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50 Best Movie Shoot-Outs

Wanted (2008)

The Shoot-Out: Assassin Fox (Angelina Jolie) arrives at a convenience store to protect Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) from rogue hitman Cross (Thomas Kretschmann).

The Weapons: Fox has an engraved Safari Arms Matchmaster and a CornerShot that can shoot around corners thanks to a video monitor.

Coolest Kill: None. These guys are so well matched neither can slay the other.

Die Hard 2 (1990)

The Shoot-Out: After a SWAT team is murdered by gun-toting henchmen, it's up to John McClane (Bruce Willis) to defend the Annex Skywalk.

The Weapons: McClane carries a Beretta 92FS (a popular choice in this list) while the villains use Glocks and Heckler & Koch submachine guns.

Coolest Kill: McClane bursts out of an air vent to pump O'Reilly (Robert Patrick) full of holes.

Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

The Shoot-Out: The Barrow Gang is ambushed at the Platte City motor court and have to blast their way out.

The Weapons: A 'what's what' of 1930s firepower, including Thompson submachine guns and Colt New Service revolvers.

Coolest Kill: Buck Barrow (Gene Hackman) is finished off the following morning.

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

The Shoot-Out: Reformed assassin Martin Blank (John Cusack) has decided not to kill his latest hit, coincidentally his ex’s father, but he still has to see off rival Grocer (Dan Aykroyd).

The Weapons: Blank didn’t get to the top of his professional using any old gun. He’s a Glock 17 man. Grocer opts for Colt Mustangs.

Coolest Kill: Out of bullets, Blank finishes Grocer off with a television set.

Face/Off (1997)

The Shoot-Out: Castor Troy disguised as Sean Archer (John Travolta) raids his old safe-house in an attempt to kill Sean Archer disguised as Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). Confused yet?

The Weapons: Extensive, although the main protagonists are true to each other's gun, Troy using Archer's SIG-Sauer P226 and Archer using Troy's gold-plated Springfield M1911-A1s.

Coolest Kill: Troy mortally wounds his old pal Dietrich Hassler (Nick Cassavetes) and enjoys it.

Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)

The Shoot-Out: Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) discover that the Bolivians take dealing with outlaws very seriously.

The Weapons: These guys are old-school. It’s gotta be a Colt Single Action Army for both.

Coolest Kill: The one we never see. Butch and Sundance, preserved forever by freeze-frame.

True Romance (1993)

The Shoot-Out: A drug deal gone wrong brings cops and gangsters into a volatile Mexican standoff.

The Weapons: We’d be here all day listing them.

Coolest Kill: “I need an ambulance,” says bad guy Boris (Eric Allan Kramer). “I’ll call you a hearse,” retorts cop Nicky Dimes (Chris Penn).

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

The Shoot-Out: Diamond Dog’s (Frank Harper) gang arrive to rob an apartment of yuppie drug dealers.

The Weapons: An air rifle... vs a Bren gun.

Coolest Kill: Mickey (Ronnie Fox) is shot with his own Bren gun by a stoner nobody has noticed.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

The Shoot-Out: Officers Bud White (Russell Crowe) and Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) realise they’ve been lured into an ambush by corrupt boss Dudley Smith (James Cromwell).

The Weapons: Colt Detective Specials, but since Dudley’s the boss he gets a Smith & Wesson Model 15.

Coolest Kill: Exley stops being a politician and starts being a policeman...by shooting Smith in the back.

Bugsy Malone (1976)

The Shoot-Out: Bugsy (Scott Baio) and pals are ambushed by Dandy Dan (Martin Lev) at Fat Sam’s bar, but it's nothing that can't be sorted out with a little song and dance.

The Weapons: Splurge guns! They don’t use bullets, you know.

Coolest Kill: Frankly, they’d all be dead, but these guns are loaded with nothing worse than custard.