What’s the Best Movie Shootout?

Are you partial to ultra-cool shootouts like the set-destroying gunplay in The Matrix? Would you select something from the exotic filmography of John Woo? Are you a pure classicist, going for sturdy fare like High Noon? Would you make the somewhat irreverent choice (as I would) and pick The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—which is really more about the anticipation of the shootout than the actual bullets flying?

If you thought Movie Irv would have chosen any of the above, you’d be wrong. Watch and find out his choice:

You don’t want to shoot from the hip on this one. Consider your choice carefully…then fire away below.


  • Tito Pannaggi

    For me is the shootout of “Butch Cassidy And the Sundance Kid” (1969) the best or maybe “Bonnie And Clyde” (1967). “The Wild Bunch” (1969) was too much. I never seen the whole film again because of its violent ending but i LOVED Movie Irv’s argument. He is a real cinephile. I wish there was more like him around.

  • Jerseyjoe

    I’m not into gore so “Bonnie and Clyde” & The Wild Bunch” are out for me. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is number 1 for me. It still has humor yet you know what lays ahead but it isn’t something you must see to have in your minds eye.

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  • Frankenshep

    Mine is indeed a Peckinpah, but it’s RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (1962). Scott and McCrea are absolutely magnificent. The code of honor between the two men is tested, but ultimately prevails in the heroic shootout finale all the way through the firing of the last bullet. And if you don’t get a lump in your throat during the final death scene that parts the old friends, then your heart is truly made of stone.

    • Jszostaksr

      Frankenshep: YES!!!  Extremely well said.


  • John George

    Call me a sappy sentamentalist if you will, but I think the shoot out between Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck at the conclusion of DUEL IN THE SUN is the grand-daddy of them all!

  • Kentgravett

    I agree that Ride The High Country brings that lump in the throat as much for,as an audience member, realizing that those two icons are on their last fight. It brings memories and sadness with a very quick battle. However, for recent times the Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner TV film, Open Range has a great one. It is lengthy, involving many turns and pauses and the eventual involvment of the whole town. Probably one of the longest on film with character evolution as well as action.

  • Wayne P.

    Its hard to argue with any of the picks so far…The Wild Bunch is right up there, as is My Darling Clementine, which is my personal fave, because I like the way the ‘good guys’ at the OK Corral waited for the stagecoach to come by and kick up some dust before making their move on the baddies.  Its good to see everyone going with westerns so far, except for Bonnie & Clyde. 

    George… do you think Ben Johnson could be considered one of, if not perhaps, the best stunt men of all time (Burt Reynolds notwithstanding)?  He was in the WB and, of course, a lot of the great Ford/Duke Wayne pics.  Hes also credited with that great fall off the horse in The Alamo…as well as a highly entertaining fight with Alan Ladd in Shane, which helped change his whole view of the homesteader vs. rustler battle at the heart of the story…he’s very under-rated actor, if you please, and thanks again for another superb topic!  😉

    • Shadow0109

      I love Ben Johnson, but Yakima Canutt has to be the greatest stunt man ever. He did the stunts on the stagecoach in STAGECOACH. Sliding under it and catching the rear axle and climbing back on the coach, jumping down from the boot onto the horses and jumping from one pair to the next to get to the lead horses! Wow! Also he coordinated if did not actually do the chariot race in “Ben Hur”.

  • Jasonrfleming

    Peckinpah is definitely a genius. The Wild Bunch is my favorite western. For a more modern example I’d suggest Heat the shootout in the streets of L.A. is one of the best. There’s an indonesian film called The Raid which has to be seen to be believed.

  • Brian

    Rio Bravo(1959)

  • OZ ROB

    From the Gangster Genre the most Explosive Shootout would have to go to James Cagney and his demise at the end of White Heat…

  • Blair Kramer

    The shoot-out that opened every episode of the TV show called GUNSMOKE in the early 60’s…  Definitely!

  • Brygolf

    what about my darling clementine with  henry fonda and walter brennan

  • Spencer

    Shane.  It was tense.

    • Blackr423

      I always loved when the dog got up and left the saloon.

  • Kathy

    I loved the shootout between Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson in Once Upon a Time in the West.  That music made it awesome.

  • bonaparte3

    I’ve got to admit it’s hard to argue with Movie Irv on the final shootout in “The Wild Bunch,” but I think I’d also give honorable mention to the shootout in “Open Range.”

    • rufnek

      I liked the Open Range shoot-out better. More realistic. With all of Holden’s lip service to “side the man you ride with” I never bought into the motivation for the big shootout in The Wild Bunch. In real life, bandits and killers look out for No. 1 and don’t give a damn for anyone else. In Open Range, however, the shooters all had something to protect or to gain–they all had expectatons of survival. The Wild Bunch shoot-out was suicidal.

      • Jasonrfleming

        Of course the final shootout was suicidal that’s the point they had reached the end of the line. The Wild Bunch is about the death of the west. At the end when they all say ” Why not” its like saying what’s the point. Holden and the rest realize time has passed them by they have no place in the modern world.

  • Nicklowe1971

    Michael Mann’s “Heat” was the only one I have ever seen that deserved to be mentioned in the same breath as “The Wild Bunch.”

    • Sam

       I agree.  Mann put’s you in the shoes of Pacino, Kilmer and De Niro with the POV perspective.

  • Maxman

    Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo in ‘Tombstone’.

    • Shadow0109

      Oh I forgot that one. Great scene.

  • Brenda

    Definitely “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with Paul Newman & Robert Redford.

  • Gocorky

    High Noon.

  • Jimbo

    John Wayne in the last scene of his last movie, The Shootist.

    • Emily

      I agree. High Noon is my second favorite.

  • Danpupo10151

    Undoubtedly High Noon, followed by Shane

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Trotman/1405848618 Gary Trotman

    When William Holden gets his hands on the spandau , watch out.

  • Mickey

    Most of these shootouts are westerns, but that shootout in the train station with the baby carriage, made the Untouchables a “stand out”!

  • Guest

    The best movie shootout is the final scene at Sad Hill Cemetary when “The Clint”, Lee van Cleef and Eli Wallach have the Duel (or “triel”, as they are not two but three)

  • Crbarclift

    The Wild Bunch, without question, that’s never been topped.  My personal runner-up would be the practically prone shoot-out between Paul Newman and Richard Boone in Hombre.  The both just lay there firing away at each other.  Off topic but from the same film, Boone has one of my favorite lines of all time when he addresses Newman: “Mister, you’ve got some hard bark on you.”

  • Doc Dion

    The Outlaw Josey Wales was saturated with the what is is going to happen next scenes. The entire movie gave the viewer over and over great shootouts. The film drew viewers in as though they were doing the shooting. “Just don’t stand there … draw”.

  • Jarod

    Without a doubt it was High Noon. The entire movie leads up to a spectacular shoot out. You just can’t compare any movie to it as far as tension is concerned. One man against a gang of ruthless killers and no-one to help him in his hour of need. And the musical score….well the best there ever was to set the tone of a movie. I guess that’s why this is my all time favourite movie! Not to forget the exciting twist at the very end when it’s all down to the last two.

    • R-higginbotham

      Thank you. I agree. I don’t need blood spurting out al over the place to place High Noon at the top of the list.

  • Rob in L.A.

    “The Wild Bunch,” I agree.

  • Doddfrancis

    “heat ”  1995  a classic….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CGRLUPNLT6P3VWL42P2VG2I22I hockeyguy 08

    I like 3 in particular, The Wild Bunch, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Magnificent Seven are all good if slightly styled different. 

    • Riogarhed

      I am always moved–sucker partly to the stirring score–as the two saddle pals Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott stride in sync and forthrightly to the three scumbags, already forcing a gulp of consternation from Warren Oates, at the end of “Ride the High Country.” I am moved even though so much of it ought to be cornball-laughable. I think the committed character (in both senses) of the lead actors compel a respect from Oates, and us. I have often wondered if Peckinpah’s frontal shot from below of the two heroes has a deliberate asymmetry: There is so much symmetry–again, you might laugh, yet you are held by it–it is as if Peckinpah arranged it so McCrea looks taller and more massive than Scott just to break the picture up a bit. The shootout itself is brief. McCrea’s lament of three bullets “all in the same spot,” Scott’s almost wordless solicitude are poetry. 

  • Gthomson

    I think Vera Cruz needs to be on the list. A whole movie that is simply a lead-up to a shootout between Lancaster and Cooper

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

    Yup, it’s “High Noon.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PODTFFPVEUXYHXVGNS5G5FWKGI DIRK

    I will humbly submit a mention here of RESEVOIR DOGS (gore, for sure but for the Most Unlikely person being the Cop, it was a Big Surprise, c’mon!!!!  There was a reason the film was told out of order).

    • frillbot

      Poor Marvin Nash, followed moments later by the untimely demise of Mr. Blond…..as he stumbles toward the back of the warehouse thanks to a surprise I won’t give away…in case you’ve never seen this great film.

  • Joeyfive

    all are great choices i would add the shootout in western union with randolph scott and robert young against the bad guys not to mention gunfight at the ok corral

  • Blackr423

    The shoot-out between William Muny and everbody including Little Bill in “Unforgiven”.

  • tim ed kenneally

    my favorite shoot-out is between charles bronson and henry fonda in “once upon a time in the west” only at the point of dying do we the audience learn the secret of why bronson is after fonda. the background music by morricone is most excellant, the tight close-ups by leone are legendary and the look on fonda’s face after he is shot is a mixture of disbelief and amazement

  • Joe_m_31069

    The Long Riders

  • lfgbear

    I submit 3 – Antonio Banderas as El Mariachi in Desperado #1 The “Looking for Bucho” bar shootout, #2 from the same movie the”Together Again…Let’s Play” showdown. 
    The carrot chomping Clive Owen in Shoot ‘Em Up #3 delivering a baby and saving it from 50 gun toting Bad Guys

  • Bill

    I would have to put Heat first, then Butch Cassidy  and The Sundance Kid, honorable mention goes to Bonnie and Clyde then the toll booth scene in the Godfather when James Caan meets his demise.

    • carterce

      Bill, I wouldn’t call the scene at the tool booth on the causeway with Sonny Corleone a ‘Shoot Out’ as far as shoot outs go. I was more a ‘Turkey Shoot’ since he was set up for ambush, didn’t produce a firearm in his own defense or shoot back at his killers. “Shoot Out”??  I don’t think so.

      • Wayne P.

        So true…speaking of turkey shoots…Gary Cooper does a pretty fine job of that using Germans instead of birds in “Sergeant York.”  It may just qualify as a decent shootout!

  • Geneva P.

    Magnificent 7, Outlaw Josey Wales and the OK Corral gunfight with Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday.

    • Rappa_n

      The older film of ok corral was better.With Kirk Douglas,Burt Lanchanser

  • Usasylum

    I would vote for Open Range with Duvall and Costner.

  • rufnek

    My favorite shoot-out is when Wayne takes on the outlaw brothers in Stage Coach. I like it because it mostly occurs offscreen–you see Wayne’s opening shot as he drops to the ground with his rifle and then the scene switches to the barroom with sounds of shooting in the background, followed by silence until the last brother standing comes through the swinging doors. What’s great about that shoot-out is that the director has the guts to let the audience imagine it in their minds–I can imagine better than Hollywood can portray, so I like it when a director treats his audience like grown-ups without having to show every detail of a shoot-out.

    On the other hand, I appreciate realism over gore, so I like every shoot-out involving Lee Marvin. Marvin is the only actor I’ve ever seen who always looked like he’s really carrying a weapon instead of a prop. Thought maybe it was his Marine experience, but I read somewhere once that on every set, Marvin would work on how he handled a pistol or rifle. As for the realism of a wild west shoot-out, watch him in the dramatic climax of the Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. That’s how the real killers in the old west behaved–never give the opponent an even break.

    Another good example of wild west realism is when Jack Palance murders Elisha Cook on the main street in Shane. The later shoot-out between between Alan Ladd and Palance is one of the most dramatic ever, although for realistic violence nothing can match the fist-fight between Ladd and Van Heflin in that same film. Always wondered how they got such great performances from the horses and cattle that acted so fearful of the violence so close to them, as animals will do in real life. Read somewhere that was achieved by a man wearing a bear suit standing just outside camera range but within sight of the livestock, which reacted in fear of a perceived threat.

    Another example of the real thing in a movie was Glenn Ford’s fast draw. He really was one of the fastest draws among Hollywood actors (also one of the best horse-riders). The fastest gun of them all back then, however, was Sammy Davis Jr.–he really won fast-draw competitions but never got to demonstrate it on screen except maybe the one episode of The Rifleman TV series.

    • GeorgeDAllen

      A terrific appreciation! I enjoyed your focus on the sound element in the beginning.

      Your comment about “not showing every detail” of a shoot-out brought to my mind the great bit from the (terrific) movie “Three Kings,” where George Clooney gets to explain just what makes a gunshot so grotesque. Here’s the bit:

      Kudos to David O. Russell for creatively taking the glamour out of gunfire, if only for a few moments. Also, I think, this is in keeping with what you say about a director treating his audience like grownups–showing them something more of “the real thing.”

    • Wayne P.

      Lee Marvin is pretty good, in a losing cause also, for his role in “Seven Men from Now.”  A classic Budd Boetticher western.  The final duel with Randolph Scott over the booty chest is awesome, especially since Scott is not 100% (a bad leg or arm; dont remember). Who ever had to be as long as theyre not the bad guy, back in the day!?

  • CoughlinTh

    “Duel in the Sun”

  • Deipper

    True Romance.

  • Rappa_n

    Gun fight at the ok carool

  • Qazadoo

    Classic…High Noon…Modern…The Replacement Killers

  • Bill

    Kirk Douglas and Burt Langcaster in Gunfight at OK Corral.

  • R. Mcgraw

    Duel in The Sun, with Greg Peck & Jennifer Jones.
    R. McGraw

  • mrbadhabits

    The Unforgiven.  The final shootout in the bar confirms what we learned from earlier in the movie:  it’s not how many or how fast are the guns involved, William Muny was in fact the most cold-blooded killer that ever lived, and we all got it comin’.  All the blood spurting, dynamite throwing, machine gun shooting scenes are great special effects but nothing matches the look in Clint’s eyes when he says he’s killed fwomen and children and just about everything that walks or crawls.  BAAD.

    • GeorgeDAllen

      My own favorite line from that sequence in “Unforgiven” also comes from Clint:

      “Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.”

  • tunaman62

    Open Range

  • Daisy

    Raiders of the Lost Ark – Indiana Jones vs the black-clad guy in the marketplace

  • Jim

    Shane is always number 1. Alsoh henry fonda my darling clemitine with walter brennan victor jory and ward bond. and Linda darnell as docs love interest. Grear AAAAA+++++

    • hiram

      Victor Jory?  Too bad the only thing histrorically true about the film is that Doc had tuberculosis.

  • Roger Lynn

    gunfight at the OK corral

  • smoky

    I stand with usasylum and tunaman62, the shootout at the end of Open Range is the best. Love the Wild Bunch and Magnificent Seven, but Open Range stands above them. As for a war movie shoot out it has to be the battle for the bridge in Saving Private Ryan.

  • Mary

    I agree with John Woo about The Wild Bunch, but the gun battle at the end of John Ford’s My Darling Clementine (1946) is also brilliant both in terms of visuals and sound.

  • GoFaster58

    All of these are great shootouts but one of my favorites is Ride The High Country with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea.

  • Linda

    You can’t beat the music to build up to High Noon, if you hear it you can picture the walk down the street.

    • Bruce Reber

      Courtesy of the great composer Dimitri Tiomkin!

  • Mgaffney48

    The Wild Bunch, FYI it’s a water cooled .30 cal. Browning Machine gun. NOT a Gatling gun. Magnificent Seven, My Darling Clementine,

  • Cato

    My roommate in college had  a “Violence in Film” class (is that great or what?) and I bought the ticket just to see the movies (did not take the class).  We saw The Wild Bunch on a Friday night with the rest of the class.  It was probably a self-selecting group, 90% male, but that one scene where William Holden spares that woman in the room, turns his back on her and she shoot him – he shouts “BITCH!” and gives her both barrels – the entire audience erupted with a standing ovation.

    I have seen plenty of shootouts, many good ones, but none as viseral as this.  I had it picked out even before I saw the video.  The best.

  • Evrrdy1

    I think the best movie shootout was in the film, “Heat” with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.  Realistic, intense, and well orchestrated.  I don’t remember hearing any soundtrack music, which, if I’m correct, lent more realism and intensity to the confrontation between the police, led by Pacino, and the robbers, led by DeNiro.  Do you agree?


    enjoyed all the mentioned shootouts but no one mentioned SILVERADO.

    • Wayne P.

      You just beat me to Silverado, but also am not sure anyones mentioned The Quick and the Dead yet, either!   That movie’s nothing if not about a well-staged shootout contest…but Silverado has the exceptional quality of having multiple 1-on-1 duels going on at the same time and switching back and forth, which adds to the suspense IMHO.

  • Gus

    The Wid Bunch!

  • Maxfabien

    The climactic shootout at the end of “True Romance”.

  • Puppalumpa

    I agree with most of the choices. The sound work in “Road to Perdition” is amazing for the guns used. The “hit” that Tom Hanks does to Paul Newman and gang is amazing and almost silent!

  • Silvertungd1

    Could be either one of the shootouts in 3000 Miles to Graceland.  Costner was awesome in that role!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=721613574 Dolf DeRovira Jr.

    Easy Open Range or Heat

  • Jschaefer19

    High Noon!

  • Jerry

    I am not sure that this shoot out would qualify, but when I think of shoot outs that stick in my mind, It was the final shoot out in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

  • director101

    I love the opening scene of “The Killers” for it’s ballet-like qualities;  the climatic gunfight of “Open Range” due to its realism; and the showdown with Jack Palance and Alan Ladd in “Shane,” because it’s beautifully cathartic. 

  • Czechules

    The opening scene of Hard Boiled (John Woo). When Chow-Yun Fat is sliding down the banister, guns a-blazing – non-stop action! But there are so many others, it’s very hard to pick a favorite. I like all the suggestions!

  • Bowdenj

    High Noon and Shane!

  • TF

    Another Sam Peckinpah movie: The 1975 version of The Killer Elite.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OC6SKJLQDZEY674X7VRYBWH6AI Tom

    When I think of a movie ” Shootout “, I think Western.  Many, if not most, Western shootouts are made up of two shooters; white hat good guy and dark hat bad guy.  In “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”  there are three shooters, none of which are really good guys.  The set-up of the three shooters, in a graveyard, no less  and the close-ups of each shooter’s face, eyes and “gun hand” is ultimate suspense.  You instinctively know that Clint Eastwood will come out on top, but will he ?  The third shooter in the mix, adds the element of “Murphey’s Law” to the scene.

  • Jshowen

    Open Range . It’s the only & obvious choice !

  • Ptemple62


    Definitely Duel in the Sun – they practically shoot each other to pieces and then kiss goodbye!  Don’t  ever see that arrangement anymore!!!

  • hiram

    I think Western, too, and I don’t see how Costner and Duvall going up after Gambon and his boys can be topped except by the finish of The Wild Bunch.  For historical accuracy, the shootouts in the vacant lot next to Fly’s photography studio (not at the OK Corral) in Tombstone and Wyatt Earp top the ones in Frontier Marshal (Earp alone!), My Darling Clementine (no McLaury brothers, and a real dead Old Man Clanton left fictitiously alive to mourn his kids while a real Doc who survived gets killed , and Gunfight at the OK Corral (a ludicrous eight minutes, with three wounded in the Earp party and seven dead in the Clanton).  One-on-one I might consider rifles in the rocks in Winchester 73..

  • Orsh549

    Spaghetti Westerns in my opinion had the best shootouts ever example:  MY NAME IS NOBODY  Henry Fonda in shootout at beginning of movie directed by Leone, Henry Fonda taking on the Wild Bunch near end of movie Classic. There are many more from this genre. MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, SHANE, HIGH NOON, and TOMBSTONE  are also among my favorites.

  • victor0630

    Open range was great and the ending of Pale Rider was super also.

  • watthyer

    Irv gets this one right. The Wild Bunch set the standard.  I doubt it will ever be raised.  Some of the movies mentioned have met that standard, though.  I’m real glad to see so many people appreciating Open Range.  They even went to the trouble of having the different weapons use their own unique sound.  I’m not too sure if that had been done before.  What a great film.  Speaking of sound, I’m so glad to see people mentioning Road To Perdition.  Another fantastic film.
    Shane, The Matrix, and Heat are all some of my favorites.
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid has a pretty good shoot out or two, and Bonnie and Clyde as well.
    I think Taxi Driver deserves mention, too.

  • Netherlandj

    No contest on this one – although not technically a shootout – Silverado.  Nobody dies like Brian Dennehy!!  That scene will stay will me forever…..

  • OldLobo

    Irv has got it right! No other shootout on the silverscreen can ever compare with the Wild Bunch! (in any of the shootouts) McGaffeny is right also! The MG was a 1917 water cooled Browning, but where is the watercan? And where did Borgnine get those ‘pineapple” grenades?  Another question! How did Strother Martin come to be using a 1903A3 Springfield? That model was manufactured in WW2!   But I still think the WIld Bunch was the best!

  • nooneyboy

    the best movie shootout is in the 2006 movie”rapid fire”.a true story of a bank robbery gone bad.it happend in 1980 in Narco califonia.

  • GrizzlyIX

    As opposed to so much ‘spray & pray’, ala John Woo & Matrix type flics, some of the GREATEST SHOOTING comes from Tom Selleck’s ‘Quigley Down Under’, in which his custom Sharpe’s long rifle should have won an Oscar itself! ! ! !

  • Ultrakaz

    Magnificent Seven of course!

  • Psychotron

    The shootout at the end of “Open Range” has to be included as one of the best.  It shows that you don’t always hit what you shoot at like some action movies.

  • Allanrams99

    The climax of The Wild Bunch (1969). A great shoot out to a great movie.  Lets pray that it never falls victim to Remakemania!

  • Flipgbm

    If you’re reading this and haven’t yet seen John Woo’s “Hard-Boiled”, a direct descendant of the “Wild Bunch”, you should treat yourself to it’s beautiful mayhem, as in the famous hospital shootout, among others, and then re-consider your list. 

  • Jeacoacha

    stage coach with john wayne

  • Plh136535

    the opening scene of Once upon a time in the west

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OTNWYGESFE535DRONTENX4PMZM MichaelC

    I have to agree with The Wild Bunch final shoot out.  Though I have become a big fan of the Open Range shoot out too.  And then there’s the Reservoir Dogs shoot out.  And then there’s The Shootist and then …  

  • Ann

    End of Open Range for Cowboys
    End of Bataan for War Movies

    • Butch Knouse

      Amen on end of Bataan.

  • rocman

    Wow, great responses. For westerns one has to think of the opening and closing sequences of SP’s “Wild Bunch”, the “Long Riders”, “Tombstone” , and the “Magnificent Seven” plus “Butch and Sundance”. All Eastwood revenge films. Contemporary, “The Professional”, and a foreign entry called “The Nest”. 
    How about “Blackhawk Down”? A compelling walking, running shootout over the course of about 2 hours that includes the heroism of eventual posthumous MOH recipients Shugart and Gordon as they shot it out with hundreds of Somali’s in an effort to save pilot Durant’s life(which they did).  

    • Geneva P.


  • Freton13

    Open Range. can’t beat it.

  • Tcpasss

    the wild bunch. it was a land mark achievment. so many set ups, you can’t even think about doing it  today.

  • Rizzottoj

    No question about it, THE WILD BUNCH.  Sam Peckinpah knew exactly what he was doing behind the camera.  He also had a cast that can’t be beat. Holden, Borgnine, Oates and Johnson, some of the best of the best.  This is followed closely by the shoot out during the Northfield Minnesota Bank robbery in THE LONG RIDERS.  I would definitely give that an Honorable Mention.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7P5WLTAP7Q5LTHP7733DA5FDZE John Houle

    thanks for not including my comment. nooneyboy35@yahoo.com

    • GeorgeDAllen

      ? Are you referring to the comment below about “Rapid Fire”? We did include it — the comment software intercepted it because you had sandwiched the words “bad” and “it” together separated by a period, which the software interpreted as a link that might be bad. Those things get held for moderation. I fixed the issue and published the comment shortly after you left it.

  • Takeabride2001

    One of the best shoot outs is from The Culpepper Cattle Company…no doubt.

  • Big Pauly

    A Tie. Wild Bunch Inglorious Basterds and Tombstone.

  • golden1

    The bank robbery shootout in Heat.  Especially since it was done in real life several years later in Los Angeles.
    The shootout in Open Range was also thrilling- in fact, the movie was very underrated. More people should see it.

  • Doc

    It’s got to be Tombstone…. Huckleberry  🙂

  • Mdg1054

    The Movie Takers

  • mike

    fastest gun alive, brodrick crawford and glenn ford

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WQ2BSTMDEES4RIKGT4ECSVRE5I Whirlpooloff

    Several different scenes from Once Upon a Time in the West from the very open to the very close.

  • Claylangemo

    old school  guy  butch and sunday kid 1969

  • che gouvierra

    Bruce Willis deserves at least an honorable mention for his role in “Last Man Standing”.  

  • Thgoodwin

    I agree with Wild Bunch & Heat, but don’t overlook The Long Riders

    • CarterCE

      Couldn’t agree with you more for an excellent gunfight scene. Taking fire from all angles, showing the gang members getting hit and still returning fire, and the use of slow motion had an interesting way of enhancing the action. And after the shoot-out, using the canteen in Randy Quaid’s death scene was one of a kind. “The Long Riders” definitely had one of the best gunfight scenes. The cast assemblying and James Keach’s directing of the movie helped make this a top-notch western. 

      • Butch Knouse

        And James Keach was a steely-eyed Jesse James. Best line “Next volley we go. Frank’s hurt, he goes first.” Man of few words.

  • Kmiller223

    Lest we forget SHANE and HIGH NOON

    • Wedows

      Agree ….Alan Ladd and Jack Palance in Shane. Been in some great movies that
      Jack Palance.

  • edro3111

    Man! How could you really pick just one? I think most everyone on this board has definitely hit upon a great movie shootout.

     I’m not sure how it would be classified but for sheer number of rounds fired, I still get crazy every time I see the Dillon mini-gun and everyone else’s weapons destroy a half acre of jungle on “The Predator” with “Ahnold” and Jesse Ventura. 

    For westerns, I’d have to go with The Wild Bunch as well.

  • Calif.Sunshine

    Two John Wayne’s movies came to mind = The Shootist
    and for humor, the contest in the saloon in  North to Alaska

  • hupto

    Woo’s A BETTER TOMORROW 2 is my pick. Not just over the top but brilliantly so, right down to the samurai sword.

  • truthpro

    “Gunfight at OK Corral,” starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in his finest performance — IMHO.

  • old bob

    true grit   Duke Wayne    ” fill your hands you son-ofa-bitch”

  • Rjwidmann

    Miichael Mann’s “Heat” with Val Kilmer and Al Pacino

  • bsteele2

     The last shootout in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is tops on my list.  The anticipation, the suspense, the distrust in each ones eyes!  Winchester 73 is my second choice.

  • Djcj1

     Open Range is the best !!!!

  • Gendiellee

    Howabout “Way of the Gun” and the apocalyptic shootout in the brothel during the C-section delivery of Juliette Lewis’s surrogate baby? 

  • Buf-guns

    The shootout at the end of The Shootest

  • Jones79

    FOR PURE NOSTALGIA….and the  “straight up and at ’em” approach, lets not forget “RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY” with Scott & McCrea.


  • Tony

    I Liked the massive shootout @ the end of “In The Line Of Duty:The FBI Murders” starring David Soul

    • Butch Knouse

      Probably the best one.

  • ekim smada

    I like the shootout in “Open Range”. It seems to me that shootout was most realistic because you have a crowd of people blazing away at each other at close range and mostly missing! If you have ever tried to hit anything with a hand gun you can appreciate those scenes. I was at the range today and had a tough time hitting anything that I aimed at, and I wasn’t worried about somebody shootin back ….at me!!!!!!!

    • TUfan

      I hadn’t seen your remark when I made my case for “Open Range” a few minutes ago.  I agree, it was a great shootout.  Like you said, it was pretty realistic.  I really liked the way it made you feel each shot as it was taken and as it found its mark.  The scenes in which the crowd all shot at the same time were almost overwhelming, but I was also impressed with how the gunfight slowed, sped up, then slowed again.  Especially in the slower parts, each shot was powerful.  The shot that started it all was the most shocking, then all heck breaks loose.  Then it slows again as Charlie is trying to hit the boss man hiding behind the water trough.  Then when the Doc’s sister is taken hostage, Charlie runs around the back of the building, cuts him off and takes slow aim…. BANG!  BANG! BANG!  Again, shocking.  And that only sets the stage for yet another face off in front of the jail.  Wow, I’m gonna go home and watch this movie again tonight!

    • rocman

      yes, and I left this one off. It’s one of my favorites but question the realism aspect. Real yet unreal, Costner’s character initiates the shootout by drilling the supposed gunslinger/gunhand with a headshot, right off. Nah, no way Jose, but hey, Costners character was obviously the greatest gunman of the West, a good syrupy story and some stilted dialogue I don’t think we’ve ever heard between characters in a melodramatic western – Clint’s Unforgiven run’s counter to all that – love both movies though, AMC’s been running Open Range around the clock, seems like

  • Jaxxr

    The shootout scene in Heat was great for a group fight, but one on one,
    the gun duel between Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone at the end of
    The Quick and the Dead was a classic.

  • James Martin

    John Wayne in True Grit. Reins in mouth, pistol in one hand, rifle in other & 3 bad guys in front, they didn’t stand a chance did they. Well I’m biased as my E-Mail moniker suggests 

    • Panama007

       I’m with you on THAT one!  Duke and Ol’ Beau, driving into Lucky Ned Pepper and his gang!  That’s True Grit!

  • TLC

    Rio Bravo,The shootist, and anything with John Wayne!

    • Bruce Reber

      In one of Wayne’s non-Westerns, “McQ”, at the end on the beach, with McQ blasting away at the bad guys with his Ingram machine gun.


    THAT WOULD BE “THE D.I. WITH JACK WEBB”!     (Yes Sir, I changed my name)

  • Chefnush

    Bar none the best movie shootout was the final shootout in the Wild Bunch w William Holden E. Borgnine and Warren Oates Oh and don’t Forget Ben Johnson !!!

  • Brianish

    If this qualifies, the final scene in “Attack!” where Jack Palance gets his arm run over by a tank, and then goes in the basement and tries to raise his gun to shoot Eddie Albert as the last act of his life, and then dies before he can kill him is one of the best movie scenes of all time.

  • Brolga

    I don’t think either of these two great shootouts have been mentioned so far: 
    – Gary Cooper versus a trio of bad guys in the “ghost town” gunfight from “Man of the West” – an extended and excellently choreographed shootout, this one!and- the climactic shootout between Sean Penn and a group of thugs led by Ed Harris in “State of Grace”. I’d personally nominate the “State of Grace” shootout as the best of all time – it’s filmed in slow motion in the confined space of a basement bar, and really generates tremendous power and intensity.But hey, I know that there are many other great shootouts besides these two! 

  • TUfan

    Among more recent movies, I think the final shootout in “Open Range” is one of the best.  The viewer really feels each shot as it is taken and finds its mark. 
    “Are you the man who shot our friend?”
    “Yep, and the little kid too!  I really enjoyed…”

  • Richard

    My top three movie shootouts would have to be the shootout at the train station on the stairway in “The Untouchables” by Brian DePalma, “Open Range” with Kevin Costner, and one of the most dramatic shootouts in the last 20 years, in my opinion of course, would have to be after the bank robbery in Michael Mann’s “Heat” starring Robert DeNiro,Al Pacino and Val Kilmer.



  • DaveP326

    “Scarface” -Al Pacino or “The Wild Bunch” – William Holden & Ernest Borgnine

  • Panama007

    Try the Duke in “True Grit” as he teethes the reins to drive Ol’ Beau into ‘Lucky’ Ned Pepper and his gang…Fill your hand, you sunovabitch! 

  • Panama007

    I still love Duke (or Jeff Bridges) in True Grit, but I have been reminded of that wonderful Michael Mann film, “Heat,” and that iconic shoot-out after the bank robbery!  Whew!  That was awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hudsonjrp P.g. Hudsonjr

    ” Mean Guns ” w/ Ice – T, ” Bonnie and Clyde “w/ Warren Beatty, ” St. Valentines Day Massacre “, w/Jason Robards and ” Sons of Katie Elder ” w/ John Wayne.

  • bobbyv

    Saving Private Ryan, The FBI murders w/David Soul, Bonnie and Clyde, The Shootist, March or Die w/ Gene Hackman, The Omega Man, Heat.

  • greycrow50

    Goin’ South with Jack Nicholson and Mary Steenburgen. Hilarious and probably more true to life. A whole lotta shooting but no one gets hit.

  • Moorejeffrey9

    Tombstone/shoot em up

  • Dana-thompson

    I love the Ok Corral Shootout in Tombstone

  • Bwillis

    There are TWO   one is “the good,the bad and the ugly”  The other is Bronson in ” Once upon a Time in the West”

  • supernursealana

    I agree with The Quick and the Dead, but the one that I keep coming back to is the ending duel on Silverado, “Good-by Cobb”, “Good-by Paden”.

  • Jimbo

    Both True Grit’s, John “The Duke” Wayne & Jeff “The Dude” Bridges taking on Lucky Ned Pepper (Bobby Duvall & Barry Pepper & their gang.  “Fill your hand you son of  a bitch”!

  • Maximusap

    The outlaw Josey Whales…hello

  • Kitkatpress

    The ending shootout in “The Wild Bunch”  During boot camp we say this a dozen times !

  • http://www.moviereporter.com/ PhilBoatwright

    Kind ofhard to top John Wayne coming up against Lucky Ned Pepper in True Grit.  “Fill your hand…”
    Phil Boatwright, The Movie Reporter

  • Johnfburton

    Oh boy, for me it’s the climatic confrontation in “The Wild Bunch.” Dubbed “Battle of Bloody Porch,” by those who worked on the film, that shootout, which took a week to film, sums up Peckinpah’s themes that run through what I see as his masterpiece. From when William Holden tells the rest “Let’s go,” and Warren Oats responds “Why not?” and Ernest Borgnine gives that little smile, as they march to get their compatriot Angel from General Mapache, it stlll gives me goosebumps. And it really expresses the romanticism, the nihilism and melancholy of the characters and their creator, about the end of their world. And that Peckinpah shot it in slow motion, before it had become so hackneyed, makes it a truly visceral experience.
    Legend has it more shots were fired during the filming of that scene than were fired during the actual Mexican Revolution. 

    • Bruce Reber

      Watching that scene I can believe it!!!

  • ken

    Wild Bunch movie was entertaining. Pure Hollywood make believe. Great for someone who hasn’t been in combat or a real shootout. One of the best and closest to reality is the final shootout in Open Range. As close as you can get.

  • Christina West

    jimmy stewart, john wayne and lee marvin ‘the man who shot liberty valance’.

    • Wayne P.

      Good pick!  Did you know that theres at least 3 John Wayne movies where someone throws Duke a rifle (not just a gun;) just in the nick of time?  Rio Bravo (Ricky Nelson)…Red River (Walter Brennan)…and, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Pompy-cant get the spelling of that or his real name, right quick:).

      • Foxwatcher63

        Woody Strode

  • Facklerama

    Clint Eastwood in “The Unforgiven” and the one is “Shane” is also good, but the biggest may be “The Wild Bunch”.

  • Joekocimski

    The Shootist with John Wayne and Rooster taking on 4 riders charging at him and his horse buck.

  • Joekocimski

    I forgot – the absolute best is the end of the movie in BATAAN and the moments before this.

  • Agsur4

    There are a number of great western shootouts but for something contemporary and non-western, I would like to mention the shootout in Guggenheim from the movie The International, with Clive Owen. I thought it was a great action scene.

  • gopher

    2 catagories-,modern-HEAT    western-OPEN RANGE, but John Wayne overall had many “a good un”.

  • Stomp

    Specific to Westerns (and I’ve seen them all)  the best ever shootout is with Kevin Costner (and Robert Duval) up against the bad guys in Open Range.  Very realistic.  Has a great emotional component. If you haven’t seen it, get it and enjoy.

    • Jrsepeda

      I can’t believe no one has mentioned The Magnificent 7 – best Western ever and one of the best shoot outs.

  • BobinTX

    I’ve always liked the final battle scene in “WE WERE SOLDIERS”.  Mel Gibson and the Americans charging into certain ambush, with the North Vietnamese guns just waiting for the Americans to pop up over the ridge to gun them down… and then Snake and his choppers, with their side mounted miniguns, rise up over the horizon.

    There are so many good Western shootouts, it’s hard to pick.  the gunfights in “PALE RIDER” and “HIGHNOON” immediately came to mind… but there are so many more.  The gunfights are what make Westerns so much fun to watch.

  • Lawrence Ressler.

    The shootout in “Tom Horn”, starring Steve McQueen in his final movie, doesn’t get the respect that it deserves.  That was a pretty good shootout, too, involving shotgun action that is not all that common in Western pictures.

    • Butch Knouse

      His final movie was The Hunter, were McQueen played real life bounty hunter Ralph papa Thorson.

  • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

    The Good, The Bad , and The Ugly had this tremendous tension builder. They went from one to another and then to another and……built the tension to a fever! That having been said, I think the best is at the end of Open Range. THAT was a great shootout! Fantastic!

  • Dave B

    The final scene of Butch & Sundance.  Hands down.

  • Clupton

    Hard to believe no one mentions The Fastest Gun Alive. Glenn Ford was a fast draw, and this entire film leads up to the shootout at the end, but in a realistic, psychological manner. Even the gunfight is handled psychologically more than physically, with a non-standard result.

  • Sinker

    A current film but incredible shoot outs! Jason Straham in “Safe” with the chinese girl child.

  • William Grove

    I’ve read the comments so far and I agree with them pretty much. My choices are Wild Bunch and Heat. I’ll have to check out Open Range. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Dave Marchetti

    I have a really tough time picking a single one. But I think I have to go with Open Range.

  • Bill

    Itr’s not exactly a shoot-out, more just a shooting, but it’s James Coburn’s killing of the fastest and meanest gun in town at the beginning of Waterhole No. 3.

  • Vix

    I agree with Dave – Open Range was very realistic to me- I love the sound editing too. Well done.

  • Beckyhiggins1

    Tombstone with Kurt Russell

  • Parkerr71

    the slo-mo ending of the wild bunch!

  • Smurray

    Montgomery Cliff and John Wayne–RED RIVER
    James Stewart and Lee Marvin — THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE.

  • Barryfleckmann

    “The Wild Bunch” (1969).

  • Rick Cardona

    TOMBSTONE!!!!!! The OK Coral shootout! If not that one, then the shootout in Heat when they rob a bank.

    • Wayne P.

      Did anyone else like the bank robbery shoot out in Point Break?  Thought the (semi)-dead Presidents mask routine added something special to the whole scene although it was pretty one sided…there was better stuff to come later on in that picture that was more suspenseful.

  • Uncle Felix

    Lots of votes for Tombstone. But for OK Corral action, I prefer My Darling Clementine.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OCBND5C6EE5EVPF4CKVELWQOQ4 tomas moray

    The Wild Bunch.  Period.  The final shootout is the standard for all movie shoot-outs since.

  • W Tartt

    The final shootout in Tombstone with Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, and Sam Elliott where Bill Paxton gets killed is probably the best, but I also like John Wayne’s True Grit where he holds the horse’s bridle in his mouth and shoots the bad guys while on horseback on the open range.  Both are great movies.

  • Hangarbud

    The Wild Bunch, without a doubt.

  • Bernard

    The Wild Bunch was unlike any shoot out I had seen on the initial viewing. I also never cease to be impressed by the shoot outs that Butch Cassidy and Open range.

  • JoSis

    In Harm’s Way..battleships during WWII.

  • Creepfarm

    What about the final shootout at the end of Tears in the Sun. Very intense and very emotional. Open Range was great to.

  • classicsforever

    “Open Range” is probably the most realistic. The anticipation is built up very well in “Shane”, “High Noon” and “Once Upon A Time In The West”. While the action in “The Wild Bunch” is great, it’s more like a small battle than a shootout. There are so many good ones to choose from.

  • William

    The final shootout in LA Confedential, Final shootout in Set It Off, The Dirty Dozen, The Gauntlet, The Professional, The Professionals. They all come to mind.

  • Wayne P.

    It wasnt all a shootout as is from a period piece, The Patriot, but the final scene and the sword/gun play with Mel Gibson and the bad guy is pretty darn good…especially the ending…which reprised an earlier duel between the baddie and Gibsons son in the picture, played by Heath Ledger!

  • Luigi From NYC

    Luigi From  NYC
    ( Fanfare Guest )
    In order of priority —
    High Noon
    Once Upon A Time In The West
    Gunfight At The OK Corral

  • Bjodrie

    Streets Of Loredo(1949)

  • TwentyCents

    Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and brother Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) shooting it out in the Arizona rocks at the conclusion of Winchester ’73.

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  • Cyfairbob

    Alan Ladd versus Jack Palance, et al in Shane. Relatively short as shoot-outs go, but well done in a very compact setting. I especially liked the short conversation between Ladd and Emile Meyer (Ryker), when Ladd tells him, “You’ve lived too long.”

  • Tropshirt69

    the last shootout from the wild bunch…..bank robery from Heat…….Open Range

  • Meggyx13

    American Outlaws and Young Guns II

  • PKMeans

    The final shoot out in The Shootist where John Wayne gets what he’d asked for. 

  • Alex

    The shootout in MY DARLING CLEMINTINE. and also SEVEN MEN FROM NOW.
    They are the greatest

  • Filmax

    THE WILD BUNCH stands alone, but strong consideration to SHANE, WINCHESTER 73, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, SCARFACE (Pacino), THE SHOOTIST, BATAAN, OPEN RANGE, and for
    pure tension building THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE UGLY. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AEI5KB6BJ65OCHYTWZMAH75O3I Jeffrey

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, followed closely by The Wild Bunch

  • Vann Morrison

    As far as shootouts go in modern movies, I’d have to say “Sinners and Saints” and “Way of the Gun”.
    But the funniest shootout has to be the one with Robin Williams and Jerry Reed in “Survivors”

  • duncanjay01

    I believe that my favorite shoot-out movies is The Matrix why because there is so much action going
    on and the movie proved to me that Mr. Reeves can do action films and as well as comedy!!

  • HarryFaversham

    Shane…Tombstone w/ Val Kilmer…The Culpepper Cattle Company…and Ride the High Country. Good nose to nose action.

  • Carroll

    True Grit, no question

  • Maggie

    Three favorites: High Noon, My Darling Clementine, and Shane. Wow! Those three really date me!

  • Ganesha375

    True Romance by Tony Scott 1993. (Written by Q. Tarentino)

  • edro3111

    Yeah, Open Range.

  • Christiana19119

    The shootout at the end of Warlock, with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark.  One of the greatest westerns ever (and the only one I remember where we see the “gun-for-hire” man actually practice so he can stay good).

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  • nick

    For me It is John Woo’s “The Killer” the beginning and the end of that film. Unreal yes, but unforgettable. I once gave a tape of that film to someone. He said, Yeah, but it reminded him of Rodriquez ‘Desperado’. As I point out to him, yes but made some 6 years before that film.

  • Susan Green

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  • Steve

    The bank robbery in Heat, The Wild Bunch, & Scarface

  • Marsbonfire2020

    open range,wild bunch,heat,matrix,shootist (my fav john wayne moive),butch c and sundance. lots of good ones

  • Regina

    My Darling Clementine, Rio Bravo, The Westerner, High Noon

  • jampod

    Surprised I haven’t seen anybody mention the shootout at the end of the Outlaw Josie Wales.

  • Eccolima54

    I wonder why nobody has yet mentioned the final duel between Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda in “Once upon a Time in the West”.
    (The scene that contains the flashbacks from when Fonda hung Bronsons elder brother – and of course, the harmonica).

    • nick

       Good point, though the beginning perhaps is a litte better. Remember, sometimes when you think your short a horse, you actually brought two too many. Also, if some have not seen it, you should not give anything away.

    • Mike

      Eccolima54, this is the first movie that I thought of under this topic…..so you are not alone.  It was a VERY good movie.  No one has mentioned Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Westerns ????

  • Willgideos

    Michael Manns 1995 crime heist thriller “Heat”….. the shootout during the bank heist that spills out on to the streets is so well done…..it keeps you on the edge of your seat for about 10 minutes..

  • Danny_gonzalez1

    I like the shootout in Heat and also the one in Miami Vice

  • JohnM43

    The shootout at the beginning of The Wild Bunch – Sam Peckinpah made the damage caused by bullets super realistic.

  • Ponduca

    I agree.  The Wild Bunch is the best.  A close second is Open Range.  My third would be the bank robbery in Heat.  P.S. The is no Gatling Gun in the Wild Bunch.  That’s a Browning M1917A1 .30 Water-cooled. 

  • Chevya2k

    I SOO AGREE!! The Wild Bunch———> #1

  • Wayne P.

    Here’s a different one:  “Enemy at the Gates”  … A great mano-a-mano sniper shootout set against a backdrop of the Battle of Stalingrad in WW2.  Jude Law played the Russian and Ed Harris the German.

  • chrijeff

    The extended confrontation in “Silverado.”

  • John

    I loved the Wild Bunch, Once Upon a Time in the West, High Noon, True Grit and others, but for me John McClain, Bruce Willis, in Die Hard was the best.  

  • TmtJo8

    Hard Boiled by John Woo

  • zohar

    ride with the devil.when i saw the shootout at the store and afterwards i thought it was the most realistic i have seen.

  • Movie Buff

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  • Randallhorn000

    Shane. Fast-on-the-draw Wilson vs. Shane at the climax. Beyond classic.
    The Wild Bunch. The shoot-outs that bookend this masterpiece.
    High Noon. You wait along with Will the sheriff & the shootout goes all over the town. Great.
    True Grit. The bold talk by the one-eyed fat man wins the day. GO ROOSTER!
    Ride the High Country. Out in the open, boldly facing each other. Wow.
    Tombstone. Wyatt goes for it! Blazing away as he crosses the river. Amazing!
    Yes, there are great shootouts in the urban jungle, but I think “westerns” when I see “shootouts.”

  • Leedegrance54

    The Good the Bad and the Ugly

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Perl/1820530613 Gary Perl

    The Climactic bloodbath of The Wild Bunch can never be beaten.

  • Cubby

    The Shootist was excellent.  He went down there after loading the extra chambers in each of his guns.  Wayne had advised Howard earlier on the wisdom of this strategy and now was heeding his own advice.  I enjoy the way Wayne drains the last of the opiate and tosses the empty bottle down.

  • Dog888k

    I thing it would count as a shootout maybe, but at the end of Throne of Blood (Japanese Samurai version of MacBeth), the besieged warlord is trapped in his fortress and the attackers start shooting arrows into him and they keep at it till he looks like a pincusion and the viewer is wondering how long it is till this guy is going to die. He finally dies, but Kurusawa keeps the arrows hitting him for what seems like forever. 

  • Dee6760

    The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    • Butch Knouse

      How Butch and Sundance really died would have been better. They were holed up in a house and Sundance ran out of bullets. Cassidy had 2 left and used them on Sundance and himself.

  • Joestalin

    “Shane” without a doubt.

  • Ohkennyo

    The Shootist,True Grit

  • guest

    The ending of Scarface easily. The 1983 one.

  • JMS

    Bank robbery scene in Michael Mann’s Heat, hospital shoot out in John Woo’s Hard Boiled and final shoot out in Killers (also Woo). Honorable mention to mini gun jungle landscaping scene in Predator. 

  • JMS

    Forgot about lobby shootout in The Matrix. 

  • Chett56

    When Sonny get it at the tollbooth in “The Godfather”, and when Bonnie and Clyde get it.

    • Fjblume2000

      The slo-mo is what made the “Bonnie and Clyde” scene!

  • Hockeyguy

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or The Wild Bunch….

  • dog888k

    Not so of a shootout as a boneout, when Samson Victor Mature wipes out a whole Philistine army with that jawbone of an ass. No one in the whole Phil. army had the sense to aim a spear at Samson and finish him. They just kept coming at him and he kept whacking them. Kinda like the big battle finale in Kagemusha, when the whole Shingun army kept charging at the enemy troops who fired muskets at them till the whole Shingun army was wiped out.

  • Glogan

    Wild Bunch. Best ending I ever saw

  • Drl1

    Gunfight at OK Corral

    • Dave H.

      “Open Range” because it was realistic as to what Old West shootouts were all about .. close range gunfire. Costner did it again in “Wyatt Earp.” That take on the OK Corral was quite good as well.

  • Chicagomike47

    nothing has even come close to the shootout in SHANE ! even the dog lying down in the bar had enough brains to to get out of there!

  • elginman

    Pale Rider. Clint shot and killed 13 men in 15 minutes. Not too bad.

  • Chicagomike47

    I’d rather face 13 men blindfolded than have to face WILSON {JACK PALANCE}  “HE’S FAST! FAST ON THE DRAW!

    • Wayne P.

      But not too fast for Shane!

  • dog888k

    In Yojimbo(?) Mifune gets surrounded by a dozen bad samurais, pulls out his sword,and kills all of them one after the other.
    And in Hannie Caulder Raquel Welch! kills Ernest Borgnine, Strother Martin, and Jack Elam.

    • Wayne P.

      Toshiro Mifune, cordially, but more respectfully than that, referred to as the Japanese John Wayne (the Duke)!

    • HCUA

      That was a hack-out.

  • Larrykandel

    the wild bunch shoot out against general mapache

  • Workshed

    Stagecoach… rewrote the rulebook on shoot-out editing.

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  • elginman

    Pale Rider. In a 15 minute period, Clint, a/k/a “The Preacher” wasted 13 bad guys. Top that one!

  • dog888k

    The big shootout at the bank in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid.

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  • Llmathies

    The shootout in the movie “Tombstone” Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) shot Johnny Ringo. 

    • Maxman

       My pick too!

  • Shadow0109

    This might be kind of out there for this string, but the final shoot out between Col Scott (Dennis Morgan) and Tokyo Joe (Richard Loo) in GOD IS MY CO-PILOT is right up there for me.

  • Doc Reid

    High Noon…

  • Susan

    I loved High Noon. We know for the entire film that there is going to be be a price to pay, but we don’t leave our seats without the ending. Just as Gary Cooper is walking toward the final showdown we are included in a private joke that plays out the tension in the movie ending. If you look in the skyline above Gary’s hat, you can see city buildings and telephone lines in the distance. I love the Hollywood ending that makes me a part of the movie’s story. The shoot out is not only beginning as a genre, but coming to an end as the western set must give way to city growth.

  • 303sbcanady

    who shot liberty valance?

    • John Patterson

      It’s”The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/whatever41 Cynthia LaRochelle

    I only seen mentioned The western shootouts, but my favorite was LA Confidential, see it then judge.

  • mike

    Viggo Mortensen vs Jeremy Irons in “The Appaloosa”…… I just loved the stance that Viggo’s character takes , turning his body to offer the smallest target, tucking his left hand behind him and pulling his coat clear of his body to limit interference with his draw. That and how he provokes his opponent, rattling him so his blood pressure will be pounding and his nerves /confidence undermined. Perfect.

  • mike

    And Harvel Kietel and Kieth Carridine in “The Duelists” is another classic.

  • azviewer

    There are a variety of great shoot-out scenes.
    “Rio Bravo” and “El Dorado” have very similar climatic shoot-out scenes. “Rio Bravo” is just funnier with Walter Brennan cackling with the dynamite. However, “Shakiest Gun in the West” and “Paleface” also have similar shoot-out sequences, which are also fun to watch.
    By far, the best shoot-out scene is “True Grit” with John Wayne placing the reins between his teeth and riding toward the bad guys shooting. Just awesome!

    • Butch Knouse

      Or the scene in Rio Bravo where Wayne dives for cover and Stumpy blasts 2 bad guys right in the office with his shotgun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hlynnknits Heidi Lynn McDonald Stetler

    “Open Range”. For me this is it without a doubt. I love this movie and watch it from time to time when I have a chance.

  • Cara

    The Wild Bunch is certainly a seminal shootout. But my personal favorites are Shane and High Noon.

  • Cara

    And Once upon a Time in the West, because it was so surreal to see Henry Fonda as the bad guy.


    THE D.I. with JACK WEBB!…..No, Wait, didn’t have a shoot out in THE D.I. with JACK WEBB., Let’s go with the last Battle in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN! The Gunny Sends

  • Robert Feldman

    Gunfight at the OK Coral

    • Robin

      I agree. It’s great because it’s credible. Most shoot-outs in modern films are just plain stupid.

  • William

    No question about it, the best shootout on film is Gary Cooper’s cleanup of the gang in High Noon!

  • Jack Fitzpatrick

    “Open Range”! Nothing compares.



  • Monique LaCosta

    Heat. A Michael Mann film. All of his films have a certain attractive quality. The sound editing in this movie was superb. Very realistic and I felt like I was there. Well photographed. Heat is my test movie when I am looking for high definition and good sound.

  • Robert Chalmers

    There are so many great shootouts to choose from, it’s difficult to choose the best. I suppose my favorite was in the final battle scene in “We Were Soldiers”. As Mel Gibson and his soldiers were cresting a hill into a waiting NVA ambush, suddenly “Snake” pops up with his twin minigun mounted choppers. The scene was awesome, even though slightly inaccurate, as miniguns weren’t in use in Vietnam in November 1964.

    • John Patterson

      And of course Al Pacino in”Scarface”!!

  • the Taminator

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was the first that sprang to MY mind, which I think says a great deal; also the Johnny Ringo/Doc Holliday scene from Tombsone, and the part in Silverado where Kevin Costner stands at the corner doorway of the saloon and shoots two guys at once coming from both sides!

  • no name

    “Shane”, the last scene were Shane shoots the “Bad Guy”,then is shot and turns to shoot his attacker.

  • http://twitter.com/RotorhedGreg Greg Evans

    It’s not an old classic, but Pacino and Deniro in the movie “Heat” is awesome!

    • Movies_Unlimited


    • http://www.facebook.com/charles.m.lee.10 Charles M Lee

      That was the first one to come to my mind. It was spectacular

  • footcenter

    I’ve always been fond of a few dollars more , with the hat. Also the finale of Bonnie & Clyde is pretty ground breaking

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.j.anello Vincent J. Anello

    The Wild Bunch was the first graphic shoot out, and all the gun fights at the OK corral movies starting with Henry Fonda’s, Burt Lancaster’s, James Gardner’s, Kevin Costner’s and Kirk Russell’s Wyatt Earps plus a few of the older westerns

  • Brian

    The Savage Horde(1950)

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.m.lee.10 Charles M Lee

    There were two great shoot outs in the Magnificent Seven

  • HCUA

    Shane is the best, but, Unforgiven is good when Clint gets Hackman and the rest.

  • cinemabon

    Silverado, High Noon, OK Corral (Burt Lancaster), Magnificent Seven

  • John Patterson

    Definitely”The Wild Bunch”.Followed by John Wayne in”True Grit”and Paul Newman and Robert Redford in”Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.
    Also”Tombstone”;Brad Pitt and Sir Anthony Hopkins in”Legends of the Fall”.
    Jeff Bridges in the”True Grit”remake and Russell Crowe in the”3:10 to Yuma”remake.
    Also,when Denzel Washington gets his payback from the Russian Mob in”Training Day”.
    Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway at the climax of”Bonnie&Clyde”.
    Of course,let’s not leave out Clint Eastwood in”Outlaw Josey Wales”;”Unforgiven”and”Gran Torino”.

  • dirkwrestler

    Anybody for the original BEVERLY HILLS COP? The serious shootout in the house with Victor Maitland juxtaposed with the comedic shootout with the 2 cops outside in the garden!!
    Retro: BONNIE & CLYDE’s massacre
    Contemporary: RESEVOIR DOGS bloody ending

  • FalmouthBill

    I’m not sure if you could call it a shootout if it was one sided, but the ending to Marlon Brandos’ Viva Zapata sure stuck with me as a kid. I remember they just kept shooting him long after he was dead, a very powerful scene for a kid to see, I now know they wanted to make sure, since he was more legend than real !

  • Black & White Critic in Color

    Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner in “Open Range”

  • rapalmi

    I agree with you on this one! You didn’t mention the squibs (the bursts of blood), and they were tossing grenades, as well as dynamite, but you couldn’t have made a better choice–although the opening town massacre in the same film comes pretty close. And Peckinpah is not only the best at the actual shoot-outs, but he is also the master of the build-up to the shoot-up–he ramps up the tension and suspense better than anyone, including Hitchcock.

  • Tim Aebi

    No contest (though I’m a HUGE fan of “The Wild Bunch) – “Heat” with Deniro and Kilmer – man – I never tire of seeing it – ballet with bullets!

  • David

    The last scene in “Warlock” where Henry Fonda, the professional gun fighter, and former town marshall, with 2 gold handled pistols, outdraws Richard Widmark (the local deputy sheriff) with the right hand, then tosses it, then with the left, tosses it, then rides out of town. By the way, even though I am an ardent John Wayne fan, I think “Warlock” is the best western ever made.

  • Clive Roberts

    I was delighted to read from “David” that he considers “Warlock” the best Western ever made as I have the same opinion. I was about to post a message on this site about the film to say that most people are probably not aware of it and much to my surprise came across his comments! What an incredible cast this film had with Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn and Dorothy Malone in the leads plus an amazing supporting cast of character actors. My favourite shoot-out was when Frank Gorshin (who played Widmark’s younger brother) challenged Henry Fonda to a gun fight in the street (Frank lost!). I knew Frank personally very well and he discussed the film with me on several occasions as I had told him it was a favourite of mine. He said that Widmark had been very helpful to him during the making of the film and what a nice man he was. Unfortunately another film with the same title was made in 1989 but this was a “horror” film so that might cause some confusion.

  • davo w

    the wild bunch is the best mass shootout in a western and i think the Tombstone doc holiday /johnny ringo shootout is one of the best one on one gunfights made

  • david hartzog

    The Wild Bunch, absolutely. One-on-one , Forty Guns.

  • DeLores Wright

    All I can think of is Bruce Willis’ movies of today. The names are there, just can’t get them to come to the surface….

  • Joe

    The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, any John Ford movie.

  • footcenter

    I am very fond of the underappreciated Shoot em up . a great live comic book.

  • Rex Bobinette

    Are you kidding … first and second place are in the same movie … the beginning and end of The Wild Bunch!

  • Monique LaCosta

    Heat with Pacino and DeNiro had the best bank robbing shot out scene ever. The sound department of that movie deserves a standing ovation.

    • Dusty Ayres

      Especially if you’re watching it on a device with headphones.

  • Vann Morrison

    I haven’t seen anyone mention it yet. One of the funnyist shootouts at the end of a movie
    has to be “survivors” with Robin Williams and Walter Matthau. Jerry Reed plays the steeley eyed hitman and Robin Williams as a goofy survivalist. If you haven’t seen the movie it’s well worth it just for the shootout scene. One of my favorite lines: Robin Williams;
    “You shot my gun! You’re not supposed to shoot a guys gun! You know how much these things cost?”

  • Bill

    The final shootout in Madigan in which Richard Widmark and Harry Guardino track down a killer and shoot it out with him in the kitchen of a small apartment. Widmark charges him and is shot numerous times while Guardino kills him. Nothing stylized about it, just a gritty, quick gunfight in a small area. You pretty much know that the outcome is Widmark gets killed before it happens.

  • mike

    The top three include: the Wild Bunch, the Shootist and then Shane. The Good, Bad and Ugly is very close so…

  • Mike B

    When I hear the term ‘shootout’ I’m automatically thinking westerns, and the old good guy vs bad guy showdown. In this sense, I pick my favorite western of all time Once Upon a Time in the West. Personally I think it’s better than the 3 Clint Eastwood films, great actors and dialog, superb scenery, soundtrack and a startling flashback revealing Harmonica’s (Charles Bronson) motive for revenge. OUATITW has several shootouts, the opening scene at the train station is a masterpiece in itself. But to me, the standoff between Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda at the end, with Ennio Morricone’s torturing soundtrack setting up the scene (as he did in Good, Bad and Ugly), and finally the reason Harmonica is after Frank revealed, in my opinion, cannot be surpassed. I was literally shocked by the scene. I own both the DVD and the soundtrack, and play that one scene as loud as my ears can stand it.
    As others said here, there are many memorable film shootouts, Heat being one of them and of course, The Wild Bunch.

  • Laurence Almand

    I would say the escape of Bonnie and Clyde from the cops when they are cornered in the motel in the 1967 BONNIE AND CLYDE with Beatty/Dunaway. That is a shootout, gory and realistic – the ending shootout where they are ambushed is one of the best film climaxes of all time, although bloody and not for the squeamish.

    • Butch Knouse

      That shootout happened in Platte City, MO, not Iowa, but otherwise fantastic.

  • CS9

    Check out Beast of the City with Walter Houston. Other good choices are Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid andTrue Romance, but my winner for best shoot out is….The Wild Bunch

  • badleg60

    Dirty Harry at the end when he faces Andy Robinson.”Well Punk do ya feel lucky?”

  • andre

    Battle of Bloody Porch (the Wild Bunch) hands down.

  • albumcollector

    My Name is Nobody.

  • footcenter

    Also , a few dollars more with Clint & Lee shoot out in the street

  • badleg60

    Actually I think the Normandy Beach invasion at the beginning of Saving Private Ryan is the best shootout ever filmed.

    • Bill

      I agree. I’ve been there. That’s what it’s like.

  • Fronk!

    I’ll vote for the shootout at the end of Scarface (1983)

  • EldersburgRick

    One shootout not mentioned is the gunplay in the house of mirrors in THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI.

  • Geneva P.

    My choices are the shootout at the Victory Motel in L.A. Confidential, and shootouts in Wyatt Earp with Kevin Kostner.

  • Joseph Levin

    1) The shootout/chase between Robert Shaw and Bekim Fehmiu in Black Sunday.
    2) The shootout after the bank robbery in Heat
    3) The climax of Ride the High Country with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea against the entire family gang
    4) The first murder and the finale of The Professional
    5) The successful rescue/kidnapping of Claudia Cardinale and Jack Palance in The Professionals
    6) The climactic shootout on the boat in Key Largo

  • Erez

    No question at all- The final bloody final shootout in Peckinpah’s masterpiece- The Wild Bunch. There will be never such of great battle on the screen.

  • Bill Proctor

    The Wild Bunch without a doubt.

  • Bill in NC

    Bank Robbery Scene in Heat…hands down best shootout scene ever


    the shoot out at the brothel in WATERHOLE #3!!!! BANG BANG SHOOT EM UP!

  • bygeorge

    Open Range

    • roughman

      I agree. That was outstanding!

  • Tom K.

    ” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly “, hands down. The ” anticipation ” just before this triple shootout is everything. AND with THREE involved, and IF one them is YOU, who would you shoot first ? Come on, who and why ? Ah-Ah’-Ah-Ah’-Ah – – Wah-Wah-Wah – – – –

    • Gary Clure

      I watched that last Saturday night.

  • Tom K.

    Best Non-Western Shootout = the final Battle in ” We Were Soldiers ” ! ” Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves ! “

  • Bill

    Best non-military shootout – Richard Widmark and Harry Guardino kill Steve Icahn in “Madigan,” in which Widmark also gets killed.

    • Louis Martinez

      That was Steve Ihnat, not Icahn.

  • No Name

    “Bonny and Clyde”, the last scene were the two are machined gunned in an ambush. Why? I went to see this movie with a friend who was 5 months out of Viet Nam, and ayer exiting the theatre, he was as pale as a ghost. I asked him what was wrong? His comment,”it looks just like that”. Nuff said

    • noname

      Should be “upon” not”ayer”.

  • chrijeff

    I like the extended “travelling” shootout at the climax of “Silverado.”

  • rvictor

    All these Peckinpah lovers and no one even mentions Dustin Hoffman’s shootout in Straw Dogs?????

    • Tom Hanson

      As a Peckinpah lover myself I think most of us probably feel that Straw Dogs doesn’t fit the bill as a shootout; terrific as the action scene is, most of it doesn’t deal with shooting at all, especially the actual ending which is sheer brutal hand-to-hand. So the Wild Bunch wins hands down for me.

  • misaligne

    Holden, Johnson, Borgnine, Ryan, Oates. End of argument.

    • Erez

      You demn right, brother.

  • mel

    I just want to add Andy Garcia and Kevin Costner in “The Untouchables”. The shootout in the train station although borrowed from an earlier movie was still exciting to watch.

  • R. Widmann

    The opening first 20 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan” and the continuous rolling battle conflict in “Black Hawk Down” .

  • hupto

    John Woo’s A BETTER TOMORROW 2. Just jaw-dropping.

  • Capoman

    The Wild Bunch, The Magnificent Seven, Bank Robbery in Heat. Midway, the US Navy in action.

    • Butch Knouse

      Especially the long version of Midway not available anywhere.

  • williamsommerwerck

    Something might be said for “Lawman”. Not only does Burt Lancaster shoot a man in the back, but Lee J Cobb commits suicide — on camera — when his son is killed.

    “The Magnificent Seven” is among the worst. Many of the scenes were photographed separately and edited together.

  • OldSgt

    As to recent Westerns, I like the shootout in Open Range with Kevin Costner & Robert Duval. Pretty realistic and well done.
    As to realistic and accurate, probably the shootout at the Sheriff’s office in “Appaloosa” with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortenson. Probably the best depiction of a real “gunfight” I’ve ever seen. I love that it was quick and deadly, and Mortensen’s character (wounded) says “What Happened” and Harris (also wounded) says “Everybody could shoot”. (Or that’s close to what they said)

  • Retex

    “The Wild Bunch”. I totally agree with the comments regarding the casting and the style, but Holden, Johnson, and Oates are firing a Maxim not a Gatling gun.

    • GeorgeDAllen

      It occurs to me that way back when (when this post first “aired”) we did get another helpful fan who pointed out our “Gatling gun” error; when this video appeared on YouTube, before we switched over video platforms, I believe we had put up a caption superimposed that acknowledged the mistake. To be fair to Irv, I tend to spring these questions on him and he is forced to answer on the fly, so without the benefit of planning and research, every once in a while we must admit to a slip. (Maybe Irv was just thinking of his own firearms collection…)

      Anyhow, thanks for watching and keeping us honest — according to the illustrious Internet Movie Firearms Database, just to get really specific, the weapon in question is a thirty-aught-six Browning M1917: http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/The_Wild_Bunch#Browning_M1917

  • glasspolish

    The term “shootout”, I feel, would indicate either westerns or gangster (or other criminal) movies, so I will leave out the war movies. My favorite was Open Range, but Hang ‘Em High, Lawman, Tin Star should be included among the westerns. If it weren’t for the “Code”, many of the ’30s gangster flicks would have been developed so as to be included. As it is, most of the gangster/hitman movies of the past few decades (Stallone, Willis, DeNiro, Norris, Bronson, the Godfather cast, Van Damme, etc.) have excellent shootouts.

  • Hankster

    wild bunch, one of my favorites, but the shoot out in “HEAT” was awesome after the Bank Robbery, very realistic, and very intense……

  • Bruce Reber

    “The Wild Bunch” certainly has TWO if THE best shootouts of any Western ever (at the beginning and again at the end), if not the bloodiest. “High Noon”, “3:10 To Yuma” (1957) and “Gunfight At The OK Corral” also have great shootouts. For non-Western shootouts – “The Breaking Point”, “Key Largo”, “Bonnie And Clyde”, “White Heat”, “High Sierra” and “Treasure Of The Sierra Madre”. For war movie shootouts – “The Dirty Dozen”, “The Longest Day”, “All Quiet On The Western Front” and “Where Eagles Dare”. For prison movies – “The Big House” and “Brute Force”.

  • Rex Bobinette

    Wild Bunch for sure … next choice is the bank robbery in HEAT … good stuff!

  • Goldenfoxx

    Personally partial to the final shootout in the original Young Guns.

  • misterauto5

    The shootout in the original Getaway with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw, in the Texas hotel at the end. And of course, the final scenes, in the saloon, in The Shootist. It was John Wayne’s final film and I believe he wanted all his fans to believe that was the way he was going to leave this world.

    • Bruce Reber

      I forgot about “The Getaway” shootout – it was one of the best!

  • Bruce Reber

    Another intense shootout in “The Outfit”, towards the end when Robert Duvall and Joe Don Baker are going after Robert Ryan and his gunsels in his house

  • Bruce Reber

    Near the end of “Bullitt”, when Steve McQueen nails the killer of the state’s witness at SFI airport.

    • Bruce Reber

      Correction – the hitman that crashed in the Dodge Charger at the end of the car chase was the one who killed the state’s witness.

  • ccity06

    My favorite will always be Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry during the bank robbery, at the end he asks the wounded robber did he shot 5 or 6, in the heat of the moment he didn’t remember himself. Classic

  • Gary Clure

    The end of “Once Upon a Time in the Old West”. Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda.

    • Rick A

      What a shame to see talent like Bronson & Fonda in trash like that !

      • Gary Clure

        That was a very good movie.

      • Calif.Sunshine

        Ain’t that the truth!!

      • Terry Powell

        That was a great movie.

  • John M

    For a military film, my choice is “Sargent York”.

    • dirkwrestler

      When he gobbles like a Turkey — classic!

  • Butch Knouse

    I don’t remember the name of it anymore, but there was an el cheapo drive-in revenge flick where a teenager is out to avenge the death of his sister. He and several buddies go into this pool hall to confront the killler and then suddenly the teens and pool hall deizens are blasting away at each other from about 40 feet. Nobody ducking everybody standing and shooting. Another good forgetten movie is The Farmer, with Gary Conway. He plays a WW II hero about to lose his farm. He takes on a job for a mobster who says “Who’d you kill in the war? Probably farmers like you. These are scumbags that the law will never hang.” The ending is unbelieveable.

  • David

    OPEN RANGE without a doubt

  • classicsforever

    For building up the suspense until there’s nothing left but the final showdown, I’d have to say “Shane”. Plain, simple and very satisfying.

  • Dan W

    The final shootout in “Saving Private Ryan.”

    • MissBrendaWI

      I agree, it is always great to see a Colt 45 take out a Tiger One tank, “wink, wink”

  • ted f.

    the final shootout in the good,the bad and the ugly.

  • mark Lawler

    What about near the end of true grit where john wayne puts the reins in his mouth and takes on robert duval and his 3 henchman on horseback …….”fill your hands you son of a B^&tch”?…..classic

    • Sherlock Whovian

      Yes yes yes! How could anyone overlook that one??!!

  • Johnny Sherman

    The end of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ is still difficult for me to watch because I really like the characters even though they are crooks.
    Same goes when Paul Newman also gets it in ‘Hombre’. “I would like to know hees name”: Frank Silvera, playing the Mexican bandit who kills Newman.

    • Mindy Newell

      I thought of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, but had to go with THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. (See above.)

      • Dusty Ayres

        There are no shootouts in The Bridge On The River Kwai, but there is one heck of an explosion.

  • jbourne5181

    I agree with Dave down below, “Open Range” was great and it also reminded me of the Clint Eastwood movie [ can’t remember the name ] where he protects people in a mining town and has that great shootout with the last vigilante in the end who stares at Eastwood and shouts “You!!You!!”

    • Bruce Reber

      I think it might be “High Plains Drifter” (1973), but I’m not sure.

    • Call me “Father”

      Actually it was “Pale Rider”, where he played a character called “Preacher”. Whether or not he was actually a Preacher who had turned into a gunfighter is never revealed in the film.

      • jbourne5181

        thanks Father

  • John Patterson

    “True Grit-Both the original with The Duke and the remake with Jeff Bridges.
    “The Wild Bunch”.
    “Training Day”.

  • jbourne5181

    would like to add the remake of 3:10 to Yuma, plus the running dialogue was spectacular

  • tone26

    the shootout at the o.k. corral in my darling clementine,between the earps and the clantons

  • tschreur8252

    My Favorite shootout is the scene with John Wayne, Lee Marvin, and James Stewart in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”. If that qualifies as a shootout?

  • Jubal645

    Open Range–Heat—Shane—High Noon—The Wild Bunch.

  • Vann Morrison

    Another good Peckinpah Western movie shootout is Ride the High Country. Made in 1962 with Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott. The movie winds down with a final shootout with McCrea and Scott facing off against John Anderson, James Drury and Warren Oates. Won’t spoil it for anybody with details, The Movie also stars Mariette Hartley and L.Q. Jones.
    Another decent shootout is in a little known movie with Joe Don Baker and Paul Koslo titled “Welcome Home Soldier Boys made in 1971. Baker leads a group of Green Berets just returning from Viet Nam across the country to set up a business with the money they’ve pooled. With every stop they make they wind up getting screwed somehow and eventually loose all their money. They finally reach their breaking point when a store owner shoots at them for stealing gas. They open the trunk of the car filled with an arsenal of weapons and dress in fatigues and berets and wipe out the town. The National Guard is sent in and they shoot down a Guard helicopter with a bazooka. The National Guard fires tear gas and they retreat and line up shoulder to shoulder for a final battle. You hear the boots of the National Guard troops coming and they appear through the cloud of tear gas wearing gas masks and armed with M-1s with bayonets fixed. Baker gives the order and they each pull the pin on a grenade and as they throw them the movie freeze frames and you hear a volley of gunfire. It’s worth watching if you like that ’70s anti-hero genre. I’ve seen it in the past from time to time on VHS and I don’t think it has ever made it to DVD

    • Vann Morrison

      I was wrong. “Welcome Home Soldier Boys” is available on DVD.

  • Roy

    The final shootout in the shootist is good so is scareface but the wild bunch is the best. The shootout in the enforcer where they shoot it out on alcatraz is not bad either as well as the whole black hawk down movie

    • rogerscorpion

      The Wild Bunch. Brutal, visceral & the slo-mo made it lyrical–almost poetic.

      • Rick A

        If you like Trashy Poetry.

  • Guest

    Probe7 Over & Out , I shot an Arrow, To Serve Man, The Rip Van Wrinkle Capper, Time Enough at Last

    • Butch Knouse

      No shoot out in Probe 7, but a great story.

  • Cougar

    Has anyone ever seen “March or Die”? Take a look at that ending firefight!!!

  • Cougar

    Has anyone ever seen “March or Die”? Take a look at the firefight at the end of this movie!!

  • dirkwrestler

    for pure fire power, I submit: Reservoir Dogs

    • Rick A

      Interesting outing, however, for me the director is an OVER RATED WACO.

      • dirkwrestler

        oh yeah, for sure, but Res Dogs had to be the last good thing he did.

      • djsteffen

        I have been sitting here for 15 minutes trying to come up with something you and dirkwrestler will understand. Can’t do it. Reservoir Dogs does not even come close to the best shootout. It is not the best thing Quentin Tarantino did. Check out Pulp Fiction. Has to be one of the all time best films. BTW, Waco is a city in Texas.

  • jbourne5181

    adding a film to my list, the street shootout in “Heat” was the most intense [extended] shootout scene I’ve ever seen in any movie. I was on the edge of my seat in the theatre when I saw it, seemed like half an hour and I still sit straight up when I watch the dvd.

    • djsteffen

      That was a very excellent scene in a very good movie. But for the content and the context of a shootout, it has to be “The Wild Bunch.”

  • Quiggy

    Any of the shootout scenes in Silverado, the opening scene with Scott Glenn in a shack, or the jailbreak in Turley, but especially at the end where Kevin Kline faces down Brian Dennehy

    • Sherlock Whovian

      My personal favorite from Silverado is when Kevin Costner stands at the corner of the building and gets both of the guys coming from two different directions! Beautiful.

  • duke1029

    The most artistically and visually poetic shootout is “My Darling Clemintine.” The most dramatic is “Ride the High Country,” and the most viscerally exciting is “The Wild Bunch.” Unfortunately the “High Noon.” shootout isn’t on a par with the rest of that otherwise outstanding film, probably because Cooper’s role is minimized.

  • Archie Leach

    “Wizards.” If you saw it all the way thru you understand. If you didn’t (and that’s most everyone) it can’t be explained.

  • Ernie Blick

    The climax of the Randolph Scott-Budd Boetticher western Buchanan Rides Alone.
    Or the one in Police Squad/Naked Gun where Frank and the bad guys are hiding behind dustbins about three feet from each other.
    More seriously, the final confrontation between Alan Ladd and the brilliant (Walter) Jack Palance in Shane. Dark, atmospheric and tense, all the more effective because the actual shoot-out is over so quickly you hardly have time to wince.

    • Rick A

      Hi Ernie, I couldn’t argue with any of your selections !

  • Vann Morrison

    The Killer Elite, a Sam Peckinpah film. The movie ends with a show down on a ship of the Mothball Fleet in San Francisco Bay. Automatic weapons vs martial arts.
    James Caan, Bo Hopkins, Robert Duval and Burt Young.

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  • Roger Womack

    Glen Ford in the fastest gun alive !

    • Rick A

      Hey Roger, I kind of feel your way off TARGET For me the best remains the the beautifully crafted final bar shootout in SHANE.
      On a lighter note the final shootout in RIO BRAVO is a joy to watch.

      • Roger Womack

        Great fight also >So many to choose from !

  • Roger Womack

    I have got to add the the Big gun fight in the CROW .Wow guns blazing from all directions and LEE just taking all of it !

  • Roger Womack

    I keep forgetting HITMAN …..Wow !

  • Calif. Sunshine

    Rio Bravo. Best movie. Best shoot out…amazing choreography of it!

  • Mindy Newell

    THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Yeah, I know it’s not a Western, but it’s absolutely riveting. And the last lines by the Doctor…
    “Madness. Madness!” Whew!

    • Bruce Reber

      There was no shootout in TBOTRK – the bridge was blown up and the train plunged into the river. There was some mortar fire, if that’s what you mean.

      • Mindy Newell

        Just saw it again yesterday on Turner Classic Movies…as I said, Bruce, it’s not a classic shootout as in MY DARLING CLEMENTINE or THE WILD BUNCH. But there’s certainly a lot of shooting going!

  • Sherlock Whovian

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, absolutely my #!. Then John Wayne on horseback in True Grit (with possibly the greatest movie line in a shootout scene right before he puts the reigns in his teeth), the final shootout in Shane, the OK Corral scene in BOTH My Darling Clementine and Tombstone, and the great showdown between Doc Holliday and the Ringo Kid in Tombstone (“I’m your huckleberry…”)!

  • Capoman

    The end of The Wild Bunch, The Magnificent Seven,

    • Dr. Death

      Their are really too many to name…The first scene with Scott Glenn in Silverado, Wild Bunch Ending, Magnificent 7 Ending, John Garfield in Pride of the Marines against the entire japanese nation on Guadalcanal, Johnny Ringo against Doc holiday in Tombstone, Wyatt Earp & Jesse James & Billy the Kid & Doc Holiday against a 1000 baaad guys in Purgatory, the End of Quigley…”I said I didn’t like a six shooter…..I didn’t say I couldn’t use a six shooter “!!!
      AND Three of the most fulfilling shootout Endings…Michael Getting Even in Godfather 2 ending, Liev Schreiber & Daniel Craig Getting Even in the end of “Defiance”……..annnnd the Jews getting all the Germans Dead in the Paris theatre in “Inglorious Basterds”!!!

      • fbusch

        all of these are great, but, the shootist, and the deliberate cold shooting of no country for old men, (still brings the hair up on my neck). and yes, viva Zapata too.

  • suzukavich

    the shootist john wayne ron howard james stewart lauren bacall

  • FalmouthBill

    Here I go again, into the way back machine, however, I can’t help it, I go way back. Again in the late 50’s,. on the local T.V.’s, Boston Movietime, they showed the 1952 Marlon Brando movie, “Viva Zapata”, and I will never forget the ending when they gunned down Zapata at the end of the film, 100 men, putting 100’s of rounds into the legend of a man. To be honest I am not sure Brando got a round off, so technically, this may not be considered a shootout, more of a massacre, however, I will never forget that ending !

  • Vann Morrison

    I just saw “Fury” with Brad Pitt. I don’t know how you would catagorize a tank battle as a shoot out, but the battle between the Shermans and the Tiger is probably the best tank on tank action ever filmed. The final battle scene with Pitt and his Sherman against the SS troops is pretty spectacular. It’s almost comparable with the “Wild Bunch”.

  • Cinerama 70mm

    For suspense on a grand scale nothing comes close to “The Good The Bad and The ugly”
    For bloody spectacle and poetic style “The wild bunch” Both imitated but never recreated

  • Kenny Koala

    Dirty Harry. The Gunfight between Clint and Andy Robinson (a very under-rated actor). I still count Clint’s shots every time I see the movie – it was five.

  • evrrdy1dev

    I would say, without hesitation, the shootout scene in “Heat” with DeNiro and Pacino, when Pacino’s officers have staked out the bank being robbed by DeNiro’s gang in downtown L.A. It was nearly 10 minutes of relentless, rapid fire from automatic weapons in and around crowded streets, strip malls and storefronts. Tremendous cinematography and editing. If you haven’t seen it, you must watch it. The best!

  • John Logan

    I can not believe no one mentioned “Duel In The Sun” <Maybe I am dating myself.
    The shootout between Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones was awesome.

  • TALOS63

    The Wild Bunch is the winner, hands up and down!

  • roughman

    Open Range. L.A. Confidential.

  • Bob Riley

    In no certain order: L A Confidential, True Grit, Tombstone, We Were Soldiers, The Alamo (John Wayne version)

  • Agingcourt

    It has to be Vera Cruz. The final showdown between Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster is a hoot. You’ve got the grinning evil of the baddie Lancaster in no doubt he’s the best, versus the ‘old man’ Cooper. They face each other with the perfect dramatic pause before they draw. It’s then capped by Lancaster’s twirl of the pistol into the holster after the shots, followed a few seconds later by his fall to the ground! It’s very close to being a spoof, but still love it!

  • djsteffen

    Without a doubt, hands down, no question, Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” is and always will be the standard for shootouts. What was before and what will ever come will be a pale comparison. You can do your computer enhanced graphics to hearts content but nothing will ever surpass that scene.

  • seadancer

    Peckinpah’s Ride the High Country has been mentioned a couple of times – it’s one of the best. Very fast, as real gunplay is. Another – not mentioned – is Fritz Lang’s Western Union from 1941. Both Ride the Country and Western Union had Randy Scott using Remington – not Colt – revolvers, to good effect.

  • Quiggy

    As much as I loathe Kevin Costner, the best shootout for me is the scene in the train station in “The Untouchables”. Brian DePalma’s homage to Sergei Eisenstein’s iconic scene in “Battleship Potemkin” stands out as one of the most impressive. Of course, I have to have a John Wayne movie in here, too, and the climatic shootout in “The Shootist” is still one of my favorites.

  • Tsagiglalal

    -Definitely not a classic shootout…many may not consider it even within 1000 miles of the ballpark but it impressed me. The shootout between Atticus Finch and the rabid dog in To Kill the Mockingbird.

    • Bruce Reber

      Hmmm, a dog being able to fire a gun; very interesting. He was putting the poor animal out of its misery. The one thing I like about that scene is when his glasses get in the way of his aim, Atticus takes them off and drops them on the ground.

  • Rick A

    I just want to change direction for a moment. I made the mistake of recording & watching a shocker, the title, ‘LADY IN A CAGE’ with the golden years actress Olivia de Havilland, how sad it was to see this once wonderful actress in a piece of TRASH like this, even sadder to find out she liked the roll. For me this goes down as one of the worst film to come out of the US. All I can think is Paramount must have been low on product to want to release this mindless ugly, pointless piece of trash. The director Walter Grauman was a second rate TV director who wanted to be Hitchcock, this is clear with the opening credits, he should have been invited to BATES MOTEL before he was allowed to murder more films. A final thought, ‘DIRECTOR IN A CAGE’

    • Mike B

      I liked Lady in a Cage and thought de Havilland did great

  • mike

    The best was the final scenes of the Wild Bunch.

  • walter plews

    Bronson versus Fonda Once upon a time in the west

  • Alex Krajci

    Little Caesar (1931)

  • Bill Dillon

    AL PACINO In Scarface

  • randallsmith

    The best gunfight was in Open Range. Second was Shane. Third Gunfight At OK Corral.

  • Mike B

    Charles Bronson & Henry Fonda’s shootout in Once Upon a Time in the West. IMO Sergio Leone’s best and best western of all time. The flashback in the final scene reveals Harmonica’s motive for revenge, and it’s a shocking one. Coupled with Ennio Morricone’s haunting musical score this shootout tops them all.

  • Bobby Litwin

    Like most guys, I’ve seen hundreds of shootouts in movies. A lot of random shooting and diving for cover get to be tedious after awhile. Something less frantic, and more deliberate and skilled, is easier to follow and I think is more realistic and memorable. I have enjoyed all the shootouts in the movies already mentioned, and my favorites are there. “Heat” and “The Shootist” were controlled gunfights from start to finish, and they’re great to watch late at night with some hot Beef Tacos and a few very cold beers. “Tombstone” has great gun action, we get to know the characters and their trigger-points, and we are treated to Val Kilmer’s riveting turn as Doc Holiday. Michael Biehn is also outstanding as Johnny Ringo. Kurt Russell is always great. He was wonderful as a bad cop in “Dark Blue,” and he earns his Star as Wyatt Earp. Don’t forget War movies, like “In Harm’s Way,” from the Thump of the big guns on the Battleships to the planes and bombs and torpedoes, there’s nothing that hits you more in the Gut than the sights and the sounds of a Warship under fire. It’s sort of measured mayhem, and you really don’t expect any survivors!

  • Ron

    ANGEL AND THE BADMAN with Wayne Cabot and Carey.
    Fast and furious shoot out.

  • Clint

    John Payne and buddies in EL PASO.
    Wow a slam bang shootout in a sand storm.

  • George Custer

    OK – I read all the comments and I’m going to nominate the scene from the movie most movie fanatics have seen but forgotten – the final minutes of the attack by the Zulus on the redoubt at Rorkes Drift. Yea, maybe more a war movie but Stanley Baker & Michael Caine alternating, “First rank, fire. Second rank, fire. Third rank, fire.” Cool.

    • Capoman

      That was a good movie. A textbook skirmish line. Richard Harris did the same thing with the Indians in “A Man Called Horse.”

  • Ballard Kurt

    Open Range..

  • Ronald Talbert

    The Wild Bunch, most graphic ever shot!

  • Neil Bjurling

    The Wild Bunch is one of the best as are Tombstone and the climax of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid. I agree that Val kilmer’s performance in Tombstone was excellent. From what I have read about Doc Holiday his take on him was right on the money. Again he was perfect.

  • Butch Knouse

    James Caan outdrawing the bad guy over the table in El Dorado.

  • chrijeff

    I’d say the extended battle (ranging from the bad guy’s ranchhouse to town) at the climax of “Silverado.”

  • Dirk Henry

    well probably nobody will say Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid or Reservoir Dogs, as their favorite

  • Leader Desslok

    If it doesn’t have to be a Western then DEFINITELY John Woo’s THE KILLER and another favorite is Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw’s trying to shoot their way out of a hotel in THE GETAWAY! As for Westerns, I recently saw the RIO LOBO gunfight so that’s near the top of my list for now.

    • Brooklyn Ave.

      For a total half hour or so bloodbath shootout it’s hard to beat “The Getaway”…but I have both versions and although McQueen is Good in the earlier version the Re-Make with Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger was a much stronger movie…probably because it happened years later and sex, language & violence came easier!!!
      The Wild Bunch still holds up though for a Cowboy movie!!!…Has anyone here mentioned “The Quick & the DEad”…a two hour constant gunfight????..Hackman & DeCaprio…

  • John Foran

    Any Warner Brothers movie with Bogart and Cagney. Just look at Angels with Dirty Faces

  • William Proctor

    The Wild Bunch and more recently Fury.

  • Rick A

    It’s ‘SHANE’ for me !

  • NJ Lady

    The shooting scenes from any of “The Godfather” movies. The scene that stands out is in Godfather One I think. It’s when Diane Keaton asks Al Pacino why their bedroom drapes are open. Then it’s bullets through the windows!

    • Dusty Ayres

      That scene was from The Godfather, Part II. But yeah, that was a great one.

      One of the best was from The Matrix. another was the gunfight from Raiders Of The Lost Ark. B ut the most best on of my life has to be the gunfight from RoboCop

  • lyndell

    Raiders of the Lost Ark, starts out to be a prolonged whip fight but (due to an actual bout of dysentery) Harrison Ford pulls the pistol and just shoots the guy. hilarious, effective, ad-lib and involves actual physical discomfort, can’t beat that.

  • Rodney Elkins

    The shootout at the end of,”The Wild Bunch”,far outweighs any shootout anywhere,ever.The shootout at the beginning is also classic.

    • Jared J Digirolamo

      The wild bunch i agree and i say also Tombstone or Wyatt earp the one with Kevin costner but the godfather Part II Has a good scene and so does the first

      • Rodney Elkins

        Jared,i agree with you there,but check out a 1972 western called,”The Culpepper Cattle Company”,there’s a shootout in a saloon about halfway through the movie that’s pretty good also.

  • http://www.thepenmarket.com Nathaniel Cerf

    It has gotta be the train station shootout in “The Untouchables.” Tracking the baby carriage as it bounces down the stairs while Eliot Ness tries saving the baby while also shooting it out with Capone’s men fills the scene with far more tension than any other gunfight, while adding a dose of humor. “Got ‘im?” “Got ‘im.”

    • Mel Lastella

      Yes, my favorite also.

  • speedle24

    You have to consider “Taxi Driver”, but at the end of the day it has to be Steve McQueen in “The Getaway”.

  • Alex Krajci

    Reservoir Dogs (1992)

  • Tom K.

    “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” ! The classic western shoot-out is TWO gunslingers in the middle of main street, usually at high noon. In the last scene of “The G, B and U.” there are THREE shooters, in a grave yard and each is highly motivated to shoot the other two. The scene is perfectly drawn out to maximize the drama of the moment and the outstanding music soundtrack only adds to the whole experience. I’ll have spaghetti with my western.

  • Steve Wethington

    hmmmm western would be G,B,and U end scene. Another might be end of Pacino in any drug movie…

    And the next to last scene in Outlaw Josie Wales….course the women didnt get a kick much from those old rifles / muskets LOL

  • Alex Krajci

    The Godfather (1972)

  • Dusty Ayres

    Another one of mine-the shootout from Star Trek Into Darkness on Kronos.

  • Vann Morrison

    “Survivors” The shoot out at the end between Jerry Reed and Robin Williams. “What kind of man gives a cigarette to a tree?”

  • Alex Krajci

    The Patriot (2000).

  • Steven Botwinick

    Richard B.
    How about the final shoot out in “Rio Bravo.”
    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson shooting it out against John Russell and his hired gunfighter. The best part is when Walter Bennan tries sticks of dynamite together and Wayne and Martin shoot at them to help blow up John Russell’s hideout.

  • Rabbi Tom

    John Wick, John Wick 2, John Wick 3, Ronin

  • Sandy Pister

    Die Hard.

  • Brian

    I thought the shoot out at the end of Kevin Costner’s movie, “Open Range” was great.

  • Sandy Pister

    “Bonnie and Clyde” and “ Die Hard.”

  • tr6