War of the Worlds (2005)
War of the Worlds is the 2005 science fiction thriller directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise as a dock worker who finds himself in the middle of an alien invasion of Earth along with his two estranged children. The film is the second feature film adaptation of the famous H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds, but like the 1954 film version, this film only uses certain aspects of the book, namely the nature of the invading aliens.
The following weapons were used in the film War of the Worlds (2005):
Charter Arms Off Duty
Before leaving his house with his family, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) grabs a Charter Arms Off Duty revolver from a case under his bed. He is later seen firing it into the air to disperse a mob swarming his commandeered minivan, but is forced to drop this gun when a carjacker steals the van. A bystander then picks up the revolver and shoots the carjacker with it, trying to steal the van himself.
During the film, a carjacker armed with a SIG-Sauer P226 steals the minivan Ray and his family are using by aiming his gun at Ray's head and forcing him to drop his revolver.
U.S. military personnel appear carrying M16A2 rifles several times during the film; first in the Army convoy that passes by the Ferrier family, then in the hands of Marines in the hilltop battle scene.
In the several scenes, U.S. Army soldiers can be seen carrying M4A1 carbines, most notably while directing refugees through Boston near the end of the film. When an alien dies after its' tripod is disabled, one of the soldiers uses the barrel of his M4A1 to lift and then drop the aliens' arm to confirm it is truly dead. The M4A1's in the film are seen fitted with various accessories such as RIS foregrips, M68 Aimpoint, ACOG, and AN/PVS-14 night vision scopes, C-More red dot sights, Surefire Universal weaponlights, and AN/PEQ-2 laser systems. They can also be seen in the hands of Marines during the hilltop battle scene.
M240 Machine Gun
In the scene where Ray and Robbie are arguing as the Army convoy passes, several M240 machine guns can be seen, both mounted on the vehicles and in the hands of some of the soldiers riding in them. Army & Marine Corps M1 Abrams tanks and Marine Corps LAV-25 armored personnel carriers are also equipped with M240 machine guns; the Abrams having an M240C coaxially-mounted next to the main gun and both the Abrams and LAV-25 having the M240D version mounted atop the turret.
Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun
The Browning M2HB heavy machine gun appears twice in the film; first mounted on U.S. Army vehicles in a convoy that passes by the Ferriers, then on U.S. Marine Corps vehicles in the hilltop battle scene, most notably on a burning Humvee rolling past Harlan Ogilvy (Tim Robbins)' house.
Near the end of the film, a few U.S. Army soldiers seen herding refugees through Boston and then taking down a tripod can be seen wielding an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), most notably when surrounding the downed tripod when the pilot emerges and dies.
M242 Bushmaster Chaingun
During the hilltop battle scene, U.S. Marine LAV-25's can be seen, mounting an M242 Bushmaster chaingun as their primary armament.
During the hilltop battle scene, U.S. Marine AH-1W Super Cobras can be seen armed with chin-mounted M197 Vulcans, though only engage the off-screen tripods with Hellfire anti-tank missiles.
Winchester Model 1912
Harlan Ogilvy (Tim Robbins) can often be seen with a Winchester Model 1912 shotgun close by him, first seen holding it in the air following the hilltop battle scene to signal Ray and his daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning) to him. He comes close to using it when some of the aliens are prowling around the basement of his house where he, Rachel, and Ray are hiding, but is stopped by Ray for fear that opening fire would reveal their location to the aliens.
Mk 19 Grenade Launcher
During the hilltop battle scene, an M141 SMAW-D rocket launcher fitted with an AN/PVS-4 night-vision scope can be seen being fired by a U.S. Marine at an off-screen tripod.
M67 Hand Grenade
In the scene where Rachel is captured by one of the tripods, Ray Ferrier finds a bandolier of M67 hand grenades in an abandoned Humvee and throws one at the tripod to get its' attention. Once captured by the tripod, he uses the rest of the grenades to destroy it from the inside out.
When the Army convoy is passing by the Ferriers, several Humvees can be seen with BGM-71 TOW launchers mounted on them. A few TOW launchers can also be seen on Marine Corps Humvees during the hilltop battle scene.
In the final battle scene, U.S. Army soldiers can be seen firing several Carl Gustav recoilless rifles at the tripod. Even though this weapon is only used by special forces units in the U.S. military, not regular infantry as shown in the film, when aliens attack you scavenge what you can.
M203 Grenade Launcher
Near the end of the film, several U.S. Army soldiers in Boston can be seen with M203 grenade launchers mounted on their M4A1's.
RM Equipment M203PI
At least one of the U.S. soldiers at the end of the film uses an RM Equipment M203PI mounted to his M4A1 with a SOLA (Snap-On Launcher Assembly) interbar.
Another weapon used in the final battle scene of the movie is the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missile launcher, used by U.S. Army soldiers to attack a tripod. An army squad leader is heard calling for one of his men to bring 'the javelin'. Interestingly, despite the squad leader saying that the tripod will require a "top kill" (utilizing the missile's top-attack mode), the soldiers fire the missiles in direct-attack mode with the missiles striking the tripod head-on instead of arcing over to hit it from above.