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30 of the Most Iconic Movie Guns

Guns have featured prominently in movies since cinema began. They first appeared on screen as early as 1894, when Editon Studios produced silent film clips of shooting exhibitions by real-life legendary sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody.

Since then, firearms have appeared in thousands upon thousands of films in numerous genres – Westerns, mysteries, spy films, war movies, family dramas, comedies, and more. Sometimes, there’s even a gun in the title. We’ve had “The Fastest Gun Alive,” “The Man with the Golden Gun,” “The Guns of Navarone,” “Young Gun,” “Johnny Got His Gun,” “The Naked Gun,” and of course “Top Gun” (though that title didn’t refer to guns per se) – among countless others. (These are the most profitable action movies of all time.)

To assemble a list of iconic movie guns, 24/7 Tempo consulted the “Best Movie Gun” page created by fandom_cultures for IMDb, an online movie and TV database owned by Amazon, then cross-referenced the information with several firearms and fandom sites. The IMDb list includes guns from movies made through the end of 2016. There are only 33 entries but 34 guns because two different ones appear in the same movie.

Some of these weapons are in scenes that are truly memorable. Who can forget Indiana Jones proving with his Smith & Wesson M1917 why you shouldn’t bring a sword to a gunfight, or Dirty Harry Callahan asking a punk to gauge his chances of survival in the face of an S&W Model 29 Magnum?

Some of these iconic guns are classics, like the aforementioned Smith & Wessons and the Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Others are futuristic creations, like Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg’s devastating ZF-1 from “The Fifth Element” or the sort-of gun Proton Pack wielded by the Ghosbusters. 

Then there are those that aren’t real but could be: James Bond’s foe, Francisco Scaramanga’s one-shot pistol made of solid gold in (what else?) in “The Man with the Golden Gun” and would-be presidential assassin Mitch Leary’s homemade two-shot plastic resin pistol in “In the Line of Fire.” (See where this film – and “Dirty Harry” – place in our list of Clint Eastwood movies ranked worst to best.)

Click here to see 30 of the most iconic movie guns

Real or fictional, the most iconic movie guns play important parts in their respective films, lending their unique traits to both character and plot.

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30. Ion blaster
> Movie: Transformers (2007)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

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Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

29. Glock 17 pistol
> Movie: The Dark Knight (2008)
> Real or fictional: Real

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

28. IWI Desert Eagle Mark XIX pistols
> Movie: Deadpool (2016)
> Real or fictional: Real

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27.Škorpion vz. 61 machine pistol
> Movie: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
> Real or fictional: Real

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

26. William Moore & Co. 8-gauge shotgun (“elephant gun”)
> Movie: Tremors (1990)
> Real or fictional: Real

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

25. E-11 Blaster rifle and DL 44 Blaster pistol
> Movie: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

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24. Beretta 92F pistol
> Movie: Die Hard (1988)
> Real or fictional: Real

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

23. EE-3 carbine rifle
> Movie: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

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22. EM-1 railgun
> Movie: Eraser (1996)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

21. Atchisson AA-12 automatic shotgun
> Movie: The Expendables (2010)
> Real or fictional: Real

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

20. Homemade two-shot plastic resin pistol
> Movie: In the Line of Fire (1993)
> Real or fictional: Fictional but possible

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19. M4 carbine with M203 grenade launcher
> Movie: Planet Terror (2007)
> Real or fictional: Real

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18. Proton Pack
> Movie: Ghostbusters (1984)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

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17. The Samaritan revolver
> Movie: Hellboy (2004)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

16. Zorg ZF-1
> Movie: The Fifth Element (1997)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

15. BFG-3000
> Movie: Doom (2005)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

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14. Phaser
> Movie: Star Trek (2009)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

Source: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

13. M134 Minigun machine gun
> Movie: Predator (1987) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
> Real or fictional: Real

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Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

12. Noisy Cricket
> Movie: Men in Black (1997)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

11. Colt AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with M203 grenade launcher
> Movie: Scarface (1983)
> Real or fictional: Real

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10. Golden Gun (single-shot 4.2 mm pistol)
> Movie: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

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9. Smith & Wesson 15-3 revolver
> Movie: Batman (1989)
> Real or fictional: Real

Source: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

8. MAC-10 machine pistol
> Movie: El Mariachi (1992)
> Real or fictional: Real

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7. Smith & Wesson Escort
> Movie: Taxi Driver (1976)
> Real or fictional: Real

Source: Courtesy of Carolco Pictures

6. M60E3 machine gun
> Movie: Rambo: First Blood Part II
> Real or fictional: Real

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

5. Walther PPK
> Movie: Dr. No (1962)
> Real or fictional: Real

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4. The Boomstick
> Movie: Evil Dead II (1987)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

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3. Auto 9 (modified Beretta m93R machine pistol
> Movie: RoboCop (1987)
> Real or fictional: Real/fictional

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Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

2. Armat M41A Pulse Rifle
> Movie: Aliens (1986)
> Real or fictional: Fictional

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

1. Smith & Wesson Model 29 Magnum revolver
> Movie: Dirty Harry (1971)
> Real or fictional: Real

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