The 1911 is arguably the most famous pistol of all time. And because of all its fame, the 1911 has also become ingrained into pop culture as a whole, not just shooting culture. From its slick and iconic body, to its notable power, there’s no wonder why it has a huge history on the silver screen.
Here are some of the 1911’s most iconic roles in the movies.
Maltese Falcon (1941)
Legendary actor, Humphrey Bogart, has used 1911s in multiple films, but the Colt M1911A1 was his character’s side arm of choice in this critically acclaimed movie. The Maltese Falcon is a classic film noir mystery with twists, turns, murder and romance.
The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man is widely considered to be one of the greatest motion pictures of the 20th Century and stars another acting legend, Orson Welles. There’re plenty of guns throughout the whole movie, but several of the U.S. military police carry the iconic M1911. Keep your eyes open during this Cold War-era thriller.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Bonnie and Clyde has all the gun action any movie watcher needs. It’s fast, intense and has plenty of shooting. The infamous bank robber Clyde Barrow sports a M1911A1 in the gang’s biggest bank robbery in this classic.
This is another intense movie, but for good reasons. Scarface is full of shooting and follows the life of Tony Montana (Al Pacino) as he gets involved in a criminal syndicate in Miami. Both the characters Ernie and Nick the Pig carry M1911A1 variants throughout the film.
The most iconic firearm in this smash movie is an ornate nickel engraved M1911. This beautiful 1911 pops up throughout the movie and is owned by Spicer Lovejoy, Cal Hockley’s personal bodyguard. Both Lovejoy and Hockley sport the 1911 during this film.
Keep your eyes open and watch out for this great gun, in some of the greatest movies of all time.