also liked the scene where Elizabeth Rodriguez tells the hostage-taker how she’s going to put a .223 through his brain stem and kill his body before his brain knows he’s dead, and then she does it.

      • jonp

        Yeah but in the pilot sonny does show up with a Bren Ten and that has got to be worth some points. Hell, Galco even made the now famous Miami Classic holster for the movie. Don Johnson knew guns and wanted to get it right for the series

        • retfed

          That’s the TV series. I’m talking about the movie, and I think Ark is, too.
          Before “Miami Vice,” back when Galco was Jackass Leather in Glenview, Illinois, they developed that holster (I have one I bought in 1977) and called it the SS (Shoulder System) I. Then the holster became a TV star and Jackass Leather (now Galco) decided to cash in. And who can blame them?

          • jonp

            your right, that was the tv show not the movie. We always called it a Double Jackass Rig, heck I still do. I think that Galco modified it for the tv show.however I was thinking of the Bren not the shoulder harness.

    • ActionPhysicalMan

      Joe Kidd is hardly an obscure movie. Almost everyone has seen it.

      • retfed

        Glad to know that. I saw it when it came out and haven’t seen it since. I never see it mentioned in any Clint-a-thons, so I thought maybe it dropped off the face of the earth.
        It’s good to know at least part of the world shares my exquisite taste.

    • gunsandrockets

      Yeah, Joe Kidd had some interesting turn of the century stuff. Very unusual for a Western.

      But I just realized what has to be one of the ultimate movies for Gun Guys, another Clint Eastwood classic, “Unforgiven”

      • retfed

        “You just killed an unarmed man!
        “Well, he shoulda armed himself.”
        Not that’s dialogue!

  • Treiz

    “the larry Vickers diet and exercise program”

    I lost it.

  • ActionPhysicalMan

    Based on how absurd the story line was I had imagined it was the Wachowski siblings at it again. All style and no substance.

    • Veritas

      How is the storyline absurd? It’s one of the greatest movies made for men. Jack Reacher and The Equalizer made for the best timeline in cinema history.

      • ActionPhysicalMan

        Ancient marker medallions, books with all of the world’s assassins it and their transactions in it, assassin hotels, not simply shooting Wick from a distance with rifle, enough assassins to kill tens of thousands of people a year, assassins all knowing each other…. It was a suspension of disbelief thing for me. I found Collateral to be a much more immersive film. Most everything there was in the realm of possibility. The plot was also much thicker.

    • Caledonius Collinsius

      Why on earth would you need any more reason than a dead puppy?

    • Zack mars

      Absurd story line? Its fiction bro.

      • ActionPhysicalMan

        It is not just fiction it is fantasy. Suspension of disbelief is necessary for immersion in the story. We all have different sorts and degrees of tolerance for things that don’t make sense in movies. Unfortunately for me, my tolerance for things that don’t make sense in movies is very low. I’d be a happier person if it wasn’t.

    • AD

      There was a reason, it just wasn’t spelled out.

      He wasn’t killing people because of a dog, he was killing people because he was in pain over the death of his wife, and he didn’t know how to handle it. So when the last reminder of his wife was killed, it gave him an outlet for his pain: to channel it into doing the one thing he knew how to do best.

      The scene where he finally gets the guy who killed the dog? It wasn’t drawn out, there were no one-liners or over-the-top Hollywood deaths. He isn’t even looking at the guy when he shoots him, he was already turning to walk away. Because the truth is, he doesn’t really care. There was no sense of closure for achieving his vengeance: it was an empty act, a distraction from his pain that had run it’s course.

      So what I’m saying is, either John Wick is secretly much deeper than it initially appears to be, or I’m reading way too much into it.

      • ActionPhysicalMan

        My criticism was for the second movie. I enjoyed the first a lot more and agree with your assessment.

        • AD

          Ah, yes, in that case I agree, the second one felt much more shallow to me. I did still enjoy the action though.

          • ActionPhysicalMan

            My most significant complaint, and it is a minor one, is that the bad guys father new John was the best killer in in the world and had already done what he himself thought to be an impossible assassination. If it had been me, I’d have shot a son that obnoxious for him and lived through the movie.

  • DangerousClown

    Fell asleep 30 seconds into the video. Did Desperado make the cut?

    • tiger

      Makes my top 5.

  • will ford

    ALWAYS “HEAT” the best.

    • Rick Grimes

      Favorite movie ever.

  • gunsandrockets

    John Wick? +1! John Wick 2? Eh… -1

    • Rick Grimes

      The second one was WORSE than the first?? Ugh. Action scenes were cool, but damn….couldn’t they have hired a writer or two?

      • gunsandrockets

        I’m afraid the producers of John Wick 2 felt a need to top the action sequences of the earlier film. What that mostly amounted to was a larger bodycount. Ugh. No dramatic tension at all in those long fight sequences. Just a shooting gallery.

        I am not a fan of brainless action movies in general. But when I saw the first John Wick, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked it.

        • Rick Grimes

          I will give it a lot of credit for the action. It is obviously well choreographed….and you can actually see what the hell is going on. Not just shaky cam, fast cuts, and motion blur. Would have been a lot better with more than one page of dialogue though!

          • gunsandrockets

            The gun play and gun handling in John Wick were so much better than the typical spray and pray, cowboys and indians, fantasy fighting of typical action movies.

  • MadMonkey

    25 minutes to list 5 movies?

    • ExMachina1

      Well, to be fair TFB at least listed the movie titles in the YouTube description section to save us the trouble of…uhhh…errr…ok, nevermind.

    • LGM Commando 070

      Kin-Dza-Dza!
      Should be on top of the list and it is not listed at all

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4a9a02c58208bbc715093963b5b7121a4fef719b5788ca683f2662cdfca95b1.jpg

    • nonobaddog

      No kidding – way way too long-winded. I am not watching 25 minutes to hear somebody’s opinion of movies. Hew should just list his little opinion and be done with it.

  • Alan

    TL:DW
    “Winchester 73” or I take my modem and go home.

    • tiger

      Fine choice.

  • gunsandrockets

    I’m glad to see The Terminator make the list. But I would have stopped there, just because the sequels had such terrible flaws. The Terminator alone is good, an good enough.

    But I would have added to the list some other films from the 80’s, no doubt showing my nostalgia.

    Aside from The Terminator, I would add…

    Red Dawn

    Aliens

    Robocop

    Predator

  • LGM Commando 070

    Sicario is good

    • Rogertc1

      Have to watch this!

  • Jim_Macklin

    Most of those movies were done by anti-gun directors, producers and actors and they are spectacular anti-gun propaganda. At best they show the fantasies of the anti-gunners about “bad, evil guns.

    My list of best gun movies.

    Saving Private Ryan

    High Noon [Gary Cooper]

    Quigley Down Under

    Tombstone [Kurt Russel]

    Shane [Alan Ladd]

    The Patriot

    • tiger

      Lose High Noon, for The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

      • Jim_Macklin

        The guns in High Noon were correct. The part of the Quaker pacifist used a gun to save her husband.

        GBU was fun, but the guns were all incorrect. There were NO large caliber cartridge revolvers.
        The Union Army PO camp was the most accurate thing in the movie.

        I have fired a rifle while on the back of a horse, shooting a rope at 200 yards from the back of the horse was silly. It was all Italian/Hollywood.

      • ironked

        I always get a kick out of Tuco, stumbling out of the desert, goes into the general store and proceeds to assemble the pistol he wants from parts of other guns in the case, splits a target in half sideways and uses the gun to rob the owner. Even carries it on a rawhide loop.

  • Filbert

    I laughed when his first gripe was that john wick didnt use a glock, then spent 20 more minutes praising films that dont have glocks in them

  • Filbert

    Much as john wick is one of my favorite action movies put out in recent memory, its not on my short list for being a gun centric movie. Theres no variety.

    Thought the second one dropped the ball though.

  • Rick

    James, The whole 1911 thing you have going on is getting old…Just sayn

  • NukeItFromOrbit

    Umm… can I safely assume the My Little Pony image on the video cover is a joke or is one of them rocking an M60 or something?

  • Joel

    Really great reviews even though Lethal Weapon managed to avoid any mention.
    BTW, keep the M1911 stuff coming.

    • TJbrena

      Lethal Weapon loses out because 3 was trash. I haven’t seen 4 yet,but it can’t be as bad as 3.

      • Mike

        it is

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    “HEAT” is absolutely numero uno…..good choice. “Ronin” definitely deserved to be in the top five…..and you missed “Who Dares Wins” aka “The Final Option” the 1982 film that depicted the SAS assault to free hostages being held at the Iranian embassy in London. That movie was old school, real-world John Wick when Keanu Reeves was only beginning to wear black…to his high school prom. I also fondly recall the 1970 film “The Challenge” with a memorable dual side-by-side Madsen M50 submachine gun….and a great Cold War theme. And who can forget Charlton Heston killing mutants with his S&W Model 76 subgun in the 1971 post-apocalyptic film “The Omega Man” (the precursor to Will Smith in “I Am Legend”). Finally, John Milius’ 1975 film “The Wind and the Lion” showed some serious love for Winchester 1897s as did another Connery movie (with Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro) “The Untouchables” (1987). One other flick worth mentioning: “Apocalypse Now.” The horror….the horror….

    • Walter E. Kurtz

      Missed one: Steve McQueen handling the 30-06 BAR in the 1967 film “The Sand Pebbles”, which won Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography. How could I forget? The horror….the horror

      • De la Hoya

        Uhh, was nominated.
        Won none.

      • mig1nc

        Oh, that was a really good movie. I might have been too young when I saw it, but my parents didn’t really keep tabs on what I watched. Ah, the good old days before helicopter parenting.

      • retfed

        You could have stopped at “Steve McQueen.”

      • tiger

        Perhaps my Favorite McQueen film.

        • demophilus

          The Getaway showed shotguns in a pretty light…

          • retfed

            I was going to mention “The Getaway,” both the original with Steve McQueen, and the remake with Alec Baldwin (remember, we’re talking guns here, not politics).
            But the best Steve McQueen movie was “Bullitt.” How can I say this? Because it’s the best movie ever made.

  • Ark

    Okay, Reeves, you and I need to have a talk about John Wick…but you made up for it with the District 9 pick. What a great movie. I don’t know if I will ever get tired of watching a team of mercs get rekt by an alien mech suit in a favela.

  • Chris Cosby

    I was kinda expecting dirty harry to be on this list somehow. That or Dredd.

    Not a bad list though.

  • SP mclaughlin

    I am quite fond of the arctic SG 552 that Tom Hardy carried in the final sequence of Inception.

  • NeonLoveChicken

    Street Kings! Keanu with a Springfield Operator, Glock, S&W 4506, J Frame, and even a Carl Gustav m45! Am I the only one who saw that movie?

  • .45

    Hey, James, do you play video games? I could see you screaming insults at your ten year old opponents while chugging Mountain Dew.

    Anyway, if that mental image is even remotely accurate, how about a 5 Best Gun Video Games? I’d be curious at your usual controversial pick.

    • .45

      Actually, the more I think about it, I have the makings of such a list myself, complete with a controversial number 4. Should I do a submission? It would have to be text. I don’t have a fancy camera with microphones and such.

  • Brett

    Are westerns out of the question? If not, then The Wild Bunch.

    Also, Anything by Michael Mann.

    Also Battle Los Angeles. Shut up, I like it.

  • idahoguy101

    No Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon?

    • tiger

      A must have top film.

  • Anonymoose

    I love that dude with the pornstache.

  • Mnor

    I’d like to add: Public Enemies. Shootouts in that mobil were fantastic

    • retfed

      “Public Enemies” was an outstanding movie, guns or no guns.
      I liked the part where Melvin Purvis uses a Mannlicher with double-set triggers to kill Pretty Boy Floyd at the beginning of the movie, and Baby Face Nelson gets killed at Little Bohemia. Of course, in real life both Nelson and Floyd were killed after Dillinger was (contrary to every Dillinger movie ever made), Purvis was nowhere near where Floyd was killed, and Baby Face Nelson was fatally wounded in a highway shootout outside Barrington, Illinois, by two FBI agents (who Nelson killed on the scene), and dumped dead in a ditch in Winnetka the next day.
      For a Hollywood movie, it stuck fairly close to the facts regarding Dillinger himself, though (the above notwithstanding).
      I highly recommend it. It’s almost as good as “Hell Ride.”

  • Bob

    c’mon, 25 minutes to tell me? How about just a list of the 5. Time is my most precious commodity.

  • Caledonius Collinsius

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned “Collateral” – probably my favorite gun movie even though there are so few guns shown. Same appeal (same director and technical adviser) as Heat, with Tom Cruise playing a supreme badass.

  • Big Daddy

    “Way of the gun” and “Proof of life”. Both did not have the corny stuff in them.

    • forrest1985

      Both very good gun films imo

    • NoNamesOnTheNet

      Proof of life was a paradigm shift in my entire thought process as a kid. It introduced me to contracting before I even knew contracting ‘would’ even be a thing…

  • schizuki

    OK, they were dumb flicks, but the Mummy movies had lots of cool old guns. Chamelot-Delvignes, Steyr-Solothurn SMGs, Lewis gun…

    • .45

      Seconded. I liked that about them. And loved the part where they first run into the Mummy and Brandon Frazier just screams at it while unloading a firearm into it.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Wanted… Best gun movie ever… yeah… definitely that.

  • koolhed

    Well done. No… EXCELLENT!

  • Paul White

    How is Matrix not more try hard than John Wick? I mean they both were but damn.

  • Paul White

    you failed to include Tremors. You bad bad man.

    • tiger

      Fun, but top Five? Hmmmmmm,..

      • Joel

        Maybe James needs to do a 6 through 10.

    • AD

      Ooh, good one! I love the that they actually show the people who prepare for difficult situations ACTUALLY DOING WELL IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION thanks in part to their preparations.

  • mazkact

    One of my favorites is “Crossfire Trail” staring Tom Sellick. Late 19th century gun tech on full dislplay.

  • Heat, best shootout ever

    • tiger

      Hmmmm…….. No.

    • Rick Grimes

      Heat, best movie ever.

  • mazkact

    It’s not just Robert De Niro who has a 1911 that never jams,Joe Mantegna as Rossi on ‘Criminal Minds’ has one as well.

  • tiger

    My top Five?
    Desperado,

    • Huge movie fan

      Great choices! And yeah, the mummy movies rocked! Guy knows how to pack!

  • Huge movie fan

    Face/off, Troy’s twins, ’nuff said
    For a few dollars more, much more gun oriented than TGTBATU, see Mortimer’s saddle bag.
    Lethal Weapon, it’s practically all about a gun
    The Untouchables, the train station scene
    Tombstone, I’m your huckleberry

  • George

    How can you have left Leon/The Professional off the list?…!

    • AD

      Oh damn! Good call! I love that movie!

  • demophilus

    FREE FIRE (dir. Ben Wheatley, UK, 2016). Mid 70s, Boston MA, IRA gun deal gone wrong during a triple cross, in an abandoned umbrella factory. First rate set armorer, and even better actors. Bloody, gruesome, and funny as sh*t.

  • Adam Dean

    I can’t believe that no body picked “Fury”. One of the best WW2 weapon movies ever.

  • William Taylor

    Nothing by or with Eastwood? None of Tom Selleck’s westerns? No Last of the Mohicans? Unbelievable…….. No G, B & U? No Dirty Harry? Nothing by John Milius? Wind and the Lion? Red Dawn?

  • jonp

    Best video yet, James. I had no idea that a 9mm wouldn’t blow up a Cadillac and a 45ACP was the needed caliber of choice. Great stuff

    Your right on HEAT. It didn’t get the love it deserved. The John Wick movies I especially like for the effort Reeves took to get the gun stuff right. Outlandish maybe but the firearms sequences were at least believable in a movie sense and the epic training video we all watched on youtube showed the dedication he had to make sure it was done correctly

  • PaulWVa

    This guy reminds me of the millennials that think the world started in 2000. The last ten minutes of James Caan’s “THIEF” is a better real gun guy movie than everything he mentions combined. What waste of time this was.

  • Suppressed

    The Accountant was great for guns. The minigun on the hanging mount in the garage was bonkers.

  • Suppressed

    Deadpool could also have been a nominee.

  • Mike

    what caliber does he use? I think it look like a .22 hornet

    • Dougscamo

      In the movie, I agree….in the book it was .22 Magnum….

  • CavScout

    Haha, My Little Pony thing in on youtube pic.

  • RyeOnHam

    “Way of the Gun”
    “Sicario”

  • uisconfruzed

    “Larry Vickers shoot & diet program 🙂

  • Rick Grimes

    That was a long video, and I watched the whole thing. Entertaining!

  • AD

    My list isn’t particularly deep, but a few movies I love as a “gun guy”, in no particular order:

    Shooter, for giving a glimpse into the skill required for true long-range marksmanship.
    Shoot-Em-Up, for doing every damned stupid thing it could think of with a gun.
    The Matrix (the first one), for obvious reasons.
    John Wick, for it’s rare breed of fast smart action.
    John Wick 2, in which Keanu is just plain showing off.
    Equilibrium; yes, the gun katas were unrealistic, but they were fun! Also the last fight.

    Honorable mention goes to Last Action Hero. Love that scene at the end (spoiler warning!): as Benedict pulls the trigger on his Dan Wesson he reacts in surprise to hearing an impotent click. Arnie steps out of cover, one-liner at the ready:
    “Did you make a movie mistake? You forgot to reload the damn gun!”

    Benedict has an almost nostalgic expression on his face as he answers:
    “No Jack, I just left left one chamber empty. I shall miss you.”

    One of the very few times (other than Russian Roulette scenes) where the idiosyncrasies of a revolver’s operating system were central the the scene, and very clever I thought in context of the whole “spoof on action movies” theme that was central to the whole film.

  • Phillip Cooper

    Apparently “The Matrix” is on the list.

    They lose all credibility then.

    Sorry, not sorry- not interested in anything the Wachowskit Trannies are involved in.

  • alex archuleta

    In no particular order-
    Collateral,
    Special forces (French film)
    13 hours the secret soldiers of Benghazi,
    Way of the gun,
    The professional