10 Best Assassination Movies
The 10 best assassination movies go through the devastating power the death of an individual has on society and the people who knew the victim best. These assassinations dramatized in the movies sometimes examine the events leading up to the person's death and the aftermath of how the assassinations affect the people in the movies as they try to reconcile with the terrible act. These movies take the impact of assassinations and looks across the full spectrum of emotions and incidents to fully understand its toll.
"JFK" (1991) Oliver Stone's opus revolves around the nation's worst tragedy in history and the mystery that still haunts a nation. Kevin Costner stars as a New Orleans district attorney who finds out there is more to the Kennedy assassination than the public was led to believe.
"The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford" (2007) Brad Pitt is the titular outlaw who terrorized the Midwest through many robberies. The movie follows Casey Affleck as the young Robert Ford that joins the gang and later ends up killing his so-called idol.
"In the Line of Fire" (1993) Clint Eastwood is a Secret Service agent haunted by the Kennedy assassination and tries to reconcile his life to that fateful day. Suddenly, a troubled mystery man taunts him by phone and plans to kill the current president in order to become as famous as John Wilkes Booth.
"The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) Frank Sinatra, who plays a prisoner of war of the Korean War, returns home as a military hero for unknown reasons. The mystery takes a turn when the former POW is brainwashed by the Communists to try and assassinate a political candidate.
"Malcolm X" (1992) Denzel Washington in an Oscar-nominated performance stars as the controversial civil rights leader from the Nation of Islam. Spike Lee's film traces his roots from a hardened criminal to rising leader in the African-American community to his eventual assassination years later.
"Apocalypse Now" (1979) Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic features a young Captain Willard who is recruited to assassinate rogue Green Beret Colonel Kurtz. His travels lead him to witness the atrocities of the Vietnam War and eventually into the bowels of Cambodia where his target awaits.
"Valkyrie" (2008) Tom Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg who returns after being injured in an attack at his camp. The young man joins a renegade group of German officers and politicians to overthrow the Nazi regime through the assassination of Adolf Hitler.
"The Day of the Jackal" (1973) Remnants of the French Foreig Legion hire a professional killer, code named "The Jackal," to assassinate the French President de Gaulle. The movie traces his every movement as he prepares to take down his mark and the French police who try desperately to arrest him.
"Gandhi" (1982) The movie begins with the assassination of the famous Indian revolt leader, Mahatma Gandhi, who preached non-violence to win the freedom of India from tyrannical British rule. The story traces his life from him being thrown out of a train in South Africa for being Indian to him leading the fight for social and political change in India.
"Romero" (1989) Raul Julia starred as the real-life Archbishop Oscar Romero who stood up against the horrific oppression of the government of El Salvador. Despite closing of churches by the government and assaults on priests, Romero continued his actions and speeches against violence throughout his position, which led to his eventual assassination in March 1980.