I want to open this post by saying that violence is not the answer to your problems. Movie gunfights are incredible spectacles and in my opinion an art form. That does not mean that this is the way we should deal with things in real life.
That being said, I love a good action movie. I grew up watching Sly and Ahnuld in all those great 1980’s action films. Here are my top five gunfight sequences of all times. I know a lot of people will disagree with my choices because there are so many great gunfights in the movies.
#5 – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Technically, this is not a gunfight but it was such awesome movie making that it still gets into my top five. Who but Indiana Jones would do such a thing?
#4 – Tombstone (1996)
This meticulous recreation of the shoot out includes some amazing choreography. It was shot in one take, which makes it all the more impressive. For my money, it is the best shootout of any Western film, and when Doc whips out his double-action revolvers you know it is “your daisy if you do.”
#3 – Boondock Saints (1999) Boondock Saints II (2009)
This film features some of the best shootouts of recent years. Because the first film featured language that I will not reproduce here on my blog, I will not provide a link to it even though the best shootout of the series occurs in that film. Instead, I will provide the final sequence of “Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”.
#2 – The Matrix (1999)
Over a decade a go, “The Matrix” changed action films forever. Before this movie, action films were straight forward affairs. The effects are used some commonly today that we forget that before “The Matrix” no one imagined fight scenes this way.
#1 – Equilibrium (2002)
This relatively unknown cult classic features Christian Bale as Grammaton Cleric First Class John Preston. The movie was made on a budget smaller than Keanu Reeves’ salary for “The Matrix” and in my opinion is on par with it.
What makes this scene so great is the choreography and the way the action flows. Who would have thought of forming a martial art around guns and then to create a close-quarters battle with it?