There’s just something we love about movie assassins.
There’s something bizarre about our fascination with movie assassins. It’s as if we can’t get enough of the romanticized version of a contract killer that Hollywood loves to put on the big screen. Honestly, I think it’s because secretly we all have people in our lives we’d love to strangle, and these movies let us live vicariously through them. It might not be healthy, but that’s just the way it is. But hey, I won’t tell if you won’t. Still, there are a lot of movie about hit men out there and some are a lot better (and cooler) than others. That’s why I took the time to put together this list of the 10 Best Movie Assassins. I’m sure a lot of these entries are will come as no surprise to connoisseurs of the professional murderer genre, but I threw in a few curve balls just to keep it interesting.
10. Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men)
This is a list full of representation. After all, not all movie assassins are angry white guys. Starting off the list we want to show how accepting we are of everyone of all shapes, sizes, colors, and creeds, that’s why the hitman with the worst haircut ever is coming in at number 10. Despite having a haircut that guarantees he will never get laid, Anton is absolutely terrifying. His character is a total psychopath and really follows the saying, “if you’re good at something, never do it for free.” Plus, his weapon of choice, a bolt gun, shows that he sees his targets as animals just waiting for the slaughter. He’s smart, relentless, and is absolutely terrifying.
9. Martin Blank (Grosse Pointe Blank)
Martin is definitely the funniest and possibly most neurotic of all the movie assassins on this list. His reason for killing is that he has a certain moral flexibility that proved useful while he was in the army. Of course, the private sector pays much better so, here he is. A hitman in the midst of a mid life crisis. So, he does what any guy would do, hits up his high school reunion to reconnect with his lost love. It’s really romantic until his arch rivals show up to kill him and he’s forced to balance a personal and professional life. He’s one of the few contract killers that’s honest about what he does, which gives him a small sense of virtue.
8. Ghost Dog (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai)
Not every movie assassin subscribes to a life of terror or violence. Ghost Dog follows a very specific and ancient code. That doesn’t mean that he won’t do some slice and dice from time to time, but deep down he has an unshakeable sense of honor that allows for some moral flexibility. Like a lot of hitman movies, he finds himself the prey instead of the hunter when a job goes bad. What makes him perfect for this list though is that he is completely unique. Ghost Dog is very much a modern day samurai who finds himself in the service of the mob. However, when the mob turns on him, he makes them regret it.