‘Heat’ (1995) is the Best Shootout, Still.

Michael Mann’s 1995 classic set a industry standard for what a shootout should be. Heat’s on screen gunplay still stands up 24 years later as realistic, well choreographed, and tactically sound.

The attention to detail included extensive live fire training for the actors with SAS operators and live fire audio to be certain the sound in the movie generated the correct ambience for the scene’s gravity.

The iconic moment, in my mind at least, is Val Kilmer spotting the approaching armed lawmen and making a critical decision. He doesn’t hesitate, no shoutout to his waiting comrades in the car, no other dramatically futile gesture a movie troupe might suggest. He shoots and his car full of waiting friends gets the idea. Suppression, a rolling gunfight, talking guns, proper reloads. It’s all there.

Have a good weekend all!

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.