Below we look into the 10 best contract killers movies ever made. Contract killers, or assassins hired to kill off a person or group of people, feature heavily movies, both current and retro. Whether funny or serious, we are fascinated by the lifestyle -- lone guns who answer only to money, eschewing the Christian commandment (and good suggestion) Thou Shalt Not Kill. Until contract killers cease to be entertaining, here's a list of the 10 best contract killer movies:

  1. "Grosse Point Blank" (1997). "Welcome back, Pointers!" Yeah, welcome back, indeed. Contract killer Martin Q. Blank is having a crisis of faith, so to speak, heading back to his hometown for a class reunion, hoping to reunite with the girl who got away. Well, he left her to go kill people, but that's beside the point. This comedy with John Cusak and Minnie Driver features a hilarious part for Dan Akroyd and lots of gun-toting action.

  2. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (2005). Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in this flick about two contract killers unknowingly married to each other. Jolie's character, Jane Smith, heads an all-female team of assassins, while Pitt's John Smith partners up with Vince Vaughn. The sparks fly when their respective company's hire them to kill each other. Great action scenes, and some pretty steamy scenes between Pitt and Jolie as well.

  3. "Pulp Fiction" (1994). No list of contract killer movies would be complete without Pulp Fiction. This Quentin Tarantino-directed movie gave us the Double Royale with cheese and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) as two hitmen sent to finde a suitcase stolen from their employer. This movie is full of plot twists and some truly classic scenes none of us will soon forget, including Travolta plunging a syringe into Uma Thurman's heart.

  4. "Some Like it Hot" (1959). After Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) run afoul of the mob, they're on the run from a bunch of goons sent to take them out. These musicians don skirts and wigs and hide out with an all-girl travelling band. Marilyn Monroe complicates things, not just with her sex appeal, but with Joe, a consummate ladies' man, falling for her.

  5. "The Bourne Identity" (2002). The Jason Bourne saga, starring Matt Damon, starts here with "The Bourne Identity." Damon's Jason Bourne is an assassin with amnesia, but he still retains a killer's knowledge in this tense drama.

  6. "Kill Bill Volume 1" (2003). We love some hot, female assassins, and "Kill Bill Volume 1" gives us Uma Thurman as a hit woman just waking up out of coma. What does she want? Revenge! Another Quentin Tarantino-directed classic.

  7. "The Long Kiss Goodnight" (1996). A dowdy woman with amnesia, Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) attracts the wrong kind of attention; the attention of former colleagues who want to kill this former assassin. She's on the run with cheapo private eye Mitch (Samuel L. Jackson) when her past comes back to her.

  8. "Nurse Betty" (2000). Renee Zellweger plays a waitress who has a mental breakdown after seeing her husband killed by two assassins and believes herself to be Nurse Betty from her favorite soap opera. Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock play the assassins in this black comedy.

  9. "The Terminator" (1984). Before Arnold Schwarzenegger went into politics, he was a T-800 robot assassin sent from the future (2029) to kill off the mother of the man who saves us all. Even the sequel was good, plus it gave us a super-buff Linda Hamilton.

  10. "Red" (2010). Once a killer, always a killer. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman have all settled into varying degrees of retirement after successful careers with the CIA. After someone decides they know too much, assassins try to kill them off. So much for Frank (Willis' character) having a romantic interlude with the ever-perky Sarah Ross (played by Mary-Louise Parker). Despite the bullets and blood, this movie is a sweet, romantic comedy.