Top Ten Shoot Em Ups

Mike Matei / December 3rd, 2008

Description: James picks out 10 of the best movie scenes with people being blown to smithereens!

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  • April 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    God Damn Scarface was badass!!!

    • Devin Bridgwater

      January 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      correction Scarface is badass… for he will always live on in our hearts

  • April 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

    “Say hello to my little friend!”

  • bloodlockscc

    April 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    The Best Shoot Em Ups in screen history.

  • icehead

    April 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Re: Robocop: Why doesn’t he just die? Because he’s wearing kevlar, that’s why. The bullets don’t kill him right away, but they still hurt like a motherfucker.

  • IcyNoodles

    April 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Scarface. Dictionary definition of “Bullet Rape”

  • WatchmenFTW

    June 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Great list, Scarface was bound to be on there eventually. You could’ve added the scene in Predator where Arnie and the other soldiers randomly fire all their ammo into trees, they even reload before realising no-one’s there. THAT’S AWESOME!!!!

  • July 13, 2010 at 12:34 am

    K seriously though. I appreciated the surprise with Hot Shots, but where is Terminator 2? The scene when he is firing on the cops from that window with the minigun and the grenade launcher. Basically that whole movie is one entire long action scene

  • gamerdude122

    August 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Yeah. Rambo 4 (Yeah, I call it Rambo 4) was awesome. It had a slow start but as soon as the shooting starts, it gets turned into a fucking awesome display of blood and gore and explosions and dead people. I love that movie. Yeah, I’m gonna go watch it after I watch the remaining Rocky movies, the Grindhouse movies, the Terminator movies, the Die Hard movies, the Alien movies, the 1953 and 2005 Spielberg War of the Worlds, and maybe some more. Yeah, I’m in a movie craze and this is the only week that I haven’t played my Xbox for two hours and I’ve laid off my emulators (my only source of PC gaming since Windows XP fucked with my CPU’s RAM).

  • August 14, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Comment to this idiot:
    icehead says:
    April 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Re: Robocop: Why doesn’t he just die? Because he’s wearing kevlar, that’s why. The bullets don’t kill him right away, but they still hurt like a motherfucker.

    Kevlar isn’t powerful enough (not then and not now) to take a single bullet that close let alone a whole fucking shower of ’em. His torso would have been torn apart in real life. And don’t start giving me the “it’s just a movie” shit. You tried to explain the thing with only KEVLAR!!! Fucking moron!

  • HommyB

    August 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I almost orgasmed at the end of Scarface… Shame tony couldn’t kill Sosa for a perfect ending.. for me anyways.

  • wutaii123

    September 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Oh my fucking god. The rambo 4 scene is fucking so far over the top it is a classic. People exploding, enemy officers being gutted, how can this not be great? Comment on why terminator 2 was not on the list i think. If you remember the terminator was not allowed to kill anyone due to the fact that john conner ordered him not to . So even though there was alot of gunfire, there was no body count in the mini gun scene.

  • CaptainCharisma

    September 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    It’s true! They really did need a fucking army to take down Tony Montana!

  • SSBMKirby

    October 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    If you’ve seen “Shoot ’em up”, it would be at least number 2.

  • Schloss Ritter

    October 7, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Robocop is still one of the most memorable to me.

  • phoenix252005

    October 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Damn Scarface is fucking crazy! I was actually laughing when that ending scene came. CRAZY! LONG LIVE THE NERD!!

  • Whourkr

    October 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I was kinda dissapointed that you didn’t include “Shoot ’em up” or “Last man standing”.
    Shoot ’em up may not be a great movie, but it’s a great parody and hard core action movie, I feel it should have been mentioned. Last man standing however is in my oppinion a really good movie and a cool tribute to both japanese and western movies.

    But still a great review, as always.

  • Mattzilla1600

    December 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Watched The Wild Bunch a few months ago on Netflix and absolutely loved the ending scene (always acted it out) and about to get Scarface on Netflix. Need to see some of these movies. Great review James!

  • avgnfan3

    January 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Good list, i HAVE to see some of these movies, by the way, The Expendables definitely takes this concept of shooting ups, celebrates it, and takes it up a notch!!!

  • Kryptic1989

    March 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I’m sorry, but 3000 Miles To Graceland needs to be in here. It had some of the best shootouts in an action movie. Just seeing Ice-T spinning while mowing people down, while upside down, just reaks of badass.

  • seph411

    April 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    ice head , all due respect and all but you said” its kevlar and it still hurt like a mother fucker ” but i think that was the point man ya hes getting shot up and if he is just getting prodded through his vest even though Reino Tennberg disagrees whom i agree with that it wouldnt withstand such a beating , but i think james point is that damn all that fucking punishment he couldnt get lucky and just get one in the head in the first place and end it right then and their i mean damn they jacked his ass up , i mean james wasnt like duh der why isnt he dying he getting like shot up shit derr , so his point was “damn just fucking die already “

  • May 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I’m also a little disappointed that Shoot ‘Em Up wasn’t on here. Way better than Hot Shots, as action/comedies go. That movie didn’t just feature guns, they were the star of the movie. But it may have been to new to include on this list. Still, that movie was absolutely brilliant, for what it was going for.

  • AssKickerTom

    May 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Where’s Missing in Action 3

  • TriviumOfBalls

    May 30, 2011 at 7:08 am

    You knew from the beginning that scarface would be nr 1 ^^

  • Twsm

    June 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Just saw the Postal movie, the firefight scene where nobody except children and handicapped got shot was so fucking hilarious

  • SpiritSoldier

    June 16, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Scarface is the gayest movie ever.

  • June 20, 2011 at 4:37 am

    I miss the Scene of the Murder of Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather”.
    Scarface is the best choice you could make for no.1 🙂

  • June 25, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Hey James, did you know that in Heat they acctually fired off real blanks? they didnt edit the gun shots in. Thats why it sounds so real.

  • EliteTarget

    June 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

    James, have you seen Equilibrium? Near the end, when hes out for revenge its a complete massacre! It probably should have been on this list.

  • Dial-V-for-Vicky

    July 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I love Death Wish 3, Rambo 4, and I cant forget Scarface ”The world is yours” James you have great taste in movies 🙂

  • derrick554

    September 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I’m in awe. I was actually surprised that “hot shots: part deux” made it on here, but i had a feeling it would. Although you didn’t show my favorite scene where the guy get plastered to the wall and declares “That’s one hell of a gun!”

  • Legend_Killer93

    September 18, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I think the postal movie should have made this list, but maybe thats just me…

  • cyclo1224

    October 16, 2011 at 2:27 am

    i would have fit Hard Boiled in someplace but wasnt my top ten…GREAT VID MAN!

  • cyclo1224

    October 16, 2011 at 2:35 am


  • JoshuaJimenez

    December 10, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Dont even check, netflix doesent have any of these titles -____-

  • Piet

    February 2, 2012 at 12:34 am

    WOW!! Who had guessed that the Charlesmaster actually would appear in a shoot em up top ten XD

  • RaulPerez

    April 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Scarface is probably the best movie on this list, having the best way to go down from rise to fall. Nothing screams a shoot ’em up mobster movie like Scarface.

  • Nateboy1989

    April 24, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I’m surprised to not see Predator on this list…I see the first use of a handheld Gatling gun to be pretty monumental in film…However…I do agree with Scarface being at number 1…

  • MajickMike

    August 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve seen all of these movies, and in my opinion, the warehouse scene in “Hard Boiled” is by far the best. “Mad Dog” is so badass!

  • RVT

    March 14, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Scarface is my favorite

  • Desslok

    May 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Wait? No Ah-nold? Really? You gotta be fucking kidding me!

  • robin starr

    May 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I’m glad the wild bunch made it to number 2

  • Daniel Brown

    June 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I really want Desperado on DVD, VHS is dumb.

  • spvtryan

    August 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    That was awesome. So well done. Perfect choices!!

  • thatrandomperson

    August 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I was very pleased that Rambo made the list. It’s like Holy Shit!

  • nammm3

    April 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I forgot how violent Rambo 4 was until I saw this top 10 😛

  • Iron65

    May 7, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Well, You can add Django Unchained in the list man

  • April 24, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Good list!

  • December 4, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Shoot Em Up with Clive Owen made me think carrots were BADASS!!!!

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