The Assassination: Jack Reacher opens as Charlie (Jai Courtney) drives into a parking lot, gets out a sniper rifle, and aims across the Allegheny River at PNC Park.
Then he shoots and kills five people with deadly accuracy.
Why It’s Great: The scene is completely dialogue free, which only works to heighten the tension.
And the crack of bullets being fired is terrifying.
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Jan 23rd 2013, 8:21
Bruce Willis looks a lot like Brad Pitt lately....(#11 "Killing Them Softly). For sure this will get fixed and then my comment makes me look like a moron.
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Jan 23rd 2013, 9:55
Thought the beginning of Leon would have been in the top 5..death from above!
Jan 23rd 2013, 13:08
Kill List Only At Number 20 ?? Shocking Injustice.
Jan 23rd 2013, 13:20
Network's ending should be in here - a young Tim Robbins gunning down Peter Finch's half-mad Howard Beale. I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!
Jan 23rd 2013, 13:22
No Sniper scene from Saving Private Ryan - that was awsome!
Jan 23rd 2013, 13:25
Fred Zinnemann directed the Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth wrote the novel.
Jan 23rd 2013, 13:32
The Road to Perdition should have been in the top ten - one of the best crafted scenes of the last decade in my opinion. Also, what exactly constitutes an Assassination and not a murder? in some of these as well (eg, X-Men2 at no. 7) no-one actually dies, so should they be classed as assassination scenes?
Jan 23rd 2013, 16:25
The Rainamker in Looper was a GIRL?! Come on TF, you went crazy for Looper, and then didn't follow up the research to check that Emily Blunt's child is a BOY!
Jan 23rd 2013, 16:34
i thought Chiwetel Ejiofor as the operative in Serenity was a great assassin
Jan 23rd 2013, 17:42
Why was the scene from Bourne the Waterloo station one? Why not the one from identity where he fights the guy off with a pen, or the scene where he uses a newspaper? Bad choice total film! The rest are pretty good though glad to see pulp fiction in there gotta be one of the best!
Jan 23rd 2013, 20:37
The final surprise attack scene in Unforgiven, when William Munny guns down all the bad guys is not even in the list?!? also the beginning scene in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, when Lee Van Cleef murders a father in cold blood needs to be added
Jan 23rd 2013, 21:22
The assassination scene in Michael Clayton was great. Cold, clinical and clean.
Jan 23rd 2013, 23:43
The Parallax View is missing-one of the all time great political thrillers. It has one of the greatest endings in films
Jan 24th 2013, 0:45
Really bad list
Jan 24th 2013, 1:09
In Kill List, it is never said/shown exactly what the Librarian had done, and in the Assassination of Jesse James, Charley Ford was also in the room, they weren't alone, but i was glad to see they both made the list. I also would have included The Town (The Florist), Brick (Dode), Animal Kingdom (Pope), or A Prophet (that amazing razor blade scene)
Jan 24th 2013, 2:05
Are you KIDDING me??? Where the hell is "Leon the Professional", or "Saving Private Ryan"??
Jan 24th 2013, 2:36
Not having the final scene in Unforgiven is simply a travesty in a list like this. In my opinion its quite possibly the perfect example of an amazing assassin kill scene. I think it deserves to be in the top 5. Not having it at all is just awful.
OP has shown he doesn't know dick about movies by posting this flawed terrible list.
WORST COUNT DOWN EVER
Jan 24th 2013, 2:37
Since when is slow motion better than great dialog, and mood.
Jan 24th 2013, 11:38
Did Total Film hire Josh Winning out of pity or something?
Jan 24th 2013, 13:08
How can you leave out The Untouchables, the hit in the elevator? Tense and upsetting and the ultimate calling card left on the elevator wall written in blood. Come on TF!
Jan 24th 2013, 13:28
Actually - the hit on Connery (Malone) too is brilliant! Seeing it in first person through the eyes of the assassin, tense and then you think Malone has spotted it and is safe, then BLAM! Brutal too.
Jan 24th 2013, 19:36
um. The Departed???
Jan 29th 2013, 12:04
The untouchables and Leon? And In the line of fire should have been higher up.
Feb 26th 2013, 19:24
People complaining about no The Untouchables should get over it. s****y movie.
Leon, though, I agree with. The Mr. and Mrs. Smith being above The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Road to Perdition is absolute b******t. f**k you.
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