Like Michael Scott once said, “What is the most exciting thing that can happen on TV or movies, or in real life? Someone has a gun.” Here are our picks for the top 5 best shootouts in movie history.
5. The Terminator- Police Station Shootout
Arnold shows us what an unstoppable killing machine he is as he attempts to kill Sarah Connor at the local police station. Not even the bad assery of Lance Henriksen can stop Arnold’s rampage but fortunately Michael Biehn is there to rescue her.
4. The Rock- Shower Room
Michael Bay’s magnum opus has one of the most epic shootouts in action movies. The Navy SEAL team led by Michael Biehn is attempting to catch the renegade Marines off guard on Alcatraz Island. Unfortunately for them John C. McGinley brought an unknown tumbler device that warns the Marines of their approach. After a tense standoff one of the Marines dislodges some debris and firefight ensues. The SEALs are slaughtered and it’s up to Nic Cage and Sean Connery to continue the mission by themselves. The music and slow motion are what make this scene so awesome.
3. The Matrix- Lobby Shootout
You know it, you love it, I don’t know what I can add to everything that’s already been said about this scene.
2. Hard Boiled- Tea House
Chow Yun Fat shows us why he’s the god of guns and John Woo shows us why he is an action master with this opening scene from Hard Boiled. Not even five minutes into the movie and there’s an explosion of bullets and bodies as Inspector Tequila attempts to stop a group of arms smugglers. Amazing choreography and things just get bigger and bigger as the movie goes on.
1. Heat- Bank Robbery
We heaped praise on it during the podcast but let me just reiterate that this is argueably the best shootout in movie history. The deafening sound of the guns and lack of music completely immerse you in the scene. Plus you have Val Kilmer, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino all acting like bad asses.