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A Jedi knight's lightsaber has been voted the top movie weapon, pipping Dirty Harry's Magnum .44 to the post in a 20th Century Fox poll of 2,000 film buffs. The Star Wars illuminated sword heads a mixed bag of offensive items, including the Hattori Hanzo katana from Kill Bill, Oddjob's unfriendly bowler hat* and Indy's …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Good to see that the classic bow and arrows is still up there. Nice list.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    ‘Lightsaber voted top movie weapon’


    Not even a mention of the M41-A, 10mm Pulse Rifle (fires explosive-tipped, caseless, standard, light-armour piercing rounds) *with* 30mm grenade launcher above and below...

    *Surely*...the coolest movie weapon..?

  3. Michael Jolly
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    I still want

    .. a death star, thankfully it made it on the lists, can i have a lightsaber please a green one

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Obviously, guns are alright, but a lightsaber

    is an elegant weapon from a more civilized age

  5. Stewart Knight


    I thought the gun from Robocop should have made the list, as well as the guns from the Tomb Raider films, if only for the reason that they were strapped to Angelina Jolies thighs, which has got to be cool!

  6. Sacha TF Padovani


    Where's the Predators' helmet-sighted shoulder blaster ??

  7. Webster Phreaky
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    Proves the stupidity of most StarWars fans

    In a recent show "The Science (not)of StarWars" they essentially disproved nearly ever single future technology that science dope George Lucas "proposed" in every foolish scene of all the StarWars "episurd" (pun) - ESPECIALLY the light-saber. (also author, learn how to spell light-saber)

    Going to prove that neither George Lucas nor ST fanatics paid any attention in school science or physics ... assuming that ST fans even finished grade school.

  8. Karl Lattimer

    The M41-A was nothing

    In comparison to the predator... shoulder cannon, spear, frisbee and forky knives in the arm thing.

    Still, lightsabre is my no.1

  9. martin

    What about....

    that cool ghettoblaster gun from beverly hills cop 3

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Shit hot way to cut the grass

    Disappointed that the manpack minigun from the original Predator didn't make it.

  11. Nick Palmer

    @AC - ‘Lightsaber voted top movie weapon’

    Take off and nuke it from orbit - it's the only way to be sure...

    Mine's the grubby mac with the bottle wrapped in a paper bag sticking out...

  12. Andrew Bolton


    ...Uzi 9mm should be on there.

    After all, its "ideal for home defence" :-)

    Great list though.

    Death Star wins for being most *powerful* weapon, I guess.

    Until I think of Soren's firework rocket that makes stars go supernova in Star Trek:Generations of course.

    Or are there more powerful weapons in the movieverse?

  13. Simon Goodwin


    "in a recent show "The Science (not)of StarWars" they essentially disproved nearly ever single future technology that science dope George Lucas "proposed" in every foolish scene of all the StarWars "episurd" (pun) - ESPECIALLY the light-saber. (also author, learn how to spell light-saber)"

    In what way disproved?

    Disproved in that some know all scientist says it cant be done right now? duh!

    Its meant to be a future technology, unless of course we are going to say, everything that there is to be discovered, already has been discovered?

  14. Anonymous Coward

    @learn how to spell light-saber

    I assume that you mean it should be hyphenated, however the official starwars databank (that's - see for yourself) disagrees and since it's their word maybe you should stop telling others they are wrong.

  15. Anonymous Coward
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    I agree - where is the M41 pulse rifle or the M56 Smart Gun

  16. Jolyon Ralph


    What about the human weapon, River "I can kill you with my mind" Tam from Firefly/Serenity?

  17. Bob
    Paris Hilton

    My favourite weapon...

    ....will be whichever one is used on Paris Hilton. :)

  18. Steve Lonie

    Bring it on

    The lawgiver from Judge Dredd has to be the most versatile weapon in any film/comic book.... :p

  19. Simon Cresswell

    Wot, no Walther PPK?

    7.65mm of pure Movie Weapon Pleasure.

    Or something like that, Miss Moneypenny..

  20. Feef Lovecraft

    There is better...

    heavy-saber anyone?

  21. Aram

    @Nick Palmer

    That quote makes me want to see the film again!

    I choose the hot, hot flame icon to see the alien scum burn!

  22. Tony Barnes

    Death star...?

    Ok, the fact that the Death Star made it to the list hints at a Star Wars happy survey sample...

    How about the satellite laser cannon in Akira??

    Judge Dred's Law-maker (?? or whatever it's called, admittedly rubbish film though).

    The M56 smart gun from Aliens??

    The personally signatured heat seeking bullet in Runaway (

    The lawn mower in Braindead??

    I'm sure the list goes on and on more than any damn energiser bunny..

    Also "Machine Gun - Scarface" - WTF?!?!? Surely they would of needed to actually pick one of the ones used, rather than generalise!!

  23. Simon Ball

    @Andrew Bolton

    Well, there are a view more powerful weapons in TV/anime series; the Dakara superweapon in Stargate can destroy all life in the galaxy; the Buster Machine III in Gunbuster blew up a large part of the galaxy; and of course, the wormhole weapon in Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, could potentially destroy the entire universe. However, as far as mainstream movies go, I don't believe we've got beyond nova weapons yet.

  24. Chris Collins


    How about the pistol-grip .50 cal with never ending ammo?

  25. Les Matthew

    Excuse me

    but didn't John Holmes have the best movie weapon? ;)

  26. Johnny FireBlade

    Is it wrong... be 30 years old and own a Master Replicas ForceFX Lightsaber? I feel a special bond with Star Wars, as we share our year of birth!

  27. Anonymous Coward

    As most Jedi seem to be english...

    Surely it's "lightsabre" :o)

    Anyhoo, good list, although "machine gun" seems very unspecific for Mr Montana's "little friend".

    A couple of others that should have made the list...

    Dredd's Lawgiver, although that was spoiled by the unbelievable inclusion of a "double whammy" round. I mean, wtf? Thanks Stallone.

    Travis' "up the sleeve" gun from Taxi Driver.

  28. Anonymous Coward
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    Wot, no phased-plasma rifle in the forty watt range?


  29. Anonymous Coward
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    no title

    I can't understand why any one hasn't mentioned the greatest weapon of the 1980's - the proton pack!

  30. Whitter


    No mention of the sink plungers of the Daleks?

    The films never showed beath by plunger, but true horror is always best kept in the mind of the viewer rather than visualised...

  31. ScottK


    It isn't future technology. It's from long long ago in a galaxy far far away.

    Trying to prove/disprove technology in a piece of fluff space opera is just plain silly though. Some people take things far too seriously.

  32. Lloyd
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    "Chainsaw (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)"

    It was never used as a weapon in TCM, just waved around menacingly, for true use as a weapon see Ash in Evil Dead II/III.

    Incidentally, there's nothing wrong with owning Force FX sabres, it's just bragging that you have 6 of the buggers that gets you thrown ..... all right I'm leaving.

  33. Eddie Edwards
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    "Going to prove that neither George Lucas nor ST fanatics paid any attention in school science or physics ... assuming that ST fans even finished grade school."

    I agree, George Lucas should lose all his NIST funding.

  34. jai

    that's no moon......

    surely everyone agrees that "hokey religions and ancient wepaons are no match for a good blaster at your side"

    am similarly disapointed that the M134 General Electric Minigun as Blane uses in Predator wasn't in the top 10. not enough people read Robert Rankin books obvious to realise the true potential of such a weapon

  35. Perry


    No "noisy cricket?"

  36. Spleen

    Where's the fists of fury?

    Only Western bias can explain the lack of Bruce Lee's nunchaku (or his bare hands for that matter) and Zatoichi's cane-sword. "Haha, look at the stupid blind old man!" *sshhhnnnkkk* "Argh! My arm is gone!" Never gets old.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    The Sharks with Freaking Laser Beams?

  38. Paul Buxton


    Mila Jovovich formed an integral part of the weapon in The Fifth Element. She gets my vote, not too bothered about the other elements though.

  39. Anonymous Coward

    Top weapons!? Those!?

    People never learn. The top weapon of all time is of course Chuck Norris.

  40. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I can't believe the top ten hasn't got...

    the all singing, all dancing and fantastic AT-AT!!!!! That, surely, must be the mother of them all! I know it couldn't blow up planets, but it walked, was bigger than Digby (youngsters won't understand that one!) and I had one in my living room when I was a kid!

  41. Anonymous Coward
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    Come on people..

    An X-Wing, not only can you blow stuff up, you can fly on holiday cheap.

  42. Anonymous Coward
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    BFG any day....

  43. Anonymous Coward

    PPGs all round

    Come on, for an elegant, small form-factor, realistic and highly plausable (for those of you who worry about such things) yet efficient personal energy weapon, you can't get more classy than Babylon 5's PPG. It even has the smooth, curvy lines of a more classic hand gun. That and the fact that I'm a ridiculously big B5 fan and am one of an incredibly small number around the world who actually owns a replica PPG - better than a mass-produced light-sabre replica, but still immensely sad :-)

  44. Anonymous Coward

    Chuck Norris

    It is my little finger. Wanna argue........?

  45. Frank Bough


    What about the "ZF-1" that Zorg so comically demonstrates in The Fifth Element?

  46. Mike


    No phaser?

  47. I.M.Fantom

    Light-Saber - The up close and personel

    weapon from a more elegant and civilized era.

  48. Paul F

    @ Webster Phreaky

    Umm.. Star Wars was never presented as a Science Fiction series, but as a "space opera" or "fantasy that happens to be set in space" kind of thing.

    It was never intended to be scientific, or to "propose" anything as a new technology, but just a pretty good B action film. Lucas has always been very clear on that.

    Perhaps instead of taking them seriously, you should instead watch the films as adventure movies meant for enjoyment.

  49. Anonymous Coward
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    The Shout

    Anyone recall that Oliver Reed (decd) film with the fatal shout? I guess there were no survivors. Where the cinema management put all the bodies I do not know.

  50. Feargal Reilly

    I'm well rankled

    What about one of those amazing rotary machine guns, like the one Blaine had in Predator?


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