The 6 Most Badass Movie Snipers

Wednesday, September 5 by Tony Dayton

Now that's a shot worth taking!

Nothing enhances a good war movie like a bad-ass sniper scene. Whether it's a World War II movie or a scene from the Vietnam War, sniper scenes can be very suspenseful. Some movies such as "Enemy at the Gates" are centered around snipers, while "Full Metal Jacket" has just one such scene. Below are 6 of the most bad-ass movie snipers in cinematic history. 




A popular 1993 action movie starring Tom Berenger and Billy Zane, "Sniper" takes place in the jungles of Panama. Thomas Beckett  (Berenger), and Richard Miller (Zane) are ordered to take out a rebel general who works for a powerful drug lord. While Beckett is a Gunnery Sergeant with combat experience; Miller, a member a SWAT team sharpshooter, enters the mission without a confirmed kill. However, by the end of the movie, both snipers prove to be bad-ass as Miller ends up rescuing Beckett by taking out one of his captives.


"Saving Private Ryan"

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	There are not too many movie snipers as bad-ass as Private Daniel Jackson, played by Barry Pepper. The famed sniper in "Saving Private Ryan," Private Jackson has a large role in the movie as he takes out a German sniper in France, as well as several enemy soldiers during the final battle in <span data-scayt_word=Ramelle. Unfortunately for Jackson, he ends up getting killed when an enemy tank discovers him in a bell tower. Nonetheless, Private Daniel Jackson is known as one of the most bad-ass snipers ever. 


"Enemy at the Gates"

Enemy at the Gates sniper scene

Probably the most popular sniper movie ever, "Enemy at the Gates" features two bad-ass snipers. Soviet soldier Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) and German sniper Major Irwin Konig (Ed Harris) play a game of cat and mouse throughout the movie. Konig manages to take out a pair of Soviet snipers as well as his former student, Koulikov, who was working with Vassili. However, at the end of the film, Vassili is able to take down the Major when a colleague sacrifices his life to reveal Konig's position. 


"Full Metal Jacket"

Crazy Vietnamese Sniper in Full Metal Jacket

Another kick-ass sniper is the teenage Vietnamese chick from "Full Metal Jacket." Before getting riddled with bullets, she was able to take out four American marines. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, "Full Metal Jacket" remains one of the most popular war movies of all-time and the scene where the Vietnamese sniper finally gets killed is one of the movie's most memorable. 


"Phone Booth"

Colin Ferrell in Phone Booth

Not a traditional sniper movie, "Phone Booth" stars Kiefer Sutherland and Colin Ferrell. Sutherland plays a psychotic sniper who manages to pin Farrell in a phone booth, while demanding that Stu Shepard (Farrell) reveal to his lover that he is married and confess to his wife that he is having an affair. Sutherland ends up taking out a overzealous pimp during the movie. However, what made him so bad-ass was that despite a number of the city's police officers hunting him down, the sniper manages to escape. 



Shooter, a Great Sniper Shooter

Mark Wahlberg plays the role of Bob Lee Swagger, a retired Gunnery Sergeant who is known for having the ability to shoot a man from a miles distance. After being framed for the assassination of an Ethiopian Archbishop, Swaggar ends up taking out dozens of enemy combatants in his attempt to clear his name. Over two dozen of his victims are highly trained mercenaries. 

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