There are many different types of movies about arms dealers, and they’re all wonderful. Comic book movies, dramas, science fiction, and fantasy all fall under this category. There is little doubt that weapons of mass destruction, such as guns, bombs, and landmines, have had a profound impact on the course of human history. Ten of the best films that deal with arms traffickers and their many tricky subplots have been compiled for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
1. Taxi Driver (1976)
“Taxi Driver” has already been mentioned in VENTS, but it’s worth mentioning again. During Travis Bickle’s (Robert De Niro) meeting with an arms dealer named “Easy” Andy (Steven Prince), the focus is on which weapons function best. Andy, on the other hand, is eager to offer Bickle other services, such as the supply of illegal substances. When it comes down to it, Travis doesn’t care what Andy thinks of him, as long as he gets his revenge on the world that has gone wild. Even though Andy’s screen time is short, the character is an important link in the chain of insanity. It’s possible that the other list would be of interest to you as well. Not only does it include “Taxi Driver,” but it also includes a list of iconic movies that take place in large cities.
2. The Fifth Element (1997)
Although “The Fifth Element” by Luc Besson isn’t a groundbreaking work of science fiction, its eccentric cast makes it an unforgettable experience. In addition to Milla Jovovich’s Leeloo, Chris Tucker’s Ruby Rhod, and Mawenn Le Besco’s Diva Plavalaguna, Jean-Baptiste Zorg plays a weird and evil armaments dealer (Gary Oldman). Zorg devises a scheme to steal a powerful evil superweapon with the assistance of the extraterrestrial Mangalores. Despite its obvious silliness, experts have examined the video to see what it has to say about “gender.”
According to one magazine, “‘The Fifth Element’ manufactures sexual and racial difference in a way that aims to naturalize and maintain existing societal structures of inequality and oppression,” using an oppositional approach founded in psychoanalysis, race, and queer theories. It’s not like Bruce Willis is stopping an interstellar weaponry trader from getting his hands on odd stones so he can make a superweapon. This film appears to be suffocating you, you unfortunate fools, though it’s impossible to tell.
3. Jackie Brown (1997)
Jackie Brown” by Quentin Tarantino is an excellent film. Obviously, you’ve got the protagonist (Pam Grier). After that, there’s Ordell Robbie, the guns dealer she works for (Samuel L. Jackson), As soon as Robbie kills a courier called Beaumont Livingston (Chris Tucker), we know he’s a willing and able killer. Do the authorities (Michael Keaton and Michael Bowen) have any plans to punish Jackie for her role in busting Ordell for importing $50,000 in illegal gains? Robert Forster portrays bail bondsman Max Cherry, Bridget Fonda portrays Melanie Ralston, and Robert De Niro portrays Louis Gara in Jackie Brown.
4. Men in Black (1997)
The character of Jack Jeebs (Tony Shalhoub) appears to be very real. But if you fire a shotgun at him, you’ll quickly discover that he’s not. No matter how much time goes by, the pain of losing his head will never go away. In Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Men in Black,” this is the nature of business. The Bug (Vincent D’Onofrio) is the primary center of the picture, but Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are also prominent. They swing by Jeebs’ pawn shop to see if he has any space weapons for sale that they can inspect. Although “Men in Black” has a ton of these kinds of moments, this one stands out. The inclusion of eccentric aliens like this helps this film stand the test of time, even though it was never going to garner a Best Picture nomination.
5. Street Fighter (1994)
As a matter of fact, an arms dealer named Victor Sagat appears in Steven E. de Souza’s “Street Fighter” (Wes Studi). Ral Juliá’s amazing over-the-top act as dictator M. Bison keeps “Street Fighter” from being forgettable, nevertheless, let’s be honest: (or at least not as forgettable as one could imagine). A quarter of the way through the film, you will have completely forgotten about Sagat’s sins or the intricacies of what makes Bison so evil. We just know that he’s a criminal in every sense of the word. Juliá is so powerful that you may wonder, “Who is Jean-Claude Van?”
To be honest, Jean-Claude Van Damme’s character doesn’t matter much in the tale because we’re all rooting for M. Bison to do anything he wants. You can’t compete with Juliá very easily, even if Wes Studi does an excellent job. There’s also a warped homage to John Wayne Gacy’s art in “Street Fighter,” with a “Pogo the Clown-esque” rendition of Bison. Often, it’s the tiniest details that make a product stand out. Ming-Na Wen, Damian Chapa, Kylie Minogue, Byron Mann, Grand L. Bush, and Robert Mammone round out the cast of “Street Fighter.” Zangief, Bison’s bodyguard, is played by Andrew Bryniarski, who is hilariously clueless about what’s going on!
6. Runaway Jury (2003)
“Runaway Jury” may not be Gary Fleder’s masterpiece, but it’s still a decent film. Because the entire tale revolves around Vicksburg Firearms, it too makes the list. To be clear, this is a fictitious firm and scenario, but there are some real-world implications that could be drawn from it. There are confusing moments in the film that suggest otherwise, despite the fact that the company is stated to be legitimate. In any case, the corporation seems to be aware that their weapons are frequently utilized by criminals.
Apart from the firearms, this is an investigation of the corruption that may occur in a high-profile trial, which is why there’s so much focus on jury tampering. The story’s protagonists orchestrate a slew of crimes, including bribery and blackmail. After a while, it gets tougher and harder to get behind any certain team. An alternative is to pick on someone who is weaker than the rest. It’s not a poor movie because of that ambiguous edge. Among the cast members of “Runaway Jury” are Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz.
7. Lord of War (2005)
Andrew Niccol’s “Lord of War,” a film about a heartless arms dealer, may be the best ever, yet it never received the recognition it deserved (and still deserves). Even though Nicolas Cage’s career is generally derided, he has appeared in numerous excellent films, like this one. Yuri Orlov is the character he portrays. Despite the fact that he never entirely accepts his own excuses, he constantly rationalizes his business style. Even though he’s in the business of dealing with hardened criminals, he always knows that warlords, “democratic” regimes, and the like all require a regular supply of weaponry to carry out their bloody operations. Why not grab a piece of the action by becoming a supplier? Indifference to evil is both mundane and fascinating in his stolid demeanor.
Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan) is manipulated by Orlov into a relationship with him in this film. It’s also difficult at times because his relationship with dictator Andre Baptiste Sr. (Eamonn Walker) is funny. Walker’s tyrant resembles Liberian war criminal Charles Taylor, while Cage’s arms dealer is based on real-life arms smuggler Viktor Bout. Jared Leto, Ian Holm, and Ethan Hawke all star in the film. In addition, Amnesty International has praised “Lord of War,” which isn’t the case with every film.
8. Severance (2006)
“Severance,” directed by Christopher Smith, is a singular work of horror. There is an initial “team-building” trip to the mountains. Inquiring minds want to know… a maker of military armaments named Palisade Defense. At first glance, everything appears to be normal. A group of psychotic terrorists, or whatever we want to call them, eventually tracks them down and uses Palisade’s weapons against them!
There is no need for the plot to be more complicated than that, right? Actually, it’s probably better than this movie is simple, since it examines the neutrality of conflict and violence and how anyone might be killed by these things which are intended to keep us safe, “free” (and, in some cases, well-paid). The moralistic undertones aren’t completely hidden beneath the hilarity. Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInnerny, and Toby Stephens star in the drama “Severance.”
9. Iron Man (2008)
‘Iron Man,’ by Jon Favreau, introduced a new type of superhero. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) first came to prominence, he was working as a weapons manufacturer. Stark Industries will no longer produce any weapons if he finds out that they are being used by terrorist organizations. Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) isn’t happy about it because he wants to keep making the film but also because he has no qualms about aiding terrorists. The overall effect is a heartwarming superhero film that is well worth seeing (including the one in his chest, which is functioning only due to an electromagnetic implant). Gwyneth Paltrow plays Pepper Potts, Iron Man’s “will-they-or-won’t-they” personal assistant in “Iron Man,” which also stars Terrence Howard, Shaun Toub, and Paltrow.
10. Micmacs (2009)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Micmacs,” a film on the global arms trade, rounds off the list. Bazil (Dany Boon) lost his father when he was a child as he was trying to disarm a landmine. Tragedy struck Bazil once again years later when he was shot in the forehead by an accidental gunshot. However, even though he miraculously lives, the arms firms that wrecked up his life make him desire to retaliate against them. They include Pierre Marielle, Dominique Pinon, Marie-Julie Baup, and Julie Ferrier, a contortionist. He also hires a human cannonball (Dominique Pinon) and a human calculator (Marie-Julie Baup).