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The Best Assassin Movies 

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List Rules Movies must feature assassins and assassinations.

A list of the best assassin and hitman movies. There's something really fun and devious about watching a human be able to murder another in cold blood. To celebrate our love for watching these cold-blooded contract killers on the big screen, we've put together this list of awesome assassin movies. But what's the best assassin movie of all time? We leave it up to you to vote and tell us what you think. All of the best assassin and hitman movies have been included, but if you believe there's a good one that's missing from the list, feel free to add it in yourself. You tell us: what are the best assassin films? The top 10 films on this list should be a pretty good indication. 

Assassin movies are almost always thrillers involved in the intrigue and complications that arise during the planning and due to the result of an assassination. Sometimes they are also biographical, chronicling the events in a person's life that lead to them becoming a hit man and entering an industry that deals in death. Some of the best films in the genre are female assassin movies– there is something really cool about watching women be badasses on screen.

Unlike regular murder, that is often charged with emotion, for assassins it's just business. If you are looking for a good revenge film – something charged with hatred and emotion – check out the best revenge movies list for more excellent action movies.

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Léon: The Profess... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno

Released: 1994

Directed by: Luc Besson

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

Released: 2002

Directed by: Doug Liman

The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss ...more

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The Bourne Ultimatum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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Hitman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Olga Kurylenko, Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott

Released: 2007

Directed by: Xavier Gens

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The Bourne Supremacy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Chad Stahelski, David Leitch

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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
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Released: 2014

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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The Mechanic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1972

Directed by: Michael Winner

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Morrison

Released: 2005

Directed by: Doug Liman

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Wanted is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

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Shooter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Rhona Mitra

Released: 2007

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michael Mann

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Lucky Number Slevin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Paul McGuigan

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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Wright

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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Donald Sinden

Released: 1973

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

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Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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Colombiana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
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Released: 2011

Directed by: Olivier Megaton

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The Jackal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Jack Black

Released: 1997

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

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Grosse Pointe Blank is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack, Hank Azaria

Released: 1997

Directed by: George Armitage

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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Smokin' Aces is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Assassin Movies
Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2006

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

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