Another Top 10 Movie Shootouts

Written by Alex Slade Action movies and shootouts go hand in hand, and these are the best scenes these gun toting characters can deliver. WatchMojo presents our second list of the Top 10 Movie Shootouts. But which scene will take the top spot on our list? Will it be the shootout at Fenway Park in the Town, the Red Circle club shootout in John Wick, or Travis Bickle's rampage through the brothel in Taxi Driver? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Big thanks to Warriors9576, Rob Welch, Andy Roehl, Andrew A. Dennison, ramonacrawford, carlostorres20101, JGarza22, Mattyhull1, Thomas Clarke, oliver rogers, TimeQueenOfRome, Philip Folta, gamer2424, Alex DeLarge, Jonathan Hurley, partyboy1091, isarge1234, Tools Gav, Mattyhull1, Jonathan Umbach, matthewb627 and Jake Follensbee for suggesting this idea, and to see how WatchMojo users voted, check out the suggest page here: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Movie+Shootouts
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These are crossfires you wouldn’t want to be caught in, but damn are they cool to watch. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Movie Shootouts.


For this list, we’ll be focusing on cool, intense firefights that manage to get our blood pumping. If you didn’t see a film shootout that you thought would be on this list, be sure to check out our first video of the Top 10 Movie Shootouts. Also, since some major characters don’t make it out alive, a spoiler alert is in order.


#10: Leon vs. NYPD

“Léon: The Professional” (1994)


Despite being surrounded by fully trained police, it’s amazing how many Léon manages to kill. Well, he is – ahem – a professional. Thinking they have the edge, four officers go into the room he’s in, but a few gunshots later, the door opens, and four dead officers lay on the floor. No surprise there, but the surprise does come when Léon, hanging upside down from the ceiling, continues to fire at the officers in the hall with two handguns before leaning back up, you know, just casually.


#9: Caught in the Middle

“2 Guns” (2013)



Absolute mayhem is probably the best way to describe this shootout that happens near the end of the film. Stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are perfectly matched as the protagonists, and the film is bolstered by their often humorous interactions. However, they truly shine together when they’re armed with guns. Violent and stylish, the final shootout has three different parties involved, with Denzel and Mark right in the middle of it. Livestock gets in the way, choppers crash into the ground, and vehicles filled with money are blown up. All in a day’s work.


#8: Final Firefight

“True Romance” (1993)


Quentin Tarantino’s wild plots often culminate in epic shootouts and “True Romance” is no exception. What starts as an intense standoff between cops and a film producer’s bodyguards during a drug deal, gets kicked up a notch when mobsters arrive at the scene looking for the said stolen drugs. It all goes pear-shaped when a pot of coffee is thrown in someone’s face. The room is torn to pieces as bullets fly in all directions. Almost everyone is killed, and when we think about it, this is all because an apparition of Elvis came to the main character convincing him to kill his girlfriend’s pimp. Wild plots, remember?


#7: Pub Shootout

“Inglourious Basterds” (2009)


The setup to this brief shootout is what makes it so masterful. It’s a tavern full of patrons, and only two survive - initially. To think it could have all been avoided if Hicox had held his thumb out instead of ring finger when ordering three drinks. This gives his Nazi charade away, and after a lot of groin shooting, everyone in the bar opens fire. It’s just noise and blood from here on out while people are shot in the back and the head with shotguns, handguns, and submachine guns.


#6: Do No Harm

“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)


This scene is so satisfying to watch, and no one even dies in it. It’s an amazing sequence, thanks to the context setup beforehand. With tons of cops outside, the T-800 has to take care of them, although he’s promised not to take innocent lives. Minigun in hand, he takes out multiple vehicles, while cops dive out of the way. He never lets go of the trigger. This is an astonishing feat, as not a single officer gets caught in the crossfire, which is a sharp contrast to what happens in the first film, when the Terminator pretty much kills every cop (xref).


#5: Nightclub Execution

“Collateral” (2004)


Tom Cruise usually doesn’t play the villain, but he just does it so well in this movie. His performance is chilling as the calculating and ruthless hitman, Vincent, with intent on neutralizing five targets in one night. One of the marks is at a nightclub, and at this stage, the cops are onto what’s happening. Caught between the police and the target’s bodyguards, as well as other hitmen, Vincent begins to open fire. He expertly executes anyone in his path while navigating through panicked clubgoers.


#4: Hallway Shootout

“Kick-Ass” (2010)


There’s just something so entertaining about seeing a small child expertly and brutally kill about a dozen men. The hallway makes for an interesting setting, as Hit-Girl needs to get to the other side, while also getting through a bunch of goons. Guns, butterfly knives, and even the bookshelves on either side of her are used to her advantage. She may be a little kid, but she is a superhero; one we wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of. Matthew Vaughn, the director, has a knack for creating stylized and hyper-violent sequences, as seen in another of his films, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” with a shootout set in a church.



#3: Fenway Park Robbery

“The Town” (2010)


The biggest heist yet has the biggest setup and the greatest payoff regarding – well – entertainment for the viewers. A serious police assault on the crew occurs after the robbery get-a-way goes south. The firefight begins in a garage, where a dozen SWAT members open fire on the four-man crew. The way the camera shakes and the uncompressed sounds of the firearms make it a hell of an immersive sequence. It ends on the street, when Jem, one of the robbers, runs out of ammo and is surrounded by police. Not wanting to go to prison, he lets them kill him.


#2: Brothel Bloodbath

“Taxi Driver” (1976)



Watching Travis’ mind unravel is engrossing to watch, and everything that happens in the movie leads to a final assault on a brothel to save Iris. No exaggerated style is needed here, just realism and violence, as Travis guns down a pimp and two others. In the process, he is shot multiple times at close range, but still manages to finish what he’s started. In the end, he’s revered as a hero for saving Iris, when only moments earlier, he attempted to and failed in assassinating a senator, which would have tarnished his name forever.



Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions:



Apartment Raid

“Face/Off” (1997)




Cocaine Factory

“RoboCop” (1987)




Sidewalk Shootout

“Dirty Harry” (1971)





#1: Red Circle Gunfight

“John Wick” (2014)




Combining precision and style with one hell of a body count secures this scene in a nightclub as one of the best shootouts ever made. It’s incredibly graphic, while also portraying a sort of elegance to it, in the way Wick moves and takes out his enemies. With a great club track in the background and the choreography of a martial arts film – only with guns – viewers are left with their mouths agape as body after body hits the ground mere seconds apart. Meanwhile, Wick makes efficient use of the double tap, making sure his opponents don’t have a chance at getting back up.
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