Films and guns go well together. A famous scriptwriter once said to write films larger than life. What better way to make a situation larger than life than with some guns and explosions? After making the film Cop Out, director Kevin Smith said that his Dad would have finally been able to recognize his work as an actual movie, mostly because it has guns in it. Here I will try to sort through the madness and choose the five best gun movies of all time.
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – Created by well-known British director Guy Ritchie, this was his first major film. His film took audiences on a journey through England’s sordid (and often hilarious) underworld. While this movie may not have had any big shootouts or spectacular explosions, the entire plot of the film revolves around two antique 12 gauge sidelock double barrel shotguns. While an official make is never given, the two shotguns are unquestionably the stars of the movie. Also featured prominently is a Bren MK1 LMG. Guy Ritchie’s next film, Snatch, would feature an infamous scene involving a Desert Eagle.50.
- Dirty Harry – No list like this would be complete without Dirty Harry. Clint Eastwood portrays a hard-walking, hard-talking cop who doesn’t need to play by the rules and relies heavily on his Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver. The famous scene in which Inspector Harry Callahan asks a fallen criminal whether he feels lucky would shoot the.44 caliber handgun to superstardom. Interestingly, the Model 29 was only used in close up shots. At the time there were no.44 Magnum blanks, so a Smith and Wesson Model 25 chambered for.45 cartridges was used instead. The famous Model 29 used in the movie actually belonged personally to the film’s director.
- The Matrix – Arguably one of the best action films of all time, The Matrix enjoyed huge success and was hailed as one of the most inventive action movies of the modern era before spawning two sequels that weren’t very good. The famous scene that involves Neo and Trinity running through a lobby while strapped with a veritable armory was one of the movie’s best moments. Featured guns include the GE M134 Minigun, a pair of Micro Uzis, the Browning Hi-Power and Mouse’s unique automatic shotguns that were crafted specifically for the film. Apparently they fired 900 rounds per minute, yet he missed every round.
- Heat – It’s features Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in it and it has a lot of guns. Heat was hailed by critics in part for its realistic shootouts and portrayal of techniques used by both sides of the law. One of the most memorable guns includes the Colt M1991A1 Series 80 Colt Officers ACP with ivory grips that Al Pacino carries for the entire movie. Another notable one is the custom FN FNC-80 that Al Pacino wields during the famous shootout scene. The barrel was cut down and an M16 birdcage was attached. Al Pacino was instructed to only fire it in semi-auto mode because the police would want to minimize the risk of injuring bystanders.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Well the greatest film ever made might as well be on the list. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, as it was originally known, features many antique guns and probably the most famous standoff scene in history. Clint Eastwood’s character carries a Colt 1851 Navy with its famous silver snake grips. The 1851 Navy is used by many characters in the film. The ones that are actually fired all have cartridge conversion kits on them, so it is usually possible to tell during a scene if a revolver will be fired. At the time the movie was set, cartridge conversion kits did not exist yet, so their presence is an anachronism. Another notable gun seen is the Remington 1858 “Cattleman’s Carbine”. This unique firearm was a rifle version of the 1858 revolver.
These films will make for a fine distraction on those dreaded airsoft down days. More creative people may even find some inspiration for scenario games. Just remember to get off the couch and get back to playing airsoft as soon as possible.
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it needs little introduction. We know it as the City of Light and the city of the Lost Generation that was liberated by the Allied troops during the Second World War. We can be happy that for every one of these visions of Paris, there is a movie. And thanks to the internet you can watch many movies online for free.
Some very good movies about Paris are now in the Public Domain and that means they can be legally watched for free. Here are a few of the best Paris films that can be found with a simple Google search and watched for free online:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Based on a novel by Victor Hugo, this silent film tells the love story of Quasimodo, the deformed hunchback bell ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, and the beautiful Esmeralda in Paris of the 15th century.
Phantom of the Opera (2004) A famous horror movie starring Lon Chaney as Eric, a creepy character who lives in the dark passageways under the Paris Opera building. Eric coaches Christine Daae (Mary Philbin) in secret to become an Opera star but at the moment of her success he declares his love for her and she panics!
The Liberation of Paris (1944) Filmed by the soldiers fighting for France in WWII, the film tells about the uprising of the French Resistance from August 15, 1944 to the arrival of the US GIs and the German surrender on August 25th. The film shows real combat action, scenes of the Parisian public, and a speech by General Charles de Gaulle. (french language)
Man on the Eiffel Tower (1950) Inspector Maigret (Charles Laughton) must hunt down a wily murderer. He has little proof but finally pins down his prime suspect on the, you guessed it, The Eiffel Tower. A mystery/detective film that shows off the City of Paris to great effect.
Last Time I saw Paris (1954) Van Johnson plays the role of Reporter Charles Wills who goes to Paris to write about the WWII victory celebrations. He meets a beautiful Bohemian woman (Elizabeth Taylor) and they soon get married. Charles finds work as a writer in Paris but before Charles gives up writing to live off the money he gets from Helen’s father. As a result the dreamy couple soon becomes less dreamlike and they grow apart.
Arch of Triumph (1985) A doctor who helped Jews escape from the Nazis in Austria lives a secret life in Paris. On a bridge over the Seine he finds a woman (Lesley-Anne Down) about to commit suicide one night and rescues her.
A good way to prepare for a trip to Paris or relish the memories of a previous visit is watching movies about Paris. And if you’re one of the many who wonder how you’ll ever be able to afford the wonders of the City of Light, these films can serve to motivate you to do what it takes to get there!
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Every year there are new blockbuster movies and potential classics that audiences can enjoy for generations to come. If you are looking for a list of great movies – arguably the best movies Hollywood has ever made, then start with this list of 20 best movies as your guide.
The American Film Institute and other critically respected organizations update their “Best” lists every year. Though the rankings may change, and there are occasionally new entries toward the top, here are the consistently ranked top Hollywood movies.
20 – To Kill A Mockingbird. Gregory Peck gives an unforgettable performance in this adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel. His search for justice has inspired and influence courtroom dramas ever since.
19 – E.T. No other film captured the imagination of young audiences in the 1980s than E.T. This extra-terrestrial teamed up with Drew Barrymore to form the best chemistry between a child and alien that the big screen has ever seen.
18 – Alien. Director Ridley Scott’s best film to date. Spawning multiple sequels that never lived up to the quality of this break-out film. A must-see for any sci-fi fan.
17 – Rear Window. How many of Hitchcock’s films usually make “best-of” lists? We could easily put five of them up here. But James Stewart’s performance is unbelievable.
16 – Unforgiven. This movie handed Clint Eastwood an Oscar for Best Picture and remains a classic revenge tale.
15 – Pulp Fiction. A more recent addition to the American Film Classic library. This put Quentin Tarrantino on the map and inspired a generation of screenwriters.
14 – King Kong. A classic, and innovative at the time for this use of stop motion animation in the much-copied Empire State Building climax.
13 – 12 Angry Men. Another courtroom drama for the ages. Shot almost entirely in a jury deliberation room, this movie proves a play can be adapted effectively for the screen.
12 – Annie Hall. A comedy classic that won Woody Allen the Best Director award from the Academy, even though he did not show up to accept. This movie became a template for off-beat romantic comedies that still works today.
11 – Rocky. If the Rocky series had ended after the first movie, this would still be a sports classic. This humble love story about a fighter who finally gets his shot never gets old.
10 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A breakthrough in animation on the scale of Pixar’s achievements, and even greater considering the lack of technology. This movie is still beautiful.
9 – Casablanca. The story of a love-torn man during World War Two. Proof that the lives of two people can have a great impact on the entire world.
8 – Chinatown. Roman Polanski’s epic film about a private eye played by a young Jack Nicholson who gets in over his head.
7 – North By Northwest. Another Hitchcock movie that stands the test of time. A caper that unfolds when the wrong man is targeted.
6 – Wizard of Oz. An epic that every family can watch and enjoy together no matter how young or old.
5 – Schindler’s List. Steven Spielberg’s classic story of how one man saved so many from the horrors of the concentration camps.
4 – Titanic. James Cameron’s epic story of love caught in the middle of a world-famous disaster.
3 – Gone With the Wind. One of the most famous adaptations. This Civil War drama remains a staple of best Hollywood movie lists.
2 – Citizen Kane. Orson Welles’ story of a fallen titan broke the rules of story and directing.
1 – The Godfather. The end all be all of the gangster films. Francis Ford Coppola’s classic is the story of a mafia family that still feels fresh today.
Use this list of 20 best movies to become acquainted with film history and the various films in every genre that have stood the test of time.
English films are extremely well composed and crafted and you will find more than a hundred films you has to see before he or she dies. That is because those pictures teach us a great deal of great things that we may not learn everywhere. Films help us relax and also find out things about life. They give us hope and we know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The best films of all time period across different interesting genres which include action, drama, war, comedy, biography, sci-fi, love, etc.. The most preferred ones are action and play rather than humor as one could think.
You will find fantastic films under each genre. Under action there’s “Pulp Fiction” and “The Dark Knight” while “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Flat” are excellent comedies way back in the 1960s. Drama is most certainly the best genre and people really love movies having deep plots. The best drama films are “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Godfather”, both of these are regarded as the best films ever produced in English theater. Science fiction is another attraction to the kids of today since there are a whole lot of machines along with other things that may be super exciting.
Biographies are also as famous as background movies albeit being somewhat boring. War films like “Gone with the Wind” and “Paths OF Glory” are eternal classics which won’t ever be forgotten. Additionally, there are several other brilliant movies made under many different genres which produce a fantastic watch. Watching these pictures can help us a great deal and you could be recommended to experience different lists on the Internet to learn more. Thus, fantastic pictures of all times would be those mentioned above and you must certainly take a look at them.
We’ve covered a lot of topics in the past weeks, and it is interesting to note that when we discuss films we rarely cover the 1990s. There’s a reasonable explanation for that, films from the 1990s are neither retro nor new and contemporary. However, there were quite a few iconic UK films in the 1990s and we are going to go through some of them. Some of these films served as inspiration for slot developers. You can check some of these film-inspired slots on secretslots.com and see how you like them.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
In a way, the 1990s were marked by Hugh Grant and his films, so it is hardly surprising that this list starts with one of his films. The film is a romantic comedy, but that pretty much goes without saying. In addition to Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet, David Bower and Rowan Atkinson also feature in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The film was made on a pretty small budget, it cost under £3 million and the filming was done month and a half. The film’s success came unexpectedly. Four Weddings and a Funeral was released in 1994 and at the time it became the highest grossing British films. Four Weddings and a Funeral was named 23rd best UK film in the 20th century. Time Out magazine also rated it among the top 100 British films.
Another comedy, albeit a dark one, Trainspotting was released in 1996 and became an immediate hit. The action is set in Scotland and it tells the story of heroin addicts who live in a poorer part of Edinburgh. The film has been named the top Scottish film of all times. Trainspotting was also filmed on a lower budget, it was made with just £1.5 million.
The film features more than few iconic scenes, including several occasions where one of the main characters goes through a withdrawal crisis. Interestingly, even though the action is set in Edinburgh, most of the action was filmed in Glasgow. Trainspotting is one of the few films that accurately and realistically depicts youth culture. The sequel of Trainspotting, T2 Trainspotting was released in 2017.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
It appears that we have a pattern. All films on our list are comedies. This one is a crime comedy, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Fleming, Dexter Fletcher, Sting and of course, Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones.
The film tells the tale of three small criminals who end up indebted to a big-time mob boss Harry the Hatchet. Throughout the film the trio end up in a lot of comic situations, before being arrested and released at the end of the film. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was released in 1998. The making of this film cost even less than the two listed above, only £800,000. Statham who is a formed driver and Jones who is a former footballer made a name for themselves in the acting world with this film.