Sure the loudest explosions are in war movies but when you want to watch something that combines violence with stealth and cunning tactics, suddenly snipers come into mind. As ‘sniper’ unfortunately isn’t a dedicated film genre, therefore finding some classy movies with snipers in them is far more difficult then you can actually imagine. Here today we have compiled a comprehensive list of the best sniper movies of all time that will literally make you sit at the edge of your seat:
15. Sun Cheung Sau (2009)
Out of all the movies is this list, this one is the least likely to have been heard of by most people. Nonetheless it is a solid cops-and-robbers type film set in Hong Kong. One of the HKPD’s finest snipers, Hartman, along with a hot-tempered rookie, are given the task of chasing down an ex-cop and Hartman’s former friend who threatens to destroy the police force to get his revenge.
14. Jack Reacher (2012)
Based on the novel One Shot, titular character Jack Reacher is an ex-military criminal investigator who investigates the case of an ex-US Army sniper who, what appears to be, went on a killing spree and killed five civilians. Jack initially gets convinced that the sniper is indeed the culprit because of his similar actions in the past in Iraq. But, soon things take a drastic turn when he discovers a Russian mob’s involvement in the killings.
13. Elephant White (2011)
Elephant White is an action-drama movie that has its ups and downs but still manages to be an entertaining and watchable film. A wealthy businessman hires a sniper to seek revenge on the Thai traders responsible for his daughter’s murder. Although this film isn’t a critic favorite, but still deserves credit for artful execution and the sniper centric plot.
12. Two Minute Warning (1976)
A psychopathic sniper launches an assault on a stadium during a major game. The police, led by two of the best captains, assemble a squad and rush to the civilians’ assistance. However, it is a race against the clock as an all-star team looks down the barrel of a loaded gun.
11. The American (2010)
An American assassin and craftsman, Jack is given the task of creating a powerful customized sniper. However, while creating the weapon he falls in love and befriends a priest, breaking his secrecy rules which causes him to be double crossed and mortally wounded by the end of the film, leaving his fate to be determined by the viewers.
10. Rambo 4 (2008)
A 20 year late sequel to Rambo III, the story this time sees John Rambo and a band of warrior’s journey to a Burma which is ravaged by war, to save the lives of a Christian aid team who have been abducted by a cruel gang of Thai soldiers. The sniper in the film plays an important role in all tactical battles and secures some of the finest sniper kills that have ever been depicted in cinematic history.
9. Wanted (2008)
Wesley Gibson meets the mysterious Sloan, who tells him that his father was murdered. Training under Fox, he masters his sniping skills and sets his eyes on his father’s killer Cross. However, it turns out Cross was his true father and Sloan had deceived him, resulting in Wesley pulling a clever scam to get Sloan out in the open and end his life once and for all.
Although the systematic sniper shots and swinging bullets depicted in the film are pure sci-fi and no where close to reality, but the film still deserves a good place in our sniper movies list.
8. Phone Booth (2002)
The arrogant Stu Shepard’s life is completely shaken up when he gets trapped in a booth with a sniper whose aim’s on him. The sniper knows every detail about Stu’s life and uses the information to challenge Stu to various mental games. Now, he somehow must survive both the sniper and the police who considers him to be a killer (and is unaware of the presence of the sniper).