Top 10 Sniper Movies of All Time

Snipers must be able to fire a gun from extreme distances with pinpoint precision, with factors like wind direction and temperature capable of veering the bullet off course.

It takes incredible skill, perseverance confidence, and patients to become a marksman sniper. The only problem is they are not always on the good side.

With shooters taking charge of the box office, we decided to create a list that features the best sniper movies ever. In this article, we will show you the top ten sniper movies of all time.

#10. In Syria (2017)

In Syria (2017)

In this blood pumping movie, we see a mother and her family trying to avoid the bullet of a sniper who is lying in wait outside of their house.

The suspenseful Belgian film was directed by Philippe Van Leeuw and won the Panorama Audience Award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

The entire movie was filmed in just 25 days, which took place in an apartment building in the center of Beirut.

 

 

#9. Battle for Sevastopol (2015)

Battle for Sevastopol (2015)

This next wartime epic tells the real-life story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a young Soviet woman who signed up to the Red Army to fight the Germans. Through training, she quickly becomes one of the most deadly snipers of World War II.

The film was a joint venture of a Russian and Ukrainian production team. Despite the growing political tension surrounding the film, it was still released in both countries in April 2015.

Because of the interest generated by both Russia and Ukraine Prior to its release, the film was a commercial success in both countries.

#8. Gallipoli: End of the Road (2013)

Gallipoli: End of the Road (2013)

 Gallipoli End of the Road During the First World War, two brothers leave their mountain village to fight on the front line. One becomes an expert sniper fighting for the Ottomans while the other becomes a soldier in the trenches.

This Turkish film explores how soldiers with different roles were treated during the war and how brotherly love will always stay strong despite the severity of a situation.

#7. Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead (2005)

This next entry is a film based on the memoirs of a marine carrying the same name. Director Sam Mendes wanted to make sure that he stuck as closely as he possibly could to the experiences that Anthony Swofford went through during his time in the Persian Gulf War.

Unfortunately, the reviews for the film were mixed. Some found the firsthand accounts not so entertaining, while others felt that they made for an authentic glimpse into the reality of the little known conflict.

Despite the mixed reviews, the film turned into a series of four movies.

#6. Phone Booth (2002)

Phone Booth (2002)

A hidden sniper calls a phone booth and attracts the attention of a young publicist named Stu. He soon realizes that the sniper knows that he has been cheating on his wife and has been lying to his mistress.

The sniper gives Stu an ultimatum to save his life. But the big question is, would his life be worth living if he does what the sniper says?

Phone Booth was initially set to be released on 15 November 2002. However, after the horrific sniper attacks in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, 20th Century Fox decided to postpone its release out of respect for the victims and their families.

#5. Jack Reacher (2012)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Starring Tom Cruise as the film’s namesake character. Jack Reacher is called when an expert sniper is accused of killing five people. As he investigates the seemingly clear case, he is met with a lot more than he bargained for.

This film is an action-filled thriller that saw Tom Cruise do all of his own stunts. Director Christopher McQuarrie enjoyed using real life moments in the movie to add realism.

For instance, in a scene where Reacher stalls the car crews had genuinely stalled the vehicle but managed to get it started again.

#4. Shooter (2007)

Shooter (2007)

Closely based on the 1993 novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter, Shooter follows the story of a forceroom veteran called Bob Lee Swagger, who is framed for murder.

With his sniping skills and his hunger for Justice, Swagger sets out on a hard-pounding mission to prove his innocence.

In 2016, USA Network picked up a TV series based closely on the film. They even hired Mark Wahlberg, who played Swagger in the movie as a producer.

#3. American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper is a war drama film directed by Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood. It is loosely based on a memoir of a similar name but had much of a change to be more fitting with the structure of a film.

The film follows the life of Kyle, a man who became one of the deadliest snipers in US history, amassing 255 kills through his four tours in the Iraq War.

The film was met with controversy when the real-life father of Kyle slammed the movie for showing his son in a bad light.

#2. Targets (1968)

Targets (1968)

What makes this one a fascinating watch is that it showcased two separate storylines that eventually converge into one at the very end.

The film follows a seemingly normal man who suddenly goes on a killing spree with his sniper rifle. Although the film was completed in 1967 following the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, the studio decided to postpone the release.

Sadly, when they did release it, public tension was still high, and people were not ready for a film of that nature, resulting in targets flopping on initial release.

#1. Enemy at the Gates (2001) 

Enemy at the Gates (2001) 

Following the fall of Stalingrad, Russia and Germany scrambled to take leadership of whatever they could.

This leaves a Russian sniper called Vassili to pick off German soldiers with his rifle. Because of his efforts, a political officer begins to make him the poster child of the nation, a role that he cannot live up to.

Director and Writer Jean-Jacques Annaud cast Jude Law for the expressiveness of his eyes. He knew that a film focusing on a sniper would need close-ups on his aim.

This would allow him to speak to the camera without saying a word. The movie was rated at seven six on a scale of ten on IMDb. Com and received a meta score of 53 on Metacritic.


This was our top ten sniper movies of all-time list. We have been able to compile a great list of the best sniper movies ever made. Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below.

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