10 Most Intense Shootouts In Movie History

10. The Terminator - Police Station Shootout

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of those actors who has been in a lot of shootouts. The final battle at the end of Commando comes to mind as a particularly brutal one, but no shootout was as intense and memorable as the one in The Terminator when he storms the police station to find Sarah Connor.

Not only does he drive into the police station after uttering the line that would become his signature catchphrase, "I'll be back," he takes on an entire police department without batting an eye.

Granted, the guy was playing a lethal cyborg sent from the future to literally terminate people, but that doesn't make the fight any less harrowing.

As he storms through the police station looking for Sarah, he wastes 17 cops with a submachine gun and shotgun. This was one of those gunfights that used so many rounds of ammunition, the room filled with smoke, which only helped to add drama to the scene.

The massacre was later referenced in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which confirmed the number of cops who were killed.


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