Objective To detect the expression of c-met (hepatocyte growth factor receptor), e2f-1 （transcription factor） and Ki-67 in tissues of gastric cancer, explore the relationship among them, and investigate their correlationship with clinicopathological characteristics and prognosis. Methods The tissue samples of gastric cancer from 86 patients with radical resection were subjected to immunohistochemical staining, and the expression of c-met, e2f-1 and Ki-67 was detected. The relationship between the clinicopathological characteristics and the expression of c-met, e2f-1 and Ki-67, and that among the expression of c-met, e2f-1 and Ki-67 were explored by univariate and multivariate data analysis. And the relationship between prognosis and expression of c-met, e2f-1 and Ki-67 was analysed by Log rank test. Results c-met, e2f-1 and Ki-67 were widely expressed in tissues of gastric cancer. The higher expression of c-met was associated with higher expression of Ki-67, shorter survival time, upper tumor location, higher lymph node metastasis rate, higher N stage and TNM stage (P<0.05), and the lower expression of e2f-1 was associated with larger tumor diameter, higher TNM stage, deeper invasion, higher lymph node metastasis rate and higher N stage (P<0.05). The multivariate analysis revealed that depth of invasion, N stage, TNM stage and expression of Ki-67 were independent factors for positive expression of c-met, and age and survival time were independent factors for positive expression of e2f-1. Log rank test demonstrated that the factors related to survival included expression of c-met, e2f-1 and Ki-67, N stage, tumor diameter, tumor location, lymph node metastasis rate, depth of invasion and TNM stage. Conclusion c-met is an indicator for malignant behavior and poorer prognosis of gastric cancer. There is a higher expression of e2f-1 in early gastric cancer, while advanced gastric cancer may be associated with a lower expression of e2f-1.