Jude Law in Enemy at the Gates
For many people, it doesn't get much cooler than seeing a sniper do what they do best in a movie. They sit back and observe, waiting for the right moment to strike. It's not just about being brave or running in with guns blazing, it's about being calm and using physics to ensure accuracy. So it's no surprise to see how many movies there are about snipers, and how popular many of them are. We thought it would be good to round up the best sniper movies ever made, based on our opinion, Rotten Tomatoes ratings and IMDB ratings. Let's get into the list:
Rotten Tomatoes - 53%
IMDB - 7.6/10
Enemy at the Gates is probably our favorite sniper movie in this list - Jude Law plays a Russian sniper who becomes a legend for his sniping abilities, There are some excellent scenes in this film that have been watched millions of times on YouTube, despite the film being more than 20 years old. It does a great job of portraying the tension that a sniper would feel, particularly in the setting of World War 2 when guns would jam frequently and the equipment was much less advanced than what soldiers have now. Find streaming options for Enemy at the Gates here.
Rotten Tomatoes - 72%
IMDB - 7.3/10
This movie is based on the true story of U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who became one of the most celebrated snipers in American military history. There are some great sniping scenes in this movie, but it also shows how Kyle struggles to set aside his time at war when he returns to his family. It's this depth that makes this one of the best sniper movies as far as we're concerned. Find streaming options for American Sniper here.
Rotten Tomatoes - 47%
IMDB - 7.2/10
Shooter is a movie that features some of the best sniper scenes ever. The film does a really good job of not only capturing the devastation that a sniper bullet can do but also of the distances involved - the film actually includes the longest camera shot ever. If you want to watch great sniping then definitely check out where to watch this movie here, or you can stream this movie for free with Paramount+ via Prime Video.
Rotten Tomatoes - 61%
IMDB - 7/10
Similar to American Sniper, Jarhead is a biographical film about a real-life sniper. The movie is about much more than just sniping, and unlike the other movies in this list, it doesn't actually include that many great sniper scenes. However, the story is great and that's why we decided to include it in our list of best sniper movies.
Rotten Tomatoes - 97%
IMDB - 7.5/10
The Hurt Locker is another movie that isn't solely about sniping but includes some of the best sniper scenes ever put to film. There is one scene in particular that springs to mind - a sniper duel that lasts all day. Our 3 main characters are ambushed by an Iraqi sniper team and must respond with their own long-range shooting, or face death. The scene lasts about 15-20 minutes and is definitely one of the best sniper duels we've ever seen in a movie. You can stream this movie via STARZ.
Rotten Tomatoes - 65%
IMDB - 6.2/10
'The Wall' is a 2017 movie by Doug Liman about 2 soldiers who are pinned down by an Iraqi sniper. The whole film is about this standoff, and it shows how sniper fights can be extremely slow and tense, unlike many other aspects of war which can be frenetic and tend to happen quickly. The movie does a good job of portraying the realism of this type of engagement, and we like the performances from John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. You can stream this movie via Prime Video.
Rotten Tomatoes - 75%
IMDB - 7.5/10
Lone Survivor features some of the most realistic depictions of sniper shooting you'll find in any movie. The film is based on the true story of Marcus Luttrell and his team, and again is very slow at parts but always remains tense. The sniper battles in this movie are based on what really happened, so they're extremely realistic and include the same types of rifles that the team would have used during this incident. You can stream this movie via DIRECTV.
This movie starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere is about an IRA sniper who is released from prison to take part in a special task. The movie is based on the book The Day of the Jackal, which is partly based on true rumors the writer had heard about an attempt to assassinate Charles de Gaulle via sniper. There are some thrilling scenes throughout the movie and the film is considered by many to be vastly underrated. The most famous scene in the movie is the part where Willis ('The Jackal') uses a remote sniper rifle to (spoiler alert) blow Jack Black's arm off, and then send a bullet through his stomach, pretty gruesome stuff. Currently, you can find The Jackal streaming via IMDBtv, a service you can try free via Prime Video.