HOLLYWOOD LOVES GUNS: Here’s the staggering number of recent movie posters featuring guns

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Liam Neeson at the Seoul premiere of “Taken 2.”
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Mass shootings haven’t curbed Hollywood’s habit of putting guns front and center in its movies.

Since a gunman went on a rampage at the Virginia Tech campus in 2007, The New York Times reports that there have been 25 other mass shootings in the country, including the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.

Even with the tragedies and public outcries for gun control, Hollywood continues to plaster images of guns on its advertisements.

It seems like Liam Neeson can’t be in a movie poster without one – even A Million Ways to Die in the West” followed the lead of his “Taken” films.

Action stars like Neeson, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg aren’t the only ones holding guns. Weapons are also routinely used in comedies’ posters. (See: Kevin Hart in “Ride Along 2” or his upcoming film “Central Intelligence” with The Rock, or Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in “21 Jump Street” and its sequel “22 Jump Street.”)

“Jason Bourne,” “Cell,” and “War Dogs” are all due out this summer and prominently feature guns in their posters.

The amount of film posters featuring guns is startling, and that’s not even accounting for the ones that display science-fiction weapons and blasters that resemble guns. Of movie posters from the top 100 domestic grossing movies in 2015 alone, 18 featured guns, or just under a fifth of posters.

Scroll through our slideshow below for 56 posters prominently featuring guns for some of the top grossing movies that have been released since the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.


“Transporter 3” (2008)

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Lionsgate

“Quantum of Solace” (2008)

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Sony/Columbia Pictures

Daniel Craig’s James Bond hasn’t stopped carrying guns since 2008. Check out the posters for “Skyfall” and for “Spectre.”


“Max Payne” (2008)

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20th Century Fox

“Pineapple Express” (2008)

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Sony/ Columbia

“Tropic Thunder” (2008)

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Paramount

“Get Smart” (2008)

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Warner Bros

“Wanted” (2008)

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Universal Pictures

“Gran Torino” (2008)

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Warner Bros.

“Zombieland” (2008)

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Sony/ Columbia

“G-Force” (2009)

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Buena Vista

Not even the guinea pigs can get away from the guns.


“Inglourious Basterds” (2009)

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Weinstein Company

“Taken” (2009)

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20th Century Fox

Every poster in Liam Neeson’s franchise prominently features the actor and a gun. They are the only things in the “Taken 2” and “Taken 3” posters. Here in the original, the gun is more prominent than Neeson’s face.


“The American” (2010)

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Focus Features

“Cop Out” (2010)

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Warner Bros.

“Killers” (2010)

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Lionsgate

“Resident Evil: Afterlife” (2010)

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Sony/ Screen Gems

Milla Jovovich’s Alice is never seen without a gun in the franchise’s film posters.


“Knight and Day” (2010)

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20th Century Fox

“The A-Team” (2010)

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20th Century Fox

“The Town” (2010)

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Warner Bros.

Not only are there guns, but there are also fake nuns.


“The Other Guys” (2010)

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Sony/ Columbia

“The Expendables” (2010)

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Lionsgate

The film franchise that features some of the toughest guys also always prominently features guns on its posters. Interestingly, though, the first and third films’ posters each display the guns as almost camouflaged in the actors’ black outfits. Also, take note of the “wings” behind the angel/skull made up of guns.


“In Time” (2011)

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20th Century Fox

“Cowboys & Aliens” (2011)

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Universal Pictures

“End of Watch” (2012)

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Open Road Films

“Red Dawn” (2012)

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FilmDistrict

“This Means War” (2012)

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20th Century Fox

In this film, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are battling over Reese Witherspoon, thus their guns are aimed at each other, but they’re also aimed at Witherspoon.


“Underworld: Awakening” (2012)

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Sony/ Screen Gems

“Killing Them Softly” (2012)

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Weinstein Company

Though the same color as the background, the gun is just as prominent as the title.


“Looper” (2012)

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TriStar

“Django Unchained” (2012)

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“Django Unchained” (2012)
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Weinstein Company

“R.I.P.D.” (2013)

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Universal Pictures

The film isn’t striking, but the guns on this poster are.


“The Heat” (2013)

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20th Century Fox

“Gangster Squad” (2013)

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Warner Bros.

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” (2013)

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Paramount

“A Good Day to Die Hard” (2013)

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20th Century Fox

“White House Down” (2013)

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Sony/ Columbia

“2 Guns” (2013)

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Universal Pictures

It’s a literal title.


“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013)

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Paramount

“John Wick” (2014)

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Lionsgate/ Summit

“Non-Stop” (2014)

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Universal Pictures

“The Equalizer” (2014)

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Sony/ Columbia

“22 Jump Street” (2014)

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Sony/ Columbia

“21 Jump Street’s” poster also prominently featured Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill holdling guns, but its sequel amped it up even more.


“The Purge: Anarchy” (2014)

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Universal Pictures

“The Purge” franchise took a strong stance and illustrated the American flag out of guns for its second film. For its third film, coming out in July, an assault rifle is decorated with the flag.


“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014)

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20th Century Fox

“The Hateful Eight” (2015)

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The Weinstein Company

“Hitman: Agent 47” (2015)

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20th Century Fox

“Hot Pursuit” (2015)

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Warner Bros.

“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (2015)

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Warner Bros.

“Sicario” (2015)

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Lionsgate

“Spy” (2015)

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20th Century Fox

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (2015)

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Lionsgate/ Summit

You can also find a gun in “Divergent,” the franchise’s first film.


“Ride Along 2” (2016)

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Universal Pictures

“The Brothers Grimsby’ (2016)

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Sony/ Columbia

“Hardcore Henry” (2016)

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STX Entertainment

“Keanu” (2016)

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Warner Bros.

“Money Monster” (2016)

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TriStar