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Here’s WatchMojo’s top ten picks for snipers in movies — take them with a grain of salt, of course. The list is of movie snipers who excel at their craft, through confirmed kills, skill shots or just plain bad-assery. These are movie guns not even fancy video games would want to go up against.

Number 10 is GySgt Bob Lee Swagger in “Shooter.” Played by Mark Wahlberg, this tormented ex-military sharpshooter gets set up by rogue government agents and basically sticks true to his name. Swagger’s superhero-like combat story included an assassination of a president.

Number 9 is The Jackal from the 1973 movie, “The Day of the Jackal.” Edward Fox is a hired gun on the run in this French political thriller. Popular among crime kings for his hitman skills, The Jackal is hired to kill the president of France.

Number 8 is Sharice Watters in “Smokin’ Aces.” Taraji Henson chalks up a hundred points for women in playing the beautiful, badass sniper who handles an M82, and is part of an assassin team that’s after a lucrative mark. One of the most memorable scenes is when Sharice just opens fire on the FBI.

Number 7 is Chris Shiherlis in “Heat.” A sniper is a must for every criminal gang involved in high-stake robberies, and Val Kilmer does an excellent job as the trigger-happy right-hand man.

Number 6 is Mick Taylor in “Wolf Creek,” an Australian horror movie from 2005, starring John Jarratt who plays a deranged killer with impeccable aim.

Number 5 is The Caller in “Phone Booth.” This entire movie hinges on a sniper played by Kiefer Sutherland (mostly his voice) taking aim at Colin Farrell in a phone booth — all while staying on the phone.

Number 4 is LCpl/Pvt Anthony Swofford in “Jarhead.” Jake Gyllenhaal plays a sniper on Operation Desert Shield, undergoing training and field action in the Persian Gulf, in a documentary-style narrative.

Number 3 is Pvt Daniel Jackson in “Saving Private Ryan.” Barry Pepper makes his mark — literally and figuratively — in this star-studded cast as the Bible-quoting sharpshooter who made the team’s mission possible.

Number 2 is MGySgt Thomas Beckett in, what else, “Sniper.” Tom Berenger is an experienced sniper charged with taking down a criminal in Colombia.

Taking the number 1 spot is Vassili Zaitsev from “Enemy at the Gates.” Jude Law does a sniper versus sniper showdown in this depiction of the Battle of Stalingrad, and takes down soldier after soldier with perfect hits.

 

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