Many of you who have read my lists know that I have a weakness for certain types of films. Science Fiction films and Mysteries from the UK, Kung Fu Classics and older Samurai films top the list. Also, though I am what you might call the typical, stereotypical Guy, who likes a good action flick with a lot of guns. Nothing beats a good shoot-out to let off some excess steam. Diving bodies and flying bullets just makes me smile sometimes, weird huh? There are certain things that make one shoot out more appealing than another, and I am not just talking about number of bullets fired, or amount, and quality of snappy one-liners spoken before kill shots. Fight choreography is extremely important to a good shoot out, as is authenticity of weapons and trajectories as well as realism in the action itself. You know, like somebody running backwards firing two 45 handguns, one in each hand, is not going to be able to put a bullet between an enemies eyes on purpose, at least, no matter how good they are. Below is my list of the best and most well-crafted gunfight scenes of modern film. They are taken from my own viewing experience, as well as some Internet research and discussions with like-minded fellow watchers to a lesser extent. Let me know what you think.

#10 – Final Shootout – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)

Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

This is the classic spaghetti western that made Clint Eastwood so famous. In this scene he meets in a final showdown with the two other main characters all trying to get to the same “prize”. What makes this so great is the moments of tension before the battle that epitomizes the western gunfight.

#9 – Omaha Beach Opening Scene – Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore

This is not what I would classify as a typical gunfight, being that it is more of a battle, as in war. This is the famous opening scene when the US lands on Omaha beach to make their attack during WWII. The reason I included it on this list is primarily because of the realism and accuracy of the shooting. They took great care in the recreation, including the sound of the bullets which, as they would in reality, make only a hiss and splat at the end because the sound of the gun would be lost as it is too far away. This is a scary scene because it seems so real.

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  • Borotroth

    Expected to see the bar shootout scene from Desperado on a list like this ^^