Sit back, relax, and have some fun with this list of famous guns in movies. We’ll see some of our favorite guns and which movies they show up in.
Let’s jump in…
1. The Model 29
“Go ahead, make my day.” Clint Eastwood said this line while holding his weapon of choice in Dirty Harry – The .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson 29.
This hand cannon was popularized by the famous and beloved character Harry Callahan. Eastwood also wielded the gun as Nick Pulovski in The Rookie.
But Eastwood isn’t the only one who uses a Model 29. Chuck Norris uses one in Good Guys Wear Black and Robert De Niro uses one in Taxi Driver. Bruce Willis also uses a Model 29 in Sin City and Mel Gibson uses one in Payback.
Suffice to say, the Model 29 is a good guy gun through and through. It makes the protagonist about twice as cool as any other gun could.
2. The Beretta 92
The Beretta 92 is one of the most commonly used handguns in film. This Italian-made 9 mm pistol was Mel Gibson’s choice of weapon in Lethal Weapon. It was also Bruce Willis’s gun in the movie Die Hard. Yippee-ki-yay!
This gun appears in so many action films, it’s almost impossible to watch one with seeing a Beretta 92. Seriously, just pick up a random action film and chances are there’s a Beretta 92 in it. The gun appears in The Bourne Identity, The Hurt Locker, Wanted, Inception, Independence Day, Never Say Die, Bulletproof, just to name a few.
Oh, and The Dark Knight, Safe, Taken, The Expendables, Watchmen, Mission Impossible 3, Training Day, Tomb Raider, X-Men, The Boondock Saints, The Matrix, Fight Club, American History X, and Heat.
Seriously, we dare you to try to watch an action film that doesn’t have a Beretta 92 in it.
Who hasn’t wanted to hold a GE M134 Minigun? Typically, these bad boys are mounted, but the movie Predator made handheld versions pretty popular. Remember when they mow down a jungle with one of these bad boys?
Or who could forget when Neo (Keanu Reeves) lights up a skyscraper from a helicopter in The Matrix with a minigun?
This electric-powered gun can pump out up to 6,000 rounds a minute. This awesome gun shows up in a ton of famous movies, like:
- Jurassic World
- Iron Man 2
- Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- The Incredible Hulk
- The Dark Knight
- Die Another Day
- Top Gun
- King Kong (1976)
- Apocalypse Now
4. The AK-47
Ah, the AK-47. Perhaps one of the most famous guns in existence. Several famous actors held this gun in various movies. Leonardo DiCaprio uses it in Blood Diamond and Nicolas Cage uses it in Lord of War. The AK-47 is used by Jackie Chan in Operation Condor and by Laurence Fishburne in Five Fingers.
The AK-47 has an ominous silhouette and is easily identified by its wooden accouterments. Every movie lover knows that as soon as you see someone wielding an AK-47 Something is about to go down.
The AK-47 appears in Apocalypse Now and in the pilot episode of The Sopranos.
5. Tommy gun
The Thompson Submachine Gun is a quintessential film gun. It’s two wooden handles make it instantly recognizable. Especially, the versions that have a magazine drum. Tom Hanks uses a Tommy Gun in Road to Perdition and Johnny Depp uses one in Public Enemies.
The Tommy Gun appears in blockbuster films like Watchmen, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Untouchables, Inglourious Basterds, Scarface, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
One of the most famous scenes with a Tommy Gun happens in Home Alone. The main character pranks a pizza delivery boy by playing scenes from a movie containing a Tommy Gun. “Keep the change you filthy animal!”
6. Desert Eagle
The Desert Eagle is used to establish a character as someone you don’t want to mess with. This massive gun is equal parts iconic and equal parts badass. The Desert Eagle has a unique triangular shape which makes it easily memorable and recognizable.
In The Matrix series, Mr. Smith uses a Desert Eagle as his choice of weapon. Arnold Schwarzenegger uses this gun in multiple movies, such as Commando, Last Action Hero, and Eraser. And “Bullet Tooth” Tony uses a Desert Eagle in the movie Snatch.
You will see this gun in The Boondock Saints, XXX, Escape from L.A., Tremors, The Punisher, RoboCop, Bulletproof Monk, and even Borat.
What is it about bad guys and Uzis? If a film has a gang or some group of thugs, one of them always has an Uzi. Arnold Schwarzenegger uses one as the antagonist of The Terminator. Kevin Spacey, the main villain in The Usual Suspects, uses an Uzi.
Henchmen use Uzis in Taken 2, The Dark Knight Rises, The Raid 2, The Stranger, Cop Target, The Matrix Reloaded, Urban Justice, Bad Blood, and War, Inc.
Uzis are commonly used by and associated with the mafia in movies, as seen in Scarface, Casino, and the pilot episode of The Sopranos. So if you’re watching a movie and someone has an Uzi, they’re probably a villain. You’ll also see this gun in:
- Day of the Dead
- Lethal Weapon
- Patriot Games
- Air America
The 1911 series shows up in a lot of wartime movies, such as The Hunt for Red October, Letters from Iwo Jima, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Pearl Harbor, and Saving Private Ryan.
You’ll also see it in movies set in older times, like The Great Gatsby and It’s a Wonderful Life. Humphrey Bogart loved using this gun in classic films like The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. The 1911 was the weapon Clyde wielded in Bonnie and Clyde.
But this classic gun still shows up in modern settings, such as The Great Lebowski. In the TV series Supernatural, one of the main characters, Dean, uses a 1911.
You will see this gun in movies like:
- The Third Man
- Dirty Money
- Enemy of the State
- We Were Soldiers
- Apocalypse Now
- The Untouchables
9. Colt Single Action Army
The gun of westerns. John Wayne loved this gun and used it in many of his films, including Blue Steel, West of the divide, The Range Feud, The trail Beyond, Chisum, and more.
This iconic gun found its way into several western classics. It shows up in Stagecoach, High Noon, 3:10 to Yuma, The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars, Once Upon a Time in the West, True Grit (1969), The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
It also appears in movies like:
- The Birth of a Nation
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Wild Wild West
- High Noon
- Shanghai Noon
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2
- The Last Samurai
- The Expendables
10. Winchester Model 1892
There are a lot of great Winchester Models to choose from, but we’ll look at the 1892. This iconic gun was used by famous actors like Humphery Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Frank Sinatra in 4 for Texas.
But no one looked better holding a Winchester Model 1892 than John Wayne. He wielded this firearm in a number of films, such as True Grit, The Shepherd of the Hills Red River, Rio Bravo, Circus World, El Dorado, Chisholm, Big Jake, Rooster Cogburn, and more.
You can see Clint Eastwood use one in High Plains Drifter and Charlton Heston use one in The Last Hard Men. The Winchester Model 1892 also appears in films like Unforgiven, Road to Perdition, Of Mice and Men, and Tremors.
Even though they didn’t make the cut, here a few bonus guns that almost made the list.
The Colt AR-15
“Say hello to my little friend!” The Colt AR-15 is the weapon Al Pacino wielded in Scarface when he said this famous line. Granted, he also had an M203 grenade launcher attached to it at the time.
The Walther P99
This pistol typically finds its way into more futuristic, modern settings. In the movie Underworld, Selene shoots up werewolves with a pair of these pistols. It’s a recurring gun in the James Bond franchise and appears in The Matrix Reloaded and The Bourne Supremacy.
Heckler & Koch MP5
This machine gun appears in popular films like Speed, The Usual Suspects, Independence Day, The Departed, and The Boondock Saints. One time, Pamela Anderson wielded a Heckler & Koch MP5 in the movie Barb Wire.
What’s your favorite movie gun?
Is there a gun in this article didn’t mention that you expected to see? Do you have a favorite movie gun?
There’s a lot out there and we couldn’t mention all of them. On top of that, we never even talked about fictional guns, like the Golden Gun from the James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun. Or the Noisy Cricket from Men in Black, which is very tiny, but packs a punch.
Drop a comment with your favorite movie gun. We’d love to hear your thoughts!