There’s an endless list of iconic and epic weapons throughout the history of cinema. They range from Men in Black’s tiny Noisy Cricket, right up to the moon sized Death Star, and everything in between. Narrowing the list down to just 10 is no mean feat, and there’s no doubt that this will be a hotly contested debate. Everyone has their favourites and I’m certain that there are several greats missing from this list, but there can be only 10 that meet my criteria: Usefulness, destruction, screen presence and most importantly of all… Awesomeness!
So agree or disagree, here’s my run-down of the top ten best movie weapons of all time:
10) The Annihilator 2000 – Beverly Hills Cop III
The ultimate weapon for the 21st Century, this unwieldy package features a CD player, phone, microwave and not just one, but two guns. Available from Serge at Beverly Hills Survival Boutique, the Annihilator 2000 is touted as America’s premiere survival home and travel total security unit.
9) My Little Friend M16 with M203 Grenade Launcher
Featured in one of the most quoted movie scenes in history and used by military forces the world over, Tony Montana’s little friend can unleash a lethal combination of 5.56mm lead and 40mm explosive grenades. Perfect for taking down a door as pictured below…
8) Noisy Cricket – Men in Black
They say big things come in small packages and this is no exception. When Agent J (Will Smith) is presented with the puny looking weapon he is understandably disappointed, that is until he fires it for the first time and it propels him back with its massive recoil. This is one tiny little cricket that packs a big punch!
7) 44 Magnum – Dirty Harry
Quoted from the film as being the most powerful handgun in the world, which it was until Magnum released their Desert Eagle, Clint Eastwood had to spend hours firing one prior to the making of the film in order to get used to its massive recoil. The actual model used in the movie was a Smith & Wesson Model 29 that experienced a spike in sales following the movie’s release.
6) Beretta Auto 9 – Robocop
Based loosely around the Beretta M93R selective fire machine pistol designed for Italian police forces, Robocop’s hand cannon unleashes three round bursts at Detroit’s criminal underworld. The fictional Auto-9 also appeared in Sin City and City Hunter and had vents cut in to the barrel to maximise the ten inch flames that flare out when the gun is fired.
5) The Barrett M82A – Shooter and the Hurt Locker
Used by Special Forces teams throughout the world, this 0.50 calibre sniper rifle has an effective range of up to 1,800 metres and is regarded as the most powerful sniper rifle currently available. This weapon is seen in a number of modern war films, but most notably in the hands of Mark Wahlberg in Shooter, and Ralph Fiennes’ private military contracting team in the Hurt Locker.
4) Walther PPK – James Bond
This iconic firearm sums up everything that is Bond – stylish, sleek, subtle, silent and deadly. Hard to believe than in the original Ian Fleming novels Bond carried a Beretta, as Fleming had admitted to having no interest in such details. The weapon of choice was changed to a PPK following a letter from a fan. After using the PPK on screen for 34 years, Bond briefly switched to a more modern Walther P99, before reverting back to the PPK for the latest Daniel Craig movies.
3) M41A Pulse Rifle – Aliens
Standard issue assault rifle of the Colonial Marines, the Pulse Rifle is actually based on the frame of World War II sub-machine gun, the Thompson M1A1. The M4A1 has a 99 round magazine that houses its armour piercing explosive rounds. It also has a built in grenade launcher mounted under the barrel, ideal for taking down several Alien Xenomorphs or even a Predator!
2) 134A Minigun – Terminator 2 and Predator
Cumbersome? Yes. Impractical? Definitely. Totally devestating? Absolutely. Blaine’s ridiculous minigun in Predator sprays lead at an insurmountable rate, mowing down adversaries by the dozens. Miniguns aren’t fictional but hand held ones like those used in Predator and Terminator 2 are. Normally mounted on the side of a helicopter, the minigun used in T2’s Cyberdyne scene was so heavy that Arnold Schwarzenegger was actually the only person that could carry it.
1) Light Sabre – Star Wars
There can be absolutely no doubt that the light sabre in its various incarnations is the coolest and most iconic movie weapon of all time. Obi-Wan Kenobi best explained the weapon that has reigned supreme since 1977: “This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusion cutter—but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary.” In my opinion, there is no better one than Darth Maul’s…
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